New York City is home to some of the world's most dynamic artists. Ear to Ear takes innovative musicians off the New York stages and into the studio for relaxed, insightful conversation, as they share their personal recordings with host David Garland. From Carnegie to Southpaw, guests are drawn from a broad range of backgrounds and genres, from classical to experimental and beyond.
Ear to Ear is part of WNYC's "The New Americans," a celebration of foreign-born artists, and is supported in part by the New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Jazz artist Rudresh Mahanthappa fuses the culture of his Indian ancestry with myriad other influences to create a unique artistic vision. The composer/saxophonist joins David in the studio to talk about his work in festivals and clubs worldwide, his recent CD release, and upcoming projects.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
The Village Voice writes that Anat Fort "has a charming way of dispensing pastoralism and an insightful way of lining that pastoralism with depth." The Israeli-born jazz pianist/composer joins David Garland to share her music and talk about her upcoming performance at the Cornelia Street Cafe.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Born in Moravia, Iva Bittová is an avant-garde violinist, performance artist, and composer who started out as an actress in Czech feature films. Fresh off her performances at Joe's Pub and Union Hall in Brooklyn, Bittová joins David Garland to share her music and talk about her highly prolific — ...
Saturday, October 13, 2007
A native of Iran who makes her home in New York City, Haleh Abghari has brought new music to life throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. The singer/activist brings samples of her work and talks with David Garland about her efforts to engage the community in socially relevant issues through ...
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Since arriving in the U.S. in 1980 from his native country Brazil, Cyro Baptista has emerged as one of the premier percussionists in the country. He brings samples of his work to the studio and talks about his upcoming performances at the Henry Street Settlement with avant-guard composer John Zorn.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
writes densely-layered, evocative music that speaks to the distant past through a modern soundscape. The Argentine-American composer shares samples of his work and lends insight into his highly personal tonal language.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
has been a steady force in New York's jazz and new music scene for over 15 years. The vocalist/composer talks about his most recent release, a collection of Cabaret songs from his ...
Saturday, November 17, 2007
A Belgrade born composer/performer living in New York, Milica Paranosic specializes in "extended music" — the use of technology to enhance and inform her (often unpredictable) performances.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Since moving to the United States from his native Japan, Hiroya Miura has found success as a composer, conductor and performer. A 2005 Graduate of Columbia University, Miura is also a founding member of the electronic improvisation unit, NoOneReceiving.
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Although a native of France, Olivier Conan
spends his professional life fronting the popular music of Latin America as a member of the bands Chica Libre
and Las Rubias del Norte
. He also spreads the word through the many eclectic concerts held at his club in ...
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Through her interdisciplinary performance collective VisionIntoArt, Paola Prestini creates what TimeOut New York calls "ingeniously staged concert pieces that gracefully walk the line between opera and performance art." The Italian-born, New York-based composer joins David Garland for a conversation about her music and current projects.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Some five years ago, jazz trumpeter/vocalist Amir Elsaffar embarked on a personal quest to master the centuries-old musical style of his Iraqi ancestry. Fusing modern jazz with the traditional Iraqi Maqam repertoire, Elsaffar continues to serve as a cultural ambassador, breathing new life into a rich — and nearly extinct ...
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Since relocating to the United States some 8 years ago, Israeli-born guitarist/composer Eyal Maoz has ridden the crest of avant-guard jazz through several ensembles. His latest group is the quartet Edom, which combines jazz and middle-eastern sounds with a distinctive rock attitude.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Vocalist, harpist and scholar Benjamin Bagby
has been an important figure in the field of medieval musical performance for almost 25 years. Co-founder of the highly successful early music group Sequentia
, Bagby has been actively involved in the reconstruction of medieval oral epics, including his acclaimed bardic performance ...
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Since emigrating to the US in the early 90s, Chinese-born pipa
player and vocalist Min Xiao-Fen
has worked with contemporary artists ranging from Björk to John Zorn. Based out of Queens, NY, Min is also the founder of Blue Pipa, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes experimental multi-cultural ...
