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5:14 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

The ETA3 Trio, In Concert

L to R: Alexey Gorokholinsky, Milana Strezeva, Chelsea Knox
Nathan Cone TPR

A last-minute substitution lent some nervous energy to the ETA3 Trio’s performance on October 14 as part of the Tuesday Musical Club’s annual Artist Series. With only a few hours to rehearse, Milana Strezeva took the place of the ensemble’s regular pianist, Tomoko Nakayama, who couldn’t be released from a performance back in the group’s home base of New York.

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Arts & Culture
3:54 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

The Bad Plus Bringing Jazz To The Aztec

A three-man jazz troupe is heading to San Antonio. I caught up with Reid Anderson, bass player of The Bad Plus, in New York, where the group is just back from a European Tour.

Their music has an elemental, austere feel, while somehow at the same time feeling full of sound. I asked Reid how he described their music.

“The instrumentation is acoustic bass, drums and piano," he said. "At the core we’re jazz musicians and we’re improvisers, but we don’t consider that we have to make our music sound like jazz necessarily. We try to bring a strong energy to what we do."

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KPAC Blog
2:36 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

SAMA Matisse Exhibit Gets A Copperleaf Sendoff With French Salon Music

Credit Jack Morgan / TPR

Matisse ends his run at SAMA, but he’s not going away quietly. Rather than let him just slink away, they're throwing a goodbye party.

“The evening is entitled 'au revoir, Matisse,' ” said Ruth Moreland, music director of the Copperleaf Quintet. "And there’ll be all kinds of wonderful things going on at the museum, and Copperleaf will be performing a concert of French salon music in the third floor exhibition gallery, which is where they have all of Matisse’s art books.”

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Arts & Culture
3:41 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Freddie Steady Five Shaking It Up At Fredericksburg Roots Music Series

Pioneer Museum's Roots Music Concert Series is coming to a close, but not before one more night of music. I spoke to Freddie Steady Krc. That isn't a misspelling.

“It (his last name) is a Czech name and I’ve been over to the Czech Republic to record a record back in the 1990s," Krc said. "And it’s an unusual name there as well.”

I noted that he just had a shortage of vowels.

“I know!” he laughed.

Krc is playing Saturday night at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg. I asked him to tell me what people could expect.

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Arts & Culture
4:17 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Nina Diaz Debuts New Band At The Tobin's New River Walk Plaza

Nina Diaz and her band
Daniela Riojas

The Tobin Center’s River Walk Plaza will be opening with a bang. If you know Girl in a Coma, you know Nina Diaz. I spoke to her Friday afternoon.

“I’m excited to play. It’s coming up very, very soon,” she said.

Diaz is the 26-year-old lead singer/songwriter for Girl in A Coma, which despite its success is taking a little vacation currently. Diaz speaks of it carefully, and respectfully.

“It’s still a process, but we’re all mature women,” she said.

Her self-titled new band makes its electric San Antonio debut at the Tobin’s outside River Walk venue.

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KPAC Blog
9:48 am
Thu August 21, 2014

The Austin Baroque Orchestra's Water-Inspired Show In San Antonio

Austin Baroque Orchestra.
Justin Cole Photography

The Austin Baroque Orchestra comes to San Antonio two or three times a year. I spoke to their artistic director to find out what sets them apart; mostly it’s the instruments they use to make the music they play. Like this one: a theorbo.

"Theorbo: it’s a really large lute with really large bass strings on it,” said Billy Traylor.

“It usually sticks up a good three or four feet above the head of the person playing it. It’s a very long-necked instrument.”

Some of instruments are unfamiliar, but the music they make doesn’t sound so different.

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KPAC Blog
2:51 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A San Antonio Mastersinger?

Credit San Antonio Mastersingers

It’s not "The Voice" or "American Idol," but there are some vocal tryouts coming soon. No, you can’t expect to be dissed by tattoo’d rock stars, but you just might get to travel internationally if you pass the audition.

“We are looking for all kinds of singers, all kinds of voice parts," said Chancey Blackburn, the vice-chair of the San Antonio Mastersingers. "The chorus is made up of singers who have been masters of music performance, all the way to singers like me, with no formal training.”

I asked her what someone who is thinking of coming to try out can expect.

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Arts & Culture
2:07 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Spanish Harlem Orchestra Coming To The Aztec

Arts San Antonio is bringing in a big act to the newly re-opened Aztec Theatre. It’s the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. I asked their piano-playing band-leader, Oscar Hernandez, to describe their music.

“I guess it’s salsa music that’s based in New York City, steeped in the tradition of what salsa music was before it became salsa music back in the 50s, 60s and 70s," he said. "Spanish Harlem Orchestra is one of the finest music ensembles of any band, of any kind of music that you’ll hear anywhere in the world.”

He’s not just making big claims, either. These guys have the chops.

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Arts & Culture
3:58 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Guitar Legend Monte Montgomery San Antonio Bound

Monte Montgomery in Holland.
Credit Jens Christensen

A legendary guitar player is coming to San Antonio this weekend. He was named one of the 50 top players of all time by "Guitar Player" Magazine. Oddly, you may not know him.  

Monte Montgomery lives in Austin now, but the former San Antonian has traveled the world on the strings of his guitar. He tells the story of how he figured out early on that guitar was his future:

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Arts & Culture
3:47 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Bobby Mack Showcases His Blues Roots In Fredericksburg

Bobby Mack.
Lars Ericcson

The Pioneer Museum's Roots Music Concert Series continues in Fredericksburg. I spoke to one of the musicians, Bobby Mack.

Mack is playing his brand of music, or as he puts it, “Texas blues guitar.”

Mack is a native Texan, raised in Fort Worth, but he got to Austin right about the time of the early 70s music explosion.

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