Tom Huizenga http://www.kunc.org en Tracy Silverman: Tiny Desk Concert http://www.kunc.org/post/tracy-silverman-tiny-desk-concert <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2012/06/12/154835249/conducting-business-crowdfunding-classical-music" target="_blank">Tracy Silverman</a> has been called the greatest living exponent of the electric violin. But we're not talking just any electric violin. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:29:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 58336 at http://www.kunc.org Tracy Silverman: Tiny Desk Concert Simone Dinnerstein: Tiny Desk Concert http://www.kunc.org/post/simone-dinnerstein-tiny-desk-concert Almost any pianist, from a budding beginner to a pro like <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/17022250/simone-dinnerstein" target="_blank">Simone Dinnerstein</a>, will tell you that one of the basic techniques of keyboard playing is also the toughest to master: making your hands to do separate things simultaneously.<p>The great <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15031897/johann-sebastian-bach" target="_blank">Johann Sebastian Bach</a> knew this to be true. That's the primary reason he composed his Two-Part Inventions. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 18:32:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 57287 at http://www.kunc.org Simone Dinnerstein: Tiny Desk Concert The Silence And Awe Of Arvo Pärt http://www.kunc.org/post/silence-and-awe-arvo-p-rt <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16070552/arvo-part" target="_blank">Arvo Pärt</a> is one of the few living composers to find popularity beyond the borders of classical music. <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15155026/r-e-m" target="_blank">R.E.M.</a>'s Michael Stipe and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15191158/bjork" target="_blank">Bjork</a> are <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BVACGWgN4U" target="_blank">big fans</a>. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:48:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 57275 at http://www.kunc.org The Silence And Awe Of Arvo Pärt Iestyn Davies: Tiny Desk Concert http://www.kunc.org/post/iestyn-davies-tiny-desk-concert The Bee Gees did it. So do <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15398278/smokey-robinson" target="_blank">Smokey Robinson</a>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15394157/prince" target="_blank">Prince</a> and Justin Vernon of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/18073513/bon-iver" target="_blank">Bon Iver</a>. They all sing in the high register usually associated with female singers.<p>Men have cultivated their upper range in falsetto for centuries. Sat, 17 May 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 56626 at http://www.kunc.org Iestyn Davies: Tiny Desk Concert Joseph Calleja: Tiny Desk Concert http://www.kunc.org/post/joseph-calleja-tiny-desk-concert Malta, the island nation 50 miles south of Sicily, may be small, but it's home to one of the biggest stars in opera, tenor Joseph Calleja. And like his country's name, which may originate in the Greek word for honey, Calleja's voice is a potent mix of Italianate passion and sweetness. Just listen to how he pulls the volume back to a slender golden ray of tone several times in Tosti's gorgeous "Ideale," and especially the word "disciogliea" in the Puccini aria that closes this performance. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:44:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 54892 at http://www.kunc.org Joseph Calleja: Tiny Desk Concert