Airs Thursday, July 11 at 8 p.m. Throughout a lifetime of performing and composing, Edgar Meyer has turned the double bass into a modern virtuoso instrument that is equally at home in classical music and in the American vernacular. Mandolin master Mike Marshall has been blending genres in acoustic music for more than 30 years, performing and recording with players in bluegrass, classical, jazz and Brazilian music - so it's no surprise that Marshall and Meyer have developed a fully realized concept of the mandolin/bass duo, presenting a repertoire that spans the globe. Tune in for highlights from their 2012 performance in the Charles H. Morris Center at the 2012 Savannah Music Festival.
Air Thursday, July 4 at 8 p.m. Back in the 1930s, a group of related Pentecostal churches developed an African-American gospel music tradition known as sacred steel. The steel guitar was embraced in worship services in place of the traditional organ. This new instrument was met with great enthusiasm by musicians, many of whom made recordings in the 40s and 50s. Since then, sacred steel has flourished in churches across America, and the tradition continues to be vital and alive today. Tune in for a 2012 Savannah Music Festival performance by one of the foremost exponents of the sacred steel tradition, The Campbell Brothers.
Airs Thursday, June 27 at 8 p.m. Every now and then a musician comes along with an artistic conception that is so original, he/she is incapable of sounding like anyone else. Such is the case with all great artists, but at age 30, Chris Thile has become one of the most unique American musicians of our time. Tune in for excerpts from a solo performance by Mr. Thile at the 2012 Savannah Music Festival, where he wove Bach's G minor sonata into a unique collection of covers (including Josh Ritter and Fiona Apple songs) and original music in a free spirited and masterful performance.
Airs Thursday, June 20 at 8 p.m. Philadelphia has been the birthplace of many great jazz musicians, including many masters of jazz. By the late 1920s, players such as Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti had put Phillip on the jazz map, followed later by Stan Getz and a jazz scene in the 1950s that would include the Heath Brothers, Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown, John Coltrane, Benny Golson and Philly Joe Jones, just to name a few. One local kid who fell in love with jazz while still in high school and gradually made a name for himself is none other than pianist Kenny Barron, who at age 68, is playing his finest music ever. Tune in to hear a 2012 solo recital given by Mr. Barron at the Savannah Music Festival.
Airs Thursday, June 13 at 8 p.m. Old-time American music has always resided comfortably next to classic country, folk and bluegrass. Fans of these styles have always known they can count on a superb blend of them when listening to Tim O'Brien, who has spent the last three decades expanding the possibilities of acoustic music. In 2011, Tim O'Brien brought an all-star quartet to the Savannah Music Festival, featuring Bryan Sutton on guitar, Stuart Duncan on fiddle and Mike Bub on bass. Tune in to hear excerpts from their three exceptional 2011 sets in Savannah.