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Playlist: Art

Compiled By: Rekha Murthy

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Classical Revolution

From Nathanael Johnson | 05:19

Young classical mucisians jamming in bars are drawing young audiences

Classicalrev_small Classical music companies around the world are working to connect with younger audiences - perhaps they could learn some thing from their younger musicians. All over the country groups of young classical musicians have begun playing in bars - like any other young band trying to make it. The result has been phenomenal - packed bars full of cheering fans. Young people do like old music after all it turns out - you just have to bring it to them - Nathanael Johnson went to check out the people who started this classical revolution, in San Francisco. The group in Montreal is called "Montreal Rennaissance" There are folks doing classical music in bars in Cincinatti, Chicago, New York, Dublin, Berlin, many other places. Classical Revolution taking the forefront of this movement in San Francisco, Portland, and Reno so far."

Musical Instruments of China

From Richard Paul | 09:20

Pipa_small Despite China's long musical history, Chinese orchestras are relatively new. Join scholar Joanna Lee as she guides audiences through the sounds, instruments and structures of the traditional Chinese orchestra.

Embroidery Felon

From Jonathan Mitchell | 05:29

a prison inmate finds redemption in a pair of socks

Default-piece-image-1 Ray Materson was in prison for an armed robbery he committed with a toy gun to support his cocaine habit. He spent the first year of his seven and a half-year prison sentence being mad at the world and angry with himself for what he had done. And then he found a kind of redemption...in a pair of socks. Includes interviews with the artist Ray Materson, and Sanford Smith, the producer of the Outsider Art Show in New York. PLEASE NOTE: I've posted two versions of this piece, one version that runs 3:42, and a longer version that runs 5:28. The short version originally aired on Studio 360 in March, 2003. It has also appeared on the Third Coast Festival website. The long version has not aired.

Carmen Rizzo and Huun Huur Tu: Tuvan throat singers meet an electronic mix-master

From John Diliberto | Part of the Echo Location: Soundings for New Music series | 03:30

Huun Huur Tu is a band from Tuva specializing in the ancient style of harmonic singing that comes from that region. Their music is combined with the electronics and arrangements of Carmen Rizzo, known for his work with Alanis Morrisette, Seal, Grant Lee Phillips and his own electronica recordings. It's a meeting of cultures when they come together.


Bapa Sayan sings in a group called Huun Huur Tu from the Tuvan region of Siberia. They employ a technique called throat singing or overtone singing. Similar to the chanting ofTibetan monks, they can split a sound in their mouth into multiple simultaneous overtones, yielding two or three separate melodies. They’re undertaking an unusual collaboration with the electronics and arrangements of Carmen Rizzo, known for his work with Alanis Morrisette, Seal, Grant Lee Phillips and his own electronica recordings. It's a meeting of cultures when they come together.

It's part of Echo Location: Soundings for New Music, the weekly digest from Echoes host and Peabody Award winning producer John Diliberto, exploring the latest in modern music with quick hitting interviews, music and commentary. Each edition of Echo Location features a beautifully edited music blend, that's combined with John's thoughtful insights and artists's comments to make a sound-rich journey for listeners. Each episode can stand on its own or be scheduled as a weekly or occasional series.

Tristan und Isolde Act 1

From Ed Herrmann | Part of the Wake Up and Hear the Roses series | 03:50

Act 1 of Wagner's opera in three minutes!

Wagner_small Each opera season brings a predicament. Some people feel obliged to attend but really don't want to be there. And for someone who doesn't like opera, there is nothing worse than sitting through Wagner. For those who just can't take it, we present Act 1 of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde in three minutes, plus a summary of the action.

Stenciling Paris

From Sarah Elzas | 03:58

An audio tour of street art

Streetart_small Walk around certain Paris neighborhoods and look on building walls or store gratings, and you'll see spray-painted figures of people or animals, some with words or phrases. This genre of art--mostly stencils, not quite grafitti--came to life in France in the early 1980s. It's now almost institutionalized, with organizations providing backing for new artists each year. Each artist has unique style: provocative women, cute animals, arrows, clever catchphrases--anything to engage with the public. In this piece, writer Lisa Pham gives a tour of the stencil art on the streets of Paris' 5th arrondisment. Along the way we meet various people, including the artist Jef Aerosol.


From Dmae Lo Roberts | 05:07

artist damali ayo's search through paint stores to match paint to her skin tones.

Drayo1_small "Nude" is also the name of a color - that of the pinkish "flesh" crayon, or a shade of women's hosiery. The artist and writer damali ayo decided to create a series of paintings based on a different tone of nude -- her own, un-pink skin. So she visited a series of paint stores, took along her low-fi tape recorder and asked for help from the guys behind the counters. This piece premiered on Studio 360 and is also featured on Hearing Voices.com and Stories1st.org. About damali ayo: damali ayo creates dialogue-driven conceptual art that engages contemporary social issues through the media of assemblage and installation. Through her work, ayo reconceptualizes everyday objects to create a shift in a viewer's perspective on our world and our positions within it. Her work has been shown at galleries all over the country, and has been reviewed by publications such as Artpapers, the Village Voice, Salon.com and the Washington Post. Most recently ayo created a web-art-performance "rent-a-negro.com," which explores the commodification of individuals and the interactions between blacks and whites in society.

Shake it - a modern Polaroid love story

From This Instant Productions | 59:00

A tender look at two modern photo technologies - Polaroid and digital photography - and the human and visual connections we make with them.


Can you hear it? Click, whir, wait, shake - ahhhh! 

Taking a Polaroid picture is a totally sensory experience. But it is more than just the sensation of a snapshot; there is something special and social about seeing, giving & receiving that white-framed photo.

Taking and sharing instant digital photos these days is second nature. But what is it about that white-framed, square pic that survives in our digital lives (hello, Instagram)?  Does it make moments more special? Do the vintage-y filters make our art history?  Or our history art?  Why has the Polaroid design so clearly marked current digital photography apps and photography memes?  This nostalgic devotion is simply amazing – and Polaroid is seeing a recent resurgence in popularity, even as a Polaroid Museum opens in Las Vegas in Spring, 2014.

We look at these human and visual connections in “Shake It", an hour-long public media documentary. We weave personal narrative with interviews with experts and enthusiasts in the world of art and film, Polaroid history & digital photography, technology and design. "Shake it" has rich and diverse music, sound effects and sound beds - including shutter clicks, a vintage Eames Studio ad for Polaroid, a pop music parody and more.

Hear vox pop and short interviews with Polaroid photographers and enthusiasts, such as polaroidsf.com . We talk with Christopher Bonanos , author of  “Instant: The Story of Polaroid.” And with Dave Bias, who created savepolaroid.com and now is Vice President of The Impossible Project , a company that saved hundreds of thousands of vintage Polaroid cameras from extinction. And we sit with Gus Van Sant , noted film director and Polaroid photographer, to talk about how he used Polaroid photos in his creative process.