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Will Stratton: Surviving and Singing

27 year-old singer, songwriter, and finger-picking guitar virtuoso Will Stratton is now feeling well and creating songs, but 2013 was a rough year for him. Stratton was diagnosed with cancer and underwent difficult but successful chemotherapy treatment and surgery. Stratton joins David Garland in the WNYC Studio, with new songs to sing and a survivor's story to tell.

Poetry & Jazz

Sunday, April 13, 2014

There was a particular renaissance back in the 1950s and '60s, bringing together poetry and jazz. Some of those vintage experiments surely laid the groundwork for the poetry slams and rap of today. David Garland presents some classic poetry and jazz recordings, including the voices of Jack Kerouac and Langston Hughes, along with music by Charles Mingus, Al Cohn and Zoot Sims, Allyn Ferguson, and others.

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Patti Smith and Tree Laboratory Coming to The Greene Space

Sunday, April 06, 2014

On Wednesday, April 23, Spinning On Air will present a special event in the Greene Space, "Mixing Memory and Desire: An Evening of Music, Poetry, Sound, and Remembrance," with Jesse Paris Smith, Eric Hoegemeyer, and Patti Smith. The event is sold out, but will be broadcast on Spinning On Air April 27. In this program David Garland presents some highlights of past work by Patti Smith and Tree Laboratory, to give some idea of what their Greene Space performance might be like.

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The Sensational Voice of Scandinavian Singer Susanna

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hushed but full of emotion, eloquent with empathy and musicality, Susanna's voice is a warm fire in the Nordic night. Norwegian singer, composer, and pianist Susanna performs in the WNYC Studio with Helge Sten (Deathprod, Supersilent) on electric guitar, and Fredrik Wallumrød (El Caco) on drums and vocals.

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The Oddly Soulful Folk Songs of Josephine Foster & Victor Herrero

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Josephine Foster sings about dreaming, colors, and temples built with beams of cartilage. Victor Herrero sings in Spanish of doves and horses. In 2008 Josephine and Victor were married. For the past year they've been wandering and performing. Now David Garland welcomes them to the WNYC Studio to perform and talk about their music.

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The Eastern-Influenced Irish Blues of Guitarist Cian Nugent

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Irish guitar virtuoso Cian Nugent says his music has "Irish intentions" even though it isn't traditional Celtic music. 

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Tom Brosseau's Songs of Wonder, Wondering, and Modern Devices

Sunday, March 09, 2014

The North Dakota singer-songwriter tackles such topics as being stuck on a roof, ambivalence about new beginnings, and our contemporary tendency to cradle our devices rather than our loved ones.

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The Elegant—and Elegantly Odd—Jazz Cello of Fred Katz

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Fred Katz was the first cellist to achieve prominence in jazz in the 1950s; and he was an innovator in more than just his choice of instrument. As a composer he combined jazz and classical influences into elegant--and sometimes elegantly odd--musical Mid-Century Modernism. Katz died September 7, 2013, at age 94. David Garland celebrates Katz's life and work with a wide range of his playful, imaginative music.

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Essie Jain “All Became Golden”

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Essie Jain presents “All Became Golden,” an album that’s not just a new collection of her beautiful songs, it’s a new idea of what an album can be. “All Became Golden” is as much a film as it is an audio experience. Composer/singer Essie Jain, filmmaker Natalie Johns, and arranger Nico Muhly join David Garland to talk about this ambitious project.

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Cibo Matto Returns With Hotel Valentine

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Yuka C. Honda and Miho Hatori have resumed making music as Cibo Matto, and their first album in 15 years, Hotel Valentine, is their best yet. Hear them perform it live in the Spinning On Air studio.

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The World's Most-Used Musical Sequence!

Sunday, February 09, 2014

What do Beethoven, David Bowie, Green Day, Mozart, *NSYNC, Pete Seeger, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, The Supremes, Rihanna, and many others all have in common? They all use the Andalusian Cadence, a four-note progression that's the world's most-used musical sequence.

