Deceptive Cadence
3:47 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Uncovering The Heart Of Chopin — Literally

Composer and pianist Frederic Chopin, who died in 1849.
General Photographic Agency Getty Images

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Folk Alley Presents: Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn perform live on WKSU's Folk Alley.
Folk Alley

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have just released their first album together. Fleck says its main conceit was that "it would just be the two of us all the way" — and not just in the studio, either. They also wanted to tour the project properly, honorably, as a duo. But, as musicians are wont to do, Fleck says, "We really wanted to have different colors."

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Music News
4:41 am
Sun November 16, 2014

'Twinkle' Sparks Fireworks As Fiddler Guts Violin Method

Shinichi Suzuki makes a rare visit to Britain in 1980 to demonstrate the method he developed for learning to play the violin.
Ian Tyas Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 4:37 pm

If you're a parent, the sound of a small child sawing away at the strains of the "Twinkle Variations" may be all too familiar.

It's Song One, of Book One, of the Suzuki method, a musical pedagogy developed by Shin'ichi Suzuki in the 1960s.

But lately there has been discord among music educators, a feud over methods and credentials and accusations of fraud.

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Music Interviews
4:52 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

When The Lights Go Down, Who Will Hear 'The Last Transmission'?

Filmmaker and musician Melvin Van Peebles' new album with the London band The Heliocentrics is titled The Last Transmission.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 8:35 pm

A lot of popular musicians in the 1960s and '70s showed a passionate interest in getting extremely high — higher than any human had ever been.

We're talking, of course, about space exploration. David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Sun Ra, Funkadelic; all contributed to our shared space mythology. That doesn't happen so much these days.

But a new record from London band The Heliocentrics is a welcome, and trippy, exception.

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Mountain Stage
2:14 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

The Duhks On Mountain Stage

The Duhks.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

The Duhks' latest Mountain Stage performance was recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Hailing from Winnipeg, the band has crafted a singular blend of old-time French-Canadian and Celtic music punched up with shades of blues, soul and rock rhythms. The group has earned Juno and Grammy awards and nominations, and is widely recognized for the important role it's played in the modern folk revival.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
4:32 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Next Time on ATJ: We'll Hear Some Excellent Jazz Standards from the Great War Years

On the next edition of All This Jazz -- in the immediate wake of Veterans Day, and as communities around the globe continue to observe the First World War Centenary -- our second-hour theme will be Jazz Standards Dating Back to WWI.

Lots of terrific (and, in fact, timeless) American pop tunes were born during the years of the Great War -- i.e., the summer of 1914 through the fall of 1918 -- such as, to name a few, "Indiana," "Beale Street Blues," "Tiger Rag," and "St. Louis Blues."

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Mountain Stage
12:20 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Curtis McMurtry On Mountain Stage

Curtis McMurtry.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Curtis McMurtry makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. McMurtry spent four years writing contemporary chamber music for the banjo at Sarah Lawrence College. He soon felt the pull to sharpen his skills as a singer-songwriter, though, and moved to Nashville, where he studied alongside some of his heroes, including Guy Clark.

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Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
12:42 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Very Very Henry Threadgill

Henry Threadgill conducts the Society Situation Dance Band at the Very Very Threadgill festival.
Shahar Azran Courtesy of Harlem Stage

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 10:35 am

Henry Threadgill's music has always pushed boundaries. Two tubas with two guitars, a "sextett" with seven members, a free-improvising trio with an instrument made of hubcaps, a dance orchestra: Nothing is off the table.

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Mountain Stage
11:56 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Jill Barber On Mountain Stage

Jill Barber.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Jill Barber makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Barber is blessed with a smoky and soulful voice that has made her an alt-cabaret favorite on Canada's rich folk scene. But her songwriting has also earned her a reputation with jazz audiences worldwide.

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Mountain Stage
11:45 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Puss N Boots On Mountain Stage

Puss N Boots.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

The folk-rock supergroup Puss N Boots appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. The trio — Catherine Popper, Sasha Dobson and Norah Jones — has been playing together since 2008, but only recently put out its first album, No Fools No Fun.

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