Thin Place Light

Did an open schedule gap fill-in on a nice Madison Sunday morning. Here’s how the first part of the proGram lit up:

Viņpus upes ozoliņ- Saucējas
Sir Jack- Martial Solal (Live at Salle Gaveau 2019)
Combat Breathing- Vijay Iyer
Colors- Benito Gonzalez Ft. Christian McBride & Sasha Mashin
Trick Baby- Spike Wilner Trio

Can’t Buy Me Love- John DePaola Quartet
Shorties Portion- Ralph Peterson Jr.
Mambo Gil- Rubén Blades with Roberto Delgado & Orquesta
Do I Hear Four?- Rubén Blades with Roberto Delgado & Orquestra

Jim Brown’s Cousin- Dan Moretti

It Will Unravel Just Right

The final portion of this week’s proGram did just that…

Mirror- Jomoro
Assemble The Enlightened- Marques Carroll
To Never Forget The Source- Sons Of Kemet

Real De 14- Todd Clouser, Sebastien Boisseau, Bram Weijters & Teun Verbruggen (live)
***pre-recorded conversation with Todd Clouser***
The Optimist- Todd Clouser, Sebastien Boisseau, Bram Weijters & Teun Verbruggen (live)
This Is The Time- Todd Clouser, Sebastien Boisseau, Bram Weijters & Teun Verbruggen (live)

Powers- Desertion Trio
Taboo- Desertion Trio

Insides To Groove

The middle portion of this week’s proGram reminded us that there is always more than what is put out before you:

Alvin’s Camaro- Pocket Protection
Gekas Toast Crunch- Pocket Protection

(What’s Your) Vaccination Situation?- Smoota
Happy Hour- Robert Walter, Eddie Roberts, Adam Deitch (W.R.D.)
Corner Pocket- Robert Walter, Eddie Roberts, Adam Deitch (W.R.D.)
Bidi Man- Robert Walter w/The Greyboy Allstars & Gary Bartz
Cold As Weiss- Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

Three Ears- The Brothers Nylon
Brother’s Gonna Work It Out- Karate Boogaloo

Numinous- Garage a Trois
***pre-recorded conversation with Skerik***
No Zone- Garage a Trois
In~A~Pro~Pro- Garage a Trois

About To Go

The beGinning of this week’s proGram definitely wanted to just burst outta its slumber:

Cabbage- Royal Horses
Tomorrow- Joshua Henry
Minor Time- Nick Waterhouse
Vincentine- Nick Waterhouse

Angry Young Man- The Bablers
Psychadilly Circus- The Bablers

Nice And Neat- Walter Broes & The Mercenaries
Smoker- Walter Broes & The Mercenaries
Nothing’s Easy but You and Me- The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
greenarrowradio promo- Halley DeVestern

Did You Catch That Jack?- Kirk Nelson & Jambalaya West
Cats Out Of The Bag- Kirk Nelson & Jambalaya West
To Be Alone With You- PM Warson
1986- The Static Dive

Todd Clouser And Cinema Music Plus

Todd Clouser is a composing guitarist, songwriter & performer based between Mexico City and the USA. Combining elements of rock, jazz blues, spoken word & improvised musics, he has toured the world with his group A Love Electric, as a solo act and performed alongside luminaries from John Lurie to John Zorn, Flea, Cyro Baptista, John Medeski, Keb Mo, and more, performing at rock, jazz and world music festivals across the globe. His prolific output & genre-evading creativity had NPR call Todd “a fascinating musician ….. (he) doesn’t belong to any scene and doesn’t want to”, and Mexico City’s La Jornada mentioning the group as “one of the most important acts of recent years”. A native of Minneapolis, MN, Todd grew up traveling the USA following his favorite artists & self publishing poetry/recordings before being signed to Ropeadope Records for his first “proper” release, entitled “A Love Electric”. As time/tours passed, A Love Electric became a band, first an instrumental act joined by NYC downtown scene heroes Steven Bernstein, Cyro Baptista, & Billy Martin, eventually settling as a trio that explores Todd’s songwriting while honoring the inquisition and fearlessness or jazz tradition, w/Hernan Hecht on drums & Aaron Cruz on bass. The trio has gone on to release 6 records on labels in the US & Mexico while performing nearly 1,000 concerts in the span of 7 years. So much has happened since those early days. Philanthropy/community outreach work has been an important of his work in Mexico and beyond. With the founding of his “Music Mission” initiative, Todd and patrons have donated thousands of dollars worth of instruments, education materials, workshops and basic needs support to communities in Nicaragua, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Mexico City, Durango etc. Todd is also the founder of Ropeadope Sur, a record label based out of Mexico City with a focus on Mexican acts in search of increased projection of their music, the first act signed being Los Cardencheros de Sapioriz, an acapella group singing slave-era songs on the ranches on northern Mexico.

