Ear To The Ground

Saturday 7:00PM - 8:00PM

A local music showcase, featuring live performances by local talent.

Iyah Band Live

Jun 9, 2014

For tonight's feature we hear The Iyah Band's all-original set from the KUNM Members' Concert held on May 16th at the Albuquerque Museum Amphitheatre.  

The Iyah Band are:
Ijah Umi: vocals, keyboards
Jah Son: guitar, vocals
Otiamba Umi: bass
Irving Trujillo: drums

Live sound by Travis Hill; recorded and mixed by Roman Garcia.

This broadcast features Santa Fe's Alex Maryol & his 1970s steel string Guild guitar in solo performance from October of 2013.

Maryol's 2013 release "Six" reflected on his re-locations to Chicago & back to New Mexico & charts his expansion as both a player & a songwriter. He speaks with Matthew Finch about his journey as soloist, bandleader & duet partner.

Camera and video by Jefferson White.

HiSS

May 19, 2014

On May 14 we welcomed rock trio HiSS into Studio A to record their originals and two covers, all developed as students in the Rock 101 program.
 
HiSS are:
Camelia Ceniceros: lead vocals, guitar
Bela Ceniceros: bass, keyboards, vocals
Beia Smith-Shaw: drums, vocals

Engineered and edited by Roman Garcia, video by Jefferson White.

The band was joined by Kyle Ruggles and Kevin Herig of Rock 101 to talk about how a group whose eldest member is 13 developed so rapidly.

Keep up with HiSS at www.hissofficial.com. Learn more about the Rock 101 program at www.rock101nm.com.

Trio Luz

May 12, 2014

"Trio Luz" is the impromptu name for the ensemble which delivered their first public performance in our own Studio A on May 8th.

Although the group is newly minted these musicians bring a wealth of experience to this performance of Sephardic songs; their unique orchestrations revealing a new urgency in this centuries-old tradition.  They will perform at the finale of this weekend's Festival Djudeo-Espanyol in Albuquerque.

Engineered by Roman Garcia with video by Jefferson White, "Trio Luz" are:

Consuelo Luz: vocals, charango, tamborine
Joaquin Gallegos: flamenco guitar, vocals, palmas
Jeremy Bleich: oud, melodica, vocals, palmas

Find Consuelo Luz recordings at www.consueloluz.com.

Joaquin Gallegos & Jeremy Bleich are active in the local groups Tierra Sonikete and the Kodama Trio respectively, among many others.  Find them on Facebook.

Tribute Trio

Apr 28, 2014
abqjournal.com

Tonight we step back into the Studio A archives to excerpt this live recording of The Tribute Trio.

The Trio came together initially with a simple premise: to celebrate the great piano-led jazz trios of the 20th century they would go both broad and deep.  In a year long series of concerts that criss-crossed New Mexico they played full shows in the spirit of one trio/composer per month.  

The artists celebrated included Oscar Peterson, Lenny Tristano, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Ray Brown and others.  This performance was recorded early in the series in 2010 by Roman Garcia. The series finale featured original pieces -- "Dedications" -- based on all they'd absorbed along the way.

The Tribute Trio are:
John Rangel: piano
Michael Glynn: bass
Cal Haines: drums

The Tribute Trio have released two CDs of those originals.  Find them at www.tributetrio.com.

The Lymbs

Apr 21, 2014
thelymbs.com

Tonight's feature is an in-studio visit by Albuquerque's The Lymbs. For this Studio C session the rockers went acoustic and spoke about their debut ep "Casa de Amor," the challenges of writing songs for a rock duo, and their upcoming West Coast tour.

Gage Bikerstaff: vocals, guitar
Jeff Bell: djembe, shakers
Engineered/edited by Matthew Finch

Find The Lymbs at www.thelymbs.com, Facebook or Twitter. They plan to post a tour diary beginning in May 2014.

Sage Harrington

With Sage Harrington and Jared Putnam scheduled to join Cactus Tractor and others at the relaunch party for the online mag Pyragraph we thought it was a good time to rebroadcast this Studio A performance by Sage & Jared's Happy Gland Band.

 Recorded by Roman Garcia with Eli Willard, this recording captures The Happy Gland Band as their debut CD came out:

Sage Harrington: vocals, 1920s Martin ukulele, banjoleleJared Putnam: vocals, 1930s Kaye upright bass

Keep up with The Happy Gland Band and their release "Flooded Away" at www.sageharrington.com.

