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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: June, 2018
Jun 28, 2018

We took a trip to beautiful Symphony Hall in early June to sit with Tanglewood Festival Chorus Conductor and Boston Symphony Orchestra Choral Director James Burton. Joining us was choir member by night and Google start-up entrepreneur by day, Will Koffel.

We talked the ins and outs of working in a chorus, conducting 250 or so choral members, singing in different languages, the blending of the many different voices in a chorus and the wonders of being onstage with Pete Townsend during the epic production of Quadrephenia.

Song List:

Song 1: Thompson: Alleluia (James Burton: Schola Cantorum of Oxford)
Song 2: Kaddish, Symphony No. 3 (BSO, Guerrero, Bernstein)

 

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Jun 20, 2018

With a background in radio, Jim Olsen co-founded Signature Sounds with Mark Thayer in Northampton, MA in 1995 and works with some of the finest singer-songwriter, Americana, modern folk and rock musicians around, including Kris Delmhorst, Lake Street Dive, Twisted Pine, Chris Smither, Peter Mulvey, Erin McKeown, Josh Ritter and Lori McKenna - to name just a few.

He helped guide Signature Sounds through the internet era while fostering a community of musicians who not only have their own projects but have collaborated with other Signature artists to create 'supergroups' like Redbird, Barnstar! and The Pine Hill Project.

They run The Green River Festival which was named one of “fifty essential summer music festivals” by The New York Times and is celebrating it's 32nd year.

Song List:

Song 1: Leave The Light On - Chris Smither (Leave The Light On) Song 2: Stealing Kisses - Lori McKenna (Bittertown)
Song 3: Bad Self Portraits - Lake Street Dive (Bad Self Portraits)
Song 4: Hold On Me - Twisted Pine (Twisted Pine)

 

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Jun 15, 2018

Meet Mickey Hart: part philosopher, scientist, shaman…and passionate drummer. Mickey and The Grateful Dead have offered up the groove and the melody for some of the most iconic themes of our generation.

He is a musicologist, a student of polyrhythms and a believer in the connections we all have to rhythm. Mickey has two Grammys and has collaborated with a Nobel Prize in Physics winner, stem-cell researchers and neuroscientists including the late, great Oliver Sacks.

He is a true supporter of music therapy and the mechanisms behind the healing power of music for not only the injured or neurologically changed, but for the well-being of people from all cultures.

In 1967 he was introduced to the newly formed Grateful Dead by drummer Bill Kreutzmann, and the Big Bang of the Jam Band was formed with Mr. Jerry Garcia at the helm.

His telepathic relationship on and off the stage with band members old and new has transcended decades, leading Mickey to the latest chapter: bringing three generations of fans together for this year’s tour with Dead and Company.

This is Part Two of Two...

Song List:

Song 1: Ripple (Studio version)
Song 2: Not Fade Away (Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA Oct.22, 1978)
Song 3: The Music Never Stopped (Radio City Music Hall Oct 29, 1980)

 

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Jun 13, 2018

Meet Mickey Hart: part philosopher, scientist, shaman…and passionate drummer. Mickey and The Grateful Dead have offered up the groove and the melody for some of the most iconic themes of our generation.

He is a musicologist, a student of polyrhythms and a believer in the connections we all have to rhythm.

Mickey has two Grammys and has collaborated with a Nobel Prize in Physics winner, stem-cell researchers and neuroscientists including the late, great Oliver Sacks.

He is a true supporter of music therapy and the mechanisms behind the healing power of music for not only the injured or neurologically changed, but for the well-being of people from all cultures.

In 1967 he was introduced to the newly formed Grateful Dead by drummer Bill Kreutzmann, and the Big Bang of the Jam Band was formed with Mr. Jerry Garcia at the helm.

His telepathic relationship on and off the stage with band members old and new has transcended decades, leading Mickey to the latest chapter: bringing three generations of fans together for this year’s tour with Dead and Company.

This is Part One of a Two Part episode

Song List:

Song 1: Scarlet Begonias (Studio version)
Song 2: Truckin' (Live at Madison Square Garden, NY, Sept. 1990)
Song 3: Jerry (RAMU)

 

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Jun 11, 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen and all fans of On Your Feet!

Here is our final installment of Take 5 Tuesday where we offer you a snippet of the conversation with On Your Feet! band members Jorge Casas (bass) and Clay Ostwald (music director/keyboards), two of the original members of the Miami Sound Machine.

Above The Basement - Boston Music and Conversation podcast sat down with these fine musicians who helped bring their iconic songs to the Broadway stage.

We are pleased to share with you portions of that conversation with our Take 5 Tuesday episodes.

So, take 5 minutes and sit back and enjoy each “Take 5 Tuesday!”

Click here to listen to the entire episode: http://abovetheb.libsyn.com/episode-091-on-your-feet

Or go to www.abovethebasement.com.

Song List: All songs from On Your Feet - Original Broadway Cast Recording

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

Jun 6, 2018

Illustrator and author Tony Diterlizzi got his start drawing for Dungeons & Dragons but soon began "worldbuilding" though his books that include Jimmy Zangwow's Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure, The Spider and Fly and with writer Holly Black The Spiderwick Chronicles to name only a few of his wonderful books.

Angela has worked as a make-up artist in film and TV including Saturday Night Live and MTV and musicians including Dave Matthews Band, Duran Duran and Depeche Mode and is the author of several award winning children's books that include Say What, Some Bugs and Baby Love.

They are both amazing.

Song List:

A portion of The Spiderwick Chronicles audiobook
(Tony DiTerlizzi/Holly Black)

Read by Mark Hamill

 

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Jun 4, 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen and all fans of On Your Feet!

Here is our fourth installment of Take 5 Tuesday where we offer you a snippet of the conversation with On Your Feet! band members Jorge Casas (bass) and Clay Ostwald (music director/keyboards), two of the original members of the Miami Sound Machine.

Above The Basement - Boston Music and Conversation podcast sat down with these fine musicians who helped bring their iconic songs to the Broadway stage.

We are pleased to share with you portions of that conversation with our Take 5 Tuesday episodes.

So, take 5 minutes and sit back and enjoy each “Take 5 Tuesday!”

Click here to listen to the entire episode: http://abovetheb.libsyn.com/episode-091-on-your-feet

Or go to www.abovethebasement.com.

Song List: All songs from On Your Feet - Original Broadway Cast Recording

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

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