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"I don't consider myself an innovator but I do consider myself a collector, a remixer, and a presenter." Shawnee, Oklahoma native Samantha Crain has been described by no less than Rolling Stone magazine as having a voice that's "gorgeously odd---all fulsome, shape-shifting...
Margaret Martin. Photo courtesy of the Harmony Project "Art, when alive and well within a society, is the creative force that drives innovation and effective solutions to social problems." What happens when you mix a little kid playing Brahms with Los Angeles gangbangers? Well, if you...
This week's podcast is a conversation with 2003 Jazz Master Jimmy Heath . Heath is a triple threat: a great saxophonist, a dynamic composer, and an innovative arranger. During his career, he has performed on more than 100 record albums, including seven with The Heath Brothers and 12 as a band...
NACAP student composers from Chinle High School work out their compositions with composer-in-resident Raven Chacon. Photo courtesy of Grand Canyon Music Fest Today at the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama presented a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award to the Grand Canyon Music...
Aaron Dworkin. Photo by Mike Mouradian "Every challenge is an opportunity for artistic creativity...." --- Aaron Dworkin This past August, Aaron Dworkin was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the newest member of the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body to the NEA. An accomplished...
Simon Shaheen. Photo by Tom Pich This week’s podcast , is a conversation with 1994 NEA National Heritage Fellow Simon Shaheen , possibly the greatest Arab musician of his generation. A virtuoso on both the violin and the oud, Simon is a creative force who moves effortlessly from traditional...
This week's podcast is a conversation with 2011 National Heritage Fellow Led Kaapana , who is master of two instruments: the slack key guitar and the ukulele. He also possesses an extraordinary voice that can range from a soaring baritone to a yearning falsetto. Kaapana has been a renowned...
In this week's podcast, Wesley Stace talks about his dual career as a musician and an author. Performing under the stage name John Wesley Harding, he has released some 15 albums. But when he turned his hand to literature, he published under his real name, Wesley Stace. In his third and most...
"You are the music while the music lasts"-- T.S. Eliot by flickr user Chovee When the NEA released results from its 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts , the numbers on jazz got plenty of attention. From trade journals to the popular press, reporters latched on to the decline...
This week's podcast introduces us to two of the 2011 National Heritage Fellows: Roy and PJ Hirabayashi , the founders of San Jose Taiko. The couple combines the traditional rhythms of Japanese drumming with musical and cultural influences from around the world. San Jose Taiko merges music with...

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