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Bela Fleck

New Sounds

"String" Trios

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Listen to mostly unconventional string trios involving Malagasy zither, South Indian violin, West African kora, Chinese erhu, guitars of all sorts, banjo and much more. 

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New Sounds

A New Sounds Christmas

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Hear some unusual takes on holiday melodies, with a famous carol played on musical saws, eccentric takes on Christmas tunes from banjo wiz Bela Fleck, & Breton choir Du Bout Du Monde.

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New Sounds

New Music for Banjo and Mandolin

Thursday, December 18, 2014

New music for banjo and mandolin from the Punch Brothers, Tony Trischka, Avi Avital, Ellipsis, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Jake Schepps, and Yo-Yo Ma.

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WQXR Features

Bela Fleck's Guided Tour of Bach Interpretations

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Tonight at 10 pm, Banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck leads a guided tour of lesser-heard Bach interpretations.

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New Sounds

Based on American Folk Songs

Friday, October 10, 2014

Listen to music inspired by American folksong for this New Sounds, including tunes from Sam Amidon, Robert Plant, and Julia Wolfe's "Steel Hammer," about the legend of John Henry.

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New Sounds

New Looks at Old American Folksongs

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Listen to arrangements of American folk music and their descendants for this New Sounds, including Julia Wolfe's "Steel Hammer" and new music by banjo duo Abigail Washburn & Béla Fleck.

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Soundcheck

Béla Fleck And Brooklyn Rider: An Adventurous Collaboration

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Hear banjo master Bela Fleck and the adventurous string quartet Brooklyn Rider perform songs from their new collaborative album in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck

Author Amy Tan; Writers Club: Women In Music; Bela Fleck And Brooklyn Rider

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

In this episode: Best-selling author Amy Tan talks about her first book in eight years, The Valley of Amazement, tells us what playing in a band with Stephen King is like, and, she plays a few favorite songs for Soundcheck's Pick Three series.

Then, this week's Writers Club: Women In Music series continues with NPR Music's Ann Powers and RookieMag music editor Jessica Hopper, who share their favorite books about women in music.

And, the borders between musical styles come crashing down as the globetrotting banjo player Bela Fleck and the adventurous string quartet Brooklyn Rider play a live set in the Soundcheck studio.

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New Sounds

"String" Trios

Monday, October 21, 2013

Listen to mostly unconventional string trios involving Malagasy zither, South Indian violin, West African kora, Chinese erhu, guitars of all sorts, banjo and much more.  First, hear a new collaborative trio record from Ralph Towner, Wolfgang Muthspiel, and Slava Grigoryan who are respectively, an American 12-string guitarist, an Austrian electric guitarist, and a Kazakhstan-born, Australia-based classical guitarist.  Also, listen to an electric guitar work from the French guitar trio Philharmonie, in addition to a trio of Chinese erhu, Hindustani mohan vina, and American banjo.  Then, folk-rock meets Carnatic music (South India) on a record from acoustic guitarist Martin Simpson, together with David Hidalgo on bajo sexton, and Viji Krishnan on violin.  That, and more. 

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WQXR Features

Café Concert: Béla Fleck

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

When Béla Fleck came to the WQXR Café, curious staff members began asking about his repertoire. Would he be playing Scarlatti or Scruggs? A Bach invention or a bluegrass breakdown?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Béla Fleck

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Grammy Award-winning banjo player Béla Fleck performed live on the Leonard Lopate Show recently. He also revealed that he's a Barbra Streisand fan. Find out what else Béla Fleck's a fan of!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Banjo Master Béla Fleck

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Grammy Award-winning banjo player Béla Fleck performs live in our studio and talks about his new album, “The Impostor.” On it, he performs with an orchestra and with a string quartet.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Security at the New World Trade Center; Banjo Master Béla Fleck; Marisha Pessl's Night Film; Famous Figures in Physics

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

On today’s show, Scott Raab talks about the challenges of dealing with security at the new World Trade Center. Grammy Award-winning banjo player Béla Fleck plays music from his new album, “The Impostor,” live in our studio. Marisha Pessl talks about Night Film. And we’ll find out about symmetry and the physicist Emmy Noether, whose work in symmetries has been called as important as Einstein’s theory on the speed of light.

