music

Thomas Pacha

Kitka is a women's singing ensemble based in Oakland. For more than 35 years, the group has been singing songs drawn from Eastern European vocal traditions. What began as an informal group of singers with a passion for those Eastern European harmonies and rhythms has grown into a critically-acclaimed professional ensemble.

Sights & Sounds: Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Nov 17, 2016

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Writer, performer, educator, and Chief of Programming at the YBCA Marc Bamuthi Joseph told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

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San Francisco rapper Adam Vida pairs his songs with video that often goes viral, including one shot spontaneously at the riots that followed the San Francisco Giants 2010 World Series win. In this installment of Bay Area Beats, Adam Vida talks about the evolution of his sound.

Courtesy of Sandip Roy

I don’t know how many shoes this old radio program sells. But it can never feel the same as hearing those voices,

Zoë Keating's unique style of music has won her acclaim, and all the while she's remained an independent artist. KALW's Martina Castro went to talk with her at her home studio about how she experiments with the sound of her instrument.

To me, Sunday mornings are sacred, but not for any religious reason. It’s when I head out for a weekly bike ride through Golden Gate Park, and west to Ocean Beach. But one weekend, I decide to go on a Saturday instead.

Sights & Sounds: Rotimi Agbabiaka

Sep 15, 2016
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Rotimi Agbabiaka, an actor and singer whose solo show Type/Caste is currently at the Brava Studio, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening around the Bay this weekend. a ll of what you love and none of what you hate from San Francisco Playhouse at The Rueff at The Strand Theater from 9/15 - 9/18. OutLoud Storytelling: "Popcorn Parables" at Oasis on 9/20. Pansy Division Listening Party at SF Eagle on 9/16.

Courtesy of Sandip Roy and Baluji Shrivastav

In India in the 1960s there were few options for a blind child. Blind people often begged in trains and railway platforms singing hymns. But Baluji Shrivastav was in the right place at the right time.

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It’s not surprising to find female singers today who “do it all.” They write and sing their own music, play an instrument, and maybe even dance. And in a growing number of cases they also run businesses. But this wasn’t the norm back in 1957, when singer Barbara Dane released her first album.

For young Bay Area mariachis, music is a family affair

Aug 17, 2016

Picture a mariachi band.

Taher Shah
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India and Pakistan have much in common but, rarely agree on anything – cricket, Kashmir or mangos.

Hannah Kingsley-Ma

All week long, we've been playing this sound and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

Philosophy Talk: The Mystery of Music

Jul 23, 2016
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What does it mean to have good (or bad) taste in music?

Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers have been one of San Francisco’s favorite bands since they started performing together in 1989. Their signature retro sound was right at home in the swing revival of the '90s, but they’ve made it through from “trendy” to “classic.”

Sandip Roy: Purple Angel

Apr 20, 2016
Taher Shah
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India and Pakistan have much in common but, rarely agree on anything – cricket, Kashmir or mangos.

Jazzman Noel Jewkes

Feb 23, 2016
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Living in the Bay Area requires some serious resourcefulness and there is a group of people who are pretty used to that: jazz musicians.

Coldplay's new video is the great Western discovery of India all over again.

Interview: Musician Martha Rodriguez Salazar

Feb 2, 2016
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At the Community Music Center in San Francisco, Mexican-born, musician and teacher Martha Rodriguez-Salazar helps students make music for the joy of it.

A dark side of the Pan-Pacific Fair

Jan 19, 2016
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The official celebration of the centennial of the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco has ended, but a number of events associated with the Pan-Pacific Expo continue into the spring.

Due to technical delays around KALW's move to temporary quarters, no panelists or calls tonight. Moderator Dana Rodriguez instead shared some of his favorite recordings.

How can abstract philosophical arguments about love be represented in a five-movement violin concerto?

Philosophy Talk asks about Dance as a way of knowing

Oct 2, 2015

Is dance a form of perception? Is perception a form of dance?

Tom DeCaigny shares a song that gets him up and dancing.

Afropop Worldwide 's " San Francisco: Afropop By the Bay " tells the unlikely story of how a group of superb African musicians-from Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa-landed in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970s and early '80s.

My Mixtape: "Rags to Riches" by Fat Chops

Aug 30, 2015

Fifteen-year-old Ari Liccardo's artist name is Fat Chops. The song " Rags to Riches" is one of the first songs he ever produced as a musician, and it addresses some of the struggles he's been through in his life.

RYSE Youth Center: A haven for Richmond teens

Aug 27, 2015
A. Mendelson

The city of Richmond has long had a reputation for violence. But things are starting to change. Recently, the city announced its lowest rate of homicide in 33 years. Even so, Richmond continues to be one of the most dangerous cities in the country. For young people seeking refuge from the violence, there’s the RYSE Youth Center. The organization provides a safe space for students to develop their musical talent and express themselves creatively. From the series Generation Change , reporter...

The Tenderloin’s sanctuary of song

Aug 20, 2015
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Rebecca Roudman and Jason Eckl, members of the band Dirty Cello , are doing a sound check in the middle of the day, in an unconventional location: the lobby of the Cadillac Hotel in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. This location has special meaning for Roudman, who played here before starting this band. “We did our performance at the Cadillac Hotel and I fell in love with the place,” she says. “And what I mean by that is, I loved how everybody was very friendly in the crowd. I loved how...

Derek Bridges

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Your Call: Making music under occupation

Jun 19, 2015

On the June 19th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundable. This week, we’ll have a conversation with veteran journalist Sandy Tolan about his new book, "Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land.”

Michael Zelner

It’s Thursday, and do you know what you’re doing this weekend? If you don’t, fear not: I’ve got a list of go-to events that are open to everyone.

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