The past year's notable recordings come from wide, eclectic influences, with many of the favorite 2017 albums released were from women artists. As with all of these type of year-end lists, this is a subjective look at albums, which emerged from huge piles of recordings that I went through the past year, that caught my ear as something unique, special and made me repeatedly play it over and over.
What the world needs now is love, sweet love. Those are the words penned in 1965 by the seminal songwriting team of writer, Hal David and composer, Burt Bacharach. Dionne Warwick went on to record the tune in 1966. It has been covered by several notable artists - Johnny Mathis, The Staple Singers and Luther Vandross, to name a few.
Complicated Animals is Brazilian American songstress Monica da Silva, and musician and producer, Chad Alger. Complicated Animals blend Indie pop seamlessly with Brazilian Bossa Nova. Their perfectly paced tempos, and sweet vocals in English and Portuguese, is a perfect marriage of North and South American cultures. They will be performing at a house concert tonight in Arcata.
Monica da Silva and Chad Alger talk with Brian Curtis on the KHSU Magazine
Get up and get down...without leaving home. Fader features Humboldt DJs spinning live sets on your computer or phone. This Saturday (March 25) at 2 PM, DJ D'Vinity and DJ RunDat will rock Facebook Live.
Black Violin, the classically trained string instrumentalist duo, will bring their melding of hip hop, bluegrass, rock and baroque music to Humboldt State's Van Duzer Theater January 25, 2017. Black Violin is comprised of Kev Marcus on violin and Wil B. on viola. KHSU's Lorna Bryant spoke with Kev Marcus ahead of Black Violin's upcoming performance.
More information about Black Violin's Van Duzer Theater performance at Humboldt State University can be found here.
This is a Christmas special like none other. Holiday music collector and expert Andy Cirzan scours record stores, dustbins and basements to find the best and most unique tunes for the season. And each year he treats Sound Opinions listeners to a much-anticipated hour of music and a free mix to download. This year’s compilation is called Warblings from the Enchanted Forest – rare pop, psychedelic, and soul Christmas recordings. Tune in Christmas Eve beginning at 7.
Carol Jacobson and Alexandra Gellner of the Eureka Symphony spoke with KHSU's Wendy Butler about 'The Snowman', one of the many acts in the Holiday Concert Dec. 2nd and 3rd at the Arkley Center, and the importance and benefits of having a musical education.
Humboldt Folk Dancers present The Bulgarian Folk Music Ensemble Bulgarika in Arcata. The group will be giving lessons on the kaval, tambura, tupan, and gadulka. Their performance is tonight at Redwood Raks World Dance Studio beginning at 7:30.
Friction Quartet, whose performances have been called “terribly beautiful” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “stunningly passionate” (Calgary Herald) and “chillingly effective” (San Francisco Examiner), exists to expand the string quartet repertoire and audience for adventurous contemporary music through commissioning composers and performing in underserved schools and communities. Joshua Kosman (San Francisco Chronicle) declared that Friction Quartet is “an artist who should be discovered” and described their performance as “high-octane music making…a fine blend of rhythmic ferocity and tonal flair.”
Friction Quartet performs Wednesday, June 8th at the Westhaven Center for the Arts and Thursday, June 9th at "The Space" at 92 Sunny Brae Center. Show times 7:30pm