Continuum this week will present a program of dances from medieval times to the present performed by a wandering minstrel ensemble called "Wolgemut."
The name is from an old German word meaning "being in a good mood." All of the dances feature early instruments such as bagpipes, rauschpfeife, recorders and medieval drums and percussion. The recording used is Danza - GEMA w-cd 003.
Since the debate over the noise ordinance came to a standstill last April, live music advocates and neighborhood groups are stuck with an unlikely piece of legislation to deal with sound in the city: zoning.
It’s early evening on Frenchmen Street, and the doors of this bar are wide open. Tourists are drifting in and out, and the music is free. It’s also illegal.
Tonight on Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten (8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Central on 89.9 WWNO and streaming live at wwno.org) – An extended conversation with bass great Christian McBride, our Jazz New Orleans “Player of the Week” – and will play Jazz Fest with his Big Band, featuring vocalists Dianne Reeves and Jeffrey Osborne, on Sunday, May 3.
Onstage, they don’t look like a traditional rock ‘n roll band. Sure, the seven members of Sweet Crude are kinda young and kinda scrawny and their clothes suggest a GAP-meets-Garanimals flare.
But they carry no guitars. Five of them play percussion. And yes, there’s a glockenspiel in the mix.
Sweet Crude sounds different too. They produce a sophisticated mixture of rhythm, classical strings, and musical theater that’s highly danceable and even educational. That’s because the band sings in English and Louisiana French – a language they’re learning on the job.
This week we meet with two practitioners of the art of improvisation. Béla Fleck joins us for a conversation about banjo traditions and experimentation in bluegrass, jazz and classical music. Then we'll head to the studio for a jazz breakdown by New Orleans master percussionist Jason Marsalis.
The "La, La, La, La" name of this week's Continuum program is based on the names of the four CDs featured on the program, all beginning with "La."
These are four very different selections of early music, each with a different early music ensemble. The CDs used are: La Folia (Jordi Savall et al) - Alia Vox AV 9805; La Messe des Fous (Barry Hayward Consort) - BNL BNL112746; La Dolce Vita (King's Singers & Tragicomedia) - EMI CDC 7 541 91 2; and La Bele Marie (Anonymous 4) - Harmonia Mundi HMU 907312.
This week on Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten (Fridays from 8–10 p.m. Central on 89.9 WWNO and streaming live at wwno.org) — An extended conversation with pianist and composer Monty Alexander, the Jazz New Orleans “Player of the Week.” Alexander will play Jazz Fest with his Harlem-Kingston Express on Thursday, April 30.