Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 12:19 pm
A film opened in the U.S. this weekend about the life of Simón Bolivar, the military leader who helped free much of Latin America from the Spanish Empire. Libertador, or The Liberator, tells that story with the help of rousing music by a first-time film-score composer: Gustavo Dudamel.
Originally published on Sat October 4, 2014 6:42 pm
As eclectic an instrument as the banjo may be in 2014, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn could fairly be called its superstars. Fleck has taken the instrument into unusual territory like funk, jazz and classical, while Washburn prefers to stay in the more traditional clawhammer style.
Even if you've never been to a jazz concert in your life, it's likely that you've heard Ryan Keberle play trombone. He's toured with Sufjan Stevens, backed up pop stars like Alicia Keys and Justin Timberlake, recorded for a Woody Allen film, played in Broadway pits and directed music for a church in Manhattan. Left to his own devices, though, Keberle likes to put himself into improvising situations.
Originally published on Sat October 4, 2014 1:50 pm
How would you like living next door to a harpist — who played at home at all hours?
It worked out for Brad Barr, guitarist and founding member of The Barr Brothers, who met his current bandmate Sarah Page after hearing her harp playing through the wall of his apartment. Enchanted, he asked her to join his band.