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Eurasian Folk

Sunday, March 23, 2014

For this New Sounds, we’ll sample music rooted in both Europe and Asia, along with updated folk music from both regions.  Hear Indian sitar and Basque (northern Spain) marimba come together in music from Oreka Tx, as well as music from the throat singers of Tuva, Huun Huur Tu.  There’s also music from Sweden by Lena Willemark and Ale Möller, traditional Irish music from the Bothy Band, and if we're lucky, some high-energy Romanian gypsy brass from Mahala Rai Banda.

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All Things Considered

Skrillex, The Darling Of Dubstep, Speaks

Saturday, March 22, 2014

In an extended chat with NPR's Arun Rath, the DJ and producer breaks down his unconventional release strategy, collaboration process and how he turned "brostep" from a dirty word to a badge of honor.

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Leaving Behind The Cartel's 'Songs Of Death'

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Narcocorrido singer El Imperial was once the favorite balladeer of the Sinaloa Cartel, living a life that mirrored his songs about drugs, women and death. Then he decided to walk away from it all.

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'Flaco And Max' Keep A South Texas Musical Tradition Thriving

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Flaco Jimenez has been playing the accordion for most of his 75 years. He makes conjunto music with guitar player Max Baca. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to the pair about their album, Flaco & Max.

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Messing With Texas: Alt.Latino's Favorite Music From SXSW 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Hosts Jasmine Garsd and Felix Contreras take a break from seeing bands long enough to discuss their favorite SXSW music over heaping plates of Texas barbecue.

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New Sounds

Alleged Orchestras

Saturday, March 22, 2014

All sorts of different ensembles will play with our expectations of the "orchestra," for this New Sounds program, including Alexander Berne & the Abandoned Orchestra, where the traditional orchestral instruments have been abandoned and Berne invented his own.  There's also music from the Asphalt Orchestra, a 12-piece guerrilla marching band whose spectacular antics, omnivorous repertoire, and brave arrangements invade streets via an exuberant new music parade.

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From the Top

Beijing, China

Saturday, March 22, 2014

This week, From the Top crosses the world to Beijing, China, with a program from the Central Conservatory of Music, an institution that provides training to many of the best young musicians from all around the country and beyond. You'll meet a 17-year-old violist from Hunan province who performs Brahms, a 16-year-old violinist from Shanghai who performs Wieniawski, and two very young violinists from the United States who perform Bach, backed by the Great Wall Soloists led by Kurt Sassmannshaus.

Metropolitan Opera

Berg's Wozzeck

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Today at 1 pm, the Metropolitan Opera revives its 1997 production Alban Berg's Wozzeck starring Thomas Hampson in the title role and Deborah Voigt as Marie.

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All Ears with Terrance McKnight

Sunday Morning Special

Saturday, March 22, 2014

For this Saturday night, we sample music that symbolizes the ease, spiritual searching, religiosity, and quiet clamor that make Sunday mornings uniquely special.

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Operavore

Saturday: Thomas Hampson on Mahler and Berg

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Saturday at 12:30 pm Thomas Hampson joins the Operavore Show to discuss Wozzeck as the opera that Gustav Mahler never wrote. 

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Classics For Kids

Music that Imitates Inanimate Objects

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Composers love to put clocks and other “machines” into their music. This week on Classics for Kids, hear examples of music that imitates inanimate objects, including one about a famous fairy tale character for whom a clock striking midnight was very important. 

The Jonathan Channel

A Conversation with Stephen Sondheim

Friday, March 21, 2014

Stephen Sondheim is a living legend. He was the student of Oscar Hammerstein II, he's written and contributed to countless Broadway shows (for which, he has won countless awards) and he is a published author. Sondheim's work is continually celebrated, and his birthday is no exception. In 2005, Symphony Space joined Jonathan Schwartz in celebrating the 75th birthday of this beloved composer.

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Soundcheck

J. Lo Attempts To Flip Gender Roles In 'I Luh Ya Papi' Video

Friday, March 21, 2014

Pop star Jennifer Lopez has a new album on the way in June – and she recently dropped her first music video from the new record. It’s for a song called “I Luh Ya Papi,” and it’s the latest example of a music video that’s got a clear point to make about gender stereotypes in music videos. We talk with writer Daisy Buchanan about why artists like Jennifer Lopez and Lily Allen have made videos in this vein recently -- and the impact that they could have on gender imagery in the music business in the long run. 

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Studio 360

Live In-Studio: The War on Drugs

Friday, March 21, 2014

Back in 2005, a young musician named Adam Granduciel moved to Philadelphia to join the music scene there. “I was like an extreme hobbyist,” he remembers, never thinking a career in music was within reach. He recorded a couple EPs independently. When the record label Secretly Canadian came calling ...

Bonus Track: "Under the Pressure"

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St. Vincent On World Cafe

Friday, March 21, 2014

Hear four songs from Annie Clark's new album, alongside two older tracks, performed live on World Cafe. The music is interspersed with insightful conversation about Clark's songwriting process.

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Nadine Jansen On Piano Jazz

Friday, March 21, 2014

Marian McPartland joins the pianist and horn player in "Yesterdays" and "Nadine's Blues" in 1988.

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All Things Considered

For Kelis, Music Is Back On The Menu

Friday, March 21, 2014

The "Milkshake" singer has a new album, and recently gave her first U.S. performance in years.

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Soundcheck

Watch Kelis, Eagulls, More Play SXSW

Friday, March 21, 2014

Watch select performances from NPR Music's South By Southwest Showcase at Stubb's in Austin, Texas including R&B star Kelis.

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Peter Yarrow And Noel Paul Stookey On 'Song Travels'

Friday, March 21, 2014

Two members of Peter, Paul and Mary join host Michael Feinstein to discuss the impact of folk music on America in the 1960s. They also perform Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind."

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Andrew Hill On Piano Jazz

Friday, March 21, 2014

With his heady, bop-rooted explorations of improvised music, pianist and composer Hill stretched the boundaries of jazz. He demonstrated his mastery of melody, rhythm and technique in a 2005 session.

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