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Above The Basement - Boston Music and Conversation

Above The Basement is a Boston based podcast hosted by Chuck Clough and Ronnie Hirschberg that features casual and candid discussions with local, national and international musicians, artists, producers and others from Boston and beyond. The conversations offer experiences from those shaping our music community and for whom music is a passion. You hear their stories, hardships faced and overcome...and why they love what they do. While music is the common thread, Above The Basement has evolved into conversations that harness human interest, culture and community, bridging into discussions about health, science, education and other aspects of life.
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Now displaying: April, 2018
Apr 23, 2018

ON YOUR FEET! The musical is a story of rhythm and resilience.

It covers the lives of Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio Estefan to and through success, and tells a story of setbacks and love. The foundation is built upon music and at its core is the legendary Miami Sound Machine.

We sat down with Jorge Casas and Clay Ostwald of the original members of the Miami Sound Machine, who help bring all these iconic songs to the Broadway stage. We talk about the tour and the transition of pop-Latin-jazz to theater, the accident that changed everything, and the recovery and success of “cross over” Cuban American Music that Gloria, Emilio and the Miami Sound Machine brought to the world.

The show is currently playing at the Boston Opera House through April 29th, 2018.

Go to www.boston.broadway.com for more information.

Song List:

All songs from On Your Feet: Original Broadway Cast Recording

Song 1: Get On Your Feet
Song 2: Conga
Song 3 Rhythm Is Gonna Get You

Photo credit: 2480: ON YOUR FEET! Band featuring members of the Miami Sound Machine: Clay Ostwald (Music Director/Keyboard), Jorge Casas (bass), Edward Bonilla (percussion) and Theodore Mulet (trombone), (c) Matthew Murphy.

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Apr 20, 2018

What is the first song that comes right to your mind?

When you think of the world around us, or a social issue - why does this song resonate?

These are the kinds of questions we asked the students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School as part of a music and society discussion. 

While we always look try to raise these important questions during our conversations, we can’t take credit for this one... it was senior Natalia Ruiz who spotted an ATB sticker somewhere in Cambridge, looked us up and proposed a collaboration.

We were honored to ask questions, facilitate discussion with, and most  importantly learn from these inspiring juniors and seniors about what music inspires them, why it moves them and what artists create the music and lyrics behind it all. 

Along with the students we were joined by two staff at Cambridge Latin, a teacher and the assistant principal, who is - fittingly - an accomplished jazz saxophonist himself. 

We talked the charisma of Kanye and the social responsibility of Kendrick and covered ground from hip hop to AC/DC to Eminem.

 

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Apr 11, 2018

We first saw Ryan Montbleau back in 2012 in Boston on a Rock and Blues Cruise that featured the Ryan Montbleau Band. It was a full boat and was packed with Ryan Montbleau fans and the band totally rocked the house. Or rather the boat.

The singer-songwriter and bandleader has been a relentless road warrior. His last album called I Was Just Leaving is a bit more introspective than his previous but certainly shows off his songwriting chops. His most recent project is a duo with the wonderful Hayley Jane called Yes Darling.

Our occasional co-host Ike Walker joined us at our usual location in Concord, MA and we talked jury duty, moving, writing, dreams…uh…eggs…lots of stuff!

Song List:

Song 1: Moving Too Fast (I Was Just Leaving)
Song 2: Fast Car (feat. Tall Heights - All Or Nothing)
Song 3: Misplaced Anger (Yes Darling)
Song 4: Eggs (Patience On Friday)
Song 5: Bright Side (I Was Just Leaving)

Live Songs:

Song 1: Call Your Mother
Song 2: Looking Glass

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Apr 4, 2018

Internationally acclaimed soloist, composer and educator, Wu Man is a master of the Pipa, an instrument that dates back almost 2000 years. Wu Man co-founded The Silkroad Project with Yo-Yo Ma and has collaborated with many illustrious composers including Phillip Glass, Tan Dun and Terry Riley and has written for The Kronos Quartet.

In 1998 she was awarded The Bunting Fellowship at Harvard University and was the first Chinese traditional musician to receive The United States Artist Fellowship in 2008.

We caught up with her on tour with the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall and had a wonderful talk about Silkroad, the challenges of composing for different instruments and her association with Boston.

Song List:

Song 1: White Snow in a Sunny Spring (Wu Man and Friends)
Song 2: Sound of a Voice Suite (Wu Man/Phillip Glass - Theater Music Vol. 1)
Song 3: Four Chinese Paintings - Gobi Desert at Sunset
Composed by Wu Man on pipa, arranged for string quartet by Danny Clay © 2016 Kronos Arts Publishing ℗ 2016 Kronos Performing Arts Association
Commissioned for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire Produced by Kronos Quartet
Recorded December 2015 at Women's Audio Mission, San Francisco, CA
Engineered by Laura Dean and Terri Winston/Women's Audio Mission Assistant Engineers: Aimee Hamel, Maryam Qudus, Hayley Baysinger, Erin Baumann

Song 4: Huayin Shadow Puppet Band performance excerpt

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