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Host Ari Shapiro talks with Linda Diaz, the winner of this year’s NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest. Her entry, “Green Tea Ice Cream” is a dreamy R&B song anchored by her skilled and soulful voice. Continue Reading Meet Linda Diaz, The Winner Of NPR’s 2020 Tiny Desk Contest
After collaborating with David Bowie in 2014, the multiple Grammy-winning composer found her artistic process had been recombobulated a bit — much like our ever-more digital world. Continue Reading Composer Maria Schneider Returns, With A Reckoning, On ‘Data Lords’
The beloved pianist was a young lion of his generation until a hand injury forced him to rethink his relationship to music. Continue Reading Leon Fleisher, The Pianist Who Reinvented Himself, Dies At 92
Pianist Yuja Wang, violinist Leonidas Kavakos and several prominent academics have been accused this week of making anti-Black comments. Ensuing debates have been playing out on Twitter and Instagram. Continue Reading Classical Music Tries To Reckon With Racism — On Social Media
Researchers are still digging into the question and sharing their findings decades after the Nazis sacked the homes of Jews during World War II. Continue Reading Where Are The Thousands Of Nazi-Looted Musical Instruments?
The tombstone on Isaac Stern’s grave reads simply “Isaac Stern, Fiddler,” but the violinist was much more than that: He was an educator who mentored generations of musicians, including Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman, and he was an activist who helped save Carnegie Hall from the wrecker’s ball. Continue Reading Legendary Violinist Isaac Stern’s Legacy Lives On After 100 Years