26 April 2018

Aby Wolf + Maria Isa - Airs May 2nd

Aby Wolf Live from Minnesota
Although sometimes called Dessa's "secret weapon of harmony," Aby Wolf is a powerhouse in her own right. In this performance at the historic Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing, Wolf explores her rich back catalog alongside more recent work to create a powerful and tightly packaged electro-pop mix. This show was part of the Minnesota Music Coalition's Caravan du Nord. Produced, recorded and mixed by KFAI's Tom Garneau for MinneCulture.

Maria Isa and Los Nativos Live from Minnesota
Born and raised in the Twin Cities to NuyoRican parents, singer-songwriter Maria Isa celebrates her cultural diversity through music alongside political activism. Los Nativos formed in 1996 and was one of the original groups in Rhymesayers Entertainment. The St. Paul duo produce music with a conscious message, integrating hip-hop, jazz, and funk with tejano, mariachi, and salsa to deliver a style all their own. Producer Daniel Zamzow caught the acts performing on May 3rd, 2012 at Conga Latin Bistro for its annual Cinco de Mayo celebration.

19 April 2018

Prize Poetry - Airs April 25th

As I Have Gone Alone In There from Everything Is Stories
For National Poetry Month we'll learn about a man who has hidden a treasure and only given clues to where it may be found in his self-penned poetry and proseForrest Fenn is someone who makes his own adventure. After surviving cancer, this dealer of antique luxuries hid a chest filled with gold coins, gold dust, gold nuggets, rubies, and other riches said to be valued over one million dollars. Forrest is interviewed at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he shares memories of his childhood, experiences as fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, and what exactly made him want to create this strange puzzle prize. Local friends and treasure hunters also describe their encounters with Fenn and ideas of where the fortune may be found.

17 April 2018

Wised Up - Airs April 18th

A Wise Guy's Tale of Crime and Redemption from The Signal
We'll trace one man's journey into an underworld of organized crime, and his subsequent attempt to escape it. At one time in his life, Baltimorean Charlie Wilhelm was a loan shark, a drug dealer, and a bookmaker. He raked in ten thousand dollars a week, cash. But when he was ordered to murder two friends, he took himself (and all of his information) to the FBI. Wilhelm turned informant, wearing a wire and later testifying against his former partners in crime, putting them behind bars for years to come. Interviewed by Aaron Henkin, we'll meet Charlie and hear his reflections on crime, loyalty, and redemption. Wilhelm's book Wised Up: A Reformed Mobster's Confessional Memoir was just released as an updated Second Edition. 
"If we'd have just taken one small fraction of our brain and used it legitimately, God knows where we would have been today. We wouldn't have to worry about no police, no FBI agents. There wouldn't be any of this..." - Charlie Wilhelm

09 April 2018

Catching Up with the Minneculture Podcast - Airs April 11th

The Minneculture Podcast from KFAI 
Let's all listen to more episodes of the MinneCulture Podcast! We are going to air the last 4 installments from the bi-weekly series as they prepare to launch their second season. MinneCulture features the best arts, culture, and history reporting from KFAI. In these episodes, we'll cover demolition lawn mower derbys, mosquito control, vigilante bikers (as in bicyclists), both rogue potters and plate breakers, backyard chicken coops, plus the professional wrestling scene in Minnesota -- so hold on tight! Our show will feature work by independent producers: Britt Aamodt, Xan Holston, Graison Hensley ChapmanSophie Nikitasand Todd MelbyMinneCulture is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. You can hear more stories from MinneCulture at their Soundcloud page and download all of Series One of the MinneCulture podcast NOW on both iTunes and Stitcher.

04 April 2018

Sufi Melange + Casey O’Brien - Airs April 4th

Sufi Melange Live from Minnesota 
First we'll hear a performance of poetry sung by North Indian classical vocalist Dr. Pooja Goswami Pavan. Her original arrangements feature instruments both traditional like tabla, dholak, bouzouki, and also contemporary, like acoustic guitar, electric bass, and keyboard. An English translation of the text is provided by a narrator before each tune. Produced by Daniel Zamzow for MinneCulture, this presentation features excerpts from the 2015 concert at Normandale Community College in Bloomington as well as perspectives by members of the ensemble. Additional performers are: Greg Herriges on bouzouki and guitar, Tushar Ahmed on bass as well as guitar, Vinod Krishnan at the keys, percussion and dholak played by Abhinav Sharma, Dr. A. Pavan on Tabla, with Dipankar Mukherjee providing narration. Special thanks to Joy Islam for his engineering work.

Casey O’Brien Live from Minnesota 
As a composer and bassist from Saint Paul, Casey O'Brien has collaborated with Eyedea, Sonny Knight, PaviElle, Mina Moore, and is a member of the house band for record label Secret Stash. We'll hear O’Brien embarking on several deep harmonic tangents and showcasing original compositions from his album Ghost Dance in this concert taken from the rich and vast MinneCulture archives. His own quartet features Nathan Hanson on saxophones, Ted Godbout on keys, Davu Seru on drums, and O’Brien himself on bass. Their performance was captured by Daniel Zamzow for KFAI on May 13th, 2015 at Jazz Central Studios in Southeast Minneapolis.