WWNO, in partnership with NOLA Art House Music and NolaVie, presents the first in a series of interviews hosted by trumpeter Dr. Edward Anderson, focused on some of the best emerging musicians in the New Orleans arts community.
In the first installment, Dr. Anderson talks with clarinetist Gregory Agid.
Don't get us wrong, Sousa is in the pantheon of them-who-haul-brass-through-the-streets, but we suspect the maestro might be surprised by the music today. Which, if you think about it, is good.
Otherwise, there would only be the old-timey brass band idiom and the genre would have lost touch with the people. Which is precisely where this music has always lived. With military bands and civic orchestras and parades and funerals and weddings, brass band music has always been popular music.
They are rooted in the quartet singing tradition and a capella harmonies from the turn of the last century. For nearly the half a century, the Zion Harmonizers have enjoyed an unparalleled platform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, anchoring and curating the Gospel Tent.
In the church of New Orleans jazz, they’ve had the keys to the church of church.
This week on Inside the Arts we celebrate Tennessee Williams' 103rd Anniversary! The 28th Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival kicks off five days of festivities in and around the French Quarter, beginning on Wednesday. We highlight an exciting array of theatrical offerings.
It wasn't an easy road to the Tiny Desk for the four guys from Louisiana who make up Brass Bed. Their tour, for the band's debut album The Secret Will Keep You, was plagued from the start: Singer Christiaan Mader had the flu, there was a death in the family and multiple dates had to be canceled. Their van was broken into and their instruments stolen. So when they heard that a big snowstorm was headed for D.C. at the same time they were to play the Tiny Desk, it felt like yet another bad omen.
Keeping New Orleans music alive for the next generation of our children means ensuring they have access to instruments, as well as to teachers who want to share the magic of melody with them. On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with a couple of musicians who are doing just that.
This week on Inside the Arts, an explosion of musical genres! We visit with Tara O'Grady, an Irish American chanteuse who mixes Celtic sounds with blues, folk, swing and jazz into her unique style. She makes her New Orleans debut this St. Patrick's weekend.
Then, internationally acclaimed Russian concert pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine returns to town for a classical music performance at the Marigny Opera House. And we round out with S.O.U.L. — Singers of United Lands — for a cultural music exchange with the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans.