Music

Modern Tradition

Jan 3, 2017

The singer-songwriter Ben Harper has been on the scene since the early ‘90s, but has more recently been digging deeper into the blues with the legendary harpman Charlie Musselwhite.  We’ll talk with Ben about the musical journey from his family’s music store to what he calls his “graduation” album.  Then an in-studio conversation with a guitarist who has played with Sun Ra and now plays banjo with Preservation Hall, New Orleans’ own Carl LeBlanc.

On this Continuum you'll hear excerpts from the Feast of Fools, a post-European Christmas event dating from the Middle Ages. Occurring between Christmas and Epiphany, this celebration was marked by much license and buffoonery. The clergy and the laity traded places for a day and interesting things happened, particularly in The Mass of the Ass. You'll hear it from these CDs: The Feast of Fools (The New London Consort) L’Oiseaus-Lyre 433 194-2, and La Fete de L'Ane (Clemencic Consort) Harmonia Mundi HMT 7901036.

"How Many Roads…?” Bob Dylan’s Back Pages

Dec 27, 2016

Bob Dylan’s songs are part of American consciousness, with sources and symbols drawing from old-time country and folk, blues and ballads, ancient and modern poetry, the beauties and absurdities of life, love and loss.  His contributions to the big river of songs have grown and been recognized worldwide.  The young man from Hibbing, Minnesota, is now an elder… a Nobel Laureate; but his listeners didn’t need that or any such weathervane to prize Bob Dylan. It was, and is, always in his words and voice,  music and memory where fans and friends found inspiration.

On this Continuum you’ll hear a special program of early and relatively new Christmas music performed by New Orleans Musica da Camera. The music is from their CD, Natus Est - A Christmas Celebration, directed by Continuum hosts Milton Scheuermann, Jr. and Thais St. Julien. Recordings used are: Natus Est (New Orleans Musica da Camera) - Centaur CRC 2208 and Forse Che Si, Forse Che No (Ferrara Ensemble) - Fonti Musicali fmd 182.

Jessica Rosgaard

This week on All Things New Orleans, we're sharing the joys of the holiday season through music! The NOLA Players recollect recording Christmastime in New Orleans, a sparkling holiday package of jazz performed in the spirit of the city and season.

A Sonic Season of Light & Evergreens

Dec 20, 2016
Santa's Second Line
Chuck Siler

Our “Sonic Season” includes Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and Boxing Day.  We celebrate with New Orleans Zion Harmonizers live in our studio. Woody Guthrie sings a Hanukkah song while Bob Dylan tells of  “Three Angels.” We interview a black Santa about his Christmas days in Vietnam, and Bob Dorough sings “Blue Xmas,” the song he wrote for Miles Davis. Meanwhile, life in America goes on... in hopes and dreams that bring light to the darkness…

Continuum presents “The Lost Spindle”, a Renaissance Spanish “folk opera”; the CD notes call it “a romance in song”. It is full of folk tunes from the 15th and 16th centuries, very well presented by Live Oak and Company. The Spanish rhythms are infectious, the performance is spirited and fun. If you enjoy Renaissance music you will like this music.

Rock and Soul from Memphis to Muscle Shoals

Dec 13, 2016

This week on American Routes, we talk to Barbara Sims about her time working at Sun Studios as a publicist and promoter, and the search for the next Elvis. Then we dig into the archives for classic interviews with Sun’s founder Sam Phillips, Elvis’ sidemen DJ Fontana and Scotty Moore and the Killer, Jerry Lee Lewis. Then we head over to North Alabama for a conversation on love, God and music with soul and disco siren Candi Staton.

This Continuum presents music from two important medieval collections. The Glogauer Liederbuch (Glogau Song Book) is a Liederhandschrift (medieval songbook) of sacred and secular songs and instrumental music, written about 1480. The A-LA-MI-RE collection was constructed around the manuscripts written by the famous calligrapher-publisher, Petrus Alamire (fl. 1497-1535).

Continuum presents a program devoted to early music performed by the famous Clemencic Consort. Founded in 1967 by Rene Clemencic, Austrian composer, recorder player, harpsichordist, conductor and clavichord player, they have produced over 100 records and CDs. You’ll hear excerpts from four of these historically outstanding recordings including the Roman de Fauvel and the Cantigas de Santa Maria. Recordings used are: Carmina Burana - OEHMS OC 635, and Troubadours - Cantigas de Santa Maria I&II - Harmonia Mundi France HMX 2901524 & 2901525.

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