Amplify With Lara Downes Host Lara Downes conducts a series of intimate and deeply personal video conversations with visionary Black musicians who are shaping the present and future of the art form.

Amplify With Lara Downes

In the first episode of Amplify With Lara Downes, the pianist (left) speaks with singer-songwriter, banjo player and MacArthur "genius" Rhiannon Giddens. Areon Mobasher/Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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In Lara Downes' New Series, Black Musicians Rise To A Pivotal Moment

The pianist joins Ari Shapiro to discuss Amplify With Lara Downes, a video series on Black musicians who have experienced renewed creativity regarding racial injustice.

In Lara Downes' New Series, Black Musicians Rise To A Pivotal Moment

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Your Music Saved My Life: Ledisi Talks With Lara Downes

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The versatile and impassioned singer was ready to throw in the towel until she heard a message in a Nina Simone song that told her, "You're going be fine. I understand how you feel. Keep going."

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Erasing Genres With Cinematic Flair: Kris Bowers Talks With Lara Downes

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The composer for the Oscar-winning film Green Book and the runaway hit series Bridgerton examines intersections between classical, jazz and pop, while paying homage to past musical pioneers.

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How To Stay Human: Jon Batiste Talks With Lara Downes

The renowned musician and Late Show bandleader has sage advice on everything from finding your north star and owning your own orbit to honoring lineage.