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The Real And Made Up History Of The Theremin

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Most will know the theremin from its eerie sound in film scores like The Day The Earth Stood Still and the Electro-Theremin used on the Beach Boys classic “Good Vibrations.” Now the theremin and its creator, Leon Theremin, are the subject of the new book by Sean Michaels, Us Conductors, a fictionalized take on the life of the instrument’s inventor.

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Five Essential Icelandic Albums From World Cafe

Thursday, July 17, 2014

We stop by 12 Tónar Records, where a longtime employee shares his five favorite Icelandic acts.

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Sin Fang On World Cafe

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sindri Már Sigfússon is best known for leading the folk-pop band Seabear. As a solo artist, he goes by the name Sin Fang. For this session, he appears at Iceland's Rás 2 radio to perform four songs.

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For The Love Of Black Music

Thursday, July 17, 2014

For four days in the Superdome, the Essence Festival conjures an alternate universe where mature R&B performed by seasoned veterans is elevated over material aimed at teenagers.

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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

Go Behind The Scenes With Marco Benevento's New Song

Thursday, July 17, 2014

For those familiar with he longtime keyboardist's instrumentals, one thing will immediately jump out with his new song, "At The Show": For the first time, he's singing. 
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TMM Producer Relishes 'Fresh Attitude, Young Body'

Thursday, July 17, 2014

As Tell Me More enters its final weeks of production, producer and director Andrew Limbong shares his favorite songs for the program's 'In Your Ear' series.

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She's Got A Perfect Afro — And A Melodious Vision For African Musicians

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Meklit Hadero was born in Ethiopia and raised in the U.S. She's a folk-jazz artist who's been likened to Joni Mitchell. And she brings East African musicians together to share their beats.

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Tiny Ruins, 'Me At The Museum, You In The Wintergardens'

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fantasize your ideal love. With that in mind, write the most gentle, serene love song. That's what Hollie Fullbrook, the singer behind Tiny Ruins, does in "Me At The Museum, You In The Wintergardens."

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Blues Guitarist Johnny Winter Dies At 70

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Texas blues legend Johnny Winter has died, ending a long and expansive career that included working alongside bluesman Muddy Waters and playing at the Woodstock festival.

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Studio 360

Making Trees Sing

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bartholomäus Traubeck noticed that the growth rings of a tree resemble grooves on a record. So he devised a system to play a disk of wood. 

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New Sounds

Non-Classical Music

Thursday, July 17, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to some non-classical music from classically-trained musicians, including an acoustic music quartet that is neither classical nor jazz - The 442s, comprised of members of the St. Louis Symphony, and jazz musicians. There’s also new music from Shara Worden, who records as My Brightest Diamond, from her brand-new EP, "None More Than You" scored for vocals, brass and percussion – something that can be performed with say – a marching band! Then, hear music by Andrew McKenna Lee with members of the Knells, some very cinematic work by the French-born London-based Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, and more music from the L.A.-based collective, wild Up. Plus, something from electronic musician/ sound designer/ producer/ programmer Michael Hammond, aka No Lands, as well as a tune from cellist Erik Friedlander. And more.

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World of Opera

Gounod's Faust From London's Royal Opera House

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Listen to the Operavore Stream at 5pm ET Sunday to Gounod's popular musical representation of the immortal story of Faust recorded at the Royal Opera House.

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Soundcheck

Music And Dementia In 'Alive Inside'; Camera Obscura Plays Live; The Fictional History Of The Theremin

Thursday, July 17, 2014

In this episode: The documentary Alive Inside is about the powerful impact that music can have on senior citizens with severe dementia. The film focuses on the work of one social worker, Dan Cohen, who joined us in 2012 to talk about his work. He returns to Soundcheck with the director of Alive Inside, Michael Rossato-Bennet.

Then: The latest album from the Scottish band Camera Obscura features cutting lyrics paired with soothing melodies. Hear Camera Obscura perform songs from their album, Desire Lines, in the Soundcheck studio, and reflects on coming backafter a hiatus and health struggles, and on Scotland's upcoming referendum on independence.

And: The theremin is an instrument that seems to be from the future. It’s played by waving your hands between two antennas -- without actually touching anything. But in fact, the theremin was invented almost a century ago, peaking in popularity in the 1950s, when its eerie sound appeared in film scores like The Thing and The Day The Earth Stood Still. And in 1966, the Beach Boys used an instrument called the Electro-Theremin, also known as the Tannerin, on their classic hit “Good Vibrations.” Now the theremin and its creator, Leon Theremin, are the subject of the new book by Sean Michaels, Us Conductors, a fictionalized take on the life of the instrument’s inventor.

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Soundcheck

With Music, Alzheimer's Patients Are 'Alive Inside'

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The documentary Alive Inside shows the powerful impact music can have on seniors with severe dementia — sometimes waking them from years of non-communication.

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New York Philharmonic This Week

In Tribute to Lorin Maazel

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The program features works composed and conducted by the late maestro Lorin Maazel, with an incredible lineup of soloists.

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The Brothers Balliett

The Mid-Century American Piano Show

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Today's show puts the spotlight on one of America's most interesting and artistically innovative periods: the post-war years, stretching from the 1950's to the 1970's. But that's not all: today's focus is ALSO about the instrument that every composer must write for, probably again and again: the PIANO.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Robert Cray

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The blues guitar stalwart headlines the Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival tonight, on the waterfront behind the World Financial Center. Take a listen to this track from his latest album "In My Soul."

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Song Travels

A Leading Female Interpreter of The Great American Songbook

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thursday at 3PM, join us for Song Travels. In this episode, Michael Feinstein chats with backup singer turned Great American Songbook interpreter, Catherine Russell. Tune in as Russell and Feinstein perform jazz standards with a hint of the blues, including “I Cover the Waterfront” and Duke Ellington’s “Mood Indigo.”

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All Things Considered

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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