Music

Tiny Desk Concerts
12:56 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Jolie Holland: Tiny Desk Concert

Mallory Benedict NPR

It'll take just a few seconds to find out if you're likely to fall in love with Jolie Holland. That's what happened to me about eight years ago: Holland was a founding member of The Be Good Tanyas, and I've been listening faithfully to the Texas-born, Brooklyn-based singer ever since.

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A Blog Supreme
6:38 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: April 20, 2012

Cover art detail from Jazz Samba, released 50 years ago today.
Verve Records

Here's what we posted on this date two years ago, while snickering like a teenager.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:57 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

The Tokyo String Quartet Will Bid Farewell

Christian Ducasse courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 4:01 pm

It's time to say goodbye: After more than 40 years, the members of Tokyo String Quartet have decided they will disband at the end of the 2012-13 season.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:36 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

To Russia, With Musical Love — After 22 Years' Absence

An advertisement in Moscow for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's first concerts in Russia in more than two decades.
Todd Rosenberg Courtesy of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 5:06 pm

This week, music is bringing Americans and Russians together in a way that policy discussions never can. And don't call that a cliche in front of the music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

If U.S. relations with Russia have hit a sticky patch over Syria and other issues lately, that didn't stop the Chicago Symphony from thrilling a Russian audience this past Wednesday night, just as it did on its last visit — to the then-Soviet Union in 1990.

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Music News
2:36 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

'Marley': A History On Film Of The Man Turned 'Legend'

Detail from the Marley movie poster.
Courtesy of the filmmaker

Originally published on Sat April 21, 2012 5:53 am

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A Blog Supreme
2:16 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Remembering Teddy Charles: Composer, Vibraphonist, Sailboat Captain

Cover art for The Teddy Charles Tentet.
Atlantic Records

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:04 pm

This album cover represents some of the greatest work of one Teddy Charles. As a vibraphone player, composer, arranger and record producer based in New York City (and briefly Los Angeles), he had opportunities to work with the greats of the '40s, '50s and '60s: Charles Mingus, Mal Waldron, Miles Davis and many others. These talents and opportunities coincided with the January 1956 recording sessions most famously released as The Teddy Charles Tentet, on Atlantic Records.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:41 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: April 20, 2012

Composer Meredith Monk.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 4:16 pm

  • Twenty-one American performing artists, including composer/singer/choreographer/force of nature Meredith Monk and clarinetist/composer Don Byron, have been named as part of the first class of
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World Cafe
12:56 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Of Monsters And Men On World Cafe

Of Monsters And Men are an Icelandic folk-rock band.
Hörður Sveinsson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 9:58 am

Of Monsters and Men is an Icelandic sextet specializing in catchy folk-pop. The group came together in 2009 when singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir began recruiting backups for her acoustic solo act. In 2010, Of Monsters and Men gained national fame when it won an annual Icelandic battle of the bands; since then, the buzz has only grown.

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Song Travels
12:46 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Joshua Bell And Jeremy Denk On 'Song Travels'

"I've thought to myself often listening to some classical works: 'I think I want to make a couple million dollars and turn that into a pop song,'" Joshua Bell (right) says, laughing. "There's a lot of untapped potential there."
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 2:21 pm

Together, violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk make for one of the most dynamic duos in the classical music world. The two have been recording and performing together in the classical repertoire for almost a decade, and have become equally at home thumbing through the pages of the Great American Songbook.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:58 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Buzz Aldrin In Recital

Pablo Helguera

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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.

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