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  1. Jace Clayton on Julius Eastman2017/08/09
    Ahead of our Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner gig with Jace Clayton (AKA DJ/Rupture) we look into the saga of this most interesting of composers – a minimalist master and contemporary of Feldman and Cage – who died destitute and with many of his scores lost.
  2. Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields)2017/07/26
    Following the release of his autobiographical 50 Song Memoir (with a song dedicated to each year of his life so far) and the live performance coming up in September, the idiosyncratic singer-songwriter talks to us about his music and his process.
  3. Laura Mvula2017/07/12
    ‘I’m always a creative soul, looking for the next thing…’ In one of his favourite ever interviews, Ben speaks to the double Mercury-nominated singer and songwriter Laura Mvula about her life, music and the upcoming show here with the London Symphony Orchestra.
  4. Simon Raymonde on Bella Union2017/06/21
    We spoke to the ex-Cocteau Twin about Bella Union, the record label he co-founded 20 years ago and still runs today and who’s nurtured the likes of Fleet Foxes, Dirty Three, Beach House and many more.

    We’re throwing the label a 20th birthday party this July, with gigs featuring Ezra Furman and Mercury Rev with Royal Northern Sinfonia. Find out more: http://bit.ly/2tJaib8
  5. Jeff Mills2017/06/07
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  6. The Unthanks on Molly Drake2017/05/17
    The Northumbrian folk group unearth the wistful work of Molly Drake – Nick’s mother – who wrote and recorded a series of poems and songs on a tape set-up in the family home, which the group have re-worked and recorded.
  7. Manana // Cuba2017/05/03
    Originally taking place in Santiago de Cuba last year, Manana//Cuba festival married traditional Afro-Cuban sounds with forward-thinking electronics.

    We spoke to festival co-founder Harry Follett as well as Cuban/Iranian act Ariwo and UK-based electronic duo Soundspecies about how they plan to bring the atmosphere of Santiago to the Barbican Hall on 26 May.
  8. Sasha2017/04/19
    Ahead of playing his music live for the first time ever, here at the Barbican in May 2017, we spoke to the legendary producer and DJ about his musical upbringing, performing live and the Simpsons.
  9. Philip Glass’s Music in Twelve Parts2017/04/05
    We delve into the four-hour minimalist masterpiece – one of the undoubted milestones of contemporary classical music – with three of the first musicians outside the Philip Glass Ensemble whom the composer has permitted to perform the piece: Bedroom Community pianist and organist James McVinnie, composer Timo Andres and pianist Eliza McCarthy.
  10. Piano Day2017/03/22
    To celebrate the 88th Day of the year and Nils Frahm’s international celebration of the piano, we get under the lid with piano-tuner-to-the-stars Ulrich Gerhartz to look at the science of the instrument, and also members of Piano Circus, James Young and Dawn Hardwick, and composer Angus MacRae.
  11. The Can Project // Irmin Schmidt 2017/03/08
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  12. Hatsune Miku2017/02/22
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  13. Efterklang 2017/02/08
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  14. Shirley Collins2017/01/25
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  15. Robert Henke on Digital Arts2017/01/18
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  16. Warm Digits on scoring Sunderland’s experience of WW12017/01/11
    Narrated by Kate Adie, and featuring a soundtrack by Field Music and Warm Digits, Esther Johnson’s moving documentary Asunder captures one city’s experience of the First World War – not through grisly images of war, but through the real stories of people who lived there.

    We chat to Warm Digits’ Andrew Hodson about working with Field Music on composing for the film.
  17. Steve Mason2016/12/14
    Ahead of Alive! at the Barbican – a show that sees Steve Mason perform new arrangements of his music with an expanded ensemble, we chat to the singer and songwriter about the various twists and turns of his career.
  18. Jóhann Jóhannsson 2016/11/30
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  19. Michael Nyman at 402016/11/09
    40 years after their creation, we chat to composer Michael Nyman about his upcoming performance with his band - charting the journey from their inception, to their stunning soundtrack work for 'The Draughtman’s Contract', 'Prospero’s Books' and more, through to present day.
  20. Art Spiegelman and Philip Johnston / Wordless2016/10/26
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  21. Rough Trade at 40 feat John Grant + Stephen Mallinder2016/10/20
    In 1976, Geoff Travis started a shop that would change the face of music in the UK. 40 years on, we take a look back at the history of Rough Trade, speaking to John Grant and Stephen Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire / Wrangler) about what Rough Trade means to them, and their upcoming collaboration as part of the Rough Trade at 40 series of shows.
  22. Matmos on Robert Ashley2016/10/12
    A tale of love affairs, bank robberies and consumerism in the American Mid-west, Robert Ashley’s made-for-TV opera Perfect Lives combined Minimalist composition with synths and oddly syncopated spoken word.

    Performing excerpts from the opera, electronic duo Matmos share their love for the eccentric composer praised by the likes of John Cage and Laurie Anderson.
  23. Dear Esther / Jessica Curry2016/09/28
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  24. Stars of the Lid2016/09/14
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  25. Introducing Possibly Colliding Part 3 - Voices and Collaborations2016/07/04
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  26. Nils Frahm introduces Possibly Colliding (Part 2)2016/06/28
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  27. Nils Frahm introduces Possibly Colliding (Part 1)2016/06/09
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  28. Max Richter, Tindersticks, Kronos Quartet, Black Arm Band – May 20162016/04/26
    In our May podcast we chat to artists finding new ways to perform and present music, as Tindersticks unveil new album as a series of short films, Black Arm Band show you a side of Australian seldom-seen by the rest of the world, Kronos continue to redefine what the string quartet can and should be in 2016, and composer Max Richter explores the relationship between music and sleep.
  29. Calexico, The Necks, James McVinnie, Bang on a Can – April 20162016/04/06
    In our April podcast explore the hidden sounds of the church organ with composer James McVinnie and experimental trio The Necks, including James talking about his new collaboration with Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher). Brooklyn ensemble Bang on a Can chat transforming archive audio and video into new music, and Calexico bring longtime collaborators together for their upcoming concert.
  30. March 2016 - Junun, Mariza, Michael Gira + Thurston Moore + Laura Cannell2016/03/07
    We talk to Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur about combining sacred Qawwali with electronics in his collaboration with Jonny Greenwood and The Rajasthan Express, Portuguese singer Mariza mixes traditional fado with popular music, and Laura Cannell explores the theme of new life through medieval techniques.
  31. February 2016 - Jorge Drexler, Actress + LCO, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra2016/01/28
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  32. December 2015 special - Panic! - Darkstar, Richard Dawson, Simran Hans + more2015/11/30
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  33. November 2015 – EFG London Jazz Festival special – Kamasi Washington, Terence Blanchard + more2015/11/06
    Take a tour through some of the highlights of this year's EFG London Jazz Festival as we speak to Kamasi Washington, GoGo Penguin, Terence Blanchard and Ron McCurdy ahead of their performances in the Barbican Hall.
  34. October 2015 – Lee Hazlewood, King Creosote, Marcus Miller2015/10/01
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  35. Electronic music experiences special – Jeff Mills, Holly Herndon, Gazelle Twin + more2015/09/07
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  36. September 2015 - Transcender special - Double Vision, Arifa, the music of Brian Eno, Faiz Ali Faiz2015/08/28
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  37. Moog Concordance special - Will Gregory, Suicide, Keith Emerson2015/07/13
    From the ensemble expanding the possibilities presented by the Moog synthesiser to the man nearly banned by the Musicians Union from using one, explore our Moog Concordance series in more depth as we chat to three champions of the analogue synth ahead of their performance at the Barbican this month.
  38. Station to Station special - Suicide, EMA, Lonelady, Boredoms2015/06/30
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  39. June 2015 – Live Music and Film special – Asian Dub Foundation and Live Live Cinema2015/05/28
    Asian Dub Foundation guitarist Steve Savale talks re-scoring George Lucas's directorial debut THX 1138 - a chilling dystopian fantasy set in a post-apocalyptic future - and the film's terrifying parallels with contemporary society. Live Live Cinema's Leon Radojkovic unravels the New Zealand company's reimagining of Roger Corman's original 1960s cult classic Little Shop of Horror Film.
  40. May 2015 – Villagers, Colleen, Roberto Fonseca2015/05/06
    Conor O'Brien aka Villagers says that writing his new album, Darling Arithmetic, was the first time he allowed himself to write about personal experiences; Colleen‘s new album, Captain of None, features a strong dub influence; and Cuban jazz pianist, Roberto Fonseca, collaborates with Malian soul singer, Fatoumata Diawara. 'Although we are far away, musically we are very close.'
