Composer Laura Schwendinger is in town with the Richmond Symphony this weekend, thanks to a residency program Music Alive: New Partnerships. This national program is designed to establish new relationships between composers and orchestras, and to help orchestras present new music to the public and build support for new music within their institutions.
It's all in the numbers for this week's World Music Show (4/2). On the spreadsheet will be some new music from Anoushka Shankar, Karsh Kale and Daniela Mercury. Plus, we'll hear some street music out of South Africa and Ghana to total up the columns. But these are just the side notes to a show that will be full with all sort of beats.
The Ken Burns Jazz documentary is returning to PBS! WCVE PBS will be airing the film – all 19 hours of it – as back-to-back episodes on Fridays at 9:00 p.m. starting Friday, April 1, and running through Friday, May 20 (omitting 4/29).
Bach's Matthew Passion is much lauded for all of this mastery but is not, however, often performed, perhaps because of its three-hour length and perhaps because of its language barrier.
We'll be cooking up a storm on this week's World Music Show (3/26), from some fiery Latin Rock N' Roll guitar music from the Ecuadorian/New York guitarist Eljuri to some burning New York Salsa tracks from Los Hacheros, it'll be a gumbo of pumped up sounds. Plus, we'll hear part two of the program within a program called "A Different Spin." And we'll take a drive using a roadmap by Complicated Animals as well as hear some beautiful harmonies from the Georgian singers Trio Mandili.
Virginia has its share of summer festivals and concert series. For my money, the best of these are the multi-day fests with on-site camping. Three that instantly come to mind are Red Wing Roots, FloydFest and Lockn’. Head West!
In celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach’s March 21st birthday, violinist Rachel Barton Pine is releasing her newest recording Testament: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin. I had the honor to sit down and talk with Rachel about the recording and the background that led her to choose these works. She also discussed the instrument and bow that she uses.
The CD will be available April 1st. Enjoy the interview!
We hope you will join us this Saturday night (3/19/16) at 11:00 on Time for the Blues as we kick off spring with some very exciting blues just for you (and maybe a few hundred of your closest friends)!
It's time to get your dancing shoes dusted off for this week's World Music Show (3/19). I'll layout some revved up Rumba, Mambo & Cha-Cha-Cha tunes as well as some Flamenco tracks that will be sure to get your feet moving. Plus, we'll take a spin around the new CD from the Ugandan artist Kinobe and the live CD from the Brazilian singer Ceu. And to get your feet grooving in a different way, we'll go back in time a few decades to hear some Reggae and Ska music.
It's Saint Patrick's Day! Any list of the top Irish traditional music groups is bound to mention the Chieftans and the Pogues, right? Probably also Planxty, the Bothy Band and De Dannan, plus Dervish, Solas and Lúnasa. And don't forget old favorites the Dubliners and the Clancy Brothers. The only problem is the newest of those bands, Lúnasa, will be 20 years old next year. So what's been going on this century, or more specifically, over the last two or three years in Irish music?