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Drummer Billy Martin on the Limits and Ranges of Instrumentalists

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Best known as the drummer for the celebrated avant-jazz/funk trio Medeski Martin & Wood, Billy Martin has long been an integral part of New York's downtown scene. His Mixtape features music of Messiaen, Feldman, Dubuffet and Ligeti. Listen Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Best known as the drummer for the celebrated avant-jazz/funk trio Medeski Martin & Wood, Billy Martin has long been an integral part of New York's downtown scene. His Mixtape features music of Messiaen, Feldman, Dubuffet and Ligeti. Listen Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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Gabriela Lena Frank Draws on Dances, Dreams and Sacrifice

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Hot Off The Press

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Off The Grid with Suzanne Farrin Returns

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Brad Lubman: Cutting a Playlist Four Ways

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