It's time to get out of Africa for this week's World Music Show (4/9). Wait, what I mean is, it's time to get some superior sounds out of the African continent, at least in the first hour of the show. From the wonderful strings of Ali Farka Toure, Toumani Diabate, and Tinariwen to the powerful vocal chords of Angelique Kidjo, we'll be taking a mini-sound tour of some different parts of the Africa.
The Richmond Ballet is closing their 2015-16 season with Salvatore Aiello’s rending of the ballet The Rite of Spring, in honor of dancer Lauren Fagone. Lauren is retiring from the ballet after a 14-year career here, where she has become known as one of the organization’s most interesting and beloved dancers.
Royal Potato Family is a “farm to table” record label founded in 2009 by musician Marco Benevento and his manager/publicist Kevin Calabro. What started as a means to put out Marco’s music has expanded to include other artists whose musical aesthetic they believe in, with over 30 artists now on the roster.
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).