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Deceptive Cadence
9:56 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Kept From Playing Piano, Vanessa Perez Pushes Through To Success

Pianist Vanessa Perez performs at NPR in Washington, D.C.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:50 pm

There are stories both famous and infamous of children pushed into performing careers by their parents (Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Judy Garland ... the list goes on and on). But Vanessa Perez has become a fine young pianist despite her mother's best efforts to keep her away from the performing arts.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:03 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Kelly Hogan: Tiny Desk Concert

Michael Katzif NPR

The reliable backup singer who seizes the spotlight is the stuff of entertainment-industry fairy tales, but Kelly Hogan hasn't actually had to labor in obscurity.

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The Mix
8:40 am
Sun June 3, 2012

Revolutionary Road: Music From Carthage To Cairo

Arabian Knightz, a hip-hop group from Cairo, Egypt.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 4:17 pm

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Join NPR's Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep as he travels this month to Tunisia, Libya and Egypt to tell the stories of North Africans one year after the Arab Spring. As Steve makes this journey, NPR Music will feature some of the music he is hearing along his travels — in cafes, clubs and on local radio stations.

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Music Interviews
5:20 am
Sun June 3, 2012

Noah Stewart: From 'Opera Boy' To Singer

Noah Stewart's debut album is entitled Noah.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 9:37 am

When tenor Noah Stewart was growing up in Harlem, N.Y., his friends called him "opera boy." They were onto something.

Earlier this year, he became the first black singer to hit No. 1 on the classical music charts in the U.K.

But Stewart's musical tastes aren't confined to Puccini, Bizet and Strauss, and his new, self-titled album gives him a chance to put his mark on everything from American spirituals to Top 40 hits.

Stewart says he doesn't mind being called an opera singer, but that he would rather just be called a singer.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:03 am
Sat June 2, 2012

A (Very) Young Composer Gets His Chance At The New York Philharmonic

Very Young Composer Milo Poniewozik at the New York Philharmonic's School Day Concerts, where his piece was performed in front of more than 2,000 kids.
Michael DiVito New York Philharmonic

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:51 pm

What would it be like if you were 10 years old and composed a piece of music that was played by the New York Philharmonic? For a few New York City school kids, including one fifth-grader, it's a dream come true, thanks to the orchestra's Very Young Composers program.

Composer Jon Deak, who played bass with the New York Philharmonic for more than 40 years, says the idea for Very Young Composers came when he and conductor Marin Alsop visited an elementary school in Brooklyn several years ago.

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A Blog Supreme
5:43 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Five DC Jazz Festival Artists Actually From The Washington, D.C. Area

Brian Settles, pictured here at Bohemian Caverns, performs with his own Central Union band and with drummer Lenny Robinson's Mad Curious trio at DC Jazz Festival.
Patrick Jarenwattananon NPR

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 4:57 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
1:19 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: June 1, 2012

Turkish-born pianist Fazil Say, who has been indicted for "insulting religious values."
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 5:31 pm

  • Today, a Turkish court approved the indictment of pianist and composer Fazil Say for inciting hatred and public enmity and insulting "religious values" in a series of Twitter posts. One of his lawyers says that he has also received death threats. The trial has been scheduled for October 18.
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Song Travels
12:18 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Jean-Yves Thibaudet On 'Song Travels'

Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
Kasskara Decca

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 4:59 pm

French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet is one of the leading performers on today's classical-music scene. He has more than 40 albums to his credit, including interpretations of the classical repertoire, as well as music by George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Bill Evans.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:26 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Music Depreciation 101

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:51 pm

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Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

Song Of The Day
6:03 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Andrew Cyrille: Haitian Fascination

Andrew Cyrille and Haitian Fascination.
Stefania Zamparelli

In the world of jazz — be it free, mainstream or other more personal styles — 72-year-old Andrew Cyrille is known for drawing vivid sonic pictures and making incendiary rhythms with his drum set. Still, not many know of Cyrille's Haitian-American origins. And, though the culture of Haiti has spawned a compelling musical relationship with both American jazz and the music on islands closer to it (see Cuba, Guadeloupe and Martinique), this connection is equally obscure to many north of Congo Square.

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