Friday, December 25, 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Rasputina - Barracuda

Thursday, November 12, 2009

King Crimson "Larks' Tongues In Aspic, p1"

David Cross's violin was basically the thing that made me fall in love with strings in the first place. For me, he's the godfather of violin rock.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Episode 080 - feat. Omar Lopez, Lissa Schneckenburger, Jesse Alejandro & the Big Fatt, and James Kennedy (w. Catherine Lawson)

Lissa Schneckenburger - "The Logger's Boast"
Jesse Alejandro & the Big Fatt - "Baby Bird"
James Kennedy "Down to the River"
Omar Lopez - "Synergy"

Lissa Schneckenburger is a fiddler out of New England - a collaborator with many of the "Republic of Strings" artists. Her latest disc is entitled Song and features many traditional fiddle styles. And a sweet voice that will make you melt.

Jesse Alejandro & the Big Fatt is a large group based in Brooklyn, complete with a horn section and a string section. Their latest disc is called Belly Full of Brains

James Kennedy has been on this program twice before. His rootsy, bluesy guitar-oriented recordings frequently feature the violin of his wife Catherine Lawson, of the few violinists able to hold her own in a blues environment. This tune is from Kennedy's latest disc QED.

Omar Lopez
is a flamenco violinist based in Austin. This new single "Synergy" is a more contemporary take on his usual sound, but compelling nonetheless. He also is the first artist to actually submit a track for this show without me begging for it. He was first featured on Episode 002 of this show.

Thanks everyone!
Mark Allender, producer-host

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

Episode 079 - feat. Quartet San Francisco, Casey Driessen, David Wilson, and Joan Jeanrenaud

Quartet San Francisco - "Crowdambo"
Casey Driessen - "Conversation with Death"/"The Day Before Halloween"
David Wilson - "Make it With You"
Joan Jeanrenaud - "Kaleidoscope"

Hosted by Dean Capper

Quartet San Francisco is a string quartet who really knows how to do the crossover thing right. This piece is a mambo that QSF violinist Jeremy Cohen wrote in honor of Anne Crowden, a teacher from his youth.

Casey Driessen's new album, Oog, is so packed full of good music that I couldn't pick just one track to share, I had to include two in the show. Don't worry, I'm not really cheating, "Conversation with Death" flows right into "The Day Before Halloween," so they seem like only one song. ;)
With all the different instruments and electronic sounds on Oog, these tracks are much more than just another couple of fiddle tunes. By the way, here's a link to his mandotar instrument that I mention in my show commentary.

David Wilson’s Nobody Does it Better is a collection of familiar ballads from the 1960’s and 70’s. This song, “Make it With You,” is a 1970 #1 hit written by the band Bread.

Joan Jeanrenaud made her album Strange Toys with producer Pc Muñoz, whom we can thank for the great beats on "Kaleidoscope." This is by far my favorite track from the album, undoubtetly because it's just so damn cool.

I hope you enjoy the show!

Dean Capper, producer-host

Monday, August 3, 2009

Episode 078 - feat. Anna Schaad, Derrick "DSharp" Gleaton, John Ettinger, and Twrf Neus Ciglau

Anna Schaad - "Jeux dAmore"
DSharp - "Stanky Legg"
John Ettinger "Layers"
Twrf Neus Ciglau - excerpt from 34'18"

Hey all - sort of a trippy show this time around,

Anna Schaad is an electric violinist based in the Seattle area. She has a sort of goth sensibility to her work. She has a new disc out entitled Dream Within a Dream (named after an Edgar Allen Poe poem). This cut is the final tune on that disc.

DSharp is is back for his third appearance on this proram, this time featuring a cut from his new disc, Civilized Savage. This tune is a take on the GS Boyz tune, "Stanky Legg."

John Ettinger is for me a fairly recent discovery, his disc Kissinger In Spacehas gotten a lot of mileage in my car over the past year. This tune is from his new, more experimental disc, Inquatica.