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Best of Pete Seeger, from Beethoven to the the Folk Music Almanac

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Pete Seeger had a long association with WNYC. David Garland presents some Seeger highlights from WNYC's Archive, including one of Seeger's 1946 shows in which he sings, accompanying himself on banjo; plus music and interview excerpts from a 1986 edition of Dave Sear's Folk Music Almanac program. In addition you'll hear Seeger play Beethoven on banjo, and sing his own nine-minute lullaby, "One Grain of Sand."

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The Delicate Intensity of Olivia Chaney

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Olivia Chaney brings her beautiful singing voice to a heart-breaking Scottish folk song, a short piece by Nick Drake's mother Molly Drake, and other traditional pieces. Plus Chaney visits from London to perform her own songs about connections, consolations, and imperfections, accompanying herself on the guitar and piano, as David Garland welcomes Olivia Chaney back to the WNYC Studio.

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The Darkly Ecstatic Music of M. Lamar

Sunday, January 19, 2014

M. Lamar combines the ecstatic mood of spirituals with the dark intensity of downtown punk theater, creating songs that address issues of his African-American heritage, American history, and today's social and gender politics. David Garland welcomes M. Lamar to the WNYC Studio to perform, and to talk about his piece Surveillance Punishment and the Black Psyche, and the many topics that inform and inspire his music.

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Bird Songs & Songs About Birds

Sunday, January 12, 2014

David Garland presents an hour of songs about birds, including pieces by Laura Marling and Scott Matthew recorded for Spinning On Air, and works by The Incredible String Band, The Beach Boys, Anita O'Day, and Dave Van Ronk. Plus an excerpt from Jim Fassett's "Symphony of the Birds," a tape collage constructed from recordings of bird song.

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Amplifying Humanity with Thao and The Get Down Stay Down

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Viginia-born Thao Nguyen spent much of her twenties on the road (including a tour with WNYC's Radiolab) performing her energetic music solo and with her band The Get Down Stay Down. These days she's mostly staying put in San Francisco, working not only on her music, but, as she explains here, on being human. "It's been a discovery process," she says in this interview, "humanity means acknowledging what's inside, and acknowledging that you have a duty to show up for people, as they show up for you." David Garland welcomes Thao and The Get Down Stay Down to the WNYC Studio to perform several rollicking songs, and to talk about connections, connecting, activism, century-old color photographs, Rock and Roll, Chicken Tenders, and more.

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Mike McGinnis plays Bill Smith's "Concerto for Clarinet and Combo" and his own "Roadtrip"

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Clarinetist Mike McGinnis brings a large ensemble into the WNYC Studio to perform two pieces that blossom from the common ground where jazz and classical styles intersect: the mid-century modern masterpiece "Concerto for Clarinet and Combo," composed in 1956 by Bill Smith; and McGinnis's own, new clarinet concerto "Roadtrip." 

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A Very Jolly Synthesized Christmas

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Plug in the Christmas cheer! David Garland presents vintage recordings of holiday favorites performed on Moog, Buchla, and other analog synthesizers. You might think this sonic tinsel would seem synthetic, but it's full of genuine joy and warmth.

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The Musical Antidote to Holiday Hubbub

Sunday, December 15, 2013

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A Day to Celebrate Lennon: His Best Works, and Thoughts from Yoko

Sunday, December 08, 2013

John Lennon wrote songs that reflected, inspired, and shaped our lives. With The Beatles, and during his solo career, Lennon questioned and challenged what a song could be, and gave us new possibilities. He was murdered in New York City on December 8, 1980, and on this anniversary, we honor his life and legacy. David Garland presents a range of Lennon's famous and less-well-known songs, and speaks with Lennon's widow Yoko Ono about what the songs mean to her and the world.

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11 Great Lou Reed Songs

Sunday, December 01, 2013

David Garland presents some great songs by the late Lou Reed, ranging from Reed's music with The Velvet Underground in the 1960s, to more recent recordings, with an emphasis on Reed's song-portraits of New York City outsiders.

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