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KUNM Studio Sessions

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

The Handsome Family

Nov 7, 2016
Jesse Littlebird

This session finds The Handsome Family in quintet configuration (5 players, 10 instruments) returning to Studio A with songs from the album "Unseen."  We were especially honored that The Family chose to spend the evening with us over Game 7 of the World Series.

Recorded on November 2, 2016, for this session The Handsome Family were:

  • Brett Sparks: vocals, guitar, piano
  • Rennie Sparks: vocals, Kala bass
  • David Gutierrez: vocals, pedal steel, mandolin, guitar
  • Alex MacMahan: guitar, pedal steel, organ
  • Greg Williams: drums, percussion

Engineer: Roman Garcia
Asst. Engineer: Ben Montoya
Asst. Engineer/Camera: Marshall Broyles
Videographer: Jefferson White

Keep up with Handsome Family music, art, video, prose and scientific research at www.handsomefamily.com.

Gabrielle Louise

Nov 2, 2016

In a preview of the release party for her CD "If the Static Clears" songwriter Gabrielle Louise dropped by Tuesday "Freeform" with Albuquerque's Justin Evan Thompson to trade songs and stories of a life in music and the peculiar charms of Las Vegas, NM. 

Hosted and engineered by Jalila Arthur on November 1, 2016.

This Studio C session joins Albuquerque songwriter Kevin Herig with the now-Colorado-based Meredith Wilder as they share new songs and old and talk about the songwriters' group they both participate in.  They're joined for the interview by local group member Sage Harrington.

Recorded on October 24, 2016 by Matthew Finch.

Cloacas

Nov 2, 2016
Kate Russell

Santa Fe band Cloacas brought their "folk music of an unknown country" to Friday "Freeform" for a rare Albuquerque performance.  Hosted and engineered live by Mary B. on October 31, 2016, the multi-instrumentalists of Cloacas are:

Johnny Bell, Ben Gerhards, Damon Griffith, Sabrina Griffith and Michael Smith (clarinetist Lenore Gusch was unable to join her bandmates).

Keep up with them at www.cloacasmusic.com.

Cali Shaw and Friends

Oct 17, 2016

This session features Albuquerque musicians Cali Shaw, Zack Freeman and Julian Wild in an impromptu performance/conversation.

Songwriter Shaw was invited to curate the October edition of  the NM Song Swap hosted by the "Art of the Song" program.  For this edition, Shaw reached beyond the singer/songwriter pool to include vocalist/beatboxer/MC Freeman along with Wild, leader of the "alt-everything" group Wild Humans.   The scheduled Song Swap will also include Eileen and the In-Betweens leader Eileen Shaughnessy.

Recorded in Studio C on October 10 the musicians are:

Cali Shaw: vocals, banjo
Zack Freeman: beatbox, vocals
Julian Wild: vocals, baritone banjo

Engineered by Matthew Finch.

Follow these artists by name on all social media.
 

On September 23rd and 24th the ¡Globalquerque! Festival of World Music and Culture returned to the National Hispanic Cultural Center for its 12th year, and for the 12th year KUNM was there to broadcast the musical performances.

This year's 5 hour broadcast featured concerts from the Journal Theater and the Main Stage, but that was hardly enough time to capture the full scope of these artists. 

Below are the full sessions with only slight editing. They were engineered and mixed for broadcast by Roman Garcia, Ethan Stein and Marshall Broyles.

For more information on these performers visit www.globalquerque.org.

Click on the "¡Globalquerque 2016!" title above to show the audio content.

Right About Now

Oct 3, 2016

This session features the Jazz trio Right About Now as they performed live on KUNM in July.  Formed in 2010, Right About Now features some of Albuquerque's busiest musicians in semi-improvised settings.  To preview a New Mexico Jazz Workshop performance the trio stopped by Mark Weber's Thursday "All That Jazz" program on July 21, 2016.

Lewis Winn: archtop guitar
Jon McMillan: bass
John Bartlitt: drums & percussion

Engineered by Mark Weber.
Right About Now has no recorded material to date.

Jono Manson

Sep 19, 2016

Since arriving in New Mexico in 1992 Jono Manson has established himself as a performer, a songwriter and a record producer, currently running The Kitchen Sink Studio in Santa Fe.  He came by Studio C with a pair of vintage guitars to play songs from his forthcoming release "The Slight Variations."

Recorded in Studio C on September 19, 2016 by Matthew Finch, Jono Manson sings and plays a 1949 Gibson L-48 archtop and a mid-30s Monterrey tenor archtop in CGCG tuning.

Keep up with Jono Manson at www.jonomanson.com.

This program features Albuquerque's Zoltan & the Fortune Tellers recorded live in Studio A.  While Studio A had been the recording studio for their new album "Songs of Spring" Zoltan & Co. decided to play work from both before and after the making of that album.

Recorded by Roman Garcia on August 24, the band for this session are:

Zoltan Szekely: vocals, guitar
Terry Bluhm: bass
Nick Baker: percussion

Keep up with Zoltan by googling the band's name or go to zoltanszkly.wixsite.com/zoltanorkestar.

This session recorded April 29, 2015 features Albuquerque's ballad archaeologists Hongell-Darsee performing songs from their CD "The Wandering Ballad" along with new work from the upcoming Mountain King project.

For this session the musicians were:

Johanna Hongell-Darsee: vocals, flutes, electronics
Scott Hongell-Darsee: bass, electric guitar, bowed guitar
Frank Bramlitt: percussion

Roman Garcia, engineer
Jefferson White, videographer

Keep up with Hongell-Darsee on Facebook, hongelldarsee.com, or at reverbnation.com.

Pray for Brain

Aug 3, 2016

On July 12, the Albuquerque instrumental trio Pray for Brain returned to Studio A with new orchestration of tunes from their debut CD "None of the Above" and some new material to top it off.  Recorded in Studio A by Ethan Stein, Pray for Brain are:

Mustafa Stefan Dill: electric double-neck oud-guitar
Christine Nelson: upright bass
Jefferson Voorhees: drums, percussion

Post-production thanks to Jefferson Voorhees and Mustafa Stefan Dill.
Pray for Brain are at work on a new recording project.  Find them at www.7dmedia.com.

Kristina Jacobsen

Jul 25, 2016

Albuquerque songwriter Kristina Jacobsen has appeared on KUNM with the classic country outfit The Merlettes as well as performing her own songs from the album "Three Roses."  For this feature she returns with her guitar & three new songs, each inspired by a different region of the world.

Kristina Jacobsen: vocals & guitar.

Recorded in Studio C on July 6, 2016 by Matthew Finch.

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.

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