  41. Mountains and Waves special2015/04/21
    Bryce Dessner (The National), Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) and more introduce the weekend of evocative new music and minimalist classics curated by Bryce on 9-10 May, 'Mountains and Waves'. See the full programme at www.barbican.org.uk/mountains
  42. April 2015 – Hello Terry Riley, MEXRRISSEY, stargaze + The Dodos2015/04/02
    James Holden and Luke Abbott on being inspired by the explorations of Terry Riley, Mexico loves Morrissey’s melodrama and Meric Long and stargaze discuss collaborating beyond genre boundaries
  43. March 2015 – Matthew E. White, The Gloaming, We Have An Anchor and Strata-East Live2015/02/19
    We start Spring with a bumper edition of the Barbican contemporary music podcast – listen to Matthew E. White talk writing and recording his new album, Gilles Peterson enthuse about his favourite jazz label, and much more.
  44. February 2015 - Ólafur Arnalds, Nico Muhly and Oneohtrix Point Never, Miscontinuum2015/01/19
    In our first podcast of 2015 we chat to Ólafur Arnalds about scoring hit TV crime drama Broadchurch, James McVinnie enthuses about the instrument at the heart of his performance with Nico Muhly and Oneohtrix Point Never, and Jan St Werner unravels the making of Miscontinuum.
  45. December 2014 - Roddy Frame, Sound of Chaplin, Sparks2014/12/01
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  46. November 2014 – Savages + Bo Ningen, Lau + Bugge Wesseltoft, Henrik Schwarz, Dan Berglund2014/11/03
    This month's podcast features two collaborative projects - Savages and Bo Ningen, two of London's most exciting live bands team together for a ferocious 'simultaneous sonic poem'; and folk, jazz and electronica artists meet at Lau + Bugge Wesseltoft, Henrik Schwarz, Dan Berglund.
  47. October 2014 – British Sea Power, Bebel Gilberto, Fabio Frizzi2014/10/14
    This month British Sea Power join forces with a brass band to perform their favourite songs. Bossa nova star Bebel Gilberto hits London with her new album, Tudo; and Italian horror soundtrack maestro Fabio Frizzi invites us to a special Halloween party.
  48. September 2014 – 20,000 Days on Earth, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Julia Holter and more2014/08/28
    We kick off the Autumn with a packed 40-minute podcast – with a day in Nick Cave's life, Julia Holter giving the big orchestral makeover to songs mostly created in her bedroom and much more
  49. July 2014 – John Cale, Robert Henke and Digital Revolution2014/07/10
    Enter the world of Digital Revolution www.barbican.org.uk/digital-revolution
  50. June 2014 – In Dreams: David Lynch Revisited2014/06/11
    Conor O'Brien (Villagers), Jehnny Beth (Savages), Mick Harvey, Mark Kermode and our Creative Producer, Bryn Ormrod talk about David Lynch ahead of the world premiere of this new homage to the music in his films and TV shows.
  51. May 2014 – Sun Ra’s 100th, Richard Skelton, Lena Chamamyan2014/05/23
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  52. April 2014 – Explorations: Nonesuch President Bob Hurwitz, Rhiannon Giddens, Timo Andres2014/04/08
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  53. March 2014 – Nils Frahm and Who is William Onyeabor?2014/03/06
    Born out of the heat of Nigeria’s 1970s funk scene, William Onyeabor is the great synth pioneer who self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in South-Eastern Nigeria, and then became a Born-Again Christian, refusing to ever speak about himself or his music again. More synths, but with piano this time, from Berlin-based pianist Nils Frahm.
  54. February 2014 – Jóhann Jóhannsson, Just Jam, Ralph Towner and the Miners’ Strike2014/02/17
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  55. January 2014 – Marc Almond, John Harle, Terry Edwards2014/01/06
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  56. November 2013 – Max Richter, Tindersticks, Hal Willner2013/10/25
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  57. October 2013 – Josh Ritter, Stornoway, Sam Amidon, Bright Phoebus2013/10/01
    Discover the story of Bright Phoebus, the 'lost' Sgt Pepper of the folk revival by Lal & Mike Waterson. Plus astonishing songwriting from Stornoway, Josh Ritter and Sam Amidon.
