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8:25 am
Fri June 13, 2014

In Time For The World Cup, 'Explorative' New Music From Brazil

Flame Collective.
Cezar Altai Courtesy of the artist

Brazilian song has a way of capturing the imagination, and Rio de Janeiro is its crucible. From maxixe and choro in the 19th century to samba and bossa nova in the 20th, Rio's history of melding rhythms with deep lyricism has been extraordinary.

For Brazilians, these songs have even greater significance. In a country where formal education is still not open to all, popular song offers a sentimental education.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:03 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Marian McLaughlin: Tiny Desk Concert

Meredith Rizzo NPR

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 3:29 pm

Marian McLaughlin is a unique musician based in the Washington/Baltimore area, and because she's lived in D.C., I've had a chance to watch her grow. She's an artist on her own path, making music like few others.

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Music Articles
2:03 am
Sat June 7, 2014

A Catalan Singer With Many Brave And Treacherous Stories To Tell

"She has like a complete vision of music," Fernandez Miró (left) says of Silvia Perez Cruz. "She's not thinking just about vocals, about the voice. She's thinking about everything."
Raul Fndz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 12:41 pm

For Spanish singer Silvia Perez Cruz, stories are everything.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
5:21 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: The Carrying Stream

Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer's collaborative album is titled Child Ballads.
Jay Sansone Courtesy of the artist

It took centuries for a ballad like "Barbara Allen" to work its way through the British Isles and across the Atlantic. Now the music flows freely back and forth as musicians from both sides of the ocean explore and fuse flavors from Celtic, Appalachian and Old Time music. This week they include Dolly Parton, John Doyle, Jean Ritchie and Anaïs Mitchell.

Deceptive Cadence
5:06 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

What Weeks Of Debate Have Shown Us About Women In Classical Music

A prop maker readies a portrait of Octavian (Tara Erraught) in advance of the first performance of Der Rosenkavalier at the Glyndebourne Festival last month.
Matthew Lloyd Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 10:29 am

An astonishing conversation has emerged in the weeks since Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught began her run as Octavian at the Glyndebourne Festival in England. Erraught was excoriated by a handful of male London critics for her weight — prompting a widespread backlash on her behalf in the aftermath of those reviews.

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The Record
8:30 am
Tue June 3, 2014

A Rational Conversation: Album Trailers, Really?

A still from the album trailer for Daft Punk's Random Access Memories.
Courtesy of Columbia Records

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:32 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Simone Dinnerstein: Tiny Desk Concert

Simone Dinnerstein performs a Tiny Desk Concert in April 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Almost any pianist, from a budding beginner to a pro like Simone Dinnerstein, will tell you that one of the basic techniques of keyboard playing is also the toughest to master: making your hands to do separate things simultaneously.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:31 am
Mon June 2, 2014

The Silence And Awe Of Arvo Pärt

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, creator of contemplative music, photographed in 1990 by influential patron Betty Freeman.
Betty Freeman ECM Records

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 12:54 pm

Arvo Pärt is one of the few living composers to find popularity beyond the borders of classical music. R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and Bjork are big fans.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:03 am
Sat May 31, 2014

Juana Molina: Tiny Desk Concert

Juana Molina performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in April 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 9:47 am

No one else makes music that sounds like this. Juana Molina takes familiar elements — guitars, drums, keyboards, voice — and manipulates them into bewildering, attractive, polished jewels. Her songs don't fall into beat patterns we're used to, but we can dance to them. The guitar doesn't make sounds you'd expect, but we can relate to them. It's as if she'd been raised by wolves and discovered the world of music on her own.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
1:10 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: The Viking Invasion

Annbjorg Lien appears on this week's show.
Morten Lindberg Courtesy of the artist

From time to time, where Vikings once held sway, a piece of jewelry, a coin or a tool is unearthed somewhere in northern Scotland or eastern England. What would the Norsemen raiders who left these artifacts in their wake have made of our haul of Nordic music?

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