Sunday, March 02, 2014
Fred Katz was the first cellist to achieve prominence in jazz in the 1950s; and he was an innovator in more than just his choice of instrument. As a composer he combined jazz and classical influences into elegant--and sometimes elegantly odd--musical Mid-Century Modernism. Katz died September 7, 2013, at age 94. David Garland celebrates Katz's life and work with a wide range of his playful, imaginative music.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Essie Jain presents “All Became Golden,” an album that’s not just a new collection of her beautiful songs, it’s a new idea of what an album can be. “All Became Golden” is as much a film as it is an audio experience. Composer/singer Essie Jain, filmmaker Natalie Johns, and arranger Nico Muhly join David Garland to talk about this ambitious project.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Yuka C. Honda and Miho Hatori have resumed making music as Cibo Matto, and their first album in 15 years, Hotel Valentine, is their best yet. Hear them perform it live in the Spinning On Air studio.
Sunday, February 02, 2014
Pete Seeger had a long association with WNYC. David Garland presents some Seeger highlights from WNYC's Archive, including one of Seeger's 1946 shows in which he sings, accompanying himself on banjo; plus music and interview excerpts from a 1986 edition of Dave Sear's Folk Music Almanac program. In addition you'll hear Seeger play Beethoven on banjo, and sing his own nine-minute lullaby, "One Grain of Sand."
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Olivia Chaney brings her beautiful singing voice to a heart-breaking Scottish folk song, a short piece by Nick Drake's mother Molly Drake, and other traditional pieces. Plus Chaney visits from London to perform her own songs about connections, consolations, and imperfections, accompanying herself on the guitar and piano, as David Garland welcomes Olivia Chaney back to the WNYC Studio.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
M. Lamar combines the ecstatic mood of spirituals with the dark intensity of downtown punk theater, creating songs that address issues of his African-American heritage, American history, and today's social and gender politics. David Garland welcomes M. Lamar to the WNYC Studio to perform, and to talk about his piece Surveillance Punishment and the Black Psyche, and the many topics that inform and inspire his music.
Sunday, January 05, 2014
Viginia-born Thao Nguyen spent much of her twenties on the road (including a tour with WNYC's Radiolab) performing her energetic music solo and with her band The Get Down Stay Down. These days she's mostly staying put in San Francisco, working not only on her music, but, as she explains here, on being human. "It's been a discovery process," she says in this interview, "humanity means acknowledging what's inside, and acknowledging that you have a duty to show up for people, as they show up for you." David Garland welcomes Thao and The Get Down Stay Down to the WNYC Studio to perform several rollicking songs, and to talk about connections, connecting, activism, century-old color photographs, Rock and Roll, Chicken Tenders, and more.
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Clarinetist Mike McGinnis brings a large ensemble into the WNYC Studio to perform two pieces that blossom from the common ground where jazz and classical styles intersect: the mid-century modern masterpiece "Concerto for Clarinet and Combo," composed in 1956 by Bill Smith; and McGinnis's own, new clarinet concerto "Roadtrip."
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Plug in the Christmas cheer! David Garland presents vintage recordings of holiday favorites performed on Moog, Buchla, and other analog synthesizers. You might think this sonic tinsel would seem synthetic, but it's full of genuine joy and warmth.
Sunday, December 08, 2013
John Lennon wrote songs that reflected, inspired, and shaped our lives. With The Beatles, and during his solo career, Lennon questioned and challenged what a song could be, and gave us new possibilities. He was murdered in New York City on December 8, 1980, and on this anniversary, we honor his life and legacy. David Garland presents a range of Lennon's famous and less-well-known songs, and speaks with Lennon's widow Yoko Ono about what the songs mean to her and the world.
Sunday, December 01, 2013
David Garland presents some great songs by the late Lou Reed, ranging from Reed's music with The Velvet Underground in the 1960s, to more recent recordings, with an emphasis on Reed's song-portraits of New York City outsiders.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Sean Lennon returns to the WNYC Studio with Mystical Weapons, his improvisational collaboration with Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier; artist, animator and projectionist Martha Colburn; and multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily. David Garland welcomes the group to the studio, they perform one short and one long set, and they talk about the project.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Proportion is a key aspect to any work of art. An artist has to choose elements, tools, language, or components carefully--and some artists get lost in those details--but proportion addresses how those elements relate and balance. David Garland presents two new musical projects that display particular interest in the pleasures of playing with proportion: the albums "The Weighing of the Heart" by Colleen, and "The Adorables" by Zeena Parkins, Shayna Dunkelman, and Preshish Moments.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Composer Ennio Morricone has applied his wild musical imagination to over 500 film scores, creating a body of work that sounds like no other. His eccentric sense of instrumental color, his inventive ways of conveying mood and emotion, and his prolific creativity have assured his music is as surprising as it is powerful. David Garland celebrates Ennio Morricone's 85th birthday with an hour of highlights from Morricone's vast oeuvre.
Sunday, November 03, 2013
Steve Young, a writer for The Late Show with David Letterman, and musician/writer/artist Sport Murphy have been marveling at and collecting Industrial Musical LPs for years, and now they've created a lavish, humorous coffee table book titled Everything's Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals. David Garland welcomes Young and Murphy to the WNYC Studio to talk about and play examples of this music from a time when corporations wooed, soothed, and inspired their workforce with staged, costumed musicals featuring bouncy, razzle-dazzle songs about selling, buying, silicone, tractors, bathroom fixtures, air conditioners, or whatever was most germane.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
British songwriter Laura Marling sings insightful new songs about "the push and pull nature of the human psyche," as she describes it in the interview that accompanies this in-studio session. Laura returns for her fourth visit to Spinning On Air to perform songs from her fourth album Once I Was An Eagle (Ribbon Music), and to talk about the album's themes and narratives with host David Garland.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Music is a powerful fountain of joy. Music is a liberating release from tension, stress and worry. Music can be an ardent transmission of life, an eloquent rebuttal of discouragement. David Garland presents some uplifting, soul-stirring performances, ranging from Jacob Garchik's "Atheist Gospel Trombone Album," to great gospel singer Rance Allen; from the euphoric scat singing of Cab Calloway, to the contemporary vocal tapestries of Julianna Barwick; and more!
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Iva Bittová is a storyteller who rarely uses actual language to convey the emotions of her stories. Singing wordlessly, or using an implied language of her own, she creates intimate, engrossing narratives. David Garland welcomes Iva Bittová to the WNYC Studio to perform and talk about her music. She sings and plays violin simultaneously, sings some songs for voice alone, and with kalimba, drawing chiefly from material on her new ECM album, "Iva Bittová." Plus she tells of living in rural upstate New York, and being a film star in the Czech Republic.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Yoko Ono has always pushed the boundaries of art, culture, and politics. At 80 years old she's still an active, daring artist and musician, and a provocative public figure. Now the controversial legend joins David Garland to present her newest work, the album Take Me to the Land of Hell.