6:00 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Continuum: Petrucci, The First Printer of Music — Part II

Continuum this week will present part two of a program devoted to music from Ottaviano Petrucci's historic music publication, "Harmonice Musices Odehcaton," the first printed sheet music document, published in 1501.

The performers will be New York Pro Musica and the ensemble Fretwork. CDs used are: Petrucci - The First Printer of Music (New York Pro Musica) - copy of LP Decca Records DL 79435 and Harmonice Musices Odehcaton (Fretwork) - Harmonia Mundi HMU 907291.

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Inside the Arts
11:44 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Inside The Arts: Birdfoot Makes An Impression, Opera Seeks Young Vocalists, Jeffrey Cook Remembered

Birdfoot Festival
Credit Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

This week on Inside the Arts, the 4th annual Birdfoot Festival gets underway. Chamber music will fill venues across the city. The festival will also mark the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with Waterlines: A Hymn for New Orleans, a musical journey incorporating spoken word and poetry.

Then, the New Orleans Opera Association is launching a youth vocal competition targeting sophomores, juniors and seniors in high schools across Louisiana.

And, Central City remembers favorite son and nationally acclaimed sculptor Jeffrey Cook with an exhibition and reception.

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6:00 am
Sun May 17, 2015

Continuum: Danza


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.

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1:29 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

New Orleans' Noise Ordinance: What It Sounds Like Now

Bamboula's on Frenchmen Street, a site with many issues to settle when it comes to live music and "noise."

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.

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7:02 am
Sun May 10, 2015

Continuum: Gregorian Chant

On Continuum this week will be a special program devoted the Gregorian Chant, from a ten-CD set of the History of Music.

Specifically, this volume covers musical Europe in the era of Gregorian unification. Performers included Anonymous 4, The Deller Consort, Ensemble Organum, and The Theatre of Voices.

The recording used is Harmonia Mundi Volume 3 of the Century Collection (no catalog number given).

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Arts & Culture
12:58 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

The Music Box Roving Village, By New Orleans Airlift, Takes Flights Of Fancy In City Park

New Orleans Airlift has its Roving Village in City Park through Sunday.

For immersive music and sound experiences, New Orleans offers any number of clubs and festivals. There’s also The Music Box. It’s a collection of eccentric little houses, each one a sort of musical instrument.

This roving village will be at its City Park installation through Sunday, May 10 (this Mother's Day weekend) with performances conducted by Arto Lindsay the evenings of May 8 and 9. It’s the creation of art collective New Orleans Airlift.

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6:00 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Continuum: Cantigas de Amigo

This week on Continuum you'll hear two very different performances of the earliest known song cycle, Cantigas de Amigo, by the mid 13th century composer Martin Codax.

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Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten
3:09 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Jazz New Orleans Jazz Fest Preview — The Last 2 Days

Vocal harmony group extraordinaire Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony

Tonight on Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten (8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Central on 89.9 WWNO and streaming live at – 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.

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Music Inside Out
7:12 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Sweet Crude: Indie Rock Louisianais

Sweet Crude. l to r Jonathan Arceneaux, Jack Craft, Alexis Marceaux, Marion Tortorich, Stephen MacDonald, Sam Craft, Skyler Stroup.
Credit Zack Smith / Music Inside Out

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.

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3:50 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Jazz Fest Sync Up Conference Teaches The Business Of Music

Scott Aiges, programs director for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.
Credit Scott Aiges

New Orleans is right in the middle of Jazz Fest, which features plenty of live music.

But there is also an associated event called the Sync Up Conference, now in its eighth year, designed for independent artists to learn more about the business of music.

WWNO’s Paul Maassen spoke with Scott Aiges, Programs Director for the Jazz and Heritage Foundation, about the conference.

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