Juilliard Jazz Ensemble: Tiny Desk Concert

Juilliard Jazz Ensemble: Tiny Desk Concert

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The YouTube video Juilliard Jazz Ensemble: Tiny Desk Concert by the YouTube channel NPR Music.

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Nikki Birch | Sept. 2, 2022
Jazz may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of The Juilliard School, but perhaps this series of Tiny Desks will change that.

Tiny Desk and Jazz Night in America celebrate the 20th anniversary of Juilliard Jazz with three Tiny Desk concerts featuring performances by current students and alumni of the prestigious institution.

When the starry-eyed students of the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble first saw the Tiny Desk, they stopped short, exuding awe and wonderment.

After all, several of their favorite artists had performed in this very space — and now here they were, ready to prove themselves and carry on the legacy of both the Tiny Desk and jazz.

The Juilliard Jazz Ensemble performed at the Tiny Desk in celebration of the jazz studies program’s 20th anniversary.

Made up of current students, the ensemble embodies the spirit of community and collaboration that is an essential part of the students’ learning experience.

The ensemble opens with “June” a hypnotic composition by alto saxophonist Coby Petricone-Berg.

We understand immediately, despite the members’ relative youth, this ensemble is not to be trifled with.

A shout-out to the rhythm section is absolutely necessary, as drummer John Sturino, bassist Nico Martinez and pianist Esteban Castro lay back in the cut while ensuring the path ahead for the horns, with Jasim Perales giving us soulful trombone, is smooth like whipped shea butter.

This is grade-A musicianship — everyone listening and unselfishly supporting each other.

For the final selection, Ekep Nkwelle presents her arrangement of Geri Allen’s “Timeless Portraits and Dreams.”.

Her voice soars in this contemplative ballad, a perfect closer that allows each member of the ensemble to shine as they share the hope that, “In tomorrow’s world, let joy and love run free / Let’s hold on to our dreams.”.

“June” (Coby Petricone-Berg)
“Timeless Portraits and Dreams” (Geri Allen, arr. Ekep Nkwelle)

Ekep Nkwelle: vocals
Coby Petricone-Berg: alto saxophone
Jasim Perales: trombone
Esteban Castro: piano
Nico Martinez: bass
John Sturino: drums

Producer: Nikki Birch
Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin
Director: Kara Frame
Creative Director: Bob Boilen
Series Producer: Bobby Carter
Editor: Michael Zamora
Videographers: Kara Frame, Pierre Kattar, Michael Zamora
Audio Assistant: Jospehine Nyounai
Production Assistants: Jill Britton, Joby Tanseco, Alanté Serene
Tiny Desk Team: Suraya Mohamed, Marissa Lorusso, Hazel Cills, Ashley Pointer, Maia Stern
VP, Visuals, and Music: Keith Jenkins
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

#TinyDesk #NPRMusic #JuilliardJazz


Regina Spektor: Tiny Desk Concert – Après Moi

Regina Spektor: Tiny Desk Concert – Après Moi

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The song Après Moi, by Regina Spektor, from the YouTube video Regina Spektor: Tiny Desk Concert (this link starts later in the concert) by the YouTube channel NPR Music.

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Bob Boilen | August 5, 2022
Regina Spektor sat in her hotel room waiting as we tuned the piano behind my desk. In those idle moments, she whipped up a “Tiny Song,” and she opens her concert singing this sweet, funny and tiny ditty. “Took a train from New York to D.C. / And everyone was coughing on me,” she sings, “But I wore a real tight mask / And got myself a negative COVID test.” I won’t spoil the rest, except to say that what unfolds over the course of the next five songs is the humor and passions I’ve loved in Regina Spektor’s music since receiving an early release of her Soviet Kitsch CD in 2004.

Now 18 years later, Regina has made what I believe is her most astonishing record to date, Home, before and after. We hear two songs from this 2022 release, including the album’s opening track, “Becoming All Alone.” The story has Regina walking home alone when she hears God call out her name: “And He said, ‘Hey, Let’s grab a beer / It’s awful late / We both right here,’ ” she sings, “And we didn’t even have to pay / ‘Cause God is God / And He’s revered.” Their conversation ensues, and Spektor wonders just why life and loneliness don’t improve with time. It’s the type of truth and whimsy that makes for such heartbreaking music, including old favorites “Fidelity” and “Samson,” performed here simply on piano with charm and conviction.

