Music

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

Cuban choir Cantores de Cienfuegos sings during a live performance on Montana Public Radio Wednesday, July 13, 2016.
Josh Burnham

Did you enjoy  the Cantores de Cienfuegos Cuban choir at Missoula's 2016 International Choral Festival this summer? Want to hear more from them? Yvonne Gritzner helped bring the choir to Montana, and she has the details on a "Cuban Encore" benefit to help fund the travel costs for bringing this extraordinary group to Montana.

The Missoula Symphony Presents "Fast Machine" Sep. 24 & 25.
Courtesy Missoula Symphony

While John Adams' digital sound may seem an odd fit with Mendelssohn's romantic style, the Missoula Symphony finds connections in the contrast. The opening concert of the symphony's 62nd season, entited, "Fast Machine," juxtaposes "machine, motion and rhythm" with "fluidity and majesty," and features guest violinist Jennifer Frautschi peforming Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No.1. 

Left to right: MTPR Program Director Michael Marsolek, UM Professor of Piano Christopher Hahn, Helena Symphony Concertmaster Stephen Cepeda, and Helena Symphony Conductor Allan R. Scott.
Josh Burnham

Helena Symphony Concertmaster Stephen Cepeda and Conductor Allan R. Scott preview the symphony's 2016 season, and Cepeda and Christopher Hahn play some excerpts from Erich Korngold's lushly romantic 1945 violin concerto, live from Studio B at Montana Public Radio.

Host John Arvish continues to explore the six-decades-long career of engineer Rudy Van Gelder Wednesday on "What I Like About Jazz," starting at 8:00 p.m.

After moving into his own studio at Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Van Gelder continued his long relationship with Blue Note Records, as the primary engineer on most of their hundreds of sessions between 1953 and 1967.

He also developed a relationship with the newly-formed Impulse Records. Among his many sessions there, Van Gelder recorded nearly all of John Coltrane's records up until his death. He also did pivotal sessions with J.J. Johnson, Yusef Lateef, McCoy Tyner and numerous others.

Watch: Rabbit Wilde Live From Studio-B

Sep 12, 2016
Rabbit Wilde live from Studio-B at Montana Public Radio, September 9, 2016.
Josh Burnham

Rabbit Wilde was at Montana Public Radio Friday for a foot-tapping, head-nodding live session featuring their signature brand of folk rock from the Pacific Northwest. Try not to howl along as they play their song, "Howl".

Andrew Bird with violin, 2009. Credit Dani Cantó (CC-BY-SA-2)
Dani Cantó (CC-BY-SA-2)

Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Andrew Bird spoke with MTPR's Clare Menahan before his show in Missoula earlier this month. Hailing from Lake Forest, Illinois, Bird is a classically trained violinist who also  incorporates guitar, glockenspiel — and whistling — into his music.

From humble beginnings in Moscow, ID, acclaimed singer-songwriter Josh Ritter recorded and released his self-titled debut in 1999 after graduating from Oberlin College with a self-created “American History Through Narrative Folk Music” major. His albums have been praised for their beautifully spare songwriting, textured imagery and simple lyrics.

John Floridis talks with Ingrid Korvits, the director of Estonia's acclaimed Ellerhein Girls’ Choir. Estonian choral music is a reflection of the country’s centuries-old singing tradition, one that sustained Estonians through the brutality of WWII and the fifty-year Soviet occupation. Even though Estonia overflows with choral music, the Ellerhein choir stands out; they’ve won competitions around the world and have made numerous major-label recordings.

 Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge performed for nearly two hours for the crowd at the 7th Annual Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival in Bigfork, Montana August 29, 2016.
Anne Hosler

We had a great time at the Crown Guitar Festival Monday, recording shows from Gonzalo Bergara, Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge and some talented students from the workshops. Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge performed for nearly two hours to an adoring audience. Guitarist Gonzalo Bergara presented his own mix of sounds from Paris and his native Argentina. You can hear those performances on MTPR Friday at 8:00 p.m. on your radio or online.

Brandi Carlile on stage in 2010.
Kirk Stauffer (CC-BY-2)

At a good live performance, an organic rhythm and energy develops between the audience and the performers.  When Brandi Carlile and her band landed on the stage at Missoula’s Big Sky Brewery with a heartfelt, energetic, fourteen-song set, I felt that synergy in a way I haven’t experienced in many years.

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