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Thursday, February 26,2015

Celebrate

The baobab tree has been a symbol of community in West Africa for generations. People gather under it to drum, dance, sing and tell stories. The BaoBao festival celebrates this tradition and has been bringing African flavor to Colorado for 12 years. On March 3, head to Shine Restaurant for some festivities from the statewide festival.
Thursday, February 26,2015

Carrettin and the Boulder Bach Festival take a new look at the B-minor Mass

By Peter Alexander
Bach’s B-minor Mass is one of the most studied, most wellknown works of music there is. But have all the answers been found to performing this monumental work? Zachary Carrettin, the music director of the Boulder Bach Festival and conductor for the B-minor Mass this weekend, doesn’t think so.
Thursday, February 26,2015

Getting old, then new again

How theNEWDEAL got its jam back

By Dave Kirby
Jamie Shields, keyboardist and founder of theNEWDEAL, was enjoying a break from the brain-lock cold last week. Well, what passes for a break from it in Toronto, anyway. “Yeah, it’s only 10 below today,” he said with a laugh. Well, all right then, time for a vacation. So what passes for a vacation for Shields is taking his jamtronica trio out again for a swing through Colorado (where it isn’t much warmer these days), Texas and the East Coast for morsel-sized bits of road work. Born in the early days of jamtronica, the- NEWDEAL had been one of the genre’s more spontaneous, less mannered outfits, deeply invested in euphoric galactic anthems, layers of Shields’ synth colliding and sparkling across a furious rhythm section.
Thursday, February 19,2015

Listen

With the recent popularity of a cappella, try delving into its more historic roots with the Ars Nova Singers. The Boulder-based group sings the a cappella music of the Renaissance and the 20th and 21st centuries. The vocal combination of the 36 choral musicians offers a soothing, hauntingly-beautiful sound.
Thursday, February 19,2015

Throw down your preconceived notions

Jake Schepps challenges the banjo’s place in music

By Caitlin Rockett
If the banjo was an actor in today’s movie industry, it would be suffering from a severe case of typecasting, relentlessly placed in the role of Appalachian hillbilly instrument, a medium suited only for bluegrass, country and folk music.
Thursday, February 19,2015

Winning musicianship

Wood Brothers may not have a shelf of Grammys, but they’ve got a different take on success

By Dave Kirby
To be completely candid, we missed most of the Grammy Awards a couple of weeks ago, except for the segment where the ever camera-shy Madonna seemed to be commanding a legion of worshipping satyrs, a spectacle made only more surreal with the sound off at our local gym before expressionless, lycraclad Boulderites pumping away on their ellipticals.
Thursday, February 12,2015

Paying homage to melting pot musicians

Gumbo Le Funque talks jazz and Green Party ahead of Mardi Gras

By Gavin Dahl
For Gumbo Le Funque frontman and sax player Jason Justice, there is more to music than having a good time. Getting instruments to kids facing tough economic conditions and high-stakes school testing provides a crucial opportunity for experiential learning, he says.
Thursday, February 12,2015

Putting down another piece in the Jorma Kaukonen puzzle

By Joel Dyer
If you think of Jorma Kaukonen’s career as a jigsaw puzzle, the whole thing sort of makes sense. It began as a pile of disjointed pieces containing just a hint or color of things to come. Each day, each year, each decade the puzzle becomes more complete. Every new piece is connected to an older one while always expanding the emerging picture of the artist. Today we see an impressive, though still progressing, image of a musician that has been 50 years in the making.
Thursday, February 5,2015

Dance

It’s hard to fit the Dirty Heads into a genre. There’s some melodic rock with a touch of ska and a dash of hip-hop/rap and reggae thrown in. Given their a laid-back attitude, it’s not surprising that their roots spring from California. They play the music you need when you want to have a good time.
Thursday, February 5,2015

Pro Musica Colorado offers four seasons

But they can’t say which is which

By Peter Alexander
Conductor Cynthia Katsarelis explains that the composer left it up to the listener to decide: “The concerto was commissioned by violinist Robert McDuffie,” she says. “But when McDuffie and Glass got together, they didn’t agree on which parts went with which season.
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