Band of Gypsies – with no Hendrix in Sight

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Fun story to write for NPR Music’s Classical pages about a great concert this Spoleto season at the newly-redone Dock Street Theatre, with a stellar cast including pianist Inon Barnatan, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and violinist Livia Sohn….

You can hear the entire concert (nicely recorded as always by South Carolina ETV’s Skip Beach) here.   And read the whole story on the other side… Read more

The Mozdzer Motor

Fascinating visit with the remarkable Polish jazz pianist Leszek Mozdzer on the Spoleto Festival, as we recorded an interview between him and Jennifer Foster in the Cato Center.  Here’s the link to the program:
Spoleto Today 2010 June 1

Great dissection of how he channels Chopin into “the Mozdzer Motor” – and his John Cage-like habit of putting drinking glasses, combs, and even his own CDs on the piano strings to combat boredom.  Oh, and along the way we revealed to Mozdzer his unwitting hand in creating the Spoleto Today theme song!

We even had the chance to shoot a little video:

And here are more “Chopin Impressions” from Mozdzer: