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

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.

As part of the Juilliard-trained, multiple award-winning Ahn Trio (with her sisters Lucia, pianist and Maria, cellist), violinist Angella Ahn has been at the forefront of artists keeping the piano trio repertoire alive and thriving. The Ahn Trio is known for its performances of new classical pieces and genre-crossing collaborations with Mark O'Connor, Michael Nyman, Pat Metheny, and Bryan Adams.

Joseph Navas

Singer-songwriter Jeffrey Foucault has taken "the small roads," building his independent career through a relentless international touring schedule and his critically-acclaimed recordings. The New Yorker praises his work as "Stark, literate songs that are as wide-open as the landscape of his native Midwest."

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.