A treasure trove of songs by some of the 1930s most prolific and best-known composers and lyricists has come to light in a recently digitized cache of files from the Library of Congress. Soprano Karin Paludan, pianist and pop-song archivist Alex Hassan, and tenor Douglas Bowles have collected the best, tuned them up, and have given them new life. They were recently interviewed by All Things Considered host, Robert Siegel, and performed some of the songs in NPR's Studio One.
Karin Paludan described her experience, "What an incredible morning and early afternoon at the amazing new facilities of NPR. We were the first three performers to record in the fabulous Studio One and were even asked by studio guru Neil Teavault to sign as the first three entrants in their guest book! Robert Siegel could not have been friendlier or more engaging, and he stayed passed the scheduled time to hear the two songs we didn’t use for the interview. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of producer, Art Silverman, who gave us the royal treatment from start to finish. A thrilling day for the three of us which far exceeded expectation!"
Tune in to hear the interview on All Things Considered today at 4 p.m. on WAMU 88.5.
The trio will perform "The Greatest Songs You've Never Heard" on Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m. in Rasmuson Auditorium at the American Indian Museum. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.