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"I think that the role of an artist is not just to perform, but it's to convey something to bring communities together.' --- Laurie Rubin Mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin has been blind since birth. While her disability has at times proved challenging in her chosen profession, it hasn't...
In this week's podcast, we meet an indie favorite: singer, songwriter, and now author, Josh Ritter. He is the balladeer of the 21st century, creating intricately constructed folk songs with a modern sensibility. Because he is a musical storyteller with songs that sing like short stories, it was...
October 18. 2012 Irvin Mayfield takes a solo during his gig with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Photo by Josh Goleman, courtesy of New Orleans Jazz Orchestra In what may have been a first for the NEA, earlier this month, National Council on the Arts members Irvin Mayfield and...
In this week's podcast, Clive Gillinson talks about the changes he helped bring to Carnegie Hall. In 2005, Gillinson came to Carnegie Hall from the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), where he had first been a cellist before moving to the position of managing director. Under his leadership, the...
In this week's podcast , we visit with two members of the Paschall Brothers , who are 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellows. For 31 years, the Paschall Brothers have been singing the a cappella gospel music of Tidewater Virginia. The group's four-part harmony owes much to its founder,...
Rehearsal for Fallujah . From l-r: Willy Miles-Grenzberg as "Lalo," Nickolas Meyer as "Rocks," Christopher Mayell as "Taylor," and Ken Lavigne as "Philip." Photo by Chad Galloway / Opus 59 Films / City Opera Vancouver When U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant (Ret)...
by Whitney Dail Michael Hearst. Photo by Chris Smith/Photography, courtesy of Michael Hearst/One Ring Zero (Michael Hearst & Joshua Camp). “On a fundamental level, music is science… But for me, they really just happen to be two big interests of mine.” --- Michael Hearst...
Charlie Parker, Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., ca. 1947 by William P. Gottlieb, courtesy of Library of Congress So what makes a good jazz film? Depends on what you mean by a “jazz film.” Jazz seemed to have a great influence on the American filmmaker John Cassavetes’ work, which...
In this week's podcast, we go behind-the-scenes with Capital Bop. Writer Gio Russonello and musician Luke Stewart were used to seeing each another at one or another of Washington, DC's many jazz clubs. The problem was, despite the excellent and varied music performed throughout the city,...
Vijay Iyer. Photo by Hans Speekenbrink "[Art] has to do those things that nothing else can do. It has to take us to places where nothing else can take us. It has to connect us in ways that nothing else can." -- Vijay Iyer Grammy-nominated musician Vijay Iyer didn't plan to grow up to...

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