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Music, artist interviews, and upcoming performances around western Montana.

Bruce Anfinson, "Montana's Musical Ambassador."
Courtesy bruceanfinson.com

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle calls Bruce Anfinson "Montana's Musical Ambassador." Bruce's ballads and tales of ranching life, draft horses and wildfires reflect his native Montana roots. He's the guest on this episode of "Musican's Spotlight."

The American Piano Quartet from left to right:  Scott Holden, Robin Hancock, Del Parkinson, Jeffrey Shumway.
Josh Burnham

"If you've ever heard a piano quartet performed, chances are the piece was either composed or arranged by these guys," says Christopher Hahn of the UM School of Music. "Two pianos, eight hands, the sound is truly symphonic. Nobody does it better."

The American Piano Quartet will be featured at the Celebrate Piano series from the UM School of Music on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the Dennison Theater in Missoula. They'll perform at 7:30 p.m. They stopped by Montana Public Radio to give a taste of what they have planned.

Influential singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has died at the age of 82, according to a publicist for his U.S. record label.

Cohen died Monday, but news of his death came out late Thursday. His Facebook page had this announcement:

"It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away.
We have lost one of music's most revered and prolific visionaries.

Multiple Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter returns to Musicians’ Spotlight for a conversation with John Floridis from her Virginia home, highlighting her most recent recording, the critically-acclaimed album, "The Things That We Are Made Of."

For more than a decade and a half, the members of Greensky Bluegrass have created their own version of bluegrass music, mixing the acoustic stomp of a stringband with the rule-breaking spirit of rock & roll. They redefine that sound once again with their sixth album, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted.

Violinist Tim Fain
Briana Blasko

"Any composer who is dead deserves to be revered beyond the point where you know you are nothing compared to them. I grew up a little bit in that culture at Juilliard and at Curtis. I've since realized that it's much more fun to not think that way." -  violinist Tim Fain.

Helena Symphony director Allan R. Scott talks music, collaboration, and virtual reality with Tim Fain, prior to the latter's recital with pianist Simone Dinnerstein, "Fresh Ink And First Loves," on Friday, Nov. 4 at 8:00 p.m. at Hamilton High School in Hamilton, MT, part of the Bitterroot Performing Arts Series.

Start your "All Hallows Eve" celebration early this year with a special Halloween edition of The Psychedelic Circus. Dr. Sandoz and Joan Richarde will provide musical tricks and treats for your 'Psychedelic' listening pleasure this Friday, October 28 from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Put on your costume, light the candles and tune in.

While visiting Montana’s House of Mystery in Columbia Falls, Wednesday Free Forms host Gus Chambers inexplicably vanished. Local authorities could give no reason for the curious phenomenon.

The Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, have spent the last 35 years performing together. They've produced fifteen albums (seven gold, four platinum, and one double platinum), have earned a Grammy and seven Grammy nominations, and tour arenas, festivals, and clubs the world over. It is rare to find musicians playing together for so long; their music lives in the hearts of generations of dedicated fans and continues to inspire young musicians.

From R&B to country, the music business was profoundly influenced by the capable artistry of Chips Moman. Starting out as a guitarist, songwriter and producer for Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin and Solomon Burke, he turned to pop and then country as he helped revive the career of Elvis Presley before working with Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash.

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