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The World's Most-Used Musical Sequence!

What do Beethoven, Rihanna, The Beatles, The Supremes, and many others have in common? The Andalusian Cadence, a four-note progression that's the world's most-used musical sequence!

The Gorgeous, Unlikely Music of Colleen

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Colleen creates modern French vocal chamber music influenced by Jamaican Dub, played on an electric Renaissance viola da gamba. She performs and talks about her recent music.
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Cantar alla Viola Revives a Sound Not Heard Since the Renaissance

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Voice and viola da gamba duo Cantar alla Viola joins David Garland in the WNYC studio to perform and talk about music of the Renaissance, plus their unique take on Brazilian Bossa Nova.
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The Startling Joy of Ornette Coleman

Sunday, June 14, 2015

David Garland presents a selection of Ornette Coleman's recordings that should please aficionados, and also serve as an introduction for anyone curious about Coleman's music.
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Listening to the Voice Within

Sunday, June 07, 2015

David Garland presents introspective music by Percy Mayfield, Jacob Cooper, Julia Holter, Harry Nilsson, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Kyle Gann, Dougie Bowne, Aaron Roche, and Michael Price.
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Spinning On Air Performance Series at Roulette

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Roulette has invited Spinning On Air's David Garland to curate four evenings of adventurous songwriters June 2 - 5, featuring composers who are finding new paths in the land of song.
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Michael Giacchino Presents His Music for 'Tomorrowland,' 'Jurassic World,' and 'Inside Out'

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Composer Michael Giacchino joins David Garland to present music from "Tomorrowland," and to premier music from "Jurassic World" and "Inside Out."
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Jenny Hval's Transgressive Pop

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Jenny Hval's songs combine pop music with experimentalism; the melodic gestures of love songs with pointed feminist commentary. She plays her music, and talks about it with David Garland
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Mother's Day

Sunday, May 10, 2015

From old gems to modern takes on motherhood, and laments for mothers lost by James Brown and John Lennon, David Garland presents a treasury of songs for Mother's Day.
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Tenzin Choegyal, a Compassionate Voice from Tibet

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Singer Tenzin Choegyal was born in Tibet. He writes songs that draw on his past and his world travels. With Jesse Paris Smith he performs in the studio, and talks with David Garland.
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Spinning On Earth - An Earth Day Special on Climate Change with Patti Smith, Pathway to Paris, and More

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Music and conversation in The Greene Space with musician/poets Patti Smith, Anne Waldman, Larkin Grimm; 350.org's May Boeve; Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon of Pathway to Paris.
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Instrument of the Angels

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Some performers are extending the harp into new territory, and their music is devilishly heavenly. David Garland presents new and old recordings by experimental harpists.
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Laura Marling Goes Electric

Sunday, April 05, 2015

British songwriter Laura Marling talks with David Garland about solitude, empathy, love and anxiety, and with her band performs songs from her new album, "Short Movie."
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Liturgy Live and Loud

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The band Liturgy brings their visceral and virtuosic music to the WNYC studio. David Garland talks with the group about their music and the ideas and processes behind it.
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Music New and on the Way

Sunday, March 22, 2015

New and forthcoming releases, mostly by musicians who have visited Spinning On Air to share their uncategorizable music, including Sufjan Stevens, Colleen, Chilly Gonzales, and others.
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Guy Klucevsek: Squeezing the Most Out of the Accordion

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Accordionist/composer Guy Klucevsek performs his virtuosic, joyful music with vocalists Peter Brown and Kamala Sankaram, pianist Jed Distler, and his trio All Accordions All the Time.
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Coping Strategies

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Celebrate loss. Say "so what?" to adversity. Shout into the abyss. Talk with friends. David Garland presents these and other "coping strategies" suggested in songs.
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Piers Faccini: Continental Drifter

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Piers Faccini's new Mediterranean hybrid music draws on his mixed European background, with influences from north Africa and elsewhere. He performs live and talks with David Garland.
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Devon Sproule: Tuneful, Tender, and Nimble

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Devon Sproule's singing is honest and moving, playful and powerful. Her songs are distinctive, personal, and highly melodic. David Garland welcomes her to the WNYC Studio.
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Other Languages

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Songs come at our brains from two directions: music and words. But to be meaningful, words don't always need to be understood. David Garland presents unusual songs in other languages.
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Alexandre Desplat Discusses His Two 2015 Oscar-Nominated Scores

Sunday, February 08, 2015

French composer Alexandre Desplat joins David Garland to present his two Oscar contenders in this year's Best Score category, The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Imitation Game.
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