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Mike McGinnis plays Bill Smith's "Concerto for Clarinet and Combo" and his own "Roadtrip"

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." 

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A Very Jolly Synthesized Christmas

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.

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The Musical Antidote to Holiday Hubbub

Sunday, December 15, 2013

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A Day to Celebrate Lennon: His Best Works, and Thoughts from Yoko

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.

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11 Great Lou Reed Songs

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.

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Mystical Weapons, featuring Sean Lennon and Greg Saunier

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.

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The Pleasures of Playing With Proportion

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.

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Ennio Morricone's Wild Musical Imagination

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.

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Laura Marling 4

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.

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Joyful Transmissions

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!

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Stories With and Without Language: The Musical Adventures of Iva Bittová

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.

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Yoko Ono Presents "Take Me to the Land of Hell"

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.

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The Textures and Colors of Songs with Orchestra

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Some songs benefit from being performed with the intimate accompaniment of just a guitar or piano. But there are also songs that need more sonic texture and color; songs that require an orchestra. David Garland presents a variety of new and old songs that use orchestras to enhance their scope, power, impact, and even intimacy.

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Adventures In, um, ah, Autobiography: Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s “Life and Times”

Sunday, September 08, 2013

In this episode of Spinning on Air, David Garland brings Nature Theater of Oklahoma's cast of six singers and three musicians to WNYC to perform two extended excerpts from Episode 1 of "Life and Times." OK Theater's co-directors Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper also join in to talk about their work, and the thoughts and process behind it.

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Judy Collins Live in the WNYC Studio

Sunday, September 01, 2013

David Garland welcomes Judy Collins back to the show to perform new and old songs, accompanying herself on piano or guitar along with musician Russell Walden, and to speak movingly with Garland about memory, time, family, loss, and love.

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Pianissimo

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The piano, or, to use its full name, pianoforte, earned its name because it can be played both quietly (piano) and loudly (forte). Lately there seems to be a trend toward the quiet side. David Garland presents an hour of pianissimo pianos.

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Dennis Johnson's "November"

Sunday, August 18, 2013

This is the music of gradual change. A piano piece that runs for nearly six hours. Pensive. Music that sweeps the listener along into an elegiac exploration of gentle tonal and rhythmic shifts. This is November by Dennis Johnson. Several years ago La Monte Young gave composer and writer Kyle Gann a wobbly cassette transfer of Johnson's 1962 performance of a portion of November. Gann realized that the history of Minimalism needed to be rewritten to acknowledge November as one of its starting points. Gann joins David Garland to tell how his fascination for and curiosity about November led him to transcribe the old cassette, get in touch with Johnson, and create a full realization of the piece, which has now been recorded by pianist R. Andrew Lee. We hear about the piece, and hear excerpts from this multi-hour quiet explosion of ideas.

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Engulfed in Cello with Julia Kent

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Climb into the cello. Make yourself comfortable. Feel the vibrations engulf you as the instrument is played. Your entire world resonates.

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Getting There

Sunday, July 21, 2013

It's always good to have a goal, and to feel like you know where you're headed, but, as they say, the real joy and adventure is in the journey itself. David Garland presents some music that takes us places and provides some beauty and mystery in the process of getting there. New music is heard from French composer Olivier Longre, Glaswegian troubadour Alasdair Roberts, and Princeton professor Dan Trueman, along with oldies by The Beach Boys and The Cryin' Shames, and more

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John Zorn at 60

Sunday, July 07, 2013

The celebrations are already beginning for composer John Zorn's upcoming 60th birthday on September 2nd. During the next few months there will be concerts of Zorn's music in the museums and concert halls of New York City, as well as elsewhere in the world. Zorn has been David Garland's most frequent guest on Spinning On Air over the years, and now he returns to the show again, to share some new music that will be featured in two concerts that are part of the Lincoln Center Festival this month.

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