NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts presents José González

 

Featured Instrument: Enesco Violin!

An affordable instrument for the advancing player, this violin was handmade in Romania with select Carpathian hardwoods and spruce. Its low action makes for easy playability and a sweet and smooth tone.

Come into the shop Tuesday to Thursday 12-6pm, Friday 12-5pm, and Sat 1-3pm to try out this violin!

Click here for product details.

What Katherine is Listening to:

The Milk Carton Kids. “Honey, Honey.”

 

What if Peeling an Orange Led to the Shape of a Violin’s F-hole?

Considering the f-holes of the Amati ‘King’ cello and playing with food led Andrew Dipper to on a possible path to evolution of the sound hole of a violin. He writes:

“I have to admit now that playing with food had a part in this discovery, and peeling an orange led me to confirm the realisation that the Amati f-hole, curled up in this way, creates spheroids with a helical incision that unites the opposing poles…Soon I was in the supermarket looking for spherical citrus aids and a few cuts on a number of lemons with a sharp scalpel were enough to prove that slight modification of the helical track as it leaves the poles could substantially modify the resulting ‘f’ into nearly the Amati form.”

Read the blog post and check out the full article in the Strad here.

Local Listening: WHAT CHEER? BRIGADE @ the Columbus Theater!

On Friday May 29th, the Columbus Theater proudly presents the WHAT CHEER? BRIGADE – 10th Anniversary show!
The show also features special guests PITCHBLAK BRASS BAND and DJ Pandemic Pete.

Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm
$10 advance, $12 day of show
All Ages, 21+ with ID to Drink

For more information, click here.

 

The What Cheer? Brigade is a 19-piece brass band from Providence, RI, USA. We prove that great parties need no electricity.

“Thrillingly competent, with undimmable energy…an explosion of good cheer.”
-The New York Times
 
“They never actually took a stage, but Providence, RI’s What Cheer? dominated the Newport Folk Fest like a headliner.”
-SPIN

 

What Armand is Listening to:

Hahn Bin.

“His stage name is Amadéus Leopold. Former student of Itzhak
Perlman, and an all-around badass.”

 

 

Local Listening: The Mighty Good Boys and Sarah Eide @ Nick-a-Nee’s TONIGHT

Head to Nick-a-Nee’s tonight, May 12th to see the Mighty Good Boys and Sarah Eide!

Show starts at 9pm and NO COVER!

The Mighty Good Boys are a rock and roll band with hefty influence of Appalachian & other folk music styles. Original material, performed electric or acoustic.

A classical background coupled with a love for folk and roots music has led Sarah Eide to writing songs that are daring yet familiar. Her lyrics are all at once raw, smart and intimate, wrapped in expressive melodies and driven by adventurous chord changes. Her songs dare question aloud spirituality, morality, relationships, societal standards, and where the line lies between right and wrong.

Featured Instrument: Juzek Viola!

This Juzek Viola (16″) has a deep and resonant sound, cherry golden varnish, and a lovely one-piece back.

Come into the shop Tuesday to Thursday 12-6pm, Friday 12-5pm, and Sat 1-3pm to try out this viola!

Click here for product details.

Local Listening: LAST GOOD TOOTH & SMITH&WEEDEN @ the Columbus tonight!

Tonight, May 8th at the Columbus Theater in Providence:

CANNIBAL RAMBLERS
TALLAHASSEE
LAST GOOD TOOTH
SMITH&WEEDEN

Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm
$10 advance, $12 day of show
All Ages, 21+ with ID to drink

For more information, click here.

McCarten Violins in the ProJo!

Check out the article here.

If You Could Play Tree Rings on a Record Player

 

Bartholomaus Traubeck is a designer in Germany who has created a modified turntable that plays what has been dubbed “the voice of the trees.” Traubeck’s design allows the player to make musical sounds from the inner rings of a tree, producing unique and varying sound textures.

