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Spinning on Air : March 2012

Shelley Hirsch - Where Were You Then?

Sunday, March 25, 2012

 

Vocalist/composer Shelley Hirsch has been opening ears in the downtown New York scene for decades. As an improviser she’s brought her lightning reflexes, wild imagination, and vocal virtuosity to projects with John Zorn, Christian Marclay, and many others. Hirsch has become increasingly interested in exploring a unique, musical approach to autobiographical storytelling. Her new recording, created in collaboration with Swiss composer and multi-instrumentalist Simon Ho, is “Where Were You Then?” In it, Hirsch tells stories about online dating, living in California, loft-squatting in Amsterdam, hitchhiking through Germany, experiencing 9/11 in New York City, and her mother's death.
Shelley Hirsch joins David Garland to talk about and play selections from “Where Were You Then?”

 

Vocalist/composer Shelley Hirsch has become increasingly interested in exploring a unique, musical approach to autobiographical storytelling. Her new recording, created in collaboration with Swiss composer and multi-instrumentalist Simon Ho, is “Where Were You Then?” In it, Hirsch tells stories about online dating, living in California, loft-squatting in Amsterdam, hitchhiking through Germany, experiencing 9/11 in New York City, and her mother's death. Shelley Hirsch joins David Garland to talk about and play selections from “Where Were You Then?”

 

 

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Hearing Voices

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Let’s hear what kind of conversation these varied musical voices can have with each other, and with our own inner voices. David Garland shares vocal recordings old and new from various cultures.

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Larkin Grimm - Soul Retrieval Live

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Larkin Grimm returns to Spinning On Air with harpist Jesse Sparhawk and drummer Jeremy Gustin, to perform music from her new album "Soul Retrieval," and she talks with David Garland about her experiences with shamanic ceremonies, having a baby, Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture, Kurt Cobain's suicide, seeking spiritual wisdom, and much more.

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Nora York: Power/Play

Sunday, March 04, 2012

 

"Power/Play" is a musical kaleidoscope of culture and politics; a powerful and playful collage of references and insights; a revealing re-mix of the familiar and the new. New York-based composer and singer Nora York began work on "Power/Play" soon after Congress passed the bipartisan resolution authorizing President Bush to use military force in 2002. With verses from Bob Dylan’s 1963 song "Masters of War" as its centerpiece and leitmotif, "Power/Play" deconstructs and re-imagines established musical masterworks by John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, Stephen Foster and many others, adds in songs by York herself, and weaves it all into a compelling narrative about Americans at war and work. 
David Garland presents an hour of highlights from "Power/Play," radio being a very effective medium for York's art. Coming up on Friday, March 9th, Nora York and her ensemble will perform the complete "Power/Play" in a free concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's BAM Cafe.

 

With verses from Bob Dylan’s 1963 song "Masters of War" as its centerpiece and leitmotif, Nora York's "Power/Play" deconstructs and re-imagines established musical masterworks by John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, Stephen Foster and many others, adds in songs by York herself, and weaves it all into a compelling narrative about Americans at war and work. David Garland presents an hour of highlights from "Power/Play." Nora York will perform the complete "Power/Play" in a free concert at BAM Cafe, Friday, March 9th.

 

 

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