Sunday, June 30, 2013
Judy Collins' 1967 album "Wildflowers" is a lovely collection of thoughtful songs sung beautifully to inventive, timeless orchestral arrangements. There hasn't been another album quite like it, before or since. Joshua Rifkin, who created the sensitive arrangements for "Wildflowers," and conducted the recording, joins David Garland in the WNYC Studio to tell of his experiences helping to make this timeless album at age 23. We learn how he was at first stuck for ideas, and how at a convivial California lunch of wine and Collin's Beef Stroganoff, inspiration suddenly struck. Rifkin shares insights about a few specific arrangements, and we learn a bit about Rifkin's own diverse career as a member of The Even Dozen Jug Band, arranger of "The Baroque Beatles Book," catalyst for the revival of interest in composer Scott Joplin, and Rifkin's life-long involvement with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Imbibe some sounds to refresh your summer. David Garland presents the Lee Hazelwood/Nancy Sinatra classic "Summer Wine," some instrumental guitar music, recent recordings by Nina Nastasia, Clare and the Reasons, Kemp & Eden, Rozi Plain, Will Stratton, and others, and the scintillating summer whine of the Brood II cicadas.
Sunday, June 09, 2013
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.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Yoko Ono and her son Sean Lennon join David Garland to present and talk about Yoko Ono's music. Yoko and Sean tell many interesting stories, speak intimately about the music, and reminisce about the events that inspired the compositions. Plus, see photos here. This show first aired May 13, 2012.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Guitarist/composer Don Bikoff's album "Celestial Explosion" was released in 1968. The album featured acoustic guitar gently altered with studio effects, and an Eastern-influenced take on the bluesy finger-picking of Mississippi John Hurt and American Primitivism of John Fahey. Bikoff has continued to play and compose, and to accumulate experience with a sense of adventure and joy. He joins David Garland in the WNYC Studio to reminisce, laugh, and play us some guitar.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Back in 1996 David Garland welcomed John Simon to the WNYC Studio to perform and to talk about Simon's music and career. Here are highlights from that session, featuring John Simon's solo renditions of several of his songs, music from some of the albums he produced for Leonard Cohen, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Band, and more.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Climb into the cello. Make yourself comfortable. Feel the vibrations engulf you as the instrument is played. Your entire world resonates.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Composer Tyondai Braxton writes angular, energized music, teeming with ideas and sounds. He's developing a new multimedia piece, HIVE, which he'll premier at The Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan on March 21st. Braxton joins David Garland to share his thoughts behind his music, and Hive in particular.
Sunday, March 03, 2013
In this episode of Spinning on Air, David Garland brings the 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, December 02, 2012
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.