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Gabriela Montero takes ideas from audience members to create on the spot improvisations.
November 5, 2012 The outspoken pianist is a fearless improviser with a passion for politics. At a concert at Northwestern University, hear her make up a tune on the spot, contrasting the two major presidential candidates in a freewheeling, thoroughly American musical debate.
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Violinist Lisa Batiashvili grew up hearing her father play Shostakovich's music.
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February 27, 2011 From Argentine improvisations to the dark night of a Viennese songwriter, NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin a multifarious mix of new releases.
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January 23, 2009 The New York Times reported Thursday night that the lovely, contemplative musical preface to President Obama's swearing in was, essentially, a fake: Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Anthony McGill and Gabriela Montero were not actually playing "Air and Simple Gifts" live. Instead, they were doing the classical-music equivalent of lip-syncing.
January 18, 2008 Pianist Gabriela Montero is a natural-born improviser. On this edition of Sing It and Wing It Montero improvises around the Melissa Etheridge song "Bring me Some Water," sung by Carrie Hamblen, calling from Las Cruces, N.M.
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November 19, 2007 Sing a tune and Montero will come up with an instantaneous four minutes of new music. This time on Sing It and Wing It, Montero improvises around a Balkan folk tune, sung to her by a listener in Brooklyn.
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August 28, 2007 Pianist Gabriela Montero fields songs sung over the telephone and creates her own improvisations around them. This week, hard work on a sailing team inspired a listener to sing the song "The Weight" by The Band.
December 28, 2006 A Performance Today listener calls in with a song to sing, and pianist Gabriela Montero creates her own improvisation around it, right on the spot. This time, memories of jazz singer Betty Carter inspire the caller to sing "So Many Stars."
December 20, 2006 Given the proliferation of year-end Top 10 lists, it seems natural that Shadow Classics — which gives shelter to under-appreciated music — would feature its own list of 2006 recordings likely to become Shadow Classics down the line. Don't let these gems go unnoticed.
December 8, 2006 Montero has had a terrific year as a classical pianist: making her debut with the New York Philharmonic, releasing two solo CDs, getting profiled on 60 Minutes. Montero returns for another edition of "Sing It and Wing It," in which she improvises around a song sung by a guest on the phone.
October 27, 2006 Gabriela Montero loves it when listeners sing her a tune that she can improvise around, right on the spot. This time, the song is the well known "You Are My Sunshine." You can hear the rays of sunlight shining through in Montero's off-the-cuff rendition.
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