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Location:

New York, NY

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WNYC

Description:

Where else can you find an interview with Academy Award-winning composer John Barry, flying saucer music, or wall-to-wall Hawaiian War Chants? Spinning On Air crosses musical boundaries in quest of the fire ignited by the interaction of Art and Pop. One of the bright spots on the New York radio dial (according to the "New York Times"), illuminated by host David Garland.

Twitter:

@wnyc

Language:

English

Contact:

WNYC Radio 160 Varick St. New York, NY 10013 212-433-9692


Episodes

Mike McGinnis plays Bill Smith

12/30/2013
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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."

Duration: 00:59:00


A Very Jolly Synthesized Christmas

12/23/2013
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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.

Duration: 00:57:00


A Day to Celebrate Lennon: His Best Works, and Thoughts from Yoko

12/9/2013
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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 Ono about what the songs mean to her and the world.

Duration: 00:57:00


Ennio Morricone's Wild Musical Imagination

11/11/2013
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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 oeuvre.

Duration: 00:57:00


Laura Marling 4

10/27/2013
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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 narratives with host David Garland.

Duration: 00:57:00


The Musical Adventures of Iva Bittová

10/13/2013
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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.

Duration: 00:57:00


Grey Reverend: Songs, Skateboards, and Heroes' Lies

10/6/2013
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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.

Duration: 00:57:00


The Elegant - and Elegantly Odd - Jazz Cello of Fred Katz

9/29/2013
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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 work with a wide range of his playful, imaginative music.

Duration: 00:57:00


The Textures and Colors of Songs with Orchestra

9/15/2013
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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.

Duration: 00:57:00


Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s “Life and Times”

9/8/2013
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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.

Duration: 00:58:00


Judy Collins Live in the WNYC Studio

9/1/2013
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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.

Duration: 00:57:00


Pianissimo

8/25/2013
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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 Garland presents an hour pianissimo pianos.

Duration: 00:57:00


Dennis Johnson's "November"

8/18/2013
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Music that sweeps the listener along into an elegiac exploration of gentle tonal and rhythmic shifts. Composer and writer Kyle Gann's wobbly cassette transfer of Johnson's 1962 performance of a portion of November led him to get in touch with Johnson, and create a full realization of the piece.

Duration: 00:57:00


Thao and The Get Down Stay Down

8/11/2013
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Virginia-born Thao Nguyen spent much of her twenties on the road. These days she's mostly staying put in San Francisco. David Garland welcomes Thao and The Get Down Stay Down to perform several songs, and to talk about connections, connecting, activism, and more.

Duration: 00:59:00


Engulfed in Cello with Julia Kent

8/4/2013
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Composer/cellist Julia Kent creates evocative environments of sound with her cello, running it through digital delays and a laptop to magnify and multiply. She performs her layered music in the WNYC Studio, and talks about it with David Garland.

Duration: 00:57:00


Essie Jain "All Became Golden"

7/28/2013
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Essie Jain presents "All Became Golden," an album that’s not just a new collection of her beautiful songs, it’s a new idea of what an album can be. Composer/singer Essie Jain, filmmaker Natalie Johns, and arranger Nico Muhly join David Garland to talk about this ambitious project.

Duration: 00:58:00


Getting There

7/21/2013
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David Garland presents music that takes us places and provides beauty and mystery in the process of getting there. New music from French composer Olivier Longre, Glaswegian troubadour Alasdair Roberts, along with oldies by The Beach Boys and The Cryin' Shames, and more.

Duration: 00:57:00


The Delicate Intensity of Olivia Chaney

7/14/2013
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Olivia Chaney brings her beautiful singing voice to a heart-breaking Scottish folk song, a short piece by Nick Drake's mother Molly Drake, and other traditional pieces. Plus Chaney visits from London to perform her own songs, accompanying herself on the guitar and piano.

Duration: 00:57:00


John Zorn at 60

7/7/2013
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The celebrations are already beginning for composer John Zorn's upcoming 60th birthday on September 2nd. Zorn has been David Garland's most frequent guest on Spinning On Air over the years, and now he returns to share new music that will be featured at the Lincoln Center Festival this month.

Duration: 00:57:00


Joshua Rifkin Presents Wildflowers

6/30/2013
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Judy Collins' 1967 album "Wildflowers" is a lovely collection of thoughtful songs sung beautifully to inventive, timeless orchestral arrangements. Joshua Rifkin joins David Garland to tell of his experiences helping to make this timeless album at age 23.

Duration: 00:57:00

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