When composer John Adams heard the St. Lawrence Quartet play Beethoven, creative doors started flying open. Inspired by the musicians, and the music of Maurice Ravel, Adams wrote his very first string quartet.
The celebrated Irish folksinger speaks with Folk Alley's Jim Blum about her decision to leave Celtic headliner Solas, the disintegrating record industry and her children's love for Lady Gaga. Hear the interview and a riveting in-studio performance.
The enchanting Philadelphia folksinger joins David Garland on WNYC's Spinning on Air to unveil new songs and intriguing covers of music by The House of Love, Kurt Vile and Marc Almond. Listen to the entire session here.
Chinese pianist Yundi Li recently shortened his stage name to "Yundi." But it may not have been necessary: The young musician has already achieved superstardom in his homeland. In this session from WNYC, he plays two Chopin nocturnes.
Robert Schumann suffered through intense, ecstatic highs and frightening, depressive lows. Today, we'd call that bipolar disorder. Hear pianist Joyce Yang explore the many colorful characters who emerge in Schumann's Carnaval.
The Toronto MC draws influences from Canada's rich folk past and collaborates with his hometown's current indie-rock stars. Hear the man perform with his band on WFUV's Words & Music From Studio-A series.