Music

Code Switch
6:13 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Striking Harmonies With The Jubilee Singers' Past And Present

Soprano Nigia Hunt is a junior at Durham School of the Arts. She and others are singing for Paul Kwami, auditioning for a solo in the Duke Performances concert.
Leoneda Inge/NPR

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 6:51 pm

The Fisk Jubilee Singers are known worldwide for their flawless voices and stellar performances of Negro spirituals. They're from Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., but they travel around the world to perform their music. Negro spirituals were originally sung by slaves and remain tightly linked to African-American culture. Paul Kwami, the choir's musical director, said singing these spirituals was a way for slaves to lament their servitude, along with the hope of being free one day.

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Classical Sessions
3:20 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Paul Lewis: Confronting Schubert's Nightmare

Pianist Paul Lewis is drawn to the late piano sonatas by Franz Schubert.
Josep Molina Harmonia Mundi

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 11:07 am

Pianist Paul Lewis came to Boston to make his recital debut on Jan. 12. The evening before, at this performance he gave at WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio, he told the audience he suddenly realized there was a certain magic in that date. It had been exactly 20 years earlier — Jan. 12, 1993 — when the great pianist Alfred Brendel came to London's Guildhall School of Music & Drama to do a master class. "I thought he'd tell me to do something else with my life," Lewis remembered with a laugh.

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Alt.Latino
2:11 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Mexican Princesses And The Musical Kingdom Of Tijuana

Ceci Bastida.
Courtesy of the artist

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
1:39 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Ray Anderson's 'Sweet Chicago Suite' On JazzSet

Ray Anderson (right) leads his scaled-down Pocket Brass Band at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:42 am

This set takes us to the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival for trombonist Ray Anderson and his Pocket Brass Band as they perform Anderson's Sweet Chicago Suite. To open: a high-energy chorus of "76 Trombones" by Pocket Brass at the 1997 Iowa City Jazz Festival, as originally heard on our long-running, go-where-the-music-is series, JazzSet.

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World Cafe
1:13 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

White Denim On World Cafe

White Denim.
Mark Seliger Courtesy of the artist

The psychedelic Austin rock band White Denim recently released its fourth album, Corsicana Lemonade, which cuts back on the shifting time signatures and guitar virtuosity the group had so often employed in the past. While those elements remain, they're subtler in a way that better serves the overall sound.

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Mountain Stage
12:42 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Drew Kennedy On Mountain Stage

Drew Kennedy performs live on Mountain Stage.
Josh Saul Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:43 am

Drew Kennedy makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the north shore of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Minn. A native of the Gettysburg area, Kennedy attended law school but was drawn to a life of music, which he's lived full-time since the mid-2000s. The singer-songwriter now makes his home in Texas, where his musicianship often draws comparison to Lone Star State heavyweights like Guy Clark.

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Mountain Stage
12:00 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Lori McKenna On Mountain Stage

Lori McKenna performs live on Mountain Stage.
Josh Saul Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:43 am

Lori McKenna headlines this episode of Mountain Stage, recorded live on the North Shore of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Minn. One of Nashville's most in-demand songwriters — her songs have been covered by Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban — McKenna didn't play her first show until she was 27. Here, she's backed on stage by Mark Erelli on electric guitar.

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The Record
11:34 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Eminem: The Great Confounder

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Eminem, in a still from his video for "Don't Front," a bonus track on The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 11:48 am

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Favorite Sessions
8:03 am
Thu November 7, 2013

KCRW Presents: White Denim

White Denim performed live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Rob LaFond KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 4:04 pm

When the down-and-dirty Austin rock band White Denim stopped by the KCRW studios on the day of its album release, its members had one goal in mind: Put as much pressure on our studio equipment as possible before total collapse. They nothing held back, even sweating through their shirts on a crisp fall morning. From blues to prog-rock, soul and psychedelia, there's plenty to like about White Denim's album Corsicana Lemonade — including this song, "Cheer Up/Blues Ending."

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Ecstatic Voices
2:56 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Across America, Voices Rise To Reinvent India

Kanniks with the choir at St. Johns Unitarian Church in Cincinnati in 2004.
Courtesy of Kanniks Kannikeswaran

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 4:20 pm

When I visit Kanniks Kannikeswaran on a weekday evening, he is warming up his choir in the meeting room of a civic center in suburban Cincinnati.

"Breathe in the cosmic energy," he says to the choir. The response is a collective "Ommmmmm ..."

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