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Although Pat Metheny is in many aspects a global citizen, he is first and foremost a native of Missouri. His midwestern-American background and influences appear in his music much like a motif appears in literature.By Kyle Simpler
Continuing in my Chats with Cats articles I wanted to speak with an instrument maker. We often forget how important these artisans are to the tone and timbre of the music itself. Being a guitarist, I was excited to speak with Roger Sadowsky...By B.D. Lenz
The wild Loire river runs from the Atlantic ocean deep into France's center, and there is beautiful, diverse, and historically under-appreciated wine throughout its entire length. But the middle section, from Angers to the city of Tours, is where Chenin Blanc rules.By Matt Penman
As a result of past visits to Norfolk, Kenny Washington has amassed a large following of fans here, so it was no surprise that tickets sold out when the Virginia Arts Festival announced that he would be the first guest of the post-Covid season.By Mark Robbins
Traditionally, the jam session in jazz has provided an outlet for artistic growth and musical connections, for younger musicians to play with more established artists. The oral tradition that has allowed the music to evolve and grow generationally lives at the community jam session.By Paul Rauch
Dion Kerr's second single, “Cosmos” from his BACE Records debut, “Ivy”, is a multi-movement piece with recurring melodies and evolving musical themes. Here Kerr uses an original composition from his days at Manhattan School of Music, deconstructing and recasting it into a 9-minute big band arrangement. Featuring Jeff Parker on guitar, the two crossed paths during his time at the Banff International Workshop for Improvised Music in Alberta, Canada curated by Vijay Iyer. That meeting resulted in Parker’s feature on “Cosmos”, where the two share their unique voices and weave together a colorful sonic tapestry. Staying true to his passion for experimental music, this piece showcases Kerr’s skill as he marries drum machine beats with cassette tape saturation.