KUNM Studio Sessions

A showcase of local and visiting musicians recorded in performance at KUNM.

Drastic Andrew

Jul 11, 2016

In this session, Drastic Andrew leader Andrew MacLachlan dropped by for a solo spin through songs on his 2015 release "Live Without Warning."

Keep track of Drastic Andrew at www.drasticandrew.com.

Kito Peters

Jun 27, 2016

This session features Santa Fe singer-songwriter Kito Peters in a Studio C performance/interview.

Peters’ latest CD, “Choice”, was newly released, and to celebrate he played 4 new songs from an as-yet untitled project…a well-established pattern in his KUNM visits.

Recorded by Matthew Finch on June 15, 2016.

Studio Sessions on-line editor: Jefferson White

Follow Kito Peters on Bandcamp.

Baracutanga

Jun 13, 2016

This program features the band Baracutanga, one of Albuquerque's most adventurous progenitors of Latin Music in a preview of their performance at the inaugural Festival Chispa.  In the interview segment Tom Frouge of Avokado Artists talks about launching this new festival of "Alt-Latino" Music in Albuquerque.

Recorded at UNM's Johnson Field on April 16, 2016 by Eli Willard with Roman Garcia, Barracutanga are:

  • Jackie Zamora
  • Kilko Paz
  • Micah Hood
  • Carlos Noboa
  • Nick Baker
  • Paul Gonzalez
  • Randy Sanchez

Special thanks to Marshall Broyles on ASUNM. Online editor Jefferson White.

Keep up with Baracutanga at www.baracutanga.com.

In this second of two features we catch up with Red Light Cameras, twice voted Albuquerque's favorite band by readers of Weekly Alibi.

Recorded live on stage at UNM's all-day Fiestas event on Johnson Field on April 16, 2016 Red Light Cameras are:

Amanda Machon: vocals
Chris Walsh: guitar & vocals
Barney Lopez: bass & vocals
Joey Gonzalez: drums & vocals

Recorded & edited by Roman Garcia with Eli Willard.
Special thanks to Marshall Broyles of ASUNM

In this first of two features we catch up with Red Light Cameras, twice voted Albuquerque's favorite band by readers of Weekly Alibi.

Recorded live on stage at UNM's all-day Fiestas event on Johnson Field on April 16, 2016 Red Light Cameras are:

Amanda Machon: vocals
Chris Walsh: guitar & vocals
Barney Lopez: bass & vocals
Joey Gonzalez: drums & vocals

Recorded & edited by Roman Garcia with Eli Willard.
Special thanks to Marshall Broyles of ASUNM

Keep up with this band on Facebook or www.redlightcamerasband.com.

Todd Tijerina Trio

May 25, 2016
Judy Steele

For tonight's feature we step back two years for a session with the Todd Tijerina Trio, playing songs from his then-new CD "Shine On."  Recorded just before the 2014 midterms, the set includes Tijerina's Motivate the Vote song"Get in Line."

Recorded on October 30, 2014 the trio are:
Todd Tijerina: vocals, guitar
Doug Heidt: bass
Donnie Frank: drums

Recorded by Kevin Kissiel
Keep up with Todd Tijerina solo & acoustic as well as the Tijerina Trio at www.tijerinaband.com.

Freefall

May 10, 2016

Freefall is an Albuquerque-based improvisational trio.  In our previous feature we heard excerpts of the piece "4/7/16" and spoke to the musicians about their approach to playing structured improvisation.  The piece's title derives from the date of the performance and is presented without edits or post-production flavoring.

Recorded on April 7, 2016 Freefall are:
James Whiton: electric bass & loops
Greg Williams: drums & percussion
Muni Kalasinghe: violin.

Engineered by Roman Garcia
with Jefferson White, Chip Borton & Tai Merino

Follow Freefall on James Whiton's Facebook & SoundCloud pages.

In observance of International Jazz Day we feature excerpts of the Albuquerque improvisational trio Freefall in performance and conversation.

