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Music Interviews
5:32 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Kris Kristofferson On Writing For — And Outliving — His Idols

At age 76, musician Kris Kristofferson is still writing songs. His new album is called Feeling Mortal.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 10:06 am

Kris Kristofferson writes the kind of songs that people love to sing: songs like "Help Me Make It Through The Night," from 1970. Jerry Lee Lewis recorded a version, as did Joan Baez — and even Elvis.

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Afghanistan
5:21 am
Sun February 3, 2013

From A Land Where Music Was Banned — To Carnegie Hall

Afghanistan's youth orchestra performs in Kabul on Jan. 31. The orchestra is coming to the U.S. and will appear at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 3:49 pm

In Afghanistan, there was no sound of music when the Taliban ruled from 1996 to 2001. The Islamist militants destroyed music CDs and instruments and even jailed musicians.

Today, there are music schools and young Afghans playing in public. And, this weekend, 48 Afghan boys and girls are traveling to the U.S. to perform at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.

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Music Interviews
4:27 pm
Sat February 2, 2013

Wayne Shorter On Jazz: 'How Do You Rehearse The Unknown?'

Wayne Shorter turns 80 this year. His newest album is called Without a Net.
Robert Ascroft Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat February 2, 2013 6:41 pm

The New York Times doesn't mince words when it writes, "Wayne Shorter is generally acknowledged to be jazz's greatest living composer."

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Favorite Sessions
5:03 am
Sat February 2, 2013

The Mountain Goats: 'This Year,' A Classic Revisited

John Darnielle and his band The Mountain Goats perform live at opbmusic in Portland.
Jarratt Taylor opbmusic

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 11:18 am

It was raining the day we met up with John Darnielle and The Mountain Goats at Portland's Aladdin Theater. It was the kind of soaked, gray day typical of December in the Pacific Northwest, but for Darnielle, it was also a reminder of the dark time he spent living here years ago. "By noon, I was 18 years old again and mad as hell," he said.

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Live in Concert
5:37 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Carnegie Hall Live: Daniel Barenboim Leads The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 live at Carnegie Hall on February 3, 2013.
Melanie Burford for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:02 am

Performers:

  • West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
  • Daniel Barenboim, music director and conductor
  • Diana Damrau, soprano
  • Kate Lindsey, mezzo-soprano
  • Piotr Beczala, tenor
  • René Pape, bass
  • Westminster Symphonic Choir
  • Joe Miller, Conductor
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Deceptive Cadence
5:34 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Treasures In The Attic: Finding A Jazz Master's Lost Orchestral Music

Stride piano pioneer James P. Johnson had dreams of becoming a successful symphonic composer.
William Gottlieb

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 5:13 pm

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World Cafe
4:38 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Beach House On World Cafe

Beach House.
Liz Flyntz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 3:05 pm

Sitting down with Beach House is a bit like listening to the band's music. No matter how many times we feature Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, they impress with their relaxed complexity and refreshing insight into how music can work.

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All Songs Considered
2:43 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Wanna Make An Album? Start Right Now!

The author, up for the "Challenge."
Bob Boilen NPR

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 4:04 pm

  • Hear a song sung by Bob Boilen for the RPM Challege a few years ago

I love a deadline and every February I get one. Thanks to The Wire, a small New Hampshire magazine that started the tradition in 2006, I make an album every year. They call it the RPM Challenge, and the challenge is this: write and record an album in the time between the first and last days of February. To qualify as an album, it just needs to be 10 songs or 35 minutes of music.

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Song Travels
2:18 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Marilyn McCoo And Billy Davis Jr. On 'Song Travels'

Billy Davis Jr. and Marilyn McCoo.
Stephen Shugerman Getty Images

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. met as members of the iconic '60s R&B/pop group The Fifth Dimension, whose hits included "Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In" and "One Less Bell to Answer." Married in 1969, they went on to perform as a successful duo and host their own television show in the '70s.

Together, they've won seven Grammy Awards and sold millions of records. Their 2007 album The Many Faces of Love was released on their own label, and features some of the pair's favorites from the '60s and '70s.

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NPR Story
12:57 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Bill Frisell On Piano Jazz

Bill Frisell.
Michael Wilson Courtesy of the artist

Guitarist and composer Bill Frisell brings his sparkling, atmospheric sound to this episode of Piano Jazz with host Marian McPartland, in a session that originally aired in October 2007.

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