  58. September 2013 - Matthew Herbert, Lisa Gerrard, Plaid, Michael Arias2013/09/05
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  59. Summer 2013 – Mark Kermode, Brazil, Bank On It2013/07/03
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  60. May 2013 – Tim Burgess, Asaf Avidan, Eliza Carthy2013/05/21
    Folk musician Eliza Carthy looks back on her 21 year career, Israeli singer-songwriter Asaf Avidan unveils his plans to take London by storm with his mesmerizing voice. Plus Charlatans’ frontman Tim Burgess explains how his new album in collaboration with Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner was inspired by the Barbican.
  61. A Scream and an Outrage special – part 22013/04/11
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  62. A Scream and an Outrage special – part 12013/04/10
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  63. March 2013 – Ludovico Einaudi, Neon Neon, Kronos Quartet2013/04/05
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  64. February 2013 – Yo La Tengo, James Holden, Super Everything*2013/02/15
    Trance-inducing music from top British DJ James Holden, Yo La Tengo's new album Fade and the ambitious multimedia/anthropological roller coaster through Malaysia which is Super Everything*. Brace yourself for the February 2013 edition of the Barbican Contemporary Music podcast.
  65. January 2013 – Olafur Arnalds, Cowboy Junkies, Sahara Soul2013/01/14
    As a new year of music is about to begin, Ben Eshmade talks to Olafur Arnalds about his special concert with Britten Sinfonia on 11 March, Cowboy Junkies' vocalist Margo Timmins and journalist Andy Morgan about the current conflict in Northern Mali and what this means for Mali's people and its heritage.
  66. November 2012 – Macy Gray, Anoushka Shankar, Neil Cowley2012/10/31
    &b star Macy Gray introduces her new blues and soul-drenched project with the David Murray Big Band, whilst Neil Cowley talks about the collaboration between his trio and the Goldsmith (big) Strings. Plus Indian sitar star Anoushka Shankar on winning the "raga flamenco journey" in her latest album, Traveller.
  67. October 2012 – Efterklang, Sparks, Max Richter2012/10/02
    Ben Eshmade (@poplarpenguin) chats with Rasmus Stolberg from Efterklang about their new album on 4AD, Piramida and their expedition to the Arctic Circle; plus American pop pioneers Sparks and contemporary composer Max Richter on his latest project, Vivaldi's The Four seasons re-imagined for Deutsche Grammophon.
  68. September 2012 (Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore on Sun Ra, Oneohtrix Point Never and more)2012/09/06
    Sonic Youth’s singer and guitarist Thurston Moore and writer Brian Morton unveil the truth about Sun Ra (he was from Saturn, not Alabama), whilst filmmakers Marsha Emerman and Majid Shokor introduce their documentary about the music of the Iraqi Diaspora and its Jewish roots. Plus Oneohtrix Point Never and Nate Boyce about their multimedia performance, Reliquary House.
  69. Philip Glass at 75 – Exclusive Podcast2012/08/21
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  70. June 2012 – Back2Black Special2012/06/29
    Roots Manuva, Mulatu Astatke, Brazil's singer-songwriter Baia, DJ Joao Brasil and Mais Um Gringo from Mais Um Records introduce this weekend's festival
  71. May 2012 – Rokia Traore, Goran Bregovic and Van Dyke Parks2012/06/01
    Goran Bregovic on 16th century France and wartorn Sarajevo, plus Van Dyke Parks and Rokia Traore in an exclusive interview from Mali
  72. April 2012 – Big Star Special feat. Mike Mills, Jody Stephens, Chris Stamey2012/04/19
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  73. Mar 2012 – FatCat, Dustin O'Halloran, Juan de Marcos, Britten Sinfonia2012/04/11
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  74. Feb 2012 – Gavin Bryars, David Lang, Philip Jeck & Hip Hop Shakespeare Company2012/02/15
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  75. Jan 2012 – January 2012 – Aaron Dessner, Robyn Hitchcock & Michael Gordon2012/01/11
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  76. Oct/Nov 2011 – Josh T. Pearson, Iain Sinclair, The Leisure Society & Mouse on Mars2011/10/14
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  77. September 2011 - David Hepworth, Justin Adams & Neil Brand2011/09/09
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  78. Blaze 2011 - Mikill Pane & Baloji (episode 3)2011/07/01
    UK rapper Mikill Pane talks about East London, making new music and the spectacular urban music showcase headlined by Kano on Thu 7 Jul, Re:Definition 2011. Plus Belgian/Congolese hip-hop sensation Baloji, performing at Rich Mix Arts Centre on Mon 18 Jul in a double bill with gorgeous Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara.
