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Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny stops by NPR's Washington studios for an hour of live music. Metheny, on tour for his latest CD, The Way Up, talks with John Ydstie and callers about his approach to songwriting. Metheny's new album is a single, long piece divided into four parts.
Robert Siegel sits down with violinist Chien Tan for a performance and chat. Tan plays the violin with the Oregon Symphony; she is also one of just a handful of people playing the treble violin, an instrument about the size of a "quarter-size" standard violin and plays an octave higher.
Acclaimed Spanish guitarist Pepe Romero represents one of several generations of guitarists in his family. He joins NPR's Fred Child in Studio 4A to perform the Suite Andaluza by his father, Celedonio Romero.
Led by renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Silk Road Ensemble is the musical face of Ma's Silk Road Project, an artistic, cultural and educational organization he founded in 1998 to "study the ebb and flow of ideas along" the ancient trade route.
Brandi Carlile spent her days playing music alongside her siblings; she taught herself to sing while growing up in the remote town of Ravensdale, Wash. She recently released a self-titled debut album to great acclaim.
Brandi Carlile in-studio on World Cafe - 09/20/2005
The third solo album of singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers debuted at number one in her native Australia. Now, Wayward Angel is out in America and Chambers recently toured the country to promote it. She performs some songs for NPR's Liane Hansen.
They've played together since meeting at Palo Alto High School a decade ago. Now there are signs the Donnas are growing up: They're using their real names now, for one thing. The band performs for NPR's Scott Simon.
For an All Things Considered Thanksgiving Day special, singer Mary Chapin Carpenter performs from her farmhouse in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She shares the stories behind the songs from her latest album, Between Here and Gone.