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Synesthesia, Scriabin and Seeing Music

Friday, October 22, 2010

Author and professor Daniel Levitin unpacks synesthesia and Scriabin.

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New Sounds

Unconventional Piano Works

Friday, October 08, 2010

On this New Sounds, hear some unconventional piano works, including some amplified piano in a work by Charles Ives, “Serenity” as played by Jenny Q Chai from a collection of works, “New York Love Songs.”  Also from that same record, a work by Taiwanese composer Ashley Wang, involving digital piano.  Plus, from a new recording, listen to Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Piano and Javanese Gamelan.  The piano has been retuned to “play nicely” with the gamelan tunings in this world premiere recording featuring Gamelan Pacifica and pianist Adrienne Varner.  That and more.

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New Sounds

Glass Bead Game

Friday, September 24, 2010

The UK guitarist and composer James Blackshaw is a prodigious young talent who’s been seen as part of the guitar tradition of the late American John Fahey.  Now, his work has expanded to include mysticism, occasional other instruments, and long-form, almost classical structures.  He’ll play live in our studio, and we'll listen to some of his recent release, "The Glass Bead Game."  And more.

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Fishko Files

Pianist of the North

Friday, September 24, 2010

On Marc-Andre Hamelin

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WQXR Features

Genius Within Probes the Life of Glenn Gould

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Twenty-eight years after his death, pianist Glenn Gould still inspires, or provokes, interest. Genius Within, a new film documentary, explores his eccentric genius.

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New Sounds

Death Jazz Piano Trio

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

For this New Sounds, London-based death-jazz band The Neil Cowley Trio stopped by the studio on their first US tour.  Listen to their incredibly tight and thoughtful originals like "His Nibs" and "She Eats Flies" performed live on this program.  It's some groove-based post-jazz with an Eastern edge that demands your attention.  RIYL: the Bad Plus, Shostakovich, Madness, thrash-punk, Thelonious Monk, The Sex Pistols, Philip Glass.

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New Sounds

Piano Solos and Ensembles

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hear from Nico Muhly's latest, "I Drink The Air Before Me," on this New Sounds.  There's also music from Jason Moran's "Ten," which features some sampled sounds as well. Plus, Michael Formanek Quartet and the new "23 Neo" along with Donnacha Dennehy's "Reservoir" for solo piano, played by Isabelle O'Connor, and more.

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Top 5 @ 105

Jeremy Denk’s Top 5 Piano Works

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

American pianist Jeremy Denk is known for his audacious programs and his thoughtful observances on music. Before hitting the stage for performances this week in New York, he spoke with WQXR and shared his list of his favorite piano works that he's playing right now.

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Studio 360

Jason Moran

Friday, July 02, 2010

Pianist Jason Moran tells Kurt how he's always drawn inspiration from unlikely sources, from avant-garde and hip-hop to modern painting and rural quilts. Moran also performs songs from his new album, Ten, live in the studio.

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Features

Pianist Envy

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Above the shrieks of dancing teenagers and the rumble of passing buses, Manuel Vega played the piano at Fordham Plaza in the Bronx. He's not a concert pianist. He's just a regular guy who happened to see a piano on the sidewalk.

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WQXR News

Pianos Ready for Play at a Park Near You

Friday, June 18, 2010

Drop that Frisbee and break out the sheet music.

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Soundcheck

Herbie Hancock

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Herbie Hancock talks about his upcoming album, The Imagine Project, and the army of A-list collaborators that appear on it. 

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New Sounds

Special Podcast: With Daniel Bjarnason

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New Sounds is pre-empted tonight for Bloomsday on Broadway.  However, New Sounds has made a special podcast available! Enjoy this show with Daníel Bjarnason

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Studio 360

Piano Man

Friday, June 04, 2010

Kurt's brother David Andersen went to L.A. to pursue rock n' roll thirty years ago, but today he's one of the top piano technicians in southern California. Now rock stars are his clients, along with film composers and jazz musicians. Produced by Studio 360's Derek ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Billy Childs

Monday, May 17, 2010

Two-time Grammy-winning pianist composer Billy Childs performs live and talks about his latest album “Autumn: In Moving Pictures—Jazz Chamber Music Volume 2.”

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Studio 360

360 Staff Pick: The Informant!

Monday, March 08, 2010

Strangely overlooked in this year's Oscar nominations – even for Marvin Hamlisch's kinetic score – The Informant! gets inside the highly unreliable thoughts of Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon), a biochemist turned whistleblower for Archer Daniels Midland.  Amid beige cubicles, the story unravels in surprising and funny ways, ...

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WQXR News

New Chopin Museum Opens in Poland

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

On the 200th anniversary of his birth, Poland has opened a new museum devoted to famed Romantic composer and pianist Frederic Chopin.

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WQXR Features

WQXR's Bob Sherman Judges Chopin Competition

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

WQXR’s Bob Sherman is in Florida this week, listening very closely to music by the Polish composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin.

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WQXR News

American Pianist Earl Wild, 94, Dies

Monday, January 25, 2010

American pianist Earl Wild died Saturday in Palm Springs, California, after a long bout with congestive heart disease. Davis was 94 years old.

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WQXR News

Today in Classical Music History

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Ukranian-born American classical pianist and composer Vladimir Horowitz made his American debut on January 12, 1928.

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