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For the 4th of July weekend, here's a range of music sparked by the spirit of American independence. Host David Garland presents iconoclastic composers and visionaries who both tap into American musical traditions, and pioneer new modes of expression. Included are Woody Guthrie, Charles Ives, John Coltrane, The Beach Boys, Harry Partch, and more.
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The New York-based mini-orchestra yMusic champions music by young composers whose work combines the complexity of classical music, and the tuneful, rhythmic energy of pop. yMusic consists of six virtuosos: Hideaki Aomori, clarinet, bass clarinet; CJ Camerieri, trumpet, French horn; Clarice Jensen, cello; Rob Moose, violin; Nadia Sirota, viola; and Alex Sopp, flute, piccolo. Each of these players is often busy playing with orchestras, chamber groups, and cutting-edge bands such as Bon Iver, The...
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Cryptacize makes songs that are playful, tuneful, daring, and surprising. Did the songs really come from a magical book, as the band suggests? It seems plausible. Guitarist Chris Cohen used to play with Deerhoof, and he retains some of that exacting wildness. Singer Nedelle Torrisi has one of the most precise and plangent voices around. Together with bassist Aaron Olson and drummer Corey Fogel they set their songs loose in the WNYC Studio, and talk with host David Garland.
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Here are some story-songs, grounded in old blues and British folk traditions, performed by musicians for whom the past is just a starting point. Host David Garland offers the distinctive, captivating voices of Woody Guthrie, Connie Converse, Alasdair Roberts, Sam Amidon, and others; musicians old and new who all have stories to sing.
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British songwriter/improvisor David Thomas Broughton may help you rethink possibilities. He constructs suites of songs out a combination of purpose and accident, tonality and sound, absurdity and sincerity, coherence and incoherence. He sings these surprisingly tuneful pieces in an unlikely, plummy baritone, whisking listeners along to the peculiar opportunities of the moment. There's no one else like him, and host David Garland invites Broughton into the WNYC Studio to perform and talk about...
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Holcombe Waller has a graceful, emotional way of singing. A songwriter based in Portland, Oregon, Holcombe has recently been presenting his theater piece “Patty Heart Townes,” a work with costumes, projections, and the songs of Patty Griffin and Townes Van Zandt. Holcombe joins host David Garland to talk about and perform a few songs from “Patty Heart Townes,” and to present his own touching, lyrical songs sumptuously arranged for a trio of string players, piano, banjo, and guitar.
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Slow Club is a band that takes its listeners from quiet intimacy to boisterous fun. Using the medium of pop songs, they surprise and delight with toe-tapping tunes and insightful lyrics about love, death, friendship, and other essentials. Slow Club hails from Sheffield, England, and is essentially Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor, two friends who write and play catchy songs together, now joined also by bassist Steve Black and drummer Avvon Chambers. David Garland welcomes Slow Club to the WNYC...
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One song leads to another as David Garland continues to revel in the possibilities of the mixtape. Drawing on a range of new and old music, Garland offers connections, contrasts, and discoveries. This is the third in a series that’s been a hit with Spinning On Air listeners.
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Composer, singer, and pianist Reuben Butchart brings his song cycle "Nameless and Awake" to the WNYC Studio. Setting poems by John William Carroll, Butchart's music combines a soulful contemporary singing style with intricate, detailed arrangements that make use of the classical and jazz skills of The Millworkers, seven musicians playing woodwinds, cello, guitar, bass, drums, glass percussion, and more. David Garland talks with Butchart about the songs and how the music came together...
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Rozi Plain's songs are exuberant and introspective, easily understood and mysterious, tuneful and unusual, plain-spoken and eloquent. Visiting from Bristol, England, Rozi performs in the WNYC Studio and chats about her music with host David Garland. Rozi sings and plays electric guitar, and The Pictish Trail (Johnny Lynch) sings back-up on a few songs and joins the discussion.
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Climb into the cello. Make yourself comfortable. Feel the vibrations engulf you as the instrument is played. Your entire world resonates. Composer/cellist Julia Kent creates evocative environments of sound with her cello, running it through digital delays and a laptop to magnify and multiply the music. Her latest album is called "Character," and explores the possibilities of mood and narrative in instrumental pieces. Julia Kent has been on Spinning On Air before, as a member of Antony...
