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Listen Samuel Ramey: Bad-Guy Bass Of Opera

May 14, 2009 – The opera star muses on playing the devil and keeping a youthful sound near the end of his career.

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Listen Jazz Musician Is No Angel On The Harp

March 22, 2009 – Colombian Edmar Castaneda uses a traditional country instrument to play jazz.

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Listen Howard Levy: Reinventing The Harmonica

January 25, 2009 – Levy talks about using the instrument he's loved since he was a teen to break musical boundaries.

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Listen Ljova: Giving The Viola A Chance

November 16, 2008 – The versatile composer and arranger lends a new voice to an old-school instrument, the viola.

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Listen The Glamorous Life Of Daniel Hope

October 25, 2008 – The famed violinist discusses his musical influences and a few of his most unusual instruments.

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Listen Olivier Conan Brings Chicha Music to Brooklyn

June 16, 2008 – The cuatro player and bar owner talks about playing 40-year-old Peruvian music and making it new.

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Listen A Musician's Guide to the Pre-Concert Warm-Up

January 12, 2008 – The warm-up rituals of musicians like Yo-Yo Ma and Gillian Welch are as distinct as their own music.

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Listen Abdullah Ibrahim Stays Rooted to His Homeland

August 26, 2007 – South African pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim pays tribute to his homeland in his music.

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Listen Sara Tavares Mixes Portuguese, African Rhythms

July 6, 2007 – Sara Tavares' music mixes sounds, rhythms and language that stretch from Lisbon to Cape Verde.

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Listen Benny Golson: From Jazz to Hollywood and Back

May 3, 2007 – The saxophone player (and Hollywood composer) talks about his role in shaping Art Blakey's band.

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Listen Lawrence Brownlee: A Rising Star Arrives at the Met

April 22, 2007 – A young tenor is about to realize a singer's dream — taking the stage at the Metropolitan Opera.

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Listen Bo Diddley's Unique Rhythm Continues to Inspire

March 20, 2007 – Bo Diddley's trademark driving rhythm has inspired musicians for decades, from Buddy Holly to U2.

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Listen Guiding the N.Y. Philharmonic's 'Inner Voice'

January 15, 2007 – Cynthia Phelps says violas play a "subtle but exciting" role in the texture and feel of the music.

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Listen George Clinton, Still Radiating the Funk

November 20, 2006 – The ringleader of Parliament and Funkadelic inspires new generations of musicians and listeners.

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Listen Tan Dun's Cultural Evolution

June 15, 2006 – The composer describes his musical coming of age during the time of China's Cultural Revolution.

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