“Tiny Song”
“Becoming All Alone”
“Après Moi”

Regina Spektor: piano, vocals

Producer/Creative Director: Bob Boilen
Director: Kara Frame
Editor: Michael Zamora
Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin
Series Producer: Bobby Carter
Videographers: Kara Frame, Michael Zamora, Josh Bryant
Audio Assistant: Natasha Branch
Production Assistants: Jill Britton, Joby Tanseco
Tiny Desk Team: Suraya Mohamed, Marissa Lorusso, Hazel Cills, Ashley Pointer, Maia Stern
VP, Visuals, and Music: Keith Jenkins

#TinyDesk #NPRMusic #ReginaSpektor


Maylee Todd: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Maylee Todd: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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The YouTube video Maylee Todd: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert by the YouTube channel NPR Music.

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Bob Boilen | July 6, 2022, Maylee Todd’s (home) concert is filled with electronics, a window into a virtual world, and the first digital avatar to ever perform a Tiny Desk concert. Maylee introduces us to her avatar Maloo, and the songs presented here from Maylee Todd’s debut album, Maloo, are sung from the avatar’s perspective.

Written during the pandemic, the album is about mental health and filled with multiple science fiction stories, including one about a programmable planet depicted in the “window’” above Maylee Todd’s head.

The electronic sounds that help tell these sci-fi tales include Maylee’s Tenori-on, a Yamaha instrument comprised of a panel of lights that, when touched, create patterns of sound. An iPhone pointing at Maylee’s face captures her reactions and expressions, which are then reflected in her avatar. Her musical partner Kyvita (Kyle Tan) accompanies her, adding textures from his synthesizers.

In the song “Dream With You” Maylee explains that as the avatar is living its life, it realizes, “my brain, it’s doing things that I don’t want it to do.” Maylee Todd explains that Maloo, “wrote a song, a breakup song, saying bye bye to certain aspects that aren’t serving it anymore.”.

Before her final song, “Absolute Time and Space,” Maylee Todd makes a passionate plea: “Hold the ones you love dear to your heart, will ya! Cause time is passing by — we do not have absolute time and space — as it turns out — in these bodies.”.


“Infinite Program” “Grab Your Guts” “No Classification” “Dream With You” “Absolute Time and Space”.


Maylee Todd: vocals, synths, iPhone face tracking Kyvita: bass, keys Maloo (avatar): performance.


Director and Editor: Mason Rothschild Mix and Master: Jake Viator Engineer: Chris Dwyer Production Designer and AD: Leo Johnson DP: Elisha Jakob Maltinski Cam Op: Petra Wurzinger Cam Op: Roderick Hale, Ron Vasquez Art Director: Allison Jensen Set Dresser: B Armstrong Grip: Josh Brantner.


Producer: Bob Boilen Video Editor: Kara Frame Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin Tiny Production Team: Bobby Carter, Joshua Bryant, Michael Zamora, Maia Stern, Ashley Pointer VP, Visuals, and Music: Keith Jenkins Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann.




Infinite Program


Maylee Todd


Infinite Program

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Brittany Davis: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Brittany Davis: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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The YouTube video Brittany Davis: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert by the YouTube channel NPR Music.

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The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It’s the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

Stephen Thompson | April 13, 2022
It’s a testament to Brittany Davis that this Tiny Desk home show feels like a true live concert — one with real live energy, as if it’s playing out in front of a massive crowd you can’t quite see or hear. It’s hard to replicate the spirit of the Tiny Desk outside of the NPR offices: You don’t get the visual sense of place, you don’t get NPR engineers managing the sound mix onsite, and you don’t get the exchange of energy between musicians and audience members who are often excitedly discovering your music for the first time. Still, this set swims in that much-missed alchemy where everyone in a given room is carried forward by the same sounds.

A blind, Black, nonbinary musician from Seattle, Davis presides over a backing band that features six hard-hitting women. Together, they fuse rock, soul, hip-hop, pop and R&B in four songs — all drawn from Davis’ debut EP, I Choose to Live — that teem with insights about identity, injustice, authenticity, motivation and power. Each song in this set moves at a different pace, from the righteous hip-hop fury of “I Choose to Live” to the plaintive slow burn of “Loud Loud World.” But all four convey a clear sense of purpose.

Davis is signed to Loosegroove Records, the hometown label co-founded by Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard, and Gossard has already figured prominently in Davis’ career: The two share a supergroup called Painted Shield, which also features folksinger Mason Jennings and drummer Matt Chamberlain. If this set is any indication, Davis may well become the biggest name of them all.

