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Engulfed in Cello with Julia Kent

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Composer/cellist Julia Kent creates evocative environments of sound with her cello, running it through digital delays and a laptop to magnify and multiply the music. She performs her layered music in the WNYC Studio, and talks about it with David Garland.

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WQXR Features

Jan Lisiecki Makes Proms Debut in Schumann Piano Concerto

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Listen to the archived broadcast featuring teen pianist Jan Lisiecki in his Proms debut in the Schumann Concerto, with the Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome.

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The Lumineers, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

Saturday, August 03, 2013

The Lumineers may have emerged on the pop scene suddenly — scoring a worldwide hit with the band's self-titled 2012 debut album — but the Denver group tooled around in obscurity for years. The Lumineers lead several sing-alongs for a rapturous Newport crowd, including a Dylan cover.

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The Biggest Thing Out Of Thailand: An Elephant Orchestra

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Based out of a conservation center for former work animals, the Thai Elephant Orchestra is just what it sounds like: a group of elephants trained to play enormous percussion instruments, holding mallets in their trunks and sometimes trumpeting along.

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Jay Z Video Puts Hip-Hop And Art Back In The Same Room

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Moments of exchange heat the video, change it from a document to a work of art, but the visual artists who stand in front of and with Jay (his co-stars) represent another conversation — one going on since the 1970s between hip-hop and the art world.

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NPR Music Presents The 2013 Newport Jazz Festival

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Relive the festival with sets by Wayne Shorter, Gregory Porter, Mary Halvorson and more.

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Keaton Henson: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Henson's voice is so fragile and hushed, if you were 10 feet away from him you'd barely hear a peep. But what the London singer's music lacks in volume, it more than makes up for in feeling. Watch Henson perform three songs from his new album, Birthdays.

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From A Jazz Trio, Hypnotic Work That Hardly Sounds Like Jazz

Saturday, August 03, 2013

On the new album Dysnomia, the band Dawn of Midi uses acoustic instruments — drums, bass and piano — to create what often sounds like looping, minimal electronic music.

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The Bob Dylan Of Iran

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Singer Mohsen Namjoo was sentenced to five years in prison in absentia under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for songs disparaging the Koran. Guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with Namjoo on the day before Hassan Rouhani is sworn in as president.

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Songs Of Africa: Beautiful Music With A Violent History

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Part of understanding African sacred music means thinking about its colonial context. It's the music of oppressed people combined with the music of their oppressors. For decades, Fred Onovwerosuoke has collected and arranged this music for choral groups.

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Q2 Music at the Proms

Colin Matthews Premiere and Prokofiev with Violinist Daniel Hope

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Continuing Saturday, Aug. 3 at 7 pm, hear English composer Colin Matthew's Turning Point, along with Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11 and Prokofiev's Violin Concerto with soloist Daniel Hope.

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From the Top

Davis, California

Saturday, August 03, 2013

This week, From the Top comes to you from the Robert and Margaret Mondavi Performing Arts Center at the University of California Davis, where you’ll meet an array of award-winning young musicians, including a 17-year-old guitarist who plays Chopin and a 16-year-old flutist who beatboxes on her flute. You'll also meet a 15-year-old pianist who plays Johann Strauss, a trio who plays Astor Piazzolla, and an 11-year-old violinist who performs Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen.

New Sounds

Post-Minimalist Music

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Philip Glass’s piano works have had a longstanding and widespread influence – on the so-called Post-minimalist composers, but also on musicians working in the electronic dance world.  One of them is Francesco Tristano, who brings electronica’s repeating motifs back to the piano in his solo piece “The Melody.”  We’ll hear that, as well as several of William Duckworth’s “Time Curve Preludes,” often considered the first major Post-minimalist work, and a work from the late Canadian composer Ann Southam directly inspired by Glass’s piano works.

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Classics For Kids

About Aaron Copland

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Aaron Copland, one of the most famous 20th century composers, was called the "dean of American music." Find out why this week on Classics for Kids.

Soundcheck

Why the Bee Gees Sang So High

Friday, August 02, 2013

The Bee Gees didn’t always use an aggressive falsetto. In fact, it was an act of desperation. We hear the story from David N. Meyer, author new book The Bee Gees: The Biography.

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Soundcheck

Get To Know: AlunaGeorge

Friday, August 02, 2013

Before they even released their debut album earlier this week, British electro-R&B duo AlunaGeorge were topping the British charts with a collaborative dance track called "White Noise." Now, the duo's full-length Body Music is out -- and it's getting some pretty positive attention. Katherine St. Asaph, who wrote about the band for MTV Hive, joins us to explain why the band is blowing up, and what the album holds. 

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When Stage Banter Goes Wrong

Friday, August 02, 2013

Even a misunderstanding between a front man and an audience can bruise that precarious relationship.

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First Watch: The Garifuna Collective, 'Ubou'

Friday, August 02, 2013

Watch an inspiring new video from a group that weaves together African, Amerindian and Latin sounds in a rich and soulful blend.

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The Civil Wars' Joy Williams On The Duo's Fragile Bond

Friday, August 02, 2013

The second album from Williams and John Paul White comes on the heels of an abrupt, public falling-out. In an extended conversation, Williams says the duo's relationship, while not romantic, was always built on a precarious kind of tension.

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A Tribute To Danny Kaye And Sylvia Fine Kaye On 'Song Travels'

Friday, August 02, 2013

Writer Dena Kaye looks back at the remarkable life of her parents with host Michael Feinstein.

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