Music

World Cafe
11:15 am
Thu June 13, 2013

José James On World Cafe

José James.
Janette Beckman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 8:31 am

Originally from Minneapolis, José James began chasing his dreams of jazz singing at 17. He found his way to London and New York, and eventually ended up at The New School to study jazz vocals. James was always interested in a musical place where jazz, R&B, hip-hop and more can all come together.

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The Summer of '63
4:34 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Bob Dylan's Tribute To Medgar Evers Took On The Big Picture

Bob Dylan performs at the Newport Folk Festival in 1963. His set included "Only a Pawn in Their Game," which he would also play at the 1963 March on Washington.
Eyeneer

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 5:20 pm

On this day 50 years ago — June 12, 1963 — Bob Dylan's career was just taking off when he heard the news that civil rights activist Medgar Evers had been assassinated. Dylan responded with a song that he eventually performed at the March on Washington and the Newport Folk Festival.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:51 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

A Loaded Bible Story, Tweaked For The Opera Stage

Nathan Gunn and Sasha Cooke star in the new opera The Gospel of Mary Magdalene as Yeshua (the Hebrew name of Jesus) and the title character.
San Francisco Opera

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 5:20 pm

Composer Mark Adamo has made beautiful music out of classic books. His Little Women is among the most produced American operas today. He also wrote the words and music for his operatic adaptation of Aristophanes' Greek drama Lysistrata.

His latest work, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, has proved more controversial. The opera, which premieres June 19 at the San Francisco Opera, tells the story of Mary, Jesus and his disciples.

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Piano Jazz With Jon Weber
10:03 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Marissa Mulder On Piano Jazz

Marissa Mulder.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 10:04 am

Vocalist Marissa Mulder has made a distinct mark on the New York cabaret scene with a voice that recalls that of the legendary Blossom Dearie. Mulder earned a spot on the Times Square Chronicles' Top 10 list in 2011, and her current show, Illusions, has been similarly well-received.

On this episode of Piano Jazz, Mulder and host Jon Weber talk about bringing new life to old standards and perform a set of the songs she holds dear.

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Music Videos
9:39 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Angélica Negrón On Q2 Music's 'Spaces'

Angélica Negrón gives Q2 Music a tour of her apartment.
Q2 Music

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:12 am

Combining found sounds and toy instruments with electronics and orchestral instruments, the music of Puerto Rican-born composer Angélica Negrón crafts a sound that's at once futuristic and nostalgic. Her compositions draw from ambient music, found sound, visual art and the hidden potential of everyday objects, as well as the classical music tradition.

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Music
3:37 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

The Parisii Quartet on Performance Oklahoma: All-French Chamber Music

Formed in 1983 by four prize-winning graduates of the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris, the Parisii Quartet won early acclaim with its triumphs at three major international competitions.  Much in demand in Paris, the Parisii performed the entire Haydn cycle at the Opéra Bastille, performed the Beethoven cycle at the Salle Gaveau, and has appeared frequently at the Musée d'Orsay.  Appearing in major concert halls and festivals across Europe, the Quartet has since toured regularly  across the United States. 

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Music
3:15 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

The Creole Choir Of Cuba: Reviving Caribbean History In 'Santiman'

The Creole Choir of Cuba's latest album, Santiman, has a satisfying flow from celebration to solemnity.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 7:11 am

It might come as a surprise to learn that people of Haitian descent are the largest ethnic minority in Cuba. But that's the history behind The Creole Choir of Cuba, a vocal and percussion ensemble that performs songs about history, faith and social change in the Caribbean.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:42 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Ukrainian Wins Top Prize At Van Cliburn Piano Competition

Cliburn medalists Beatrice Rana, second place winner; Vadym Kholodenko, first place winner; and Sean Chen, third place winner, receive applause from the audience at the final awards ceremony at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition on Sunday.
Rodger Mallison MCT/Landov

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 10:39 am

Winners of 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition were announced Sunday night in Fort Worth, Texas. The competition was held over 17 days.

Vadym Kholodenko, 26, of Ukraine, won the top prize of $50,000, but he said the rankings don't mean that much.

"It's kind of fun for audience, for press. It's interesting to put first, second, 10th and so on. But in life, not so important," Kholodenko says.

And, he says, so much of life involves competing no matter what you're doing.

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Alt.Latino: Show
8:59 am
Sun June 9, 2013

Can't Stop The Beat: Three New Caribbean Artists Making Waves

Alt.Latino's hosts are convinced that Cuban singer Danay Suarez is a legend in the making.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 11:58 am

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Favorite Sessions
6:48 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Aoife O'Donovan: The Voice Of Crooked Still Breaks Loose

Aofie O'Donovan performs live for Folk Alley.
Folk Alley

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:16 am

First things first: Aoife O'Donovan's first name is pronounced EE-fuh. It's worth knowing how to speak it out loud, because a lot of people are going to talk about O'Donovan's first solo album, Fossils, which comes out Tuesday.

The lead singer of the folk-country band Crooked Still recently performed a special set for NPR affiliate FolkAlley.com, which included the catchiest song on Fossils, "Red & White & Blue & Gold."

Credits

  • Producers: Linda Fahey & Beehive Productions
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