Exploring Polyphony: The Multiple Voices of the Motet

When music combines multiple human voices, melodies, and rhythms, it can gain a powerful expressiveness that is complex, rich, and misterious. Contemporary Western music rarely explores polyphony and the beautiful texture that simultaneous lines of melody and multiple voices can create. We have got used to monophony and musical textures with one voice and dominant […]

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A Conversation with Youth Musicians from Boston’s Boys & Girls Clubs

One of my favorite things about co-hosting a radio show is to have diverse guests and engage in dynamic conversations. Interviews ON AIR have a special feeling of liveliness. Animated by the immediacy of broadcasting and the transmission of electric wave, conversations feel as public performances in front of a wide audience. In America Unificacion, […]

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Norteño Accordion Sound

The sound of the accordion in Norteño music accompanies songs from an ample repertoire. Rancheras, corridos, baladas, polkas, cumbias, huapangos, and chotis all include the melodic sounds of the diatonic scale produced with an accordion. Contemporary young Mexican musicians, coming from genres such as alternative rock, electro-pop, and hip hop, have been incorporating the accordion […]

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