Ear to Ear

New York City is home to some of the world's most dynamic artists. Ear to Ear takes innovative musicians off the New York stages and into the studio for relaxed, insightful conversation, as they share their personal recordings with host David Garland. From Carnegie to Southpaw, guests are drawn from a broad range of backgrounds and genres, from classical to experimental and beyond.

Ear to Ear is part of WNYC's "The New Americans," a celebration of foreign-born artists, and is supported in part by the New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Ear to Ear: Rudresh Mahanthappa

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Jazz artist Rudresh Mahanthappa fuses the culture of his Indian ancestry with myriad other influences to create a unique artistic vision. The composer/saxophonist joins David in the studio to talk about his work in festivals and clubs worldwide, his recent CD release, and upcoming projects.


Ear to Ear: Anat Fort

Saturday, September 29, 2007

The Village Voice writes that Anat Fort "has a charming way of dispensing pastoralism and an insightful way of lining that pastoralism with depth." The Israeli-born jazz pianist/composer joins David Garland to share her music and talk about her upcoming performance at the Cornelia Street Cafe.


Ear to Ear: Iva Bittová

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Born in Moravia, Iva Bittová is an avant-garde violinist, performance artist, and composer who started out as an actress in Czech feature films. Fresh off her performances at Joe's Pub and Union Hall in Brooklyn, Bittová joins David Garland to share her music and talk about her highly prolific — ...


Ear to Ear: Haleh Abghari

Saturday, October 13, 2007

A native of Iran who makes her home in New York City, Haleh Abghari has brought new music to life throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. The singer/activist brings samples of her work and talks with David Garland about her efforts to engage the community in socially relevant issues through ...


Ear to Ear: Cyro Baptista

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Since arriving in the U.S. in 1980 from his native country Brazil, Cyro Baptista has emerged as one of the premier percussionists in the country. He brings samples of his work to the studio and talks about his upcoming performances at the Henry Street Settlement with avant-guard composer John Zorn.


Ear to Ear: Ezequiel Viñao

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Ezequiel Viñao writes densely-layered, evocative music that speaks to the distant past through a modern soundscape. The Argentine-American composer shares samples of his work and lends insight into his highly personal tonal language.


Ear to Ear: Theo Bleckmann

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Berlin Without Walls
Theo Bleckmann has been a steady force in New York's jazz and new music scene for over 15 years. The vocalist/composer talks about his most recent release, a collection of Cabaret songs from his ...


Ear to Ear: Milica Paranosic

Saturday, November 17, 2007

A Belgrade born composer/performer living in New York, Milica Paranosic specializes in "extended music" — the use of technology to enhance and inform her (often unpredictable) performances.


Ear to Ear: Hiroya Miura

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Since moving to the United States from his native Japan, Hiroya Miura has found success as a composer, conductor and performer. A 2005 Graduate of Columbia University, Miura is also a founding member of the electronic improvisation unit, NoOneReceiving.


Ear to Ear: Olivier Conan

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Although a native of France, Olivier Conan spends his professional life fronting the popular music of Latin America as a member of the bands Chica Libre and Las Rubias del Norte. He also spreads the word through the many eclectic concerts held at his club in ...


Ear to Ear: Paola Prestini

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Through her interdisciplinary performance collective VisionIntoArt, Paola Prestini creates what TimeOut New York calls "ingeniously staged concert pieces that gracefully walk the line between opera and performance art." The Italian-born, New York-based composer joins David Garland for a conversation about her music and current projects.


Ear to Ear: Amir Elsaffar

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Some five years ago, jazz trumpeter/vocalist Amir Elsaffar embarked on a personal quest to master the centuries-old musical style of his Iraqi ancestry. Fusing modern jazz with the traditional Iraqi Maqam repertoire, Elsaffar continues to serve as a cultural ambassador, breathing new life into a rich — and nearly extinct ...


Ear to Ear: Eyal Maoz

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Since relocating to the United States some 8 years ago, Israeli-born guitarist/composer Eyal Maoz has ridden the crest of avant-guard jazz through several ensembles. His latest group is the quartet Edom, which combines jazz and middle-eastern sounds with a distinctive rock attitude.


Ear to Ear: Benjamin Bagby

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Vocalist, harpist and scholar Benjamin Bagby has been an important figure in the field of medieval musical performance for almost 25 years. Co-founder of the highly successful early music group Sequentia, Bagby has been actively involved in the reconstruction of medieval oral epics, including his acclaimed bardic performance ...

