What do you get when you combine modern jazz, the music of Woody Guthrie, Delta blues, and Antonín Dvořák’s “American” String Quartet?
You get Luke Winslow-King.
Born and raised in Michigan, a crime landed him in New Orleans. But, ever the optimist, Winslow-King decided to stay. And yet, the road has been more of a home in recent years. While he’s back home now, Winslow-King spent the final months of 2013 on a European tour.
This week on Continnum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present early music of the Ars Nova (the musical style which flourished in France and the Burgundian Low Countries in the Late Middle Ages).
Included will be a performance of the anonymous 14th century Mass of Tournai and the music of Guillaume de Machaut (c.1300-1377). Performers include The Clemencic Consort, Ensemble Organum, and The Hilleard Ensemble.
The music is from the CD, Harmonia Mundi — Century 6, from the ten CD set of Early Music on the Harmonia Mundi label.
It’s easy to tease out the artists who’ve inspired A.J. Croce’s singing over the years — Ray Charles, Paul McCartney*, Buddy Holly, even Ray Davies of The Kinks. He loves early rock n roll and R&B. So perhaps it’s ironic that A.J. rarely sounds like his father, singer-songwriter Jim Croce, who made his mark on music in the late 1960s and early 70s.
With nine albums to his credit and more than 20 years as a touring musician, A.J. Croce is his own man, performing his own music. And a devoted fan base has shown its appreciation for the genre-busting of the younger Croce.
This week on Continnum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present dance music that may have been heard in The Garden of Mirth (a garden of love) from the 13th Century poem, The Romance of the Rose, an allegory of courtly love. Lovers were supposed to have met in the garden, enticed by Cupid.
Performers are members of the English early music ensemble,The Dufay Collective. The CD, A Dance in the Garden of Mirth, is Chandos CHAN 4320.
Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 5:44 pm
Six months ago, we brought you the story of the Edna Karr High School marching band in New Orleans. Two members of the band in particular, snare drummer Charles Williams and tuba player Nicholas Nooks, or Big Nick as his friends call him, earned scholarships to Jackson State University in Mississippi — their dream.
The marching band at Jackson State is known as the Sonic Boom of the South. Band camp began in August with 164 freshmen. But after weeks of late nights and early mornings, musical training and also push-ups, 24 had quit.
This is not John Philip Sousa’s band music. 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.
This week on Continnum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present harpsichord music by the French composer and harpsichordist, Francois Couperin (1668-1733).
His most intriguing harpsichord work without a doubt is "The Mysterious Barricades". Music historians and scholars have never been able to give a reason for the name of the composition. Perhaps Couperin had a future vision of the many streets in uptown New Orleans now being closed by barricades and repaired as a result of hurricane Katrina, nine years ago.