Monday, October 15, 2007

Episode 045 - feat. Zach Brock, Sophie Serafino, Jeff Shippy and Matt Gray, Ben Heaney

Zach Brock and the Coffee Achievers - "Now I Know"
Sophie Serafino - "Summertime"
Jeff Shippy and Matt Gray - "Old Joe Clark"
Ben Heaney - excerpt from "Dust Blower"

Hosted from the New Madrid Bend

Hello kids,

This week finds me in the New Madrid Bend. I found myself with an open weekend - and I have wanted to see this place for some time. So I went out there to shoot some pictures, record the show, and see what exactly goes on there. For the uninitiated, the New Madrid Bend is a small hunk of land at the western end of Kentucky - physically separated from the rest of the state by the Mississippi River and a small finger of Missouri. A very peaceful place.

Zach Brock is a jazz violinist from New York City. He has released a new disc entitled Live At the Jazz Factory with his band The Coffee Achievers - and I have to say I haven't been able to stop playing the thing. This is the opening track from that disc.

Australian violinist Sofie Serafino appeared earlier on Episode 012 of this program. She dips her toes into many different styles including electronica and jazz. She appears on this show with a recording of Gershwin's "Summertime."

Jeff Shippy and Matt Gray are a pair of musicians from Portland Oregon. They have played together in several bands - notably one called Mollybloom. Jeff is the current reigning Oregon state fiddle champion and Matt is the reigning Oregon state banjo champion.

Closing up the show is another repeat guest, Ben Heaney - an experimental violinist from the UK and the first electric violinist in the UK to be invited to advertise in the British & International Music Year Book and in Classical Music Magazine. His work plays predominantly with tone and texture over melody. Challenging and breathtaking.

Check out my photo gallery The New Madrid Bend.

Thanks everybody! Take care!

Mark Allender, producer-host
phone: 330-781-4387
skype: mark.allender

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