Michael Raphael

Michael Raphael appears in the following:

Aha Moment: Sandra Bernhard

Friday, March 01, 2013

Sandra Bernhard was only eight when she saw a touring production of Hello, Dolly! starring Carol Channing. “Right from the get-go," she remembers, "I assumed I should be a part of the cast. ‘Why am I not on stage here, playing at least one of the supporting roles?’” Sitting there ...

Video: Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly! (1979)

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Aha Moment: Doc Watson & Abigail Washburn

Friday, June 08, 2012

Doc Watson, a giant of American folk music, died last month at 89.  Watson’s guitar and banjo playing was a powerful force in the 1960s folk revival, and his long career inspired generations of musicians, among them Abigail Washburn. She was pursuing a career in international law based in China ...

Bonus Track: Abigail Washburn, “Burn Through” from City of Refuge

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Aha Moment: Jack DeJohnette

Friday, February 03, 2012

The drummer Jack DeJohnette has recorded with all the jazz superheroes of the last half century. But he tells Studio 360 that what he really wanted to do was play piano. He’d begun a promising career as a pianist when he was entranced by the drummer Vernell Fournier, who had ...

Video: Vernell Fournier plays with brushes

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Aha Moment: Sandra Bernhard

Friday, October 28, 2011

“Larger-than-life” doesn’t do justice to performer Sandra Bernhard. She can be cartoonishly tough and irreverent, but also intensely sincere. Her breakout role came in Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy (1983), in which she plays an obsessed fan who helps kidnap the talk show host ...

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Aha Moment: Doc Watson & Abigail Washburn

Friday, October 14, 2011

Abigail Washburn thought she had her goals set. She was on her way to a career in international law based in China when a bluegrass musician stopped her in her tracks. At a party, she heard a recording of Doc Watson singing “Shady Grove” and she fell in love with the banjo. “I was struck by it as something ...

Bonus Track: “Burn Through” from City of Refuge

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The Sounds of the World Trade Center

Friday, September 02, 2011

Stephen Vitiello is a composer and sound artist. In 1999, he worked in a studio on the 91st floor of the World Trade Center. For six months he recorded the noises of the building and its surroundings. At first, he’d hoped to capture the sounds outside his window — turns out, it wouldn’t open ...

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Aha Moment: From Crowded House to ESG

Friday, August 19, 2011

Neil Finn is the lead singer of Crowded House, a band which had its share of big hits in the 80s and 90s. (Admit it, you belted along to “Don't Dream It's Over.”) Growing up in New Zealand, Finn was raised on the Beatles and David Bowie: “I was playing piano and playing guitars and trying to emulate those guys,” he remembers ...

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Aha Moment: Brian Blade and Joni Mitchell

Friday, August 12, 2011

Brian Blade is a drummer's drummer. He's played with Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Norah Jones, and Bob Dylan. He also leads his own ensemble, The Fellowship Band. Growing up in Shreveport, Louisiana, Blade was raised on gospel, soul, and funk. But when he when he was 16 ...

Bonus Track: “The Dawntreader”

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Aha Moment: Rudresh Mahanthappa Finds His Roots

Friday, June 24, 2011

When jazz saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa was still a student at Berklee College of Music, his older brother gave him an album called Saxophone Indian Style — as a joke. Mahanthappa had been suspicious of American jazz’s sampling of Indian...

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Road Music: Nina Nastasia

Friday, September 10, 2010

Studio 360 has been asking artists what music they listen to on the road. Singer-songwriter Nina Nastasia turns to Huun-Huur-Tu, a group of throat-singing musicians from Siberia. She says their song "Oske Cherde" helps her feel solitary and free, even on an overcrowded tour ...

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Road Music: Tim Munro

Friday, August 13, 2010

Summer is touring season for musicians, and Studio 360 is asking what they like to listen to on the road. Tim Munro plays flute for the classical sextet Eighth Blackbird. When the chaos of constant travel starts to take its toll, he turns to

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Road Music: Thao Nguyen

Friday, July 30, 2010

Summer is touring season for musicians, and Studio 360 is asking what they like to listen to on the road. Thao Nguyen, of the band Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, relies on the Zombies song "This Will Be Our Year." It's a tune about ...

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Lee Hazlewood

Friday, January 19, 2007

The songwriter Lee Hazlewood just released his last album, Cake or Death. Hazlewood has had many ups and downs in his half-century career, and lately his music has become popular with rock musicians young enough to be his grandkids. Produced by Michael Raphael.

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The Danielson Famile

Saturday, December 11, 2004

The Danielson Famile regularly plays trendy rock clubs, like New York's Knitting Factory, but they're not your average rock band. They've built quite a following among Christians and non-Christians and they say that they want their shows to express faith, and create spectacle. Produced by Michael Raphael.

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Scanner

Saturday, May 01, 2004

Almost all of us, given the opportunity, indulge the eavesdropping urge, especially when overhearing cell phone conversations. The sound artist known as "Scanner" has been incorporating the frequency band of cell phones in his work since the early 1990s. Produced by Michael Raphael.

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Miya Masaoka

Saturday, April 03, 2004

When Musician Miya Masaoka tours she often sits in her hotel room for hours, watching her musical collaborators interact. Her collaborators are Madagascar hissing cockroaches. She has another composition that she performs with a chorus of bees. Produced by Michael Raphael.

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The Danielson Family

Saturday, March 06, 2004

The Danielson Family regularly plays trendy rock clubs, like New York’s Knitting Factory, but they’re not your average rock band. They’ve built quite a following among both Christians and non-Christians and they say that they want their shows to express faith, and create spectacle. Produced by Michael Raphael.

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Above Minnesota

Saturday, February 07, 2004

The sound artist Janek Schaefer got a commission to make something "about Minnesota". As a Brit, he had to ask friends what defined Minnesota for Minnesotans. They gave him one word: weather. So, during a storm, Schaefer sent a cell phone up into the stratosphere in a weather ...

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The Danielson Family

Saturday, November 22, 2003

The Danielson Family regularly plays trendy rock clubs, like New York's Knitting Factory, but they're not your average rock band. They've built quite a following among Christians and non-Christians and they say that they want their shows to express faith, and create spectacle. Produced by Michael Raphael.

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Lee Hazlewood

Saturday, October 11, 2003

Songwriter Lee Hazlewood has had many ups and downs in his long artistic career, and lately his music has resurfaced in some unexpected places. Produced by Michael Raphael.

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