Live Music http://wnpr.org en Conversations With "Democracy Now!" Host Amy Goodman and Guitarist Yovianna García http://wnpr.org/post/conversations-democracy-now-host-amy-goodman-and-guitarist-yovianna-garc <p>Amy Goodman’s radio, TV, and Web program<em> Democracy Now!</em> has a wide following among people who think the mainstream media doesn’t let us hear enough voices from those who protest against powerful interests. This week, she visits the Mark Twain House and Museum to discuss her new book <em>The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance and Hope</em>.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This hour, we preview that event, with a conversation about the state of the news media today.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We also listen back to a conversation with a Hartford-based guitarist who celebrates the music of her home country, Puerto Rico, while also exploring the classical repertoire.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 25614 at http://wnpr.org Conversations With "Democracy Now!" Host Amy Goodman and Guitarist Yovianna García Juvenile Sentencing; Women in Politics; Guitarist Yovianna García http://wnpr.org/post/juvenile-sentencing-women-politics-guitarist-yovianna-garc <p>Each year, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center honors people whose writing advances social justice and inspires action. This year, the two winners of the Student Stowe Prize crafted essays on two issues that are very important in 2014.</p><p>Madeline Sachs, a high school student from Chicago, <a href="http://harrietbeecherstowe.org/worxcms_files/Submission.pdf" target="_blank">spoke on the inequity of juvenile sentencing standards</a>, an issue that’s important as Connecticut lawmakers grapple with -- and still fail to implement -- a new law to come into compliance with a Supreme Court ruling on the issue. We hear some of her presentation and talk with a civil rights lawyer.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 23978 at http://wnpr.org Juvenile Sentencing; Women in Politics; Guitarist Yovianna García A Salute to Banjos! http://wnpr.org/post/salute-banjos-0 <p>Maybe you think of the banjo as primarily a bluegrass instrument, but try not to forget that prior to about 1830, it was played pretty much exclusively by African-Americans, and it seems to have as ancestors several African instruments.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 23856 at http://wnpr.org A Salute to Banjos! Live from the International Festival of Arts and Ideas http://wnpr.org/post/live-international-festival-arts-and-ideas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today we make our annual trip to one of our favorite shows each year - broadcast live from the </span><a href="http://artidea.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">International Festival of Arts and Ideas</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> -- a fifteen-day celebration of arts and creativity in downtown New Haven. Each year, the festival fills the city with live music, theater, film, lectures, tours, and conversation.</span></p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 23715 at http://wnpr.org Live from the International Festival of Arts and Ideas Kerri Powers and Quiet Life: Music With a Sense Of Place http://wnpr.org/post/kerri-powers-and-quiet-life-music-sense-place <p>Our show is, as much as anything, about a sense of place, and about things that matter to people who live here.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">When we talk to artists and musicians, we want to know about the places that influence them. This hour, we have two conversations that are firmly planted with Connecticut roots.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.kerripowers.com/" target="_blank">Kerri Powers</a>&nbsp;is a singer-songwriter who grew up in Massachusetts, even though her voice might read “West Texas.” She lives in suburban Connecticut now, but the songs on her new self-titled record might well fit in a small southern bar. This weekend, she’s performing at the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hartfolk-Festival/474104029319899" target="_blank">Hartfolk&nbsp;Festival</a> at the <a href="http://www.usj.edu/arts/carol-autorino-center-arts-humanities/annual-festivals/folk-festival/" target="_blank">University of St. Joseph</a>&nbsp;- we hear her music and get a preview.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 22712 at http://wnpr.org Kerri Powers and Quiet Life: Music With a Sense Of Place West End Blend Is the Soundtrack to Your Party http://wnpr.org/post/west-end-blend-soundtrack-your-party <p>Have you heard of West End Blend? You should.</p><p>Hartford may not be known for its funk, but nobody told this 14-piece band. Horns? Check. Rap? Got it. Hearty, soulful vocals? Yup. Toe-tapping beats? Of course.</p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 14:27:41 +0000 John Dankosky & Tucker Ives 21535 at http://wnpr.org West End Blend Is the Soundtrack to Your Party West End Blend Brings the Party; Local Professor Monitors Ukrainian Elections In Person http://wnpr.org/post/west-end-blend-brings-party-local-professor-monitors-ukrainian-elections-person <p>When you’re right in front of <a href="https://www.facebook.com/WestEndBlend" target="_blank">West End Blend</a>,&nbsp;it’s hard to not be physically blown away by their powerful sound and deep grooves. The band is about to put out an EP that they hope will capture at least some of the live energy of their stage performances. We hear a special concert and conversation with West End Blend recorded at the <a href="http://www.telefunken-elektroakustik.com/" target="_blank">TELEFUNKEN</a> factory and studio in South Windsor.