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Folk banjo player Nora Brown

From Brooklyn, 10th Grader Nora Brown Channels Appalachia For A Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Thirty feet below the surface in Brooklyn, 10th grader Nora Brown brings incredible, surprising depth to the Appalachian music she plays. Over the course of her Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST concert, surrounded by innumerable globes and instruments, she infuses new life and energy into the traditional songs of Addie Graham, Virgil Anderson and Fred Cockerham. Continue Reading From Brooklyn, 10th Grader Nora Brown Channels Appalachia For A Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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Composer Osvaldo Golijov (second from right) and three of his colleagues on Falling Out of Time: vocalists Wu Tong, Nora Fischer and Biella da Costa. CREDIT: David O'Connor/Courtesy of the artists

What Is The Sound Of Grief? Composer Osvaldo Golijov Puts It To Music

Osvaldo Golijov is a MacArthur “genius” composer who’s written for Yo-Yo Ma, Kronos Quartet and soprano Dawn Upshaw. But in 2012, he was accused of plagiarism, and he disappeared from the scene. Only now, nearly a decade later, is Golijov reemerging — with a work that could not have a more timely subject: it’s a meditation on grieving and loss. Continue Reading What Is The Sound Of Grief? Composer Osvaldo Golijov Puts It To Music

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Music journalist Betto Arcos gathers his favorite reports from prolific career in Music Stories from the Cosmic Barrio. Erik Esparza/Courtesy of the author

Betto Arcos Shares The Power Of Community In ‘Music Stories From The Cosmic Barrio’

For over a decade, arts journalist Betto Arcos has been a familiar voice to public radio listeners, bringing them the sounds of the world — be it from a samba school in Rio or an amphitheater in Colombia, profiling artists who play unusual instruments or create cross-cultural mashups. More than 140 of those reports are collected in his new book, Music Stories from the Cosmic Barrio. Continue Reading Betto Arcos Shares The Power Of Community In ‘Music Stories From The Cosmic Barrio’

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Baritone Will Liverman's upcoming album is devoted to Black composers past and present. CREDIT: Cedille records

NPR’s Classical Music Editor Previews 2 Albums You’ll Want To Hear

In 2021, I’m looking forward to, fingers crossed, live music. I really miss the roar of a symphony orchestra in concert or a soaring soprano on the opera stage. But artists are still making albums, even in lockdown, like British composer Max Richter. His upcoming album is a follow-up to last year’s Voices. This new one is Voices, Part 2 which will be released in April. Continue Reading NPR’s Classical Music Editor Previews 2 Albums You’ll Want To Hear

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