Spinning on Air
Amplifying Humanity with Thao and The Get Down Stay Down
David Garland welcomes Thao and The Get Down Stay Down to the WNYC Studio to perform several rollicking songs, and to talk about connections, connecting, activism, century-old color photographs, Rock and Roll, Chicken Tenders, and more.
Mike McGinnis plays Bill Smith
Clarinetist Mike McGinnis brings a large ensemble ito perform two pieces: the mid-century modern masterpiece "Concerto for Clarinet and Combo," composed in 1956 by Bill Smith; and McGinnis's own, new clarinet concerto "Roadtrip."
A Very Jolly Synthesized Christmas
Plug in the Christmas cheer! David Garland presents vintage recordings of holiday favorites performed on Moog, Buchla, and other analog synthesizers. You might think this sonic tinsel would seem synthetic, but it's full of genuine joy and warmth.
The Musical Antidote to Holiday Hubbub
During this busy time of year, how 'bout we listen to some music that provides an antidote to the holiday hubbub; space in which to relax and breathe--or even think! David Garland opens the door to a beautiful room of sound featuring James Blackshaw,...
A Day to Celebrate Lennon: His Best Works, and Thoughts from Yoko
John Lennon wrote songs that reflected, inspired, and shaped our lives. He was murdered on December 8, 1980, and on this anniversary, we honor his life and legacy. David Garland presents a range of Lennon's songs, and speaks with Lennon's widow Yoko...
11 Great Lou Reed Songs
David Garland presents some great songs by the late Lou Reed, ranging from Reed's music with The Velvet Underground in the 1960s, to more recent recordings, with an emphasis on Reed's song-portraits of New York City outsiders.
Mystical Weapons, featuring Sean Lennon and Greg Saunier
Sean Lennon returns with Mystical Weapons, his improvisational collaboration with Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier; artist, animator and projectionist Martha Colburn; and multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily. David Garland welcomes the group to the...
The Pleasures of Playing With Proportion
David Garland presents two new musical projects that display particular interest in the pleasures of playing with proportion: the albums "The Weighing of the Heart" by Colleen, and "The Adorables" by Zeena Parkins, Shayna Dunkelman, and Preshish...
Ennio Morricone's Wild Musical Imagination
Composer Ennio Morricone has applied his wild musical imagination to over 500 film scores, creating a body of work that sounds like no other. David Garland celebrates Ennio Morricone's 85th birthday with an hour of highlights from Morricone's vast...
The Improbable Delights of Industrial Musicals
Steve Young, a writer for The Late Show with David Letterman, and musician/writer/artist Sport Murphy have created a lavish, humorous book titled Everything's Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals. David Garland welcomes Young and...
Laura Marling 4
British songwriter Laura Marling sings insightful new songs about "the push and pull nature of the human psyche." Laura returns to perform songs from her fourth album Once I Was An Eagle (Ribbon Music), and to talk about the album's themes and...
David Garland presents some uplifting, soul-stirring performances, ranging from Jacob Garchik's "Atheist Gospel Trombone Album," to great gospel singer Rance Allen; from the euphoric scat singing of Cab Calloway, to the contemporary vocal tapestries...
The Musical Adventures of Iva Bittová
Iva Bittová is a storyteller who rarely uses actual language to convey the emotions of her stories. David Garland welcomes Iva Bittová to the WNYC Studio to perform and talk about her music.
Grey Reverend: Songs, Skateboards, and Heroes' Lies
Composer and singer L.D. Brown records as Grey Reverend, and his songs display his reverence for the grey areas of emotion and musical style. David Garland welcomes Grey Reverend to WNYC for this in-studio performance and conversation.
The Elegant - and Elegantly Odd - Jazz Cello of Fred Katz
Fred Katz was the first cellist to achieve prominence in jazz in the 1950s. As a composer he combined jazz and classical influences into musical Mid-Century Modernism. Katz died September 7, 2013, at age 94. David Garland celebrates Katz's life and...
Yoko Ono Presents "Take Me to the Land of Hell"
Yoko Ono has always pushed the boundaries of art, culture, and politics. At 80 years old she's still an active, daring artist and musician, and a provocative public figure. Now the controversial legend joins David Garland to present her newest work,...
The Textures and Colors of Songs with Orchestra
What a difference an orchestra can make! David Garland presents a variety of new and old songs that use orchestras to enhance their scope, power, impact, and even intimacy.
Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s “Life and Times”
David Garland brings Nature Theater of Oklahoma's cast of six singers and three musicians to WNYC to perform two extended excerpts from Episode 1 of "Life and Times." OK Theater's co-directors Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper also join in.
Judy Collins Live in the WNYC Studio
David Garland welcomes Judy Collins back to the show to perform new and old songs, accompanying herself on piano or guitar along with musician Russell Walden, and to speak movingly with Garland about memory, time, family, loss, and love.
The piano, or, to use its full name, pianoforte, earned its name because it can be played both quietly (piano) and loudly (forte). Suddenly there are a number of young composer/pianists exploring a relaxed and alert sensibility in their music. David...
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