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Deceptive Cadence
3:45 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

The Operatic Potential Of DSK, A Modern Don Giovanni

Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves court in Paris Tuesday after attending a hearing regarding his seizure request for a new book by Argentinian-born Marcela Iacub detailing their liason.
Kenzo Tribouillard AFP/Getty Images

If I wrote operas, my next work would be called DSKNY. That's a snazzy abbreviation for Dominique Strauss-Kahn New York. The idea came last night when colleagues invited me for cocktails at the Sofitel Hotel, the site of DSK's alleged sexual assault of a hotel maid in 2011, and the beginning of his fall from grace.

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Music Interviews
4:23 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Lady Lamb The Beekeeper Emerges From Behind The Counter

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper's debut album is titled Ripely Pine.
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 2:31 pm

When Aly Spaltro began writing music, she was literally the girl next door. After recording 12 solo songs with her 8-track, she left a stack of free CDs on the counter of the local record store next to the DVD rental shop where she worked in Brunswick, Maine. Nervous about the public's reaction to her music, she chose to remain anonymous and only put her email address on the label.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:27 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Remembering Wolfgang Sawallisch, A Conductor Who Blossomed In Philadelphia

The late conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch, captured in rehearsals for a recording of Wagner's Die Meistersinger.
Vivianne Purdom courtesy of EMI Classics

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 10:30 am

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Favorite Sessions
6:35 am
Sat February 23, 2013

Esperanza Spalding: Song For A 'City Of Roses'

Esperanza Spalding performs live for opbmusic.

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:10 am

Esperanza Spalding has often said that she hopes to use the fame from her 2011 Best New Artist Grammy to help give her friends and mentors in the jazz world the recognition they deserve. She got her chance earlier this month, when Spalding and her longtime teacher and mentor, trumpeter Thara Memory, accepted the Grammy for their arrangement of "City of Roses" from Spalding's 2012 album Radio Music Society.

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The Record
6:03 am
Sat February 23, 2013

Music, The Food Of 'Amour'

Emmanuelle Riva in Michael Haneke's Amour.
Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 10:31 am

Film scores are, by and large, manipulative. They do their work at the periphery of the senses, signaling danger, heralding victory, prodding us toward fear and joy in time with the unfolding story. Crucially, they are also empathic, letting us in on what the actors' words or faces may not convey. And when things get unpleasant, the score can step in as an emotional buffer — a layer of unreality between us and the action that lets us know we're safe. Sunday night at the Oscars, Hollywood will honor a film whose music manages to get all these things right.

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The Record
5:05 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Music's New 'Real Ambassadors'

The band noori was invited by the State Department to tour the U.S., as part of a program called Center Stage.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 7:32 pm

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Mountain Stage
2:15 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Mary Gauthier On Mountain Stage

Mary Gauthier performs on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 8:55 am

Between Daylight & Dark is the latest record by widely acclaimed singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier, who makes her third appearance on Mountain Stage in a set originally recorded in December 2007.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
1:40 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

"Jazz Goes to the Movies" (on the Next Installment of All This Jazz)

Tune in, dear listeners, for All This Jazz, which kicks off at 10pm Central, come Saturday the 23rd, on Public Radio 89.5-1. As ever, we'll offer two hours of modern jazz, both recent and classic.

And with the 85th Academy Awards ceremony scheduled for Sunday night on ABC-TV, our second-hour theme on the program will be "Jazz Goes to the Movies." We'll therefore dig some terrific, ever-so-tuneful jazz takes on the music of Max Steiner, Alex North, Jerry Goldsmith, Quincy Jones, and other great film composers.

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
1:34 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Dee Dee Bridgewater On Piano Jazz

Dee Dee Bridgewater.
Courtesy of the artist

On this episode of Piano Jazz, host Marian McPartland welcomes vocalist and JazzSet host Dee Dee Bridgewater for a first-rate set of tunes by Duke Ellington, Kurt Weill, Antonion Carlos Jobim, the

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Deceptive Cadence
10:57 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Wilkommen, Bienvenue ... Whatever

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 at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

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