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The Crooked Jades: Music

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The Crooked Jades are on a mission to revive some of America's oldest music. Aficionados of "old-time" music, the members of this Bay Area band perform their own take on rural folk music from the days before radio. For the bandleader Jeff Kazor, old-time music offers a way to connect today's world with the country's earliest days -- the songs evoke conjure common feelings of alienation and suffering. As the chief songwriter of the band, Kazor finds his inspiration by listening to old recordings and selecting songs to rediscover and reinterpret.

Mariachi Youth Program: Music

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Mariachi, a style that combines Spanish composition with traditional indigenous music, has been passed on orally for generations in the Latino community. Spark drops in on a program that trains youth in trumpet, violin, guitar, guitarrón, vihuela and vocals.  The Mariachi Youth Program, sponsored by the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose, has been available to children in public schools since 1992. 

Ali Akbar Khan: Music

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In his native India, Ali Akbar Khan is considered a national living treasure. This revered figure has passed down his musical mastery to more than 10,000 students worldwide. With a teaching style very distinct from Western classical musicians, Khan composes new "ragas" (melodies) on the spot as his students listen and try to play by ear. Even in the last years of his life, he considered himself a beginner in his art form. He went to class to teach the ragas that he learned from his father in dreams. In this Spark video sit in on a class at the Ali Akbar College of Music and watch Khan in concert to experience his unique melody-making.

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Kitka: Female Vocal Ensemble: Music

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, preserve and celebrate the rich vocal traditions of Eastern Europe with the women of Kitka.

Keith Knight: Visual Arts and Music (Comic Art and Rap)

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, meet artist and rapper Keith Knight who draws on his own life for his comic strip, the K Chronicles.

Taiko Dojo: Music

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, hear the taiko drumming of Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka and the San Francisco Taiko Dojo. This art form is being performed in San Jose's Japantown as the Taiko Dojo troop seek to keep this musical form and piece of Japanese heritage alive.

Amy X Neuburg: Music (Experimental)

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Working both as a solo performer and as part of a number of ensembles, Amy Neuburg writes, records and performs a hybrid style of music. In this Spark video produced by KQED, pay a visit to this groundbreaking musician. Neuburg primarily uses electronic instruments in her work -- programmable drum pads, mixers and a looper -- which allows her to instantaneously record and play back sound.

 

Music: Klezmer | Spark

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, explore the revival of klezmer, a type of instrumental music originated by eastern European Jews, as American musicians and music historians shed light on this enduring tradition that continues to prove vital and relevant.

Music and Theater: Pamela Z | Spark

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, follow performance artist Pamela Z as she creates a multimedia performance that explores her primary instrument, her voice.

Wil Blades: Music (Jazz)

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, jam with Wil Blades, the hippest organ player in the Bay Area. Blades is at the top of the local music scene as a Hammond B3 organ player. The B3 is that big warm sultry, funky tone that provided the groove to many of the 1960s and 1970s R&B recordings. The B3 is experiencing a revival today, particularly among jazz saxophonists who find it a nice complement to a trio.

Kid Beyond: Beatboxing

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Kid Beyond is a one-person band -- using his mouth as his only musical instrument. He can produce the sounds of instruments, hip hop loops, techno beats, turntable scratches and synthesizers. Get into the rhythm with him in this Spark video from KQED.

Music: Klein International String Competition | Spark

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This Spark video produced by KQED charts the progress of young musicians as they vie for the Irving M. Klein International String Competition's grand prize of $10,000 and the chance to headline a series of prestigious concerts.