Entries in wisconsin (27)
Jazz meets hip hop as Madison’s most celebrated spoken word poet, Rob Dz, joins forces with the New Breed Quartet, one of Madison’s top jazz bands. Like a jazz artist, Mr. Dz composes spontaneously using words instead of music, and his latest collaboration with the New Breed will create original material that draws on contemporary characteristics of each genre while allowing generous space for improvisation.
These iconic musicians recently ended a 17-year stint at the Avenue Bar playing their brand of Dixieland Jazz. Now they can be found at festivals and other venues all over!
Though their influences hail from much further south, the Oak Street Ramblers call home the East Side of Madison, WI. A bluegrass band in the tradition of Flatt and Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, and Hazel Dickens, the Oak Street Ramblers specialize in bluegrass stompers, classic country weepers, and originals that, lyrical content aside, wouldn't sound out of place at a barn dance circa 1954.
Born into the age of rock & roll but influenced by live performances of Doc Watson and Bill Monroe and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's seminal "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" in the early 1970's, they put away the electric amps and guitars and developed a unique acoustic/bluegrass style. A truly iconic Wisconsin band for almost four decades, we're thrilled to finally have them on MTL!
The UW Russian Folk Orchestra, now in its 15th season, is a unique ensemble performing Russian and other East-European folk music on authentic Russian instruments, balalaikas and domras. The orchestra was founded and is directed by Victor Gorodinsky. The RFO is made up of two groups of authentic Russian stringed instruments: balalaikas and domras, it uses accordions, bayans (button accordions), as well as various woodwind and percussion instruments.
Yuriy Kolosovskiy was born in Rostov-on-Don Russia and started playing the Prima Domra at age 9. He spent 6 years in public music school after which he attended Rostov State College of Music (from 2000-2004) studying music composition, conducting and orchestration. While in College, he received numerous awards for his outstanding talent and technique. After Graduation, Kolosovskiy had the honor of being a soloist in the Rostov State Folk Philharmonic Orchestra with whom he played for two and a half years. In 2006, he moved to Madison, Wisconsin where he now resides. Since moving here, Kolosovskiy has played with the University of Wisconsin Russian Folk Orchestra where his talent has been showcased (most recently in the piece "Woolen Boots" this last season). He has also a member of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America (BDAA) since 2007 and has performed in various venues around the Madison area, including numerous Russian folk festivals. He has just finished recording his first solo CD "Sounds of the Domra".
The New York Times says that “hearing Marilyn Crispell play solo piano is like monitoring an active volcano. She is one of a very few pianists who rise to the challenge of free jazz.” Ms. Crispell returns to Madison to perform solo and with a trio that includes Chicago-based “free jazz” stalwarts Harrison Bankhead and Avreeayl Ra and Madison-based multi-instrumentalist JoAnne Pow!ers.
Widely recognized as one of Madison's (and Wisconsin's) best guitarists, Masino has played with dozens of bands from the midwest and is featured on the Gregg Clemons LP on Nemperor CBS Records (1980). He was a finalist in the Jimi Hendrix Electric Guitar Competition 1999 (Memphis) and has opened for a long list of national bands. During the early 1980's John lived in New York City playing shows and worked as studio musician. We're thrilled to have him on the show!
Peter Roller has been exploring guitar styles in a variety of cultural directions since discovering music like the blues of Mississippi Fred McDowell and the Bluegrass of Flatt & Scruggs as a teen. Over the past thirty years, while working as a professional musician and college instructor, he has written a body of guitar-led original music that leans variously towards Hawaiian slack key, bossa nova, Piedmont blues and steel guitar jazz. Roller is releasing his first full length CD of such pieces in Spring 2010, including his Dobro instrumental Rancho Mirage, the only work previously available on the widely popular Narada compilation Masters of Acoustic Guitar.
Roller is based in Milwaukee and teaches in the Music Department at Alverno College. He has played and recorded with area performers--bluesman, Steve Cohen, worldbeat band, Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans and gospel quartet, the Masonic Wonders. Previously, Roller was the guitar accompanist for first generation country bluesman, Yank Rachell, acting as producer and playing on his Bling Pig release Blues Mandolin Man.