|Bob Boilen, co-creator of Tiny Concerts. He|
was once in a band called Tiny Desk Unit
Started in 2008, by November 2016, the series included more than 550 concerts, viewed a collective 80 million times on YouTube.
The full story about the origins of Tiny Concerts and Bob Boilen himself can be found here at Vox.com
The series features bands of all shapes and sizes, playing all kinds of music from a wide geographic spread.
They continue to stun me and entrance me. I watch and rewatch my favourites. Here are some artists who I consider a bit special for a variety of reasons.
They are called Tiny Concerts because there is very little room for the band. Bigger bands are shoehorned into a space between bookshelves and counter, all covered with objects of all kinds. Each set-up uses the available space cleverly.They're shot in the NPR building during the lunchtime break. Each set lasts for about 20-25 minutes max - time for three or four numbers generally.
What makes it so good is their taste in music and their openness to new music. They are particularly well filmed, edited and recorded. These Tiny Concerts pack a punch. They come highly recommended. You'll be hooked.
Ani Di Franco
Lake Street Drive
The Midnight Hour
Chick Corea and Garry Burton
Here's another selection on the NPR Tiny Concerts web page Billed as:
INTIMATE VIDEO PERFORMANCES, RECORDED LIVE AT THE DESK OF ALL SONGS CONSIDERED HOST BOB BOILEN.