Deceptive Cadence
2:40 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Meet Your New Piano Idol: Behzod Abduraimov

Behzod Abduraimov.
Benjamin Ealovega

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 6:03 pm

There's a new superstar pianist on the horizon: Behzod Abduraimov. Haven't heard of him yet? That's not surprising — at just 21, this native of Tashkent, Uzbekistan has kept a very low profile so far. He's spent the past five years in the U.S., but not at a big-name school like the Curtis Institute (like Lang Lang or Yuja Wang, for example) or at Juilliard, where he was accepted as a student. Instead, he went to study with Stanislav Ioudenitch Park University in Salt Lake City Parkville, Missouri, where he's still enrolled.

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:55 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Cass McCombs' 'Bradley Manning': A Song Of Support For A Soldier On Trial

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 1:05 pm

It's been nearly two years since soldier Bradley Manning was arrested under suspicion of obtaining and distributing classified military documents to WikiLeaks. The 24-year old Oklahoma native now faces 22 different charges, including aiding the enemy — a charge that, if he is found guilty, would result in possible life imprisonment.

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The Record
11:18 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Philip Glass, 'Icon' Of The Avant-Garde

Images of composer Philip Glass from the cover of the Icon issue of The Fader.
Courtesy of The Fader

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 2:37 pm

As a general rule, if it's in The Fader, it's new. There's a good chance that you've never heard of many of the musicians who fill the magazine, which is based in New York and flaunts that city's bustling diversity and also its celebration of the cutting edge. But part of that celebration, every year, is the magazine's Icon issue, which takes a step back from the relentless forward motion to anoint an influential, already-celebrated figure.

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Favorite Sessions
8:46 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Lynne Arriale: A Dose Of Something Extra


Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 10:04 am

When pianist Lynne Arriale released her first album, The Eyes Have It, in 1994, KPLU started playing music from it right away. It was clear to us that Arriale had that "something extra" that separates good musicians from great ones. Over the course of her career, she's continued to build on that quality, so we were especially pleased to finally welcome her as a guest artist in our Seattle performance studio.

Set List

  • "Dance Of The Rain"
  • "Crawfish & Gumbo"


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A Blog Supreme
3:59 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

The United Nations Of Jazz

The United Nations General Assembly Hall, pictured here hosting a speech by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, is the venue for tonight's International Jazz Day concert.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 4:03 pm

Today is International Jazz Day, as decreed by Herbie Hancock and UNESCO. The centerpiece events are two all-star concerts, held at sunrise and sunset. The sunrise show was held in Congo Square in New Orleans, seemingly a nod to the dawn of jazz. Tonight's evening program takes the "international" part of International Jazz Day quite literally:

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1:13 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

On Jazz Day, Jason Moran Makes The Case For Relevance

Jazz pianist Jason Moran was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010.
Clay Patrick McBride

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 8:53 am

Some of the world's most renowned musicians recently gathered in Paris and New Orleans to celebrate the first annual International Jazz Day. UNESCO, the U.N.'s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has set April 30 as a day to raise awareness of jazz music's significance and potential as a unifying voice across cultures.

In spite of the celebrations, though, in the U.S. the jazz audience continues to shrink and grow older, and the music has struggled to connect with younger generations.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:01 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Add Verse Reactions: The Poetry Month Music Puzzler

Test your knowledge of American composers and poetry with this interactive puzzler.
L. Brinck

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 3:45 pm

Poetry month is almost at an end,

So here's a little challenge for you, friend.

Listen close to the music clips below,

The words will tell you what you need to know.

Match music with the image of each bard,

Good luck — you'll need it 'cause the quiz is hard.

A hint that may help you along the way,

Both words and music hail from U.S.A.

An extra point if you think you know 'em ...

Identify the name of each poem.

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Music Reviews
11:45 am
Mon April 30, 2012

A Sure-Footed Collection Of 'African Blues'

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 5:18 pm

I have to hand it to the Putumayo label. Since it started as a soundtrack-provider to a clothing store in the early '90s, the operation has placed racks of CDs with friendly-primitivist art by Nicola Heindl into Starbucks and Whole Foods everywhere. Putumayo is as responsible as anything for making music buyers ask "Where's the world music section?" in shops or online.

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Song Of The Day
6:03 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Cian Nugent: Variations On A Black Flag Riff

"My War Blues" finds guitarist Cian Nugent drawing on Black Flag as a new source for American standards.
Cait Fahey

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 2:43 pm

Natural bedfellows and squatters, punk and folk music are born out of rebellion and struggle, even if they don't always stay that way. The past three decades have seen Billy Bragg, Violent Femmes, World/Inferno Friendship Society and the fiercely DIY Plan-It-X label smash together folk and punk like contra dancers in a circle pit.

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What's in a Song?
3:19 pm
Sat April 28, 2012

Life 'Up On The Divide' Lures A Songwriter Out West

Martha Scanlan performs with Jon Neufeld in a meadow at the ranch where she works.
Dawson Dunning Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 11:31 am

For singer Martha Scanlan, the inspiration for the first song she ever wrote came on a trip to eastern Montana about 10 years ago.

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