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Moira Smiley, Howard Levy
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From intricate jazz solos to his "Concerto for Diatonic Harmonica and Orchestra,” he has stretched the harmonica beyond its ostensible limits. She sings “old modal folk songs” with Solas one week and performs with the indie band tUnE-yArDs the next. This week, "Musician's Spotlight" features encores with Howard Levy and Moira Smiley, two musicians for whom visionary boundary-pushing is just an ordinary Tuesday.

Moira Smiley
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She sings “old modal folk songs” with Solas one week and performs with the indie band tUnE-yArDs the next. You might catch her with her own group as they re-imagine the piano miniatures of Bartók, or at a choir rehearsal of her original choral compositions.  Musical improviser and experimenter Moira Smiley returns to “Musician’s Spotlight” on the heels of her latest release, “Unzip The Horizon.” About it, she says: “The lonesome freedom and experience of years on tour were midwife to this music, all about seeing down to the origins of anxiety and up into the freedoms we ignore.”

Singing is healthy
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Hi! I’m Dr. Jamison Starbuck, a naturopathic family physician. I’m here today with health tips for kids about: singing.

Do re mi fa so la ti do. Do you know that singing is one of the very best things that kids can do for their health?

Madeleine Peyroux’s sultry voice and winsome blend of folk, pop and jazz songs have taken her to concert halls, jazz clubs and festivals all over the world.

Jazz Is Like A Really Good Conversation

Aug 7, 2014

Montana jazz icon M.J. Williams was singing in clubs in the early 1960's. Fifty years later, her gorgeous voice and innovative style have reached new levels of warmth and maturity. Listen to this piece and you'll hear why she's a jazz legend in the Rocky Mountain West.

(Broadcast: "Mountain West Voices,"  7/26/15, Monday afternoons, 4:53 p.m., or via podcast.)