Music stories, interviews and performances from across KUAF's local programming.

Sound Perimeter: Strung Together

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In today's Sound Perimeter, University of Arkansas Music Professor Lia Uribe brings us several pieces of music composed for string instruments. They include: Nocturne, the third movement of Alexander Borodin's Second String Quartet as performed by the U of A Department of Music String Quartet, Takashi Yoshimatsu's "And the Birds Are Still...", and Arvo Part's "Spiegel im Spiegel" from "Smile" as performed by Anne Akiko Meyers.

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Nick Cave: Until remains on display at The Momentary through Jan. 3. The immersive exhibit explores gender, race and gun violence in America, and wonders: is there racism in heaven? It's also garnering responses from artists in different disciplines, like music. Producer Jlin created three tracks in response to Cave's work. She tells us why she responded with music.

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The Emmet Cohen Trio will perform at the Walton Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 5. The performance will take place in Baum Walker Hall with social distancing policies in effect. Ahead of the show, we hear from the musician about his work, about getting better in jazz clubs in New York City and why his fellow musicians have been so important to him during the pandemic.

The open house concept doesn't quite work during a pandemic unless it's virtual of course.  The University of Arkansas Jazz Area in the U of A Music Department is hosting three days of virtual open house events beginning Dec. 2.

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Saturday evening, The Momentary and Symphony of Northwest Arkansas will host "Virtually There: Sounds of a Moment with SoNA." The virtual concert will feature a 21-piece string symphony performing works from Tchaikovsky, Vivian Fung and more from the Fermentation Hall at The Momentary. We speak with Riley Nicholson, executive director of SoNA, about the concert and about what else the symphony is doing differently this year.

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Singer-songwriter Jimmy Wayne Garrett has released his third solo album. Town on the Mountain is a collection of original songs written over the last decade that was recorded at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville, Tennessee and at East Hall Recording in Fayetteville.

Magic of Machines is the latest album from The Crumbs. The band will celebrate their new project with a concert at Prairie Street Live this Saturday.

Retrospect is the debut album from Dandelion Heart. The 13-track project features songs that look back on the musicians' lives as individuals and as a band. The quartet will celebrate their debut album with a bruch party Saturday at Prairie Street Live.

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In this week's Sound Perimeter, University of Arkansas Music Professor Lia Uribe introduces us to performer, citizen artist, and prodigy, Yo-Yo Ma, who began his cello career at the age of four and a half. We hear several of Ma's collaborations, including Air and Simple Gifts and Cristina Pato's arrangement of John Zorn's Khabiel.

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Later this week, Fayetteville-based band Rocket Coma will release a new album. Live by the Die is the band's third album, and it was recorded earlier this year, before the pandemic began. Earlier this month, the band's Quinn Landrum, Jim Looper and Willie Kreszinski spoke with Ozarks at Large about the new album.