One week after their in studio appearance, Las Alegres Ambulancias took the stage at the International Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe. This 9 piece group visiting from Columbia came to the 11th anual Folk Art Market to share their unique Afro-Columbian music and culture. KUNM was there to capture it Live!
Saving Damsels live in Studio A. Full session audio.
Tonight's feature is a rebroadcast of our July 11, 2013 visit with Albuquerque Native soul rockers Saving Damsels. The group arrived fresh from the national stage, their second CD "Find My Way" having received the Native American Music Award (NAMY) for Best Rock Recording.
For this session Saving Damsels were: JJ Otero: lead vocals, guitar Chuck Hawley: lead guitar, mandolin Doug Bellen: keyboards, vocals Joe Pacheco: bass Isell Garcia: drums
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.
Austin Piazzolla Quintet specializes in the music of the late Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla. APQ continues in the Nuevo Tango tradition with unique arrangements of Piazzolla's classic compositions, breathtaking original compositions, and talented improvisation. The quintet features some of the finest talent on the Austin music scene today, with experienced musicians coming from diverse backgrounds and educated at some of the world's finest music schools.
The group dropped by our studios for a live performance and interview with Afternoon Freeform host Harry Norton.
The ensemble consists of James Anderson (violin), Jonathan Geer (keyboard), Mike Maddux (accordion), Tony Rogers (cello) and Pat Harris (bass).
"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:
During his live performance for RAÍCES (May 3rd), Cipriano Vigil, New Mexican musicologist and musician shares his songs, and his new book, “New Mexican Folk Music/Cancionero del Folklor Nuevomexicano” (UNM Press, 2014).
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 Black Lillies, led by multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Cruz Contreras, are currently on tour. They stopped by KUNM to perform live on Afternoon Freeform (April 23) with Carol Boss. The band’s blend of country, alt-rock, neo-folk and Appalachian soul has earned them critical acclaim nationwide and their most recent album, Runaway Freeway Blues, was included on numerous Best Albums of the Year (2013) lists.
Cruz Contreras: guitar, bass, vocals Trisha Gene Brady: vocals Tom Pryor: guitar Robert Richards: bass, guitar Bowman Townsend: percussion
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.
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:
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.
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.
In the heat of a summer afternoon in the desert, Chicharra [CHEE-CHAR-A] emerges. This is a band from Albuquerque, N.M. featuring: Monica Demarco [voice/bass] Marisa Demarco [voice/bass], Mauro Woody [voice/bass], and Henry Hutchinson [drums]. In English, "chicharra" is "cicada," and the vocal harmonies of the band reflect that.
Chicharra performed a live set from KUNM's Studio A for Music to Soothe the Savage Beast on March 11, 2014. Engineered by Simon Welter, hosted by Derek Caterwaul.
Full Studio A Session from Boris McCutcheon and Brett Davis
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
Sat. 3/14 7p: A set of Blues classics and originals from Zia Conservatory in their first studio recording, made March 1 in Studio A. In the interview we hear about the roots and history of the venerable cigar box guitar, and Peña speaks about his own journey as a master craftsman of these instruments.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.