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It's not every day that a 10-year-old blind boy from Quebec sings the blues

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A blind 10-year-old boy from Quebec named Félix has become a YouTube sensation for his take on a B.B. King classic. And counselors at his summer camp for blind children say he's helping inspire other kids to have more confidence in themselves.

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New Sounds

Electric Guitarist/Composers

Monday, July 21, 2014

For this New Sounds, dig into a variety of sounds from electric guitarist/composers, like the ambient electronic texture of Noveller to the pulsing minimalist shimmer of Empyrean Atlas.

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The Greene Space

On-Demand Video: WQXR Presents Guitarist Miloš

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The award-winning guitarist Miloš joined us for an intimate concert and conversation on July 14, 2014, performing favorites from the Spanish classical guitar repertoire.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: The Courtneys

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Canadian rockers perform at Hammerstein Ballroom. Download '90210.'

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The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

Astral In Wonderland, Part Two

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Young Artists Showcase returns to Philadelphia for more music from a fairy tale concert program called Astral In Wonderland.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Pen and Paper Lyrics, Space-Age Sounds

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

He has a new album coming about and will be performing June 6 at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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Studio 360

Julian Lage: The Prodigy Grows Up

Friday, May 30, 2014

Julian Lage started playing guitar at five, and traded solos with Santana at eight. There was even a documentary made about him. Now, at 26, he’s finally coming out with a solo record.

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New Sounds

Now is the Winter of our Discontent

Thursday, April 03, 2014

"Now is the Winter of our Discontent / Made glorious Summer by this sun of York..." (Shakespeare's Richard III) or, if you prefer, "Winter is Coming" (or at least Season 4 of "Game of Thrones.") For this New Sounds program listen to songs about winter, as we welcome spring from San Francisco-based finger-style guitarist Sean Smith to the minimalist cool of the Geoff Smith Band.  There's the rare bit of instrumental music from Meredith Monk along with music for cellist Zach Miskin, written by guitarist Bryce Dessner (the National, Clogs), as well as keyboard music from David Borden.  Also, from New York-based Matt McBane and Build, hear "Imagining Winter."  Listen to Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurðsson's take on winter, as well as Japanese pianist/composer/producer Ryuchi Sakamoto's music, "Ice." That, and more.

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Car Talk

#1412: The Truth Detector

Saturday, March 22, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Tom and Ray help test a device that should strike fear in the hearts of all mechanics: a voice biometrics-based lie detector. Elsewhere, Corinne can't seem to get an oil change without a broken dipstick as a bonus; Christine's keys are stuck in her ignition--which may not be too worrisome, since her car won't start; and can struggling musician Dan fix his van's exhaust with guitar strings and an orange juice can? Also, a story that offers even more proof why you should never drive like Tommy! All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

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WQXR Blog

Paco de Lucia: A Flamenco Master's Foray into Classical Music

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Paco de Lucia, widely considered to be the world's greatest flamenco guitarist, died on Wednesday at age 66, after suffering a heart attack while on vacation in Mexico.

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New Sounds

Highlights from 2014 NY Guitar Festival Marathon

Thursday, January 30, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to highlights from the 2014 New York Guitar Festival Marathon concert, recorded at and by Merkin Hall.  The program was full of music from both North and South America, and took place on January 20, 2014 (Martin Luther King Day.)   Listen to California guitarist Connie Sheu, playing music from Canada, along with Jorge Caballero playing music by American composer John Major.  There’s also music from Uruguay & Brazil performed by the Uruguayan and Brazilian duo, Duo Siqueira-Lima.  Plus, hear music from New York Guitar Festival co-curator William Kanengiser, and still more Brazilian guitar music from the Brasil Guitar Duo. 

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Soundcheck

Hear: Badi Assad, Live On Soundcheck

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Badi Assad is considered one of the greatest guitarists in Brazil and for her latest album, Between Love and Luck, she was inspired by a new addition to the family: her baby daughter. Hear her perform a solo acoustic set in the Soundcheck studio.

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New Sounds

Jozef van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch

Monday, January 20, 2014

Dutch lutenist Jozef van Wissem visits the studio with none other than minimalist director and comic book hair model Jim Jarmusch. Their filmmaker/musician collaboration, "The Joy that Never Ends" combines palindromic trance / mystical lute pieces by Van Wissem,  and Jarmusch's waves of subtle guitar feedback meandering from his amplifier.  For this New Sounds program, they offer live performance of their collaboration as a preview for their live show at Issue Project Room on Friday, Oct. 14.  As a fun aside, Jozef van Wissem (who performs on a 24-string Baroque lute) has also written music for the medieval SIMS video game.

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Soundcheck

Hear: Jim Campilongo, Live On Soundcheck

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Hear guitarist and composer Jim Campilongo perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck

12 Days Of Soundcheck '13: Gary Clark Jr., 'When My Train Comes In'

Thursday, December 12, 2013

On Thursday, December 12, download a special live performance of Gary Clark Jr.'s song "When My Train Comes In" recorded in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Atsumasa Nakabayashi

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The guitarist Atsumasa Nakabayashi performs at Carnegie Hall Tuesday. Download "Caves of Altamira."

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New Sounds

Works for Multiple Electric Guitars

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Hear music for multiple electric guitars, from guitarists Dustin Wong, Dominic Frasca and Pat Metheny playing Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint.

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Soundcheck

Joan Jett: Forever 'Unvarnished'

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

As a wise man named Dave Grohl once said, "Joan Jett is the real deal. She is a real rock and roller." The founding member of the all-female '70s rock band The Runaways and longtime leader of her own band, The Blackhearts, recently released her first album of new material in almost a decade. Titled Unvarnished, the record is a reflection of Jett's recent life experiences -- dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in her town of Long Beach; moving past the deaths of her parents; and reflecting on the place of social media in today's society.

We talk with Jett in the Soundcheck studio about her latest album, blasting through rock and roll stereotypes as a young female artist, and why she roots for the Green Bay Packers. 

 

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New Sounds

All Acoustic

Friday, October 11, 2013

It’s an all-acoustic program of music on this New Sounds, including music from Colin Jacobsen & the Silk Road Ensemble, violinist Hilary Hahn, and guitarist Kevin Hufnagel. If Hufnagel’s name sounds familiar, it could be because we heard from his ambient record “Transparencies” previously on New Sounds, or perhaps more likely, it is because of his work as a guitarist in Dysrhythmia, Gorguts, and Vaura, (largely metal outfits) among others. But on his latest release, “Ashland,” he has made a record of captivating and thoughtful instrumental miniatures built around the baritone ukulele, both prepared (with wooden file, hair elastic and sewing needle in the strings - nod to John Cage) and unaltered. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

David Bromberg Performs Live

Monday, September 30, 2013

David Bromberg performs live in our studio. He’s a master of American vernacular music as a guitarist and vocalist, fluid in country blues and Dixieland, bluegrass and fingerpicking folk. His new album, “Only Slightly Mad,” shows the full range of his Americana roots.

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