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Cello

New Sounds

Tuff Strum

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Listen to “Cello Multitracks” on this New Sounds program.  It’s Gabriel Prokofiev's four-part suite scored for nine cellos, as realized by the technologically skilled cellist Peter Gregson, (yep, on all nine parts.) The work is sometimes jarring, sometimes it grooves, then it will like as not scuttle like dust bunnies, whether plucked or scraped. 

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Soundcheck

Five Questions for Ben Sollee: DIY Edition

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Cellist and singer-songwriter Ben Sollee exudes a can-do attitude. Not only does he tour the country by bicycle (yes, instrument in tow), he also figured out his own unique way of playing the cello and raised the money for his latest album online. So we thought it'd be appropriate to ask him five questions tailored to his DIY ethic. 

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Soundcheck

Ben Sollee Strums, Bows and Plucks In Studio

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

If you’ve ever seen a man riding a bike down the side of the road with a cello strapped to the side of it, well, chances are it was Ben Sollee. The Kentucky-bred musician has earned quite a reputation for ditching the van in favor of

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New Sounds

Vincent Segal & Ballake Sissoko

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

“Chamber Music,” the quietly elegant record from Ballaké Sissoko, who plays the traditional kora, a lute-harp from Mali, and Vincent Ségal, the French cellist who plays for the trip-hop band Bumcello, came about because Sissoko approached Segal after a Chocolate Genius show.  Following improvisatory leads, they wrote intimate and warm global chamber music, which sounds like it came about in the still of the night.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Portland Cello Project

Monday, June 25, 2012

Oregon's Portland Cello Project plays the Housing Works Bookstore on Monday night. Download the group's cover of Jay Z's and Kanye West's "H*A*M."

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New Sounds

Cello and Voice

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Listen to music for cello and voice on this edition of New Sounds.   We’ll hear a few selections from "The Escape Artist," a new opera by composer, vocalist & cellist Robert Een.  He worked with Meredith Monk for fifteen years, culminating the creation of their hour-long music-theater duet, "Facing North," and his writing, including this opera, employs extended techniques for both voice and cello. 

 

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New Sounds

Acoustic World Music

Monday, March 12, 2012

For this New Sounds, sample from Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal's "Chamber Music," a lovely, intimate album for kora and cello. Also, a Senegalese/Belgian collaboration from Malick Pathe Sow & Maoba, a medieval Moorish song played by Chicago clarinetist James Falzone's trio, a sarod/guitar duo by Ranajit Sengupta & Miguel Guldimann, and more.

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New Sounds

New Works for Cello

Friday, December 02, 2011

This New Sounds brings us something from cellists Zoe Keating, Erik Friedlander, and Brent Arnold.   The San Francisco-based Keating loops layers upon layers of cello to create her own one-woman orchestra.  We'll hear from her latest, "Into the Trees."

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Features

Live on Soundcheck: Christopher O’Riley and Matt Haimovitz

Monday, November 14, 2011

Watch a video of cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O'Riley playing "Empty Room" by Arcade Fire in WNYC's Soundcheck studios here.

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Radiolab

Free Download: Zoe Keating

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

"Optimist," by Zoe Keating

Zoe Keating is a friend of the show. We've performed live with her around a dozen times, give or take. And on our last tour (Symmetry), Zoe would often play this piece, Optimist, which she wrote for her son Alex when he was negative four months old. Every time, the audience fell into a trance. Those are the moments from the tour I really remember, getting to sit quietly on stage and watch the audience watch Zoe.

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New Sounds

Vincent Segal & Ballake Sissoko

Friday, May 06, 2011

“Chamber Music,” the quietly elegant record from Ballaké Sissoko, who plays the traditional kora, a lute-harp from Mali, and Vincent Ségal, the French cellist who plays for the trip-hop band Bumcello, came about because Sissoko approached Segal after a Chocolate Genius show.  Following improvisatory leads, they wrote intimate and warm global chamber music, which sounds like it came about in the still of the night. 

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WQXR Features

Café Concert: Alisa Weilerstein

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

In the WQXR Café, the effusive 29-year-old Alisa Weilerstein evoked a classical version of Janis Joplin, fearlessly lunging into the grand emotional climaxes of Bach's Third Cello Suite while reducing soft passages to barely a whisper.

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WQXR Features

Cello Can Replace Voice? Chanticleer Thinks So

Monday, March 28, 2011

The celebrated San Francisco-based male choral group Chanticleer had a surprise pinch hitter on Saturday, as bass Eric Alatorre was replaced by cellist Laura McLellan. Alatorre has fallen ill with laryngitis.

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New Sounds

Softer Sides of World Music

Thursday, November 18, 2010

For this New Sounds, sample from Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal's "Chamber Music," a lovely, refined album for kora and cello. Also, a Senegalese/Belgian collaboration from Malick Pathe Sow & Maoba, a medieval Moorish song played by Chicago clarinetist James Falzone's trio, a sarod/guitar duo by Ranajit Sengupta & Miguel Guldimann, and more.

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Soundcheck

The Advanced Genius Theory

Friday, August 27, 2010

Musicians like Bob Dylan, Lou Reed and Sting earned career-defining acclaim early on, but produced bewildering or disappointing work later. But maybe they didn't "lose it." Perhaps we're just not smart enough to understand their art. Today: the Advanced Genius Theory, a brilliant pop-culture philosophy -- or a crazy idea hatched at a Pizza Hut. (Or both.) Also: Cellist Joshua Roman made a splash at age 22 by winning principal cello in the Seattle Symphony. Now a solo artist, Roman stops by perform live in our studio.

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New Sounds

New Works for Cello

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

This New Sounds brings us something from cellists Zoe Keating, Erik Friedlander, and Brent Arnold.   The San Francisco-based Keating loops layers upon layers of cello to create her own one-woman orchestra.  We'll hear from her latest, "Into the Trees." 

Studio 360

Erik Friedlander

Friday, October 17, 2008

In the 1960s and 70s, Lee Friedlander took his family on summer road trips, and took pictures that established him as a great American photographer. Erik Friedlander, his son, grew up to be an innovative cellist. Kurt talks with him about his

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Studio 360

Yo-Yo Ma

Friday, October 19, 2007

The virtuoso cellist Yo-Yo Ma has gotten a lot of attention in the last decade for forming and leading The Silk Road Ensemble –- a group that draws its members and music from countries all across Asia. Whether on the road or at home in ...

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Studio 360

Beethoven’s Fifth

Saturday, May 29, 2004

When Portland artist damali ayo turned on the radio recently, she was so blown away she had the sudden desire to play air cello. What piece of music could be so powerful? A new version of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, performed by the Vienna Philharmonic and conducted by Simon Rattle. Produced ...

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Studio 360

Cellist

Saturday, May 10, 2003

Some say that orchestras are the canaries in the coal mines for arts funding. Nick Dargahi was playing cello for the San Jose Symphony when it went bankrupt this January. Produced by Trey Kay.

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