Music and Musicians

The band Scythian (pronounced SITH-ee-unn - they’re named after a nomadic Eurasian tribe) has an unlikely combination of influences.  Three of the members are siblings: fiddler Alexander, guitarist Danylo and cellist Larissa Fedoryka are from a family of Ukrainian immigrant, and were classically trained.  Bassist Josef Crosby, who also doubles on fiddle, was classically trained as well. Drummer Tim Hepburn started out in jazz, and banjo player Ben-David Warner grew up on a diet of Celtic music via NPR’s Thistle and Shamrock.

IPR's Studio One team is at 80/35 this weekend, July 4 & 5. We're chatting with local and national bands who are rocking the music festival in Des Moines, and we're recording some live unplugged sessions from the Meet & Greet area. 

Stop by and see us, or click here to watch the videos as we post them! 

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    Singer and Songwriter Jolie Holland has been making music since the 1990s. Her new album 'Wine Dark Sea' is this week's CD of the Week on IPR's Studio One. IPR's Clay Masters spoke with Holland soon after she finished recording the album. 

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" from 2012 host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Dave Olson.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the Twin Cities-based artist.

Congratulations to Margaryta Golovko, winner of the inaugural Midwest International Piano Competition! After competing this past week with nineteen other pianists in the senior division from eleven different countries, Margaryta is the winner of a $10,000 cash prize, a CD recording with the Blue Griffin label, a concerto performance with the wcfsymphony on November 1, 2014, and an optional 2-year professional management contract with Heartland Concert Artists.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Iowa City's own, Dan Dimonte and the Bad Assettes.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the making of their new fusion of inspired jazz.

While sixteen of the greatest young senior division pianists from around the world begin to pack their bags, Elina Akselrud, Tomer Gewirtzman, and Margaryta Golovko are preparing for the final round of the senior division of the Midwest International Piano Competition, and the chance to win $10,000. Iowa Public Radio speaks with Midwest International Piano Competition founders Dmitri Vorobiev and Sean Botkin. Hear the two University of Northern Iowa Piano Professors describe the origins of this inaugural event as they give us a peek behind the scenes.

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To become a Van Cliburn gold medalist, what kind of piano should you learn on? Steinway? Yamaha? Jon Nakamatsu’s international career began on the keys of a humble toy organ. Concerned that at the age of four he would never be serious about playing the piano, Jon’s parents did not want to invest in an expensive instrument he would not use. Jon steps up to perform one of the most challenging pieces in the piano repertoire with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra.

Three of the world’s best young pianists will be competing in the finals for the first ever Midwest International Piano Competition, hosted by the University of Northern Iowa’s School of Music at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 7.  Iowa Public Radio’s Jacqueline Halbloom and Al Schares will host a live Performance Iowa broadcast, presenting taped interviews with the finalists and commentary from the competition founders, UNI’s Assistant Professor of Piano Dmitri Vorobiev and Associate Professor of Piano Sean Botkin between the concerts.  

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with soulful Milwaukee artist, Roxi Copland.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the making of their debut album.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with The Grahams.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the making of their debut album. 

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Crankshaft.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about what he calls "pork neck" music.

Peter Yarrow rose to fame in the 1960’s as one third of the folk trio, “Peter, Paul and Mary.” The group was known for their political activism as much as they were known for their music. Yarrow says it wasn't the music that motivated him. “It wasn’t just about the music, it was about its ability to unite people in common cause.”

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with the Des Moines trio of Mary McAdams, Patresa Hartman, and Lily DeTaeye.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about their songwriters in the round.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Cedar Falls locals and Iowa Pop Kings, Dylan Sires and Neighbors.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about their upcoming international tours.

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Musician Jason Molina influenced many of his peers and sold tens of thousands of records for a small independent label from Indiana. Molina died at age 39 a little more than a year ago from organ failure due to alcohol abuse. But now two new releases are paying tribute to the musician. Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters has more. 

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This Sunday, April 20, during the 3:00 hour, The Folk Tree presents live music from Jon Hogan and Maria Moss.   Based in Austin, Texas, Hogan and Moss are purveyors of rollicking roots music and trad-inspired originals, which they describe as “primitive-modernist music that will break your heart and blow the doors off your Ford.”

Join us in IPR’s Cedar Falls studios, on the third floor of UNI’s Communication Arts Center (map here), or tune in and listen for some high-energy music.

In this special episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," recorded at The Redstone Room in downtown Davenport, host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Brooklyn, NY artist, Jen Chapin

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about this soulful folk artist and her trio. 

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In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Rebecca Rego.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the Wisconsin based artist.

 In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Davenport rockers, Jason Carl and the Whole Damn Band.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about their latest self-titled album.

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Back by popular demand from last season, Iowa Public Radio presents the Symphonies of Iowa series, showcasing the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s Grieg Piano Concerto and Mahler 5 concert on Sunday, March 30 at noon and Monday, March 31 at 2 p.m. On this program, the Des Moines Symphony presents one of the most beloved and recognizable works of all time, Greig’s Piano Concerto, performed by guest artist and Van Cliburn Silver Medalist Joyce Yang.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with southeast Iowa indie folk-rockers, The PBJs.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the sweet and salty duo.

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Today on River to River, we explore the continuing changes in the music industry...including the fact that more and more users are listening from large online libraries of music – like Rhapsody, Spotify, or Pandora – rather than purchasing individual songs or albums. We also discuss why vinyl records are making a comeback.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Santa Monica based pop-rocker,  Tiff Jimber.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about her and her recent U.S. tour.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Waterloo's renowned bluegrass and folk string band, Comfort Kings.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about their latest album, Prairie Fire.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Waterloo, IA's, loud and proud pop-rockers, TWINS.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about their latest album, Funny Faces and their upcoming album, Tomboys on Parade.

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In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Auburn, IA's whiskey gospel rockers, King of the Tramps.

Listen to and download the podcast after this weekend's broadcast to find out more about how The Tramps are making more than just music.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with "Chicago Twang" artist, Mike Himebaugh.

Listen and download the podcast to find out more about Mike's latest album, Green.

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In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Ben Kieffer chats with Moline, IL pop-rock group, Minus Six.

Listen and download the podcast to find out more about their recent album, Come Out From Where You Hide.

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In a News Buzz edition of River to River, Host Ben Kieffer talks with IPR's Clay Masters about debate over a plan to ban the sale of e-cigarettes containing nicotine to minors. 

We hear from Cedar Rapids Democratic Senator Liz Mathis about the need for emergency funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.  She says one family found it less costly to spend a week in a hotel, rather than heat their home using propane. 

We get local reaction to a new study on the effectiveness of mammograms. 

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