Music

Music Documentaries
3:59 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Dan Deacon On Q2 Music's 'Spaces'

Dan Deacon's practice space.
WQXR

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:51 pm

The music of electroacoustic composer Dan Deacon is defined by its extreme eclecticism. A tangle of sputtering beats, Disklaviers and homemade instruments, Deacon's compositional style draws as much from Conlon Nancarrow and electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott as it does from the worlds of pop, electronic and dance music.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:10 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Tell Us: Are Ballet And Opera Elitist?

In an age when we are hearing more music than ever, are opera and ballet elitist?
Carolina K. Smith iStockphoto.com

It's a question virtually as old as the art forms themselves: Are ballet and opera elitist?

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Deceptive Cadence
8:51 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Marches Madness: Walk Like An Egyptian

Verdi's opera Aida, set in the time of the Pharaohs, is known for its extravagance, yet its "Triumphal March" is surprisingly simple.
iStockphoto.com

Elephants, Egyptian palaces, politics and love triangles — now we're talking grand opera!

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World Cafe
5:50 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Next: Birdie Busch And The Greatest Night

Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 4:09 pm

Birdie Busch, Philadelphia's whimsical, verse-weaving siren, has always had a way with storytelling. Her lyrics are quirky, candid and infused with a sense of sentimentality.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:03 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill: Tiny Desk Concert

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill perform a Tiny Desk Concert on Feb. 25, 2013.
Gabriella Demczuk NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:37 pm

You're about to watch one of the best fiddlers on the planet and a subtle guitar master work their magic. For too many of us, Irish music is something that merely gets trotted out around this time of year, associated with St. Patrick's Day and the coming of spring — and made a cliche by commercialism and whatever other shallow notions make cliches what they are.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:06 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Marches Madness: Sticking Together

Valdres is a friendly, lilting march with clever contrapuntal touches.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 12:14 pm

Chekhov said you shouldn't include a gun in a play if it's not going to be fired. The same rule applies to the line of snare drummers standing stock still at the start of this video.

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Music Interviews
4:39 am
Sun March 10, 2013

Hiromi: Finding Music In The Daily Din

Hiromi's latest album is called Move.
Sakiko Nomura Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 10, 2013 10:20 am

Japanese pianist Hiromi approached the making of her latest album with a love for all kinds of sound, no matter how quotidian.

"Even a car honk, I love it," Hiromi says. "Sometimes, when you are at the crossing point of the street, you hear different car honks at the same time and you hear amazing chords."

She says there's one particular sound from daily life that she could never warm up to, however, even though she depends on it to wake up: the chime of an alarm clock.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:18 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Marches Madness: 'Carmen' And The Castaways

The Toreador march from Bizet's Carmen has popped up in some unlikely places, including the 1960s TV show Gilligan's Island.
Kobal Collection CBS-TV/UA/Gladysya Prod

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
12:29 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Two or Three of a Kind: Nifty Jazz Tunes from Duos and Trios (on the Next All This Jazz)

Join us for the forthcoming edition of All This Jazz, which gets underway on Saturday the 9th at 10pm Central on Public Radio 89.5-1. (Plus we'll re-broadcast this show on Sunday the 10th at 7pm on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our all-jazz-all-the-time HD Radio channel.)

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Deceptive Cadence
10:56 am
Fri March 8, 2013

The Well-Limbered Clavier

Pablo Helguera

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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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