Archive for July, 2012

FTV 324 San Diego Folk Festival – Songwriters’ Workshop

Posted in Update on July 27th, 2012

As summer swings along, and people all over the country are enjoying music, food, and the outdoors, From the Vault listens back to a 1974 music festival worth remembering. San Diego is the city where in 1967 a man by the name of Lou Curtiss found a way to bring folk music legends Bill Monroe, Gil Turner, Sam Hinton, and the Possum Hunters to perform in the first San Diego Folk Festival. Year after year, the festival grew — and by 1974, it was the premiere folk music festival on the West Coast. The San Diego Folk Festival had grown so large that in addition to the music performances, workshops were included on such subjects as blues piano, banjo picking and songwriting, to name a few.

We have Roz and Howard Larman to thank for the recordings featured this week. Roz and Howard Larman started the legendary FolkScene radio program on KPFK in 1970, which soon became the Hollywood hotspot for folk musicians to entertain audiences with an intimate on-air performance; while Howard passed away in 2007, Roz continues strong, hosting the iconic series every Sunday night at 6:00 pm on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles. In this episode of From the Vault, we’ll let Roz introduce these talented singers and songwriters in her own voice from the original 1974 recordings. We’ll hear performances from Mary McCaslin, “Young Wesley;” Jim Ringer, “Father Time;” Bruce Utah Phillips, “Jesse Garcia;” Hazel Dickens, “Black Lung;” Alice Gerrard, “Missing Jenny;” John Wilcox, “Tree of Life;” Patty Hall, “Daddy Please;” Debby McClatchy, “California Faith;” John Bosley, “Humerous Song;” and Tom Waits, “Heart of Saturday Night” and “Better Off Without a Wife.” Special thanks to FolkScene hosts Howard Larman and Roz Larman; FolkScene engineers Alan Kanter, Steve Barker, Peter Cole, and Peter Cutler; and Pacifica Radio Archives volunteer Curtis Metcalf, for transferring and researching material for this episode.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio listeners.

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FTV 323 Highlights from the San Diego Folk Festival, 1974-77

Posted in Update on July 20th, 2012

Hey, Curtis Metcalf here — we’re gonna have some fun on this edition of From the Vault… When I began volunteering at the Pacifica Radio Archives in 2002, I saw an opportunity to contribute to Pacifica by helping make important programs from Pacifica’s rich broadcast history available to a wide audience. In that first year I discovered a shelf of old recordings from the San Diego Folk Festival that caught my attention– it just so happens that I have a personal interest in many types of folk music, including country blues, 1950?s country western, African and reggae. When I took a closer look at the musicians performing at the San Diego Folk festival I noticed some amazing names like Rose Maddox, Patsy Montana, Lydia Mendoza, and The Balfa Brothers — all names that made me want to take these programs off the shelves and have a good listen. And when I listened, I just knew that I had to share. Today, I’m happy to present some of the songs that would amaze me if I heard them on the radio today… so please – sit back and enjoy this priceless collection of live recordings from thirty years past, courtesy of the Pacifica Radio Archives.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio listeners.

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FTV 322 Songs of the Portuguese Revolution

Posted in Update on July 13th, 2012

In this episode of From the Vault, we revisit the music that was the soundtrack for the 1974 Portuguese revolution though a dynamic soundscape created by master KPFA producer Alan Snitow. In this recording, Snitow weaves interpretations and translations of song lyrics as they related to the events of the Portuguese revolution with the music of Jose Alfonso, Seriogo Godinho, Fausto, and others. O Que Faz Falta(What Still Needs to be Done): The Music of the Portuguese Revolution is engaging musical documentary on fifty years of struggle which triumphed in securing freedom and democracy for the people of Portugal and former Portuguese colonies.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio listeners.

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FTV 321 Cello Master Class with János Starker

Posted in Update on July 6th, 2012

This week on From the Vault we hear an exceptional live recording of Hungarian-American cello virtuoso János Starker made on December 8th, 1971 at WBAI’s ‘church’ studio in New York City. Starker, one of the most recorded, technically-proficient, and innovative cellists for the much of the 20th Century and beyond leads a Master Class, complete with a discussion about the cello (including literature, technique, and style), studio audience participation in the warm-up exercises, and performances of Bach, Handel, and Kodály by Starker and pianist and close friend György Sebök. Originally recorded by David Rapkin and produced by the WBAI Music Department as part of the 1970’s series Free Music Store, this recording took full advantage of the old church’s stone and wood architecture and incredible acoustics to capture the beautiful, timeless magic in Starker and Sebök’s performance.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio listeners.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic archival recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

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