Rounding off the show is an excerpt from an improvisation entitled 34'18" featuring the work of Portugese violinist Ernesto Rodrigues and his son Guilherme Rodrigues. Recorded in Lisbon in December of 2008 and released under the name Twf Neus Ciglau, this piece is very experimental and a fairly challenging listen. That said, I hope you like it as much as I do!

Thank you everyone!

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

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Episode 077 - feat. Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Trepanning Trio, Elias Kahila, and Claremont Trio

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh - "It's All About the Rhythm of Her Toes"
Trepanning Trio - "Seven and Eight"
Elias Kahila - "Break Point"
Claremont Trio - Café Music (composed by Paul Schoenfield)

Hello everyone,
It feels good to be back. We've got a more efficient website, an incredible crew, and some great music.

Starting off the show is Dublin-based fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. With one foot in the Irish tradition and the rest of him wildly creative and innovative, he creates a thoroughly enjoyable sound. This cut is from his latest release, where the one-eyed man is king (note the au courant lower case letters). And I hope I pronounced his name something close to correctly.

Trepanning Trio is a group from my backyard, based for the most part in Cleveland. This group is the brainchild of David Mansbach, a local leader in avant garde music in northeast Ohio. Mansbach has invited fourteen musicians from all over the United States (and Ireland) to record using only classical, traditional and handmade instruments. And one of these musicians is my friend and longtime collaborator, David Badagnani. David appears on this tune playing accordion, oboe, english horn, fiddle and bass viola da gamba. David has also been a longtime fan of this show and has helped me connect with many of the stellar performers that have appeared on it. Considering his support of the program and his virtuosity on virtually every instrument imaginable, it is my pleasure to include his recorded work on this episode. This cut is the lead track from Trepanning Trio's latest recording, The Man Killed the Bird.

Elias Kahila is a cellist based in Jyväskylä, Finland. A relentless innovative performer, his work is all over the internet (check out his YouTube channel). This tune is the title track from his latest release, Break Point. He is able to emulate a credible rock attitude more than most in the rock cello idiom.

Closing out the show is New York's Claremont Trio. With twin sisters Emily (violin) and Julia (cello) Bruskin, augmented with pianist Donna Kwang, the Claremonts are devoted to performing the work of contemporary composers in the piano trio idiom. This piece is by composer Paul Schoenfield, a composer whose work combines exuberance and seriousness, familiarity and originality, lightness and depth. This is from their 2008 recording, American Trios. Enjoy!

Thank you for your continued support!

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

Monday, July 13, 2009

Video Episode 001 - feat. Scott Tixier, Graham Clark and Stephen Grew, Perry Leandro, James Sanders, Miri Ben-Ari

Hello everyone,

Glad to be back -- it has been quite a long absence, but I believe we'll be back and coming on strong for awhile now.

This first video episode of Bowed Radio is produced and hosted by Darrell "D-Funk" Looney, and features the following artists:

Scott Tixier
Graham Clark and Stephen Grew
Perry Leandro
James Sanders
Miri Ben-Ari

More great music to come.

Contact Darrell at


Monday, March 23, 2009

Episode 076 - feat. George Hrab, Jani Lang, Vaughan Jones & Reiad Chibah, House of Cosy Cushions

George Hrab - "How Do You Do"
Jani Lang - "Strathspey Din Bucuresti"
Vaughan Jones and Reiad Chibah - Duo Concertant in C minor Op 4, Mvt 2
House of Cosy Cushions - "Good Old Love"

Hosted by François Génolini

Here are the featured artists in this episode:

Artist: George Hrab
Song: "How Do You do?"
Album: "Coelacanth", 2004
Violin: Orlando Wells, Philip Payton, Viola: Jeffrey Ellenberger, Cello: David Gotay

You can learn more about this song and listen to a guitar arrangement on

Artist: Jani Lang
Set: "Strathspey Din Bucuresti"
Album: "Devil in a Box", 2008

Jani Lang wrote: "I named this set Strathspey din Bucuresti, because we arranged the accompaniment of the first Scottish tune in a very typical Romanian style called hora."

