One of the many reasons I love the holidays—besides the obvious reasons of family, chilly weather and presents, is because of the music. And, sure I love the classic holiday music, but since I have the honor of running the World Music Show on (12/24), I get to play holiday music not usually heard on many a station or record (or CD) player. It’s with that caveat that I also love pushing the boundaries of what you’ll hear on my annual Holiday World Music Show.
Over just the last two years, Holly Bowling has made a name for herself in the live music community for her uncanny ability to interpret the music of Phish and The Grateful Dead on solo piano. These arrangements include studious takes highlighting both bands’ compositions, spot-on transcriptions of their live concert improvisations, and using the source material as jumping off points for her own creative excursions.
88.9 WCVE’s Steve Clark interviews Music Director Mike Goldberg about the 12th Annual Holiday Spectacular recently performed by the Central Virginia Wind Symphony on Sunday, December 11th at the Hershey Center for the Arts at The Collegiate School. The ensemble is comprised of the most talented high school musicians in the region.
This will be a journey into sound, or so goes my thoughts about this week’s World Music Show (12/17). We’ll explore sounds from faraway places such as Japan, Buenos Aires and Portland, Oregon—wait, what? Yes, even Portland has some World Music beats.
During their recent tour, I sat down to chat with Dave Wakeling, one of the founders of the British Ska band The English Beat. We sat down in the back of his tour bus, outside of The National. This is our unedited conversation.