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National Public Radio airs Making Movies’ ‘Tiny Desk Concert’

Making Movies is (from left) Diego Chi, Enrique Chi, Brendan Culp and Juan-Carlos Chaurand.
Making Movies is (from left) Diego Chi, Enrique Chi, Brendan Culp and Juan-Carlos Chaurand. Star file photo

In early October, the Kansas City band Making Movies visited the offices of National Public Radio in Washington, D.C., where they performed several songs for “Tiny Desk Concerts” part of the NPR program, “All Songs Considered.”

Over the weekend, NPR broadcast the performance online. You can watch it at

Making Movies were invited by Felix Contreras and the Alt.Latino team at NPR. Contreras wrote: “When Los Lobos' Steve Berlin sent me an audio file of a band he was producing, I stopped what I was doing and listened closely. There was something about the energy coming from Enrique Chi's vocals as the rest of Making Movies enveloped him in sound.

“The band has been making fans across the country one gig at a time, one song at a time — whether singing in English or Spanish, whether playing guitars or stringed instruments that come directly from Making Movies' ancestral Panama, whether playing drums or dancing a Mexican zapateado.

“One of the joys of co-hosting Alt.Latino for the last four and half years has been the way the show has helped me discover new artists who make me feel as if I've been listening to them for years. It's going to a fun ride watching this young band grow and develop from such a strong start.”

At the Making Movies page on Facebook, band member Diego Chi wrote: “Re-working our songs to fit such a small space was such a fun and creative experience.”

Other Tiny Desk Concert performers have included the Sun Ra Arkestra, T-Pain, Jackson Browne, Nickel Creek, Bob Mould and Conor Oberst.

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