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Guitarist and 2018 NEA Jazz Master

Guitarist and 2018 NEA Jazz Master Pat Metheny creates music that challenges easy description: he can play free jazz (as he did with Ornette Coleman in Song X) as well as acoustic guitar and pretty much everything in-between. In this tune-filled podcast, we talk to Pat Metheny about the music he plays, the people he’s played with and making the music you want while making a career in music.

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Film director

The making of the independent film Little Boxes.

Please note: This interview took place before the unexpected death of Nelsan Ellis who stars in the film Little Boxes.

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Singer and musician

Embracing and reinterpreting Ladino  music.

Watch the video Una Noche Al Borde De La Mar.

 

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Award-winning children’s and young adult writer

Opens up worlds of complications and riches.

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Artistic director and founding member of Spiderwoman Theater

Forty years on, the first Native-American women’s theater is still going strong.

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Courtesy of Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen

Documentary filmmakers

Their film Spettacolo  looks at a small Tuscan village where each year life is translated into art.

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Buck dancer and 2017 National Heritage Fellow, Making music with his feet

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Bindlestiff Family Cirkus co-founder, artistic director and performer

Circus arts by way of the East Village performance scene

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Art Critic for NPR’s All Things Considered

Bringing a love of art to the craft of criticism.

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Actress and former member National Council on the Arts

Living a full life on and off the stage.

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Courtesy of The Earl Mosley Institute of the Arts

Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer

The Earl Mosley Institute of the Arts uses dance to create a community of young men

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Creator and Host of the television series Bare Feet

As host of the Emmy Award-winning series, Mickela Mallozzi travels the world learning the traditional dances and music of each place she visits.

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Photos Courtesy of Shirley Road Productions

Documentary Filmmaker and NEA Grantee

Black Ballerina looks at different generations of dancers, but is it the same story?

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Photo by Edwin Remsberg, courtesy of Maryland State Arts Council

2016 National Heritage Fellow and Button Accordionist

Building a community for traditional Irish music.

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Photo by  Joan Marcus

Creator of Hamilton and In the Heights

His life in the theater didn’t begin with Hamilton.

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