Above The Basement - Boston Music and Conversation

Above the Basement offers casual and candid discussions with musicians, artists, producers and others from Boston and beyond. The conversations offer experiences ​from those shaping Boston's music community and for whom music is a passion. You'll hear their stories, hardships ​​faced and overcome...and why they love what they do.
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Sep 27, 2017

In 2001, twenty-two year old Roberto Plano won first prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition​.

Sixteen years later he emigrated to Boston, Massachusetts with his family to continue his pursuit of music academia at Boston University College of Fine Arts.

Mr. Plano has traveled the world and has won countless awards for his poetic musicianship and performances.

We sat with Roberto at Boston University to discuss food, family and his musical roots.


Musica Ricercata: No 7, Cantabile, molto legato - Inspiration - Paolo Paliaga and Roberto Plano

Hymne de L'enfant a' Son Reveil - Franz Liszt Harmonies Poetiques et Religieuses - Roberto Plano

Arvo's World - Inspiration - Paolo Paliaga and Roberto Plano

Sep 20, 2017

Grammy nominated Folk and Americana singer-songwriter Alastair Moock became inspired by music at a young age when he first saw Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie in concert and has passed on that inspiration in his music and his educational programs in local schools.

He is a solo artist that speaks a language we can all relate to, whether age 5 or 95, and he is a quintessential collaborator with fellow singer-songwriters in the studio and on the stage.

We sat with Alastair to talk about his career transformation from adult folk to family music, what parenting did for his music and what it's like to write songs with your 5 year old daughter at her hospital bedside.

Sep 17, 2017

Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys - Live at The Sinclair
recorded August 26, 2017 in Cambridge, MA

01 - How are all you *** doin?
02 - ViktaGRAPH
03 - Devils In The Details
04 - Whole Way Down
05 - Old Skin
06 - Animals Like Me
07 - Dull Boy
08 - Cataclysm
09 - Hollow Points
10 - Witchcraft
11 - Come Black magic
12 - I Put A Spell On You

Walter Sickert - Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Mary Widow – Vocals, Mandolin, Percussion
Rachel Jayson – Viola, Vocals
Matt Zappa – Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Mike Leggio – Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Vocals
jojo Lazar – Ukulele, Flute, Vocals
Tee Jay – Percussion, Bunny Head
Blake Girndt (aka Brother Bones) – Guitar, Skeleton Dance
Edrie – Accordion, Broken Toys, Vocals

Photo by Jen Vesp

Produced and Engineered by Joel Simches

Recorded Live @ The Sinclair Cambridge on 8/26/17. Used with permission - Bowery Boston.

Additional Sonic Chocobliss™ by Joel Simches of Sonic Enchantment Specialists Ltd.

Sep 13, 2017

Indie hip-hop artist, rapper, songwriter and contemporary painter, Boston, MA native Moe Pope is a talent. His lyrics reflect his story - touching on community, fatherhood, love and the human condition.

Formerly with Bay Area-based hip-hop band Mission he returned to Boston to form Electric (aka Electric Company) and later formed Project Move.

In 2010 with Boston producer Rain he released the critically acclaimed Life After God and is currently collaborating with 2016 BMA Producer of the Year The Arcitype with his project STL GLD.

Sep 8, 2017

This is part two of our conversation with Blue Man Group. We sat with resident General Manager Jonathan Screnci, Blue Man Mike Brown, and drummers Kyle Harris and Kevin Asmus before a performance at The Charles Playhouse.

We come in just as Jonathan walked into the room to join us about an hour into our talk.

Sep 7, 2017

Blue Man Group is a dynamic mix of art, music, comedy and technology. Founded in 1991, this pop culture phenomenon has been seen by over 35 million people all over the world. 

Inspiring, brilliant and groundbreaking, the Blue Men - while not saying a word - celebrate life through connection, unique absurdity, visual art and of course, music. 

We spoke with Resident General Manager Jonathan Screnci, Blue Man Mike Brown, and drummers Kyle Harris and Kevin Asmus before a performance at The Charles Playhouse.

We talk about rehearsing, auditioning and the evergreen magic that is Blue Man Group.