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During this busy time of year, how 'bout we listen to some music that provides an antidote to the holiday hubbub; space in which to relax and breathe--or even think! David Garland opens the door to a beautiful room of sound featuring James Blackshaw, Lubomyr Melnyk, Roger Eno, Doug Wieselman, and itsnotyouitsme.
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The band White Magic made a vivid impression a couple years ago with an EP of memorable, mysterious songs. Since then the group dissolved and re-grouped, still featuring the distinctive voice and songwriting of Mira Billotte as its defining sound, now with versatile guitarist Douglas Shaw. Mira's swooping, authoritative singing and unusual piano playing build songs that are like tuneful incantations. She's joined by Douglas in the WNYC studio to perform a set of new and traditional songs, and...
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Many creative musicians have performed for the Spinning On Air microphones in the WNYC Studio during the show's 25-year history. David Garland presents some highlights from recent years, including Laura Marling, Sufjan Stevens, Antony and the Johnsons, Dirty Projectors, Michael Gira, Diane Cluck, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, and others-- even a portion of Christian Marclay's on-air improvisation on multiple turntables from November, 1987.
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Elephant Micah makes songs and tosses them, like messages in bottles, into the vast oceans surrounding Indiana. Joe O'Connell has been performing and recording as Elephant Micah for ten years, creating songs gracefully poised between the poetic and the plain-spoken. In a rare visit to New York from his Indiana home, Elephant Micah joins host David Garland in the WNYC Studio to talk about and play his eloquent, understated music. He's joined by Beth Remis and Mark Trecka of Pillars and Tongues...
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Host David Garland gives you your first chance to hear some wonderfully imaginative new music. Composer Amy Kohn visits to present some songs from her new CD "I'm In Crinoline." We'll also hear from the forthcoming Danielson (Daniel Smith of the Danielson Famile) album "Ships," and also "The Only Thing I Ever Wanted" from the group Psapp. Songwriter Viking Moses has recorded a trilogy of great albums which aren't even scheduled for release yet, but we get to...
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As you might guess from the band's name, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger makes songs that are ornate, fanciful, tuneful, and unusual. It's a collaborative duo featuring Sean Lennon (son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono) and his partner in life and music, Charlotte Kemp Muhl. They play multiple instruments, and sing in harmony about elegant gardens, dystopian futures, striving scientists, a smarmy impresario, and much more. Host David Garland brings them to the WNYC Studio for lively conversation...
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Climb into the cello. Make yourself comfortable. Feel the vibrations engulf you as the instrument is played. Your entire world resonates. Composer/cellist Julia Kent creates evocative environments of sound with her cello, running it through digital delays and a laptop to magnify and multiply the music. Her latest album is called "Character," and explores the possibilities of mood and narrative in instrumental pieces. Julia Kent has been on Spinning On Air before, as a member of Antony...
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Three creative composer/instrumentalists perform their music: Ben Reynolds is a young English guitarist who lives in Scotland, and he gives us two lyrical solo pieces and one song. George Stavis' first album of innovative banjo music was released in 1969. 20 years later in 1989 he first performed on Spinning On Air, and now Stavis returns to the show. That 19-year gap between Stavis' first visit and this one also happens to be a lifetime (so far) for 19 year-old Irish musician Cian Nugent, who...
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Hushed but full of emotion, eloquent with empathy and musicality, Susanna's voice is a warm fire in the Nordic night. Norwegian singer, composer, and pianist Susanna Wallumrød has recorded and performed with Susanna and the Magical Orchestra, and these days is presenting her music simply as Susanna. Accompanied by her husband Helge Sten (Deathprod, Supersilent) on electric guitar, and brother Fredrik Wallumrød (El Caco) on drums and vocals, Susanna performs and talks about her music with...
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The band Akron/Family is adventurous, imaginative, and known for the vitality of their marathon concerts. The fact that they are also prolific is made clear by this show. Their new album, "Meek Warrior," has just been released, but they gather in the WNYC Studio not to play music from that album; instead they join host David Garland to record the demos for their NEXT album! The songs have just been composed, were arranged by the band a couple weeks ago in a Pennsylvania garage, and...
