Garrick Ohlsson won the International Chopin Competition in 1970, and he's been playing the composer's music ever since. Philip Jones Griffiths hide caption

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Garrick Ohlsson: The Chopin Guy

WNYC Radio

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.

Hear Garrick Ohlsson Play Chopin at WNYC

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Bomba Estereo: Cumbia That Hits Like A Wave

KEXP

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.

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Kings Of Convenience: Honey-Dipped Fury

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

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.

Kings Of Convenience In Studio On WFUV 9/9/09

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The Greencards: The Pursuit Of Perfection

Folk Alley

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.

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Jonsi: Sigur Ros' Gear Geek Goes Acoustic

WNYC Radio

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.

Session Spotlight: Jonsi Performs "Go Do"

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The Willowz: Long, Flowing Locks Of Rock

KEXP

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.

The Willowz In Studio On KEXP 1/26/10

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Harper Simon: A Classic Folk-Pop Sound

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

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.

Harper Simon In Studio On QWFUV 10/30/09

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Gerald Clayton Trio: Two Shades, Three People

WBGO

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.

Gerald Clayton In Studio On WBGO

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Fritz Kreisler's Music (And His Violin) At WGBH

WGBH Radio

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.

Hear Nikolaj Znaider Play Kreisler At WGBH

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Burkina Electric: 21st-Century African Music

KEXP

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.

Burkina Electric In Studio On KEXP 1/9/10

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