music

Inland Folk Jam Session
8:59 am
Tue October 14, 2014

How Inland Folk Got Its Theme Song

It's catchy, and can stay with you the whole weekend! Inland Folk has used Good Road as its theme song since 1989! So how did Good Road come to be? Watch the video below to see Dan Maher perform with the song's creator and talk about its origin.

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The Nile Project
9:03 am
Wed September 17, 2014

The Nile Project: Producing Harmony In A Divided Region

A group of Nile Project musicians play together at the Ndere Cultural Centre, Kampala, Uganda in January 2013. Left to right: Dina El Wedidi, Dafaalla El Hag, Lawrence Okello, Kasiva Mutua.
Julie Caine

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 10:32 am

In a quiet park in Kampala, Uganda, 14 musicians from seven East African countries sit together under a tree. They're working on an idea from Ugandan musician Lawrence Okello.

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Deceptive Cadence
5:41 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Getting Kids To Practice Music — Without Tears Or Tantrums

How do you encourage your kid to practice with a smile instead of a scream?
iStock

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 1:45 pm

When friends learn that my nearly six-year-old has been playing violin for three years, their voices shift a bit, especially if they also have a child learning an instrument. Two questions come in quick succession: "Does she like it?" and "How do you get her to practice?" There's a nervous energy to their queries, and usually a little laugh, too. Either they've been struggling with kids who have a hard time practicing, or they recall their own childhood boredom.

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Music Fest Madness
5:18 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Hospital Near The Gorge Hoping For A Mellow Dave Matthews Concert Weekend

Dr. Fernando Dietsch is the ER director at Quincy Valley Medical Center.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

This weekend Dave Matthews returns to the Gorge Amphitheater in central Washington for his annual three-day concert. But it won't be much of a holiday for doctors at a local hospital. The Quincy Valley Medical Center said this summer there's been only a small decline in concert goers coming to the ER.

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NWPR Books
4:03 am
Sat July 12, 2014

History In The Groove: Q&A With Author (And 78 Collector) Amanda Petrusich

Amanda Petrusich and the beginnings of her 78 collection.
Bret Stetka

If you've ever enjoyed the ghostly weird-old-America wail of Robert Johnson, the deep blues of Charley Patton or Skip James' guitar wizardry, you can thank the 78 collecting community — those dedicated (okay, obsessive) folks who hunt down the rare old shellac records that hold so much of our musical past.

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Music + Culture
1:30 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

The Silence And Awe Of Arvo Pärt

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

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 9:54 am

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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Music + Culture
10:33 am
Wed May 28, 2014

What Northwest Public Radio Is Listening To This Summer

Credit Jenni Chaffin photograph with Sueann Ramella graphics

Summer is a time of sunshine, blue skies and green lawns; better weather and easy days. Each summer seems to have its own soundtrack, songs you discover or rediscover that capture the very essence of summer. Northwest Public Radio’s hosts are no strangers to these summer tracks and they want to share their favorites with you! So, without further ado, here are some of NWPR’s favorite classic and current summer hits.

Jessie Jacobs, Classical Music Host

Old-time favorite: George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F

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Pot Concerts
4:53 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Bach on Pot? The Seattle Symphony Says No

The Seattle Symphony says it has no plans to follow the lead of the Colorado Symphony and hold marijuana-friendly concerts.
Credit Rick Gordon / Flickr

The only ones inhaling at Seattle Symphony concerts will be the wind instrument players. The Symphony says it has no plans to follow the lead of the Colorado Symphony and hold marijuana-friendly concerts.

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Keb' Mo'
6:01 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Thom Kokenge Interviews 3 Time Grammy Winner, Keb' Mo'

Keb' Mo'
Credit Shore Fire Media

Thom Kokenge spoke with three-time Grammy winner and visionary roots-music storyteller Keb’ Mo’ about a new chapter in his career with his release of ‘BLUESAmericana’ on Kind of Blue Music. His twelfth full-length album marks the 20th anniversary of his debut ‘Keb’ Mo’,’ but, more important, the disc is a signpost of artistic and personal growth.

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NWPR Books
12:03 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

'Rebel Music': When Hip-Hop Met Islam

Hip hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa at a press conference in 2006. His Zulu Nation group, formed in the 1970s to combat street violence, soon began incorporating Nation of Islam teachings in its rhetoric.
Scott Gries Getty Images

Hisham Aidi's new book is a sort of musical tour around the world. It's called Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture. From hip-hop in Brazilian favelas, to Pakistani punk rock, to Gnawa-reggae in North Africa, it's a look at young urban Muslims and the music they make and listen to.

Speaking with NPR's Rachel Martin, Aidi recalls meeting a French band called 3ème Oeil — "Third Eye" — at a music festival in the Bronx, the birthplace of hip-hop.

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