Music's Transplants

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

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You’ve heard it before: “You’re not from around here are you?” This week, host Terrance McKnight turns our ears towards musicians who grew up in one place but migrated to another. In some cases their musical identity remained in tact while others were influenced by local sounds and traditions.

Paul Robeson, a New Yorker who identified with oppressed peoples from around the world, is featured singing a traditional Hasidic chant. Aaron Copland was fascinated with the club scene in Mexico City and infused his music with that flavor. James P. Johnson was grounded vernacular of rags and stride piano; we'll hear one of his classic recordings. And pianist Aleck Karis plays a rag by Igor Stravinsky.


Etude No. 3 in E, Op. 10 “Tritesse”
Frederic Chopin
Andrei Gavrilov

Crepuscule with Nellie
Thelonious Monk
Marcus Roberts

Hasidic Chant
Paul Robeson, bass-baritone
Lawrence Brown, piano

Zakir Hussain
Zakir Husein, tabla
Hariprasad Chaurasia, flute
Jan Gabarek, saxophone

People Are Strange
Fay Victor
Fay Victor, vocals
Anton Goudsmit, guitar
Wolter Wierbos, trombone
Jacko Schoonderwoerd, bass
Pieter Bast, drums, percussion

Souvenir de Porto Rico
Louis Mareau Gottschalk
Cecile Licad

Twilight Rag
James P. Johnson
James P. Johnson, piano
Smithsonian Folkways

Ragtime for solo piano
Igor Stravinsky
Aleck Karis

Creation du monde, Op. 81
Darius Milhaud
Turtle Island String Quartet

"Requiem for Adam”: ‘Ascending the Heaven Ladder’
Terry Riley
Kronos Quartet

Billy the Kid
Aaron Copland
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Erich Kunzel

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