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  • richardmitnick 7:07 AM on March 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From NPR Music: “South X Lullaby: Max Richter” 

    This might very well be the ultimate lullaby. Right at the start of the 2018 SXSW Music Festival, Max Richter’s eight-hour composition Sleep was performed overnight to an audience tucked into 150 beds. They — the audience, not the tireless group of musicians who performed the piece — slept, dreamed and sometimes snored through this trance-inducing experience.

    “Sleeping and being asleep is one of my favorite activities,” Richter told NPR in 2015, just before Sleep premiered. “Really, what I wanted to do is provide a landscape or a musical place where people could fall asleep.”

    Richter has performed Sleep live a few times now, and brought the experience to Bass Hall in Austin, Texas. In the video here, you’ll see Richter himself on keyboards and electronics, along with the ACME string ensemble and soprano vocalist Grace Davidson, surrounded by those snoozing listeners. This is just an excerpt of the eight-hour concert, but should induce a moment’s calm whenever you should need it.

    For the first time, Sleep is now available on digital service providers.

    Set List

    “Dream 3 (In The Midst Of My Life)”


    Producers: Bob Boilen, Mito Habe-Evans; Director/Videographer: Nickolai Hammar; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Photo: Bob Boilen/NPR; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey.

    For new music by living composers

    John Schaefer

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio

    For great Jazz


    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00AM-2:00PM featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Fridays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00PM

    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

  • richardmitnick 3:39 PM on January 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Deceptive Cadence at NPR.music: “A Quarter-Century Of Banging, And Still As Fresh As Ever” 

    Deceptive Cadence helps celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original D.I.Y. music collaboration, Bang On A Can.

    Members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars playing in Shanghai in 2009.

    See the full article here.

  • richardmitnick 4:39 AM on November 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From The Checkout via NPR/music: Live Wednesday: Warren Wolf + Lage Lund In Concert 

    Josh Jackson hosts The Checkout at WBGO, Jazz 88, Newark

    “A vibraphonist from down the turnpike in Baltimore; a guitarist from across the pond in Norway. Both have dedicated themselves to hard-swinging jazz of the highest order, and both journey to downtown Manhattan to lead bands in the next installment of The Checkout: Live From 92Y Tribeca.

    On Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. ET, The Checkout: Live series pairs the bands of Lage Lund and Warren Wolf in a double bill, in performance at 92Y Tribeca. The concert will be broadcast on air via WBGO and in an online video webcast at this page on NPR Music, with a live online chat. For more information about this series and the full concert archive, visit npr.org/checkoutlive.

    See the full post here.

  • richardmitnick 12:12 PM on November 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From The New York Times: Marian McPartland Steps Away from “Piano Jazz” 

    This is copyright protected, so just a few notes.

    Piano Jazz has been one of the mainstay programs at NPR since 1979.


    “Marian McPartland, the jazz pianist, is stepping down as the host of the “Piano Jazz” after more than three decades on the air, said a spokeswoman for NPR, Anna Christopher…[she] will stay on as the artistic director of the show…For now, the baton will be passed to Mr. [Jon] Weber, a jazz pianist from Chicago. He has recorded 13 new shows which will begin airing in the first week of January. Mr. Weber’s program will no longer be called “Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz,” but will be re-titled “Piano Jazz Rising Stars.” Mr. Weber will perform duets with guests and then interview them, just as Ms. McPartland has done with aplomb for years.”

    Marian McPartland

    Jon Weber

    See thew full notice here.

  • richardmitnick 7:55 PM on November 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From NPR/music and WBGO: “Bill McHenry Quartet: Live At The Village Vanguard” 

    Watch Live Wednesday, Nov. 9 At 9 p.m. ET originated by WBGO, Jazz 88.3, Newark, NJ

    by Patrick Jarenwattananon
    November 2, 2011

    “When he leads a band playing his own tunes, the New York-based tenor saxophonist Bill McHenry makes uncommon, beautiful music. Call it modern jazz if you must; it can get a bit abstract, a little loose. But “modern jazz” often connotes something hypertechnical, or noodly, or lost in advanced harmony, and this isn’t exactly that. It’s often slow, or at least deliberately spacious, and aspiring to something pretty and aching. And it’s finished by a player who gets a meaty, lustrous sound from the horn.

    Later this month, Bill McHenry will release a new album’s worth of this music — his third with his current quartet — called Ghosts of the Sun. But before that, he’ll play a week at the Village Vanguard with a completely different lineup, including the great seasoned drummer Andrew Cyrille. NPR Music and WBGO will present a live video webcast and radio broadcast of the Bill McHenry Quartet from the club on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 9 p.m. ET. Visit this page for the live presentation, as well as a recording afterwards.”


  • richardmitnick 9:18 AM on October 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Deceptive Cadence at NPR/music: “Classical Music From …TED?” 

    by Anastasia Tsioulcas

    5 Great Classical Performances And Talks from TED

    Danielle de Niese

    Benjamin Zander On Music And Passion

    Maya Beiser In 8 Forms

    Evelyn Glennie

    Ethel Plays Phil Kline

    Visit the web page and take advantage of these videos.

  • richardmitnick 5:33 AM on October 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From NPR/music: A Consideration of Steve Reich 


    Gail Wein
    October 16, 2011

    Musicians who have worked with Reich, NPR staffers and others reflect on his compositions.

