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"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...
This week?s podcast celebrates the great Louis Armstrong, who was born 110 years ago today. Our guide to his career is the award-winning jazz critic (and Armstrong biographer) Gary Giddins. Giddins is second to none in his admiration of Armstrong; he believes that Armstrong is the single most...
Sondra Radvanovsky. Image courtesy of Ms. Radvanovsky "Singing really is my drug of choice!" --- Sondra Radvanovsky According to Illinois native Sondra Radvanovsky , she fell in love with music thanks to a timely purchase by her mother of a Karen Carpenter record. Music is still...
Washington, DC Gabriel Ayala, at work. Photo by Marty Haviik. As noted on his website , "Gabriel Ayala is at the forefront of a new generation of Native Americans making a career performing classical music." Ayala is deeply passionate about music and, in particular, the classical guitar...
Washington, DC Compiled by Victoria Hutter Dave Liebman (foreground) swings at the 2011 Jazz Masters Ceremony and Concert. Photo by Frank Stewart This morning, the NEA's new class of Lifetime Honors recipients was announced. As we congratulate our new honorees, we thought we'd also take a...
Washington, DC This week's podcast is a conversation with 2010 National Heritage fellow, fiddler Jim ?Texas Shorty? Chancellor. Jim is one of the great Texas fiddlers. What puts the "Texas" in Texas fiddle? According to Jim, Texas fiddling takes old, simple tunes and embellishes them...

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