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Deceptive Cadence
11:02 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Maria Callas On The Move: A Diva Does D.C.

A diva on the town finds her way to NPR's new headquarters.
Anya Grundmann NPR

As one door closes, another opens. Last week, we shut down operations at our old Washington, D.C, headquarters; today, we walked into a brand-new building.

Making the move wasn't easy. In 14 years, I'd acquired an impressive amount of stuff, from LPs autographed by Placido Domingo and Tom Jones to books like The Essential Guide to Dutch Music. And did I really need three staple removers?

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Music
10:55 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Pianist Alexander Schimpf on Performance Oklahoma

First winning the 2008 German Music Competition a distinction no pianist had earned for 14 years, Alexander Schimpf traveled the following year to Austria where he won the International Beethoven Competition and in 2011 to New York City’s Carnegie Hall, and to Ohio, where he picked up the prestigious Cleveland International Piano Competition.

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Music Interviews
3:57 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

Nick Drake's Producer Remembers 'A Real Musician's Musician'

The cover photo from Nick Drake's 1969 debut, Five Leaves Left, produced by Joe Boyd.
Album cover

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 10:33 pm

English folk musician Nick Drake died decades before the song "Pink Moon" found him a wide audience, thanks to a series of Volkswagen ads back in 1999. They sparked a resurgence of interest in Drake's work — music largely ignored in his day but now inspiring legions of young musicians.

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Favorite Sessions
4:03 am
Sat April 13, 2013

Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line: Hootenanny, Anyone?

Nora Jane Struthers and The Party Line perform live at Folk Alliance for Folk Alley.
Folk Alley

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 10:36 am

It's no surprise that Brent Truitt was the producer on tap for Nora Jane Struthers' new second album, Carnival.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:03 am
Sat April 13, 2013

Extreme Drama: The Life And Music Of Richard Wagner

Rudolph Cronau's drawing of Wagner's opera house, Bayreuth, flanked by his birthplace (left) and place of death.
Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Sat April 13, 2013 9:11 am

Richard Wagner was, and still is today, arguably the most controversial figure in classical music. A self-appointed deity and hyperdriven genius, Wagner is often considered the ultimate megalomaniac. He dreamed up and achieved a single-minded plan to change the course of classical music history.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
2:30 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

On the Next All This Jazz --- Drumroll, Please --- It's Jazz Groups Led by Drummers

Please tune in for the next edition of All This Jazz, which gets underway at 10pm local time on Saturday the 13th on Public Radio 89.5-1.

We'll be listening back to a terrific show that first aired in October of last year --- and that carries an especially toe-tapping second-hour theme: namely, "Jazz Combos Led by Drummers."

Tony Williams, Buddy Rich, Matt Wilson, Art Blakey, and Jack DeJohnette (who's pictured here): we'll hear from bands under the respective direction of all these greats, and a few others as well, on the forthcoming edition of ATJ.

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Piano Jazz With Jon Weber
1:03 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Laurence Hobgood On Piano Jazz

Laurence Hobgood.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat April 13, 2013 12:51 pm

Pianist and 2010 Grammy winner Laurence Hobgood was born in Salisbury, N.C., and grew up in Texas and Illinois. He took up piano at age 6 and showed a knack for improvisation early on, playing his own versions of pieces by Bach and Chopin. In 1988, Hobgood relocated to Chicago, where he met an up-and-coming vocalist named Kurt Elling.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
12:58 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Eddie Palmieri On Piano Jazz

Eddie Palmieri.
Jason Goodman Courtesy of the NEA

On this episode of Piano Jazz, pianist and 2013 NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri brings along bassist Hugo Duran and percussionists Jose Claussell, Richie Flores, and Mark Quinones for a raucous set of original tunes with an Afro-Caribbean flavor.

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All Songs Considered
11:15 am
Fri April 12, 2013

First Watch: Iron And Wine, 'Joy'

Craig Kief Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 12:11 pm

"Deep inside the heart of this crazy mess, I'm only calm when I get lost within your wilderness."

That's a key line in this song, "Joy," by Iron and Wine, the project of Sam Beam. Sam is a songwriter who has a way of making the personal very universal. It's also the line that piqued the interest of director Hayley Morris, who made a video for "Joy." Morris writes to us:

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Deceptive Cadence
10:53 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Portrait Of The Heldentenor As A Young Man

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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