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They met at a party in Paris, but before long they left the city to live in a cabin in the Finnish wilderness. There they wrote songs, finding a quiet, intense musical style that suits long winter nights huddled at the hearth. Mi (Mira Anita Mathilda Romantschuk) is from Finland, L'au (Laurent Leclere) is French, and one of their common languages is music that takes the listener out of the modern hubub, to a more thoughtful, timeless place. Host David Garland welcomes Mi & L'au to WNYC for...
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Simultaneously stark, intense, warm, and involving, the Tennessee-based duo W-S Burn make a special visit to New York to play on Spinning On Air. Steve plays guitar (acoustic and electric), and Pixie sings. She also strings metal and glass chimes from the shade of a floor lamp, which then serves as both illumination and percussion for their performance. W-S Burn have put out a few hand-made, lo-fi CDR releases, but host David Garland wants to give them more exposure, and to see what happens...
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Autumn is a beautiful time of year. It's also a beautiful metaphor for change, the seasons of life, and the acceptance of loss. Autumn-as-season, and autumn-as-metaphor appear in countless songs, and host David Garland presents a carefully selected range of autumnal evocations old and new, featuring Joanna Newsom, The Stone Poneys, Mia Doi Todd, Dave van Ronk, Johnny Hartman, Jeri Southern, and many others.
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From the vault of past Spinnings On Air emerges an old show showcasing the old-fashioned modern sounds of Moog synthesizers, theremins, and more, performing strange versions of familiar Christmas music. Culled mostly from LPs released in the 1960s, there’s nearly enough electricity in these recordings to light your tree. Giving usual host/producer David Garland a night off for last minute shopping, this show is hosted by the robotic voice of a semi-autonomous digital entity.
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This London-based, five-person group brings their orchestral sound to the WNYC Studio. Their range—from intense to lyrical—is revealed gradually as each song unfolds, offers new possibilities, and points in new directions. Along with vocalist Sian Alice Ahern are drums, electric guitar, violin, piano, bass, and more. The band talks with host David Garland, and performs songs ranging from full ensemble at full-throttle, to the intimacy of just voice and piano. This show first aired on March...
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Songs to wake you up, songs to put you to sleep, and songs to make you think, feel and laugh, from musicians ranging in age from 6 to 65. Host David Garland presents new recordings, mostly by previous guests on the show, including musical updates from Robert Wyatt, Essie Jain, Kurt Weisman (of Feathers), and Rachel Lipson.
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Elomar, or Elomar Figueira Mello, is a Brazilian singer and composer from the rural area of Vitória da Conquista, in the northeastern state of Bahia. Born in 1937, Elomar has created a unique approach to song, drawing on folk, classical, and ancient troubadour traditions. Host David Garland presents an introduction to Elomar's music, including selections from several albums dating back to the 1970s and '80s. The songs are expressive, adventurous, and elegant, with accompaniments ranging from...
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The 100th anniversary of the birth of the influential composer John Cage is coming up this Wednesday, Sept. 5th. David Garland welcomes pianist Adam Tendler for an introduction to the unusual, beautiful sounds of Cage's Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano, and some of the ideas and thoughts behind them, and to learn about Tendler's experiences getting to know the work. Composed in the late 1940s, the Sonatas and Interludes offer the surprising sonorities of a piano transformed by the...
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Songs celebrating mothers' presence, lamenting mothers' absence, and a few songs about childhood, on this Mother's Day. Music by James Brown, Hannah Marcus, Non Credo, The Books, Devendra Banhart, and many others.
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Yoko Ono is nothing less than a cultural icon. From her early years in New York's artistic avant-garde, to her marriage and collaborations with Beatle John Lennon, to her creative activism promoting peace, Ono has made, and continues to make, a powerful impact on our world. Sean Lennon--Ono and John Lennon's son born in 1975--is a creative musician in his own right, and has been performing with and directing his mother's Plastic Ono Band for years. Spinning On Air host/producer David Garland...
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Some new and recent releases with an emphasis on hypnotic rhythms and self-examination, including music by Dan Deacon, Anni Rossi, Psapp, Kath Bloom, Gretchen Phillips, Patrick Watson, Arborea, Guy Klucevsek, and David Cloyd.
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Judy Collins returns to Spinning On Air to perform in the WNYC Studio. For five decades Collins has remained an important, well-loved singer of thoughtful songs. From her early years in the Greenwich Village folk scene, to her varied, adventurous recordings that made "Judy blue-eyes" a significant voice of her generation, to the hard-won wisdom of her recent music, Judy Collins has articulated her passions and the emotions of her listeners by writing exquisite, powerful songs and...
