By some measures, China is now the world's largest economy. It's also a gigantic market for American brands, from Hollywood blockbusters to KFC and Pizza Hut. But one Chinese conductor, Long Yu, would like these cultures to hear each other a little more clearly. He's launching a new project to do just that, and it's starting tonight with the New York Philharmonic.
All this week, World Cafe is taking a look at Los Angeles as part of its Sense Of Place series. For World Cafe: Next, Kevin Bronson of the website Buzzbands.la calls attention to the band Dorothy, which he describes as "old-school rock without the clichés." Hear and download two of its songs on this page.
With her huge voice and an assist from talented trombonist Daniel Walter Eaton, Zola Jesus presented a curious combination at the Tiny Desk — a combination I hardly ever encounter. Having seen her mostly with a big and powerful band, I wondered if this configuration would work. But it was magic, with the trombone poignantly complementing her mellifluous voice and stark personal words.