Though the actual sliced pieces of the tree do not have qualities of sound in piano form, the converted record player analyses the tree rings for their thickness, rate of growth and strength. It maps that data and outputs it as piano music through the stereo as captured here.

Reposted from CMUSE.org.

 

Pub Sing @ Nick-a-Nee’s!

Come to the second Providence Pub Sing at Nick-A-Nee’s starting at 5pm this Sunday, May 3rd. All are welcome!

What is a pub sing? A gathering where people get together and sing unamplified, mostly a capella songs, that are usually easy to join in on without the need of written lyrics. Think spirituals, sea shanties, English drinking songs, camp songs, work songs, etc. All are welcome to lead songs, just sing along, or even just listen, regardless of experience/ability.

Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/375097919349662/

 

In Memory of Ben King

What Katherine is Listening to:

Art Blakey.

 

Featured Instrument: $600 SPECIAL this week!

Just in! A complete full size violin outfit featuring a Gliga Gems violin fitted with Knilling Perfection Planetary mechanical pegs, a wood frame shaped case, and a JTJet carbon fiber bow.

Euro Concert

Come into the shop Tuesday to Thursday 12-6pm, Friday 12-5pm, and Sat 1-3pm to try out this violin!

 

Local Listening: Burning Bridget Cleary @ the Blackstone River Theater TONIGHT!

 

Don’t miss Burning Bridget Cleary at the Blackstone River Theater tonight, Saturday April 25th at 8pm!

Tickets are $16 in advance, $18 the day of the show.

 

Known for their captivating sound and engaging stage presence, Burning Bridget Cleary is currently one of the hottest young acts on the Celtic and folk music circuits and favorites at our last Summer Solstice Festival! Burning Bridget Cleary has earned a reputation for presenting high-spirited Celtic music at festivals, concerts, and music series all over the eastern half of the U.S., including a 2011 tour to Ireland. While in Ireland, the band had a unique opportunity to visit the rural County Tipperary cottage of their namesake, Bridget Cleary, who is remembered as “the last witch burned in Ireland.” The band broke new ground in 2013 when their fourth CD, “Pressed for Time,” hit #1 on the Roots Music Folk and Roots Charts, and finished the year as one of the Folk DJ’s most played albums. In 2013, Burning Bridget Cleary was nominated “Top Traditional Band in a Pub, Festival or Concert Setting” by the Irish Music Association. Jack Baker of The Irish American News calls them “One of the most exciting bands I’ve seen in the last couple of years!”

Check them out at www.burningbridgetcleary.com.

 

Featured Instrument: Edel Strasse Model 200 Violin!

Introducing the Edel Strasse Model 200 Violin: an affordable instrument (only $629.99) for the advancing student that features a mellow, rounded tone. This violin is fashioned in the classic Stradivari pattern with beautifully applied and lightly antiqued brown varnish. It is finished with boxwood fittings with ebony trim.

 

Edel Strasse Violin

Come into the shop Tuesday to Thursday 12-6pm, Friday 12-5pm, and Sat 1-3pm to try out this violin!

Click here for product details.

 

NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts presents the Punch Brothers

Celebrate Record Store Day!

 

This Saturday, April 18th, celebrate Record Store Day at What Cheer? on Thayer Street in Providence! From 10am to 8pm, celebrate with Limited Edition RSD Releases and live music featuring Bob Kendall, the Red Pennys, Sleepyhead and Emma Rome.

 

Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding independently owned record stores. It is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the special role these stores play in their communities. Check out Record Store Day here.

 

What Dennis is Listening to:

Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh.

 

 

Featured Instrument: Maggini Copy Violin!

This Maggini copy violin has a dark, bold sound that rings freely.  This instrument is ideal for any student who loves a complex and deep sound paired with easy playability.

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Come into the shop Tuesday to Thursday 12-6pm, Friday 12-5pm, and Sat 1-3pm to try out this cello!

Click here for product details.

