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Brittany Davis: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Brittany Davis: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

What Is It?

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.

SET LIST
“I Choose to Live”
“Loud Loud World”
“Pink Flowers”
“Madd”

MUSICIANS
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

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

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

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

TINY DESK TEAM
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

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Tiny Desk Meets SXSW: KAINA

Tiny Desk Meets SXSW: KAINA

What Is It?

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.

SET LIST
“It Was a Home”
“Apple”
“Casita”

MUSICIANS
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

CREDITS
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

TINY DESK TEAM
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

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Patti LaBelle: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Patti LaBelle: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

What Is It?

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

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NPR Music’s Tiny Desk series will celebrate Black History Month with Tiny Desk (home) concerts featuring legends in the world of R&B, jazz, gospel, and hip-hop. Each artist in this legacy lineup has helped to define Black music as we know it and will be performing a Tiny Desk concert for the first time.

Bobby Carter | February 23, 2022
The first song in Patti LaBelle’s Tiny Desk (home) concert sets the tone and quickly sums up the entire 15-minute performance. “Something Special (Is Gonna Happen Tonight)” from her 1986 album Winner In You is a highlight from one of many chapters in her fabulous career. A backstage corner of a concert hall in Austin, Texas, is transformed into Patti’s world, furnished with a throne, flowers and trunks full of shoes. Options are a must, given a knack for kicking off her shoes during shows. The entire band managed to fit onto the set: thirteen people, including fierce background vocals, keys, horns and more, to recreate some of the best from the Godmother of Soul.

LaBelle and company go straight into hits mode after the first number. “Love, Need and Want You” is delivered with the same vibrancy as the 1983 original, with a wink to another hit, “Dilemma,” by Nelly, who sampled it 19 years later. The ballads continue with “If Only You Knew.” She closes with the anthem “Lady Marmalade,” which was also revived in the early 2000s by Christina Aguilera, Mya, Pink and Lil’ Kim.

Ms. Patti had already made Black History with Cindy Birdsong, Sara Dash and Nona Hendryx as the powerhouse group Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles (later Labelle). After the group disbanded, she forged through on her own as a pioneer in music, style and entrepreneurship. Sixty years and counting. Whether big stage or Tiny Desk, the standard-bearing icon continues to exude elegance and grace as a performer.

SET LIST
“Something Special (Is Gonna Happen Tonight)”
“Love, Need and Want You”
“If Only You Knew”
“Lady Marmalade”

MUSICIANS
Patti LaBelle: vocals
Stan Lewis: keys/music director
Danny Nixon: keys
Daryl Robertson: keys
Eric Seats: drums
Alex Evans: bass
Eric Dubose: guitar
Jeff Bradshaw: trombone
Melvin Jones: trumpet
Michael Burton: saxophone
Debra Henry Ramsey: vocals
Brenda Roy: Background vocals
Anthony Williams Jr: vocals
Aja Marie Grant: vocals

CREDITS
Video Director: Whitney Thomas
Audio Engineer: Dwayne Jones
Recording Engineer: Brandon Snell
Management: Zuri Edwards
Production Manager: Joe Falcon
Road Manager: Pamela Hobson
Guitar Tech: Alfonso Perez
Backline Tech: Gabriel Santana Falcon, GearHeadz Inc.
Technical Director: Blake Addyson

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

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Camila Cabello: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Camila Cabello: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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Anamaria Sayre | October 15, 2021
To the beat of her swishing hips and swaying percussionists, Camila Cabello’s famous “Half of my heart is in Havana” reverberates across this musician-packed Miami set, with an at-home ease that feels novel for the global popstar.

Born to a Cuban mother and Mexican father in Havana, Cuba, Cabello is no stranger to blending borders and connecting worlds. As the final performance in our Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, her El Tiny concert epitomises the cross-cultural, transnational musical identities we’ve centered over the course of the series. Each unique arrangement of her universal hits represents and explores a new facet of the identities and experiences that make up Cabello.

These stripped-down renditions of her hits “Havana,” “Real Friends,” “Señorita” and “Don’t Go Yet” include more Latin instrumentation than the recordings — presumably bringing them closer to sounds that were first introduced to her as music during her childhood in Havana, Mexico City, and Miami.

The interlude featuring a sacred Afro-Cuban Santería chant and the following performance of the unreleased, Mariachi-based “La Buena Vida,” firmly root Cabello’s El Tiny performance within two cultural traditions that don’t typically glitter under the harsh lights of a global stage.

