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The Music — And Mess — In Ben Watt's Long Goodbye To His Father

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ben Watt is a singer and DJ, best known for being in the British pop duo Everything but the Girl. Now, he's back with a new album and a book that gives an inside look at his complicated relationship with his parents.

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Bill Frisell On JazzSet

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Guitarist Bill Frisell shines in three very different settings: with his band reworking John Lennon tunes, in a duo with violinist Jenny Scheinman, and with The Bad Plus playing music of Paul Motian.

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Olafur Arnalds On World Cafe

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Today's Sense of Place: Iceland session features Arnalds, who creates sweeping neoclassical music.

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Bjork On World Cafe

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The show digs deep into its archives for a discussion with the multi-talented singer from 2000.

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Soundcheck

La Mecánica Popular, Live In The Greene Space

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Watch the psychedelic salsa band perform on a special Soundcheck and Latino USA showcase, recorded live from WNYC's Greene Space.

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KCRW Presents: Quantic

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The U.K. native, one-time Colombian and current New Yorker blends traditional cumbia rhythms with electronic beats. Watch Quantic perform "Duvido" at Sonos Studio in Hollywood for KCRW.

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Fresh Air

Every Composer Needs A Great Storyteller

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

EMI has just reissued a broad spectrum of German conductor Otto Klemperer's recordings, including a box set of one of the composers he's most associated with: Gustav Mahler.

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Global Gathering

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Circumnavigate the world of Celtic music with an Afro-Balkan-Latin-Urban-Country-Celtic fusion hour.

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Top 5 Classical Music Summer Reads

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Before heading out to the beach or leaving for summer vacation, here are four new books and one e-book of interest to classical music and opera fans to take along for the trip.

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Operavore

Planet Opera: Japan

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin explores the world of Kabuki and modern Japanese operas.

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All Things Considered

How The 3 Tenors Sang The Hits And Changed The Game

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Twenty years ago, José Carreras, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti gave a sold-out concert at LA's Dodger Stadium. It still echoes today in both the music business and public TV.

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Novo Amor & Ed Tullett, 'Faux'

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This slow-building love story is sketched out with tender falsetto touched by electronics and guitar. Novo Amor is the moniker of Welsh singer Ali Lacey; Ed Tullett is an English electronic artist.

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Soundcheck

Nas: Still 'Illmatic' At Twenty

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Nasir Jones -- the hugely successful and influential rap emcee known as Nas -- is one of the greatest musical voices to emerge from New York City. In a conversation with Soundcheck, Nas reflects on his 1994 debut album Illmatic -- which now being reissued to commemorate its 20th anniversary -- and a documentary film.

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New Sounds

Human/Avian Collaborations

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Listen to a program full of music that actually employs birdsongs, in all sorts of human-avian collaborations. (With the exception of a human chorus and a chorus imitating the sound of birds on Eric Whitacre’s “Little Birds,” that is.) Hear a big band post-jazz, post-minimalist work by John Hollenbeck, featuring the voice of Theo Bleckmann, and birds. Then, there’s the concerto for orchestra and birds on tape, “Cantus Arcticus” by the Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara. Plus, hear music from producer Chris Hughes, his “Slow Motion Blackbird,” and music by trumpeter/composer/sound artist Chris Kallmyer for the Los Angeles-based new music ensemble wild Up, and more.

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Summer '94: How 'Forrest Gump' Captured The Sounds Of The Sixties

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman from The Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast look back 20 years to a huge blockbuster from 1994, Forrest Gump, and its overstuffed soundtrack of classic rock hits. They explain where the movie does justice to the music, and where the soundtrack falls into the trap of cliche. 

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Summer '94: The Music Of 'Forrest Gump'; Bebel Gilberto Plays Live; Nas' 'Illmatic' At 20

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

In this episode: "Rock, Forrest, Rock!" Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman from The Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast look back 20 years to a huge blockbuster from 1994, Forrest Gump, and its overstuffed soundtrack of classic rock hits. They explain where the movie does justice to the music, and where the soundtrack falls into the trap of cliche. 

Then: We're in the thick of summer now, which means there's no better time to find a reprieve from the heat with a cold drink and the breezy, intoxicating sounds of Bebel Gilberto. As part of the first family of Brazilian music (she's the daughter of the acclaimed and influential João Gilberto), Bebel Gilberto has taken on traditional bossa nova rhythms and infused it with her trademark alluring vocals to create a hypnotic new sound. Hear the world renowned, multi-Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter perform from her latest record, Tudo! in the Soundcheck studio.

And: You can call him an entrepreneur, a mogul and an actor. But Nasir Jones -- the hugely successful and influential rap emcee Nas -- is best known as one of the greatest musical voices to emerge from New York City. In a conversation with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Nas reflects on his 1994 debut album Illmatic -- which now being reissued to commemorate its 20th anniversary -- and a documentary film.

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Gig Alert: Ann Klein

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Longtime guitarist to the stars steps into limelight at Rockwood this evening. Download, "Tango Wrangler."

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The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

At the Round Top Festival, Part I

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This week the Young Artists Showcase goes deep into the heart of Texas at the Round Top Festival Institute.

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Michael Feinstein's American Pops

American Moderns

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Michael Feinstein reflects on how 20th century modernism influenced composers such as George Gershwin, Leroy Anderson, Oscar Levant and others.

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The Metropolis Interview: Chris Malinchak

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

In this interview with Metropolis' Jason Bentley, Malinchak describes how his hit "So Good to Me" was created and what it's meant to his career. He also brings an exclusive mix of his material.

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