Sunday, September 02, 2012
David Garland welcomes pianist Adam Tendler for an introduction to the unusual, beautiful sounds of Cage's Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano, and some of the ideas and thoughts behind them. Featured are highlights from Tendler's performance of the piece recorded at Seabury Hall, Maui, in 2008.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
These days, when blue jeans, building exteriors, singing voices, signage (and so much more) are calculatedly "weathered" for a patina of "authenticity," it's refreshing to listen to some authentically authentic songs.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
David Garland presents recordings new and old by musicians exploring the paths that unite East and West, including a new collaboration between Jesse Sparhawk and Eric Carbonara, a classic recording by Bill Evans and Herbie Mann, and music by Nils Frahm, The Stone Poneys, Clem Alford, and Ravi Shankar.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Sunday, August 05, 2012
Here's music that's thickly slathered with sound. For these musicians, more is more, and more is better. David Garland also presents some music to calm down to.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
British songwriter Laura Marling returns for her third visit to Spinning On Air. Her first visit was in 2008 when she was just 17 and already an insightful, original songwriter. Now she performs songs from her third album "A Creature I Don't Know" and talks about the album's themes and narratives with host David Garland. Laura sings powerfully about beasts, muses, rage, and joy, and even performs a brand new, still untitled song.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Imbibe some sounds to refresh your summer. David Garland presents the Lee Hazelwood/Nancy Sinatra classic "Summer Wine," some instrumental guitar recordings from the '20s, '50s, '60s, and '70s, plus brand new recordings by Nina Nastasia, Clare and the Reasons, Kemp & Eden, Rozi Plain, Will Stratton, and others.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
The New York-based mini-orchestra yMusic champions music by young composers whose work combines the complexity of classical music, and the tuneful, rhythmic energy of pop. Today yMusic gathers in the WNYC Studio to talk with David Garland about their musical adventures, and to play striking music by Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), Judd Greenstein, and Son Lux.
Sunday, July 08, 2012
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.
Sunday, July 01, 2012
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.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
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.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
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
Sunday, June 10, 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.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
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.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
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.
Sunday, May 06, 2012
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.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
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.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
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, April 15, 2012
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.