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8:28 am
Sat August 10, 2013

In West Virginia, A Band Camp Of Sorts Prizes Old-Time Music

Students jam at one of the Augusta Heritage Center's themed, week-long summer music camps.
Stephanie Coleman for NPR

Originally published on Sun August 11, 2013 6:43 am

A group of 20 students sits in a big circle in the front parlor of a Victorian mansion at Davis & Elkins College. Everyone has a fiddle. And all eyes are on the teacher. Heads bop and toes tap as Dave Bing plays a West Virginia tune called "Camp Chase." Outside, a bevy of banjos plink out a mournful melody. Down the road the mandolin and guitar classes combine to jam on a new tune they've learned.

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Deceptive Cadence
6:56 am
Sat August 10, 2013

The American Symphonic Legacy: Not Just For White Guys

George Walker is considered the elder statesman of today's African-American composers.
Gregory Walker Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 11:23 am

This summer, NPR Classical has been looking for the great American symphony — or at least some idea of what it might sound like.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:55 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Versatile Opera Star, Director, Teacher Regina Resnik Dies at 90

Regina Resnik as Ellen Orford in the Metropolitan Opera premiere of Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes in 1948.
Metropolitan Opera Archives

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 12:11 pm

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Newport Jazz Festival
4:46 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Donny McCaslin Group, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

The Donny McCaslin Group performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:24 am

Should you ever meet Donny McCaslin, you'll encounter an imposingly tall fellow who's one of the nicest guys you'll shake hands with — and who wields a sax like few others. His band has gone electro-funk with fuzz-dub bass, analog synths and hard grooves. One of his newer tunes is called "Stadium Jazz," which is a little tongue-in-cheek and with a little bit of the grand vision implied. They played a side stage in the morning. The audience didn't know what hit 'em.

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  • Donny McCaslin, tenor saxophone
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Music Interviews
3:26 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Valerie June On Learning To Love 'Perfectly Imperfect' Voices

On her new album, Pushin' Against a Stone, Valerie June sings with a voice that's as powerful as it is unusual.
Matt Wignall Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 3:14 pm

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
11:22 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Jimmy Heath On Piano Jazz

Jimmy Heath.
Lonnie Timmons III Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 7:20 am

Saxophonist, composer and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath is the middle child of an illustrious jazz family, the Heath Brothers. A bebop player and big-band leader, Heath also performed with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:51 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Throwing A Fit In F-Sharp

Pablo Helguera for NPR

Got an idea for a classical cartoon or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

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

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Music News
10:02 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Remembering The People's Throat Singer Of Tuva

Kongar-Ol Ondar at the 72nd Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Genghis Blues was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Short.
Scott Nelson Getty Images.

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 10:57 am

The technique known as throat singing is an ancient style still practiced in Tuva, a small republic between Siberia and Mongolia's Gobi desert. Traditionally, it was practiced by herders.

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Favorite Sessions
11:28 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Alela Diane Performs 'Lost Land' At Portland's Old Church

Alela Diane performs live for opbmusic.
opbmusic

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 3:02 pm

In a sense, Alela Diane's new album About Farewell represents both a new beginning and a return to form. The Portland, Ore., singer-songwriter's fourth record is a candid collection that finds her adopting a contemplative tone, especially compared to the meatier full-band sounds of 2011's Alela Diane & Wild Divine.

The new record contains the most personal songs Diane has written, and with good reason: Her recent divorce from Wild Divine bandmate Tom Bevitori serves as a constant inspiration, though not always in a direct way.

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Song Premiere: The Avett Brothers, 'Another Is Waiting'

The Avett Brothers will release Magpie and the Dandelion on Oct. 15
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 7:46 am

It hasn't even been 11 full months since The Avett Brothers released The Carpenter, the North Carolina band's most recent collection of poignant and infectious, bluegrass-inflected folk-rock.

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