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The Birth Of 'Nueva Trova Cubana' And Other Music Styles In Castro's Cuba

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:05:41 -0500

Various music styles, from singer-songwriters to dance music to hip-hop, emerged over the many years of Fidel Castro's rule in Cuba.

'O Emmanuel' Composer Mixes In Jazz To Provide 'Respite' Within Traditional Hit

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:39:35 -0500

Composer J.J. Wright combines sacred music with jazz for a project based on texts and melodies of Advent. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to him from Rome where he now interns with the Sistine Chapel Choir.

'Half Of Humanity Has Something To Say': Composer Kaija Saariaho On Her Met Debut

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:39:35 -0500

Saariaho isn't the first woman composer to stage an opera at New York's Metropolitan Opera — just the first in more than a century. Her opera, L'Amour de Loin, has its New York premiere this week.

Weekend LISTening: The Rolling Stones' Blues Covers, Before And After

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:00:16 -0500

Compare the songs on the Stones' new covers album, Blue & Lonesome, to the original recordings.

As 2016 Winds Down, Remembering The Jazz Giants We Lost

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:12:00 -0500

Jazz Night in America host Christian McBride honors Bobby Hutcherson, Toots Thielemens and Victor Bailey, three prominent jazz musicians who passed away this year.

Meredith D'Ambrosio On Piano Jazz

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:28:21 -0500

D'Ambrosio — a vocalist, pianist, visual artist, composer and teacher — joined Marian McPartland in 1994.

First Watch: Dams Of The West, 'Tell The Truth'

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0500

The Vampire Weekend drummer has a new solo project called Dams of the West. "Tell The Truth" is the second single off Youngish American, due out early next year.

Pinegrove: Tiny Desk Concert

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:00:00 -0500

There's a confessional quality to the songs of Pinegrove that feels reassuring. Watch the New Jersey band squeeze four songs into a scrappy, warmhearted 13-minute set.

Drive-By Truckers On World Cafe

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:00:15 -0500

"I didn't set out to write any of this stuff. It was kind of just what was eating at me," lead singer Patterson Hood says of the politically charged songs on the Truckers' latest album.

Bringing A Christmas Classic To Wonderful Life — On Stage

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:34:00 -0500

Librettist Gene Scheer says the drama of George Bailey's life is "an operatic story." So he, along with composer Jake Heggie, turned It's a Wonderful Life into an opera.

Latin Roots: Mexrrissey

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:51:23 -0500

It's a pop-culture phenomenon: The people of Mexico love Morrissey. A lot. Hear a set from the band that's giving the Smiths singer's music a Latin makeover.

Mary Halvorson Leaves Some Room For Weirdness In 'Away With You'

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:30:42 -0500

Halvorson, a prolific jazz guitarist, plays with harmonies and melodies as she leads an eight-piece band on her new album. Critic Kevin Whitehead calls Away With You "richer than ever."

We Banjo 3 On Mountain Stage

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:47:14 -0500

Hear the Irish band play its mix of swing, soul and banjo live onstage in West Virginia.

Watch Róisín Murphy Perform 'Exploitation' Live For KCRW

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:00:15 -0500

The Irish art pop musician showcases her singular aesthetic in a live performance for KCRW.

All Songs +1: Peter Silberman On Compassion, Impermanence And Hearing Loss

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:15:00 -0500

The Antlers' singer discusses coming back to music after temporarily losing his hearing and how that's changed his sound.