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4:38 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

'Prayer Flags,' A Song About Waiting On Heavenly Help

Musician Kristina Olsen says Tibetan prayer flags flying over porches near her home in Venice, Calif., became the inspiration for a song.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun December 30, 2012 4:37 pm

For some, bringing in the new year means praying for good things to come. Kristina Olsen ponders the reasons for prayer in her song, "Prayer Flags." She tells the story behind it in the latest edition of What's in a Song, a series from the Western Folklife Center.

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Sat December 29, 2012

KCRW Presents: Robert Glasper Experiment

KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 2:17 pm

The Robert Glasper Experiment makes a unique mix of jazz, soul and R&B. It's impossible to classify as one particular genre, but as a sound, it's as eclectic and different as it is cohesive and round. Watch the group (with Robert Glasper on keys) perform "Lift Off" from Black Radio, released earlier this year.

Enjoy the full performance from KCRW here.

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Mountain Stage
1:33 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

April Verch Band On Mountain Stage

April Verch Band.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

The April Verch Band makes its first-ever appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. A young, internationally renowned Canadian fiddler, singer, songwriter and step-dancer, Verch embraces mountain and old-time music that's true to tradition but distinct in its own right.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:03 am
Fri December 28, 2012

O Fortuna, Why So Negative?

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 at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:03 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

The real Joyce Hatto, pre-scandal, with condutor Martin Fogel and composer Walter Gaze Cooper at the piano in 1954.
Fred Ramage Getty Images

Originally published on Sun December 30, 2012 9:33 pm

  • This week, BBC One premiered a made-for-TV treatment of the Joyce Hatto scandal called "Loving Miss Hatto," with Francesca Annis and Alfred Molina as the leads. Remember her?
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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
4:39 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

ATJ Spins Various Jazz Sides Listed in the National Recording Registry

Happy New Year, everyone.

On this "encore edition" of All This Jazz, we're listening back to a program that first aired in early June of this year. It's a show for which our second-hour theme had an especially historical bent, for said theme was "Jazz Music Listed in the National Recording Registry."

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Arts & Life
9:19 am
Tue December 25, 2012

No Sugar Plums Here: The Dark, Romantic Roots Of 'The Nutcracker'

E.T.A. Hoffmann's original story, "Nutcracker and Mouse King," is darker and spookier than the ballet version most people know.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue December 25, 2012 3:20 pm

This is the time of year when one man's work is widely — if indirectly — celebrated. His name used to be hugely famous, but nowadays, it draws blank stares, even from people who know that work. We're speaking about E.T.A. Hoffmann, original author of The Nutcracker.

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Tue December 25, 2012

The New Standards: A Supergroup Celebrates 'Snow Days'

The New Standards recently performed "Snow Days" for The Current in Minneapolis.
Steven Cohen The Current

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 10:50 am

A jazz trio and Minnesota music supergroup, The New Standards features singer and pianist Chan Poling of The Suburbs, singer and bassist John Munson of Semisonic and Trip Shakespeare, and vibraphonist Steve Roehm of Electropolis and Billy Goat. With a repertoire composed largely of holiday classics and unexpected covers of contemporary pop and rock favorites, the band has long been a must-see live, but it's also hit the studio a handful of times, releasing albums in 2005 and 2008.

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Best Music Of 2012
6:03 am
Sat December 22, 2012

Top 10 World Music Albums Of 2012

Mokoomba, a rising young band of Tonga musicians from Zimbabwe
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 3:07 pm

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The Record
4:56 am
Sat December 22, 2012

'Kuduro,' The Dance That Keeps Angola Going

Dancer Fogo de Deus, who is part of the Os Kuduristas project of traveling kuduro artists.
courtesy of Os Kuduristas

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 10:40 am

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