Maestro Benjamin Zander is coming to Richmond! His TED talk about the transformative power of classical music has more than 6 million views. Ben has two infectious passions: classical music and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.
Hope you plan on joining us this Saturday (4/26/14) on Time for the Blues as Henry Cook and I will be bringing in some great late night music and really bad jokes to cap off the day. Consider this your invitation to the best after hours party going. And we're serving up new Savoy Brown, Bob Corritore and our last episode of our chat with local harpmaster Li'l Ronnie Owens!
Don't worry. This week's World Music Show (4/26) won't be entirely dominated by men. But in looking over this week's playist, I noticed that the male voice does take prominence this week (which means in the coming weeks, I'll have to reverse this particular menu--it's only fair). The good thing is that the "Men of Meaning," as the title refers to, come from an array of locales and all have unique and distinct sounds.
If you’ve ever seen the documentary on RUSH called Beyond the Lighted Stage, what I have to say will not surprise you. Alex Lifeson is the real deal. Amicable, prompt, enthusiastic, funny, accomodating--a class act. He had told a mutual friend he wanted to do The Electric Croude--and so he did--even on his vacation. For someone who has been through the media for 45 years, you’d never know it. Thoughtful to every question posed--even one I’d been waiting to ask for nearly 30 years!
On April 18th, saxophonist J. Plunky Branch celebrated forty years of leading his ensemble “Plunky & Oneness” with a gala affair at the historic Hippodrome Theatre in Jackson Ward. Plunky’s music is expansive, reflecting a wide range of influences including rhythm and blues, African music, avant garde jazz, go-go, hip-hop, and funk. Over the last four decades, he’s composed hundreds of songs, recorded more than two dozen albums and has performed for audiences all over the world.
On this week's World Music Show (4/19/14), the choice of tunes will be smooth, crisp, taut and on fire! And the brunt of them will have a Latin flare (hence this week's title). Spread over the two-hour journey, we'll hear genres ranging from Rumba, to Samba, to even some American Pop Standards redone in the vein of an upbeat dance number. So, buckle up, because it's time to lay down the fuse that will set this show off.