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Live performances and conversations in which artists talk about their work, their process, and themselves. Genre-blind but open-eared. Hosted by John Schaefer.

Latest Episodes

The Mighty and Relentless Groove of the Funky, Afrobeat Band Antibalas

The 12-piece plusAfrobeat orchestra known as Antibalas(Spanish for "bulletproof")first made its reputation with hard-hitting, politically charged music in the style of the Nigerian bandleader Fela Kuti.In the more than 20 years that they've been playing together, the Brooklyn collective served as the house band and musical directors for theBroadway showFela!, in addition to being the house band atCarnegie Hall at tribute shows performing the music of Paul Simon (2014), David Byrne and Talking Heads (2015) and Aretha Franklin (2017). The music of Antibalascomes from an adventurous place where one might findhorn-heavy funk, Afro-Cuban music, the loping rhythms of Ethiogroove, Caribbean dance,punk rock,and extra-planetary cosmic jazz all sharing the same playground.For their latest record, Fu Chronicles,Duke Amayo (lead singer, percussionist and composer)and Antibalas founder/baritone saxophonist Martín Perna look back to pre-gentrified Williamsburg, Brooklyn, when Antibalas and Dapto...

33 MIN3 d ago
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The Mighty and Relentless Groove of the Funky, Afrobeat Band Antibalas

Acoustic Storytelling From The Lone Bellow

Brooklyn-born folk-rock outfit The Lone Bellow blends passionate, acoustic-based blues, country, and roots musicinto acoustic Americana with three-part vocal harmonies.That sound can be a very comforting one, but the trio has responded to our turbulent times with their most expansive album yet. With a big sonic palette that acknowledges the darkness but also offers reassurance and togetherness, their brand new album called Half Moon Light might be just what we need right now.The Lone Bellow joins plays songs built around warm, twangy guitar riffs, in-studio.

30 MIN1 w ago
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Acoustic Storytelling From The Lone Bellow

The Wild Ride of Nashville-Based Indie-Rockers The Grahams

New York grown,Nashville-basedcouple Alyssa and DougGraham lead the roots-rock band The Grahams. With their 2013 debut record, they hit the Americana scene, continuing with their 2015 followup, influenced by the couple’s train adventure all over America. And now comes Kids Like Us, written during a wild motorcycle ride along Route 66, at the height of the 2016 election season. The Grahams and their band play guitar-led songs about the desert, heartbreak, rust, and nostalgia, from Kids Like Us, in-studio. Watch the session here:

27 MIN1 w ago
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The Wild Ride of Nashville-Based Indie-Rockers The Grahams

Norwegian Bass Player Sigurd Hole Explores Light and Dark

The Norwegian bass player Sigurd Hole is generally thought of as a jazz musician, and for good reason – he’s played with many of the top players likeTord Gustavsen trio/quartet,Karl Seglem, and Helge Lienon Norway’s thriving jazz scene. But he’s also a composer, and his most recent project is at once both intimate and ambitious. It’s a double LPset called Lys/Mørke, which means Light/Darkness, and it’s essentially a solo bass album. But it was recorded on an Arctic island and those sounds are part of the project as well. Sigurd Hole joins us in-studio to play some of these pieces.

29 MIN2 w ago
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Norwegian Bass Player Sigurd Hole Explores Light and Dark

'Gregorian Country Music' By Guitarist-Songwriter Torres

Mackenzie Scott has made ever-evolving pop throughout the 2010’s as TORRES. Raised in Bible-belt Georgia, she learned to sing and play the guitar in front of the residents of a senior citizens center. Building onher2015 self-described “space cowboy record,”her latest,Silver Tongue, is an album about being in love, and onewhere she embracesboth her love of Gregorian chant and country music (and her inner "redneck alien" - Vinyl Me Please.) The silver-tongued guitarist, songwriter and producer Torres plays some of these new songs, in-studio. Watch the session here:

28 MIN2 w ago
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'Gregorian Country Music' By Guitarist-Songwriter Torres