Recorded in Studio A on April 7, 2016, Freefall are:

James Whiton: bass & loops
Greg Williams: drums & percussion
Muni Kulasinghe: violin

Engineered by Roman Garcia with Chip Borton, Jefferson White and Tai Merino.

(Note: Freefall's full 56-minute performance will be broadcast uninterrupted in May.)

Coco O'Connor

Apr 27, 2016

In this feature we meet Cerillos based songwriter and producer performing songs from her solo album "Torquoise".

Engineered in Studio C by Matthew Finch, April 26, 2016.

Fiestas 2016!

Apr 26, 2016

 

On April 16, KUNM's production team brought their gear out to UNM's Johnson Field for the annual day-long Fiestas put on by UNM Student Services.

 

The event included performances by high-octane local bands Red Light Cameras, Baracutanga, Mountain Head & The Riddims; plus out of town headliners Bright Light Social Hour and many more.

 

Broadcast mixing Engineers: Eli Willard and Roman Garcia

Assistant Engineeer: Tai Marino

 

Performance highlights below...

 

 

 

 

 

 

C. Daniel Boling

Apr 18, 2016
Kip May

In today's feature Albuquerque songwriter C. Daniel Boling plays songs from "These Houses," his 7th full-length releases.  Through a decades-long career in the Parks Service and BLM, Boling never stopped writing and performing his songs -- he now performs full-time.  In the interview Boling discusses the balladeer impulse & the songwriter's craft.

Recorded in Studio C on March 31, 2016 by Matthew Finch.

Catch Daniel Boling online at danielboling.com.

  

This session finds us exploring India's Ghazal song form from its early 20th century incarnation to its role in classic Bollywood. While this music is performed often in Albuquerque and elsewhere in New Mexico, it's rare to find it outside of private gatherings. 

(New content added April 4, 2016.)

Recorded on March 17, 2016 in Studio A, the musicians are:

Alnassir Kassam: vocals, harmonium
Pavan Kalasikam: tablas

Engineered by Roman Garcia.

Thollem McDonas

Mar 30, 2016

Today's feature comes straight of KUNM's air when improvisational pianist Thollem McDonas visited with Mark Weber on "All That Jazz."

McDonas brought his electric keyboard up to the Studio, but Mark decided to surprise him by wheeling in our upright spinnet from Studio A, an instrument McDonas described as "wild."

These excerpts come from the March 17 edition of "All That Jazz."

Keep up with the artist and his many projects at www.thollem.com.

The Merlettes

Mar 18, 2016

Carol Boss welcomed the Merlettes into studio A for a live performance and interview on afternoon freeform. The Merlettes is an all-girl, Merle Haggard-inspired honky tonk band also featuring the music of Loretta Lynn, Kitty Wells and Tammy Wynette as well as original songs from Kristina Jacobsen.  What a great way to begin Women's History month!

Keep up with the Merlettes and all of Kristina Jacobsens musical endeavors at http://kristinajacobsenmusic.com

Claudio Toulousse

Mar 14, 2016

On today's feature we catch up with jazz guitarist/songwriter Claudio Toulousse, an artist whose development spans New Mexico, New Orleans and Colombia, where his roots lay. The performance includes original songs from an ongoing project that involves releasing a full album one song at a time.

Recorded on February 24, 2016, the musicians are:

Claudio Toulousee: vocals, acoustic guitar, guitar vina, iPhone drone
Pavan Kalasikam: tabla

Recorded by Roman Garcia, edited by Eli Willard

Keep track of Claudio Toulouse on Facebook and Soundcloud.

 

Floozy

Mar 7, 2016

Albuquerque trio Floozy released their second album "His Name Is Fabio" while we were reconstructing studios last year, but with new videos coming out and the outdoor music season upon us it seemed high time to bring them back into Studio A.

