Music

Maracuyá means "passion fruit" in Spanish. For the DJ collective Maracuyeah, it's all about a passion for music — and connection.

At the D.C.-based group's fifth anniversary party, the dance floor at Judy's Bar & Restaurant is packed with a diverse crowd, from punk artists to recently arrived immigrants and buttoned-down, office types. Nohora Arrieta Fernandez, a Ph.D. student at Georgetown University who identifies as Afro-Colombian, says there's something for everyone here.

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Miles Ahead

In celebration of the release of the Miles Davis film Miles Ahead at Cinematique of Wilmington this week, WHQR 91.3 FM will broadcast a new one hour radio special tonight, Tuesday, June 7th at 8 pm.

The special includes interviews with the film's director and star, Don Cheadle, film composer and pianist Robert Glasper, plus Miles’ son, Erin Davis, and nephew, Vince Wilburn, Jr. The special also includes several of Miles Davis’ classics, including "Seven Steps to Heaven," "Miles Ahead," and "So What." 

It's not quite right to say the news came as a shock when the Metropolitan Opera announced Thursday that Yannick Nézet-Séguin would become the house's new music director, beginning in the 2020-21 season. He follows in the footsteps of James Levine, who said in April that he was stepping down after leading the Met for four decades.

Soup to Nuts Live! welcomes long-time veteran of the Chicago blues music scene, Jon McDonald, on Thursday, June 23rd in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR.

Barry Douglas knows a few things about handing down traditions. In this Tiny Desk performance, he passes along the musical heritage of his Irish homeland in the form of old Celtic songs he's arranged for solo piano.

Composer and author Paul Bowles first went to Morocco in 1931. He fell in love with the country, returning often and eventually moving to Tangier, where he lived from 1947 until his death in 1999. Among the things Bowles valued most about Morocco was its varieties of music.

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