New Sounds

Western Musicians in Africa

Monday, September 03, 2012

For this New Sounds, sample some of Regina Carter’s "Reverse Thread," a record influenced by rhythms and melodies of Africa. She funded the project herself, thanks to her "Genius" award, traveling through West and East Africa, along with Madagascar. Listen as she arranges music by Malian guitarist Boubacar Traoré and another Malian guitarist, Habib Koite.

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New Sounds

All Over the World Music

Sunday, November 06, 2011

For this New Sounds, hear some world music that doesn't come from one specific part of the world, including Les Triaboliques, featuring guitarist Justin Adams and 3 Mustaphas 3 founder Ben Mandelson.  Plus, session-guitarist extraordinaire Smokey Hormel steps into the spotlight with a collection of Central African dance hits of the 1950s and 60s.  There's also a tune from Berlin's 17 Hippies, an almost untraceable blend of music from the gypsy, or Roma tradition, fused with circus chamber punk, mariachi music, and American country music.  And, not to be outdone, New York's own Blarvuster is composer Matthew Welch on Celtic bagpipes, drawing from his studies of Gamelan, up against some Afrobeat-y drumming.

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New Sounds

Global Banjo

Sunday, October 02, 2011

The trio of Foday Musa Suso, Joel Harrison, Tony Trischka, now known as the FoJoTo String Band, is a collaborative unit of cross-cultural kora, guitar & banjo. We'll hear some music that they played live on Soundcheck. There's also banjo in a skronky math-metal mood from Seabrook Power Plant, along with music involving the banjo's West African antecedents. Plus, shamisen music by the Yoshida Brothers, and more.

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New Sounds

Western Musicians in Africa

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

For this New Sounds, sample some of Regina Carter’s "Reverse Thread," a record influenced by rhythms and melodies of Africa. She funded the project herself, thanks to her "Genius" award, traveling through West and East Africa, along with Madagascar. Listen as she arranges music by Malian guitarist Boubacar Traoré and another Malian guitarist, Habib Koite.

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New Sounds

An American in Africa

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Hear from several different artists who made their way through Africa on this New Sounds.  We'll hear music from Bela Fleck, who made his way through Mali to record with Toumani Diabate, and a group from Uganda that was recorded in a cooking hut.  Also, listen to Roswell Rudd, who works with the Gangbe Brass Band of Benin on his latest, "Trombone Tribe."  Plus, music by the Kenyan band Extra Golden, and their thanks to Obama, along with something from the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, who bring the Central African guitar pop. Plus, music by Paul Simon, from his ground-breaking "Graceland."

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New Sounds

All Over the World Music

Monday, November 22, 2010

For this New Sounds, hear some world music that doesn't come from one specific part of the world, including Les Triaboliques, featuring guitarist Justin Adams and 3 Mustaphas 3 founder Ben Mandelson.  Plus, session-guitarist extraordinaire Smokey Hormel steps into the spotlight with a collection of Central African dance hits of the 1950s and 60s.  There's also a tune from Berlin's 17 Hippies, an almost untraceable blend of music from the gypsy, or Roma tradition, fused with circus chamber punk, mariachi music, and American country music.  And, not to be outdone, New York's own Blarvuster is composer Matthew Welch on Celtic bagpipes, drawing from his studies of Gamelan, up against some Afrobeat-y drumming. 

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Soundcheck

Picks of the Week

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Soundcheck staff picks three outstanding new releases:

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Phil Kline, John the Revelator (Cantaloupe Music) Amazon

New York-based composer Phil Kline is having a big month. With two premieres in major concert halls and ...

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