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Ear to Ear: Min Xiao-Fen

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Since emigrating to the US in the early 90s, Chinese-born pipa player and vocalist Min Xiao-Fen has worked with contemporary artists ranging from Björk to John Zorn. Based out of Queens, NY, Min is also the founder of Blue Pipa, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes experimental multi-cultural ...


Ear to Ear: Taoufiq Ben Amor

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Tunisian-born vocalist, percussionist and oud Player Taoufiq Ben Amor is a strong presence on the local Arab music scene, performing both classical/folk and hip-hip/jazz-infused Arabian music with his New York City-based bands Ayyoub and Tarab. We hear samples of his work (and their accompanying ...


Ear to Ear: Caleb Burhans

Saturday, October 18, 2008

David Garland returns with a new season of Ear to Ear interviews on Evening Music. Tonight, New York-based composer, violinist/violist, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Burhans joins us in the studio to share some special recordings of his music.
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Ear to Ear: Laura Andel

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Visionary composer Laura Andel fills her other-worldly and dance-like music with "organisms and mechanisms." Utilizing both electronic and acoustic textures, the Argentinian born (but New York-based) Andel seeks to expand our sense of time, form and perception through sound.

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Sam Sadigursky

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Sam Sadigursky marries poetry to jazz in the art song tradition for his hypnotic "Words Project" albums — creating what one leading critic called "that rare anomaly: a jazz-and-poetry record that sounds utterly natural and convincing." The Brooklyn-based saxophonist, multireedist and composer joins David Garland in the studio to share ...

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Ear to Ear: Fred Ho

Saturday, November 08, 2008

As a multi-faceted artist, educator and activist, Fred Ho has pioneered works for dance, theater, and multimedia, interweaving tradition with novelty and free form Jazz. The Brooklyn-based saxophonist and composer joins David Garland to share his music and talk about his many multicultural pursuits — which include leading the Monkey ...

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Ear to Ear: Missy Mazzoli

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Missy Mazzoli is an active composer, performer, arts advocate and courier of new music in the New York scene. Based in Brooklyn, she has composed enterprising works for various soloists, chamber ensembles and orchestras as well as music for her own all-female group, Victrola.

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Ear to Ear: Ben Monder

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Virtuoso guitarist and composer Ben Monder has stretched, altered and reconstructed the definition of Jazz guitar, lending his own unique sound to the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra and the Paul Motian Octet, among others. Monder also performs his original music internationally with his own quartet, trio, and in a duo ...

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Ear to Ear: Claire Chase

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Brooklyn based flautist Claire Chase has emerged as a gifted interpreter and performer of contemporary music, as well as an active entrepreneur of the experimental arts. Winner of the 2008 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Claire is the executive director and co founder of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), dedicated ...

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Ear to Ear: Taylor Ho Bynum

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Composer/brass virtuoso Taylor Ho Bynum has forged his own musical language through precision, alteration and skilled experimentation to become a singular voice on the improvisational music scene. In addition to his solo work and frequent collaboration with innovative musicians like Anthony Braxton and Cecil Taylor, Bynum leads his own Trio, ...

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Ear to Ear: Robert Ashley

Saturday, December 20, 2008

A pioneer of new form and multi-disciplinary sonic techniques in American music, post-modern composer Robert Ashley has incorporated electronics, extended techniques and audio synthesis into his many operas and theater pieces over a nearly 50 year career.


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Ear to Ear: Maria Schneider

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Recently awarded a Grammy for her album "Cerulean Skies," composer/conductor Maria Schneider fronts the eponymous international ensemble, the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra. Schneider collaborates frequently with other jazz icons, including Gil Evans and Bob Brookmeyer, creating music that has been described as "evocative," "majestic," and "beyond categorization."



Ear to Ear: Phil Kline

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Phil Kline marries modern technology to traditional acoustics with a flair, creating sound sculptures like the cult holiday tradition for multiple boomboxes, "Unsilent Night." The composer's 2004 release for the Cantaloupe label, "Zippo Songs," received international praise for its frank treatment of texts by Vietnam veterans — juxtaposed with the ...

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Ear to Ear: Okkyung Lee

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Born in Korea, cellist, composer and improviser Okkyung Lee is a regular presence in the New York downtown experimental music scene. Uniting noise and nostalgia in virtuosic fashion, Lee performs worldwide with numerous other artists, including Laurie Anderson and John Zorn.

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Ear to Ear: John Zorn

Sunday, February 01, 2009

A fearless protagonist, John Zorn is renowned for his uncompromising music and resolute character — both of which have greatly influenced the progressive music scene. The multi-dimensional composer, performer, and improviser joins host David Garland to share samples from his mammoth music collection, and to talk about his most recent ...

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