Simone Dinnerstein Plays Bach Old And New

American Public Media

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

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El Guincho: Hypnotic Dance Music

KEXP

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.

El Guincho in Studio on KEXP 11/24/08

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Michael Franti And Spearhead: Rebels, Relaxed

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

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.

A Little Bit of Riddim

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Tim O'Brien: A 'Chameleon' Unto Himself

WKSU

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 O'Brien in Studio on Folk Alley

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T-Bird And The Breaks: Texas Soul Students

KUT 90.5

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.

Take Time

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Spellbound By Guitarist Shugo Tokumaru

KEXP

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.

Shugo Tokumaru in Studio on KEXP 10/16/08

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Indigo Girls' Amy Ray A Rocker At Heart

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

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.

Bus Bus

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Gilfema + 2: Jazz Across The Continents

WBGO

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.

Gilfema + 2 in Studio on WBGO 1/12/09

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Rudolf Buchbinder's Robust Beethoven

WGBH Radio

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.

Hear Rudolf Buchbinder Play Beethoven At WGBH

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Umalali: The 'Voice' Of The Garifuna

KEXP

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.

Umalali in Studio on KEXP 9/15/08

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