Survival Music by Post-Punk Power Quartet Algiers

The London/Atlanta band calledAlgiersmakes “churning, electrifying gospel-inflected rock, with singer Franklin James Fisher leading his congregation in songs that take on social injustice, racism, and government corruption” (Schaefer.) Fisher’s ferocious crooning over a whip-tight rhythm section of Ryan Mahan (bass, beat programming and synth constructions) and drummer Matt Tong (ex-Bloc Party), together with guitarist/saxophone player Lee Tesche’s sound-sleeves always leaves more to discover on every listen. The aural layering features synth constructions which drip with gospel-goth menace (“We Can’t Be Found,”) soulful testifying from the mountaintop (“Dispossessed,”) along with straight-up circle pit mosh anthems (“Void.”) The “outspoken” quartet Algiers play powerful and infectious songs from their latest,There Is No Year, in-studio. Set list: Dispossession We Can't Be Found For your circle pit enjoymenthere is aWeb Extra from the in-studio sessionAlgiers - "Void" (...

26 MIN3 w ago
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Survival Music by Post-Punk Power Quartet Algiers

The Eloquent Musical Interplay of the Anat Cohen Tentet

Tel Aviv-born, New York-based Anat Cohen is a multiple Grammy-nominatedclarinetist, composer, and bandleader whose Anat Cohen Tentetranges from chamber-funk to large and sensuous orchestral jazz, from Brazilian music to African grooves, vintage swing to tango, boogaloo to ballads. Their latest album, Triple Helix, has been nominated for a Grammy and is built around a three part clarinet concerto, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall and Chicago’s Symphony Center,and written by Anat’s longtime music director Oded Lev-Ari. The title seems to refer to the three different musical elements – jazz, classical, and world music – that go into the piece. Hear the Anat Cohen Tentet play thethree-movement concerto, “Triple Helix,” in-studio. Triple Helix by Anat Cohen Tentet

47 MIN3 w ago
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The Eloquent Musical Interplay of the Anat Cohen Tentet

Agnes Obel Delights in the Quiet Recesses of the Inner Mind

Berlin-based Danish singer, pianist, and composer Agnes Obel presents her ghostly, beautiful, classical chamber music-informed self-produced art-pop.Listen for luthéal(a kind of mechanism that can make a piano sound like a harp or cimbalom), piano, viola, cello, percussion, and lots of dreamy, ethereal vocals, asking questions about trust and doubt. For the latest record, Myopia, Obel experimented with recording processing, warping and pitching down vocals, melting and twisting the chamber music instruments strings, piano, celesta and lutheal piano – until she found a feeling of home in the soundworld she’d created. Agnes Obel and her band share some of these latest songs, in-studio. - Caryn Havlik Watch the session here: Set List: Won't You Call Me Island of Doom Broken Sleep

31 MINJAN 21
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Agnes Obel Delights in the Quiet Recesses of the Inner Mind

Ethio-Jazzer Meklit Invites Us Into Joy

San Francisco-based Ethio-American singer, composer, songwriter and bandleader Meklit Hadero, is a TED Senior Fellow, National Geographic Explorer, and co-founder of the visionary pan-African Nile Project ensemble. With a sound that merges Addis Ababa, Los Angeles, New Orleans and San Francisco, Meklit’s approach as bandleader sees two percussionists, groovy sax and bass. Singing in both English and Amharic, she delivers Ethio-roots-jazz with a heavy dose of pop and soul that makes bodies move. Meklit and her band play in-studio. - Caryn Havlik Watch the session here: From her TED Talk, "The unexpected beauty of everyday sounds":

32 MINJAN 17
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Ethio-Jazzer Meklit Invites Us Into Joy

Les Amazones d’Afrique Team Up in Music and Power

Les Amazones d’Afrique is a creative collective of women from West and Central Africa, formed in Mali in 2014. At their strongest, they are 16 multi-generational vocalists spanning Africa, Europe and Latin America. The music blends electronic sounds, African traditional sounds, reggae and hip-hop elements together with cool harmonies and grooves, and the Congotronix-style production of legendary producer Doctor L (aka Liam Farrell.) Members of Les Amazones d’Afrique may come from many different countries, but face similar issues in their hometowns: violence against women and young girls, genital mutilation (or “cutting”), forced marriage, and gender equality. Using the ultimate force of music, they stand together for their rights. Les Amazones d’Afrique perform in-studio. -Caryn Havlik Watch the session here:

