Scott Burton is always pushing boundaries and experimenting with his music. Whether he’s adapting the scores of John Carpenter’s Halloween films for jazz ensemble or concocting new pieces for guitar and synthesizer.
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Bassist, pianist and composer Charles Mingus is remembered for his adventurous compositions and larger-than-life personality. Notoriously temperamental, fans would show up to his gigs just to see who he might fire or what outrageous thing he might do.
The new American Civil War Museum officially opens its doors on May 4. The building transforms some of the industrial ruins of Tredegar Iron Works into a space where curators use technology and design to experience history in new ways.
Hundreds of years before the invention of photography, artists made etchings to create multiple images with great accuracy. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is showcasing one of these artists whose skillful use of the medium allowed him to vividly convey life four centuries ago.
This month, the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU is kicking off a new annual series called “Dialogues.” The showcase pairs artists’ work in a unique two-pronged gallery where visitors are encouraged to compare and contrast.
Richmond-based trumpeter Victor Haskins has released a new recording called Showing Up, featuring Randall Pharr on bass and Tony Martucci on drums. On the recording, Victor alternates between cornet and a wind-blown synthesizer called the EWI, or Electronic Wind Instrument. You'll hear more about that in this interview segment as well as excerpts of a few album tracks.
In 1853, Asher Durand was commissioned to create a monumental painting of the American landscape. Valued at $40 million, the work that resulted has been studied in art history classes but has been in private hands for years and mostly unavailable for public viewing. Now, it’s been acquired by The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
David Dominique is a multi-faceted musician with advanced degrees in composition and theory and a background in indie rock, jazz, ska, and experimental improv. Based in Richmond and employed as an Assistant Professor of Music at William and Mary, Dominique maintains strong ties to the LA creative music scene. In this segment, he talks about his creative process and there are excerpts of several compositions from his recent album "Mask."