October 11, 2007:
Mose Tolliver, Howard Finster, The Sandman Lonnie Holley, the Quilters of Gees Bend. Over the last 30 years, dozens of self-taught artists, most of them African American, have garnered national attention for their unconventional approach to creative expression. The works of one Alabama artist - Thornton Dial -- are included in the permanent collections of museums in Atlanta, Houston, Philadelphia and Milwaukee. In her new documentary, Mr. Dial Has Something To Say, award-winning Alabama film-maker Celia Carey looks at not only Mr. Dial's work and his relationship with his chief benefactor, but also the larger issues of who gets to decide what goes into museums and why.
Jamie Laredo is a world-renowned violinist, violist, conductor and chamber music legend. This weekend, he brings two of those four talents to the Alabama Symphony Orchestra's Masterworks concert. He guest conducts the music of Mozart, John Corigliano and George Walker and plays viola in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with concertmaster Daniel Szasz. Laredo spoke with WBHM's Michael Krall.
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Call Jason Bailey a musician. Call him a mandolin player. But don't call his music bluegrass. At least not all of his music. Bailey says he enjoys playing all kinds of instruments from around the world but continues to play the mandolin because of its unique sound...a sound that transcends musical genres. Here's the title cut from his new CD "September in the South". (AUDIO MONTAGE)
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall with help this week from Steve Chiotakis and Islara Vazquez. Next week on the program, we talk to pianist Orion Weiss, who performs with the Bavarian Philharmonic at the Alys Stephens Center. I'm Greg Bass, and we'll see you next week.