music http://aspenpublicradio.org en CrossCurrents - Stephen Harris, Part 2 http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/crosscurrents-stephen-harris-part-2 <p></p><p>Stephen Harris (aka "Haggis") of Mt. Sinai Medical School. Harris was a bassist with the heavy metal band <em>The Cult</em> in the 80s, a painter and rock climber in the 90s and is now a documentary filmmaker and third year medical student at Mt. Sinai in NYC. This is the final part in a 2-part series.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 17:35:40 +0000 Carolyne Heldman 18153 at http://aspenpublicradio.org CrossCurrents - Stephen Harris, Part 2 Aspen Schools' Musician In-Residence Resurrects Jazz http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/aspen-schools-musician-residence-resurrects-jazz <p></p><p>The music department at the Aspen School District is growing, despite the odds. The budget for music is minimal compared to schools in other states. Last week though, the school welcomed its first ever musician in residence who taught middle and high school students jazz. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen visited band practice and filed this report.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Band practice is in full swing on a Wednesday afternoon. Students with saxophones, trumpets and drums tap their feet as the piece they’re playing reaches a crescendo.</span></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Marci Krivonen 17949 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Aspen Schools' Musician In-Residence Resurrects Jazz CrossCurrents - Stephen Harris, Part 1 http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/crosscurrents-stephen-harris-part-1 <p>Stephen Harris (aka "Haggis") of Mt. Sinai Medical School. Harris was a bassist with the heavy metal bandThe Cult in the 80s, a painter and rock climber in the 90s and is now a documentary filmmaker and third year medical student at Mt. Sinai in NYC. Part 1 of 2.</p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:28:00 +0000 Carolyne Heldman 17768 at http://aspenpublicradio.org CrossCurrents - Stephen Harris, Part 1 Juanito Pascual http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/juanito-pascual <p>Jonathan "Juanito" Pascual is acclaimed as one of the top young flamenco guitarists on the international music scene. Born in Minneapolis, MN on July 26, 1973, Juanito has won praise around the globe as a respected new voice in this most Spanish of musical genres. He is recognized in Spain as a unique and creative voice with mesmerizing virtuosity, warm and evocative playing, and original compositional style. He has been a featured artist in some of the best-known fine arts centers, clubs, and festivals in the United States, including the renowned Tanglewood Jazz Festival, New York's 92nd St. Y, Blue Note Jazz Club, Boston's Jordan Hall and Regattabar, and countless colleges and performing arts centers. He has also been featured on National Public Radio's "The World" program, as well as countless television and radio programs.</p><p>Juanito holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory and was Second Prize winner of the 1996 New England Classical Guitar Competition. He has studied with Adam del Monte, Parilla de Jerez, Manolo Sanlucar, El Entri, classical guitarists David Leisner and Eliot Fisk, jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini, and Boston-based maestro Dimitri Goryachev.</p><p>Since 2005, Juanito has been the director of the annual summer Flamenco Institute at the prestigious New England Conservatory in Boston. He made his on-screen debut with an appearance alongside Steve Martin and Andy Garcia in the 2009 Pink Panther 2 film. His latest album release, Language of the Heart, is the next step in his driving passion to share the beauty and soul-stirring power of this ancient yet most vibrant musical style.</p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:28:00 +0000 Daniel Shaw 17394 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Juanito Pascual Los Lobos http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/los-lobos <p>Forty years ago, Louie Perez and David Hidalgo, friends at East LA’s Garfield High School, hooked up with two other musicians, bassist Conrad Lozano and singer/guitar player Cesar Rosas, and Los Lobos came to be. Sax player Steve Berlin came over from legendary rockabilly band The Blasters a few years later, and the band has never stopped making incredibly original, timeless, irresistible music and has never stopped touring. Hard-hitting young drummer Enrique “Bugs” Gonzalez joined the band a few years back and gave them a new jolt of energy. Their recording debut all those years ago may have been called “Just Another Band from East LA,” but they still prove night in and night out that they’re not just another band—from anywhere.</p><p>Louie Perez has been the band’s chief lyricist over the years and was the drummer for a long spell before returning to guitar duties (though he still gets behind the kit for a few songs each night). He’s found time over the years to work on several side projects, including The Latin Playboys, and has carved out another career as a painter. He’s also written a play recently based on the band’s song “Evangeline,” that had several runs in California.</p><p>For more about Los Lobos: <a href="http://www.loslobos.org/site/">http://www.loslobos.org/site/</a></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:28:00 +0000 Daniel Shaw 16374 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Los Lobos