Some of my favorite bands have played on the Mountain Stage recently – here are the links to the concerts that are available on the NPR website. You can also listen to the concerts and download the mp3 on the Mountain Stage site.
Joy Kills Sorrow On Mountain Stage
The bluegrass band draws influence from the worlds of jazz, pop and rock in its innovative arrangements. Here, the group covers The Postal Service’s electro-pop classic “Such Great Heights” with a mastery that makes it sound as if the song belonged to Joy Kills Sorrow all along.
Joy Kills Sorrow – Such Great Heights – OFFICIAL VIDEO
Sarah Jarosz On Mountain Stage
Widely regarded as one of the most exciting performers in roots music, Jarosz continues to embrace her bluegrass background while incorporating influences from pop, folk and indie rock. Hear the 22-year-old multi-instrumentalist perform songs from her latest record, Build Me Up From Bones.
Sarah Jarosz: “Build Me Up From Bones,” Live On Soundcheck
The Deadly Gentlemen On Mountain Stage
The five virtuoso musicians came together to form an unconventional string band with influences from the worlds of pop, rock and spoken word. Hear the group perform songs from its latest album, Roll Me, Tumble Me, recorded live in Tennessee.
The Deadly Gentlemen “Roll Me, Tumble Me”
Check also the following two bluegrass bands on Mountain Stage: Steep Canyon Rangers and The Greencards
Steep Canyon Rangers On Mountain Stage
Based in North Carolina, the band has a solid foundation in traditional bluegrass and old-time music, while constantly folding in influences from country, pop and folk. Hear the boundary-pushing group perform songs from its new album, Tell the Ones I Love.
The Greencards On Mountain Stage
The Australian bluegrass band kicks off a high-energy set with “Make It Out West,” which the group says was inspired by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Hear The Greencards perform new songs, as well as material from 2011’s fan-funded release, The Brick Album.
Avi Avital will play his first concert in the Carnegie Hall in New York on January 17. The Carnegie Hall team has produced a set of Videos with Avi Avital to follow his preparations for his debut recital in the Carnegie Hall.
In those videos you can follow Avi to the Metropolitan Museum where he is shown some interesting mandolins including the beautiful mandolin by Angelo Manello and a set of Gibson Mandolins. You can also hear about his habit of making fotos of his audience and post the pictures to twitter or facebook with the tag #viewfromstage. And you can see where Avi will play his debut recital.
Meet Avi – Avi Avital: The Carnegie Hall Debut (Playlist)
January 17 is also the release date for the new album by Avi Avital Between Worlds. I could alredy get the album whe I met Avi in reiburg where he played a concert together with the frame drum player Murat Coskun who lives here. The concert was titled “Framedrum meets mandolin”.
This new album is a great compilation of classical music with folk influences. This is the official album trailer by Deutsche Grammophon:
Avi Avital: “Between Worlds” album trailer
Avi Avital performs Bulgarian folk tune – Bucimis
Avia Avital on the Website of the Carnegie Hall
Website Avi Avital
Avi Avital – Between Worlds (Deutsche Grammophon)
youtube channel Avi Avital
Avia Avital: Der Mandolin-Gott aus Israel (and some more videos from this show with accordeon player Martynas and Avi Avital – the talks are mainly in English, with some German)