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

It’s a regular ‘potluck Freeforms’ this Wednesday, August 23 at 11:00 a.m. on Montana Public Radio.

“ No time for a thoughtful presentation. I’m just going with what the station has on hand,” remarks Gus Chambers, your 4th Wednesday of every month Freeforms host.

Fry Street Quartet plays live on Montana Public Radio, August 7, 2017.
Josh Burnham

The Fry Street Quartet joined us in Studio B August 7, 2017 to preview their performances at Festival Amadeus, and play some music live on the air.  Sit in with the quartet as they play the second movement of Haydn's "Sunrise Quartet" live on Montana Public Radio

Tired of smokey eyes from smokey skies? The Psychedelic Circus rolls onto the airwaves of Montana Public Radio Friday night from 10 p.m. to midnight to take your mind off the heat and summer smoke.  Psychedelic musical gems will transport you to clear skies and cleanse your aura in preparation for the coming eclipse. 

Join Joan Richarde and Doc Sandoz, on your radio or online Friday August 18, 2017 at 10 p.m. for a rollicking romp through psychedelic music from the classic years: 1967-1973.  Let our Psychedelic Soundtrack take you on the journey to the center of your mind!

Singer-songwriter Melissa Forrette decided to forgo a college volleyball scholarship. Instead, she moved to Montana to work as a wilderness outfitter in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Her first song, written in the backcountry under a starry sky, was “Big City Lights,” a reflection on what she’d left behind back home in Santa Cruz.

Listen in as Melissa visits with host John Floridis for her debut on "Musician’s Spotlight."

I-90 Collective. Carrie Krause, Paul Dwyer, John Lenti, Adriane Post.
Courtesy I-90 Collective

Carrie Krause and John Lenti are part of the I-90 Collective quartet.  They'll play St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival August 20 at 4 p.m. Krause and Lenti joined MTPR's Michael Marsolek to preview their upcoming performance, and talk about what drew them to baroque music.

Listen in for baroque lute and violin music live from Studio B at Montana Public Radio.

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Singer Brice Todd and pianist Jodi Marshall join MTPR's Michael Marsolek for a live studio session ahead of Todd's August 6 performance at St. Timothy's Summer Music Festival.

Listen in to hear Todd sing selections from Puccini, and Tosti, live from Studio B at Montana Public Radio.

August 9 will see a very special episode of "What I Like About Jazz," as host John Arvish will be joined by Naomi Moon Siegel, Joshua Farmer, and cellist Bethany Joyce. Tune in on your radio or online at 8 p.m., Wednesday August 9.

Local concert series founder Naomi Moon Siegel announces the new Lakebottom Sound Series that builds community by valuing live music in Missoula. Presenting intimate concert experiences in exceptional listening environments, Lakebottom Sound Series shows foster meaningful exchanges between audience members and performers.

Ebru Yildiz

The Portland, OR band Joseph is made up of three sisters: Natalie Closner Schepman, Allison Closner and Meegan Closner. (The band's name comes from Jo, the sisters' grandfather, and for the small Oregon town at the base of the Wallowa Mountains that re-named itself for Chief Joseph, where Jo grew up.) Since their 2014 debut, the trio has gathered momentum quickly, with appearances on The Tonight Show, Ellen, Conan O’Brien and CBS This Morning.

She’s known across the West for her work with Missoula's bluegrass burner-band, Broken Valley Roadshow, and for Stellarondo, a music and spoken word collaboration with author Rick Bass. For the first time, singer-songwriter Caroline Keys steps out on her own with a new solo album, “Mean To Stay." Caroline Keys talks about her solo debut on this episode of "Musician's Spotlight."

One For All is the longest running cooperative group in jazz, now starting into their third decade. Founding Horn players Steve Davis, Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, and the Rhythm section of David Hazeltine, John Weber and Joe Farnsworth recently released their 16th album, "The Third Decade," and will be a featured act at Newport Jazz Festival on August 4.

Tune in for a close look at the collaborative careers of this group, from solo efforts going back 25 years, to their first album in 1997, to their latest. Wednesday, July 26, from 8-10 p.m., on your radio or online on "What I Like About Jazz."

Chill out with some hot tunes spun by Doc Sandoz and Joan Richarde on the July edition of 'The Psychedelic Circus,' riding the airwaves of Montana Public Radio starting at 10:00 p.m. tonight.  Once a month, we light up your Friday night with classic psychedelic gems recorded between 1965 - 1973.  Turn your volume up to 11 and be transported to a higher musical plane, 10:00 p.m. to midnight!

Tommy LiPuma produced memorable recordings by Barbara Streisand, Dave Mason, Paul McCartney and Willie Nelson.  And he started out as a barber! 

Join Tom Engelmann Monday July 24 at 8 p.m. as he explores the colorful career of Tommy LiPuma on another edition of “Unsung Heroes, Influential but Overlooked Masters of Modern Music.”

Trombonist and composer Naomi Moon Siegel made the move from Seattle, Wash. to Missoula and has been carving out her own piece of Montana’s musical scene ever since. Hear from her on this episode of "Musician's Spotlight"

Tune In For Montana Jazz And Classic Blues On MTPR

Jul 18, 2017

Montana Jazz Artists are the focus on "What I Like About Jazz" this week. Montana has a long history of great jazz players. There is a wide range of artists from players like Jack Walrath, Jim Rotondi, David Morgenroth, and Chuck Florence, to singers Dee Daniels, Eden Atwood, MJ Williams, and Jeni Fleming.

