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After ending his decade-long run in the successful alt-country band The Jayhawks, Olson moved to the country with then-wife Victoria Williams. Following their divorce, he spent 2006 recording his first true solo album: The Salvation Blues.
Influenced by DiLego's admiration for 1970s art, Photographs of 1971 features compressed guitars and a flat drum sound. The disc recaptures the rhythm of '70s movies and photographs, as well as DiLego's own distinct take on alt-country.
The forro music style is certainly not as well-known as bossa nova or samba. But for years, Forro in the Dark has given New Yorkers a unique spin on Northern Brazil's country music. Forro in the Dark visits Studio 4A for an interview and live performance.
Ranking with John Coltrane and Coleman Hawkins as one of the all-time great tenor sax players, jazz legend Sonny Rollins has been recording fiery, passionate and intelligent music for nearly 60 years. Hear Rollins give an interview and in-studio performance.
Sonny Rollins in Studio on World Cafe - 07/26/2007
Andrew Bird incorporates string arrangements and intelligent lyrics into a batch of strong, alluring pop songs. The violinist, guitarist and songwriter joined David Dye, host of WXPN's World Cafe, for an interview and in-studio performance.
From the Top host Chris O'Riley enjoys crafting his own piano transcriptions of tunes by his favorite pop musicians. Lately, his fascination has been the late British singer-songwriter Nick Drake. He plays Drake's song "Three Hours." This segment originally aired Apr. 18, 2007
The 60-voice strong Cincinnati May Festival Youth Chorus, now in its 20th season, continues to motivate its young choristers. "Before joining the chorus I thought classical music was boring," Kara Cover admits. The chorus sings "Follow Your Saint" and "Follow Thy Fair Sun" by Virgil Thomson, and the spiritual "Saints Bound for Heaven." This segment originally aired Apr. 18, 2007
Christoph Sassmannshaus, 17, put down the cello for a year due to an injury. But that didn't stop him from playing music. He bought several harmonicas, discovered the blues, and continued with his favorite pastime—skateboarding. After recovery, Christoph began playing his cello for kids with specials needs. He plays "Prayer" by Ernest Bloch. This segment originally aired Apr. 18, 2007
Kevin Bao is only 10, but he's already won piano competitions. Kevin says he tries to focus on the sage advice given to him by his teacher. "Playing piano requires a warm heart and a cool brain," he says. "When you have a warm heart you play expressively, but the cool brain keeps you focusing on your technical skills." Kevin plays "Variations on Theme of Paganini" by Isak Berkovich. This segment originally aired on Apr. 18, 2007
Teens in the saxophone trio Fresh Winds are regulars in the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, where they all sit in the back row. "We can get a little rowdy at times," explains Kraynak. Apropos to its humorous nature the group plays "The Lone Ar-ranger Goes Sax Mad!" by Philip R. Buttall. This segment originally aired Apr. 18, 2007
When Sophie Pariot was little, her parents took her to hear violinists Midori and Gil Shaham. "The concerts triggered something in me," she remembers. "They gave me a passion for the violin." Now, at age 14, she's in the pre-college program at the Juilliard School in New York. She plays "La Gitana" by Fritz Kreisler. This segment originally aired Apr. 18, 2007.
Ryan Adams has been crafting heartfelt pop-rock songs with a country twang for nearly two decades. Easy Tiger mixes blistering rock 'n' roll with gentle folk ballads, demonstrating Adams' confidence and firm grasp on his iconoclastic identity. Adams gives an interview and in-studio performance.
The rootsy jam band moe. has continually developed and expanded its unique blend of pop hooks and experimental improvisation over the last 15 years. The group, known for its explosive and unpredictable live shows, gives an interview and in-studio performance.
Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter has been making her way through all of Mozart's major violin works. She stopped by the studio, with her longtime pianist and collaborator Lambert Orkis, to play selections from Mozart's Violin Sonatas.