It’s always nice to visit with family and Todd and I had a chance to catch up as he is heading to Madison on May 124th to play Garver Feed Mill in a trio with Alex Mercado and Rodrigo Villaneva. We get into the event which is entitled Cinema Music for Unmade Film and the tour that it is a part of. We spend some time also talking about his latest releases, “Fake Dudes” by Magnet Animals on Rare Noise Records, and a brand new live album on Ropeadope Sur called “Live, Loft, Köln”. The best part of all the things Todd is a part of is that there are so many kinds….it really provides me, a listeners and a sharer of music to learn so much about so many. I think this latest conversation will do the same.

Talkin’ Garage A Trois With Skerik

Garage A Trois return in the form from which they were born 22 years earlier with a new studio album, Calm Down Cologne, on RPF Records. Comprised by guitarist friends of the proGram, Charlie Hunter, saxophonist Skerik and drummer Stanton Moore, OG GAT released their debut album Mysteryfunk to wide acclaim in 1999. The band evolved over the years in various configurations before eventually going dormant following its 2011 album, Always Be Happy, In 2019, the original 3 piece line-up reunited for a handful of shows. This would lead to an afternoon recording at Stone Gossard’s Studio Litho in Seattle, right across the street from where the band was playing a sold out, three night run at Nectar Lounge. Ace engineer Randall Dunn was invited to document the proceedings and captured the resulting album in one magical session. Dunn later took the tracks to AVAST! Recording Co. for mixing. With all but a few edits on the beginnings and ends of performances, Calm Down Cologne presents the music as it was played in the studio that day. The story about the album title might be that legendary underground Seattle artist Rick Klu gave Skerik the idea when he was describing a bouncer having to use some ‘calm down cologne’ on an unruly patron. I have been sprayed once or twice myself I think.

I had the chance to dive deep into the new music with Skerik. We talk about the creation of these mind-opening, ass-shaking tunes and how music – this music is the best thing they can do and capture this music in the now moment. This translates so beautifully when this band is live and amazingly, onto this record. We also got into some of the new music is is making with True Loves on Color Red Music, and recent music with Nels Cline. SAY WHA????? Skerik is also cool enough to build a setlist of things around one of the new tracks on Calm Down Cologne….click into find out what he choose.

WMI PLUS At Home – Anoushka Shankar

It is always a pleasure to spend a little time with our friend, world-renowned composer and sitarist Anoushka Shankar, but to be able to do that in an intimate conversation with friend and fellow musician Priya Darshini is priceless. Anoushka shared some music and talked about her upcoming album (Love Letters P.S.) release, as well as continuing her family’s legacy as an artist, humanitarian and activist. This fantastic conversation was followed by a Q&A with those in attendance. What a treat that the World Music Institute put on here, and they have been and continue to find ways for us to stay on top of what is going on with the important bridge builders around the globe. Check out what they are doing and try to find a way to support them and spread the word.