Keep up with Jared Putnam's other musical endeavors at www.lechatlunatique.com.

This "Ear to the Ground" feature finds us catching Albuquerque's The Noms in an unplugged session on April  3rd.  Just days later they were to begin laying tracks for their debut album.

The Noms are:
Mike Mares:  vocals, guitar, egg
Michelle Baumann:  vocals, mandolin, guitar, egg
Josh Herrera:  keyboards, vocals, melodica
Joey Santiago:  cajon, glockenspiel, chimes, vocals, egg
Kevin Cummings: lead guitar, vocals
Aaron War: acoustic bass

Engineered/edited by Roman Garcia with Jefferson White and Steve Nery
Camera/video: Jefferson White

Keep up with The Noms at www.thenoms.com or look for NomNation on Facebook.

Wildewood

Mar 31, 2014
wildewoodband.com

When they arrived at KUNM's studios back in June of '13, the group had been together less than two years and already released a digital EP as well as their self-titled debut album.  In the months since this session, Wildewood has been busy performing both as a trio and as soloists across the state, and have made appearances in Austin and the West Coast. 

Currently at work on a new record, Wildewood are:
Meredith Wilder: vocals, electric guitar
Alex McMahon: vocals, pedal steel, electric guitar
Greg Williams:  drums, percussion, harmonica

Recorded by Ethan Stein with Kevin Kissiel.
Post-production by Eli Willard.

Find Wildewood online at: www.wildewoodband.com

Recorded on March 21, this edition features the Balkan sounds of Santa Fe's Rumelia.  After recording their debut CD "Lost and Found" the group has expanded their repertoire of traditional songs from Southern and Eastern Europe and the Balkans to over 200 pieces.  Performing currently as a quartet, Rumelia played for us in this trio format.

Alicia Shaw: lead vocals, dumbek 
Sitara Schauer: parlor guitar, violin, vocals
Deborah Ungar: accordion, clarinets, vocals 

Engineered by Roman Garcia with Marshall Broyles

Camera/Video by Jefferson White

Find out more about this group at www.rumeliamusic.com

The release of "Might Crash" marked songwriter Boris McCutcheon's return to Albuquerque after eight years living off the grid and raising a family in Ojo Sarco, NM. 

For this February 26th Studio Session McCutcheon (acoustic guitar, vocals, harmonica) is joined by fellow Saltlick Brett Davis on tenor banjo, lap steel , electric guitar and second vocals to play songs from "Might Crash" and to talk about this latest chapter. 

Studio A production by Roman Garcia
Camera/video by Jefferson White

Find this artist online at borismccutcheon.com or on Facebook.  

Jazz Brasileiro

Feb 13, 2014

In November of 2013 Albuquerque's Jazz Brasileiro returned to play live on KUNM, but this time with a difference.  The working duo of Debo Orlofsky (vocals) and Toney Cesarano (guitar) were for this Studio A recording joined by John Bartlitt on drums and David Height on bass in Studio A with Roman Garcia at the controls.

With membership in local groups Shades of Tjader, Alpha Blue, The Rebbe's Orchestra, Saudade, Folked Up, Tijerina, & Enchantment (for starters), this seasoned ensemble gave us a lush if all-too brief tour of Brazilian classics. 

Find Jazz Brasileiro's CD & schedule on Reverb Nation.

01/25/2014:

Willy J & the Storytellers return to "Ear to the Ground" for the first time in four years with a new self-titled EP & a new lineup.  For this performance we hear the normally plugged-in trio in their acoustic duo form playing songs from the new EP plus one as yet unrecorded gem.Willy J on vocals & guitar; bassist Jason Hagney on vocals; find them here:
willyjandthestorytellers

Engineered by Matthew Finch

Folked Up

Jan 27, 2014

1/11/14 -- Albuquerque Trio Folked Up recorded live in Studio C.  Folked Up are Glen Salas & Evan Woodward (vocals, basses, guitars), John Bartlitt (percussion, vocals); find them & preview their forthcoming album at folked-up.com

The Handsome Family

Jan 27, 2014
Jason Creps, 2014

12/21/13 -- The Handsome Family play songs from the album  "Wilderness" recorded live in Studio A, April 2013.  Brett Sparks, Renee Sparks, David Gutierrez & J. Ledbetter; find books, paintings, albums, rarities and other scientific materials at handsomefamily.com

Next 2 The Tracks

Jan 27, 2014
next2thetracks.com/

12/7/13 -- Next 2 The Tracks recorded live in Studio C.  Christian Talamantes (vocals, guitar), Todd Seelau (djembe, vocals), Jonny Bang (bass, vocals); find albums, video and their never-ending road schedule at next2thetracks.com.

