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Guitarist Sean Smith

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Guitarist/composer Sean Smith creates adventurous instrumental pieces for steel-string guitar, inspired by his ongoing quest for reality, his fascination with a 1930s prose poem, and the pleasure of riding the bus to the library.

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Larkin Grimm - Soul Retrieval Live

Sunday, February 10, 2013

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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Coping Strategies

Sunday, February 03, 2013

View the world with wide-eyed wonder. Celebrate loss. Say "so what?" to adversity. Shout into the abyss. Talk with friends. These and other "coping strategies" are suggested in songs by Clogs, Caetano Veloso & David Byrne, Wingdale Community Singers, Diane Cluck, Richard Thompson, Scott Walker, and others. David Garland presents a musical array of beautiful, creative, conflicting advice.

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Rhythm Composers

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Our lives are composed of rhythms--from the beat of our pulses and breathing, to our weekly and yearly schedules, we are subdivided and intersected by rhythm. David Garland presents a range of rhythms from composers such as Dan Deacon, Moondog, Ennio Morricone, Tujiko Noriko & Takemura Nobukazu, Julia Kent, and Motion Sickness of Time Travel, and Villagers.

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Extraordinary Orchestras: Ravi Shankar, and Iva Bittova

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sometimes diverse musical influences intersect in the orchestra, with exciting results. David Garland presents selections from Ravi Shankar's "Music Festival from India" from 1976, and highlights from a brand new recording, "Zvon," which features Czech singer/violinist/composer Iva Bittova with the Prague Philharmonic. Each musician's unique vision takes on majestic dimensions when presented with orchestra.

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The Genre-Spanning Genius of Chilly Gonzales

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Chilly Gonzales joins David Garland in the WNYC Studio to perform his piano music, and for a lively conversation about the ideas behind it.

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Christmas Presence

Sunday, December 23, 2012

David Garland presents some gentle and festive music for Christmas. The December darkness is illuminated with extended renditions of two seasonal songs that have been sung for centuries, a few familiar carols, and the elfin humor of the Christmas greetings The Beatles recorded for their fan club during the 1960s.

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Star Trek - The Original Music for the Original Series

Sunday, December 16, 2012

David Garland presents selections from a new 15-CD boxed set of every note of music composed for the original Star Trek, plus an interview with Jeff Bond, one of the collection's producers.

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Judy Collins Performs in the WNYC Studio

Sunday, December 09, 2012

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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Spinning On Air in The Greene Space with Yoko Ono, John Zorn, and others

Sunday, December 02, 2012

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Connie Converse Walking In the Dark

Sunday, November 25, 2012

During the 1950s Connie Converse lived in New York City writing and singing thoughtful, emotional, smart, witty, personal songs. She accompanied herself on guitar, a "singer/songwriter" before that term or style existed. The music industry of her day couldn't pigeonhole her, and didn't welcome her. Discouraged, Connie left New York in 1960, and in 1974 she wrote a series of farewell letters to her friends and family, packed up her Volkswagen Bug and disappeared. She has not been heard from since. This special edition of WNYC's Spinning On Air with David Garland, airs many of Connie's songs for the first time, and tells her story with interviews, commentary, and readings from her letters, journals, and poetry. 

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The Hawaiian War Chant Extravaganza 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Hawaiian War Chant appears on nearly every album of Hawaiian and exotic music recorded in the 1950s and '60s. It's an up-tempo number, and so a lot of eccentric, excited arrangements of the tune were recorded. David Garland offers version after version of this ditty, which was actually inspired by an old love song.

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The First Spin

Sunday, November 11, 2012

David Garland reached deep into the archive, and found a cassette tape of the very first Spinning On Air show, broadcast August 2, 1987. Appropriately enough, it features music that makes prominent use of tape recorders as musical instruments and compositional tools. During this month we're celebrating 25 years of Spinning On Air by listening to a few shows from the program's archives.

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Session Highlights

Sunday, November 04, 2012

David Garland presents some highlights from recent years, including Laura Marling, Sufjan Stevens, Antony and the Johnsons, Dirty Projectors, Michael Gira, Diane Cluck, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, and others-- even a portion of Christian Marclay's on-air improvisation on multiple turntables from November, 1987.

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Judy Collins Presents Wildflowers

Sunday, October 28, 2012

 

Judy Collins joins David Garland to talk about her landmark album "Wildflowers." In 1967 singer Judy Collins wanted to make an album that would take her and her listeners to new musical territory. Collins' earliest albums (her first was released in 1961) featured traditional American folk songs, but she was starting to sing a more adventurous, eclectic array of material. Her album "Wildflowers" featured music by two remarkable songwriters who hadn't yet had much exposure: Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. And Collins' own remarkable songs were first heard on the album. 
The orchestrations provided by Joshua Rifkin give the album a timeless quality, and even though "Wildflowers" yielded a hit song in "Both Sides Now," the album as a whole is just as daring and romantic as Collins intended it to be. In this show Judy Collins reflects on the experience of making "Wildflowers," and presents some of its exquisite songs.

 

Judy Collins joins David Garland to talk about her landmark album "Wildflowers." In 1967 singer Judy Collins wanted to make an album that would take her and her listeners to new musical territory. "Wildflowers" featured music by two remarkable songwriters who hadn't yet had much exposure: Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, plus Collins' own first remarkable songs. The album is still just as daring and romantic as Collins intended it to be.

 

 

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Singing the Story

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Here are some story-songs, grounded in old blues and British folk traditions, performed by musicians for whom the past is just a starting point. Host David Garland offers the distinctive, captivating voices of Woody Guthrie, Connie Converse, Alasdair Roberts, Sam Amidon, and others; musicians old and new who all have stories to sing.

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Reuben Butchart "Nameless and Awake"

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Composer, singer, and pianist Reuben Butchart brings his song cycle "Nameless and Awake" to the WNYC Studio. Setting poems by John William Carroll, Butchart's music combines a soulful contemporary singing style with intricate, detailed arrangements. David Garland talks with Butchart about the songs and how the music came together at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center.

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Chilly Gonzales

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Chilly Gonzales joins David Garland in the WNYC Studio to perform his piano music, and for a lively conversation about the ideas behind it.

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Requiem for a Pink Moon

Sunday, September 30, 2012

In “Requiem for a Pink Moon” Joel Frederiksen and his Ensemble Phoenix Munich intermix songs by 16th Century masters such as John Dowland and Thomas Campion, with songs by Nick Drake, the 20th Century British songwriter who died in 1974 at age 26. Frederiksen joins David Garland to present highlights from this new album.

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Say Hello

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Say hello to some new music and recent reissues. These affable sounds greet you with unusual insights and a knack for telling engaging musical stories. David Garland presents music from Brooklyn, Mali, England, Canada, Italy and elsewhere, some of Jonny Greenwood's score from the film "The Master," and some new musical settings of poems by e. e. cummings.

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