Wisconsin Sound Series: Pro Arte Quartet

The Pro Arte Quartet (PAQ) was founded by conservatory students in Brussels in 1912 and became one of Europe’s most celebrated ensembles. Named Court Quartet to the Queen of Belgium, PAQ attracted the attention of notable composers, among them Bartok, who dedicated his fourth quartet to PAQ, and Barber, whose Op. 11(“Adagio for Strings”) PAQ premiered. Stranded in the U.S. when Nazi forces invaded Belgium in 1940, PAQ was offered residency at the University of Wisconsin, where it has remained since. One of the world’s most distinguished quartets, PAQ is the first and only quartet to reach its centennial anniversary, celebrated with new works, exhibits, a documentary, radio broadcasts, CD releases, and a new book on its storied history. PAQ’s performance is part of the Wisconsin Sound Series which showcases and supports local musicians and artists.

String Trio in C Minor, Op. 9 No. 3 (1797-8) Ludwig van Beethoven
Allegro con spirito
Adagio con espressione
Scherzo: Allegro molto e vivace
Finale: Presto

David Perry, Violin
Sally Chisholm, Viola
Parry Karp, Violoncello

Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 1 No. 3 (1793-4) Ludwig van Beethoven
Allegro con brio
Andante cantabile con Variazioni
Menuetto: Quasi Allegro
Finale: Prestissimo

Thomas Kasdorf, Piano
Suzanne Beia, Violin
Parry Karp, Violoncello

The Dangling Hearts

The final portion of this week’s proGram wore it’s heart on a stem and vine:

Calling- Indubious
Bless the Water- Indubious Ft. Alcyon Massive
Police In Helicopter (Vocal Mix)- Yaadcore, Jah9 & Subatomic Sound System
2 Bad Brown DJs- Soulfiya Ft. Apache Indian
Offering- Soulfiya Ft. El Dusty & Clips x Ahoy

Black Eyed Peace- Piper Street Sound Ft. Andy Bassford
**pre-recorded conversation with Andy Bassford**
A Shadow in August- Piper Street Sound Ft. Andy Bassford
Stonesteady- Piper Street Sound Ft. Andy Bassford

Musical Minds (iLLBilly Hi-Tec Remix)- Mexican Dubwiser Ft. Yarah Bravo
La Gran Ciudad (La Gorda Dub Remix)- Mexican Dubwiser Ft. Tino El Pinguino
Punky Reggae Party- Seanie T
Message In The Bottle- Dubxanne Ft. Earl 16

Star Growth Greens

The middle portion of this week’s proGram knew it would grow upwards and the time is now:

No Ways Tired- Elizabeth King & The Gospel Souls
Can’t Cheat The Dance- Jeb Loy Nichols Ft. Cold Diamond & Mink
We Gotta Work On It- Jeb Loy Nichols Ft. Cold Diamond & Mink
Take Your Time- Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal
Gimme That Lovin’- Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal

Another Shot Fired- The Tibbs
Objects In Mirror- Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra
Blind Man Can See It- Karate Boogaloo
Ae Naujawan Hai Sab Kuchh Yahan- Karate Boogaloo

Jan Jan- Robert Walter Ft. Gary Bartz & The Greyboy Allstars
Poison Dart- Robert Walter, Eddie Roberts, Adam Deitch (W.R.D.)
Chum City- Robert Walter, Eddie Roberts, Adam Deitch (W.R.D.)
Pump Up The Vallium- Robert Walter, Eddie Roberts, Adam Deitch (W.R.D.)

Above The Grounds

The first part of this week’s proGram took a look from below, above:

Visions- José González
Come On In My Kitchen- Adam Moezinia

Crying Holy- Reverend Freakchild
Personal Jesus- Reverend Freakchild
I’m Waiting for My Man / She Caught the Katy- Eddie Turner
Whoa, Whoa, Whoa- Eddie Turner
Whatever She Wants- Jose Ramirez

Hot Diggity- Kirk Nelson & Jambalaya West
Bird Of The World- M Ross Perkins
Fugitive Lover- Nick Waterhouse

Train Ticket- Jenny Don’t And The Spurs
It’s For Fun (That’s All We’re Living For)- The Forty Nineteens
Runaway- Results of Adults
SKrAm!- Jeff Rosenstock