29 MINJAN 13
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Les Amazones d’Afrique Team Up in Music and Power

Latest Episodes

The Mighty and Relentless Groove of the Funky, Afrobeat Band Antibalas

The 12-piece plusAfrobeat orchestra known as Antibalas(Spanish for "bulletproof")first made its reputation with hard-hitting, politically charged music in the style of the Nigerian bandleader Fela Kuti.In the more than 20 years that they've been playing together, the Brooklyn collective served as the house band and musical directors for theBroadway showFela!, in addition to being the house band atCarnegie Hall at tribute shows performing the music of Paul Simon (2014), David Byrne and Talking Heads (2015) and Aretha Franklin (2017). The music of Antibalascomes from an adventurous place where one might findhorn-heavy funk, Afro-Cuban music, the loping rhythms of Ethiogroove, Caribbean dance,punk rock,and extra-planetary cosmic jazz all sharing the same playground.For their latest record, Fu Chronicles,Duke Amayo (lead singer, percussionist and composer)and Antibalas founder/baritone saxophonist Martín Perna look back to pre-gentrified Williamsburg, Brooklyn, when Antibalas and Dapto...

33 MIN3 d ago
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The Mighty and Relentless Groove of the Funky, Afrobeat Band Antibalas

Acoustic Storytelling From The Lone Bellow

Brooklyn-born folk-rock outfit The Lone Bellow blends passionate, acoustic-based blues, country, and roots musicinto acoustic Americana with three-part vocal harmonies.That sound can be a very comforting one, but the trio has responded to our turbulent times with their most expansive album yet. With a big sonic palette that acknowledges the darkness but also offers reassurance and togetherness, their brand new album called Half Moon Light might be just what we need right now.The Lone Bellow joins plays songs built around warm, twangy guitar riffs, in-studio.

30 MIN1 w ago
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Acoustic Storytelling From The Lone Bellow

The Wild Ride of Nashville-Based Indie-Rockers The Grahams

New York grown,Nashville-basedcouple Alyssa and DougGraham lead the roots-rock band The Grahams. With their 2013 debut record, they hit the Americana scene, continuing with their 2015 followup, influenced by the couple’s train adventure all over America. And now comes Kids Like Us, written during a wild motorcycle ride along Route 66, at the height of the 2016 election season. The Grahams and their band play guitar-led songs about the desert, heartbreak, rust, and nostalgia, from Kids Like Us, in-studio. Watch the session here:

27 MIN1 w ago
Comments
The Wild Ride of Nashville-Based Indie-Rockers The Grahams

Norwegian Bass Player Sigurd Hole Explores Light and Dark

The Norwegian bass player Sigurd Hole is generally thought of as a jazz musician, and for good reason – he’s played with many of the top players likeTord Gustavsen trio/quartet,Karl Seglem, and Helge Lienon Norway’s thriving jazz scene. But he’s also a composer, and his most recent project is at once both intimate and ambitious. It’s a double LPset called Lys/Mørke, which means Light/Darkness, and it’s essentially a solo bass album. But it was recorded on an Arctic island and those sounds are part of the project as well. Sigurd Hole joins us in-studio to play some of these pieces.

29 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Norwegian Bass Player Sigurd Hole Explores Light and Dark

'Gregorian Country Music' By Guitarist-Songwriter Torres

Mackenzie Scott has made ever-evolving pop throughout the 2010’s as TORRES. Raised in Bible-belt Georgia, she learned to sing and play the guitar in front of the residents of a senior citizens center. Building onher2015 self-described “space cowboy record,”her latest,Silver Tongue, is an album about being in love, and onewhere she embracesboth her love of Gregorian chant and country music (and her inner "redneck alien" - Vinyl Me Please.) The silver-tongued guitarist, songwriter and producer Torres plays some of these new songs, in-studio. Watch the session here:

