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

2016 was such a good year for music and yet, also, such a shocking year for music. It was filled with strong, energized, and interesting releases from well-established artists, as well as some exciting, new talents, many of whom were rediscovering and modernizing classic, old sounds. 

Van Gelder was closely associated with Blue Note Records, an American jazz record label.
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Take a look at any jazz recording made during the past sixty years and there’s a good chance that it will have been recorded by Rudy Van Gelder. From his studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, Van Gelder worked with artists like Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock to produce some of the most memorable music of all time. Join Tom Engelmann as he pays tribute to the engineer who made recorded music come to life on another edition of "Unsung Heroes, Influential but Overlooked Masters of Modern Music."

Tune in to MTPR Monday, January 9 at 8:00 p.m. on your radio or online

It takes about 24 songs to fill a typical Freeforms Show. Less if you’re playing a lot of Carla Bley. I bring in 26 in case the show runs short, but invariably I never get around to playing the last two. They’re the "tail end" to Freeforms.

Now – let’s do some math. With 12 shows a year and 2 extra songs per show. Ca-Ching! That’s right! This show just made itself! It’s like it was meant to be! 

Dolce Canto began in 2001 with eight friends who missed the a cappella compositions they'd studied and performed together in high school and college. On a whim, they decided to gather and read through some works. One public concert led to another.

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.

Violinist Tim Fain
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"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.

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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