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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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Dec 31, 2017

We all have a voice but seldom can we come together to sing in harmony. The BCC makes this possible literally and figuratively from as early as age 7 and continuing throughout high-school.

From over 100 zip codes in the greater Boston area, this group of 450 young singers meet each week to learn, rehearse and perform under the guidance of artistic director Anthony Trecek-King and executive producer Ben Hires.

This is part two of our conversation as we invited some of the young singers to the conversation and got their thoughts on the wonderful experiences they’ve had with The Boston Children’s Chorus.

As Dr. Martin Luther King day approaches, the BCC not only prepares for their concert in Symphony Hall, they reflect on his legacy and the everyday impact of his message on their own lives and the city of Boston.

Song List:

Song 1: Pride (In the Name of Love)
Song 2: I Will Sing

Dec 30, 2017

We all have a voice but seldom can we come together to sing in harmony. The BCC makes this possible literally and figuratively from as early as age 7 and continuing throughout high-school.

From over 100 zip codes in the greater Boston area, this group of 450 young singers meet each week to learn, rehearse and perform under the guidance of artistic director Anthony Trecek-King and executive producer Ben Hires.

In our two part conversation, Anthony, Ben and several members of this outstanding and creative chorus discuss the connections among new friends, and the power of harmony.

As Dr. Martin Luther King day approaches, the BCC not only prepares for their concert in Symphony Hall, they reflect on his legacy and the everyday impact of his message on their own lives and the city of Boston.

Song List:

Song 1: On My Way
Song 2: Oh Canada
Song 3: Pride (In the Name of Love)
Song 4: I Will Sing

Dec 20, 2017

We sat with Lisa Rodio, Tim Steiner and Fraser Gordon at their rehearsal space in the north of London and discussed why they do what they do and what we can expect from them in the near future.

When you mix musical melodies and rhythm with movement and communication, a dose of humor and shared emotion, the result can be nothing short of magic.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, based in London, has been able to make this possible through the work of professional classical musicians along with music scholars, educators, therapists and healthcare providers.

They created this experience with amazing programs like Strokestra, and The Irene Taylor Trust 'Music in Prisons' through The Lullaby Project.

RPO continues to provide these special experiences to groups around the UK and beyond, as well as to schools with children with disabilities, centers for autism and more.

Check out our website for more information on both of these projects.

Song List:

Song 1: Troyte - Barry Wordsworth conducts Elgar
Song 2: Dead Elvis - Charles Ullery (Michael Daugherty)
Song 3: Lullaby
Song 4: Strokestra
Song 5: Nimrod - Barry Wordsworth conducts Elgar

Dec 15, 2017

We traveled across the pond to London speak with legendary bassist and awesome human Leland Sklar the morning after his performance on tour with Phil Collins.

We sat in his hotel room to talk music, politics (yes...politics), tv theme songs, writing, dirt, gear....the list was endless.

Special thanks to our very first guest, bassist Alison Keslow, for the introductions to this episode.

This is part two of two.

Song List: Song 1: Your Smiling Face - James Taylor
Song 2: Don't Lose My Number - Phil Collins
Song 3: In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins

Dec 12, 2017

We traveled across the pond to London speak with legendary bassist and awesome human Leland Sklar the morning after his performance on tour with Phil Collins.

We sat in his hotel room to talk music, politics (yes...politics), tv theme songs, writing, dirt, gear....the list was endless.

Special thanks to our very first guest, bassist Alison Keslow, for the introductions to this episode.

This is part one of two.

Song List:

Song 1: Stratus - Billy Cobham (off the album Spectrum)
Song 2: The Rockford Files Theme - Mike Post

Dec 5, 2017

Boston born and raised rocker Carissa Johnson plays with energy and attitude and her quick hitting songs are a throwback to gritty punk rock and roll.

Carissa is nominated for three Boston Music Awards, including Rock Artist, New Artist and Unsigned Artist of the Year.

She was also the winner of the 2017 Boston Rock & Roll Rumble and has her own media label called Fuel Heart Productions. She is currently doing workshops on DIY touring with musician Vanessa Silberman of A Diamond Heart Production.

We were fortunate to have Vanessa as a special guest on this episode as well.

Song List:

Song 1: The Fool (Long Way Down)
Song 2: Sinking, Flying (Long Way Down)
Song 3: Only Roses (Long Way Down)
Song 4: Deleria (Long Way Down)

Live songs: You Lost You and Cardinal (from the upcoming album Talk Talk Talk)

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