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Mon June 2, 2014
World Cafe

World Cafe Next: Esme Patterson

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 12:55 pm

Esme Patterson.
Courtesy of the artist
  • Hear Two Songs By Esme Patterson

Esme Patterson is a founding member of the Denver folk septet Paper Bird. In 2012, she made her solo debut with All Princes, I, an album of personal songs that she felt didn't fit with the band. This year, Patterson released her second solo record, Woman to Woman. Each track corresponds to a famous song by a male musician about a female character — and is written from the woman's viewpoint instead.

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Mon June 2, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Simone Dinnerstein: Tiny Desk Concert

Simone Dinnerstein performs a Tiny Desk Concert in April 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Almost any pianist, from a budding beginner to a pro like Simone Dinnerstein, 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.

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Mon June 2, 2014

The Silence And Awe Of Arvo Pärt

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 10:54 am

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, creator of contemplative music, photographed in 1990 by influential patron Betty Freeman.
Betty Freeman ECM Records

Arvo Pärt is one of the few living composers to find popularity beyond the borders of classical music. R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and Bjork are big fans.

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Sat May 31, 2014
marc on the blues

Heritage Blues Orchestra Lives Up To Their Name While Still Expanding The Blues

Heritage Blues Orchestra at the Rawa Blues Festival, October 2013
Piotr Drabik Flickr - Creative Commons

New York City-based Heritage Blues Orchestra had the courage to choose a name that carries some responsibility to the genre. They succeed in presenting a variety of traditional and more modern Blues styles while adding a touch of New Orleans, some Jazz and Gospel.

The overall effect is tradition made fresh and new.

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