Arts & Culture

World Music
8:15 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Best Of Brasil Summerfest 2013: Hip Hop, Samba, Tecno Brega And Beyond

Brazilian singer Gaby Amarantos is among the many new faces invading New York at this year's Brasil Summerfest.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 4:14 pm

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Texas Music
3:41 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Guy Clark, Music's Master Craftsman, On Making Songs Last

Tools line the walls of Guy Clark's basement workshop at his home in Nashville, where he still builds guitars.
Jinae West NPR

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 5:16 pm

If you want to learn how to write a song — one that's built to last, with vivid characters and images that plant you squarely inside a scene — listen to Guy Clark.

Songwriters who revere Clark will tell you he crafts songs with the same precision and attention to detail he uses when he builds guitars. But Clark has a simpler, blunter explanation, as he told me with a glint in his eye when I visited him recently at his home in Nashville, Tenn.

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Arts & Culture
10:37 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Mabel Jingu Enkoji Remembered for Cultural Legacy

Mabel Jingu Enkoji
Jingu Family

The legacy of Mabel Jingu Enkoji will live on through the Japanese Tea Garden and the Jingu House, the home she grew up in.

Her daughter, Peggy Nishio, said she was a non-traditional Japanese person because she was boisterous and loved throwing parties. Just the same, Nishio said, her mother became a “Texas Asian.”

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Classical Spotlight
8:04 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Mozart Festival Texas Debuts Third Season

Mozart Festival Texas, from July 26-August 2
courtesy of the artist

The music of Mozart has not gone out of style since his time, and the third incarnation of the Mozart Festival Texas has some of the master's greatest works on tap. "Of course, we feature other composers too," says founder and maestro Terry Frazor. "This year Beethoven, Brahms, and even Scarlatti get their due."

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KPAC Blog
7:04 am
Mon July 22, 2013

"Mozart's Sister" A Good Choice For Summer Viewing

Available on Netflix & Amazon
from Amazon

With temperatures in the triple digits and repeats on television, it is easy to turn to the movies. Summer blockbusters have been hit and miss so far in 2013, and with streaming so easy these days with Netflix, Hulu, Redbox, and Amazon, our own John Clare has been scouting out some great titles and performances for you:

I really adore Mozart's Sister ("Nannerl, la soeur de Mozart") a 2010 film I ran across on Netflix (and available to stream on Amazon too). It can easily be compared to Amadeus - thoroughly entertaining, while historically inaccruate.

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World Music
11:54 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

World Celebrations: On Stilts And Near Death

Anguiano, Spain
AnthonyAnguiano Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week we visit Spain. 

SANTA MARIA DE RIBARTEME

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KPAC Blog
4:20 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Camp KPAC: The Final Day!

L to R: Ramee Saleh, Alexia Salingaros, Madison Rogers, Ryan Rogers, Jillian Kouzel, and Lennon Maldonado.
James Baker

Today we wrapped up Camp KPAC 2013, the second year of the program. I took the first photo seen above on Monday. Camp coordinator Nathan Cone suggested on Friday that we take an "after" photo (next in series). Someone in the group (they are all sharp as tacks) quipped: "So they can see how we've grown." 

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Camp KPAC
12:29 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

The Talented Darian Thomas Shares His Passion For The Arts

Darien Performing "Rant" and "For Rachel"
Jillian Kouzel

[Editor's note: This report was produced by a student at Camp KPAC 2013, a week-long workshop to teach radio skills to area high school students.]  

Nineteen-year-old Darian Thomas studies at the University of the Incarnate Word, and has ambitious plans for his life. Born into a musical family, surrounded by the arts, Thomas noted that “music just came naturally,” and discovered this at a very young age.

 

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Camp KPAC Interview
12:20 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Multi-instrumentalist And Composer Darian Thomas’s Musical Journey

Composer Darian Thomas.
Jillian Kouzel

[Editor's note: This report was produced by a student at Camp KPAC 2013, a week-long workshop to teach radio skills to area high school students.]  

The creative muse struck Darian Thomas at a very young age. He says he’s “always had a knack for creating things.” These pursuits included writing, reading, ballet dancing, rapping, and painting. Now he has concentrated his creative skills on composing music. He is currently enrolled in the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas as a music student.

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Camp KPAC Interview
12:19 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Teenage Pianist Dedicates Herself To Her Art

Rhiannon Bishop performing at the 2013 Texas Folklife Festival.
Nathan Cone

[Editor's note: This report was produced by a student at Camp KPAC 2013, a week-long workshop to teach radio skills to area high school students.]  

Not every 15-year-old has the dedication to spend eight hours doing any one activity other than video games, but Rhiannon Bishop dedicates herself to practicing piano for that long each day, all while completing high school two years early. A home schooled student, Rhiannon studies with Ken Thompson, founder of the Musical Arts Center of San Antonio (MACSA). In the future, Rhiannon has aspirations to pursue a degree from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York.

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