Deanna Witkowski draws on a variety of influences — from Chopin to Cole Porter to a relatively unknown Brazilian rhythm called baião. It's no wonder the pianist finds her music going in different directions — sometimes within the same song — as in her "Wide Open Window." Hear Liane Hansen's performance chat with Witkowski in NPR's Studio 4A.
Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders have been around a long time, but they still love to tour and they're still making distinctive music. Hynde joins NPR's Scott Simon for a performance chat in Studio 4A.
John Cephas and Phil Wiggins are two musicians from different generations who have played Piedmont blues together for 25 years. The two perform their music and talk with NPR's Scott Simon about their distinctive brand of the blues.
Hot Tuna began as a side project for Jefferson Airplane musicians Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen. Long after the band that made them famous broke up, Hot Tuna is still touring. Casady and Kaukonen talk with Morning Edition host Bob Edwards and play their signature folk-and-blues tunes. Exclusive to npr.org, hear full-length cuts of three songs, recorded live in Studio 4A.
The 12-voice male a capella group Chanticleer performs holiday selections for us in NPR's Studio 4A. Their CD Christmas with Chanticleer, featuring soprano Dawn Upshaw, was released to critical acclaim last year. Their newest CD is Our American Journey.
Warm the hot chocolate and enjoy a special winter treat. The acclaimed early-music group Ensemble Galilei joins host Neal Conan for a performance and chat. Enjoy the sounds of Scottish small pipes, a Celtic harp ... and a surprise guest performance!
Duncan Sheik burst onto the music scene in 1997 with his hit single "Barely Breathing," and garnered rave reviews for his own brand of folk-tinged pop music. For his fourth record, Daylight, New York-based Sheik — singer, songwriter, composer, producer and guitarist — dares to rock out a little more than usual. He talks to NPR's Jacki Lyden.
In Anouar Brahem's native Tunisia, the oud is known today mainly in the context of loud and large ensembles that leave it all but buried in a dervish of sound. But Brahem highlights the stringed instrument in a delicate, often introspective context. On his new CD, Le pas du chat noir, the oud is part of an unlikely trio including piano and accordion. He talks with Liane Hansen on Weekend Edition Sunday.
Graham Nash releases a new solo album, Songs for Survivors. For Weekend Edition Sunday, he performs two songs from the album, and talks about his relationship with David Crosby, his photography, and the art of writing "simple songs." NPR Online has the interview in its entirety and a video of his performance in Studio 4A.
Hailing from Sweden, the Esbjorn Svensson Trio has long practiced a fresh, inventive style of improvisation. Its members talk about the differences between American and European approaches to jazz, and perform in NPR's Studio 4A.