 

Local Listening: Chasing Blue @ Nick-A-Nee’s!

On April 15th, Chasing Blue will return to Nick-A-Nee’s in Providence for their weekly Bluegrass tHrOEDOWN!

Show at 8:30-11:30PM (no cover)

Formed in the fall of ’08 at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Chasing Blue plays a mix of original and traditional bluegrass material with unique arrangements and hard-driving style. Original material holds true to the bluegrass tradition but strong lyrical ideas and progressive musical ideas make the Chasing Blue sound.

 

Spring Events @ Community MusicWorks!

Join Community MusicWorks for their spring events! Including:

 

8th Annual Fred Kelley Memorial Scholarship Concert | Sunday April 5th, 2pm

Sonata Series Event | Thursday April 16th, 7pm

Inhabit ArtPlace: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act | Saturday May 2nd, 7pm

Youth Salon | Friday May 15th, 7pm

Experimental Music Concert | Saturday May 16th, 6pm

CMW End-of-Year Gala Performance | Tuesday, May 26th, 6pm

CMW Fellows Quartet | Sunday May 31st, 2pm

 

Community MusicWorks is a community-based organization that uses music education and performance as a vehicle to build lasting and meaningful relationships between children, families, and professional musicians. Learn more at www.communitymusicworks.org.

 

Glen Hansard on Musicianship and Jason Molina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listen to the interview on NPR here. 

 

What Armand is Listening To:

Rhode Island based band Eat Crepes. “You Complete the Circuit.”

Local Listening: Martin Grosswendt & Susanne Salem-Schatz / Bertrand Laurence @ the Blackstone River Theatre

This Saturday, March 21st, country blues and folk musicians Martin Grosswendt and Susanne Salem-Schatz will perform at the Blackstone River Theatre, followed by Bertrand Laurence, a master of the art of country blues fingerpicking and slide guitar.

Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door.

For more information, visit www.riverfolk.org.

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Martin Grosswendt has been exploring the roots and branches of American acoustic music for more than 40 years. Musicians and critics have called him, among other things, a national treasure and a rumor in his own time. In fact, a single label can’t do justice to Martin’s dynamic musical talents. An extraordinary instrumentalist and powerful singer best known as an interpreter of 1920s and ’30s blues, his mastery of numerous regional styles on guitar, mandolin, five-string banjo, and fiddle make his concerts events that audiences don’t soon forget. His performances encompass the breadth and depth of Southern roots music, from classic Delta and East Coast blues to early country music to Creole and Cajun music. His love for a good song also moves him to perform material from such modern songwriters such as Townes Van Zandt and Richard Thompson. In addition to his teaching and solo work, Martin performs frequently as a duo with the remarkable singer Susanne Salem-Schatz who will also perform tonight. Martin plays and sings with Salem-Schatz in the Boston-based band Honky Tonk Masquerade.

Bertrand Laurence plays traditional, contemporary, and original blues as well as an eclectic mix of swing tunes, jump blues, ragtime, boogie, bluesy show tunes, rockabilly,… even blues sung in French! Inspired by childhood heroes, Laurence tries to recapture in his music the exuberance of Jelly Roll Morton and the rocking guitar style of Big Bill Broonzy. Having spent a number of years as a performance artist, Laurence also knows how to put on a show and his time working at a homeless shelter also taught him the healing power of the blues. “I like to focus on the upside of the blues,” he says. “I’m into joy and celebration.” His CD, “La Vie en Bleu” shows Laurence at his best, fingerpicking his way through a diverse collection of intrumentals on six-string, twelve-string and slide guitar, and singing blues in both English and French.

 

Featured Instrument: Herrman Cello!

This full size cello is an affordable choice for any advancing student! It comes with a case and bow.

Herrman CelloScroll and Pegs

Come into the shop Tuesday to Thursday 12-6pm, Friday 12-5pm, and Sat 11-2pm to try out this cello!

Click here for product details.

