6:00 am
Sun November 9, 2014

Continuum: A Dance In The Garden Of Mirth

Thais St. Julien and Milton G. Scheuermann, Jr.

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.

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5:08 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Drummer And Tuba Player Work To Stay Sharp For Band And College

The Sonic Boom of the South at Jackson State isn't just a band; it's the university's most visible marketing tool.
Keith O'Brien NPR

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.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
2:11 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Rebirth Brass Band: Feel Like Funkin' It Up

Rebirth Brass Band at Underground Arts in January 2014.
Credit Wendy McCardle /

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.

And in New Orleans, it still is.

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6:00 am
Sun November 2, 2014

Continuum: The Mysterious Barricades

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.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
2:00 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Shannon Powell's Joyful Drums

Shannon Powell.
Credit Shannon Brinkman

An Hour with The World’s Greatest Drummer

The only thing more fun than talking to Shannon Powell is listening to him play. Powell is one of the most charismatic drummers to ever grace a stage. His secret? “I’m happy,” Powell tells Music Inside Out. “I was a happy child. I’m a happy spirit.”

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1:39 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Who Sang It First? Mockingbirds And Musicians Cover Each Other In New Orleans

A short phrase New Orleans musicians use to communicate is identical to a common mockingbird call.
Sven Halling Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 6:47 pm

In certain New Orleans music scenes, there is a special sound — a signal — that lets players know it's time to pick up their instruments and strike up the band.

"It's a bugle call, or a band call, to assemble," trumpeter Leroy Jones says.

"It's like: C'mon, rally," musician Matt Bell adds. "Come to the bandstand and be ready to do it. Let's go."

The four-note phrase, however, doesn't belong to musicians alone. Another common New Orleans species, the mockingbird, also produces the call.

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6:00 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Continuum: Music Of The Ancient World

This week on Continnum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present very, very early music. Included will be Music of Ancient Greece, Music of the Bible, Byzantine Chant, Melchite Chant, and Alleluias and Offertories of the Gauls.

The music is performed by various ensembles and is from the CD Harmonia Mundi — Century 1, from the ten CD set of Early Music on the Harmonia Mundi label.

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5:59 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Continuum: The Gradual Rise Of Instrumental Music

This week on Continnum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present instrumental music of the medieval through the early Baroque periods.

The three sections of the program are: Transcriptions & Reductions; Music To Be Played; and Music For Dancing. Performers include Ensemble de Violes Labyrinto, The Broadside Band, recorder player, Marion Verbruggen, and lutenists, Paul O'Dette and Andreas Martin.

The music is from the CD, Harmonia Mundi — Century 10, from the ten CD set of Early Music on the Harmonia Mundi label.

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6:00 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Continuum: Medieval Journeys Through Time

This week on Continnum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present the two most important medieval song cycles — The Llibre Vermell of Monserrat and the Cantigas de Amigo of Martin Codax.

The Llibre Vermell (Red Book, so called because of its red velvet binding in the library of the monastery of Monserrat in Catalonia, Spain) is a collection of ten anonymous pilgrims' songs of the 14th Century.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
7:43 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Marcia Ball: Make 'Em Dance

Marcia Ball.
Credit Lilly M /

Few piano players are as tall, glam and terrific as Marcia Ball. Born in Texas, raised in Louisiana and schooled in the dance halls and roadhouses of the Gulf South, Ball can’t help but make you boogie woogie. That is, unless you wanna two-step. Or boogaloo. She does that too.

Ball’s songs are postcards of small town life in this region and the dilemmas that drive people to the choices they make.

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