Music

World Cafe
1:31 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Olafur Arnalds On World Cafe

Olafur Arnalds.
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World Cafe's Sense of Place: Iceland guest today is a busy man. Composer and musician Ólafur Arnalds creates beautiful, sweeping neoclassical music, perfect for the soundtracks that have won him high praise. He's been in especially high demand since winning a BAFTA award for his musical contributions to the British TV series Broadchurch.

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World Cafe
1:24 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Bjork On World Cafe

Björk.
Jean-Baptiste Mondino Courtesy of the artist

As part of World Cafe's week-long Sense of Place series, we resurface this 2000 interview with Björk, recorded in conjunction with the release of Selmasongs. At the time, the singer had just starred in the Lars von Trier film Dancer in The Dark, in which she played the character of Selma. The film won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, where Björk also won the award for Best Actress.

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Favorite Sessions
12:42 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

KCRW Presents: Quantic

Quantic stopped by Sonos Studios for a special session with KCRW on June 24.
tigertiger KCRW

Will Holland, better known by his DJ and producer name Quantic, has mastered the art of global citizenship. The U.K. native, one-time Colombian and current New Yorker blends traditional cumbia rhythms with contemporary electronic beats, introducing new sounds to new audiences.

At an intimate gathering at Sonos Studio in Hollywood, Quantic recently performed songs from his most recent album, Magnetica -- including the song heard here, "Duvido."

Music Interviews
12:41 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Shared Musical Traditions Of Russia And Iran In 'East Of Melancholy'

Kamangar uses classical music to bridge the gap between Russia and Iran.
Lisa-Marie Mazzuco

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 1:41 pm

Classical pianist and composer Tara Kamangar's new album, East of Melancholy, guides us along the border between Iran and Russia.

The two countries share a 1,200 mile border as well as a rich cultural history in the area of the Caspian Sea and the Caucasus mountains dating back to 4000 BC.

In both countries, music has been a passion and articulation of identity.

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Music
11:55 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Every Composer Needs A Great Storyteller

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 9:39 am

The legendary German conductor Otto Klemperer was one of the most profound musicians of the 20th Century. In the 1960s, nearing the end of his career, he overcame many physical handicaps to create an astonishing body of recorded classical music. EMI has just reissued a broad spectrum of his recordings, including a box set of one of the composers he's most associated with: Gustav Mahler. Fresh Air classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz has a review of Mahler: Symphonies 2, 4, 7 & 9 / Das Lied von der Erde.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
11:01 am
Wed July 16, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: Global Gathering

Circumnavigate the world of Celtic music with an Afro-Balkan-Latin-Urban-Country-Celtic fusion hour: This week's episode of The Thistle & Shamrock features Eileen Ivers, Sharon Shannon, Afro Celt Sound System and more.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

All Songs TV
6:03 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Novo Amor & Ed Tullett, 'Faux'

Novo Amor & Ed Tullett
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Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 12:37 pm

This slow-building love story is sketched out with tender falsetto touched by electronics and guitar. Novo Amor is the moniker of Welsh singer Ali Lacey; Ed Tullett is an English electronic artist. "Faux" by Novo Amor & Ed Tullett is for sale here.

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Deceptive Cadence
6:03 am
Wed July 16, 2014

How The 3 Tenors Sang The Hits And Changed The Game

Placido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, with conductor Zubin Mehta.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 11:00 am

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Metropolis
2:55 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

The Metropolis Interview: Chris Malinchak

Chris Malinchak.
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Brooklyn-based DJ and producer Chris Malinchak broke into house music with his 2013 hit "So Good to Me." In this interview with Metropolis' Jason Bentley, Malinchak describes how the song was created and what it's meant to his career. They also chat about his follow-up success with "Stranger" and where the young DJ might go from here.

Malinchak also brings an exclusive mix of his own edits and remixes, which is linked on this page.

Metropolis
2:50 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Guest DJ: Chris Malinchak

Chris Malinchak.
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On this week's episode of Metropolis, DJ and producer Chris Malinchak brings an exclusive 30-minute mix of his own material. His interview with host Jason Bentley can be found at the link on this page.

Copyright 2014 KCRW-FM. To see more, visit http://www.kcrw.com.

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