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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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Mar 29, 2019

A performance by A Far Cry - Live at City Winery Boston - February 28, 2019 in Boston, MA.

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

To listen to the entire conversation, go here: http://abovethwww.abovethebasement.com/131-a-far-cry

Johannes Brahms, Viola Quintet in G Major, Op. 111

Antonín Dvorák : The Terzetto in C, Op. 74 (B. 148)

 

Mar 29, 2019

Episode 131 - a ConcertCast Event with A Far Cry

Classical music is pretty much the only music in the world that still sounds beautiful when the musicians are tuning up. It sounded so great we decided to start the episode with a brief tuning session.

We were joined by Megumi Lewis, Omar Chen Guey, Caitlin Lynch, Jae Cosmos Lee, Michael Unterman and Jason Fisher, several of The Criers from the Boston based chamber orchestra A Far Cry.

We invited these fine musicians to City Winery Boston for another live ConcertCast.

Founded in 2007, A Far Cry has been nominated for three Grammys. Playing music from various time periods they incorporate both new and time tested works with the goal “to wrestle the music they love back from the cultural baggage it's accumulated”.

Throughout the episode you will hear movements of Dvorak’s Terzetto, played by Jae Cosmos Lee, Omar Chen Guey and Jason Fisher. Caitlyn Lynch then joins Jason and Jae for a conversation with us and they answer a few questions from the audience.

The final piece they play by Brahms is published separately as part of our In Concert Series above.

They both sound absolutely beautiful.

Pieces:

ConcertCast: Antonín Dvorák : The Terzetto in C, Op. 74 (B. 148)

In Concert Series: (separate episode) Johannes Brahms, Viola Quintet in G Major, Op. 111

Mar 15, 2019

Episode 130 - a conversation with Ari Hest.

With a distinctive voice and beautiful melodies, Ari Hest has carved out a diverse career as an independent artist. Several of his songs have appeared on TV and Film soundtracks, and 2014 collaboration with Judy Collins earned him his first Grammy nomination for their album Silver Skies Blue.

Now with a brand new baby in the mix, he and his wife, the very talented musician Chrissi Poland, have settled in the South Shore of Massachusetts.

We sat with him at of Lucky Finn Café overlooking the harbor in Scituate, Massachusetts. While sipping our espressos, we talked about how he started out in music, guitars, collaboration and babies.

Special guest co-host David Moore otherwise known as MALIN sits in for Ronnie Hirschberg this time around.

Song List:

Song 1: Bird Never Flies (The Break In)
Song 2: Heart of a Lion (Natural)
Song 3: I Choose Love (Silver Skies Blue with Judy Collins)

Live Songs:

Song 1: Sato (Single)
Song 2: Leaving Her Alone (The Break In)

Mar 7, 2019

Episode 129 - a conversation with Livingston Taylor.

Boston’s own Livingston Taylor is a musician, teacher and interested man. Yes – we said interestED, not interesting. Not that Livingston isn’t interesting, because he certainly is. This will all make sense in our conversation.

Liv is a full professor at Berklee College of Music where he teaches Stage Performance. He is currently celebrating a 50+ year career with a brand new album called "The Best of LIVe – 50 Years of Livingston Taylor Live". This album has 11 tracks from his upcoming box set of the same name featuring unreleased live performances spanning his career from 1969 through 2016.

There is also a fantastic documentary called "Livingston Taylor: Life Is Good” that won The Van Gogh Award for the Feature Documentary category at the Amsterdam International Film Festival and you can check that out on Amazon.

Livingston has played with Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Buffett, and Jethro Tull to name just a few and he continues to play and tour internationally.

Liv flew in from Martha’s Vineyard (and I mean he actually flew himself in as he is an instrument-rated pilot) to have a truly great conversation in his Watertown offices with us.

We talked about teaching, performance, learning and even about Steel manufacturing – he’s a man who has an insatiable thirst for being interested and he will tell you without asking that he loves you.

And he means it.

Song List: All songs from the album "The Best of LIVe – 50 Years of Livingston Taylor Live"

Song 1: Our Turn To Dance (From Snapshot)
Song 2: I Ask You Once (Demo)
Song 3: Get Out Of Bed (Live)
Song 4: Good Friends (Live)
Song 5: Sit On Back (Live)-

Mar 1, 2019

We are taking a little detour from our usual format to bring you this very special episode.

We hosted a conversation between the illustrious sports reporters Gordon Edes and Steve Buckley with arguably the most well know Presidential Historian in the world - Doris Kearns Goodwin.

With the 2018 Red Sox World Series Trophy in the room, we talked, sang and celebrated Red Sox Baseball while raising money for the amazing Pete Frates Family Foundation.

We would bet that most of you listening either participated in or at least heard of the Ice Bucket challenge. Started by Pete Frates who was struck with ALS a few years ago, with his parents John and Nancy and the millions of people who took part in the challenge, the foundation has raised a ¼ of a billion dollars to fight ALS, which is just astounding.

We were truly honored to have John and Nancy Frates join us on that Sunday evening to say a few words as well as Red Sox great Sam Horn, Red Sox Poet Laureate Dick Flavin and the Sox Fenway Park organist Josh Kantor.

It was a special night, made all the more wonderful not only by the money raised but the gathering of friends and family.

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