Mala Maña

Nov 30, 2013
Paul Blackburn

Sat. 11/30/13  -- Mala Maña recorded live in Studio A.  Fresh off their West Coast debut, New Mexico's own Women's Voice & Drum ensemble brings Colombia's coastal rhythms to traditionals and borderless originals in this session from Studio A; find them at malamanamusic.com.

Sat 1/19 7p: Live Jazz at the Albuquerque Amphitheater.  Two acts took the stage this summer as part of the Jazz Under the Stars series put on by the New Mexico Jazz Workshop. Bert Dalton Brazil Project—Led by pianist, Bert Dalton, The Brazil Project performs a blend fo traditional, contemporary, and original Brazilian music featuring samba, bossa nova, the excitement of carnival and top-flight jazz and Latin improvisations.

Live and Local - Certified Organic

Jan 22, 2013

Sat. 1/12 7p:   Hear "Certified Organic"  recorded live at the Albuquerque Museum as part of the 2012 Jazz Under the Stars series.  The group combines the sophisticated sounds of a jazz quartet with the soul of a blues band and mixes it with the grooves of a funky party band. Built around the inimitable sound of the Hammond B3 organ, Certified Organic features some of New Mexico’s finest players: Stu MacAskie (B3), Glenn Kostur (saxophone), Dimi DiSanti (guitar) and John Bartlit (drums). 

Sat. 1/5 7p: Tonight we showcase Supersax New Mexico, recorded live at the Albuquerque Museum Ampitheater August 11, 2012.  Supersax is five saxophones, trumpet and a rhythm section playing orchestrated Charlie Parker tunes. The performance was part of the Jazz Under The Stars presented by the NM Jazz Workshop.  KUNM Production Director Roman Garcia, engineered the live recording, mixed it for broadcast and hosts tonight’s show. Enjoy. 

KUNM will go live from Nob Hill in Albuquerque starting at 7pm with highlights of the days' performances.  Then we’ll join the main stage  for a New Orleans style party with  The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.  Tune in and celebrate Summer with us!

Soulman Sam

Mar 8, 2012
Steve Terrel

 Sat. 3/3 7p: Santa Fe's "Soulman Sam" as recorded on KUNM's "Afternoon  "Freeform."

Felix y Los Gatos

Sep 24, 2011
myspace.com/felixylosgatos

Sat. 10/01 at 7pm: With Globalquerque behind us, SocorroFest just a week away and 'Burque filling with balloonists we've decided to bring out one of the hottest shows of the year: Felix y los Gatos, the Globalquerque performance from the Fountain Courtyard Stage at NHCC. 

Sat. 4/23 at 7pm

We'll be featuring Double Plow recorded live in Studio A. It's part two of their visit.

We'll also hear from The Tribute Trio on their just-released CD "Dedications," the culmination of their year-long traveling concert series.

Sat. 3/5 at 7pm: Featured guest is Santa Fe singer/songwriter Kito Peters talking about his new CD with Jono Manson "Tip My Hat" and playing unreleased songs from an as-yet untitled project.

More about Kito Peters

Sat. 12/11: Tonight's show features an in-studio visit from Ojo Sarco's own Boris McCutcheon playing songs from his new release "Wheel of Life" and talking with host Matthew Finch about the making of the album.

He also addresses one of the Great Mysteries: why are Southwestern artists so popular in The Netherlands?

Also, DJ Travieso catches up with The Ox Boyz (of the original Xit) backstage at the Native American Music Awards.

Sat. 3/20: Hear the first part of a new recording from The Alex Maryol Band, live from Studio A.

On this fundraising edition of "Ear to the Ground" we feature Part One of a new recording of The Alex Maryol Band live from Studio A. We'll also hear solo work from band members Willy Magee and Andy Primm.

Sat. 3/13: This special features a unique take on a rarely told chapter of Irish-American history - the story of the "San Patricio Battalion," and Irish immigrant soldiers in the US-Mexican War who deserted their US posts to fight for the Mexican side.

Paddy Maloney of the Chieftans, Ry Cooder, members of the Mexican-American band Los Cenzontles, and Irish historian Peter F. Stevens discuss the history of the San Patricio Battalion, the kinship between Irish and Mexican cultures, and how they relate to the music from this project that is featured in the special.

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