Music

Live in Concert
9:57 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Olafur Arnalds, Live In Concert

NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 10:25 am

How can music be happy and sad at the same time? Listen to Olafur Arnalds and you'll hear it. Depending on your mood, the tone changes, and a song that may have been uplifting one day sounds like an elegy the next. It's spacious, undeniably beautiful work. Much of the music performed in this concert, recorded on April 18 at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City, is drawn from the Icelandic musician's recent album For Now I Am Winter.

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World Cafe
4:05 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Next: Treetop Flyers

Treetop Flyers.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 7:14 pm

  • Hear Two New Songs By Treetop Flyers

The members of London's Treetop Flyers capture the sound of California folk-rock in the '60s on their debut album, The Mountain Moves. They met on the periphery of the London folk scene that gave the world Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:03 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Nicola Benedetti: Tiny Desk Concert

Nicola Benedetti performs a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2013.
Marie McGrory Marie McGrory/NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:33 pm

You might never tell by her youth or her warm and approachable demeanor, but 26-year-old Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti has already had an extraordinary career. Mentored by Yehudi Menuhin starting at age 10, Benedetti won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award a decade ago — and, really, that was just a warm-up.

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Music Interviews
2:49 pm
Sun May 5, 2013

A Funky-Fresh Sound From Somalia, With A Political History

The cover image of Dur-Dur band's Volume 5.
Album cover

Originally published on Sun May 5, 2013 6:20 pm

Imagine the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu, in the 1980s. You can't, right? Neither can most music critics. That's why the recent re-release of a record by a popular '80s-era Mogadishu dance band has caught the attention of critics lately.

The founders of Dur-Dur Band now live in Columbus, Ohio. Weekends on All Things Considered asked members Abdinur Daljir and Sahra Dawo to go to a studio there — accompanied by an interpreter — to talk about the newly reissued record and the story that precedes it.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
7:46 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Next Time on ATJ: On the Eve of Cinco de Mayo, a Spolight on Latin Jazz

Come on along for the next edition of All This Jazz, which begins at 10pm on Saturday the 4th here on Public Radio 89.5-1. (We'll also re-air the program on the following evening, Sunday the 5th, at 7pm on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our station's all-jazz HD Radio channel.)

With each and every broadcast, All This Jazz delivers two solid hours of modern jazz, both recent and classic --- from Bird to Phil Woods, from Trane to Joe Lovano, from Bix to Roy Hargrove, from Mingus to Esperanza Spalding.

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All Songs Considered
3:11 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

First Watch: Femi Kuti, 'The World Is Changing'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 1:24 pm

"'The World Is Changing' is groove with a message." That quote, a pretty good summary of the music of Femi Kuti in just nine words, comes from Juan Gélas, the creative director of a new video for Kuti's new song. Femi Kuti is a saxophonist, trumpeter, keyboard player and singer and songwriter. The son of legendary afrobeat musician Fela Kuti, he carries on the tradition of mixing Nigerian beats along with jazz and a healthy dose of politics. Juan Gélas says, "Femi Kuti continues to be a leading protest artist out of modern Africa and his voice talks to us all."

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
12:23 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Phil Woods On Piano Jazz

On this episode of Piano Jazz, originally broadcast in 2003, alto saxophonist Phil Woods brings his quintet's rhythm section — bassist Steve Gilmore and drummer Bill Goodwin — by for a session with host Marian McPartland. Woods has been called "The New Bird," as in the heir to bop alto pioneer Charlie "Bird" Parker.

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All Songs Considered
11:03 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Viking's Choice: Chuck Johnson Plays A Raga That Rages

Chuck Johnson.
Carly Hoopes Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 10:41 am

American Primitive music is flourishing right now. Electric and acoustic guitarists like William Tyler, Steve Gunn and Glenn Jones all have stellar releases out or on the way in 2013, and each digs different paths into this blues-based style.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:55 am
Fri May 3, 2013

The Chrome Depot

Pablo Helguera

Got an idea for a classical cartoon or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book is Helguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work atArtworld Salon and on his own site.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
2:02 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

SFJAZZ Center Opening Night On JazzSet

Chick Corea (keyboard) joined the SFJAZZ Collective for the closing performance, an arrangement of his piece "Spain."
Scott Chernis Courtesy of SFJAZZ Center

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:16 pm

Noodling gloriously, sax men Joe Lovano and Joshua Redman feel their way into the acoustics of a new space with "Blackwell's Message," named for the irresistible drumming of Ed Blackwell, who parlayed his New Orleans parade beat all over the world. Coincidentally, New Orleans' WWOZ is providing the recording crew and a host for a live webcast and broadcast on NPR Music. We have highlights here.

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