From the heart of French Louisiana to the streets of New York, American Routes is mixing it up this week with two giants of their genres. We visit with jazz great Dr. Lonnie Smith, whose mastery of the music is synonymous with his ever-present Hammond B3 organ. We drop down deep in the pocket with Lonnie, and get keyed in to the past and present of soul and jazz. And out on the Cajun and Creole prairies we drop in on zydeco accordionist and Grammy award winner Terrance Simien.
This week on Continnum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present a brand new recording by New Orleans born Skip Sempe, directing his Paris based Capriccio Stravagante and also the Collegium Vocale of Gent. The music is the Requiem Mass of Baroque composer Jean Gilles (1668-1705).
This music was performed at the funeral of famous Baroque composer Jean-Philippe Rameau, on 27 September 1764, 250 years ago. Rameau was one of the most famous of the French Baroque composers as well as a recognized music theorist of his time.
After the crowd goes home, after they pack their gear and instruments, when their van rolls through the night and the smell of smoke still lingers on their clothes, the bottom line remains. The business of music never sleeps.
Artist royalties, mechanical royalties, revenue streams and recording contracts occupy the minds and sleepless nights of managers and artists the country over as they head to their next gig.
You could fill a college course with everything an artist needs to know. Trust us, they have.
Singer-songwriter Iris DeMent returns to the landscape and soundscape of her youth, the Arkansas Delta. We'll speak with Iris about her musical homecoming, and listen in on an exclusive solo piano performance of her most recent songs. Then we catch up with the Lafayette punk and rockabilly-inflected Cajun band, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, fronted by brothers Andre and Louis Michot, who can count Gordon Gano (of the Violent Femmes) as a collaborator and fan.
This week on Continnum, Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present a live recording of the concert by New Orleans Musica da Camera, Jongleur, Jester, Trickster, performed on 25 March 2012 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church from their CD of the same name (Belle Alliance BA 006).
There's also a closing Estampie dance by New York's Ensemble for Early Music from the CD, Istanpitta II (Lyrichord EMS 8022).
The poetics of pickup trucks and cutoffs are not lost on Jim McCormick. Nor are the subtleties of Trans Ams and the beverage choices of the young and hay-baling set. And that’s how it should be for a poet-turned-Nashville songwriter.
A New Orleans native (and still occasional resident), McCormick penned two of 2012′s number one songs on the country charts. But all that success — and it is considerable — hasn’t gone to his head. He’s stayed humble. And funny. And grateful for the collaborations and to the mentors through the years.
Tune in for a tribute to the man who melded gospel, soul and pop in music and life, Sam Cooke. We'll follow the singer from Clarksdale to Chicago and from the church to the Copa as he revolutionized gospel music with the Soul Stirrers and then secular music with self-penned hits "You Send Me," "Change is Gonna Come," and more. Plus an hour of the musical roots and branches of Sam Cooke.
This week on Continuum, Milton Scheuermann & Thais St. Julien celebrate the music of the ensemble Sequentia with A Sequentia Festival, using the CDs Spielmann und Kleriker by Sequentia (DHM 7 49704 2 ), Oswald von Wolkenstein - Songs by Sequentia (DHM 05472-77302-2), and Trouveres by Sequentia (DHM 77155-2-RC).