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.
Rawlings arrived at KEXP with a big cowboy hat perched on his head, a guitar in his hand and a song in his heart. With his longtime collaborator Gillian Welch and a band in tow, Rawlings performed songs from his solo debut, A Friend of a Friend.
Cellist Ben Sollee and guitarist/banjo player Daniel Martin Moore started writing songs together to protest mountaintop-removal coal mining in their beloved Kentucky. Their ecological subject matter may be heavy, but the duo brought a lightheartedness to this session at WFUV.
Ben Sollee And Daniel Martin Moore In Studio On WFUV 3/5/10
Elephant Micah makes songs and tosses them, like messages in bottles, into the vast figurative oceans surrounding Indiana. With a hint of mystery, Joe O'Connell performs tuneful, folksy and emotional songs on WNYC's Spinning on Air.
Elephant Micah In Studio On WNYC's Spinning On Air 4/26/10