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12:04 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Will The Real Llewyn Davis Please Stand Up?

Dave Van Ronk at the 1968 Philadelphia Folk Festival.
Diana Davies Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 1:15 pm

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Favorite Sessions
11:09 am
Sun November 24, 2013

Folk Alley Presents: Mandolin Orange

Mandolin Orange performs live for Folk Alley.
Folk Alley

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:26 am

There is no shortage of folk and country songs about whiskey. But what makes this Mandolin Orange tune so enchanting is its effortlessness. The words seem to fall right into one another, like cheery drunks into so many bar stools. Mandolinist Andrew Marlin wrote this song during a road trip with his friend. They thought it might be fun to write a stereotypical country song and didn't expect for it to be so catchy.

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Deceptive Cadence
5:07 pm
Sat November 23, 2013

A Sound Of Fear, Forged In The Shadow Of War

Stanley Kubrick's The Shining strikes its terrifying tone with help from the Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, whose music underscores several of its tensest scenes.
Archive Photos Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 24, 2013 11:09 am

The Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki turned 80 on Saturday. You may think you've never heard Penderecki's music, but I'm guessing you have — because I'm guessing you've seen The Shining.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:03 am
Sat November 23, 2013

The Sound of Struggle Tempered With Terror: Penderecki At 80

In Penderecki's music there is a struggle between melody and dissonance.
Bruno Fidrych

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 8:27 am

There's a beguiling photo of Krzysztof Penderecki, who turns 80 today, inside the brochure of this week's Warsaw music festival that bears his name. It shows the lauded Polish composer standing in his immense garden, surrounded by a labyrinth of trees and shrubbery trimmed to symmetrical perfection.

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Music
8:28 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

A Grand Thanksgiving on Big Band Saturday Night

Wikipedia

This weekend on Big Band Saturday Night, we celebrate Thanksgiving! Songs featured from Louis Armstrong, Perry Como, Judy Garland, and Cab Calloway. A tasty show, to get your holidays started the right way! Join us at 8 o'clock on 89.5.

Deceptive Cadence
4:01 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Making Music To Be Useful, And For The Living

A singer takes the stage during the first performance of "Grimes on the Beach," an outdoor production of Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes, on June 17, 2013 in Aldeburgh, England.
Bethany Clarke Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 24, 2013 5:20 pm

Composer Benjamin Britten was born 100 years ago today, and the occasion is being marked by performances of his music around the world, from Carnegie Hall in New York to Memorial Hall in Tokyo.

Britten was a central figure of 20th-century classical music: He was a conductor, pianist and festival producer, as well as a composer. His best-known works include the opera Billy Budd, his War Requiem and The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.

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World Cafe
3:21 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Amos Lee On World Cafe

Amos Lee.
Courtesy of the artist

On this installment of World Cafe, folk-soul musician Amos Lee returns to the WXPN studios to perform a rousing live set. Lee released his first album in 2005; six years later, Mission Bell made its debut at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
2:49 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Next Time on All This Jazz: Dexter Gordon, Lee Morgan, and the Little-Known but Terrific JFK Quintet

Tune in for our forthcoming installment of All This Jazz, beginning at 10pm on Saturday the 23rd, right here on Public Radio 89.5-1. We'll also offer, as ever, a re-broadcast of ATJ on Sunday the 24th (at 7pm) on Jazz 89.5-2, which is Public Radio Tulsa's all-jazz HD Radio channel.

Each week, our program delivers modern jazz, both recent and classic, right up 'til midnight --- and in the second half of the show, again as ever, we offer a "theme" for our proceedings.

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Music Interviews
11:26 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Esperanza Spalding: Guantanamo Doesn't Represent 'Our America'

Grammy Award-winner Esperanza Spalding in her video 'We Are America."
ESPLLC

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 2:24 pm

Grammy Award-winning musician Esperanza Spalding has a problem with using the phrase "protest song" to describe her new recording, "We Are America." The song, along with its accompanying music video, demands congressional action to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

" 'Protest' doesn't seem accurate to me," she tells NPR's Celeste Headlee. "We weren't thinking of a 'protest' song, we're thinking of a 'let's get together and do something pro-active, creative and productive' song."

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
10:33 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Kenny Werner On Piano Jazz

Kenny Werner.
Richard Conde

Pianist, composer and author Kenny Werner is known for his 1996 book Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within, which has become a university textbook for improvising musicians and other artists. His album of original compositions, No Beginning No End -- a meditation on loss, death and renewal — was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 2010.

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