David Garland hosts Saturday and Sunday evenings on WQXR. He is the host and producer of Movies On The Radio, Saturdays at 9 pm, a show that explores the art of music for film, from classics to indies to blockbusters. Garland presents Old School, an early music show on WQXR, Sundays at 9 pm. He also hosts and produces Spinning On Air for WNYC-FM. Garland came to WNYC from Columbia University’s radio station, WKCR in 1986.
David Garland juggles hosting and producing duties with his career as a composer, performer and artist. He has performed his music at New York City’s Knitting Factory and Carnegie Hall, in Europe, on WNYC’s New Sounds and elsewhere, and has recorded several albums of his songs. His most recent collection “Conversations with the Cinnamon Skeleton,” was released in 2012.
David Garland appears in the following:
Sunday, August 10, 2014
The North Dakota singer-songwriter tackles such topics as being stuck on a roof, ambivalence about new beginnings, and our contemporary tendency to cradle our devices rather than our loved ones.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Singer and harmonica player John Németh makes vintage-sounding soul and blues tunes with help from his veteran band The Bo-Keys. Hear Németh and Bo-Keys front-man, Scott Bomar, discuss their new record, Memphis Grease, and the old music that inspired it.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Join Jesse Paris Smith, Eric Hoegemeyer and Patti Smith for an evening of music and poetry honoring the chaos and transformation of spring.
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Friday, February 28, 2014
Join us all day today for Lights, Camera, Music! – a pre-Oscars, 24-hour kaleidoscopic survey of the most innovative and new-music inflected film scores, hosted by WQXR's David Garland.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
WNYC's David Garland has compiled more than 50 tracks that feature an identical musical footprint: they all utilize a pattern called "the Diatonic Phrygian Tetrachord." Garland explains how -- and why -- you can hear this sonic architecture in everything from "Greensleeves" to *NSYNC.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
In this episode: Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first TV appearance here in the U.S., so The Takeaway’s Movie Date co-hosts look back at the band’s many appearances on the big screen -- from A Hard Day’s Night to How I Won The War -- as well as the role that their music has played in film soundtracks over the years.
Then: If you’ve ever heard a song by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, or seen them in concert, or watched a music video, then you know that keyboardist Benmont Tench is an essential part of the Heartbreakers' sound. Now, for the first time, the longtime go-to sideman is releasing his own solo album. Hear Tench perform songs from You Should Be So Lucky in the Soundcheck studio.
And: For years, WNYC and WQXR host David Garland has been fascinated by “the Andalusian Cadence” -- a musical pattern that has been at the core of great music for more than 500 years. Hear how this distinctive sequence of four notes links together Beethoven, the Supremes, Bowie, Rihanna and many others. (Want more? Check out Garland's recent episode of Spinning on Air.)
Thursday, January 16, 2014
This year's Academy Award nominees for Best Original Score are an odd assortment of obvious choices, reasonable contenders, and surprises, writes WQXR's David Garland.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
The Royal Wind Music of today is based in Amsterdam, and is comprised of 13 young players from around the world. They are, in a sense, a recorder orchestra. Hear them tonight at 9 pm.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Joshua Rifkin studied with Babbitt and Stockhausen, recorded with a jug band, and created arrangements for Judy Collins. This Sunday at 9 pm, he talks with David Garland about J.S. Bach.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Hear leading musicians from the classical, jazz and contemporary music worlds re-imagine and perform their favorite Bach. Part of WQXR's BACH 360 festival. Hosted by Terrance McKnight and David Garland. Watch the on-demand video now.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Learning an instrument isn't easy, but getting to fake one for a Hollywood film is no picnic either. Christopher Walken talks about his role as a cellist in "A Late Quartet."
Saturday, May 05, 2012
There seems to be a trend in film scores these days. Instead of conventional melodies and themes, more and more composers are creating sonic atmospheres that blur the lines between score, sound design, and sound effects.
David Garland presents music from "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "The Hurt Locker," "Another Happy Day," "The Grey," "Dark Shadows," and other contemporary films, plus earlier examples of the moody approach.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Q2 Music celebrated America’s great iconoclastic composers when San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas brought his “American Mavericks” tour to New York. In anticipation of their Carnegie Hall concerts, composer John Adams and Meredith Monk, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, pianist Jeremy Denk, and other guests joined Tilson Thomas ...
Thursday, March 22, 2012
This 2001 episode of WNYC's Spinning on Air marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Harry Partch. Host David Garland plays a mix of Partch's music and recorded speech, including introductions to and performances on Partch's exotic array of home-made instruments.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Tonight at 7 pm in The Greene Space, composer Huang Ruo joins host David Garland for an evening of conversation and premiere performances from New York and China-based composers.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Written on the Wind enfolds premieres from New York and China-based composers into a larger conversation of how place and tradition shape a composer’s style.
Monday, January 23, 2012
WQXR presents Lang Lang and Quintessenso: Join Lang Lang and the Quintessenso Children’s Choir of Mongolia for a special Chinese New Year’s celebration featuring traditional folk songs and audience favorites.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
On Monday, March 26 at 7 pm, Q2 Music welcomes San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas, composer John Adams and the St. Lawrence String Quartet to The Greene Space.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
As the intense emergency of the 9/11 attacks subsided, David Garland turned to the music of 18th Century German composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Moved by Bach's deep emotion, the beauty of Bach's musical logic, and the profound way Bach's music is able to express the truths and ideals of humanity, Garland created "Bach: Solace and Inspiration," to inaugurate WNYC's return to music programming on September 23, 2001. For this tenth anniversary of 9/11, Garland has assembled highlights from the original program.