</p><p>We also talk to a local professor, just days before he leaves for Ukraine to be an elections monitor in their upcoming, very controversial vote.</p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 21498 at http://wnpr.org West End Blend Brings the Party; Local Professor Monitors Ukrainian Elections In Person Quilt: Tiny Desk Concert http://wnpr.org/post/quilt-tiny-desk-concert It's right there in the band's name, but the music of Quilt is truly a tapestry. Its songs are made of small bits of verses and choruses that, heard individually, may not seem to fit. But in the hands and voices of this band, they stitch together beautifully. Interweaving harmonies and guitar lines from Anna Fox Rochinski and Shane Butler set the tone for these tunes — soft and benevolent, dreamy and quivering, with poetry that's thoughtful and playful. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 14:31:32 +0000 Bob Boilen 20849 at http://wnpr.org Quilt: Tiny Desk Concert The Sea, The Sea Shares a Brand New Song http://wnpr.org/post/sea-sea-shares-brand-new-song <p>Singer-songwriter <a href="http://theseathesea.com/" target="_blank">duo Chuck e. Costa and Mira Stanley of The Sea, The Sea</a> visited WNPR recently and played a brand-new song not available on their brand new debut album, <em>Love We Are We Love</em>. It's called "Let It Be Said," and you can listen to it below <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/sea-sea-and-sea" target="_blank">from their recording session for WNPR's&nbsp;<em>Where We Live</em></a>.</p><p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:11:01 +0000 Heather Brandon 20778 at http://wnpr.org The Sea, The Sea Shares a Brand New Song The Sea, The Sea (and The Sea) http://wnpr.org/post/sea-sea-and-sea <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s time for the next installment in our new series featuring local artists and musicians. This hour, we hear from folk-pop duo Chuck Costa and Mira Stanley of The Sea, The Sea. Their debut album, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Love We Are We Love</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, dropped earlier this year. Both recently stopped by our studio to talk about and perform some of their new songs.</span></p><p>Later, we hear a tale from the sea. Kate Moore served as Keeper of Bridgeport’s Fayerweather Lighthouse for most of the 19th century. A Bridgeport historian and Coast Guard Ensign will tell us about her heroic and inspiring devotion to Long Island Sound’s busy seaway.</p><p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Catie Talarski & Tucker Ives 20737 at http://wnpr.org The Sea, The Sea (and The Sea) A "Love Theme" for Where We Live http://wnpr.org/post/love-theme-where-we-live <p>Last month, Hartford’s very own Asylum Quartet <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/remembering-irelands-great-hunger-asylum-saxophone-quartet">visited</a> WNPR's&nbsp;<em>Where We Live</em> to talk about and perform some music.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:01:36 +0000 Lydia Brown 20373 at http://wnpr.org A "Love Theme" for Where We Live Life With Cerebral Palsy; Asylum Saxophone Quartet http://wnpr.org/post/life-cerebral-palsy-asylum-saxophone-quartet <p>Photographer Chris Capozziello has been photographing his twin brother Nick for years. Despite being twins, there was a major difference between these two: Nick was born with cerebral palsy; Chris was not.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The photography of both brothers’ is featured in the book&nbsp;</span><a href="http://chriscappy.com/distance-between-us-book.php" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>The Distance Between Us</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The story it tells is about how both&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Capozziellos</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;are living and coping with Nick’s condition. Both join us to talk about their project.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 20320 at http://wnpr.org Life With Cerebral Palsy; Asylum Saxophone Quartet Rodrigo y Gabriela, 'The Russian Messenger' http://wnpr.org/post/rodrigo-y-gabriela-russian-messenger <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dN91dhERgA</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:26:35 +0000 Robin Hilton 20307 at http://wnpr.org Rodrigo y Gabriela, 'The Russian Messenger' Jake Shimabukuro and Friends Show How Uke'n Play Ukulele http://wnpr.org/post/jake-shimabukuro-and-friends-show-how-uken-play-ukulele <p>The ukulele was not always obscure. Two of the biggest stars of the 20th century used them as their principal instruments. One is a name you probably don't know, but George Formby was a enormous sensation in Great Britain on stage and in movies in the 1920s and '30s. He specialized in playing a banjo-shaped ukulele, and he trafficked in comical, mischievous songs full of double entendres.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:36:00 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 20237 at http://wnpr.org Jake Shimabukuro and Friends Show How Uke'n Play Ukulele The Both: Tiny Desk Concert http://wnpr.org/post/both-tiny-desk-concert Singer-songwriters <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14962491/aimee-mann">Aimee Mann</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14955750/ted-leo">Ted Leo</a> are often at opposite ends of the volume knob. But what started as separate sets during a mutual tour, then a few walk-ons during Leo's solo set, is now an adventure in collaboration and mutual songwriting — and the birth of The Both. Months after this Tiny Desk Concert, which we recorded in February, there's <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/06/297716051/first-listen-the-both-the-both">an album</a>. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:36:48 +0000 Bob Boilen 19720 at http://wnpr.org The Both: Tiny Desk Concert The Haden Triplets: Tiny Desk Concert http://wnpr.org/post/haden-triplets-tiny-desk-concert Petra, Rachel and Tanya Haden are three sisters in love with the art of singing. Born in 1971 to a famous musical father (Charlie Haden is a world-class upright jazz bassist), they've separately taken on vastly different music projects. You may have heard Petra with The Decemberists or tackling the music of The Who a cappella. Tanya plays in Let's Go Sailing, while Rachel sometimes turns up with The Rentals and other projects.<p>Together, they have a common love for American country and traditional songs, and that's what brought me to them and them to the Tiny Desk. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:31:21 +0000 Bob Boilen 19376 at http://wnpr.org The Haden Triplets: Tiny Desk Concert Remembering Ireland's Great Hunger; Asylum Saxophone Quartet http://wnpr.org/post/remembering-irelands-great-hunger-asylum-saxophone-quartet <div>This week, we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, even if we aren’t Irish.<p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But sadly, this holiday meant to celebrate a heritage doesn’t really go too much deeper than green beer and shamrocks in the public consciousness.</span></p></div><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Catie Talarski, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & John Dankosky 18681 at http://wnpr.org Remembering Ireland's Great Hunger; Asylum Saxophone Quartet A Salute to Irish Music with Martin Hayes http://wnpr.org/post/salute-irish-music-martin-hayes <p>The musician Christy Moore said Ireland could never have the equivalent of a folk revival because it never let its traditions lapse. And that's very true. The are probably other places in the world as deeply attached to their traditional music, but I don't know where they are. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:21:24 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 18684 at http://wnpr.org A Salute to Irish Music with Martin Hayes New Releases From Goodnight Blue Moon and Daphne Lee Martin http://wnpr.org/post/new-releases-goodnight-blue-moon-and-daphne-lee-martin-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This hour, we check back in with two musical acts that we’ve featured on the program before. </span><a href="http://goodnightbluemoon.com/home" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="new">Goodnight Blue Moon</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">’s Elm City roots are evident in their music. Their new EP, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">A Girl I Never Met</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, features a song that’s based on a poem found in a Fair Haven history book. Goodnight Blue Moon join us in studio to talk about the new release and to play some music.</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 17315 at http://wnpr.org New Releases From Goodnight Blue Moon and Daphne Lee Martin When We First Met "Baby" http://wnpr.org/post/when-we-first-met-baby <p>"This song is about unrequited love - loving someone that just won't be able to give it back to you," said <a href="http://goodnightbluemoon.com/">Goodnight Blue Moon's</a> Erik Elligers. He's talking about a song off his band's new EP&nbsp;<a href="http://goodnightbluemoon.com/a-girl-i-never-met"><em>A Girl I Never Met&nbsp;</em></a>called "Baby"&nbsp;and it's a song that has special meaning for us at WNPR.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:23:43 +0000 Tucker Ives 16269 at http://wnpr.org When We First Met "Baby" New Releases From Goodnight Blue Moon and Daphne Lee Martin http://wnpr.org/post/new-releases-goodnight-blue-moon-and-daphne-lee-martin <p>This hour, we check back in with two musical acts that we’ve featured on the program before. <a href="http://goodnightbluemoon.com/home">Goodnight Blue Moon</a>’s Elm City roots are evident in their music. Their new EP is called, <em>A Girl I Never Met</em>&nbsp;and it features a song that’s based on a poem found in a Fair Haven history book. Goodnight Blue Moon join us in-studio to talk about the new release and to play some music.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We're also be joined by another Connecticut musician: </span><a href="http://daphneleemartin.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Daphne Lee Martin.</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Her upcoming album </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Frost </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is a follow-up to last year’s </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Moxie,&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">which we featured on the show last year. Daphne joins us to talk about </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Frost</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and to catch up on her success since she last joined us.