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Lisa Germano creates moody songs where thoughts of mortality bump up against hope and love, and trying to understand motivations is the motivation for song. The intimacy of her singing voice draws you in, and can make you feel like you're overhearing her thoughts. Lisa returns to Spinning On Air for the third time, joining host David Garland to talk about what songwriting means to her now, and about her new album, "In the Maybe World." And, accompanying herself at the WNYC Steinway...
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Nature Theater of Oklahoma is a New York-based performance group whose recent "Life and Times Episodes 1-4" at The Public Theater was called "a masterpiece," and "a phenomenal experience" by The New Yorker. In The New York Times, Charles Isherwood called the piece "ambitious, brilliantly executed...one of the most unforgettable adventures of my theater-going experience." "Life and Times Episodes 1-4" runs 10 hours, and is just a portion of the...
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Each week Spinning On Air brings listeners to the meeting points of Art and Pop, with a special emphasis on creative songwriting. This week host David Garland offers the second half of some highlights from the many in-studio performances of the past year, including D. M. Stith, Glass Ghost, Electric Junkyard Gamelan, Holcombe Waller and the Healers, Marissa Nadler, Larkin Grimm, Miho Hatori, Rozi Plain, Vashti Bunyan, The Wingdale Community Singers, Common Rotation, and Akron/Family. Part 1,...
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Host David Garland presents some stand-out performances from past Spinning On Air sessions: The Incredible String Band, Vashti Bunyan, Rio En Medio, Juana Molina, Antony, James Blackshaw, Sufjan Stevens' BQE, Jose Gonzalez, Devendra Banhart, Akron Family, Gretchen Phillips, and Diane Cluck.
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Let’s hear what kind of conversation these varied musical voices can have with each other, and with our own inner voices. David Garland shares vocal recordings old and new from various cultures: Indian instruments accompany a choir singing Gregorian chant; a Dutch cellist plays with a Sardinian chorus and Senegalese soloist; centuries-old Norwegian hymns are sung to improvised organ accompaniment; the delicate abstractions of voice with piano and explored; an early blues singer, a...
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Vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Jen Shyu performs her dramatic, unusual music in the WNYC Studio. Shyu weaves together influences from jazz, classical, and various traditions including music of Korea and Java, as well as Taiwan and East Timor where her parents were born. Shyu speaks with David Garland about her musical odyssey, and performs pieces from her new solo opera "Solo Rites: Seven Breaths." Using Taiwanese moon lute, piano, Korean gayageum, and her extraordinary...
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The latest album from influential composer Aphex Twin includes music that draws from the century-long history of electronic music. With Aphex Twin as a starting point, David Garland presents electronic music old and new--and sometimes it's not so easy to tell which is which. Music by Raymond Scott, Oskar Sala, Glass Ghost, Sisyphus, Easley Blackwood, Fred Weinberg, and others, is included.
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Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson blends acoustic and electronic, old-style and high-tech, organic and synthetic sounds into a romantically rhapsodic musical experience. Johannsson has just been touring in the US, playing for enthralled audiences with fellow Icelandic multi-intrumentalist Matthias Hemstock, and the string quartet of the NYC-based new music ensemble ACME. On April 30, 2010, the group performed at the New York venue Le Poisson Rouge. That concert has been edited and mixed for...
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Young British composer Laura Marling joins David Garland to perform songs from her new album. Laura Marling has a gift for song writing. With a fine musical sensibility, and wisdom beyond her years, this young British composer has impressed and moved a lot of listeners during the last few years. She was just 17 when she first visited Spinning On Air in 2008, and now she returns to bring us up to date on her music and thoughts. She talks with host David Garland, and performs in the WNYC Studio...
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Each week Spinning On Air brings listeners to the meeting points of Art and Pop, with a special emphasis on creative songwriting. This week host David Garland offers the first half of some highlights from the many in-studio performances of the past year, including Antony, Miho Hatori, Cryptacize, The Pictish Trail, Arlt, Holden, Sylvain Chauveau, and a generous helping of Grizzly Bear. Part 2 will be heard next week.