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Tunisian-born vocalist, percussionist and oud
Player Taoufiq Ben Amor
is a strong presence on the local Arab music scene, performing both classical/folk and hip-hip/jazz-infused Arabian music with his New York City-based bands Ayyoub
. We hear samples of his work (and their accompanying ...
Saturday, October 18, 2008
David Garland returns with a new season of Ear to Ear interviews
on Evening Music. Tonight, New York-based composer, violinist/violist, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Burhans
joins us in the studio to share some special recordings of his music. Visit Caleb Burhans' website
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Visionary composer Laura Andel
fills her other-worldly and dance-like music with "organisms and mechanisms." Utilizing both electronic and acoustic textures, the Argentinian born (but New York-based) Andel seeks to expand our sense of time, form and perception through sound. Visit Laura Andel's website
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Sam Sadigursky marries poetry to jazz in the art song tradition for his hypnotic "Words Project" albums — creating what one leading critic called "that rare anomaly: a jazz-and-poetry record that sounds utterly natural and convincing." The Brooklyn-based saxophonist, multireedist and composer joins David Garland in the studio to share ...
Saturday, November 08, 2008
As a multi-faceted artist, educator and activist, Fred Ho has pioneered works for dance, theater, and multimedia, interweaving tradition with novelty and free form Jazz. The Brooklyn-based saxophonist and composer joins David Garland to share his music and talk about his many multicultural pursuits — which include leading the Monkey ...
Saturday, November 15, 2008
is an active composer, performer, arts advocate and courier of new music in the New York scene. Based in Brooklyn, she has composed enterprising works for various soloists, chamber ensembles and orchestras as well as music for her own all-female group, Victrola.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Virtuoso guitarist and composer Ben Monder has stretched, altered and reconstructed the definition of Jazz guitar, lending his own unique sound to the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra and the Paul Motian Octet, among others. Monder also performs his original music internationally with his own quartet, trio, and in a duo ...
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Brooklyn based flautist Claire Chase has emerged as a gifted interpreter and performer of contemporary music, as well as an active entrepreneur of the experimental arts. Winner of the 2008 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Claire is the executive director and co founder of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), dedicated ...
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Composer/brass virtuoso Taylor Ho Bynum has forged his own musical language through precision, alteration and skilled experimentation to become a singular voice on the improvisational music scene. In addition to his solo work and frequent collaboration with innovative musicians like Anthony Braxton and Cecil Taylor, Bynum leads his own Trio, ...
Saturday, December 20, 2008
A pioneer of new form and multi-disciplinary sonic techniques in American music, post-modern composer Robert Ashley
has incorporated electronics, extended techniques and audio synthesis into his many operas and theater pieces over a nearly 50 year career. http://www.robertashley.org/ Buy ...
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Recently awarded a Grammy for her album "Cerulean Skies," composer/conductor Maria Schneider fronts the eponymous international ensemble, the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra. Schneider collaborates frequently with other jazz icons, including Gil Evans and Bob Brookmeyer, creating music that has been described as "evocative," "majestic," and "beyond categorization."
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Phil Kline marries modern technology to traditional acoustics with a flair, creating sound sculptures like the cult holiday tradition for multiple boomboxes, "Unsilent Night." The composer's 2004 release for the Cantaloupe label, "Zippo Songs," received international praise for its frank treatment of texts by Vietnam veterans — juxtaposed with the ...
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Born in Korea, cellist, composer and improviser Okkyung Lee
is a regular presence in the New York downtown experimental music scene. Uniting noise and nostalgia in virtuosic fashion, Lee performs worldwide with numerous other artists, including Laurie Anderson and John Zorn. Okkyung Lee on ...
Sunday, February 01, 2009
A fearless protagonist, John Zorn is renowned for his uncompromising music and resolute character — both of which have greatly influenced the progressive music scene. The multi-dimensional composer, performer, and improviser joins host David Garland to share samples from his mammoth music collection, and to talk about his most recent ...