NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest Winner Naia Izumi will be stopping by Open Tunings this morning. Inzumi is peforming later today at RIT's Ingle Auditorium at 6PM. Naia Izumi is a 34-year-old musician from Columbus, Ga. who now lives in Los Angeles and busks on that city's streets. With a plethora of self-released music on Bandcamp and a skilled, soulful Tiny Desk Contest submission, he impressed our Contest judges enough to stand out from nearly 5,000 entries.
On Friday, September 21, Different Radio will sponsor a Tiny Desk Favorites Concert at Three Heads Brewing Beer Garden (186 Atlantic Avenue, Rochester), with Susanna Rose, Seth Faergolzia and Friends, and The Mighty High and Dry. All three bands were favorites from NPR Music in conjuntion with their Tiny Desk Contest.
Full disclosure: We here at NPR Music have decreed Natalie Prass something of a patron saint for roséwave — our groove-laden, pink drink-soaked soundtrack for the summer. So, when the Richmond, Va. artist arrived at the Tiny Desk, it was a cause for celebration, especially amid the January blues that seemed to permeate the NPR Music office.