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Singer/keyboardist Emily Haines has made a name for herself as leader of Canada's dancey new-wave outfit Metric. But her solo work, by contrast, reflects a different approach that recalls the warmth and intimacy of a '70s singer/songwriter record blended with jazzy, experimental pop.
Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton in Studio on World Cafe - 01/31/2007
A Toronto-based singer-songwriter with an international following and an arsenal of sweet love songs, Ron Sexsmith has seen his songs covered by everyone from Mary Black to Rod Stewart to Nick Lowe. Armed with a passion to keep writing better songs, Sexsmith just released a fine new album titled Time Being.
The Radiators' nearly three decades of prolific performing have made the New Orleans band a bona fide institution. With its fusion of blues, R&B, funk, soul and rock, the group has attracted a stable of dedicated fans — known as "fish heads" — both in its hometown and nationwide.
The Radiators in Studio on World Cafe - 01/26/2007
Sarina Zhang, 8, hit a milestone this year: She finally grew tall enough to reach the pedals of her piano. "Before I turned 8, I couldn't play any of the pedal parts," she explains. "I'd have to stand up if I ever wanted to reach the pedals." She performs Claude Debussy's Arabesque No. 1.
When you hear Timothy Callobre, 10, play classical guitar, you'll be astounded to find out that he's only been at it for a little more than two years. Tim knew he wanted to play guitar from the time he was 4 years old, but he doesn't remember what originally piqued his interest. "It just seemed fun," he remembers. He performs Villa Lobos' Choros No. 1.
"Gioco" means "playful" in Italian, which is why the Gioco String Quartet may be the perfect name for this lively crew of 11- to 13-year-olds. The group has been together for three years. They perform Stone's Second Miniature String Quartet.
Helen McGarr, 12, has an older brother and sister, who both play musical instruments. She says she started playing music because she wanted to be more like them. She performs Frances Poulenc's Flute Sonata, 1st mvt.
Unlike most young musicians, Eunice Kim, 12 never gets nervous before a performance. "I've never really had stage fright before," she says. "I really like playing in front of people, and when I play in front of a lot of people I think I actually play better." She performs Wieniawsky's Polonaise Brillante No. 1 in D Major.