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3:45 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Music Is Everywhere: John Cage At 100

John Cage during his 1966 concert at the opening of the National Arts Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Rowland Scherman Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 5:05 pm

OK, let's get the elephant out of the room right away. John Cage's most famous, or infamous, work is "4'33"," in which a musician walks onstage and sits at the piano for 4 minutes and 33 seconds.

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Thistle and Shamrock
2:28 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Thistle And Shamrock: Jean Redpath

Jean Redpath

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 11:37 am

Singer Jean Redpath first travelled from Scotland to the United States in 1961 and was soon immersed in the American folk scene. Since then, she has performed throughout the world, released over forty recordings, and won the hearts of public radio listeners through her many appearances on A Prairie Home Companion. Host Fiona Ritchie met up with Redpath to reminisce about five decades of sharing song.

Mountain Stage
9:51 am
Wed September 5, 2012

The Milk Carton Kids On Mountain Stage

The Milk Carton Kids on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Minimalist folk duo The Milk Carton Kids makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. Singer-songwriters Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale were pursuing their own solo careers when a serendipitous meeting led to full-time collaboration and a lovely new album titled Prologue.

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Live At The Village Vanguard
8:08 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Matt Wilson's Arts And Crafts: Live At The Village Vanguard

Matt Wilson.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 12:25 pm

Drummer Matt Wilson is always a colorful player — a timekeeper who exploits all the timbres a snare drum can give him, finding melody in it. And when it's his gig, he's also a colorful personality with flailing limbs and goofy joy on his face.

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Music
6:45 am
Wed September 5, 2012

33 Musicians On What John Cage Communicates

John Cage in The Hague, Netherlands, 1988
Paul Bergen Courtesy of Redferns

Originally published on Sat September 8, 2012 7:17 am

100 years ago today, John Cage was born. In celebration of his birthday, we asked contemporary musicians across a wide range of genres and backgrounds — not only in classical music, but also pop, rock, metal, electronic and experimental — what they've taken from the late composer's musical and philosophical ideas.

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Deceptive Cadence
6:03 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Silence And Sound: Five Ways Of Understanding John Cage

Composer, conceptual artist and professional provocateur John Cage, in a 1966 portrait.
Victor Drees Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:51 pm

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Around the Nation
2:24 am
Wed September 5, 2012

The Strange Story Of The Man Behind 'Strange Fruit'

Abel Meeropol watches as his sons, Robert and Michael, play with a train set.
Courtesy of Robert and Michael Meeropol

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 2:37 pm

One of Billie Holiday's most iconic songs is "Strange Fruit," a haunting protest against the inhumanity of racism. Many people know that the man who wrote the song was inspired by a photograph of a lynching. But they might not realize that he's also tied to another watershed moment in America's history.

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A Blog Supreme
5:27 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

The Drummer Who Blows Bubbles At Gigs

Matt Wilson.
Courtesy of the artist

Two bubbles found they had rainbows on their curves.
They flickered out saying:
"It was worth being a bubble just to have held that rainbow thirty seconds."

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World Cafe
5:10 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Antibalas On World Cafe

Antibalas.
Courtesy of Marina Abadjieff

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 9:23 am

Sometimes known as the Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, the New York band Antibalas — which means "bulletproof" in Spanish — is a large group of talented musicians who play rhythm-intensive Afrobeat music. In a seven-year stretch, Antibalas has released four albums and withstood a five-year hiatus in which several members worked on the Broadway musical FELA!

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Deceptive Cadence
8:23 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Classical Lost And Found: Symphonic Sensations From Saint-Saens

Septuagenarian conductor Neeme Järvi brings youthful vigor to an album of brilliant pieces by Saint-Saëns.
Simon van Boxtel

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 8:38 am

As far as single-disc compendiums of Camille Saint-Saëns' shorter orchestral works go, this new release on the Chandos label buries the competition. Neeme Järvi may have been 74 when he made these recordings with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, but he conducts with the zest of a Gustavo Dudamel, setting a new standard for everything on this consummately programmed disc.

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