  79. Blaze 2011 – Mira Calix & A Night in Tahrir Square (episode 4)2011/07/01
    Mira Calix on Brainwaves (Fri 22 Jul, Wilton's Music Hall) and Zakaria Ibrahim from El Tanbura about the Egyptian uprising, the Suez crisis and much more
  80. Blaze 2011 - Chilly Gonzales & Calle 13 (episode 2)2011/06/14
    Featuring Canadian electro-pop pioneer, singer-songwriter and producer Chilly Gonzales and Rene Perez Joglar aka Residente from Latin music powerhouse Calle 13.
  81. Blaze 2011 - Basement Jaxx & Shangaan Electro (episode 1)2011/05/26
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  82. Reverberations – May 2011 (Steve Reich, Bryce Dessner, Owen Pallett Kronos Quartet, Tyondai Braxton, Max Richter & more)2011/04/21
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  83. April 2011 (Jose Gonzales, Ron Sexsmith, Ojos de Brujo)2011/04/15
    Soothing singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez on Chemistry, his influences and Heartbeats. Plus Canadian songsmith, Ron Sexsmith talks about the acclaimed documentary Love Shines and his collaboration with producer Bob Rock; and Barcelona's Ojos de Brujo preparing their best show for their 10th anniversary concert in London - which might also be their last...
  84. March 2011 (Asa, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Astillero)2011/03/03
    The new sounds of Buenos Aires, soul-snapping retro grooves from Nigeria and hard-hitting political reggae infused with African instruments.
  85. February 2011 (Kurt Elling, Van Der Graaf Generator and the Motown hits-packed musical The Sapphires)2011/02/10
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  86. January 2011 (Joan as Police Woman, Drive-By Truckers, Gabby Young & Brinsley Forde)2011/01/14
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  87. December - Best of 2010 (These New Puritans, Emory Douglas, Kid Creole & more)2010/12/01
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  88. November 2010 (Paloma Faith, Afrocubism, Guy Barker & China Moses)2010/11/05
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  89. October 2010 (Michael Rother from NEU!, These New Puritans, Metronomy open the 10th Bicycle Film Festival)2010/10/08
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  90. September 2010 (Emory Douglas, Valgeir Sigurdsson, Gary Lucas and Najma Akhtar)2010/09/07
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  91. Blaze Podcast 4 - Audio2010/07/22
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  92. Blaze Podcast 3 - Audio2010/07/07
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  93. Blaze Podcast 2 - Audio2010/06/23
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  94. Blaze Podcast 1 - Audio2010/06/16
    Win tickets to see Quantic on 24 Jun and find out more about genre-bending contemporary classical ensemble Alarm Will Sound and Will "Quantic" Holland and his new Colombian project rich of deep funk and soul. Find out more at www.barbican.org.uk/blaze.
  95. May 2010 - Audio2010/05/19
    Featuring Toumani Diabaté, Vinicius Cantuaria, Guy Barker, Wildbrids & Peacedrums and Head of Creative Learning at the Barbican, Sean Gregory, on the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at the Barbican and Hackney Empire in June - and how you can get involved with the best jazz on the planet.
  96. April 2010 - Audio2010/04/16
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  97. March 2010 - Audio2010/03/12
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  98. February 2010 - Audio2010/02/18
    Ben Eshmade meets Nitin Sawhney in his new studio in Brixton, before moving to Clapton to talk with Portico Quartet about their Barbican debut. Plus Chris Difford introduces his Songs in the Key of London and talks about his favourite places, smells and memories in London.
  99. February 2010 - Video2010/02/18
    Ben Eshmade meets Nitin Sawhney in his new studio in Brixton, before moving to Clapton to talk with Portico Quartet about their Barbican debut. Plus Chris Difford introduces his Songs in the Key of London and talks about his favourite places, smells and memories in London.
  100. January 20102005/06/15
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Barbican Contemporary Music
The Barbican Centre in London features the world's greatest artists in jazz, folk, world, roots, soul, country, contemporary classical and the more experimental ends of rock, pop and electronica. Look out for our podcast in the iTunes Store every month, with exclusive interviews, lots of good music and backstage reports.

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