From the “Musician’s Spotlight” archives, c. March 1998, this week’s program revisits host John Floridis’ conversation with singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett before his concert at the University Theater in Missoula.

Missoula-area musicians and life partners Joan Zen and Jason Hicks discuss their longtime musical collaboration, most of whose incarnations bear Joan's name. Their most recent collection of original funk, soul and reggae is called "This Is The Fortunate Life." Zen and Hicks are John Floridis's guests this week on "Musician's Spotlight."

Vera Horan

Virtuoso trumpeter and composer Allen Vizzutti is equally comfortable – and adept - in the jazz and classical domains. Born and raised in Missoula, his dizzying performance and teaching schedule whisks him all over the world. Vizzutti is John Floridis's guest this week on "Musician's Spotlight."

Violinist, composer and singer songwriter Gaelynn Lea produces 21st century music in a style rooted in classical, Celtic and traditional folk. The 2016 winner of NPR's Tiny Desk Contest is also a disability rights advocate and an in-demand speaker, particularly concerning osteogenesis imperfecta ("brittle bone disease"), a condition that she’s had all her life.

Lea is the guest on this episode of "Musician's Spotlight"

Beautiful floral blooms in bright 'tie-dye' colors will surround your ears when the Psychedelic Circus rolls back into town on Friday, June 23 from 10:00 p.m. to midnight.
Brook Trout

Beautiful floral blooms in bright 'tie-dye' colors will surround your ears when the Psychedelic Circus rolls back into town on Friday, June 23 from 10:00 p.m. to midnight. Doc Sandoz will join Joan Richarde in a musical celebration of the official start of summer. Raise a glass to toast the season and let the music raise you to higher inner plane!

Sylvia Moy in 1967 with Stevie Wonder and James Jamerson, Earl Van Dyke and Robert White of the Funk Brothers.
Motown Records Archives

Without Sylvia Moy there may never have been a Stevie Wonder. A Motown songwriter and producer who collaborated with him on numerous hits, she is perhaps most known for co-writing "My Cherie Amour" and "I Was Born to Love Her." She also co-wrote hits for artists like Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and The Jackson Five. 

Join Tom Engelmann at 8:00 p.m., Monday, June 26 as he opens the Motown vaults to enjoy the works of Sylvia Moy on another edition of "Unsung Heroes, Influential but Overlooked Masters of Modern Music."

Portland, Oregon-based Blind Pilot has landed among the top indie-pop-folk bands in the country with television appearances on Ellen and The Late Show With David Letterman, and performances at Bonnaroo and the Newport Folk Festival. The band’s lead singer and primary songwriter Israel Nebeker visited with host John Floridis backstage at the Wilma Theater in Missoula to talk about the process of recording their most recent album, “And Then Like Lions."

Michael Wilson

“Banjoist, composer, instigator” and two-time Juno Award winner Jayme Stone makes music that's been inspired by sounds from around the world. His compositions bridge folk, jazz and chamber music, and his albums both defy and honor the banjo’s long role in the world’s music, turning historical connections into compelling sounds. Songlines calls Stone "The Yo-Yo Ma of the banjo."

One of the most dynamic singer-songwriters of any generation, Martin Sexton returns to “Musician's Spotlight,” recording three songs in the studio (with harmony help from the Brothers McCann) and chatting retrospectively about his career.

In a career spanning half a century, Bruce Lundvall worked with a wide variety of artists including Miles Davis, Dianne Reeves, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Norah Jones as the president of Blue Note Records. Phil Chess and his brother founded Chess Records, a storied Chicago label that captured great blues musicians like Muddy Waters in their prime and helped establish rock ’n’ roll as a musical genre. He even helped start the careers of Chuck Berry and the Rolling Stones.

John Floridis hosts a 25th anniversary celebration of Musicians' Spotlight with musical highlights and interview segments from some of the most engaging guests in the program's history. Featured artists include Alison Krauss, B.B. King, David Grisman, Shawn Colvin, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Lyle Lovett, Lila Downs and numerous Montana musicians such as Darko Butarac, Eden Atwood and Tom Catmull.

Celebrate the first full month of Spring with Doc Sandoz and Joan Richarde by tuning in to The Psychedelic Circus, Friday April 21 from 10:00 p.m. to Midnight.  We'll be spinning musical "sound blossoms" from the classic years of Psychedelia, 1967-1973 as the grass greens up and the trees leaf out! Put on your tie-died t-shirts & tune in.

Jake Koelzer, formerly of Bozeman, Montana, brings his blend of jazz-inspired blue-eyed soul to Musicians’ Spotlight. Koelzer writes texturally rich songs that are "beautiful, thoughtful, complicated, and yet completely approachable, with lyrics are smart, compelling, and meaningful."

Montanan Izaak Opatz, a recent guest on the program as a member of the band, The Best Westerns, returns to “Musicians’ Spotlight" with solo project in hand: Mariachi Static. The album was recorded in Los Angeles, and was inspired by all sorts of things: Mojave desert camping excursions; life on a Glacier National Park trail crew; late night ping-pong tournaments - and, of course, unrequited love.

UM student Claire Wang plays Debussy's Feuilles Mortes (Dead Leaves) from the Preludes Book II, live on Montana Public Radio, April 05, 2017.

The award-winning Montana Public Radio program "Musician’s Spotlight" will celebrate 25 years on the air with a pledge week special broadcast scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 6.

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