Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem are a quartet of neo old-timey musicians who mix in a feel of contemporary pop and jazz-and, in their appearances in Urbana this week, some great tunes for kids. I'll talk with Rani Arbo on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local." We'll also hear a live performance by string students at Champaign Centennial High School. NOTE: The second sound clip has an extra song, an old favorite from when *I* was a kid, with Daisy Mayhem. We weren't able to include this in the live broadcast. Enjoy!
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Vocalist Geoff Poor has worked in the music industry in various capacities since the 60s. David Thies is an attorney in Urbana who plays a mean piano on the side. Together they present music from the Great American Songbook cabaret-style, and they'll do just that for a Valentine's Tuesday evening. Geoff and David will join me live for the hour on the Monday edition of "Live and Local.
Ruth Moody made her name as one of Canada's Wailin' Jennys. Her first solo album, called The Garden, shows off her songwriting talents, ethereal vocals and impressive multi-instrumentalism. She'll play in Springfield Saturday night, and she'll be my guest on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." And we'll feature a performance by the local Anasazi String Quartet, live in our studio.
Uganda has been ravaged by decades of war and disease, with 50 percent of its people younger than age 15. A touring show called "Spirit of Uganda" features a cast of young people putting the promise of the nation on stage. On the Thursday edition of "Live and Local," I'll talk with artistic director Peter Kasule. And we'll have a live preview of the musical Chicago, in Sullivan through the 19th.
Stephen Sondheim's musical Company opened in 1970 and won multiple Tony awards. It's the current production at the Station Theatre in Urbana, and we'll have a live preview on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local." And, we'll hear from the leader of the New Orleans-based Hot 8 Brass Band, playing in Decatur on Saturday.
The Piper's Hut Concert Series brings national and international artists in traditional Celtic music to Champaign-Urbana. Tuesday night they'll present Bua, a four-piece band based in Chicago. They were named "Top Traditional Group" at the 2009 Irish Music Awards, and they'll play for us live on the Tuesday edition of "Live and Local."
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The 75-voice St. Olaf Choir from Northfield, Minnesota-among the finest in the world-celebrates its 100th anniversary this season. Directed by University of Illinois alumnus Anton Armstrong, the choir will come to the Krannert Center in Urbana on Thursday. I'll spend the hour with Dr. Armstrong on the Monday edition of "Live and Local." NOTE: Due to technical difficulties, this interview did not air completely on the live broadcast. The sound file here is my complete interview with Dr. Armstrong as it was intended to have aired.
The Low Anthem is the name of a Rhode Island band considered indie-folk, but that hardly tells you much about their music. They combine unusual instruments with an often meditative musical sensibility. They play in Urbana next Tuesday, and we'll hear more on the Friday edition of "Live and Local." Plus, a preview of the Young Artists concert at Millikin University.
Singer and guitarist Leon Redbone will be the last to correct likely errors in his biography, and the last to verify reputed facts. The only thing about him not shrouded in mystery is the music he makes on stage and on records. Leon Redbone will play in Bloomington next week, and he'll join me on the Thursday edition of "Live and Local.
The award-winning, Chicago-based Axiom Brass Quintet will be in Charleston Thursday for classes and a concert at Eastern Illinois University. They play music from jazz to Latin to string quartet transcriptions, with old and new standards for their idiom. I'll talk with Axiom trumpeter Dorival Puccini, Jr., on the Wednesday edition of "Live and Local.