Originally published on Sun October 7, 2012 8:09 pm
The legendary East Los Angeles band Los Lobos came through KCRW's studios to perform its album Kiko when it was originally released back in 1992. Now, it's back to celebrate Kiko's 20th anniversary. The hometown heroes' brand of roots-rock sounds as fresh as ever, particularly during this performance of "Kiko and the Lavender Moon."
Among the 23 recipients of the MacArthur "genius" grants this past week: an economist, a mathematician, a photographer, a neuroscientist, and a Boston-based stringed instrument bow maker.
Benoit Rolland acknowledges that the violin reigns supreme as the star of the strings, capable of fetching millions of dollars at auction. But what about the bow? "A violin with no bow is not a violin, that's clear," says Rolland.
Don't try to pigeonhole Josephine Foster. She has recorded albums of psychedelic rock and Tin Pan Alley, music for children, blues, Spanish folk tunes, 19th century German art songs and a song cycle based on the poems of Emily Dickinson. Although her soprano may be a little unusual, it's arresting.
Foster recently released a new album, Blood Rushing. She spoke with NPR's Scott Simon about finding her voice, collaborating with her husband, singing at funerals and embracing small-town life.
Multi-platinum musician, producer, activist and aspiring politician Wyclef Jean's new memoir Purpose: An Immigrant's Story provides a candid insight into his life and career. In an interview airing on Monday's Tell Me More, he sits down with host Michel Martin to discuss his family, his music and his hopes for Haiti. Jean also talks about his rocky romantic past with Lauryn Hill, how it inspired his music, and how it eventually broke up the group that made them both stars, The Fugees.
Originally published on Sun October 7, 2012 5:05 pm
Django Reinhardt has achieved an almost godlike status among those who love jazz guitar. When he and violinist Stephane Grappelli formed the Quintet of the Hot Club of France in 1934, they created a new sound in jazz: The guitar and violin served as the lead instrumental voices, propelled by two hard-swinging rhythm guitars and a bass.
Host Waldemar Vinovskis interviews Allentown Symphony Hall music director and conductor Diane Wittry about this weekend's performance of To Russia with Love. Also in the studio, Conrad Tao, an 18-year-old pianist The New York Times calls “hugely gifted… with impressive technique, poise, and feeling”and Chris Ramaekers, music director at the Hyde Park Youth Symphony.
Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 1:52 pm
Happy long weekend.
Whither smooth jazz? Though straight-ahead and experimental fans might assume their, uh, less bumpy cousin is weathering the storm, the loss of many radio stations is affecting the field a lot. David Adler talks to many musicians and industry insiders for JazzTimes. That includes Kenny G, who is identified on subsequent reference as "G," in a sidebar.