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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...
Givers. From left to right: Josh LeBlanc, Tiffany Lamson, Taylor Guarisco, Kirby Campbell, and Nick Stephan. Photo courtesy of Givers “ This is the moment that you need to be in.” ---Tiffany Lamson Givers is a band that consists of five friends from Lafayette, Louisiana---the art that...
The innovative and prolific opera director Nic Muni takes center stage in this week's podcast. Muni has served as artistic director for the Tulsa Opera and the Cincinnati Opera. As a freelance stage director, he has directed over 200 productions with companies in North America, Europe, and...
The MojoCats perform at Blue Monday. Photo courtesy of the Illinois Central Blues Club The Midwest has always been a hotbed for the blues. Kansas City. Chicago. St. Louis. But Springfield, Illinois? It’s not exactly the first place that comes to mind when you think of musical meccas. And yet...

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