Music Interviews

2:38pm

Thu May 31, 2012
Music Interviews

Brandi Carlile: Bending Notes Until They Break

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 8:17 am

Brandi Carlile performs live in NPR's Studio 4A.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

What is it about Brandi Carlile's voice that gets right inside you? The power? Her range? It may be the way she can crack open a note, as she does in her best-known song, "The Story," which was prominently featured on Grey's Anatomy.

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2:11pm

Tue May 29, 2012
Music Interviews

Why 'Edelweiss' Makes Audra McDonald Think Of Home

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 12:32 pm

Audra McDonald is nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess. She tells All Things Considered about the song that started her on her theater journey.
Michael Wilson

A shelf stacked with LPs, a cassette played over and over on a family road trip, a song a parent always sang when vacuuming — these are ingredients of musical memories from childhood.

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4:33am

Sun May 27, 2012
Music Interviews

Canadian Brass: Spiking The Recital With Humor

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 6:55 am

"Given that we were brass players when we started out, we had a very tall hill to climb just to get people interested in our music," says Canadian Brass founding member Chuck Daellenbach (center).
Bo Huang Courtesy of the artist

When the Canadian Brass came to NPR for a Tiny Desk Concert, the group kicked off the show with a piece its members say has been central to its repertoire for more than 40 years. It's a transcription of an organ work, Johann Sebastian Bach's "Little" Fugue in G Minor.

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4:33am

Sun May 27, 2012
Music Interviews

Deep In The Desert, Monks Make Transcendent Music

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 6:55 am

The monks of The Monastery of Christ in the Desert, on the grounds in Abiquiu, N.M.
Sergio Salvador Courtesy of the artist

If you drive about an hour and a half north of Santa Fe, N.M., into a place called the Chama Canyon, you might hear the clanging of church bells in the distance. The Monastery of Christ in the Desert was founded there in 1964 and is home to a community of Benedictine monks. They spend their days in prayer, work, meditation — and music.

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1:28pm

Sat May 26, 2012
Music Interviews

The Lumineers: Chasing Big Dreams Out West

Originally published on Sat May 26, 2012 4:44 pm

The Denver folk ensemble The Lumineers has released its self-titled debut album. From left: Wes Schultz, Neyla Pekarek and Jeremiah Fraites.
Hayley Young Courtesy of the artist

The Denver folk group The Lumineers was founded in 2002 by Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, who grew up together in the New Jersey suburb of Ramsey. In its early days, the band had its sights on nearby New York as the gateway to success.

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