Composer Dave Longstreth first brought his band Dirty Projectors to Spinning On Air back in 2005. Now, seven years later, they're back in the studio to perform songs from their newest album, "Swing Lo Magellan." David Garland talks with Longstreth and members of the group about the music, how they created it, and the ideas behind it.
Listened to out of their original context, film scores invite new interpretations, and stimulate the invention of movies for the mind's eye. David Garland presents music to accompany your own imaginary cinema, from great film score composers such as Ennio Morricone, Alexandre Desplat, Nino Rota, Georges Delerue, Alex North, and others.
Mx Justin Vivian Bond creates an edgy but empathetic narrative by carefully selecting songs by famous and not-so-well-known songwriters, and singing them with pianist Thomas Bartlett. David Garland welcomes Justin and Thomas to the WNYC Studio, where they perform and talk about their work.
Refreshing, startling, and also engaging, Diane Cluck is an artist willing to explore the frontiers of song, and occasionally report back to us what she discovers there. Diane uses the usual songwriter tools of words and music, and voice and guitar, but somehow her songs are very unusual. They manage to inspire new ideas and perceptions, with unique perspectives providing revealing insights. She first visited Spinning On Air in 2004, and now Diane Cluck returns to perform some new songs with drummer Anders Griffen and vocalist Abbey Todras, and to talk about the songs with host David Garland.
Diane Cluck "Not Afraid to Be Kind" & "Why Feel Alone" on WNYC's Spinning On Air
Diane Cluck "Draw Me Out" on WNYC's Spinning On Air
Diane Cluck "Mutant Landscape" & "Gray Skulls" & "Mystery Over Mind" on WNYC's Spinning On Air
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.
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. Suddenly there are a number of young composer/pianists exploring a relaxed and alert sensibility in their music. David Garland presents an hour pianissimo pianos.
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.
Sometimes it feels like the swirling currents of current events are pushing and pulling us off course. David Garland offers pieces by Max Richter, Carl Orff, Pete Seeger, Kitty Brazelton, and anonymous music from centuries ago, which might clear your mind, and stimulate it, providing room to think.
Dana Buoy visits the WNYC Studio to perform his new songs and explain to host/producer David Garland how a trip to a remote lagoon in Thailand, time spent on the coast of Mexico, and falling in love have colored and shaped his music.
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.
Music can transport us to the transcendent. David Garland presents some recent recordings that provide this sort of journey. Syrian-born singer Gaida improvises with Nigerian vocalist Yacouba Moumuni; 91 year-old sitarist Ravi Shankar performs Raga Malgunji, a meditative raga reflecting on the distance between the human and the supreme; and Palestinian singer and oud player Kamilya Jubran performs songs about war and survival.
David Garland presents three Beatles classics stretched to fit an hour.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
Plastic Spoon plays songs about money. This newly-formed New York group features Karen Mantler (voice, harmonica), Kato Hideki (bass), Doug Wieselman (guitar), and Shahzad Ismaily (drums) -- great, creative musicians who've played with everybody, pushed musical boundaries, and are now experimenting with being a somewhat normal rock band. They sing a song about Karl Marx, another about billionaire David Koch, plus there's a rollicking song about paying--and not paying--the utility bill. Host David Garland welcomes Plastic Spoon to the WNYC Studio to perform and talk about their music. Lend an ear--but only one ear, because Plastic Spoon demands that their music be heard in mono!
Plastic Spoon "I Am A Man" on WNYC's Spinning On Air
Plastic Spoon "Boogie Man" on WNYC's Spinning On Air
Dory Previn was a one-of-a-kind songwriter who co-wrote (with then-husband Andre Previn) Oscar-nominated songs for Hollywood during the 1950s and '60s, and, beginning in 1970, created and performed distinctly personal, confessional songs with smart words and interesting music. Dory Previn died February 14, 2012 at age 86. David Garland interviewed Previn and featured her music on the April 19, 1998, edition of Spinning On Air. Here's that show again, in memorium.
Elomar is a Brazilian singer and composer born in 1937. Elomar has created a unique approach to song, drawing on folk, classical, and ancient troubadour traditions. Host David Garland presents an introduction to Elomar's music.
In the mid-20th Century there were unprecedented modernist influences on the fields of architecture, and furniture, graphic, and industrial design. Designers such as Eero Saarinen, Alvin Lustig, and Charles and Ray Eames created chairs, films, and homes that combined innovation, practicality, and beauty.48540