Downtown Manhattan has long been a hotbed for experimentation in music, from punk to classical minimalism. But some say that is less true today and that the best New York music is coming out of Brooklyn. As WNYC opens a new performance space in Lower Manhattan, Soundcheck asks: What is the current sound of Downtown? Guests are the iconic downtown rocker and Grammy Award winner Lou Reed, electro-rap singer Santigold, and the string quartet ETHEL, which returns to present the radio premiere of the Golijov commission from Opening Night.
WNYC Radio commission by Osvaldo Golijov is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Cheswatyr Foundation.