Maya Beiser's Twitter handle — @CelloGoddess — says it all. She's a brilliant cellist with a stunning command of her instrument, and she's tightly tied to technology. Beiser takes the sound of her cello and runs it through loop pedals, effects and other electronics to make her instrument shimmer, drone and groove. Then there's her magnificent sense of melody.
The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and on the big day, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture will be heard from coast to coast, complete with fireworks and cannons. But how did a Russian composition, depicting the rout of Napoleon's Army, end up as the unofficial soundtrack for our most quintessentially American holiday?
Here's hoping you'll tune in for the next installment of All This Jazz, which begins at 10pm Central on June 29th, right here on Public Radio 89.5-1. As ever, we'll offer two hours of outstanding modern jazz, both recent and classic, right up till midnight.
Also, please note that this particular offering will be a re-broadcast of a program that originally aired in December of 2010. It's a great show, with positively top-drawer jazz music from start to finish. And the second-theme is especially fine --- it's "The Less-Familiar Ellington."
As the keyboardist for the trio Medeski, Martin & Wood, John Medeski has been bringing jazz and fusion to rock audiences for more than two decades. He recently began playing solo piano concerts in venues around the world. On this episode of Piano Jazz, Medeski joins host Jon Weber to perform pieces from his new solo piano album, A Different Time, as well as a surprising duet or two.
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Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book isHelguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.
Singer and pianist Tony DeSare grew up in Glen Falls, N.Y. He began his musical career on violin, but from an early age, he expressed a fascination with the piano and organ. His parents bought him a small Casio keyboard to test his interest, and by age 12, DeSare had been given a full-size keyboard and was taking piano lessons.
Hi, Alan Lambert here... this weekend, we celebrate Independence Day on Big Band Saturday Night. Some truly rare songs of the holiday along with some of our usual surprises. Join me at 8 o'clock on Public Radio 89.5!