Malamanya is a Minneapolis-based band that blends orginal songwriting with traditional rhythms and melodies of Cuba, Central and South America. Acoustic-driven dance rhythms celebrate salsa and samba, and draw on organic forms of the past. Band members include: Adriana Rimpel (lead vocals), Jason Marks (trumpet), Jesse Marks (percussion/bell), Luis Ortega (percussion/congas), Tony Schriner (ppright bass/guitar) and Trevor May (tres/guitar). For more information on the band, go to malamanya.com. Produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow.
This “Live from Minnesota” segment features the Brass Messengers—a Twin Cities’ band that formed from the Heart of the Beast May Day parade. With Caribbean and Balkan influences, the Brass Messengers describe themselves as, “a sprawling fun factory of musicians.” This show was recorded at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis on March 12, 2012, and features contributions from the Yale Women’s Slavic Chorus. For more information on the Brass Messengers, visit brassmessengers.com. Produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow.
Veda Ponikvar is known as “The Iron Lady of Chisholm,” and recognized by the Historical Society as one of Minnesota’s 150 most important people. Born of humble beginnings to Eastern European immigrants on the Iron Range in northeastern Minnesota, Veda attended college, served in World War II, and returned to her hometown to start the Chisholm Free Press. She is a life-long advocate for workers, children and the mentally disabled. KFAI producer Britt Aamodt journeyed up north to talk to this 93-year-old icon.
For the last several years, a bluegrass revival has been taking place in and around the Twin Cities. KFAI producer Sarah Lageson talks to musicians Quillan Roe of the Roe Family Singers, Kevin Kniebel of Pert Near Sandstone, radio host Phil Nusbaum, and banjo player Liz Olds. This documentary examines the local bluegrass resurgence, what it means for musicians and fans, and the divide between purists and progressives. Thanks to Phil Nusbaum, Quillan Roe, Liz Olds, Kevin Kniebel, Lindsay Nygaard, and Nancy Sartor. Featured music (in order of appearance): Roe Family Singers “Elspeth’s Farewell,” Dorothy Rorick “The House Carpenter,” Bill Monroe “Uncle Penn,” Roe Family Singers “The Crawdad Song,” Koerner, Ray and Glover “John Hardy,” Pert Near Sandstone “A Lazy Man’s Load is a Heavy One,” Dwight Diller and John Morris “Always Lift Him Up and Never Knock Him Down’” Trampled by Turtles “Ceiling Side,” Pert Near Sandstone “Wild Bill Jones,” Trampled by Turtles “The Outskirts,” Pert Near Sandstone “Liza Jane,” Trampled by Turtles “Pipe Knot,” and Pert Near Sandstone “Happy Hollow.”
This summer at Black Dog Café, poet and playwright Lisa Brimmer gathered a group of free-style jazz musicians called High Society for a night of spoken word and improvisational music. The show was recorded and produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow. High Society includes Chris Bates on bass, Evan Montgomery on guitar, Peter Hennig on auxiliary percussion, Cory Grossman on cello, Nathan Hanson on saxophone and Greg Shutte.
Symbolical Head is a storytelling event and panel discussion at DreamHaven Books in Minneapolis, featuring Will Alexander, Barth Anders, David J Schwartz, Haddayr Copley-Woods and Stacy Theiszen. Produced for KFAI by Tom Tschantz and Nancy Sartor.
A performance inspired by Africa and hosted by Ms. Kenna at Patrick’s Cabaret in Minneapolis. This independently produced show featured spoken word, live music, dance and more, with a focus on the African diaspora. The theme “Africans in the Snow” comes from poem by Louis Alehemayu, who was inspired by a photograph of two Somali women in a snowy Minneapolis parking lot.
In cultural anthropology, a rite of passage, or “liminal phase,” marks the transition where normal limits to thought, self-understanding, and behavior are relaxed, leading one to new perspectives. Once an anthropology student himself, Adam Levy, (The Honeydogs, Hookers $ Blow, Bunny Clogs) founded Liminal Phase to combine old and new sounds with electronic and acoustic instrumentation. The band weaves avant-garde tonalities and melodic ideas into improvised soundscapes that touch on jazz, psychedelia and West African syncopation. Liminal Phase features Adam Levy on guitars; DeVon Gray (Heiruspecs) on bassoon, flute and keys; Lisa Hirst-Carnes on oboe and harmonium; Joey Van Phillips (Mystery Palace, Dessa, Gayngs) on drums; and Dan Zamzow (Cloud Cult, Deep Soul Deities) on cello; with DJ Nathan Brende adding diverse electronic textures.
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