Music

Mountain Stage
8:03 am
Sun June 7, 2015

Folk Alley Presents: Martin Sexton

Folk Alley

Originally published on Sun June 7, 2015 1:01 pm

Martin Sexton says that when he sat down to produce his latest album, Mixtape Of The Open Road, he'd originally set out to record around a theme, like a "Nashville, 1972 album or a bluegrass record or a Zeppelin-esque rockin' CD." But the songs that were coming out had a different plan — each had its own distinct feel. So, as Sexton says, he just "stepped on the gas and headed in that direction of making a mixtape ...

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Music
4:47 am
Sun June 7, 2015

Kate Tempest: 'When You're Writing, It's Not About You'

"When I was writing or performing, it felt like a storm was breaking, like something very elemental and forceful was happening," Kate Tempest says, explaining her chosen stage name.
India Cranks Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 10:00 am

Kate Tempest is a woman of words. The English rapper, poet, playwright and novelist keeps language — and the stories that language brings to life — at the core of everything she does. Her subjects are everyday people: their hardships and failures, their loves and losses.

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Jazz
6:23 pm
Sat June 6, 2015

The Beat-Man Behind 'Birdman'

Antonio Sanchez is well known to jazz fans, but the drummer and bandleader got a boost when director Alejandro González Iñárritu chose him to compose a percussion-only score for the film Birdman.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 6:40 pm

Antonio Sanchez is one of the most accomplished and in-demand drummers around, and right now he's experiencing a breakthrough. Jazz heads have known him for years, but he reached a much wider audience last year with his score for the film Birdman.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:34 am
Sat June 6, 2015

For Benedictine Monks, The Joy Of Making Albums And Beer

The monks of Norcia, Italy have recorded their first album, Benedicta.
Christopher McLallan Decca

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 12:44 pm

"The monastic life is very plain and ordinary," says Father Cassian Folsom, the founder and prior of the Monks of Norcia, ensconced in the St. Benedict Monastery in central Italy. "You get up, and you pray, and you do your work and go to bed and then the next day you do the same thing."

A large portion of the monks' daily routine is singing. "We chant the Divine Office and the Mass every day," Folsom tells NPR's Scott Simon. "And if you put all of those moments together it takes about five hours a day. Three hundred sixty-five days a year."

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Deceptive Cadence
7:34 am
Sat June 6, 2015

In 'Candide,' Bernstein Fuses Philosophy And Comedy

From a 2012 New York Philharmonic production of Candide, Marin Alsop conducts a cast that includes (from right) Kristin Chenoweth, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Paul Groves and Janine LaManna.
Randy Brooke WireImage

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 2:37 pm

Leonard Bernstein often said: "Every author spends his entire life writing the same book." The same could apply to composers.

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All Songs Considered
8:03 am
Fri June 5, 2015

Song Premiere: Ben Folds And yMusic, 'Capable Of Anything'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 12:38 pm

Ben Folds music has taken another turn, firmly embracing strings and chamber music yet still maintaining a passion for his love of pop. So There, his next album, will consist of eight chamber pop songs with the very talented yMusic Ensemble and one piano concerto performed with the Nashville Symphony. Today we premiere a little pocket symphony of sorts, a bit of pop perfection called "Capable of Anything."

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Music
12:05 am
Fri June 5, 2015

On the Next Galactic Travels 2015-06-11

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

On the next Galactic Travels, the month-long Special Focus on Spyra continues.  The Featured CD at Midnight will bedisk one from "High Phidelity" on the Ricochet Dream label.

The latest show's playlist (show #948) is available for your inspection.

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Music
3:35 pm
Sun May 31, 2015

Galactic Travels Top 20 Report for May, 2015.

Galactic Travels Top 20 Report for May, 2015.
Credit Bill Fox / WDS Productions

WDIY 88.1 FM "Galactic Travels" Top 20 for April, 2015.
Shows #944 to #947; 7-May-2015 to 28-May-2015
Reported in non-ranked, alphanumeric order.
Compiled by Bill Fox

This report is also available at the Galactic Travels website.

The Special Focus was Steve Roach.

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Music
12:05 am
Fri May 29, 2015

On the Next Galactic Travels 2015-06-04

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

On the next Galactic Travels, the month-long Special Focus on Spyra begins.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be "Excerpts 1" on the Ricochet Dream label.

The latest show's playlist (show #947) is available for your inspection.

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Music
12:05 am
Fri May 29, 2015

The Special Focus for June, 2015.

The Special Focus for June, 2015.
Credit Bill Fox / WDS Productions

On Galactic Travels, the Special Focus for June is Spyra.

Born in Eschwege, Germany, Wolfram Spyra is a composer of electronic music, sound artist and inventor.  Sound is his art form.  He has worked for film, television, theatre, dance and as sound designer.

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