Friday, April 11, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Friday, March 14, 2014
If you’re one of those people who’s shy about audience participation, you should steer clear of Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects’ “4Chambers.” Or better yet, don’t. One of the dancers will pull you in, and take you on an intimate trip through a metaphorical heart. “I love it when people come in ...
Monday, March 03, 2014
In this episode: One! Two! Three! Four! Everybody loves a good toe-tapper. But have you ever wondered why we humans move to music? And why some unfortunate people can’t seem to find the beat? Columbia University music professor Mariusz Kozak tells us what he’s learned about why we physically respond to sound.
Then: The globetrotting South African choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo is best known for its work on Paul Simon's Graceland. The group, which now includes the founder’s grandson, performs songs from its beautiful new album in the Soundcheck studio.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Jenifer Ringer recently retired from the New York City Ballet, where she was a principal dancer. She talks about her nearly 23 years as a professional ballet dancer, which she chronicles in her new book Dancing Through It: My Journey In The Ballet.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
In this episode: It seems like everywhere you look these days, someone’s thoughtfully strumming a ukulele: in the Spike Jonze film Her; on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother; or, in like 2.6 million videos on YouTube. After a decade of building ukulele enthusiasm, the uke has officially hit the mainstream -- and it’s high time that we throw the tiny guitar (and soon-to-be official state instrument of Hawaii?) into the Smackdown ring.
Then: Jenifer Ringer recently retired from the New York City Ballet, where she was a principal dancer. She talks about her nearly 23 years as a professional ballerina, which she chronicles in her new book Dancing Through It.
And: Parker Millsap’s voice was once described by a reviewer as “like velvet laid over gravel.” We have to agree. The Oklahoma-bred singer-songwriter and guitarist has a heck of a voice for someone who’s still unable to drink legally in the United States. Hear Milsap perform with his band in the Soundcheck studio.
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Good and Evil; the Story of Dancer Tanaquil le Clercq; Roddy Doyle's Novel, The Guts; Brothers Who Shaped History
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
On today’s show: Cognitive scientist Paul Bloom explains why he thinks that a moral sense of good and evil is hardwired into our brains from birth. Director Nancy Biurski talks about her documentary about Tanaquil le Clercq, the ballet star who was a muse to George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins before she was paralyzed by polio at the age of 27. Roddy Doyle discusses his new novel The Guts, which picks up the story of his bestseller, The Commitments, almost 30 years later. And we’ll look at how John Foster Dulles and his brother Allen Dulles led the United States into foreign conflicts in the 1950s and how we’re still feeling the aftereffects today.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Another year, another vanished venue. This weekend, Williamsburg's D.I.Y. music space 285 Kent closed its doors for the final time with a rousing sendoff party. New York Times pop music critic Jon Caramanica was in the audience for the farewell show, and he explains why 285 Kent was a special spot on the NYC music map.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Sample music from unusual dance scores on this New Sounds program. Listen to music from the New York trio, Spanish Fly - consisting of slide trumpet player/composer Steven Bernstein, slide guitar mastermind Dave Tronzo and tuba genius Marcus Rojas- which draws on famous American folksongs. Some of that trio’s music was used for the production of “Fly by Night” by the San Francisco Ballet.
Friday, November 15, 2013
The legendary choreographer and director Bob Fosse forever changed the way America dances. He's the only person to win an Oscar, a Tony, and an Emmy in the same year. And according to Sam Wasson, author of the new biography Fosse, he revolutionized the American musical twice.
Friday, November 15, 2013
In this episode: In Fosse, a new biography of the legendary dancer and choreographer Bob Fosse, author Sam Wasson reveals the insecure, insanely brilliant man who forever changed the way we dance.
Then, Colorado chamber-pop quintet Princess Music play songs from Odobenidae -- the band's new album named after the marine mammal family that includes the walrus -- in the Soundcheck studio.
And: Since the 1970's, cochlear implants have allowed more than 200,000 deaf people to hear. But it might surprise you to hear that the implants do not allow for hearing music -- at least the way that those with normal hearing do. Dr. Charles Limb explains why, and what some researchers are doing to change that.
Saturday, November 02, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
Movies and TV are absorbing drones (or unmanned aerial vehicles as they are properly called) as plot devices in The Bourne Legacy and Homeland, for example. But some fine artists are also trying to sway this national conversation. Adam Harvey designs burqas and hijabs that make the wearer invisible ...
Saturday, September 21, 2013
By Gisele Regatao : Senior Editor, Culture, WNYC News
There are thousands of artists in New York City. Some are famous internationally. Others are scratching out a living while perfecting their craft in basements or on stage. WNYC is bringing a few of them to the spotlight, in their own voices.