Haimovitz's idea of the "classics" includes Bach, Beethoven and, yes, classic rock. He talks to Performance Today host Fred Child about taking musical risks, and offers up a passionate studio performance of music by Bach.
Telepathique is one heck of a sexy band. For 20 minutes, the Sao Paulo-based group turned the intimate space of a KEXP studio into a late-night dance club. The band's combination of electronic beats and rhythms with thrashing drums and live guitar sounds both unique and familiar.
On the eve of the release of its latest album, Stay Positive, The Hold Steady stopped by the WFUV studios for a performance and interview. The group blasted through four new songs with the confidence and urgency of a band at its best.
In the constant race to find the next cure for jazz (hint: it ain't broken), Aaron Parks seems perfectly content to set his own pace. The 24 year-old pianist discovered music intuitively. In a session from WBGO, Parks plays a mix of jazz and rock that's ultimately neither of those things.
The Welsh band Los Campesinos! blasted through four songs in record time during this studio session from KEXP. Throughout the performance, the group played its acerbic but infectious pop with the unabashed joy of a bunch of schoolkids on the last day before summer.
Since the early '90s, Escovedo's solo albums have quietly cast him as an artist of note. He's come a long way since his bands Rank And File and True Believers, which both looked at roots-rock music in new ways yet only achieved cult status. Slowly but surely, Escovedo is getting his due.
NOMO recently stopped by KUT's Studio 1A with synthesizers, horns and homemade instruments in tow. Elliot Bergman, speaking on behalf of the eight musicians, explained to KUT's Jay Trachtenberg how a band coming out of the Midwest came to emulate music many Americans overlook.
Coming up along with a slew of British singers who look back to classic '60s girl groups, Adele stands out with a big, bluesy voice. At just 20, she sounds wise beyond her years, writing songs of heartbreak and loneliness. Here, Adele performs songs from her debut CD, 19, with just a guitarist for accompaniment.
Adele in Studio on Words & Music from Studio-A 6/9/08
Named after the Dutch artist M.C. Escher, the up-and-coming group has both taken up residency at Lincoln Center and performed with singers in nightclubs. Hear the Escher String Quartet christen WNYC's new studios with a Dvorak classic and a world premiere.
Recently, the jazz-guitar virtuoso released his first studio recording in more than a decade. In a session on Jazz24, Jordan talks about his musical and personal evolution over the past 10 years, as well as his ongoing study of music's role in the healing process.
In a rare acoustic performance, the hip-hop group Atmosphere performs with just an acoustic guitar and two voices. Frontman Slug is a Minneapolis native with an inspiring message, especially on Atmosphere's new album, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That S--- Gold.
While it may have replaced its trademark organ with a piano, Mates of State's members still crank out some of the finest indie-pop music around. In a session from KUT, the duo explains the need to progress as a band and plays songs from its fifth CD, Re-Arrange Us.
While there's no shortage of protean young improvisers in New York, Shaw benefits from a real-world apprenticeship with a master musician: Roy Haynes. The alto saxophonist shares three original compositions for jazz quintet in a WBGO studio session.
The current political situation sent Firewater's Tod A. around the world to discover more music and culture. The musicians he met inspired him to return home and share what he gained. In an interview and performance from KEXP, Tod A. reveals the fruits of his travels.
In 1876, Tchaikovsky composed musical snapshots of each month of the calendar year for publication in a St. Petersburg magazine. Pianist Wu Han performs the entire cycle, and discusses the music with Performance Today host Fred Child in NPR's studio.