Recorded on February 13, 2016, Floozy are:
Bronson Elliott: lead vocals, guitar, accordion
Tanya Nunez:  upright bass, vocals, banjo, narration
Lauren Addario: drum kit

Engineered by Ethan Stein
Edited by Eli Willard

Keep up with the band at www.floozynation.com.

Luis Ricardo Martinez Serra

Kristina Jacobsen has made a name for herself locally with The Merlettes and UNM's honky-tonk band, but to celebrate the release of "Three Roses" she arrived in full songwriter mode. In this excerpt of a longer session, Jacobsen plays her originals and talks about the appeal of classic Country to a classical musician with roots in three different countries.

(Part 2 with additional content added on 22 Feb 2016.)

Recorded on January 20, 2016 in Studio A by Roman Garcia the band are:

Kristina Jacobsen: vocals, acoustic guitar
Alex McMahon: pedal steel, acoustic guitar
Meredith Wilder: harmony vocals

Keep up with this artist and her various projects at www.kristinajacobsenmusic.com.

This session re-unites songwriter Cali Shaw with the all-star crew that played on his second album "Under the Olive Tree." The vibe was so exceptional in the studio that night we decided to run it almost unedited.

Recorded in Studio A on January 21, 2016 The Cali Shaw band are:

Cali Shaw: vocals, acoustic guitar
Alex Maryol: electric guitar
Dan Spanogle: bass, vocals
Josh English: drum kit
Nick Baker: vibraphone, accordion, bongos
Muni Kulasinghe: violin
Meredith Wilder: vocals

Engineered by Roman Garcia with Marshall Broyles.

Keep up with Cali Shaw at www.calishawmusic.com.

David Berkeley

Feb 8, 2016

Singer/songwriter writer David Berkeley has appeared on KUNM a number of times, and while we've asked him about his work as a prose writer we've never gotten a chance to hear how his prose projects inform his songs and vice versa. Until now.

For this session David brought his band of "Santa Fe champions" along with the just-released story collection The Free Brontosaurus to give us a taste of this project in its natural environment.

Recorded on January 30, 2016 the performers are:
David Berkeley: vocals, acoustic guitar, readings
Ben Wright:  electric guitar, harmony vocals
Josh Martin: electric bass, harmony vocals
Paul Feathericci: drums, percussion

Engineered by Ethan Stein

Keep track of David Berkeley at www.davidberkeley.com.

Since her debut CD release at age 18 Meredith Wilder has become one of the most high-profile musicians in Albuquerque's Americana scene.

Splitting time between the trio Wildewood and half a dozen other projects, Wilder has continued with her own song-writing and brought us songs from her second solo album, the just-released "The Coming of the Night." Included here are songs which emerged from an on-line writers group Wilder frequents.

Recorded January 18, 2016 by Roman Garcia with Marshall Broyles the band are:

Meredith Wilder: guitar, lead vocal
Colin Baillio: upright bass
Sage Harrington: harmony vocals

Keep track of Meredith Wilder and the other two members of Wildewood and all their far-flung projects at www.wildewoodmusic.com.

Lone Piñon

Jan 20, 2016

On January 13, 2016 we opened Studio C up for a visit from neo-traditionalists Lone Piñon. The trio has appeared at the Albuquerque Folk Festival, ¡Globalquerque! and local venues in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe.   

As their debut CD "Trio Nuevo Mexicano" rolls out, the group brought folkloric and classic songs from both Mexico and Northern NM and spoke about the very different roads that brought them to embrace these traditions.

Lone Piñon are:

Jordan Wax: violin, vocals
Greg Glassman: guitar, vocals
Noah Martinez: guitarron.

Recorded in Studio C by Matthew Finch.

5 Star Motelles

Nov 25, 2015

It's been a long time since "Ear to the Ground" featured an all-the-way-live performance on a Saturday night.  This Studio Session features Albuquerque's 5 Star Motelles live on-air from Studio A on November 21, 2015 in a mix of retro originals & updated girl group classics from their self-titled LP.