“I Choose to Live”
“Loud Loud World”
“Pink Flowers”

Brittany Davis: vocals, keys
Divinity Roxx: bass
Queen Cora Coleman: drums
Kat Dyson: guitar
Marina Albero: keys, soundscape
Marissa Garret: backup vocals/soprano
Darla Rae: backup vocals/alto

Director, 1st camera: Bootsy Holler
Director of photography, 2nd camera: Niffer Calderwood
Editor, 3rd camera: Dan Thornton
Documentary videographer: Drake Gordon

Lead engineer: Josh Evans
1st assistant engineer: Jon Roberts
2nd assistant engineer: Chris Mosher

Producer: Om Johari
Production assistant: Stephanie Allison
Executive producer: Regan Hagar
Producer: Billie Jean Sarullo
Executive producer/runner: Stone Gossard

Producer: Bob Boilen
Video Producer: Michael Zamora
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Tiny Production Team: Bobby Carter, Kara Frame, Joshua Bryant, Maia Stern, Ashley Pointer
Executive Producer: Keith Jenkins
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

nprmusic #tinydesk #BrittanyDavis


Tiny Desk Meets SXSW: KAINA

Tiny Desk Meets SXSW: KAINA

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The YouTube video Tiny Desk Meets SXSW: KAINA by the YouTube channel NPR Music.

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Every year, NPR Music participates in the SXSW music festival, whether it’s curating a stage or simply attending hundreds of shows at the annual event in Austin, Texas. In 2020, the festival was canceled due to the pandemic, but it returned last March as an online festival. We programmed a virtual “stage” of Tiny Desk (home) concerts in 2021 in a series called Tiny Desk Meets SXSW. This year we return again, virtually, with another round of Tiny Desk Meets SXSW: four videos filmed in various locations, all of them full of surprises.

Anamaria Sayre | March 22, 2022
Setting the scene with a winding tour of the jam-packed gathering of musicians in a mystical recreation of her childhood casita, Chicago-based singer KAINA offers her Tiny Desk (home) concert viewer a temporally unhinged invitation to come over to her house after school.

It doesn’t take much to imagine what it was like in the vocalist’s childhood home: salsa bouncing off the walls, arepas flowing from the kitchen, no one allowed to go home unfed (thanks in part to her Venezuelan and Guatemalan parents). KAINA is channeling that same casita-born energy into her performance here. She opens the performance with the title track to her new album, “It Was a Home,” a twinkly piece complete with nostalgic riffs and soft percussion. She mentions that she was featured in Saba’s 2018 Tiny Desk, but this is her first time owning the performance herself — and she hardly takes a beat after the song is over to bask in the glory of her center-stage experience before she takes her time naming every person on stage – and off – who built the 15-minute performance. Moving on to her upbeat, zanier number, “Apple,” she brings more “friends” (instrumentalists, vocalists and puppets included) on screen for the performance. Closing with a full-bodied, chorally-backed performance of “Casita,” she once again takes the time to give the voices around her equal space alongside her own.

But her community – these featured musicians, the city of Chicago, Latinas across the country – aren’t the only people she’s elevating here. She’s using this space, her casita and this moment in her career to speak to her inner child, as she describes in “It Was a Home.” She’s assuring her that when she’s all grown up she’ll use her voice to shine a light on her casita, beseeching the entire world to marvel at its beauty.

“It Was a Home”

KAINA: vocals
Michael Hilger: keyboards
Sen Morimoto: keyboard, vocals
Ryan Person: drums
Brian Sanborn: guitar
Quinn Cochran: guitar, vocals
Michael Cantella: bass
Background Vocalists: NNAMDÏ, Paige Pohlad, Kara Jackson

Directed & Produced by: Bitchcraft Collective
Cinematographer: Matt Hatleberg
Edited by: Jack Cronin
Audio: Brok Mende
Puppeteers: Frances Farlee, Ashley De La Torre, Quinn Regan, Izzi Vasquez
Producer: Kaleb Eisenmann
Executive Producers: Saró & Matt Hatleberg
Co-Directors: Kaden Maloney & Rachel Cole
UPM: Alexis Vergara
1st Assistant Director: Erica Martens
Set Designers: Kaden Maloney, Rachel Cole & Alexis Vergara
Steadicam Operator: Brian Delisi
B Cam Operator: Luciana Salinas
1st Assistant Camera: Doug Birch
Gaffer: Ted Holmwood
Key Grip: Chris “Skoach” Owsiany
Colorist/DIT: Spencer Hagerman
Friends of Friends Recording

Special Thanks:
Bryan Casallo
Pogi Studios
Camera Ambassador
Atlas Lighting
Magnanimous Media
Josh Jones

Producer: Bob Boilen
Video Producer: Joshua Bryant
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Tiny Production Team: Bobby Carter, Kara Frame, Maia Stern, Ashley Pointer
Executive Producer: Keith Jenkins
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

nprmusic #tinydesk #kaina