Music Articles
1:03 am
Sat June 7, 2014

A Catalan Singer With Many Brave And Treacherous Stories To Tell

"She has like a complete vision of music," Fernandez Miró (left) says of Silvia Perez Cruz. "She's not thinking just about vocals, about the voice. She's thinking about everything."
Raul Fndz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 11:41 am

For Spanish singer Silvia Perez Cruz, stories are everything.

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3:04 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Tulsa Opera's Carmen! This Week on Performance Oklahoma

Richard Ollarsaba as Escamillo and soprano Karin Wolverton as Micaëla
Shane Bevel

From Tulsa Opera's final main stage production this season offered on Friday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 4th at Chapman Music Hall in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center it's Georges Bizet's irresistible drama Carmen!

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3:03 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

We Remember Normandy on Big Band Saturday Night

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This weekend on Big Band Saturday Night, we remember Normandy, 70 years ago, through the swing recordings of 1944.

The memories and the melodies will be here!

Join us at 8 o'clock on 89.5!"

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
10:47 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Amina Figarova On Piano Jazz

Amina Figarova.
Zak Shelby Szyszko Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 11:46 am

  • Listen: Amina Figarova On Piano Jazz

Amina Figarova grew up in the former Soviet state of Azerbaijan. Her early musical experiences included plenty of American jazz — both of her parents were music fans — but her mother particularly enjoyed the music of Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald.

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6:03 am
Fri June 6, 2014

First Listen: Popcaan, 'Where We Come From'

Popcaan's new album, Where We Come From, comes out June 10.
Joe Will Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 11:17 am

Popcaan is something of an unlikely hero in the world of dancehall. He grew up in the Jamaican projects without becoming a hard-edged "rude boy." And he's neither crooner nor spitfire MC — instead, he stands happily between those extremes. The deejay's debut album, Where We Come From, is equal parts dancefloor anthems and "conscious" tunes about Jamaican life, unified by breezy, fresh production from Brooklyn's Dre Skull.

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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

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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8:57 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Coffee And Mambo With Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta


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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