New Video Series Features Songs From Strange Places

Members of the percussion group Mantra perform Michael Gordon's Timber at a hardware store in Alexandria, Va. Mito Habe-Evans/NPR hide caption

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Knock on wood! Here's wishing luck to our new video series, "Field Recordings," which is up and running right here. We hope you enjoy the nice widescreen and high-def video. This slightly irreverent series finds musicians situated just a little outside of their usual concert halls and clubs — and comfort zones.

Gil Shaham, for instance, steps into the middle of a video installation at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum armed only with his violin and a Bach partita. The percussion ensemble Mantra sets up sawhorses in the lumber aisle of an Alexandria, Va. hardware store, and folk group The David Wax Museum finds harmony among the ruins of an old fortress.

We'd love to get your reactions to "Field Recordings" and ideas for additional artists. Let us know in the comments section.

And speaking of videos, here's a new Tiny Desk concert in the spirit of odd juxtapositions: Bartok on the banjo, courtesy of the Expedition Quartet with Jake Schepps.

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