Music Interviews
7:36 am
Sun May 27, 2012

Canadian Brass: Spiking The Recital With Humor

"Given that we were brass players when we started out, we had a very tall hill to climb just to get people interested in our music," says Canadian Brass founding member Chuck Daellenbach (center).
Bo Huang Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 7:55 am

When the Canadian Brass came to NPR for a Tiny Desk Concert, the group kicked off the show with a piece its members say has been central to its repertoire for more than 40 years. It's a transcription of an organ work, Johann Sebastian Bach's "Little" Fugue in G Minor.

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Music Interviews
5:33 am
Sun May 27, 2012

Deep In The Desert, Monks Make Transcendent Music

The monks of The Monastery of Christ in the Desert, on the grounds in Abiquiu, N.M.
Sergio Salvador Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 7:55 am

If you drive about an hour and a half north of Santa Fe, N.M., into a place called the Chama Canyon, you might hear the clanging of church bells in the distance. The Monastery of Christ in the Desert was founded there in 1964 and is home to a community of Benedictine monks. They spend their days in prayer, work, meditation — and music.

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Music Interviews
2:28 pm
Sat May 26, 2012

The Lumineers: Chasing Big Dreams Out West

The Denver folk ensemble The Lumineers has released its self-titled debut album. From left: Wes Schultz, Neyla Pekarek and Jeremiah Fraites.
Hayley Young Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat May 26, 2012 5:44 pm

The Denver folk group The Lumineers was founded in 2002 by Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, who grew up together in the New Jersey suburb of Ramsey. In its early days, the band had its sights on nearby New York as the gateway to success.

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Classics in Concert
2:35 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Carnegie Hall Live: Lang Lang Plays Bach, Schubert And Chopin

Pianist Lang Lang in recital at Carnegie Hall on May 29, 2012.
Melanie Burford for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 3:36 pm


  • BACH Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825

  • SCHUBERT Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960

  • CHOPIN Twelve Etudes, Op. 25

  • LISZT Romance, S. 169

  • LiSZT Grande Etude de Paganini, S. 141 "La Campanella"

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The Checkout: Live
2:05 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Henry Cole & The Afrobeat Collective + Gilad Hekselman Quartet: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Henry Cole.
John Rogers for NPR

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 5:34 pm

The Puerto Rican drummer Henry Cole is probably best known in the U.S. as a stellar jazz accompanist, with bands led by compatriots and saxophonists David Sánchez and Miguel Zenón. Back in San Juan, Cole also works with poets and rappers, bomba musicians and pleneros, rockers and salsa ringleaders. He found they could all get down to Fela Kuti-style Afrobeat, and many jam sessions later, he found a way to record that sound for the 2012 album Roots Before Branches, with top New York jazz soloists coursing through it.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:03 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Yet More News From 'Opera News'

Pablo Helguera

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

Mountain Stage
8:03 am
Fri May 25, 2012

John Martyn On Mountain Stage

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 9:17 am

Singer, songwriter and guitarist John Martyn made his first and only Mountain Stage appearance on Sept. 26, 1993.

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A Blog Supreme
5:03 am
Fri May 25, 2012

An Uncommon 'Riddle': Joshua Redman Covers His Musical Peer

In this promotional image of the band James Farm, Joshua Redman is second from left, and Aaron Parks is to his left.
Jimmy Katz Nonesuch Records

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

In addition to being a very good performance of a very likeable song, this YouTube clip is a very specific and increasingly rare type of cover.

The performers are the Joshua Redman Trio: Reuben Rogers on bass, Gregory Hutchinson on drums, Redman on alto saxophone. (He usually plays tenor or soprano, so this is unusual.) And the tune is "Riddle Me This," by Aaron Parks, who is roughly Redman's contemporary. As you see, Aaron Parks is not on this gig, nor could he, as a pianist, possibly play in the Joshua Redman Trio.

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Music News
2:30 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Eurovision 2012: The Babushkas Make It To The Final

Russia's singing group Buranovskiye Babushki hold their national flag as they celebrate making it through to the Eurovision final on May 22 with Moldova's entrant, Pasha Parfeny (left), and his dancers.
Vano Shlamov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 9:26 am

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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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