Bob Boilen http://wrti.org en Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña: Tiny Desk Concert http://wrti.org/post/eliot-fisk-and-paco-pe-tiny-desk-concert Eliot Fisk looks like the happiest man on the planet. Watch that face as he plays guitar. Between performing music by <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15031897/johann-sebastian-bach" target="_blank">J.S. Bach</a> and partnering with the world's best flamenco guitarist, Paco Peña, Fisk can barely control his joy. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 7413 at http://wrti.org Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña: Tiny Desk Concert Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Tiny Desk Concert http://wrti.org/post/preservation-hall-jazz-band-tiny-desk-concert Our goal for this special holiday Tiny Desk Concert is simple: to bring you joy. <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16317454/preservation-hall-jazz-band">Preservation Hall Jazz Band</a> is a hot and historic outfit from New Orleans, and its members brought us a tuba-wielding Santa and some original holiday cheer and praise — what they call a Cajun Christmas from the French Quarter.<p>We lit some lights and decorated my desk and shelves as best we could, but it's this amazing band — complete with saxophone, trombone, trumpet, drums and a couple of tubas — that lit this place up. Sat, 21 Dec 2013 13:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 6839 at http://wrti.org Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Tiny Desk Concert Maya Beiser: Tiny Desk Concert http://wrti.org/post/maya-beiser-tiny-desk-concert Maya Beiser's Twitter handle — <a href="https://twitter.com/cellogoddess">@CelloGoddess</a> — says it all. She's a brilliant cellist with a stunning command of her instrument, and she's tightly tied to technology. Beiser takes the sound of her cello and runs it through loop pedals, effects and other electronics to make her instrument shimmer, drone and groove. Then there's her magnificent sense of melody.<p>It's not unusual to want to run in the other direction when you hear the words "experimental music," but Beiser's is an experiment that works. Sat, 29 Jun 2013 09:20:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 6140 at http://wrti.org Maya Beiser: Tiny Desk Concert Olafur Arnalds, Live In Concert http://wrti.org/post/lafur-arnalds-live-concert How can music be happy and sad at the same time? Listen to <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94291760">Olafur Arnalds</a> and you'll hear it. Depending on your mood, the tone changes, and a song that may have been uplifting one day sounds like an elegy the next. It's spacious, undeniably beautiful work. Much of the music performed in this concert, recorded on April 18 at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City, is drawn from the Icelandic musician's recent album <em>For Now I Am Winter. Tue, 07 May 2013 14:57:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 5491 at http://wrti.org Olafur Arnalds, Live In Concert Father Figures: Tiny Desk Concert http://wrti.org/post/father-figures-tiny-desk-concert In a small, packed Washington, D.C., living room late one December night, I heard a cacophony of horns, keys, drums and guitars that simply floored me. It was brash, zany, brainy, scary and danceable. At the end of a long year of amazing live music, this would turn out to be one of the most memorable concerts I'd seen.<p>I walked up to Adam Schatz, the man behind the saxophone and chief instigator in Father Figures, and told him his band needed to play the Tiny Desk. How this music would translate to the brightness of day — to say nothing of a busy office — was hard to anticipate. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 18:26:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 5456 at http://wrti.org Father Figures: Tiny Desk Concert Pedro Soler And Gaspar Claus: Tiny Desk Concert http://wrti.org/post/pedro-soler-and-gaspar-claus-tiny-desk-concert Music can be a beautiful conversation — rarely is that more evident than in this Tiny Desk Concert performance with the father-son duo of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/152287378/pedro-soler-and-gaspar-claus">Pedro Soler and Gaspar Claus</a>. 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. Mon, 14 May 2012 16:52:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 3862 at http://wrti.org Pedro Soler And Gaspar Claus: Tiny Desk Concert