Pianist and composer Dan Tepfer performs solo concerts that are often completely improvised. He also has an ongoing duo project with legendary alto saxophonist Lee Konitz. Overseas he's been a lecturer at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Seoul Institute of the Arts in South Korea. This week Tepfer talks about his album of improvisations based on Bach's Goldberg Variations and plays a few of his own compositions.
CHAD SIROIS and AMANDA RIIK drop by the station to talk about their work as Commissioners for the WORCESTER ARTS COUNCIL. The WAC has just awarded 41 grants totally over $86,000.00 to artists and organizations in our area. Tune in to find out how to apply for a grant and who can qualify. ALSO: We also talk to Amanda Riik about another organization she is associated with: VETERAN’S INC. For more information on the Worcester Arts Council go to:
Artist and writer GLYN DILLON has created one of the most beautiful and complex graphic novels to be published in some years: THE NAO OF BROWN. Tune in and learn about Dillon’s time storyboarding for film and television, how he created the painterly look of his work and the many sources for his story.
Tony Bennett talks about his long career, early inspirations, iconic sessions with Bill Evans and his recent Grammy-winning “Duets II” CD with an all-star cast: Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, Amy Winehouse, John Mayer, k.d. lang, Aretha Franklin, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Queen Latifah, Norah Jones, Josh Groban, Natalie Cole, Andrea Bocelli, Faith Hill, Alejandro Sanz, Carrie Underwood, and Mariah Carey. Tony and his collaborators received the Grammy for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” as well as the Grammy for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” for his duet, “Body and Soul” with Amy Winehouse.
Join host Tom Shaker for lots of fun and games this Monday night. It all starts at 7pm!!
Three modern interpreters of song offer distinctive moods at the House of Swing – Karrin Allyson provides a versatile expressiveness; rising star Sachal Vasandani delivers a cool sophistication, and Detroit native Carla Cook brings her blues style.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with GEORGE B. SCHALLER. He has spent more than half a century studying wildlife in over twenty countries. He has helped protect some of the planets most endangered and iconic animals including the mountain gorillas, tigers, giant pandas, jaguars and the snow leopard. Tonight George Schaller talks about his new book TIBET WILD: A NATURALIST’S JOURNEYS ON THE ROOF OF THE WORLD. This book chronicles Schaller’s three decades long research on the remote Tibetan Plateau, “a place nowhere intimate”, studying wild yak, chiru, argali and of course the snow leopard. If you would like to learn more about the conservation organizations that George Schaller talks about in the interview see: PANTHERA at http://www.panthera.org who work to conserve the large cats throughout the world and the WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY at: http://www.wcs.org.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with HONEE HESS, Executive Director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS and TOM O’MALLEY, Head of the Departments of Ceramics and Photography at the Worcester Center For Crafts. They talk about two exciting and diverse exhibitions focusing on ceramics: THE JOURNEY OF TWO COLLECTORS: BARRETT AND MAHROO MORGAN and THE POTTERY INVITATIONAL SHOW. For more information go to:http://www.worcester.edu/WCC
As Women's History month ends and Public Radio Month begins, we’re showcasing live performances by some of New England’s leading women in music. Be sure to catch Colors of Jazz when host Bonnie Johnson welcomes guests Women of the World, a Boston-based collective of musicians; 16-year-old award winning jazz vocalist Claire Dickson; and Worcester’s Native Soulstress Sunta Jones.
Women of the World help celebrate diversity in music bringing their global groove to the airwaves. In a collaborative that represents women from various countries together in “one voice", the ensemble brings multiculturalism, creativity, and music to another level. The band, comprised of ten women vocalists and instrumentalists, just released a new CD entitled Koloro... We'll hear the combined voices of Ayumi Ueda from Japan & founder of the group; Annette Phlip from India; Giorgia Renosto from Italy; Deborah Pierre from USA/Haiti; and Negah Santos from Brazil. http://womenoftheworldmusic.com
Claire Dickson is inspired by her own musical family and the reminiscent style of Ella Fitzgerald. The Boston-based jazz singer made her first appearance as a soloist at the age of three. By age twelve, Miss Dickson became serious about singing and since then has won numerous awards including Downbeat Magazine's Student Jazz Awards for High School Jazz Vocalist (2012) and Blues and Pop Vocalist (2012). Bringing curiosity and a signature “scat” to her musical voice, Claire's youthful and innovative spirit is being “played” all over the jazz world with her first CD, Scattin’ Doll. www.clairedicksonmusic.com
Sunta Jones has been a part of Worcester's music scene for the last 10+ years, lending her talent to several bands and projects in and around the city. She is currently writing and recording an original, smooth soul CD with KFingers of KTP Productions. Striving to bring “positive vibrations”, when she’s not in the studio, the band leader can be heard at different community events around the city. Most recently Ms. Jones performed as Billie Holiday at the Worcester Public Library's Renaissance Fair in honor of their Big Read event. Often combining her solo voice with drums, Sunta demonstrates “one love” for the music through her strong a cappella and vocalese.
We’re in California for bassist Chris Lightcap and Bigmouth – two saxes, keys, Chris and drums. Lightcap’s Lost and Found New York is a musical guided tour from Arthur Avenue in the Bronx to the White Horse Tavern in Greenwich Village, the Cloisters over the Hudson to Coney Island on the ocean.
Lost and Found in New York by Chris Lightcap has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program, funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
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