</span></p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Tucker Ives, John Dankosky, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 16222 at http://wnpr.org New Releases From Goodnight Blue Moon and Daphne Lee Martin Watkinson Extended Play: Using Music as Medicine http://wnpr.org/post/watkinson-extended-play-using-music-medicine <p>There is nothing particularly new about the idea that music can be a palliative or a distraction from pain or physical discomfort associated with illness. But over the last 25 years or so, we’ve seen a rising tide of interest in some that lies well beyond that -- a frontier where music’s actual therapeutic and even, curative powers can be discovered. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:50:35 +0000 Chion Wolf, Colin McEnroe & Betsy Kaplan 16127 at http://wnpr.org Watkinson Extended Play: Using Music as Medicine The Healing Power of Music: Colin McEnroe at Watkinson School http://wnpr.org/post/healing-power-music-colin-mcenroe-watkinson-school <p>A lot of interconnected things were happening in the 1990s, an oncologist and hematologist&nbsp; named Mitchell Gaynor discovered trough a Tibetan monk, the so-called singing bowls and began incorporating them into the guided meditation and breathing work he did with his patients. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:45:06 +0000 Chion Wolf, Colin McEnroe & Betsy Kaplan 16110 at http://wnpr.org The Healing Power of Music: Colin McEnroe at Watkinson School VIDEO: Violent Mae Performs Live in WNPR's Studios http://wnpr.org/post/video-violent-mae-performs-live-wnprs-studios <p>Even though they just released their debut, self-titled album, <a href="http://www.violentmae.com">Violent Mae</a> still had new, unreleased material up their sleeves.</p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:34:41 +0000 Tucker Ives 13663 at http://wnpr.org VIDEO: Violent Mae Performs Live in WNPR's Studios Remembering 12/14/12 With Music http://wnpr.org/post/remembering-121412-music <p>It's been one year since the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School transformed Newtown, Connecticut, the country, and the world. Over the last year, there have been countless musical tributes to the victims.</p><p>This hour, we share some of the music that came out of this tragedy.&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 16:56:55 +0000 Ray Hardman & Tucker Ives 13960 at http://wnpr.org Remembering 12/14/12 With Music Live From WNPR: Violent Mae http://wnpr.org/post/live-wnpr-violent-mae <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The birth of the band Violent Mae may not have been intentional, but the result has been memorable. This duo met on an organic farm in Connecticut and just released their debut album, recorded in Hartford. Violent Mae joins us in-studio for a live concert on&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Where We Live</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 13484 at http://wnpr.org Live From WNPR: Violent Mae The 15-Minute Music Shuffle http://wnpr.org/post/15-minute-music-shuffle <p>Public radio might be best known for shows like <em>Morning Edition, This American Life, Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me and Car Talk</em>, but did you know public radio stations across the country also feature some amazing music?</p><p>Thanks to the World Wide Web, many radio stations and shows put out beautiful videos of musical performances from not only local acts, but big-time national names.</p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15:13:03 +0000 Tucker Ives 13334 at http://wnpr.org The 15-Minute Music Shuffle 'It's Hard To Stay Patient': A Conversation With John Mayer http://wnpr.org/post/its-hard-stay-patient-conversation-john-mayer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15396370/john-mayer" target="_blank">John Mayer</a> has a lot to be thankful for this year, including his return to the stage. A Grammy winner and a multi-platinum seller, Mayer is one of the most successful musicians of the past decade-plus — but a few events in his life have left him uncharacteristically quiet of late. Thu, 28 Nov 2013 21:35:00 +0000 editor 13156 at http://wnpr.org 'It's Hard To Stay Patient': A Conversation With John Mayer Harmonica Heroes Take Over WNPR http://wnpr.org/post/harmonica-heroes-take-over-wnpr <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Are there countries where harmonica players are BIG stars? Why don't more women play it? How many different musical styles can you squeeze out of one of these things? Guests include a lot of the pros: Howard Levy, Don </span>DeStefano<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Chris </span>DePino<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> whose odd career arc has taken him from railroad conductor to chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party to professional harmonica player. Also, </span>Wolfie<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> gets an on-air harmonica lesson from these gods of the harp.</span></p><p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:45:28 +0000 Chion Wolf 12600 at http://wnpr.org Harmonica Heroes Take Over WNPR Little Ugly: Live Performance Video http://wnpr.org/post/little-ugly-live-performance-video <p>Little Ugly <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/little-ugly-live-wnpr">performed live on WNPR's&nbsp;<em>Where We Live</em></a>&nbsp;from our pop-up radio storefront. If you couldn't make it to our pop-up radio storefront, relive it here.</p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:24:25 +0000 Tucker Ives 12471 at http://wnpr.org Little Ugly: Live Performance Video