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Vivian Li Debut Goes Eclectic-acoustic

Zach Hindin | Posted 09.07.2014 | Arts
Zach Hindin

The mandolinist-composer Vivian Li thrives between bluegrass and classical music. No two genres are more hard-set in their ways, but Li and her Pickled Campers apply heat to tradition and the walls come tumbling down; the result is Li's promising debut, Growing in the Cracks.

The Wheel of Time: Old Songs and Tunes from Folk Alliance 2014

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 05.06.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Larry Hanks and Deborah Robins. Used by permission of Larry Hanks and Deborah Robins. The wheel of time turns, a year goes by, and once again I'm w...

The Friends I Keep In My Basement

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 04.08.2014 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

We all have appliances we were so excited about at the time, but don't use anymore, right?  Some sit on the kitchen counter for a while as appliance architecture, before they are banished to the graveyard. Some have never been used.

Who's That Girl Playing Mandolin Onstage With Amos Lee?

Michael Bialas | Posted 10.23.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Some of the loudest cheers of the night came as Bella hit all the right mandolin notes on her solo turns, smiling throughout while looking remarkably poised for a tween playing before the biggest audience of a career that's just blooming.

Brazilliance, Part One: The Choro Music of Dudu Maia and Douglas Lora (VIDEO)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 07.11.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

2011-05-10-choro2.jpgI've traveled the world documenting music, but sometimes a chance meeting in my home town of New York City yields treasures -- Maia and Lora turned in a stellar set.

Mandolins

Daniel Menaker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Daniel Menaker

Commerce has no shame -- it really doesn't. From 1919 to 1923, Lloyd Loar worked for the Gibson company, making F-5 mandolins whose quality has never been matched. So why is a Japanese company putting his name on theirs?

Music You Can Feel: Mumford and Sons Inspire NYC Crowd

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jon Chattman

"I don't wanna think, I wanna feel... How do I feel?" That's a great line from a forgotten Pearl Jam tune "Hail, Hail," which I live and struggle w...

Astoria Characters: The Bouzouki Balladeer

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

George Vlesmas has devoted his life to the pursuit of the bouzouki, the Greek stringed instrument with the pear-shaped body and swan-length fretted neck that sounds like a chiming harp.

Tribecastan In Manhattan Unleashes Uzbek Lutes, Pakistani Taxi Horns, And Six Foot Shepherd's Pipes

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Modiba

Welcome to Tribecastan, a country without borders tucked away in a corner of downtown Manhattan.