In 1970, in Cold War-era Warsaw, an unknown American pianist named Garrick Ohlsson stunned the classical world by winning the International Chopin Competition. The composer's music has played a huge role in Ohlsson's career ever since. Hear him play Chopin in the WNYC studio.
At KEXP, there was no point in resisting Bomba Estereo's infectious groove. Colombian cumbia and champeta rhythms are at the root of the band's sound, while vocalist Liliana Saumet brings wild movement and color to the forefront in this session.
Making eiderdown-plush folk-pop songs buoyed by sweet harmonies, the Norwegian duo takes a surprisingly bold political stance on its recent album Declaration of Dependence. As its members' voices met in perfect confluence at WFUV, accompanied only by acoustic guitar, those in Studio-A quickly went from casual fans to happy acolytes.
When the continent-straddling bluegrass group launches into the Grammy-nominated "Crystal Merchant," a meticulously crafted studio session springs to life. Once the band plays, it's easy to forget the technique involved, because the music is so engaging. Here, the group pulls off a remarkable performance for Folk Alley.
Plenty of musicians can talk about Fender Stratocasters, righteous tube amps and fancy soundboards. But the real gear geeks are heavy into microphones. Before Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi Birgisson performed two acoustic songs from his upcoming album Go, WNYC's engineer showed him the station's impressive collection of vintage mics.
From chord one at the Cutting Room Studios, the members of The Willowz ripped into each song like it was their last. A never-ending tour schedule keeps the anthem-loving garage-rock band tight in the midst of its freewheeling rock shows.
It's a little hard to believe that a 37-year-old whose first public appearance came on Sesame Street when he was 4 finally released his debut album in 2009. Armed with well-crafted songs and strong melodies, Harper Simon brought his acoustic guitar to WFUV for a session.
Love is proximity when you live in New York. Pianist Gerald Clayton and his bandmates, bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Justin Brown, all live in the same Harlem building. WBGO invited Clayton and his neighbors to play music from his debut recording, Two Shade.
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.