Danish violinist Nikolaj Znaider plays one of the most famous fiddles around: a 1741 Guarneri del Gesu that once belonged to the beloved violinist and composer Fritz Kreisler. Hear Znaider play works by Kreisler in the WGBH studios.
A unique collaboration between African and European musicians, Burkina Electric is a group of six performers, singers and dancers from Burkina Faso, Germany and Austria — all now based primarily in New York City. Led by composer Lukas Ligeti, the band performs for KEXP.
One of the leading voices in '60s and '70s folk, Sainte-Marie wrote songs like "Universal Soldier," which she performs in this session from WFUV. At Studio-A, the singer was down to earth, flashed her 100-watt smile and laughed easily.
Session Spotlight: Buffy Sainte-Marie Performs 'Universal Soldier'
San Antonio's Hacienda knows how to pay homage to its musical lineage. Not many bands can convincingly cover the likes of The Everly Brothers and Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, but Hacienda pulls it off in style during this session from KUT.
Saxophonist Myron Walden has been an integral member of Brian Blade's Fellowship Band for some time — so much so that he put his own career as a bandleader on the back burner. Here, he issues a forceful corrective in a session recorded by WBGO.
A wave of excitement swept through KEXP prior to this in-studio performance from the legendary guitarist Dick Dale. The man who pretty much invented "surf rock" gave a shredding lesson to all those crammed into the booth, blowing the minds of fans young and old.
Denson wears several hats, literally and musically. He is a jazz cat and a funk brother, and it must be tough to keep track of which group he's in at any given moment. His Tiny Universe band recently brought its heavy jazz-funk sound to the WFUV studio.
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe In Studio On WFUV 9/11/09
The trumpeter's quintet is one of the finest hard-bop jazz bands on the road today. When the whole group came into the Jazz24 performance studio, it performed the hard-hitting Donald Byrd classic "Low Life," as well as a couple of originals.
McClinton is full of surprises. Despite his towering stature in the blues business and his naughty-but-nice musical persona, in person he's compact, quiet and relaxed. In a session from WFUV, he belts out a powerful performance that'd drain a man half his age.
Hear the genre-busting Turtle Island Quartet perform a new composition called Tree of Life, in the Performance Today studio. Inspired by Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species and written by Turtle Island's leader, David Balakrishnan, the music encompasses a wide range of cultural references.
The L.A. band Fool's Gold has really gotten off the ground in 2009. The group's sound is firmly planted in popular African styles, including the guitar music of Congolese rumba, Tuareg desert-blues and '70s Ethiopian soul, among others. Hear the Hebrew-language Afro dance band in a session from KEXP.
Florence Welch is a fashionable, artistic character with a big voice and beauty and charm to burn. In a session from WFUV, Welch gives an acoustic performance of her otherwise lush songs and talks about the movie The Little Mermaid.
Winterbloom isn't a traditional "group" so much as an ongoing event in which four talented, Boston-area singer-songwriters bond over holiday music. In a session, Winterbloom doesn't sing about Rudolph and Frosty, but instead plays contemporary folk songs about the world during Christmas and the darkness of winter.
Serpa was a student at the New England Conservatory in Boston when she was pulled into the jazz world in a big way by saxophonist Greg Osby. In a session from WBGO, the Lisbon-born vocalist sings two originals and gives her own unique twist on the fado.
Session Spotlight: Sara Serpa Performs 'Sem Razão'
As a way of thanking its supporters, KEXP brought Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova of The Swell Season to the Triple Door in Seattle. Without a band, the duo gave an intimate performance that showcased its deeply personal songwriting, including a new song and a blazing cover of Tim Buckley's "Buzzin' Fly."