Music

NPR Story
3:48 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

First Watch: Whispertown Shows Stunning 'Parallel' Worlds

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Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 7:37 pm

Merriam-Webster defines parallel as, "extending in the same direction, everywhere equidistant, and not meeting." The luscious and expansive song, "Parallel," from Morgan Nagler's indie project Whispertown and the accompanying music video both explore the term in magnificent ways. The video, made from creative commons videos on YouTube edited together by Morgan Nagler's brother (he wishes to go by "Morgan's Brother") illustrates the concept of parallel by showing a myriad of different scenarios that mimic each other. It's a bit of magic, really.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:31 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

The Innovative Mosaic Of American Symphonies

Conductor JoAnn Falletta.
Cheryl Gorski courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 12:34 pm

  • Hear JoAnn Falletta's Discussion With Robert Siegel

Our country's culture is a vast conglomeration of more than 200 years of influences from all over the world. We have taken what began as an extraordinary European tradition and expanded that legacy on American soil. We have added our essential egalitarianism, our love of experimentation, our inclusiveness and our boldness to the very form of the symphony. Americans have not been bound by one definition of the symphony, and composers have applied that formal name to pieces of varying length, structure and content.

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Thistle and Shamrock
3:29 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Thistle And Shamrock: Summer Sounds

Eddi Reader
Tricia Malley and Ross Gillespie Courtesy of the artist

You'll breeze towards the heart of summer with this week's music from Eddi Reader, William Jackson, Nightnoise and more.

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Music
10:13 am
Wed July 3, 2013

The Special Focus for July, 2013.

The Special Focus for July, 2013.
Credit Bill Fox / WDS Productions

The Special Focus for July is Jonn Serrie.   Originally known for long-form space-music journeys, leading planetarium composer Jonn Serrie has been looking to the heavens for inspiration for decades.  Using both analog and digital synthesizers, his rhythmic outings often have an understated heroic and sometimes romantic feel.  He has had numerous works commissioned for planetariums around the world and has reshaped and redefined ambient space music.  In addition to his many albums, his body

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Field Recordings
7:38 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Amir ElSaffar & Two Rivers: Golden Sound In A Gleaming Space

NPR

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 5:08 pm

We taped this Field Recording shortly after Hurricane Sandy devastated communities in and around New York and New Jersey. One of those affected was drummer Nasheet Waits, who had lost his kit in the storm's waters. Luckily, the Steve Maxwell drum store in midtown Manhattan was willing to lend a hand — and one gray morning, we found ourselves in a gem of a space, surrounded by an incredible array of instruments, including Elvin Jones' setup.

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The Record
3:18 am
Wed July 3, 2013

New Jay-Z Album Tests The Musician And Samsung

A still of Jay-Z from the commercial for his new album.
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Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 3:26 pm

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Music
10:25 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

On the Next Galactic Travels 2013-07-04

On the next Galactic Travels...
Credit Bill Fox / WDS Productions

On the next Galactic Travels, the month-long Special Focus on Jonn Serrie begins.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be Sunday Morning Peace on Valley Entertainment.

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Favorite Sessions
12:32 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

KCRW Presents: Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura poses on the set of Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:43 pm

Led by Tracyanne Campbell's effortlessly breezy voice, Camera Obscura's easygoing new album arrived just in time for summer. During the indie-pop band's recent live session on Morning Becomes Eclectic, Campbell credited Desire Lines' fresh and upbeat aura to recording in Portland, Ore., instead of Camera Obscura's hometown of Glasgow. Here, the band performs its new song "Do It Again."

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Deceptive Cadence
8:03 am
Tue July 2, 2013

In Search Of The Great American Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony have been consistent champions of American music of all shapes and sizes. Are there — or will there be — American symphonies that stand with those of Mozart and Beethoven, Mahler and Shostakovich?
Bill Swerbenski San Francisco Symphony

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 1:53 pm

Critics and fans love a good debate over the great American novel or great American movie. But what about the great American symphony?

Is there one? If not, why? If so, which symphonies are good candidates for the title? (Check out our Spotify list for some contenders.) And in the land of the melting pot, what does it mean for a symphony to be "American" in the first place?

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A Blog Supreme
8:03 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Facing Illness, An Improviser Learns The Art Of Patience

Dayna Stephens.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 10:07 am

Dayna Stephens is a patient musician. The 34-year-old tenor saxophonist and composer fashions supple, searching improvisations that brim with melodic cogency. His compositions often exude a widescreen sensibility with languid, narrative-like passages, suspenseful interludes and sumptuous harmonies.

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