    “American composer Steve Reich turned 75 this week. The so-called minimalist credits jazz, African drumming and Balinese gamelan for inspiring his signature style. His music, from experimental tape loops to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Double Sextet, has inspired the generations of composers who followed.

    In the early 1960s, when Reich was beginning his composition career, the contemporary classical music scene was dominated by atonal music like the works of Pierre Boulez.

    ‘It fell to my generation to basically say, Basta! Enough!’ Reich says.

    Composer David Lang says he first heard Reich’s It’s Gonna Rain on an LP he came across at the record store where he worked.

    ‘I had never been prepared to hear anything like this,’ Lang says. ‘It didn’t have a melody; it didn’t have harmony, at least the way I had been prepared to understand it; it didn’t have a way of progressing. And I remember thinking, This is the coolest thing I ever heard in my life. I was 17 years old. I started thinking, the role of the composer is to experiment and explore and to find something new.’

    Reich’s music became hugely influential, and not just for Lang. Artists such as Brian Eno, David Bowie and The National’s Bryce Dessner, as well as practitioners of hip-hop and house music, all owe something to the composer.

    ‘For a lot of musicians like myself, I think Steve Reich’s appeal is quite broad, and in a way just to open this big space for musicians to move in,’ says Dessner, who is also a classical guitarist and composer.

    But Washington Post critic Tim Page says it’s not just Reich’s past music that intrigues his fans.

    ‘One of the things that’s really sort of extraordinary about Steve Reich is that he’s 75, and yet he’s still to whom everybody looks with great interest to see what he’ll do next,’ Page says. ‘And that’s a rarity — especially a rarity with a very radical composer.’

    Reich himself is always looking forward. He says his 75th-birthday wish has already come true.

    ‘That young musicians around the world want to and actually do play my music very well,’ he says, ‘and to go around and hear that, in reality, is the best present a composer could ask for.’

    This article is here.

  • richardmitnick 3:39 PM on October 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From NPR/music and WBGO: “Fabian Almazan Trio + String Quartet: Live At The Village Vanguard” 

    Watch Live Wednesday, Oct. 12 At 9 p.m. ET

    by Patrick Jarenwattananon

    “The 27-year-old pianist Fabian Almazan is about to release his debut album, Personalities, and it is aptly titled. It features Almazan as composer, one who can write and arrange for films, for string quartet, for piano trio. It features Almazan the Cuban-American musician, demonstrating intuitive control over Latin jazz repertoire and feeling. And it features Almazan the modern jazzman, the musician who can play with that flexible, go-anywhere feeling so sought-after these days.

    Fabian Almazan

    He’ll celebrate the digital release of his multiple Personalities with a week as a bandleader at New York’s cramped subterranean jazz mecca, the Village Vanguard. And for one night and one performance only, he’ll bring along a string quartet. WBGO and NPR Music will record and feature a live radio broadcast and video webcast of the Fabian Almazan Trio with string quartet on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. ET at this page.”

    See the full article also at this page.

  • richardmitnick 6:04 AM on September 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From NPR/music and WBGO: “Geri Allen Trio: Live At The Village Vanguard” 

    Patrick Jarenwattananon
    August 31, 2011

    “For some, jazz is a form of music defined by innovation. It’s a language of hybrid invention, about a relentless quest for a new style, a new movement, a new expression. Alternately, there’s a powerful argument for jazz as a tradition: a language of core values, worthy of a lifetime of respectful study, representative of a century of African-American cultural achievement. As the prevailing aesthetic outlook has it, both are equally valid; jazz is tradition and innovation, at once.

    Geri Allen

    Over the last 30 years, it’s hard to think of anyone who embodies this duality better than composer and pianist Geri Allen. As often as she’s been lionized for the freshness of her playing, she’s also been admired for the respect she’s shown for its living history. WBGO and NPR Music will proudly feature the Geri Allen Trio in the Live at the Village Vanguard series of live on-air radio/online video broadcasts on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 9 p.m. ET.”

    Visit the web page for information about the videocast and to read the rest of the article.

  • richardmitnick 2:44 PM on August 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From NPR/music and WBGO: The Newport Jazz Festival 


    NPR/music says:

    “We’re happy to announce that NPR Music is returning to the Newport Jazz Festival for a live webcast and recording Aug. 6-7, 2011.

    Along with hosts, engineers and producers from WBGO (New Jersey/New York), WYPR (Baltimore) and WGBH (Boston), we’ll be presenting a live online stream of concerts from “the grandfather of jazz festivals.” You can visit npr.org/newportjazz for live coverage — including photos, blog and Twitter updates and the webcast — and revisit the site afterwards to explore a trove of festival recordings, including video highlights. Recordings from 2010 and 2009 are there now.
    Visit NPR Music’s coverage of the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival at npr.org/newportjazz.

    Once again, founder George Wein and his team have devised a diverse lineup for his signature jazz event. Iconic musicians like Eddie Palmieri, Wynton Marsalis, Randy Weston and Charles Lloyd are scheduled to perform, while exciting younger players like Esperanza Spalding, Hiromi and Trombone Shorty will play multiple sets. Also on the lineup are bands led by Steve Coleman, Joey DeFrancesco, Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green, Regina Carter, Avishai Cohen, Ambrose Akinmusire and many more. A schedule of our broadcast will appear close to the weekend of Aug. 6-7.

    Esperanza Spalding

    Rudresh Mahanthappa

    What? No Casey Abrams? LOst opportunity.


    For more information about the lineup, visit the official Newport Jazz Festival website. We hope you can join us at npr.org/newportjazz.

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