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Favorite Sessions
2:46 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Christian McBride: The Bass Boss

Christian McBride (right) with Peter Martin at KPLU.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:17 am

In the first generation of bebop musicians, Ray Brown was king of the jazz bass. Today, the "go-to" jazz bassist is Christian McBride, so we were delighted to have McBride stop by the KPLU studios for a performance with pianist Peter Martin.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:26 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

NPR Classical's Favorite Albums Of 2012 (So Far)

SFS Media

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 11:50 am

If the classical music record industry is trouble, you'd never know it by looking at my desk, or that of my colleague Anastasia Tsioulcas — mountains of good old-fashioned compact discs, ready for listening. And our digital space is also getting crowded by more and more downloads. It all adds up to a super broad range of music and musicians. As the year is half over, we've taken stock of a few (of our many) favorites and surprises so far. Listen to our discussion above and hear longer excerpts below of some of the best classical releases of 2012.

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Field Recordings
11:08 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Of Monsters And Men Brings Out The Sun

Of Monsters And Men perform a Field Recording backstage at Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA on Friday, May 25, 2012.
KEXP/NPR

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:06 pm

Even before the gates had opened on the first day of the Sasquatch! Music Festival over Memorial Day weekend, we managed to get backstage of the Gorge Amphitheater to capture a live session with one of the hottest new bands to hit the festival circuit, Of Monsters and Men. No strangers to natural beauty, the Icelanders were nevertheless stunned by the picturesque backdrop of the Gorge as they performed "Mountain Sound," one of the new songs added to the American release of their debut album.

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Song Of The Day
6:03 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Elephant Micah: Message In The Mystery

Elephant Micah.
Courtesy of the artist

Elephant Micah, a.k.a. Joseph O'Connell, has been quietly releasing folk music out of Bloomington, Ind., for more than 10 years. The latest, Louder Than Thou (available as a "pay what you want" download on his website), offers a refined throwback to '70s folk-rock, laced with modern, dark Americana.

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Mountain Stage
2:46 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Punch Brothers On Mountain Stage

Punch Brothers.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 8:50 am

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Favorite Sessions
2:23 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Gregoire Maret: Harmonica With Legs

Gregoire Maret at WBGO.
Josh Jackson WBGO

When Baron Toots Thielemans, the Belgian harmonica legend, guested on Gregoire Maret's self-titled debut, the sense was that Maret himself had been knighted. He'd already proven himself worthy on recordings with Pat Metheny and Jacky Terrasson, but until recently, the 37-year-old didn't have his own singular statement to drive the point home.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:03 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Analog For Astronauts: An Ambient Classic Reimagined

The Apollo 11 space module above the surface of the moon.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 4:02 pm

(Classical Detours meanders through stylistic byways, exploring new recordings from the fringes of classical music.)

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Music Reviews
12:00 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Edmar Castaneda's 'Double Portion' Of Harp

Edmar Castañeda's new album is titled Double Portion.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 12:46 pm

The Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda was born in Bogotá, and began playing at 13. A few years later, in the mid-1990s, he moved to New York, where he studied jazz trumpet. Then he returned to the harp with a new perspective and set of skills.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:07 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Conducting Business: Crowdfunding Classical Music

Better than busking or writing endless grant applications? Raising funds via sites like Kickstarter.
iStock

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:47 pm

Dress shirts inspired by NASA technology, gourmet pepper mixes and ... a new recording and study guide for Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time? That's just a tiny sample of Kickstarter's current array of "creative projects" seeking funding. Forget writing endless grant applications and long dinners with angel investors, the thinking goes — just tap into your social networks to raise money instead.

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The Record
11:23 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Egypt's Underground Wakes Up

Noor Noor performs with his band El-Zabaleen, which makes many of its instruments out of recycled materials.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:42 pm

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