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Antony, of Antony and the Johnsons, joins host David Garland to present and talk in depth about his new album "The Crying Light," and to perform solo in the WNYC Studio. "The Crying Light" is lyrical, restrained, and haunting; a meditation on and investigation of human consciousness and action in the natural world. Expect unusual insights, harsh beauty, gentle anger, and musical beauty.
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Imbibe some sounds to refresh your summer. David Garland presents the Lee Hazelwood/Nancy Sinatra classic "Summer Wine," some instrumental guitar recordings from the '20s, '50s, '60s, and '70s, plus brand new recordings by Nina Nastasia, Clare and the Reasons, Kemp & Eden, Rozi Plain, Will Stratton, and others.
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The Valerie Project is an ensemble convened to perform a live musical score to “Valerie and Her Week of Wonders,” an obscure 1970 Czech New Wave film about a thirteen year old girl’s coming of age amid religious turmoil, vampiric entities, shadowy evils, and the beauty of the natural world. The Valerie Project gathers in the WNYC Studio to perform and talk about their music with host David Garland. The music is appropriately psychedelic, with Greg Weeks and Brooke Sietinsons of Espers,...
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The anniversary of the 2001 9/11 attacks inspires reflection and memories, and here are some songs that express related emotions: compassion, uncertainty, fear, determination, and hope. A few songs by Chris Rael, John Vanderslice, and Sport Murphy address the event directly, while other songs by Nina Simone, Antony and The Johnsons, Mose Allison, Feathers, and others touch effectively on the feelings associated with life-changing experiences. And from Bob Dylan and Devendra Banhart we have...
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Host David Garland offers more music by songwriter Connie Converse, who disappeared in 1978, and whose music and life made such an impression on listeners during a recent special Spinning On Air broadcast . Also, highlights from recent in-studio sessions, during WNYC's spring membership drive.
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When Alex Stimmel is Apothecary Hymns he makes songs. When he records them he plays many different acoustic and electric instruments, layering a wide palette of sonic colors for his multi-tracked singing. When he performs them live, as he does here in the WNYC Studio, he pares his songs down to electric guitar and voice, with occasional harmonica shadings. Alex Stimmel joins host David Garland to talk about and play his Apothecary Hymns both live and from his album “Trowel and Era.”
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A special two-hour re-broadcast for WNYC's American Music Festival: The brilliant young singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Sufjan Stevens returned to Spinning On Air to present his album, "Illinois" prior to its release. Continuing his ambitious project of recording an album for each of the 50 states, Stevens created an elaborate, innovative, poetic, emotionally powerful album of songs that are inspired—sometimes directly, sometimes abstractly—by people and places in...
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Singer/composer Miho Hatori has surprised and delighted listeners with the eccentric pop of her '90s duo Cibo Matto, the Brazilian-inspired sounds of Smokey & Miho, and with the band Gorillaz. Now she brings a new project to the WNYC Studio. With pianist/accordionist/synth-player Shoko Nagai and cellist Helena Espvall, Miho plays and talks about some new songs of her own--as well as a pair of songs by Spinning On Air favorite Connie Converse--with host David Garland.
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The band Callers brings their lean, powerful sound back to Spinning On Air. Their new album, "Life of Love," takes their music a step further into the abstract, while staying rooted in the straight-forward set-up of guitar, drums, and vocals, all tinted by the blues. Host David Garland welcomes Callers to the WNYC Studio to perform and talk about their music.
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In the mid-Sixties, Scottish guitarist Bert Jansch began blending influences to create a unique, expressive technique on the acoustic guitar. Jansch died a few weeks ago, on Oct. 5th, but his influence and example live on, and can be heard in the work of many guitarists who explore the potential of the acoustic guitar. Host David Garland presents some of Jansch's solo work, his work with the band Pentangle, and new music by the young Irish guitarist Cian Nugent, and Philadelphia songwriter Meg...
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Is it backwoods chamber music? Or backwards chamber music? Or backwards chamber music from the backwoods of Brooklyn? It isn't easy to describe the music produced by James Angelos' group Et Ret. Using fiddles, electric guitars and percussion, the group weaves their own path through the worlds of minimalism, classical music, and folk fiddling drones. Intrigued by this uncategorizable sound, host David Garland has invited Et Ret into the WNYC Studio to play a live set, and to talk a little about...
