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Singer-songwriter Luke Temple has drawn lofty comparisons during his career: Paul Simon, Nick Drake and Jeff Buckley have all functioned as reference points at some point or other. Hear an interview and in-studio performance with the songwriter.
From the Top host Christopher O'Riley is passionate about the introspective music by the late British singer-songwriter Nick Drake. O'Riley plays his own piano transcription of Drake's song "Place to Be." This segment originally aired on May 16, 2007
When pianists Wei Wei Hsu, Si Yi Fang and Kaisaer Ainiwaer all squeeze together at one piano they call themselves 6HM, which stands for Six-Handed Monster. They perform an arrangement of "America" from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein. This segment originally aired on May 16, 2007
Young Taylor Tyson can bust a board in two. She's a Deputy Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. She also has significant chops at the keyboard. She won $4,000 playing Chopin in a Las Vegas competition. She's also busy with the charitable foundation her parents organized that provides musical instruments to needy kids in their area. Taylor plays the Prelude in E-flat major, Op.23, by Rachmaninoff. This segment originally aired on May 16, 2007
12-year-old Pianist Prefers Beethoven and Black Belts
Young Matthew Lipman took up the trumpet after he fell in love with an eighth-grade girl who played the instrument. But love can be fickle. Eventually Mathew switched to the viola after meeting a girl who played that instrument. The girl moved on, but Matthew stayed true to his viola. He plays music from William Walton's Viola Concerto. This segment originally aired on May 16, 2007
Eighteen-year-old Emmanuel Gray Jr. discovered the guitar in middle school. He lives on the Monument Valley Navajo reservation on the border of Utah and Arizona. "I plan to go to college and study music education," he says. "Once I've earned my degree I want to come back to the reservation and teach." Emmanuel plays "Recuerdos de Alhambra" by Francisco Tarrega. This segment originally aired on May 16, 2007
Anna Litvinenko followed in her mother's footsteps by taking up the piano, but she switched to her father's instrument, the cello, after he showed her a video of cellist Jacqueline DuPre. These days, the 13-year-old is accomplished on both instruments. Hear her play "At the Fountain" by Carl Davidoff.
Known for both his guitar prowess and his exceptional songwriting, Thompson has long since earned a reputation as a skilled live performer, as well as a vital recording artist. Hear an interview and in-studio performance by the man who helped define British folk music.
Richard Thompson in-studio on World Café - 09/25/2007
Blending an array of musical styles as diverse as his influences, Harper combines acoustic folk, blues, funk, soul and rock. Hear an interview and in-studio performance by Harper, whose new album Lifeline showcases a loose, expressive style.
When Emmylou Harris set out to compile a career retrospective, she didn't pick the recordings that made her an acclaimed country singer. Instead, she selected five discs' worth of rareties and forgotten gems. Hear an interview and live performance.
Pianist and vocalist Norah Jones' latest album, Not Too Late, strips her music to the core. She forgoes jazz and pop standards for original compositions and a much subtler approach. Hear Jones give an interview and in-studio performance.
Born in the Soviet Union only 20 years ago, jazz pianist Eldar Djangirov has captivated audiences worldwide with his remarkable talent. Re-Imagination focuses on his compositions and musicianship while incorporating his re-interpretation of two jazz standards.
Grammy-winning jazz pianist and vocalist Diana Krall has found favor with traditional jazz enthusiasts and mainstream pop fans alike. She turns her attention to her voice in an interview and studio performance with Marian McPartland on Piano Jazz.
Bassist Michael Thurber, 18, was excited to perform with special guest Bela Fleck, one of his musical idols. "I've always been a huge fan of everything he's done," Thurber says. Thurber and Fleck cooked up an improvisational, jazzy rendition of Fleck's "Sunset Road" for the show.