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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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Northwest News
12:04 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Finding a Voice: Choral Singing Groups for Seattle-Area Kids

Credit Northwest Boychoir

Republished from ParentMap.

 

Confidence, focus, a dedication to hard work, even empowerment: Participating in a singing group can helps kids grow in multiple ways.

My first choral experience wasn’t until middle school,” says Kelly Mechling, who grew up to become the choir teacher at Tyee Middle School in the Bellevue School District.

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Music + Culture
10:54 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Journey to the Awards

Competitors for the American Pianists Association $100,000.00 fellowship. Left to right; Eric Zuber, Claire Huangci, Sean Chen, Sara Daneshpour and Andrew Staupe.
Credit John Behringer / APA

Tune in for Journey to the Awards, a series that documents the finals of the yearlong competition, the 2013 ProLiance Energy Classical Fellowship Awards of the American Pianists Association. Monday through Thursday evenings, October 28th through the 31st, you’ll hear performances and behind-the-scenes interviews with the five finalists vying for the $100,000 prize, one of the most lucrative awards available to an American pianist.

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Scary Movie Scores
9:57 am
Tue October 1, 2013

The Scores That Haunt You

A recreation of one of the most iconic scenes in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. The score that accompanied this moment is a staple of classic horror film music.
Credit Rain Rannu / Flickr

With another Halloween approaching, horror, thriller, and supernatural films
come to the fore.  Many of these pictures feature original music by composers
who have the gift for pushing our buttons and sending our pulses racing.

Bernard Herrmann, a frequent collaborator with director Alfred Hitchcock,
helped make history with his searing, astringent score for Psycho (1960).
Violins have never quite seemed the same.  Nor has taking a shower.

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Isamu Jordan Obituary
5:45 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Spokane Poet, Rapper Isamu Jordan Mourned By Friends, Fans

Rajah Bose

Spokane music fans are mourning the death of a hip-hop artist who found an audience across the Northwest. Isamu Jordan was found dead at his home Thursday evening. 

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