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  • A Short History of Jazz - The 1950s (Cool Jazz & Latin) ( 53′ 42″ )

    Recorded live at the Museum of Wellington City and Sea in August last year, these four sessions trace the evolution of jazz from its early beginnings in the 1900s through the 1930s and 1940s to the 1950s. In each programme, New Zealand School of Music lecturers and music specialists perform the music from and discuss an era of their expertise. The 1950s - Find out more about the style of modern jazz music that arose following the second world war with Norman Meehan. (RNZ)

    From Radio NZ National Music on 28 Jan 2015

  • Introducing - Mimi Gilbert ( 5′ 03″ )

    Mimi Gilbert with her song I've Got Love

    From Introducing on 24 Jan 2015

  • The Birth of Mirth ( 10′ 24″ )

    Whangarei-based songwriter Katherine McDermid-Smith on writing, recording and releasing 100 songs in 100 days for her project thebirthofmirth.com

    From Radio NZ National Music on 24 Jan 2015

  • A Centenary of Sun Ra ( 25′ 22″ )

    A look at the career of one the 20th century's great composers, band leaders and eccentrics, Sun Ra. A mysterious and elusive figure, for most of his life Sun Ra constructed a web of myths and legends that stretch from ancient Egypt to outer space. An early pioneer of electronic keyboards and a musician driven by the search for new sounds and ways of constructing music, Sun Ra formed a big band, the Arkestra in the 50s. The band has survived for over six decades, even outliving its founding father, and has been responsible for some of the most out-there music ever heard on planet earth. Orchestra of Spheres' Daniel Beban takes us for a ride through the music of Sun Ra.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 24 Jan 2015

  • Royal Blood ( 9′ 14″ )

    Over the course of just two years, bass-and-drums British rock duo Royal Blood have gone from performing their very first gig in a small local pub to being hailed as rock's new saviours. Their debut album Royal Blood entered the UK charts at number one, was named the fastest-selling rock debut in the UK in three years, and went on to be nominated for the Mercury Prize. Melody Thomas speaks with bassist and singer Mike Kerr ahead of the duo's performance at St Jeromes Laneway Festival in Auckland on Monday.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 24 Jan 2015

  • Access All Areas: Mark Rye, founder of RockHistory ( 16′ 15″ )

    Mark Rye has a background that has seen him work for pioneering prog-rock label Harvest records in the early 70s and in artist management. Most recently, Rye has called upon his contacts to provide anecdotes for his website RockHistory.co.uk, as well as a recently published book, Over Under Sideways Down. Rye tells Trevor Reekie about his memories of many of the people he has worked with in the UK music scene.

    From Access All Areas on 24 Jan 2015

  • How To Dress Well ( 12′ 36″ )

    How To Dress Well is Tom Krell, the Chicago, Illinois singer-producer and philosophy PhD candidate who has taken an R&B deconstructionist approach to song writing across his three-album catalogue. In the country this week to play Auckland's Kings Arms, he talks to Sam Wicks about the heady issues which lace his latest release What Is This Heart?

    From Radio NZ National Music on 24 Jan 2015

  • Dudley Benson reviews Bjork's new album "Vulnicura" ( 22′ 35″ )

    Bjork enthusiast and chamber pop musician Dudley Benson joins Melody to review Bjork's ninth album "Vulnicura".

    From Radio NZ National Music on 24 Jan 2015

  • Stages: The Mussel Inn ( 15′ 48″ )

    Anthonie Tonnon visits New Zealand's most talked about places to see music, from big city institutions to port town oddities and near-mythical stages in the bush. The waiting list is almost a year long, and musicians return with legends of blissful crowds, a brewery on site and log cabin accommodation. For the first episode of a new series of Stages, Anthonie Tonnon visits one of the most desirable stages to play in the country: The Mussel Inn in Golden Bay.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 24 Jan 2015

  • NZ Live - Tattletale Saints ( 41′ 51″ )

    The Tattletale Saints have returned from touring the United States for an 18-show tour of New Zealand, and they've released a new single earlier this week to mark the occasion.

    From Afternoons on 23 Jan 2015

  • A Short History of Jazz - The 1940s (Bebop) ( 58′ 25″ )

    Recorded live at the Museum of Wellington City and Sea in August last year, these four sessions trace the evolution of jazz from its early beginnings in the 1900s through the 1930s and 1940s to the 1950s. In each programme, New Zealand School of Music lecturers and music specialists perform the music from and discuss an era of their expertise. The 1940s - Take a look into the bebop jazz, also known as the time of 'modern jazz'. (RNZ)

    From Radio NZ National Music on 21 Jan 2015

  • Cosmic Compositions ( 7′ 39″ )

    Since 2012, Auckland's Addison Chase has been releasing free-jazz informed beat music through his C O S M I C C O M P O S I T I O N S Soundcloud and Bandcamp pages. Mid-2014, his music caught the attention of German record distributors HHV.DE. Since then, they've been helping him release music internationally in deluxe vinyl editions. Martyn Pepperell talks to Chase about the story behind C O S M I C C O M P O S I T I O N S and where he intends to take things next.