Artist: Vaughan Jones and Reiad Chibah,
Piece from: "Duo Concertant in C minor Op 4 Mvt 2" by Allessandro Rolla "Adagio Ma Non Troppo"
Album: "Spohr, Rolla, Kalliwoda - Works For Violin And Viola", 2008

Vaughan Jones wrote: "Alessandro Rolla was born in Pavia on April 6th, 1757 – he soon revealed himself as an accomplished violinist and viola player and had a successful orchestral career as the principle Violist and then leader of the orchestra in Parma. In 1803, he was appointed conductor of the La Scala orchestra in Milan where he premiered works by Rossini and many other composers. Rolla wrote well over 70 works for the ‘Violin / Viola Duo’ combination – believing that both instruments should be treated as equals and that if the musical ideas in a composition were strong enough, a work could be reduced to just two instruments without any loss of impact. The piece on this disc (his Duo in C minor) – is quite an early work and allows both instruments bursts of intricate passagework.

"We recorded this disc last year having discovered each piece whilst preparing for recitals – as far as we can ascertain, this is the first time this piece by Rolla has been recorded and we’re currently exploring and performing more of his duos. In 2009, we plan to record another disc for string quartet which will feature two quartets by violinist / composer Louis Spohr, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of his death."

Artist: House of Cosy Cushions
Song: "Good Old Love"
Violin: Cora Venus Lunny ( Written by: Richard Bolhuis
Their new album "animal dream" should be available on iTunes soon.

François Génolini
Aberdeen, Scotland, for Bowed Radio

Monday, March 16, 2009

Episode 075 - feat. Alex Mitchell, Off the Deep End, Mads Tolling, Anthony Green

Alex Mitchell - "VioTechno"
Off the Deep End - "Burn Like Tears"
Mads Tolling - "Danish Dessert"
Anthony Green - Chance

Hosted by Dean Capper

Hello, This is my first time hosting Bowed Radio and I am very happy to release this episode to everyone. It has four tunes from great artists whose music I hope others will like as much as I do.

Alex Mitchell is a champion of the loop and delay pedals which this track, "VioTechno," displays quite well. He performs all his compositions solo, using these effects pedals to accompany himself. This is his second time on Bowed Radio, the first time being episode 54 with his piece "Living History." "VioTechno" comes from his 2008 EP, Intercosm.

The California-based band Off the Deep End is a four-piece group with a drummer, guitarist/vocalist, bassist and extraordinary cellist Tina Guo. Guo is only 23 years old but has already amassed an impressive international concert schedule of classical music and a drool-worthy resume of non-classical projects, not the least of which (in my opinion) is starting Off the Deep End. She plays Yamaha Silent Electric Cellos and is endorsed by Carvin (for her amp) and Coffin Case (do Yamaha Silent Electrics really fit in those?).

Mads Tolling is an accomplished violinist and violist. He has played for bassist Stanley Clarke's touring band and the Turtle Island String Quartet since 2003. In 2007, he started his own group, the Mads Tolling Trio, and released their album Speed of Light in 2008. This track, "Danish Dessert," comes from a live performance where the trio is joined by a drummer, making them the Mads Tolling Quartet.

Words from composer Anthony Green about "Chance:"
"Chance" was originally the last movement of a four-movement string quartet, however this movement was composed first. The revisions done in 2007 were executed to make this movement stand alone from the others. It was premiered in Jordan Hall by the Laurel String Quartet, a quartet of students at New England Conservatory, and was recently featured in the "Listen Local" series of the Providence String Quartet. This recording is from its premiere in Jordan Hall by the Laurel String Quartet: Annie Rabbat and Ying Xue (violins), Sarah Darling (viola), and Song-Ie Do (cello).

A little about me: I'm a classically-trained cellist who got tired of playing classical music. Consequently, I've moved to Boston where I attend the Berklee College of Music. I've been learning a lot of cool things that I want to share with other string players, so in addition to doing this podcast, I also maintain a blog about issues that string players who've "gone electric" face. If you're interested, the address is .


Dean Capper, producer-host