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
The New York-based ensemble yMusic champions music by young composers whose work combines the complexity of classical music, and the tuneful, rhythmic energy of pop. 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.
Music an be gloriously disorientating when expectations are tweaked, creatively confounded, or even deliberately ignored. David Garland presents an array of music that may subtly or radically surprise and stimulate you, including new and unreleased music from Lambchop, Larkin Grimm, Sydney Wayser, Jody Redhage, Hospitality, and more.
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.
We’re trying to figure it all out—with songs. Terry Riley’s “A Spark from the Infinite” is just one of several songs here about striving for a bit of insight and wisdom, giving voice to the religious impulse, reconciling or contrasting the secular and sacred.
Christmas music from here and there and now and then, featuring the reassuringly familiar and the disconcertingly strange. David Garland unwraps his seasonal gift for you, trimming your tree with audio ornaments by Polygraph Lounge, Gene Autry, Cary Grant, Tweety and Sylvester, Equivel, Sufjan Stevens, and more.
Radical composer John Zorn reveals to David Garland that Zorn’s Jewish family celebrated Christmas throughout his childhood, and he continues to love those memories and the holiday music that evokes and celebrates them. Zorn presents selections from his new album “A Dreamers Christmas,” an unexpectedly sweet collection of his arrangements of Christmas classics..