Music

World Cafe
1:00 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Tinariwen On World Cafe

Tinariwen.
Marie Planeille Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 2:54 pm

Today's episode of World Cafe features a couple of sparse, dry, angular and beautiful songs, performed live by the band Tinariwen. The group, made up of musicians from the Tuareg tribespeople of Northern Mali, has been making music together since 1979. Known for long, trance-inducing concert performances, the band has become increasingly revered in the West. Tinariwen's 2012 album Tassili even won a Grammy.

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A Blog Supreme
12:53 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

A Guitarist Starts Anew, Except For This Old Song

Matthew Stevens will record his debut album this year.
Maximilian Motel Courtesy of the artist

Matt Stevens' recorded debut as a leader was supposed to have come out back in 2011.

"I had a record that was completely done," the guitarist says. "But circumstances change, and by the time it came to release it, I wanted to do something totally fresh."

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Deceptive Cadence
7:03 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Valkyries Ride All Night To Save Opera Company

Gods, monsters and Rhinemaidens populate Richard Wagner's 16-hour epic Ring cycle.
Marco Secchi Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 4:33 pm

(Happy April Fools 2014. See you next year.)

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Music Lists
4:07 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Latitudes: International Music You Must Hear Now

Sudanese singer Alsarah.
Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel Courtesy of the artist

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Music
3:34 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Tulsa Opera's Elmer Gantry on Performance Oklahoma

Keith Phares as Elmer Gantry
Shane Bevel

Elmer Gantry, Tulsa Opera’s second main stage opera this season, was presented on Friday, February 28th at 7:30pm and Sunday, March 2nd at 2:30pm in Chapman Music Hall of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.  Directed by Kristine McIntyre, the production stars baritone Keith Phares who created the role of Elmer Gantry in the world premier in Nashville in 2007 and starred in Florentine Opera’s 2010 Grammy Award winning recording and Kirstin Chavez as Sharon Falconer,  these characters modeled after evangelists Billy Sunday and Aimee Semple McP

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:42 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

The Haden Triplets: Tiny Desk Concert

The Haden Triplets perform a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Petra, Rachel and Tanya Haden are three sisters in love with the art of singing. Born in 1971 to a famous musical father (Charlie Haden is a world-class upright jazz bassist), they've separately taken on vastly different music projects. You may have heard Petra with The Decemberists or tackling the music of The Who a cappella. Tanya plays in Let's Go Sailing, while Rachel sometimes turns up with The Rentals and other projects.

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First Listen
10:04 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

First Listen: Valentina Lisitsa, 'Chasing Pianos'

Valentina Lisitsa's new Chasing Pianos features Michael Nyman's music for the Oscar-winning film The Piano.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 9:06 am

Music is an aural medium, but the two musicians represented on this album have careers defined, at least in part, by visuals. Valentina Lisitsa, the 44-year-old Ukrainian-born pianist, revived her stalled career by uploading videos of herself playing Chopin to YouTube. After millions clicked, she landed a record deal.

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Music Interviews
6:40 am
Sun March 30, 2014

Out Of The Holler: Saintseneca's Driving Punk-Folk

Saintseneca's latest album is called Dark Arc.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 30, 2014 4:59 pm

With a twang and a yodel, Saintseneca's new album, Dark Arc, begins on a foreboding note. "You're drenched in blood, still warm with with wear," frontman Zac Little sings before leading the band into a driving rock chorus.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
1:28 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Dianne Reeves On Piano Jazz

Dianne Reeves.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri May 13, 2011 11:33 am

This Piano Jazz episode from 1999 features one of today's preeminent jazz singers. Dianne Reeves brings her rhythmic virtuosity to a sparkling set of standards, including duets with host Marian McPartland on "Close Enough for Love" and "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise."

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A Blog Supreme
10:34 am
Fri March 28, 2014

'A Love Supreme' Comes Alive In Unearthed Photos

John Coltrane during the recording of A Love Supreme in December 1964.
Chuck Stewart Courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

Whenever photographer Chuck Stewart was hired by a record company to document a recording session, he would shoot during the rehearsal takes, playback and downtime. The company would take what it needed, the remainder likely never to be developed, much less published. After decades in the photography business, and thousands of album covers to his name, he's amassed a lot of negatives.

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