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Ikue Mori has been a force on New York's Downtown music scene since she began playing drums in the seminal band DNA in the late 1970s. She has been an innovator in both the role of percussion and the hands-on use of electronic drum machines. Mori joins host David Garland to talk about her work as an improvisor, composer, and collaborator, and to perform in the WNYC Studio. Japan Society will present two concerts celebrating Ikue Mori's music on March 21st and 22nd.
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David Garland presents some gentle and festive music for Christmas. The December darkness is illuminated with extended renditions of two seasonal songs that have been sung for centuries, a few familiar carols, and the elfin humor of the Christmas greetings The Beatles recorded for their fan club during the 1960s.
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Songwriter and singer Cameron Hull is easy to enjoy, but hard to place. His songs sound a bit like folk music of the 1940s and ’50s, but with a modern edginess. He mixes humor and sincerity in a disconcerting way, and his singing voice displays aspects of his operatic background without sounding at all stuffy. Hearing Cameron, you might guess he’s an old eccentric who lives in the wilderness, but in fact he’s a young eccentric who lives in Brooklyn. Cameron Hull joins host David Garland...
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Spinning On Air announces a 20th Anniversary Live Broadcast from Joe's Pub, Sunday, October 7th. The performance will bring together three very individual songwriters whose passionate voices communicate their musical visions: Larkin Grimm, a young Appalachian shaman/troubador who has a voice to conjure with; Bridget St. John, veteran British songwriter with a special knack for disarming intimacy; and David Deporis, a wild-eyed Brooklyn-based singer of tenderness, rage, and rue. Each performer...
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Some songwriters clear new territory with their songs, and build personal musical structures we can enter and explore, finding new paths to familiar feelings. Here are some recent recordings by such musicians: Nedelle (pictured), Quinn Walker, Luke Temple, Aimee Norwich, Saint Eskimo, Golden Ghost, and Angel Deradoorian.
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Cibo Matto, the New York band with the Italian name founded by two Japanese ex-pats, made a lot of people dance and smile with their albums Viva! La Woman and Stereo*Type A back in the 1990s. Their songs were usually about food, and they sang them to a wild blend of catchy tunes, experimentalism, and Hip Hop. Now Yuka C. Honda and Miho Hatori have resumed making music as Cibo Matto, and their first album in 15 years, Hotel Valentine, is their best yet. Honda and Hatori, along with band mates...
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The French duo Arlt joins host David Garland in the WNYC Studio to perform and talk about their music. Eloise Decazes and Sing-Sing, who comprise Arlt, are based in Paris, and sing their tuneful, snappy, somewhat surrealist songs in French, but will provide explanations in English for these inexplicable songs.
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Nomi is a young New York City musician who is finding her way from songwriting based in hip-hop style, to a new style that's more personal and harder to categorize. Trading heavy beats and samples for an ensemble of acoustic guitar, cello and theremin, Nomi has created a subtly textured context for her passionate vocals. Nomi's music is championed--and perhaps now inspired by--Antony, of Antony and the Johnsons. Host David Garland welcomes Nomi and her unusual group to WNYC for a conversation...
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During the 1950s Connie Converse lived in New York City writing and singing thoughtful, emotional, smart, witty, personal songs. She accompanied herself on guitar, a "singer/songwriter" before that term or style existed. Connie sang her songs at gatherings of friends, and once on television. The music industry of her day couldn't pigeonhole her, and didn't welcome her. Discouraged, Connie left New York in 1960, and in 1974 she wrote a series of farewell letters to her friends and...
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“Ilham” is Arabic for “inspiration,” and this collaborative trio relies on the inspiration of the moment and the interplay of three different traditions to create new music with deep roots. Syrian-born vocalist Gaida is featured, weaving her acrobatic, highly emotional singing with the cello of Canadian Rufus Cappadoccia, and the trumpet and santur (Persian hammered dulcimer) of Iraqi-American Amir ElSaffar. Ilham performs in the WNYC Studio and discusses their influences and...
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There are a lot of different stories out there floating around about the mysterious band Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice. Are they really carnival refugees, former denizens of a toxic dump, or child prodigies, as their website (woodenwand.net) suggests? One thing for sure is that they are a band with powerful songs and a knack for improvising musical incantations. Host David Garland invites WWVV into the WNYC studio to dim the lights and play for a full hour, mixing blues, folk,...
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