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

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.

The Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival runs Sunday August 28 through Saturday September 3 in Bigfork. MTPR will be on hand Monday night for the the concert with Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge. Also on the bill is the gypsy jazz of Gonzalo Bergara. You can hear the rebroadcast of that concert Friday, Sept 2 on MTPR.

Susan Gibson plays live on Montana Public Radio, August 23, 2016.
Josh Burnham

Singer songwriter Susan Gibson joined us for a fun live session during "Freeforms" today. Watch her play "The Hard Stuff" live from MTPR.

Vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, performing at the Berkeley (CA) Jazz Festival in 1982.
Brian McMillen (CC-BY-SA-2)

After Lionel Hampton and Milt Jackson, no one did more for the vibraphone as a voice in jazz than Bobby Hutcherson. Hutcherson pased away August 15 at the age of 75.

From his early recordings with Al Grey and Billy Mitchell, Jackie McLean, and Grant Green, on through the sixties and seventies, Hutcherson made the vibes a solo voice to be reckoned with. He carried the vibes beyond swing and Be-bop into free jazz, Avant Garde, and soul jazz.

Fern Glass Boyd, artistic director of the String Orchestra of the Rockies talks about the group's upcoming concert at St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival, and the four concerts of the ensemble's 32 season, starting in September.

 The Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo is Maksim Shtrykov on clarinet and Misuzu Tanaka on piano.
Josh Burnham

The Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo of Maksim Shtrykov on clarinet and Misuzu Tanaka on piano played live on Montana Public Radio this morning. See their beautiful performance of Jesus de Monasterio's Adiós a la Alhambra, transcribed for clarinet by Maksim himself.

With "Tumbleweed," his third recording in five years, singer/songwriter/guitarist Mike Murray brings a new level of maturity to his bluesy, folk-rock music. Murray, from Kalispell, Montana, credits new fatherhood for the personal lyrics and rich production qualities of this group of songs. 

A type of music called “Americana” has been played in Montana for more than two centuries (that we know of) beginning with the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Aaron Parrett, author of a new book Montana Americana Music: Boot Stomping in Big Sky Country, says " The Corps of Discovery had a high percentage of people of Indian extraction along with them. I think it’s a half or two-thirds were Métis Indian, including Pierre Cruzatte, one of the fiddlers (there were two). And he played a lot of what we would now recognize probably as Métis fiddle tunes."

Chérie Newman: But what, exactly, is Americana music?

The Ninth Annual Festival Amadeus, presented by the Glacier Symphony and Chorale, runs from August 8 - 14, 2016 at venues in Whitefish and Bigfork. The festival features chamber and orchestra concerts with guest soloists and the Festival Amadeus orchestra. (See the full Festival Amadeus schedule below.)

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.

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