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Kavita Shah: Embracing the Saudade of Cape Verde

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Today, the Spotlight shines On award-winning vocalist, composer, ethnomusicology researcher, and educator Kavita Shah. Kavita's work sits at the intersection of modern jazz, new creative music, and world traditions. The impetus for her visit today was her 2023 tribute to African legend Cesária Évora, Cape Verdean Blues (Folkalist Records). We cover her personal experiences ...

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R.U. Sirius: Inside the Mind of a Cyberdelic Shaman

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Markus Reuter: Recording Music Across Space and Time

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Today, the Spotlight shines On returning guest, the innovative musician and composer Markus Reuter.Markus originally joined us for Episode 130 back in November 2022. He joins us now to discuss his project Sea of Hopeless Angels (Unsung Records), which began as several unedited studio solo improvisations by Markus on his electric touch guitar. Those ...

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Hainbach: Crafting Soundscapes from Forgotten Relics

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Today, the Spotlight shines On Berlin-based electronic music composer and performer Hainbach.I have come to view Hainbach as much an archeologist or audio specimen collector as he is a musician. While he makes beautiful music and soundscapes, they are often showcase pieces for the devices he works on, which include not only vintage and ...

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Kevin Sun: Emotion, Technique, and the Language of Jazz

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Today, the Spotlight shines On saxophonist/composer Kevin Sun. Kevin joined us to discuss, among other things, his dramatic double album from 2023, The Depths of Memory ((Endectomorph), which was released in two halves: From All This Stillness in July The Depths in Slow Motion in October. Kevin's an intense yet accessible player and composer--and a true ...

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Will Barnes: Jazz Impressions of the Welsh Landscape

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Today, the Spotlight shines On Will Barnes, leader of the Will Barnes Quartet, who joins me to talk about his life in music and, specifically, his ongoing collaboration with landscape artist Erin Hughes. Their first album together, Source of the Severn (AAB Records), is a 21st-century take on classic bebop-era sounds. Erin's nine original ...

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Lucky Lo: Swedish Pop Music with a Twist

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Today, the Spotlight shines On in a much different way than usual, as we turn the microphone over to guest host Miriam Boulos.Miriam has been a guest contributor to Bonus Tracks, the official blog of Spotlight On, since August 2023. Miriam publishes with us frequently, and her work has included interviews with and essays ...

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Chalk: A Relentless and Genre-Busting Band from Belfast

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Today, the Spotlight shines On the Belfast, Ireland, band Chalk. Chalk is Ross Cullen on vocals, Ben Goddard on guitar, and Luke Niblock on drums. They cook up a pretty stunning racket with a unique sound that is nonetheless recognizable in its post-punk, dance, and industrial lineages. If that makes sense to you, you ...

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Sui Zhen: Sleepless at SXSW

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Today, the Spotlight shines On Chinese-Malaysian Australian artist, musician and creative producer, Sui Zhen.This is the first of two episodes recorded on-site at the SXSW Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas.This year's edition of South By Southwest has been the subject of controversy related to event's work with the US Army and ...

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Nic Dembling: Recalling New Wave New York with Comateens

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Today, the Spotlight shines On musician and songwriter Nicholas Dembling, aka Nic North, aka Nic West, of seminal New York CIty New Wave Pop band, Comateens. The New York that birthed Comateens was in the midst of a particularly vibrant musical moment. There was new music everywhere. Jazz cats were staging loft concerts in ...


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