 

Join Mayor Jorge Elorza for the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration!

Music performance by McCarten Violins’ own Armand Aromin!

Ham Jam 3 @ the Met

Come out for the 3rd annual Ham Jam this Sunday, March 15th at the Met in Pawtucket!

Ham Jam was formed after a gathering of food dedicated individuals discovered they happened to share the same passion for music as they did for cooking. And thus, emerging from some of the great kitchens in Rhode Island, a music event was born. This Ham Jam will bring together four bands for one night of delicious music–from Chez Pascal, Persimmon, and Nick’s on Broadway + Mark Taber, Wade Devers and dj k-luv.

Doors open at 4:30. Tickets are $5.

For more information and tickets, click here.

 

How Many Female Composers Can You Name?

Consider yourself a historical music buff? Show off (or brush up on…) your knowledge of female composers with this quiz in honor of International Women’s Day earlier this week.

If you think you’re up to the challenge, check out the quiz here.

 

Local Listening: Anna & Elizabeth @ AS220

 

On Tuesday, March 10th, crankie-makers and singers of old songs from the Virginia Mountains and Baltimore ANNA & ELIZABETH will be playing and sharing tunes at AS220 in downtown Providence. Acclaimed young ballad singer Elizabeth LaPrelle of Rural Retreat Virginia and Baltimore based fiddler Anna Roberts-Gevalt who learned to play fiddle and banjo in visits to Eastern Kentucky have shared their crankies and harmonies in country stores, living rooms, classrooms, fine art museums and concert halls across the United States, and abroad in Uzbekistan and Ireland. “There’s something truly inspiring about this collaboration between 25 year olds from southwest Virginia… culture carried forward with mastery, love and a profound and real understanding of what makes old material great,” said SING OUT MAGAZINE.

The show will also feature crankies made by Providence artists:
fay strongin (with laura brown-lavoie)
naomi polina + sianna plavin
Ramshackle Enterprises

Doors at 7pm, show at 7:30.

For more info, visit www.annaandelizabeth.com and www.as220.org.

 

What You (Maybe) Didn’t Know About Perfect Pitch

Is perfect pitch something you are born with or something you can learn? (I hope it’s the latter…) Check out these 6 curious facts about the phenomenon here, as brought to you by CMuse. Think you share this musical talent with Mozart? You can test yourself with this video.

 

 

Featured Instrument: Clement Model 205 Violin!

An affordable instrument for the advancing player, this violin possesses a bright, bold sound and easy playability. Warm in color, it also features a one-piece back.

 

Clement Model 205

 

Come into the shop Tuesday to Thursday 12-6pm, Friday 12-5pm, and Sat 11-2pm to try out this unique violin!

Click here for product details.

Composing for Film and Fictional Place

For Wes Anderson’s latest film, the Grand Budapest Hotel, composer Alexandre Desplat took on the task of creating the musical tradition of Zubrowka, the fictional nation that serves as a backdrop for Anderson’s vivid and imaginative plot. In an interview with NPR, Desplat explains the musical process which led to the Oscar-nominated score. Listen in and read the article here.

 

 

Local Listening: Phillip Glass and Tim Fain at the Vet

On February 25th, composer Philip Glass and violinist Tim Fain will perform at the Vets Auditorium. This chamber music concert will feature works from across Glass’ career, including compositions written specifically for Fain, one of the few soloists for whom Glass has composed solo material.

 

 

The concert begins at 7:30pm; tickets and more information are available here.

 

Love Songs: NPR’s Countdown to Valentine’s Day

In honor of everyone’s favorite (or least favorite) heart-filled holiday, NPR asked its listeners to send in their favorite romantic song. On this week’s All Songs Considered, they share and discuss the results. Number 1? “First Day of My Life,” by Bright Eyes. My personal pick, however, would be “Careless Love” as sung by Ray Charles and Madeleine Peyroux.

 

 

View the full list and listen in here.