Carlos Nuñez makes his first visit to Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University. A writer for the Los Angeles Times once wrote, "If it's possible to become a pop star playing traditional music on bagpipes and recorder, Nuñez could be the man." Nuñez has the rare distinction of being the world's premier player of the gaita, the bagpipes of Galicia — Spain's northwest region, known for its vibrant Celtic traditional music.
Karen Dalton's career was built on covering the songs of others. Patty Griffin writes songs that others famously cover. Both artists are considered masters of their respective crafts by their peers, but neither is a household name. Each has a voice that sounds like it couldn't possibly be made by the person making it.
Daniel Bachman calls Durham, N.C., home now, but he grew up around the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg. It's a quiet town in Northern Virginia that still has a pharmacy with cheap sandwiches and milkshakes; but, as Bachman pointed out to us, it has more tattoo parlors than music stores these days. That's not a judgment, just the way things are.
Bruce Lundvall, the longtime President of Blue Note Records who supported many top jazz artists over the last four decades, died yesterday, May 19. The cause was complications of Parkinson's Disease, according to a Blue Note statement. He was 79.
The late Kenny Wheeler's stunning compositions and imaginative improvisations on trumpet and flugelhorn left deep impressions on generations of musicians. Two such devotees — trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and saxophonist Steve Treseler — revisited Wheeler's compositions after his death in 2014 at age 84. And in doing so, they realized they wanted to record their arrangements, paying tribute to the man who catalyzed their own careers.
Is Amy Helm's new song, "Rescue Me," about what it means to be in love? Maybe. Is it a song that acknowledges that we need to hang on to the people who are most important to us? Most assuredly. It's also a song that lets Helm's glorious, soulful voice soar over a gentle piano and thrumming electric bass.
When Mary Gauthier first began to make a name for herself as a musician in the late '90s, she was heralded as one of the most poignant and powerful songwriters of her generation — an amazing accomplishment for someone who wrote her first song at 35. Originally from New Orleans and currently based in Nashville, Gauthier has battled back from hard knocks and bad habits, bouncing between rehab centers and homeless shelters throughout her teens.
Marking their 12th anniversary season the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma presented their fifth series of concerts on Monday, April 20th at All Soul’s Episcopal Church and Tuesday, April 21st at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Oklahoma City. Featuring pianist Stephen Beus and three quartets for piano and strings, the program opens with Mozart’s Quartet for Piano and Strings No. 2 in E-flat Major, K493, the work among the first written in the genre. The Piano Quartet in a minor, Op 67 of Joaquin Turina, completed in 1931, is suffused with the characteristic grace of Spanish folk music.