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KUNM Studio Sessions

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

Cielito Lindo Performs on The Children's Hour

Aug 28, 2014

Cielito Lindo Family Folk Music performed in our studio on August 23, 2014.  

The band consists of four brothers in the Lucero family ages six to twelve, on guitars and vocals.  They were joined by their father on bass guitar.

Wildewood Acoustic

Aug 25, 2014
Wes Naman

Today's feature is a preview of an upcoming Studio A session with the Albuquerque trio Wildewood.  Since their self-titled debut release last spring the group has been rolling out new material live before local audiences.  As their second release approaches, the band stopped by our Studio C to offer an unplugged take on the newer material & to talk about the last year.

Wildewood are:
Greg Williams: harmonica, snare drum
Alex McMahon: vocals, guitar
Meredith Wilder: vocals, guitar

Matthew Finch was the audio engineer.

Keep up with Wildewood at www.wildewoodband.com.

Youngsville

Aug 11, 2014
theyoungsville.com

This "Ear to the Ground" feature previews the forthcoming local compilation CD from The ABQ Music Lab with a Studio A performance by contributing band Youngsville:

Carlos Garcia: vocals, guitar
Mickey Sanchez: bass, vocals
Ryan Sclarrotta: drums, vocals

We also get some time with the brains behind the Music Lab series & the compilation, Clark Libbey & Joey Gonzalez.

Engineered by Roman Garcia.

Keep up with Youngsville at www.theyoungsville.com.
Follow the ABQ Music Lab at www.facebook.com/MusicLabABQ for news on the live music series, find the compilation at www.musiclab.bandcamp.com.

Tonight's feature finds us in Studio A on July 24th with the Albuquerque 7-piece Cactus Tractor in an all-acoustic performance.

For this night Cactus Tractor was:

Samuel Sullivan: harmonica
Stef Graner: vocals, accordion, charrango, banjo, washboard, Chupper horn
Christy Cook: vocals, violin, guitar, tenor ukulele, mandolin, Hula horn
David Bashwiner: vocals, guitar, mandolin
Matthew Tobias: drums
Paul Hunton: vocals, bass, guitar
Brandon Baca: vocals, guitar

Audio engineering and post-production by Ethan Stein with assistance of Kevin Kissiel.
Jefferson White: videographer.

Keep track of Cactus Tractor online at www.cactustractor.com or on Facebook.

    Led by veteran vocalist, master musician, multi-genre, multi-instrumentalist Rodney Bowe alongside multi-lingual, multi-genre vocalist/musician Sina Soul, Sweet Life brought the funk to the main stage at the 5th annual Route 66 Summerfest street festival.  KUNM was there to capture the performance. 

Details at their website: www.onlysweetlife.com.

    Chris Dracup, a life long resident of New Mexico, began performing at the age of sixteen in his hometown of Taos, NM.

Since then he has been a singer and lead guitarist with some of New Mexico's favorite bands, including "The Muttz", "The Rattle Cats", "The Chris Dracup Trio" and "The Chris Dracup Project".  

KUNM was there at the Route 66 Summerfest street festival to capture their live set.  

Mixed by Eli Willard.  

Find details on Chris Dracup at http://www.chrisdracup.com.

Mala Maña is Albuquerque's own all-female vocal and percussion ensemble, playing a variety of traditional and original Latin American music. They took the stage mid-afternoon to open the festivities at Route 66 Summerfest and KUNM was there.

Find out more about Mala Maña at www.malamanamusic.com.

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 annual Folk Art Market to share their unique Afro-Columbian music and culture. KUNM was there to capture it live!

Saving Damsels

Jul 14, 2014
Saving Damsels

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

Roman Garcia engineered the original session.

Keep up with Saving Damsels at www.savingdamsels.com.

Desert Diamond Band

For this week's feature we step back six whole days to Desert Diamond's live appearance in Studio A on KUNM's "Singing Wire."

This as-yet unrecorded group from Laguna Pueblo includes veterans of many Native Rock and Country bands and features original songwriting.  

The Desert Diamond Band are:

Keith Day: lead vocals, guitar
Dominick Pancho: lead guitar
Phillip Riley, Jr.: bass
Anthony Duran: drums

Live engineering and post-production by Roman Garcia.
Find them at www.facebook.com/thedesertdiamondband.

Las Alegres Ambulancias (Happy Hearses) originally from San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia are bringing their Afro-Colombian music and culture to New Mexico.

During their live performance for Raíces show (on July 5th), the 9 band members shared their 500-year old cabildo/lumbalu traditions. Their drummers and voices shook KUNM!
 

Rahim Alhaj

Jun 30, 2014

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

Rahim Alhaj: Oud
Issa Malouf: percussion

Live sound: Travis Hill; Recorded/Mixed: Eli Willard; Edited: Roman Garcia.

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.

Ryan Obermeyer

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).

Find info about the band here at http://apqtango.com/

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.

Cipriano Vigil

May 5, 2014
Cipriano Vigil

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).

Find out more about Cipriano Vigil at newmexicofolkmusictreasure.com

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 Black Lillies

Apr 24, 2014
Deone Jahnke

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

Find out more about The Black Lillies: theblacklillies.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.

From Portland, Casey Neill was in our Control Room between concerts of his solo tour presenting a new album "All You Pretty Vandals."

During his live performance for Afternoon Freeform (April 16th), he shared his songs filled with irony, romance, stories, and social commentary.

Find out more about Casey Neill at caseyneill.org.

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

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.

Facebook.com/chicharraNM.

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

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