October 25, 2007:
The late Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia once said there are only two kinds of music. Good and bad. He was a kindred spirit of Edgar Meyer who many consider the world's greatest virtuoso of the double bass. Meyer is equally at home with a symphony orchestra, string ensemble, blue grass band or jazz quartet. He refuses to be categorized because he believes music is one language with many dialects. A winner of three Grammies and a MacArthur genius fellowship, Meyer is on tour with a couple of other over achievers, dobroist Jerry Douglas and mandolin player Sam Bush. In a recent conversation, I asked Meyer how the tour came to be...
Edgar Meyer's music appears in the new Ken Burns documentary The War. Meyer performs Sunday at 7:00 p.m. with Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush at the Alys Stephens Center.
Occasionally on Tapestry we invite listeners to tell us about their favorite place in town and a piece of music that reminds them of it. We call it Sounds Around Town...
If you have a favorite song that reminds you of a place here in Alabama, drop us an e-mail.
Charles Neidich has been called "a master of his instrument". The clarinetist has played with major orchestras and at music festivals throughout the world. He's also helped restore some of the standard clarinet repertoire and he's a staunch advocate for new and contemporary music for clarinet as well. Throw in teaching, some conducting and even a bit of composing, and to say he's busy is an understatement. This weekend, Neidich plays the concerto by Aaron Copland withe the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Neidich spoke with WBHM's Michael Krall....
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African-American folk artist Jimmy Lee Sudduth died last month at the age of 97. New York Times art critic Michael Kimmelman praised the Alabama native for his "pictures of improbable chalky luminosity and understated bliss." Commentator John Carroll has this reflection.
Commentator John Carroll is a Professor of Mass Communications at Boston University.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. Islara Vazquez tracks community events. Next week on the show, we'll meet one of the Blind Boys of Alabama. I'm Greg Bass, and we'll see you next week.