Music

Music Interviews
4:09 pm
Sat April 19, 2014

Christine Jensen's Multiple Personalities Expand Her Musical Repertoire

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 5:28 pm

Transcript

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

Christine Jensen says she has multiple personalities. She's a saxophonist, a composer, leader of a jazz group, and more recently, the conductor of an 18-piece jazz orchestra.

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RATH: That requires yet another personality, a businesswoman to make a generally unprofitable venture work.

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All Songs Considered
10:14 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Bob Boilen's Weekly Rainbows

You sent us your soles!
Various for NPR

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:22 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Usman Riaz: Tiny Desk Concert

Usman Riaz performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

This is simply astonishing. Watch twenty seconds and you'll be sucked into the world of Usman Riaz, an immensely talented 23-year-old Pakistani musician who will change your perception of how a guitar can sound and be played. What's more remarkable is that this Berklee College of Music whiz kid learned much of his dazzling guitar technique by watching YouTube videos at 16. He also learned what he calls "parlor tricks," like body percussion and harmonica. But the classically trained pianist also used the Internet to learn how to write and conduct orchestra pieces and make films.

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Author Interviews
7:12 am
Sat April 19, 2014

How A Music Writer Learned Trust Is The Ultimate Backstage Pass

Lisa Robinson interviews a young Michael Jackson at his family's house in Encino, Calif., in October 1972.
Andrew Kent Courtesy of Riverhead Books

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 10:40 am

Lisa Robinson has done just about every kind of music writing there is.

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Studio Sessions
7:12 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Rufus Wainwright Shares Songs, And A Few Stories

Rufus Wainwright joins Wade Goodwyn in NPR's Studio 1 to play a few of his hits.
Mike Beacom NPR

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 10:40 am

Rufus Wainwright creates music that is theatrical, emotional and operatic. Listening to his albums can feel like experiencing a Shakespearean play, with wit, tragedy and heartbreak all side by side.

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