5 Star Motelles are:
Marisa Demarco: vocals, bass
Amy Dalness: vocals, keyboards, ninja effects
Laura "Coco" Marrich:   vocals, guitar
Mauro Woody:  vocals, guitar
Giovanna Anderson:  drums, vocals

Engineered live by Roman Garcia.

Keep track of 5 Star Motelles at motelles.com.

This feature captures Albuquerque's Justin Evan Thompson & band in Studio A on November 5, 2015.  To celebrate the release of his debut CD as a solo artist, Thompson brought us some of the players who helped make the album "Hymns for a Manchild," including the Colorado-based singer-songwriter Gabrielle Louise.

Justin Evan Thompson: vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
Gabrielle Louise: vocals, acoustic guitar
Paul Hunton: electric guitar
John McMillan: bass

Engineered by Roman Garcia.  
Special thanks to Jalila Arthur & Jefferson White

Keep up with Justin Evan Thompson on Facebook.

Clark Andrew Libbey

Nov 2, 2015

In this week's feature rocker Clark Andrew Libbey steps away from ensembles (Broken Fables, The Shacks, Bellamah, etc) to give us a solo acoustic taste of his new album "Food Or Cash" along with some newly-written songs.  In the interview, he discusses the need for working musicians to develop a business plan.

Clark Andrew Libbey: vocals and guitar

Recorded in Studio A, October 30, 2015 by Roman Garcia.

Keep up with Clark Andrew Libbey on Reverbnation or Facebook.

On September 25th and 26th KUNM Production Director Roman Garcia and team headed to the National Hispanic Cultural Center in the Barelas neighborhood of Albuquerque for the 11th Annual Globalquerque! Festival of World Music and Culture.

  The five-hour live broadcast could not include full performances, and a few artists were left out entirely.

Not to worry, we still recorded everything from all three stages, so browse the audio files below (categorized by stage they performed on), click, and enjoy!

AJ Woods

Aug 17, 2015

Albuquerque singer/songwriter AJ Woods joined us in Studio C on August 13 for an original set along with tour partners Wildewood.

AJ Woods: vocals, guitar, harp
Alex McMahon: dobro, tenor banjo
Greg Williams: drums & toys
Meredith Wilder: vocals

Keep up with AJ Woods on Facebook and bandcamp.
Keep up with Wildewood at www.wildewoodband.com.

ABQ Summerfest 2015

Jul 22, 2015

Albuquerque's SummerFest series came to Nob Hill on July 18 for a full day open air extravaganza that concluded with a seasonal downpour.  KUNM's Roman Garcia and Eli Willard were on site to record the Main Stage performers:

Mystic Vic Blues Band
NuMethods
Alex Maryol Band
Honey House
Leni Stern African Quartet
Roomful of Blues
 

Final mix/editing by Eli Willard.  Special thanks to John from Audio Excellence.

Sol De La Noche

Jul 15, 2015

This week's feature spotlights Albuquerque's Sol de la Noche in a mix of Diego Manrique originals and classics from Colombia, Cuba & beyond.  At any particular time this group can perform as anything from a duo to an 11-piece band.  For this performance Sol de la Noche were:

Diego Manrique: vocals, guitar
Gabriela Garza: vocals, percussion, melodica
Diego Flores, bass
Oscar Gamboa: percussion
Jose Chicas: trumpet

Recorded in Studio A by Roman Garcia with Marshall Broyles.

Keep up with the band at www.soldelanoche.com.

Click to see video.

Carol Boss visited with Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill when they came through town on her show "Afternoon Freeform" on 89.9 KUNM. They chatted a bit and played three of their lovely irished-tinged songs for fiddle and guitar.

Martin Hayes, fiddle
Dennis Cahill, Guitar

Carol Boss, host

Videography by Jefferson White

This week's feature brings together two 2014 sessions with the Albuquerque trio Wildewood. 

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