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Pat Metheny: Live and on 'The Way Up'

Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny stops by NPR's Washington studios for an hour of live music. Metheny, on tour for his latest CD, The Way Up, talks with John Ydstie and callers about his approach to songwriting. Metheny's new album is a single, long piece divided into four parts.

Pat Metheny: Live and on 'The Way Up'

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Chien Tan on the Treble Violin

Robert Siegel sits down with violinist Chien Tan for a performance and chat. Tan plays the violin with the Oregon Symphony; she is also one of just a handful of people playing the treble violin, an instrument about the size of a "quarter-size" standard violin and plays an octave higher.

Chien Tan on the Treble Violin

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Mia Doi Todd: 'Manzanita'

Music critic Chris Douridas of member station KCRW in Santa Monica, Calif., reviews Manzanita, the latest release from musician Mia Doi Todd.

Mia Doi Todd: 'Manzanita'

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The Shanghai Quartet, from Cinema to Studio

In the Woody Allen film Melinda and Melinda, the Shanghai Quartet briefly plays the Pizzicato Movement of Bartok's Fourth Quartet. For a full performance, they join Fred Child in NPR's Studio 4A.

The Shanghai Quartet, from Cinema to Studio

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Cellist Daniel Mueller-Schott Performs Bach

In just a few years, Daniel Mueller-Schott, 28, has succeeded in establishing himself as one of the most in-demand cellists in the world. The musician performs a bit of Bach in NPR's Studio 4A.

Cellist Daniel Mueller-Schott Performs Bach

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Wilco Performs on 'Talk of the Nation'

Wilco stopped by NPR's Washington, D.C., studios to talk with Neal Conan about the band's latest Grammy-winning album and their nearly 10-year career.

Wilco Performs on 'Talk of the Nation'

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The Innocence Mission: Lullabies for All Ages

Lead singer Karen Peris of The Innocence Mission turns American standards into dreamy, jazzy lullabies on the group's sixth CD, Now The Day Is Over. Peris says she has sung songs such as "Moon River" and "Over the Rainbow" to her children since they were born.

The Innocence Mission in Studio on Morning Edition - 02/05/2005

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Soweto Gospel Choir: 'Voices from Heaven'

South Africa's Soweto Gospel Choir combines traditional African gospel and Western Christian music to form a rich sound. In a visit to NPR, the group performs songs from a new CD, Voices from Heaven.

Soweto Gospel Choir: 'Voices from Heaven'

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Pepe Romero's Spanish Guitar

Acclaimed Spanish guitarist Pepe Romero represents one of several generations of guitarists in his family. He joins NPR's Fred Child in Studio 4A to perform the Suite Andaluza by his father, Celedonio Romero.

Pepe Romero's Spanish Guitar

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Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble

Led by renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Silk Road Ensemble is the musical face of Ma's Silk Road Project, an artistic, cultural and educational organization he founded in 1998 to "study the ebb and flow of ideas along" the ancient trade route.

Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble

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True to Her Musical Roots: Brandi Carlile

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Brandi Carlile spent her days playing music alongside her siblings; she taught herself to sing while growing up in the remote town of Ravensdale, Wash. She recently released a self-titled debut album to great acclaim.

Brandi Carlile in-studio on World Cafe - 09/20/2005

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Kasey Chambers: 'Wayward Angel'

The third solo album of singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers debuted at number one in her native Australia. Now, Wayward Angel is out in America and Chambers recently toured the country to promote it. She performs some songs for NPR's Liane Hansen.

Kasey Chambers: 'Wayward Angel'

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The Donnas Graduate to a New Class of Rock

They've played together since meeting at Palo Alto High School a decade ago. Now there are signs the Donnas are growing up: They're using their real names now, for one thing. The band performs for NPR's Scott Simon.

The Donnas Graduate to a New Class of Rock

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Alison Krauss & Union Station: Bluegrass Perfection

Alison Krauss and her band will start a tune again and again until it sounds as good as they imagine it. Krauss and members of Union Station perform at NPR.

Alison Krauss & Union Station: Bluegrass Perfection

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Mary Chapin Carpenter: A Thanksgiving Special

For an All Things Considered Thanksgiving Day special, singer Mary Chapin Carpenter performs from her farmhouse in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She shares the stories behind the songs from her latest album, Between Here and Gone.

Mary Chapin Carpenter: A Thanksgiving Special

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