28 MIN2 w ago
Comments
'Gregorian Country Music' By Guitarist-Songwriter Torres

Survival Music by Post-Punk Power Quartet Algiers

The London/Atlanta band calledAlgiersmakes “churning, electrifying gospel-inflected rock, with singer Franklin James Fisher leading his congregation in songs that take on social injustice, racism, and government corruption” (Schaefer.) Fisher’s ferocious crooning over a whip-tight rhythm section of Ryan Mahan (bass, beat programming and synth constructions) and drummer Matt Tong (ex-Bloc Party), together with guitarist/saxophone player Lee Tesche’s sound-sleeves always leaves more to discover on every listen. The aural layering features synth constructions which drip with gospel-goth menace (“We Can’t Be Found,”) soulful testifying from the mountaintop (“Dispossessed,”) along with straight-up circle pit mosh anthems (“Void.”) The “outspoken” quartet Algiers play powerful and infectious songs from their latest,There Is No Year, in-studio. Set list: Dispossession We Can't Be Found For your circle pit enjoymenthere is aWeb Extra from the in-studio sessionAlgiers - "Void" (...

26 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Survival Music by Post-Punk Power Quartet Algiers

The Eloquent Musical Interplay of the Anat Cohen Tentet

Tel Aviv-born, New York-based Anat Cohen is a multiple Grammy-nominatedclarinetist, composer, and bandleader whose Anat Cohen Tentetranges from chamber-funk to large and sensuous orchestral jazz, from Brazilian music to African grooves, vintage swing to tango, boogaloo to ballads. Their latest album, Triple Helix, has been nominated for a Grammy and is built around a three part clarinet concerto, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall and Chicago’s Symphony Center,and written by Anat’s longtime music director Oded Lev-Ari. The title seems to refer to the three different musical elements – jazz, classical, and world music – that go into the piece. Hear the Anat Cohen Tentet play thethree-movement concerto, “Triple Helix,” in-studio. Triple Helix by Anat Cohen Tentet

47 MIN3 w ago
Comments
The Eloquent Musical Interplay of the Anat Cohen Tentet

Agnes Obel Delights in the Quiet Recesses of the Inner Mind

Berlin-based Danish singer, pianist, and composer Agnes Obel presents her ghostly, beautiful, classical chamber music-informed self-produced art-pop.Listen for luthéal(a kind of mechanism that can make a piano sound like a harp or cimbalom), piano, viola, cello, percussion, and lots of dreamy, ethereal vocals, asking questions about trust and doubt. For the latest record, Myopia, Obel experimented with recording processing, warping and pitching down vocals, melting and twisting the chamber music instruments strings, piano, celesta and lutheal piano – until she found a feeling of home in the soundworld she’d created. Agnes Obel and her band share some of these latest songs, in-studio. - Caryn Havlik Watch the session here: Set List: Won't You Call Me Island of Doom Broken Sleep

31 MINJAN 21
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Agnes Obel Delights in the Quiet Recesses of the Inner Mind

Ethio-Jazzer Meklit Invites Us Into Joy

San Francisco-based Ethio-American singer, composer, songwriter and bandleader Meklit Hadero, is a TED Senior Fellow, National Geographic Explorer, and co-founder of the visionary pan-African Nile Project ensemble. With a sound that merges Addis Ababa, Los Angeles, New Orleans and San Francisco, Meklit’s approach as bandleader sees two percussionists, groovy sax and bass. Singing in both English and Amharic, she delivers Ethio-roots-jazz with a heavy dose of pop and soul that makes bodies move. Meklit and her band play in-studio. - Caryn Havlik Watch the session here: From her TED Talk, "The unexpected beauty of everyday sounds":

32 MINJAN 17
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Ethio-Jazzer Meklit Invites Us Into Joy

Les Amazones d’Afrique Team Up in Music and Power

Les Amazones d’Afrique is a creative collective of women from West and Central Africa, formed in Mali in 2014. At their strongest, they are 16 multi-generational vocalists spanning Africa, Europe and Latin America. The music blends electronic sounds, African traditional sounds, reggae and hip-hop elements together with cool harmonies and grooves, and the Congotronix-style production of legendary producer Doctor L (aka Liam Farrell.) Members of Les Amazones d’Afrique may come from many different countries, but face similar issues in their hometowns: violence against women and young girls, genital mutilation (or “cutting”), forced marriage, and gender equality. Using the ultimate force of music, they stand together for their rights. Les Amazones d’Afrique perform in-studio. -Caryn Havlik Watch the session here:

29 MINJAN 13
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Les Amazones d’Afrique Team Up in Music and Power
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