Music can be a beautiful conversation — rarely is that more evident than in this Tiny Desk Concert performance with the father-son duo of Pedro Soler and Gaspar Claus. Soler plays a delicate, intimate version of flamenco guitar, while his son turns the cello into an exquisitely expressive voice. Though 45 years separate them, pay attention to how they communicate. Music as a living language, and an invisible emotional exchange, is clearly apparent in these improvisational compositions.
Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:01 pm
In a recent Huffington Post submission, pianist and composer Kurt Ellenberger writes about what he calls "the education fallacy": the premise that an increase in music education will lead to increased audiences. He's writing here about classical music, but draws a parallel with jazz:
Award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson is best known for her role on Law & Order as Lt. Anita Van Buren. She spoke to Tell Me More earlier this year about hosting Finding Our Own, a program spotlighting the cases of missing people of color. For the series, "In Your Ear," Merkerson shares the music that inspires her.
Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 12:25 pm
Martin Sexton makes his fourth appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College. Playing solo and acoustic, Sexton's rhythmic, fingerstyle guitar playing, matched with his elastic vocals, can make it seem as if he's backed by a full band.
Grooves are important to John Talabot — they're pivotal. That's the case with most dance-music producers, but there's something especially sleek about the Spanish producer's debut album, ƒIN.
"Destiny" presents an aesthetic that would work well in heavy rotation at the world's most extravagant fashion shows: The tempo ought to fall perfectly in sync with the bolt strut of a highly paid runway model. It could just be subconscious catering to the world of couture, but nothing about the music Talbot produces seems likely to go out of style.