FEATURES FOR THE WEEK
Artists have been reinventing classical music in cross-over
formulas for most of the second half of the 20th century, from
the Swingle Singers jazz take on Baroque counterpoint to Apollo
100's hit adaptation of Bach in 1972. San Francisco Bay area producer
Dawn Atkinson has been adapting the classics to modern instrumentalists
for Windham Hill and Imaginary Road records for the last few years
with albums including THE IMPRESSIONISTS and A DIFFERENT MOZART.
Her latest foray is A DIFFERENT PRELUDE (DECCA), updates of classical
preludes from Bach to Gershwin. Dawn talks about classical cross-over
along with A DIFFERENT PRELUDE contributors Clara Ponty and Patrick
Tony Levin is a bass players bassist. His list of credits stretches
for pages and includes Joan Armatrading and Peter Gabriel in addition
to being a member of King Crimson. Tony recently put out a solo
album called WATERS OF EDEN (Narada) that posits the idea of bass
as a lead instrument. We talk with Tony and members of his band,
including Larry "Synergy" Fast.
Mizuyo Komiya plays a 25 string version of the Japanese zither
called the Koto. Join us for a Living Room Concert from Tokyo
when we hear Mizuyo Komiya plucking delicate melodies like flower
Guitarist Preston Reed used to be mentioned in the same breath
as Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges and judging from his new album,
Handwritten Notes, he still should be. Join John Diliberto when
Preston Reed talks about his modern acoustic guitar manifesto.