Studio SessionsMusicians perform and discuss their work in the studios of NPR and NPR Music station partners. Live music sessions, interviews, and the best new songs in rock, pop, folk, classical, jazz, blues, urban, and world music. Watch video sessions.
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.
The bass-guitar virtuoso, known for his prodigious soloing, recently released a new solo album, which he says addresses spirituality and mysticism. He speaks with Andrea Seabrook and demonstrates his technique with a few tunes.
In an archival show from 1990, Piano Jazz celebrates the centennial of Stephane Grappelli, one of the jazz world's greatest violinists. Grappelli first found fame in France with Django Reinhart's Quintette du Hot Club. He went on to an illustrious career playing with everyone from Oscar Peterson to Paul Simon to Yo-Yo Ma.
Growing up in Wales, neo-soul singer Duffy didn't have the luxury of record stores, or even possess the notion of trendy pop music. As she tells Rita Houston in a session from WFUV, this allowed her to fully enjoy the classic songs she heard on the radio.
The punk rock legends in Carbon/Silicon — Mick Jones from The Clash and Tony James from Generation X — have been offering their garage-rock inspired music for free online long before Radiohead's pay-what-you-wish release. Hear an acoustic session with the band.
The Austin-based band, led by a part-time ornithologist, gave its new album a surprisingly appropriate title: Rook. Frontman Jonathan Meiburg and company bring their painstaking, beautiful songcraft (and birding obsessions) to WNYC's studios.
The New Yorker describes the Quavers as moody and enchanting. The two Brooklyn musicians describe themselves as a "space-age Carter family." They stopped by The Bryant Park Project studios to demonstrate.
Merritt's voice is an incredible instrument in itself, but she also has the guitar skills and songwriting chops of a seasoned professional. In support of her third release, Another Country, Merritt speaks with host David Dye about its primary inspiration: France.
The new jazz supergroup, featuring B3 organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith, brings the music of the Crescent City to the New York-based Latin soul music called boogaloo. In a session from Jazz24, the band is paired down to a trio with alto saxophonist Donald Harrison and guitarist Peter Bernstein.
Dr. Lonnie Smith's Crescent Boogaloo in Studio on KPLU 5/30/08
On Brighter Than Creation's Dark, Drive-By Truckers offers an epic and emotional 19-song rock statement. The roots-music powerhouse knows its way around thundering Southern rockers, country ballads and, lately, Stax-inspired soul. Hear an interview and performance from WXPN.
Warren Vache is a remarkable horn player who's proficient on the trumpet, cornet, and flugelhorn. With a warm tone, astounding chops, and his own unique style, Vache has a strong sense of his jazz lineage.
After a two-year hiatus, Islands has returned with its sophomore album, Arm's Way. Islands' talent for inventively combining menacing lyrics with vivacious rock 'n' roll is featured in this studio session from WXPN's World Cafe with host David Dye.
Led by an acoustic guitar and a grand piano, Death Cab for Cutie plays a stripped-down session at The Current. Drawing from a decade's worth of material, the band pulls out an old favorite and plays two songs from its new album, Narrow Stairs.
Death Cab for Cutie in Studio on The Current 6/2/08
Acoustic funk/soul singer-songwriter G. Love stops by The Bryant Park Project to talk and play music from his new album, Superhero Brother. He says the album was inspired by a recent trip to the slums of Rio de Janeiro.