Two years ago, the Brooklyn-based pianist launched her career with a top-selling Bach CD. In the Performance Today studios, she presents more from the master, as well as a new set of variations on a Bach melody.
Hear Dinnerstein Play Bach In The 'Performance Today' Studio
Is it possible to feel sad listening to El Guincho? On a cold winter day in Seattle, when Pablo Diaz-Reixa (a.k.a. El Guincho) brought his Tropicalia-inspired rhythms to KEXP, it was as if the studio had been transformed into a warm beach in his native Canary Islands.
A winter chill in New York City couldn't temper the genre-blending group's mellow attitude and natural charisma. In a recent trip to WFUV's studios, activist and frontman Franti led his band into an interview and studio performance.
O'Brien is a folksinger who isn't afraid to stray from tradition now and again. From his days in Hot Rize until now, he's become a force in roots music as a songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist and more. Here, he shares music from his latest, Chameleon, in a session from Folk Alley.
Tim Crane has clearly learned from the masters of old-school blues, funk and soul. But it was only after a little original research — touring the U.S. by train — that he decided to move to Austin. He now leads one of the city's newest and baddest soul outfits.
Appearing with members of Beirut and The National, Shugo Tokumaru performed his first-ever studio session this past fall at KEXP. The Japanese guitarist spoke through a translator and played his eccentric style of experimental pop music.
She would be the last person to complain about her success. But under the folk-pop veneer of The Indigo Girls, Ray is a punk-rocker who revels in edgier styles. She visits WFUV's Studio A for an interview and solo performance of songs from her latest album.
Lionel Gilles Loueke (GIL), Ferenc Nemeth (FE) and Massimo Biolcati (MA) form the core of Gilfema, a cross-border collaboration with a jazz foundation. In a session from WBGO, the band displays an egalitarian aesthetic rooted in finding common ground as musicians.
Hailing from the classical-music capital of Vienna, Rudolf Buchbinder specializes in the composers who made his hometown famous. Hear him play an impassioned rendition of Beethoven's "Pathétique" Sonata in the studio of WGBH in Boston.
Put together by producer and musician Ivan Duran from Belize, Umalali seeks to revive the Garifuna culture of Central America. In a session from KEXP, the group performs a song by Andy Palacio, a talented Garifuna musician who died early last year.
When R&B singer Nikka Costa came to WFUV to record a studio session, she brought with her a wealth of experience and international fame. Yet when she sat down for the interview, Costa didn't display any of the qualities of a person living a charmed life. She performs with a seven-piece band from WFUV.
Pianist Robert Glasper is an example of the freedom principle at work; walking proof that art is forever the great (small-d) democrat. A soon-to-be father, Glasper says he's excited about the world his child will soon enter, and he describes what Obama's presidency means for jazz.
The Gourds' members present their music in familiar roots-rock wrappings, but nothing about the band is typical. Cheating hearts or lovesick blues don't dominate the band's landscape; instead, this is a brainy and obtuse bunch, and its songs reflect that fact. Hear the band perform new material from KUT.
The group gets pared down to a trio for this casual acoustic session from KEXP. Craig Finn stood at the mic as Tad Kubler and Franz Nicolay handled an acoustic guitar, banjo and accordion. The set-up lets Finn's voice resonate, which means his great lyrics stand out even more than usual.
Many have heard Emiliana Torrini's voice, but few know that her vocals ended the movie The Two Towers. The Icelandic singer-songwriter has released a number of albums and is now getting her due. She performs a stripped-down incarnation of her new music in a session from WFUV.