Savannah Music Festival

Airs Thursday, January 28, at 8 p.m. Two of the foremost exponents of old-time music today are multi-instrumentalists Dirk Powell and Riley Baugus, who formed bonds with their grandparents to discover their musical roots stretching back to Scots-Irish ancestors that came to the mountains in the middle of the 18th century. These two men display a vibrant creative energy that crosses a wealth of musical boundaries while remaining grounded in the rural traditions of their heritage.

Airs Thursday, January 21, at 8 p.m. The history of flamenco dates back to 1774 when it first began to appear in literature. With roots from Andalusia and the Romani people from Spain, its format usually involves singers, guitarists, dancers and the iconic sound of hand clapping. Most of the artists performing flamenco come from family traditions, including 33-year old cantora Estrella Morente, heiress to one of Spain's greatest musical dynasties. In this episode, we listen to Estrella Morente's Georgia debut at the 2014 Savannah Music Festival.

Airs Thursday, January 14, at 8 p.m. There are few types of music that can lift you to a higher plane, that can get you close to an out-of-body moment, than Qawwali. Qawwali music is a form of Sufi devotional music popular in south Asia, primarily in the Punjab and Sindh regions of Pakistan, as well as parts of north India and Bangladesh. A musical tradition of more than 700 years, Qawwali first gained mainstream popularity and international exposure through the work of Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Airs Thursday, January 7, at 8 p.m. In demand as both a performer and a composer, Edgar Meyer has formed a role in the music world unlike any other. One of the most remarkable virtuosos in the relatively un-chronicled history of his instrument, Meyer’s technique and musicianship in combination with his gift for composition have brought him to the fore. In this episode, we listen to bassist Edgar Meyer in a variety of performances spanning the past ten years of SMF, including solo, duo, trio and quartet settings across a wide range of musical styles.

Airs Friday, January 1, at 12 noon. Beethoven is generally acknowledged as one of the greatest and most dynamic keyboard virtuosos of his time but Beethoven also took a great interest in the violin, composing ten sonatas for violin and piano. These enduring works have influenced generations of performers and composers and they remain as profound today as when they were premiered in the 19th century. On this edition of the Savannah music festival we take a concert from the spring of 2011 when the festival showcased the complete cycle of sonatas by Beethoven.

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