Idan Raichel released his first international CD, “The Idan Raichel Project,” in 2006. It was a tremendous success and garnered him the title of ‘A One Man Peace Process’ for bringing together artists with disparate backgrounds and religions. Idan was born in Israel and was involved in music from the age of nine when he learned to play the accordion. After a compulsory stint in the Israel Defense Force, he worked at a boarding school which was attended by many young Ethiopian Jews. They introduced him to Ethiopian folk and pop music.
iPhone and iPad users have a great new app to explore classical music and live performances. Now in the Apple iTunes store, MediciTV Festivals is available for free. App users can stay connected following classical news through a Twitter timeline and medici.tv content from Facebook updates (shown on the right side of the screen.)
These days artists and organizations are reaching out to connect with audiences. Preconcert talks, galas, and after show receptions are the norm. Even preconcert interviews and videos make up a large part of audience outreach.
There have been creative endeavors, including classical music cruises, new performances spaces like art galleries and bars, plus new social media outlets such as twitter, youtube, facebook, and instagram! You may have even seen classical cookbooks: Pavarotti's pasta, Die Oper Kocht, and a whole slew of others.
This week, six high school students are working with staff to learn basic radio interviewing and production skills, with the goal of having a finished project at the end of the week that combines words and music. On Wednesday, KABB Chief Meterologist Alex Garcia joined us to share his own professional journey through radio, television, and education, and we spent time interviewing the musicians who were in house yesterday.
Reagan High School student Ramee Saleh writes about today's experiences:
I recently came across a steal. A friend on a social network posted that a recording was $6. That may seem normal for an mp3 release, or mildly cheap if you purchase an iTunes release for $9.99. But this particular recording was live from Bayreuth - the complete Ring der Nibelungen by Richard Wagner. Yes, all four operas.
The whole world has been celebrating the 200th anniversary of Wagner's birth this year (his birthday is May 22). Summer festivals have been playing his music, and several cycles of the Ring are programmed for companies this fall and winter.
The newest chamber music series, Q, continues this week with an all woodwind quintet program. Led by oboist Jennifer Berg, this weekend will mark the return of the formerly Boston based quintet, Q. "We struggled with the name, it was Quintuplets, Woodwind Fire (a pun on Earth, Wind and Fire), but we decided Q was best," says Berg.
This week, KPAC's James Baker and yours truly are working with a group of area high school students, offering them an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of radio production. We'll be recording and interviewing young classical musicians, and editing the material into a final project using the techniques they learn. One of the students, Lennon Maldonado, a recent Thomas Jefferson High School graduate who will be attending San Antonio College in the fall, had this to say about today's experience:
Do you know that song that goes, "Mud, Mud glorious mud, nothing quite like it for cooling the blood?" Well, should you find yourself in the vicinity of South Korea next weekend, you might put it to the test. For in little over a week, thousands of happy people will cavort and enjoy covering themselves in grey, sticky mud.