The Young Ethio Jazz Band consists of teenagers who rock out to their parents' music. The Oakland-based band played its first gig in San Francisco, now they're slated to play at Yoshi's (a famous San Francisco jazz club) and the Ethiopian Heritage Festival at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The World's Sam Harnett talks with the band, all second-generation Ethiopians between 11 and 16-years old.
Metropolitan Opera star Licia Albanese celebrates her 100th birthday today. "Only God makes a diva," she told the San Francisco Chronicle in 2004. "No, just call me a plain singer with lots of expression."
NPR Music invites you to listen to the Newport Jazz Festival, August 3-4, 2013. Click here for a complete listing of this year's performers, along with archives of past festivals. And tune-in to 90.1 every evening at 8p MT for a mix of jazz music brought to you by KUER's jazz hosts.
Pitchfork is the music website often credited with launching the careers of indie rock bands like Arcade Fire and Vampire Weekend. And while making some names big, they've stayed pretty successful as well -- pulling in more than 1 million unique visitors a month. Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal talks with Pitchfork CEO Ryan Schreiber.
NPR's All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen talks with KUER's Doug Fabrizio about his favorite music of 2013, including new albums from some influential 90s bands (Superchunk, Pixies). Listen to the show here, or tune-in tonight at 7 p.m. MT for the rebroadcast.
Researchers at the University of Gothenburg studied the heart rates of high school choir members as they sang. Their findings, published this week in Frontiers in Neuroscience, confirm that choir music has calming effects on the heart. Anna Haensch reports for NPR.
One band is on the East Coast, another on the West. Both give performances that celebrate America. Jazzset's Rhonda Hamilton introduces this unique pairing. Check out the performance, recorded live at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Although Mozart never traveled to America, his violin and viola recently did. Listen to the full concert and check out video excerpts from the performance featuring Mozart's instruments (produced by WGBH).
Hailing from Mexico City, guitarists Rodrigo y Gabriela moved to Ireland and grew a cult following playing the streets of Dublin. Blending metal, jazz and global music influences - Rodrigo y Gabriela are known for packing a fiery punch during their live shows. They'll hit Red Butte Garden's amphitheater on July 12, 2013 as part of the garden's outdoor concert series.
Dubbed by NPR as "storytelling with a beat," KUER welcomes Snap Judgment to our Saturday morning line-up. Hosted by Glynn Washington, the show features real stories from real people - with an awesome soundtrack. Click here for details on music featured in each show, and check out Snap Judgment's debut on Saturday, July 6th at 11 a.m. on 90.1.
As you make vacation plans, there are a variety of classical music festivals to consider as your destination point this summer. NPR has compiled a list of festivals throughout the country, including Utah's own Moab Music Festival (August 29 to September 9, 2013).
Fresh Air's jazz music critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the new album by 23-year-old jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant, winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk vocal competition. Salvant's debut album, WomanChild, is making a big splash.
Bust out your mobile device and prepare to be entertained 24/7 with these music streams curated by NPR Music. Classical, global beats, jazz, Latin, Celtic, indie, new music...itching for some American roots? There's a stream for that!
A Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keillor swings by Salt Lake City this summer for his Radio Romance Tour. Garrison's bringing his friends from Lake Wobegon, including The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. Singer/songwriter Aoife O'Donovan is the musical guest - she plays "Red & White & Blue & Gold" here for Folk Alley.
As Turks continue to debate whether their country belongs to the west or east, western-based classical music falls into a grey area. Matthew Brunwasser reports for The World on a Turkish school that's made investments to popularize the genre.