Tiny Desk Concerts

9:50am

Mon May 21, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Yann Tiersen: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 4:25 pm

Doriane Raiman NPR

French singer, multi-instrumentalist and film composer Yann Tiersen isn't massively well-known, but he did craft the score for the beloved 2001 film Amelie, about which virtually everything is held in massively high regard. Since then, Tiersen has built a name for himself as a solo artist who gently stretches the boundaries of pop music.

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9:00am

Thu May 17, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Arborea: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 9:01 am

Doriane Raiman NPR

I discovered Arborea amid a sea of 1,300 songs that I heard in preparation for South by Southwest. The music stood out for its calm beauty, its rough edges, and the duo's ability to speak eloquently of life's precious moments, about the sea, and about wonder.

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2:59pm

Wed May 16, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Chuck Brown: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 6:38 am

Abby Verbosky/NPR
  • Audio Only: Chuck Brown's Tiny Desk Concert

Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go music, died Wednesday. In 2010, he brought his full band to the NPR Music office — and put on a party like no one else.

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10:52am

Mon May 14, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Pedro Soler And Gaspar Claus: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 11:32 am

Doriane Raiman NPR

Music can be a beautiful conversation — rarely is that more evident than in this Tiny Desk Concert performance with the father-son duo of Pedro Soler and Gaspar Claus. Soler plays a delicate, intimate version of flamenco guitar, while his son turns the cello into an exquisitely expressive voice. Though 45 years separate them, pay attention to how they communicate. Music as a living language, and an invisible emotional exchange, is clearly apparent in these improvisational compositions.

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9:25am

Thu May 10, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Kishi Bashi: Tiny Desk Concert

Emily Bogle/NPR

My favorite Tiny Desk Concert moments come when the NPR staff gathers around the desk for an artist they've never heard and walk away wanting more. I wasn't surprised to see that happen with Kishi Bashi — he is, after all, the one musician out of the 1,300 songs or so we previewed for All Songs Considered that we all agreed was a must-see at SXSW. He didn't disappoint.

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