360 Staff Pick: Henry Threadgill

Monday, January 04, 2010

It's a great day for jazz: Henry Threadgill's first major release since 2001.  Saxophonist, composer, bandleader Threadgill is one of the most important and underknown figures in American music.  He made his mark in the 1970s with the trio Air, arranging and improvising on Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton songs; unlike many modernists, Threadgill never lost that sense of connection to jazz's earthy, vernacular roots.  His dense, knotty, polyrhythmic music may tease your brain, but you'll feel it in the gut – from his Zooid quintet, he builds a visceral propulsion like a symphony.  If you're hip to Coltrane or the late Miles, you should acquaint yourself with this living master.

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Studio 360 Redesigns: What's Next?

Friday, January 01, 2010

From time to time, Studio 360 chooses some ubiquitous cultural object or holiday to redesign.  We've rebranded teachers, rebooted Valentine's Day, and given Uncle Sam a new look, to name a few.

We're always on the look-out for our next project.

>> What do ...

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The Decade Revisited

Thursday, December 31, 2009

This weekend, Studio 360 broadcasts its special time travel show, recorded in front of a live audience at WNYC's Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.  And with this decade coming to an end, it seems like a good opportunity to revisit some of the events and trends from the 2000's that we'll always remember.

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Waiting for 2010

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

As the New Year closes in and we all take a little time for reflection, I can’t help but wonder what I’ll be doing at the close of the next decade -- and the next, and the next...  I get solace and inspiration from a 'Studio 360' episode from last February which featured several older  folks who are still productive, or had even started something new later in life.

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Poetic Recycling

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

With the new decade fast-approaching, I can't help but think about reinvention. Studio 360 has done several segments that take dusty old ideas and wipe them clean with poetry. Recycling them into verse can reveal surprises. Here are some of my favorites.

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360 Staff Pick: Byrne Country

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Composer Andrew Byrne spends most of his time in the U.S., but White Bone Country is about the ferocious, almost abstract deserts of his native Australia.  The instrumentation of piano and percussion sounds austere, but -- played by crack musicians Stephen Gosling and David Shively -- the ...

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At the Sound of the Beep

Monday, December 28, 2009

Studio 360 has had many memorable segments this year, but my favorite has to be from the show that aired the week of Barack Obama's inauguration.

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A Sip of Sherlock

Thursday, December 24, 2009

This week, Studio 360 follows the ever-evolving Sherlock Holmes, who jumps off the pages of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle into the modern world as children's lit's Encyclopedia Brown and TV's Dr. House.

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Sounds Like Forever

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

At this point, just two days before Christmas, you're probably waking up at odd hours with 'O Little Town of Bethlehem' playing on that radio station inside your head.  Some songs never seem to go away.  And then there are those that really don’t.

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Off With "The Sing-Off"

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

It turns out that Fox’s hit musical comedy "Glee" was primetime TV’s gateway drug to a cappella.

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There Arose Such a Clatter

Friday, December 18, 2009

When I first talked to Phil Kline about his boombox Christmas carol “Unsilent Night” (for a Village Voice article in 2002), I went in assuming that Kline was Jewish. Nothing weird about that, I figured; “White Christmas” is by Irving Berlin. Wrong. Kline was raised by devout Christians in Pennsylvania. Still, he rejected the idea that his piece was religious music.

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Survey Says...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Did you miss that performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the arts center last month? Or the oboe concerto recital at the concert hall? Well it looks like you weren’t the only one.

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Brush Up On Your Golden Globes

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

With yesterday’s announcement of the Golden Globe nominees, it’s officially awards season.  Before you watch them work the red carpet (and, perhaps, get tipsy during the broadcast), hear how they got there in the first place. Listen to Kurt Andersen's conversations with nominees including Kathryn Bigelow, Jason Reitman, and Marvin Hamlisch.

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They Will Rock You

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Muppets have a proud tradition of taking the hit songs and making them their own: muppet-izing them, shall we say.  The Sesame Street gang had a string of successes with “Letter B” (ala the Beatles’s “Let Her Be”), “Born to Add” (ala the Boss’s “Born to Run”) and “U Really Got a Hold On Me” featuring Smokey Robinson and a rather clingy Letter U.

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Offset carbon...and cheating

Monday, December 14, 2009

We’ve about reached the halfway point in Copenhagen’s two-week long negotiating bonanza known as the UN Conference of the Parties. One hot topic (no pun intended) is the practice of carbon offsetting. Yes, offsetting is an economically efficient solution, but does it ultimately fail us?

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Have You Been to Bahia?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

On this week’s show, there’s a lovely story about the song that made Brazilian samba queen Carmen Miranda an international star in 1939 – “O Que è Que a Bahiana Tem.”  The name roughly translates to “What is it that the Bahian woman has?”

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A Musical Romance

Friday, December 11, 2009

This week on Studio 360, Kurt unpacks the songwriting inspirations of Rickie Lee Jones, the reigning 'Duchess of Coolsville.' In this gem from the cutting room floor, she discusses the songwriter who makes her think 'we're made from the same part of God's clay.' (Plus, don’t miss Kurt’s five-second debut as a back-up singer.)

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Remembering Tom Hoving

Thursday, December 10, 2009

We were sad to learn that Tom Hoving passed away today.  The former director of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art was an art world insider, an expert on art fraud and forgery, and one of the best storytellers to come by our studio.

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Art to Save the World

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

This week, 15,000 delegates and 110 heads of state from 192 nations are in Copenhagen to (we hope) negotiate a treaty to address the causes of climate change. It turns out that a number of artists have also arrived in the Danish capital, intent on delivering their own messages about what is at stake.

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In Praise of Good Men

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

On December 3, the United Nations named Stevie Wonder a Messenger of Peace.   'We all know Stevie Wonder is a musical genius whose songs have given pleasure and hope to millions of people around the world,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated. “He is also a great humanitarian who has campaigned against apartheid, for children in need and for persons with disabilities.'

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