GERM Project

GERM Project · 04. December 2019
Tonight's Golden Era Recorded Music program will focus on a rare and long out-of-print LP recording by RAVI SHANKAR. . . . his astonishing SITAR CONCERTO with the LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA conducted by ANDRE PREVIN. Ravi Shankar came out of the great flowering of international musical geniuses on LP during the 1960s and he brought love and understanding (at least in a rudimentary sense) of Indian music to the Western world with his many concerts and record releases in Europe and the USA. His...
GERM Project · 27. November 2019
For this first Wednesday GERM presentation of the HOLIDAY SEASON, we will be hearing a 1-hour program of pure joy: Count Basie, Billy Strayhorn & Duke Ellington on vinyl. We will hear the different styles of two great band leaders plus the great man in the background, BILLY STRAYHORN. Discovered by chance in Pittsburgh circa 1942, Billy was soon hired to work with Ellington and apply his enormous compositional abilities to the band's music. He gave it a new subtlety and elegance that made...
GERM Project · 11. November 2019
The GERM project for this week is the MYSTERY STORY about the VANISHED CHEST of VIOLS. The entire family of viols disappeared in the late 18th century with the development of the more versatile and powerful violin family of bowed string instruments. Larger concert halls and new compositional techniques demanded a louder, more powerful range of musical tones and the soft, silvery sounding viols just could not fill the bill. So they vanished. But for much of the 18th century, a CHEST OF VIOLS was...
GERM Project · 05. November 2019
This Wednesday the Golden Era Recorded Music project will present guest host STEVE SULLIVAN and the FIRST INSTALLMENT of THE GREATEST SINGERS YOU'VE NEVER HEARD. These are a few of Steve's favorite voices, whom he bets you have not met. Some were not well known, some were popular decades ago but are now forgotten. He is betting that you will be fascinated by them, and perhaps come to love them as he does. Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Pop and Opera . . . see how many you know! (A COOKIE BONUS from...
GERM Project · 30. October 2019
Tonight's Golden Era Recorded Music presentation will be the MUSIC of the PENGUIN CAFE ORCHESTRA. Founded around 1970 by a group of London classical musicians who were out of work and looking for something new, the PCQ began making music from "scratch," using found and discarded instruments (often from a London street) and improvising as a prelude to their compositions. They soon found a following and several marvelous LP recordings were created. The leader of the band, Simon Jeffes wrote: "I...
GERM Project · 23. October 2019
The GOLDEN ERA RECORDED MUSIC project continues this (Wednesday) evening with the drumming music of OLATUNJI and TITO PUENTE on vinyl LP. BABATUNDE OLATUNJI (1927-2003) was born in Nigeria, West Africa and came to the U. S. in 1950. He first attended Morehouse College (Atlanta) then moved on to New York City and attended NYU. There he started a small percussion ensemble to earn tuition money and soon developed a following for his drumming events with voices, soon dubbed "West African Drumming."...
GERM Project · 16. October 2019
Our Golden Era Recorded Music project continues tonight (Wednesday, Oct 16) with one hour of music by three great female vocalists: ELLA FITZGERALD, DINAH WASHINGTON and JULIE LONDON. The incredible legacy of GOLDEN ERA recordings on vinyl is enriched by these three artists in ways we will explore by listening to their ORIGINAL LP records. The personal and artistic story of each artist will frame the music listening. This is just one of many programs about jazz and popular music that we have...
GERM Project · 09. October 2019
Tonight our GERM program will take a new path through the amazing forest of vinyl LP records: OPERA IN AN HOUR. This is the first time that we will present the story of a noted opera with musical highlights and historical commentary. The LP format, because of its 12" x 12" box size often included sumptuous visual illustrations of the opera stage sets and costumes and the London recording of ROSENKAVALIER that we will be hearing tonight is one of the best. Color reproductions of the original...
GERM Project · 01. October 2019
Wednesday (tomorrow) the Golden Era Recorded Music project will present for our listening selections from superb LP recordings of 5 great guitarists. LES PAUL and CHET ATKINS perform together on a stunning RCA LP. Les Paul is a legend among guitar enthusiasts, not only for his musicality but for his very original playing technique and innovations. Chet Atkins was a hugely popular performer, largely on the country stage and this record shows him to perfection. ERIC CLAPTON is one of the leaders...
GERM Project · 12. September 2019
BILLY STRAYHORN & DUKE ELLINGTON: The great American composer collaborated with DUKE ELLINGTON for the last years of his tragically short life. Together they made three notable LP albums that put them in a unique avant-garde niche for jazz creators. We will sample all three, ending with the posthumous AND HIS MOTHER CALLED HIM BILL. FIBHORN GALLERY, 21 Thomson Ave, Glens Falls. 7-8 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Tea and refreshments will be served.

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