Sunday, June 29, 2014
Composer and singer L.D. Brown records as Grey Reverend, and his songs display his reverence for the grey areas of emotion and musical style. David Garland welcomes Grey Reverend to WNYC for this in-studio performance and conversation. Along with songs from his new album, A Hero's Lie, Grey Reverend brings us his thoughts and observations on flawed heroes, skateboarding, racism, songwriting, and much more.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
For Father's Day, David Garland presents music recorded by a father and son who both wrote beautiful, adventurous songs before meeting tragic early endings.
Sunday, June 08, 2014
Viking Moses is the musical project of songwriter Brendon Massei, and the band visits the WNYC Studio to perform and talk about their songs. With a personal take on the styles of rock and country, Massei's songs can be like short stories. Massei is a wanderer who has been on tour nearly nonstop since his first visit to Spinning On Air ten years ago. He has just returned from performances in mainland China, and talks about his experiences there with host David Garland.
Sunday, June 01, 2014
David Garland presents an hour of songs about birds, including pieces by Laura Marling and Scott Matthew recorded for Spinning On Air, and works by The Incredible String Band, The Beach Boys, Anita O'Day, and Dave Van Ronk. Plus an excerpt from Jim Fassett's "Symphony of the Birds," a tape collage constructed from recordings of bird song.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Jen Shyu performs her dramatic, unusual music in the WNYC Studio. Shyu weaves together influences from jazz, classical, and various traditions including music of Korea and Java, as well as Taiwan and East Timor where her parents were born. Shyu speaks with David Garland about her musical odyssey, and performs pieces from her new solo opera "Solo Rites: Seven Breaths." Using Taiwanese moon lute, piano, Korean gayageum, and her extraordinary singing voice, Jen Shyu addresses heritage, politics, poetry, and women's issues and experiences.
Jen Shyu "Qemaiaqaiam: Taiwanese Women’s Song of the Pinuyumayan people" on WNYC's Spinning On Air
Jen Shyu "Song for Naldo" on WNYC's Spinning On Air
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Composer and keyboardist Sun Ra studied esoteric subjects and created a vast catalog of unusual music displaying a cosmic vision rooted in jazz. To honor Sun Ra's Centenary, David Garland is joined by Sun Ra archivist Michael D. Anderson and WFMU's Irwin Chusid, who share some classics and rarities.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
The powerful, delicate music of English songwriter Nick Drake was underappreciated during his brief lifetime. But since Drake's death at age 26 in 1974, his recordings have gradually reached more and more listeners. It hasn't been entirely clear just from where he evolved his distinctive musical style. Now a brand new album gives David Garland the opportunity to show that the songwriter who had the greatest influence on Nick Drake was his mother, Molly Drake.
Sunday, May 04, 2014
The GOASTT (or more formally The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger) perform and talk about their new music in the WNYC Studio. Fronted by Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl, the band has expanded and received an infusion of electricity. The wild spirit of the 1960s is heard in their music, continuing that decade's melding of rock songs with experimental and psychedelic influences--a melding originally led in part by Sean's parents John Lennon and Yoko Ono. David Garland welcomes the group to the studio as they sing and play ornate, rowdy, tuneful songs from their new album "Midnight Sun."
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Songwriter, singer, poet, memoirist, artist, icon Patti Smith performs in WNYC's The Greene Space. In a program of songs and poetry coordinated by her daughter Jesse Paris Smith, Patti Smith performs with Tree Laboratory (Jesse Paris Smith and Eric Hoegemeyer) and her long-time collaborator guitarist Lenny Kaye. David Garland presents these highlights from the April 23rd performance.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
There was a particular renaissance back in the 1950s and '60s, bringing together poetry and jazz. Some of those vintage experiments surely laid the groundwork for the poetry slams and rap of today. David Garland presents some classic poetry and jazz recordings, including the voices of Jack Kerouac and Langston Hughes, along with music by Charles Mingus, Al Cohn and Zoot Sims, Allyn Ferguson, and others.
Sunday, April 06, 2014
On Wednesday, April 23, Spinning On Air will present a special event in the Greene Space, "Mixing Memory and Desire: An Evening of Music, Poetry, Sound, and Remembrance," with Jesse Paris Smith, Eric Hoegemeyer, and Patti Smith. The event is sold out, but will be broadcast on Spinning On Air April 27. In this program David Garland presents some highlights of past work by Patti Smith and Tree Laboratory, to give some idea of what their Greene Space performance might be like.
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 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 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.