FEATURED THIS WEEK:
VIC HENNEGAN: SYNTHESIZER SOUL
Vic Hennegan grew up in an African American family in the Philadelphia area, but as a teenager, he wasn't grooving to the sounds of TSOP. Instead, he honed in on the progressive rock of Genesis and space music by Tangerine Dream that he heard on the local college station, WXPN. For the last several years, Hennegan has been working in Los Angeles, creating music from techno grooves to ambient chill. His latest album is DESERT GOD (Space for Music). Vic Hennegan talks about electronic soul.
EUGENE FRIESEN'S CELLO TALES
It seems like we're surrounded by cellos in all kinds of cross-over music these days, but Eugene Friesen was at the leading edge of the cello renaissance when he signed on with the Paul Winter Consort more than a quarter century ago. Friesen shares Winter's love of musical intersections and he's been creating his own on albums like IN THE SHADE OF ANGELS and SONO MIHO (Fiddle Talk Music). We talk with Friesen about his journey.
A LIVING ROOM CONCERT WITH TOM ROSSI
Tom Rossi came back from a trip to Africa with a music vision. You can hear it unveiled in an Echoes Living Room Concert where, in addition to acoustic guitar and vocals, he plays the African gourd harp, called the kora, in a session of global chamber music. Joined by Blow Up Hollywood cellist Dave Eggar, Yo-Yo Ma percussionist Shane Shanahan, and bansuri flute and clarinet player Mark Johnson, Rossi weaves the meditative songs from his album SALMA HAR (Ajna), live on Echoes.