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Pacific Grooves Straight Outta Choc Quib Town

KUT 90.5

Choc Quib Town, a hip-hop act from Colombia's Pacific coast, mixes in marimba and other traditional instruments with turntables and keyboards, creating a world beat-infused sound. In a session from KUT, the joy they bring to their craft is evident and infectious.

Choc Quib Town In Studio On KUT

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Chopin At 200

Murray Perahia: Bonding With Bach And Chopin

American Public Media

Few pianists can match Perahia's lucid clarity and warm, rippling sound. Hear him play Chopin and Bach, and discuss their music with Performance Today host Fred Child in NPR's studio.

Hear Murray Perahia Play Bach And Chopin At NPR

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Will Stratton: Songs As Statements Of Fact

WNYC Radio

Though only 22, Stratton already has a considerable repertoire under his belt as he gets to work on his third album. Here, the singer-songwriter plays intimate, delicate folk music in a live session for WNYC's Spinning on Air. The performance as a whole is available to stream, and Stratton has also opted to release the live set as a free downloadable EP.

Spotlight: "Do You Remember The Morning"

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Chopin At 200

Rafal Blechacz's Single-Minded Chopin

American Public Media

The young Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz has cultivated a deep connection to Chopin's music. Five years ago, at age 20, he swept all the awards at the International Chopin competition. Host Fred Child finds out how he did it, and asks him to play a Chopin Mazurka or two.

Hear Rafal Blechacz Play Chopin At NPR

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Dessa: Hip-Hop Word Warrior

KEXP

Her eyes half-closed, Minneapolis MC Dessa flowed through the rhymes from her new album, A Badly Broken Code, at KEXP. Her hands moved with the rhythm, and her voice was pitch-perfect.

Session Spotlight: Dessa Performs 'Alibi'

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Solas: America's Wild Irish Rose

Folk Alley

What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than with an Irish jig? The members of Solas are all American, but they play Celtic folk music with authority. In a session from Folk Alley, the quintet performs an instrumental from The Turning Tide, and two songs featuring vocalist Mairead Phelan.

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Chopin At 200

A Chopin Ballade To Blow You Away

American Public Media

Adam Neiman lets his fingers do the talking, tearing into the dramatic Ballade No. 4 by Chopin. The young American pianist says the music tells a story that's both ferocious and tender. Neiman also plays a piece of his own in NPR's studio.

Hear Adam Neiman Play Chopin In The NPR Studio

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Esperanza Spalding: Just Bass And Voice

Jazz24

Because of her rigorous touring schedule, Spalding decided to give her band the afternoon off and showed up at KPLU's studio all by herself, with just her bass and her voice. As you'll hear, that was enough.

Esperanza Spalding In Studio On KPLU

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Nneka: The Soul Of Acoustic Afrobeat

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

Brains, beauty and beats collide in the music of Nigerian-born newcomer Nneka. A small woman with an afro bigger than most, the singer was warm and engaging from the start of one of her first U.S. radio appearances.

Nneka In Studio On WFUV 11/9/09

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John Ellis Double-Wide: Jazz Gets Jocular

WBGO

The New York-based saxophonist leads a New Orleans-style parade band with a circus tendency. Hear three originals from Puppet Mischief in this session from WBGO.

John Ellis Double-Wide In Studio On WBGO 1/9/10

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