Favorite Sessions
3:22 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Alialujah Choir: Bowler Hats And Harmonies

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 11:00 am

It began with a song. The roots of Portland's Alialujah Choir go back to Adam Selzer and Adam Shearer's collaboration on an all-Portland charity compilation, (D)early Departed. It seemed a natural choice to pair the Adams, the former known for his work as a producer at Type Foundry studios and as part of the band Norfolk & Western; the latter the affable and increasingly visible frontman of the local band Weinland. "A House, A Home" was the result — a song that builds a fictionalized doomed romance into the real-life historical backdrop of Dr.

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11:28 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Alexis Cuadrado's 'A Lorca Soundscape' On JazzSet

Alexis Cuadrado sets surrealist Spanish poems to music in a concert at 92Y Tribeca.
John Rogers for NPR

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 2:51 pm

It began with the crisis on Wall Street in 2008. Alexis Cuadrado, from Barcelona and now Brooklyn, remembered the poetry of the surrealist Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936), whom all Spanish students study in school.

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Mountain Stage
9:45 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Anais Mitchell On Mountain Stage

Anais Mitchell.
Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 9:11 am

Singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell returns to Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. A native of Vermont, Mitchell spent her childhood traveling through the Middle East, Latin America, and Europe before returning to attend Middlebury College — experiences that imprint a rural worldliness on her deeply imaginative songwriting.

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8:54 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Guest DJ: Ana Tijoux Talks Hip-Hop, Chilean Politics And Being Married To Jazz

Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 10:09 am

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A Blog Supreme
4:38 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

'It Can't Be Done': The Difficulty Of Growing A Jazz Audience

Pianist and composer Kurt Ellenberger says it "seems insurmountable" to develop jazz audiences in the face of the dominant culture.
Mykola Velychko iStockPhoto

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:59 pm

Last week, we published a much-discussed blog post about the connection — or lack thereof — between jazz education and the development of new audiences. It examined a viewpoint by pianist, composer and music professor Kurt Ellenberger, and concluded by challenging Ellenberger to suggest some ways to win new audiences. Here is Ellenberger's response.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:37 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

An Online Debate Of Operatic Intensity: The Met And Its Critics

Peter Gelb speaks at an event in New York City in April 2012.
Astrid Stawiarz Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:53 pm

Yesterday, the opera world was jolted by a rapid-fire sequence of stunning turns at the Metropolitan Opera — and not by divas onstage. In the morning, the New York Times carried a front-page story by Daniel J.

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The Thistle and Shamrock
12:15 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Thistle And Shamrock: Irish Classics

Kevin Burke
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:01 pm

Early Bothy Band, Kevin Burke, Paul's all here in our nostalgic browse through Irish classics of the '70s and '80s.

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Music Interviews
9:24 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Jeremy Denk: Playing Ligeti With A Dash Of Humor

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Jeremy Denk has recently written for The New Yorker and The New York Times Book Review.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 9:03 pm

Not many classical pianists maintain blogs where they ruminate on everything from eating a terrible bowl of meatballs while on tour with Joshua Bell to seeing Twilight: New Moon (twice) and hearing strains of a Schubert song.

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World Cafe
4:31 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Next: John Fullbright

Courtesy of the Jesse Costa/WBUR

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 9:09 am

  • Hear two new tracks by John Fullbright

Hailing from Okemah, Okla., with a serious talent for writing Americana music, John Fullbright is often compared to Woody Guthrie. But Fullbright isn't riding on the coattails of the great folk artists who came before him; in fact, he describes himself as a songwriter, not just a musician, because he's determined to play his own music.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:33 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Classical Lost And Found: Fine Quartets From A Forgotten Frenchman

A portrait of French composer Félicien-César David (from 1876), celebrating his famous orchestral ode Le Désert.
Edmond Morin Naive Records

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 6:04 am

Orphaned at age five from a musical family, French composer Félicien-César David had a religious upbringing, and would go to study at the Paris Conservatory in 1830. But he left after eighteen months, later making his way to Egypt, where music of the East would make a lasting impression on him.

David wrote a significant body of work, including a highly acclaimed and innovative symphonic ode Le Désert in 1844. It established him as the first French romantic orientalist and gained him a reputation throughout the continent.

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