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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: December, 2018
Dec 21, 2018

Every so often we get the opportunity to catch a musical coming through Boston and then sit with the actors or musicians for a chat.

We were especially lucky to have a conversation with the lovely Zina Ellis who plays the Fairy Godmother in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA at the beautifully restored Emerson Colonial Theatre.

We saw the show the night before talking with Zina and had a fantastic time. The show is a fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess. Hilarious and romantic, CINDERELLA combines the story’s classic elements – glass slippers, a pumpkin and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists.

But we aren’t going to give anything more away – you’ll just have to catch the show before it moves on to another town.

Cinderella runs in Boston through December 30th and you can get your tickets at www.emersoncolonialtheatre.com

Dec 20, 2018

Episode 123 - a conversation with Richard Bouchard.

Last year we went to our first One Night Band event at The Sinclair and left with a long list of possible guests – Thalia Zedek, Cliff Notez and Oompa to name just a few.

We thought we would get to the bottom of this by talking with the guy who started this unique event, Richard Bouchard.

We tend to run into Richard everywhere. He currently works with the band Sidewalk Driver and runs a business that supplies on demand management, booking and promotional campaigns for bands that need a hand with short or long term projects.

But the One Night Band is really different.

40 or so musicians are organized into bands (for one night – get it?)

Then the magic happens.

Song List:

Live songs recorded at The Sinclair - Boston One Night Band 2018

Song 2: Five Steps (Sidewalk Driver)

Dec 13, 2018

Episode 122 - a conversation with Jenee Halstead.

We are no longer surprised that our guests are much more than just musicians. Jenee Halstead is a great example.

In addition to being a singer-songwriter, Jenee is also a learner and teacher and recently started a new project called The Inner Song, where she is a holistic vocal and self-expression coach, spiritual teacher, and energy healer.

In her own journey through music, training and self discovery, Jenee now shares how people can safely and authentically discover their own true voice and power of expression.

She has a beautiful singing voice made all the more special by her songwriting skills. You only need to hear her sing to understand why Jed Gottlieb of The Boston Herald called her "a tremendous voice in an otherworldly, shadowy soundscape".

She also has her own podcast that she hosts with musician Danielle Miraglia called Let's Put It Off that we sincerely hope is resurrected, as - I am sure you all agree - we need more great podcasts in the world.

Song List:

Song 1: Sophia (Edge of the World)
Song 2: Dusty Rose (The River Grace)
Song 3: Bitten By The Night (Raised By Wolves)

Live Songs:

Song 1: Juarez (Edge of the World)
Song 2: Disposable Love

Dec 9, 2018

Mike Block - Live at Indian Hill Music - November 17, 2018 in Littleton, MA.

Recorded after our Mike Block ConcertCast - a conversation and performance in front of a live audience.

To listen to the entire conversation, go here: http://abovetheb.libsyn.com/episode-121-mike-block

Song List:

Song 01: Slow Day At The Cafe
Song 02: Sweet Tea On The Porch
Song 03: Julienne Johnson
Song 04: Courante 3
Song 05: Saygun’s Partita for Solo Cello
Song 06: Can't Ya Hear Me Callin’
Song 07: The Blackest Crow
Song 08: Cornelia’s Song
Song 09: Prelude 6
Song 10: My Heart Goes
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Song 01: Prelude 4
Song 02: Lay Down Your Weary Tune
Song 03: The Chicken
Song 04: Raghupati Ragava Raja Ram / Where The Soul Never Dies
Song 05: Prelude to a Dream
Song 06: Never again
Song 07: “HAPPY” with Indian Hill Music students

Dec 6, 2018

Cellist, educator, innovator and pioneer, Mike Block breaks the mold and the norms. He plays, sings and creates percussion with what is normally imagined as an orchestral instrument while he moves around the stage with his strapped on Cello.

He surprises you with music usually reserved for other instruments - his takes on classical, folk and pop songs are unique and his own compositions invigorated the crowd at Indian Hill Music.

This is another episode for our ConcertCast series – Mike Block, Live at Indian Hill Music, where we had a great conversation with Mike in front of a live, sold out crowd, followed by a two set performance that we will publish as a separate episode.

Mike is a member of The Silk Road Ensemble, founded by Yo Yo Ma, who called Mike “the ideal musician of the 21st-Century”.

As you will hear from our conversation and the concert that followed, Mike is committed to inspiring musicians and connecting communities through music. Full episode of the two part performance coming soon!

Song List:

Song 1: Can't You Hear Me Calling (Bill Monroe)
Song 2: I Can Finally Breathe

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