West Virginia's Blue Yonder makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Though this is the group's first time on the show, two of its members, John Lilly and Robert Shafer, have popped up dozens of times over the years.
Performance Oklahoma presents the second of two concerts offered by the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma on Tuesday, March 19th at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral. Celebrating their tenth anniversary year, the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble offers a rich variety of chamber music in performance for Oklahoma City audiences. Artistic Directors Chad Burrow and Amy I-Ling Cheng lead an ensemble of musicians for five concert programs each season, each performed in two to three venues and will offer their second Spring Festival entitled Schubert and Friends in April.
Comparisons have always helped me appreciate jazz. An artist plays a tune fast; another does it as a ballad. A trumpeter finishes his solo, and a saxophonist takes that closing phrase and morphs it in a different direction. A musician revisits a composition years later with a new arrangement and ensemble. Aligned side by side, you get a good sense of why jazz is a music of individual style, and of gradual accretion, and of friendly "Oh, yeah, watch this" motivation.
Thao Nguyen has been busy since her last album, Know Better Learn Faster, came out in 2009. The band moved to San Francisco while Nguyen explored recording with other artists, even making an album with Mirah.
Abigail and Lily Chapin, who together form The Chapin Sisters, make their second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. To say that the Chapins were raised in a musical family is an understatement: Their father, Tom Chapin, won three Grammys; their grandfather, Jim Chapin, was a respected jazz drummer; and their uncle, Harry Chapin, was one of America's most beloved folk singer-songwriters. Naturally, The Chapin Sisters' sound relies heavily on sibling harmonies.
On this episode of Piano Jazz With Jon Weber, velvet-voiced singer, guitarist and composer Allan Harris joins Weber for a set of standards and a few tunes from the Harris-penned musical, Cross That River.
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On this week's All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton settle into the new NPR Music offices and discover that it comes with their very own butler. After bumbling around in the studio, they also manage to figure out all the new gear and share some great new music.
Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 2:36 pm
When Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan ditched their solo careers to form The Milk Carton Kids, they discovered that they had a lot to teach each other. They also had a plan: to give their music away in order to find their audience. It worked remarkably well. Now, their third album, The Ash & Clay, is out on a regular label — no freebies this time around — and they're playing to packed houses across the U.S. and Europe.
Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 11:22 am
The young Austrian pianist Ingolf Wunder shines in Mozart, Jorge Federico Osorio reintroduces an intoxicating Mexican concerto and Elisveta Blumina reveals the gentle side of Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov.