From January 20, 2005...
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It takes a lot of money to be an art collector, right? Not so, says an Alabama native who's recognized as one of the top collectors in the world. I'm Greg Bass and this -- is Tapestry. Tonight we talk about collecting art, the art of fiddling, and the Zen of cappuccino. Thanks for joining us!
A favorite instrument among Irish musicians and other folk music performers is the concertina, the small button accordion most of us have seen on TV or in the movies. The concertina we're hearing is played by Bob Tedrow, a Homewood music store proprietor who is also one of the world's premier builders of the instrument. He came by to talk to us about his unusual vocation.Bob Tedrow interview
If you decide that you want to take up the concertina, please note that Bob Tedrow's hand-crafted instruments cost between $2,500 and $3,000. But, like those violins from Cremona, Italy, they could be worth a lot more someday.
Regina Carter is considered by many to be the best jazz violinist performing today, but local folks can judge for themselves when she appears at the Alys Stephens Center this Saturday evening. A Detroit native, Carter began studying the violin at age 4 and received classical training including master classes with Itzak Perlman and Yehudi Menuhin. Her most recent recording is called "Paganini After a Dream"... a CD on which she performs with Paganini's famous Guarneri violin. We spoke with her about the experience of performing with the instrument.Regina Carter interview
There's the violin, and then there's the fiddle! And this week, Alaska's Fiddling Poet, Ken Waldman made a pit stop here in Birmingham. He performed at UAB and stopped by our studios to talk about his music.Alaska's Fiddling Poet
Paul Jones grew up the son of an Alabama steelworker. At age 10, a trip to a New York City museum made a profound impression on him. Jones decided to start collecting art himself and a few years later bought his first prints, which he displayed in frames bought at K-Mart. Today, Jones is recognized by Art and Antiques Magazine as one of the top one hundred collectors in the country. His 15-hundred piece collection of African American art is one of the most extensive in the world. Several of those pieces are currently on display at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Jones talked with Tanya Ott about his art.Paul Jones interview
Art collector Paul Jones, talking with WBHM's Tanya Ott. There's an extended version of this interview on our website, wbhm-dot-org. And now, with a wrap-up of arts news headlines, here's Tanya again.Arts headlines
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The video game industry has become a bit of a behemoth -- with sales breaking the seven billion dollar mark in 2003 and big companies, like Sony and Nintendo, constantly trying to outdo one another. There's a subculture of gamers who live and breathe video games and anxiously await the "next big thing". For faithful Nintendo followers -- that big thing is the newly released "Resident Evil 4" WBHM's Rosemary Pennington decided to find out what all of the fuss is about.Resident Evil story
Okay -- so it may seem a bit odd to go from a story about "Resident Evil" to one about meditation... but stick with me here a minute. Many gamers talk about being "in the zone" when they play... it's a focused state of attention -- of being "in the moment" -- that has similarities to meditation -- if you forget about all the shooting and car crashes. Reporter Dale Short says even if you don't meditate, there are still any number of situations in everyday life that require -- or create -- an almost Zen-like level of focus and awareness. Call it "Ordinary Zen". In the first of an occasional series on Ordinary Zen - Dale brings us "The Zen of Cappuccino."Zen of Cappuccino
Reporter Dale Short with a shot of Ordinary Zen.
If your concept of classical music is confined to Bach and Beethoven and other works from the standard repertoire -- here's something that'll shake that up. It's our featured piece this week and it's been described as a hard-driving roller coaster ride through many orchestral textures and timbres. This is "Expressway", composed by Birmingham-Southern College professor Composer Charles Norman Mason and performed by the Kiev Philharmonic. Thanks for joining us for Tapestry. I'm Greg Bass.