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A 'Cosmic Connection' Between 2 Violinists

Saturday, October 27, 2018

For decades, Cologne-based violinist Geoffry Wharton has played jazzy crowd-pleasing encores written in the 1930s by an obscure composer, Audrey Call. Wharton discovered a spooky connection with her.


Back To Bach: Hilary Hahn Rekindles An Old Love

Sunday, October 07, 2018

When the violinist was just 17, a stunning Bach debut album launched her career. Over two decades later, she returns to finish up the set of pieces she started as a teenager.


The Necks' Latest Composition 'Body' Clocks In At Over 56 Minutes

Sunday, September 23, 2018

A typical album from the Australian band The Necks may have only one long track — music that stretches out in a jazzy mesmerizing flow. Pianist Chris Abrahams talks about their latest, called Body.


Tony Bennett And Diana Krall On Reincarnating Gershwin Classics: 'It Never Goes Out Of Style'

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Tony Bennett and Diana Krall share their love of George and Ira Gershwin with a new album, Love Is Here to Stay.


A Guantanamo Guard And His Detainee Reunite

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Former Guantanamo guard Steve Wood recently took a trip to Mauritania to visit Mohamedou Ould Slahi, the prisoner he watched for almost a year.


A Songwriting Mystery Solved: Math Proves John Lennon Wrote 'In My Life'

Saturday, August 11, 2018

John Lennon and Paul McCartney have differing memories of who wrote the music for "In My Life." A mathematics professor has spent 10 years working with statistics to decide once and for all.


Yasmin Williams Transcends All Guitar Norms In Her Tiny Desk Contest Entry

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Virginia's Yasmin Williams is a captivating acoustic finger-style guitarist who incorporates cello bows and tap shoes into making her sound.


These Tiny Desk Contestants Set Stories Of The Asian-American Experience To Music

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Brown University doctoral students Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama submitted an outstanding entry in this year's NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest. Together, they make up No-No Boy, the duo that presents the Asian-American experience through song.


Remembering The Engineer Who Created Rock's Unmistakable Fuzz

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Glenn Snoddy, who died May 21, invented the distinctive fuzz tone adopted by The Rolling Stones, Iron Butterfly, The Guess Who and more.


Natural Born Leaders Turn A Tiny Convenience Store Into A Tiny Desk Contest Entry

Saturday, June 02, 2018

The Asheville band were the only ones of nearly 5,000 Tiny Desk Contest entrants to play in a convenience store. Lead vocalist Mike Martinez says that setting is more poignant than you might think.


'We Kept The Music Going': Bernard Purdie On Drumming For Aretha And More

Sunday, May 20, 2018

One of the hardest-working drummers in the history of recorded music, Purdie has appeared on thousands of albums. He tells Lulu Garcia-Navarro that at least one of his iconic grooves was an accident.


This Tiny Desk Contestant Braved The Elements Of Alaska To Pay Tribute To His Grandmother

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Musician Quinn Christopherson shares the story of his original song submission for the 2018 Tiny Desk Contest.


'Something Develops Onstage Called Love': Baltimore Symphony's Bernstein Centennial

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Recorded live on stage at the Meyerhoff, Scott Simon joins BSO music director Marin Alsop and Leonard Bernstein's daughter Jamie for a conversation and musical celebration.


Pipa Virtuoso Wu Man Brings Ancient Chinese Music To The Present

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Wu Man is a master of the Chinese pipa, a lute-like instrument with a 2,000-year history. She stopped by NPR to talk about her fresh twist on ancient music and perform live.


Juliana Hatfield Sings The Hits Of 'Old Friend' Olivia Newton-John

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Though she's known for her contributions to '90s indie rock, Hatfield goes back to one of her earliest musical inspirations for her new album of Olivia Newton-John covers.


As Cuba Changes, Orquesta Akokán Revives The Golden Age Of Mambo

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Producer Jacob Plasse and vocalist José "Pepito" Gómez share how they recorded the band's debut in Havana's legendary Areito Studios and what their team-up symbolizes for Cuban-American relations.


After Surviving A Nashville Flood, Raul Malo's Gibson Guitar Gets A New Lease On Life

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Mavericks frontman thought his Gibson was gone for good after it was submerged in the 2010 flood. But thanks to a local luthier, the beloved guitar has been restored, ready for more rock 'n' roll.


One Giant Leap For Music: NASA's Sonic History Inspires This Duo

Sunday, July 23, 2017

As the electronic duo Quindar, Wilco's Mikael Jorgensen and art historian James Merle Thomas make music out of the sounds of space missions from the Apollo and Skylab eras.


In A Lost Concert, Jaco Pastorius Sounded The Rhythm Of The City

Saturday, May 27, 2017

In 1982, NPR's Jazz Alive! recorded a big-band performance led by the inventive bassist at New York's Avery Fisher Hall. Engineer Paul Blakemore has remastered the tapes for a new album.


Trombone Shorty Pushes Tradition Forward

Sunday, April 23, 2017

On his new album, Parking Lot Symphony, Troy Andrews keeps New Orleans' brass-band sound up-to-date. Thanks to a new generation of musicians, he says, "the future of the music is in good hands."