Here, we find Camila on the precipice of a voice that magically layers pop with tradition, holding all parts of a complex identity in seamless harmony. Flanked by Cuban congueros and Mexican mariachi, all aglow under the Miami sun, Camila Cabello’s heart has never felt more whole.

SET LIST
“Havana”
“Real Friends”
“Señorita”
“Don’t Go Yet”
“La Buena Vida”

MUSICIANS
Camila Cabello: vocals
Edwin Carranza: bass/music director
Marcus Kincy: keys/glockenspiel
Chris Johnson: drums
Luke Iono: guitar
Yisel Duque: vocals
Jackie Mendez: vocals
Alex Garcia: guitar
Camilo Velandia: guitar
Daniel Lopez: percussion
Joel del Sol: percussion
Gerardo Rodriguez: trumpet
Mayerlin Carrero: trombone
Luisi “Rosca” Beltran: saxophone
Cheche Alara: accordion, rhodes
Jimmy K. Cuéllar: violín
Luis Zambrano: violín
Ángel Guzmán: violín
Gustavo Zambrano: violín
Saúl Ruiz: violín
Gustavo Hernández: guitarra
Jason Franco: vihuela
Albert Jimenez: guitarron
John Vargas: trompeta
Grover Castro: trompeta
Music Production: Cheche Alara, Ricky Reed
Music Director & Arranger: Cheche Alara

CREDITS
Video: Justin Francis
Audio: Lawrence Manchester
Video Production: Hidden Pictures
Camera Op: Alexandra Vivas
Backline Techs: Okwa Andrew, Edward Mendoza
Recording Engineer: Ryan Cecil
Playback/Recording Engineer/Editing: Mike Kopulos
Monitor Engineer: Taylor Holden
Production Manager: Chris Coffie
Steadicam: Zach Burgh
A Camera AC: Joe Ariberto
B Camera AC: Alex Cristofoli
Digital Imaging Tech: Leungson P. “Coco”
Gaffer: Ricardo C. Lopez
Grip: Brian Sills
Swing: Brandon Vencino
PA: Jonathan Ruffini
PA: Kevin Cuenca
Art Director: Luis Roman
Art Assistant: Joel Figueroa
Colorist: Marshall Palante
Location: Soho House Miami Music
Transcription: Boh Cooper

TINY DESK TEAM
Producer: Anamaria Sayre
Video Producer: Maia Stern
Audio Mastering: Andy Huether
Alt.Latino ‘El Tiny’ Team: Felix Contreras, Reanna Cruz, Anaïs Laurent, Stefanie Fernandez
Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Bobby Carter, Kara Frame, Josh Rogosin, Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis
Executive Producer: Keith Jenkins
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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Jenny And The Mexicats: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Jenny And The Mexicats: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

What Is It?

The YouTube video Jenny And The Mexicats: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert by the YouTube channel NPR Music, and here is the description for this video:

March 26, 2018 | Felix Contreras — Jenny and the Mexicats is a discovery from South by Southwest a few years ago that I haven’t been able to get out of my mind, and with good reason: The band’s high-energy shows are unforgettable, as is its sound. Mixing flamenco, originally from southern Spain, with Jenny Ball’s jazz trumpet background and a little bit of cumbia has created their one-of-a-kind musical identity.

The grooves these musicians create can be frenetic (as in the first performance here, “Frenético Ritmo”) or slow and luxurious (“The Song for the UV Mouse House”). In both cases, the group presents the perfect cushion for Ball’s impassioned singing and engaging stage presence. There are no weak points in the instrumentation, and with Ball out front, the songs come to life as the short stories they are — like that of the young lady who appreciates a beer before taking on life’s challenges in “Verde Más Allá.”

Watching this performance, it’s easy to see why Jenny and the Mexicats is picking up new fans as the group travels the world spreading its good cheer. The musicians bring their festival circuit-level performance down to almost a whisper here, but the intensity of their playing remains. After watching, perhaps you’ll end up like me, with their names permanently entered in your mental Rolodex.

Set List

“Frenético Ritmo”
“The Song for the UV House Mouse”
“Verde Más Allá”

CREDITS
Producers: Felix Contreras, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, Beck Harlan, Dani Lyman; Production Assistants: Joshua Bote, Molly Stofko; Photo: Jenna Sterner/NPR.