    From Featured Audio on 17 Jan 2015

  • French for Rabbits: Live at The Wine Cellar ( 13′ 39″ )

    Music 101 last heard from dream-pop outfit French for Rabbits - Brooke Singer and John Fitzgerald - when they made us a tour diary documenting their European tour. All in all, the duo clocked up 108 shows in 2014 both here and overseas. One of those performances was in the intimate surrounds of Auckland venue, The Wine Cellar. Radio New Zealand engineer Andre Upston was there to capture their endearingly awkward banter and their songs.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 17 Jan 2015

  • Far Fetch - Country Dance Music ( 12′ 37″ )

    A game of fetch where Sam Scott (The Phoenix Foundation, Bunnies on Ponies) is given an obscure genre and a week to return with relevant musical examples and stirring stories. This week, he delves into America's new rave heartland with Country Dance Music.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 17 Jan 2015

  • Little Dragon ( 12′ 34″ )

    Swedish synthpop band Little Dragon have toured with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, collaborating with the likes of Gorillaz, Outkast's Big Boi, SBTRKT and Dave from De La Soul, and this year Little Dragon received a Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronic album for their fourth studio release Nabuma Rubberband. We meet effervescent lead singer Yukimi Nagano.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 17 Jan 2015

  • Jessica Pratt in Session ( 17′ 38″ )

    Californian Jessica Pratt plays some of her off-kilter folk songs live in the Radio New Zealand studio.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 17 Jan 2015

  • Run the Jewels ( 45′ 58″ )

    Run the Jewels - the critically lauded rap duo of Atlanta, Georgia consisting of native Killer Mike and Brooklyn-born and bred MC/producer El-P - is a project only two years deep, but their respective back-stories cover 20 years of East Coast and Southern US hip hop history. Music 101's Sam Wicks invited Killer Mike and El-P into Radio New Zealand to "rewind the jewels", trawling through their solo back catalogues and offering up commentary on the selections.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 17 Jan 2015

  • Chronophonium ( 18′ 55″ )

    Last weekend festival goers converged on a small valley in Tapu, Coromandel to attend the fourth annual Chronophonium. Boasting an eclectic line up of alternative art and music brought together by a "do it together" ethos, the festival hit a bump in the road, clashing heads with the Thames Coromandel District Council. Zac Arnold traversed to Tapu to meet with musicians, punters and the organisers with the hopes of experiencing everything Chony had to offer.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 17 Jan 2015

  • A Short History of Jazz - The 1930s (Swing) ( 53′ 26″ )

    Recorded live at the Museum of Wellington City and Sea in August last year, these four sessions trace the evolution of jazz from its early beginnings in the 1900s through the 1930s and 1940s to the 1950s. In each programme, New Zealand School of Music lecturers and music specialists perform the music from and discuss an era of their expertise. The 1930s - Hear about how jazz improvisation reached new levels of sophistication with Ben Wilcock. (RNZ)

    From Radio NZ National Music on 14 Jan 2015

  • Doprah live at Galatos ( 26′ 56″ )

    Before Christchurch's odd pop outfit Doprah travelled to New York to play the CMJ Music Marathon in October, the band played a send-off show at Auckland venue Galatos. Radio New Zealand engineer Andre Upston was behind the boards to capture their beguiling set.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 10 Jan 2015

  • Jack Ladder And Kirin J Callinan session ( 14′ 52″ )

    Australian indie troubadours Jack Ladder and Kirin J. Callinan cross the ditch this week for co-headlining shows in Auckland and Wellington. We corner the duo for a session at the Radio New Zealand studios.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 10 Jan 2015

Coming up

  • In The Sampler Nick Bollinger reviews a stately new set by Marianne Faithfull, the 21st century blues of hip-hopper-turned soul man Son Little and country music with a metaphysical twist from Sturgill Simpson

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The Best of Music 101 in 2014

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Here are a few of our favourite music stories and performances from 2014:

Interviews

Music Diaries

Live performances

Features

OMC – The Story of ‘How Bizarre’

Who Polices the Noise Police
Samuel Scott (The Phoenix Foundation) explores how changing inner city demographics and density influence the live music scene.

The Secret Life of Conductors
Kirsten Johnstone revisits her orchestral youth.

Stages - visit some of more intimate and unique music venues around the country.

You can also listen to this series again during Summer Music 101.