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Mountain Stage
7:07 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Cahalen Morrison And Eli West On Mountain Stage

Cahalen Morrison and Eli West.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 2:11 pm

Cahalen Morrison and Eli West appear on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College. Innovative and subtle, Morrison and West's music sounds vibrant while drawing from near-ancient folk sources. Broad in scope and subject, Morrison's writing has been compared to novelist Cormac McCarthy. West brings jagged, angular arrangements based in bluegrass and old-time music, but informed by a 21st-century sensibility.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
12:46 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Next Time on All This Jazz --- on the Eve of the Tony Awards --- Show Tunes!

As Broadway Babies both near and far will heartily attest, the Tony Awards ceremony is scheduled for this Sunday evening, to be televised live on CBS.

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Mountain Stage
3:19 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Teetotallers On Mountain Stage

Teetotallers.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 2:13 pm

The Teetotallers appear on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College. Born of an impromptu performance at a California Celtic Festival in 2010, the band features three of traditional Irish music's most respected performers: fiddler and violist Martin Hayes; flute, whistle and bodhrán player Kevin Crawford; and singer, guitarist, and bouzouki and mandola player John Doyle.

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Music
8:57 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Coffee And Mambo With Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta

NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:27 am

Many of us at NPR Music fell hard for Arizona's Sergio Mendoza and his band La Orkesta this year. Together, they mix myriad Latin styles — what Mendoza calls "indie mambo," salted with generous handfuls of cumbia, merengue and ranchera — and then feed all that through a psychedelic prism. They perform their songs with charm and panache, set off by the fireworks of the group's resident showman, the multi-talented Salvador Duran.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:04 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

What Weeks Of Debate Have Shown Us About Women In Classical Music

A prop maker readies a portrait of Octavian (Tara Erraught) in advance of the first performance of Der Rosenkavalier at the Glyndebourne Festival last month.
Matthew Lloyd Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 9:29 am

An astonishing conversation has emerged in the weeks since Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught began her run as Octavian at the Glyndebourne Festival in England. Erraught was excoriated by a handful of male London critics for her weight — prompting a widespread backlash on her behalf in the aftermath of those reviews.

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World Cafe
3:30 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

World Cafe Next: Esme Patterson

Esme Patterson.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 1:55 pm

  • Hear Two Songs By Esme Patterson

Esme Patterson is a founding member of the Denver folk septet Paper Bird. In 2012, she made her solo debut with All Princes, I, an album of personal songs that she felt didn't fit with the band. This year, Patterson released her second solo record, Woman to Woman. Each track corresponds to a famous song by a male musician about a female character — and is written from the woman's viewpoint instead.

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Mountain Stage
2:47 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Amy Ray On Mountain Stage

Amy Ray.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 2:15 pm

Amy Ray appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College. As one-half of the beloved folk-rock duo Indigo Girls, Ray first appeared on the show in 1991.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:32 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Simone Dinnerstein: Tiny Desk Concert

Simone Dinnerstein performs a Tiny Desk Concert in April 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Almost any pianist, from a budding beginner to a pro like Simone Dinnerstein, will tell you that one of the basic techniques of keyboard playing is also the toughest to master: making your hands to do separate things simultaneously.

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Music Reviews
12:56 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

John Fullbright's Uneven 'Songs' Finds A Way To Fascinate

John Fullbright's new album is called Songs.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 2:09 pm

John Fullbright's Songs is the most interestingly uneven album I've heard in a while. The work of a smart young man, it's also the work of a self-conscious young man who's prone to mistaking articulate melancholy for wisdom. Fullbright's debut album contained bold melodies and told stories about daydreamers and offbeat people. On Songs, Fullbright opts for pure mood-setting, sounding morose in an attempt to signal subtle passion, but that's not really how it plays out.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:31 am
Mon June 2, 2014

The Silence And Awe Of Arvo Pärt

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, creator of contemplative music, photographed in 1990 by influential patron Betty Freeman.
Betty Freeman ECM Records

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 11:54 am

Arvo Pärt is one of the few living composers to find popularity beyond the borders of classical music. R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and Bjork are big fans.

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