WMM Playlist from May 18, 2022 – Celebrating Folk Alliance International

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Music from Folk Alliance International Conference + Julia Othmer + Nilko Andreas + Mikal Shapiro & KC Folk Fest

We dedicate our show to the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 at the Kansas City – Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. and The Kansas City Folk Festival, Sunday, May 22, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at Washington Square Park. More info at http://www.folk.org and http://www.KansasCityFolkFestival.org

  1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
    from: Orig. Motion Picture Soundtrack All That Jazz / Casablanca / December 20, 1979
    [WMM’s Adopted Theme Song]
  1. Raye Zaragoza & Viv Parker – “Lost With You”
    from: Lost With You – Single / Rebel River Records / March 9, 2022
    [Raye Zaragoza was born and raised in Manhattan and moved to LA at the age of fourteen. Her mother is an immigrant from Japan and her father is of Mexican and Native American heritage. At age 6, Raye sang “You Can’t Get A Man with a Gun” from Annie Get Your Gun on national television when her father was playing Chief Sitting Bull on Broadway. She became involved in school musicals, started playing guitar at age 12, and started writing songs in her late teens. Zaragoza released her debut EP Heroine in 2015. She started to gain national attention in 2016 with the song “In The River,” protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Raye and her brother made a video for “In The River” that included facts about Standing Rock and it received 100,000 views overnight. The song was awarded the Global Music Awards’ 2017 Heretic Award for Protest/Activist Music and the Honesty Oscars’ award for Best Song. In 2017, she independently released her debut album Fight For You. Multiple songs on Fight For You address the Dakota Access Pipeline. “Driving to Standing Rock” portrays the power of protest, specifically of the NoDAPL movement. The song “American Dream” was written in reaction to Donald Trump’s election. The album also includes love songs and songs about NYC. She cites Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Joan Baez as influences. Raye Zaragoza released Raye Zaragoza Live at Rockwood Music Hall – EP on January 25, 2019. Raye Zaragoza released WOMAN IN COLOR on October 23, 2020 on Rebel River Records.]

[Raye Zaragoza is a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist – Performing Online, Thursday, May 19, at 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM atOnline Virtual Showcase participating the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 in Kansas City, at Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. May 18 – May 22. More info at http://www.folk.org]

  1. Making Movies – “Porcelina (feat: Tennis)”
    from: “Porcelina” – Single / 3/2 Recordings / May 17, 2022
    [ The new single features Tennis, singing in Spanish. The single is from the up coming Making Movies album, XOPA and was recorded in Memphis, produced by Ben Yonas and mixed by Tchad Blake. More info at: http://www.makingmovies.world. Follow up to the single “Sala De Los Pecadores” on April 13, 2022 Making Movies released the single “Calor” on March 11, 2022. Making Movies is a Kansas City based 4-piece band and made up of : Enrique Chi on guitar and lead vocals; Diego Chi on bass & vocals; Juan-Carlos Chaurand on percussion & keyboards; and Duncan Burnett on drums. The band draws their influences from the origins of their families: Santiago, Panama, and KC Missouri, and Guadalajara, Mexico. Making Movies released the 5-song EP, EN VIVO (SIN APLAUSO) on February 4, 2022. Prior to that, Making Movies released the 6-track EP BORING BITS, on May 7, 2021, which includes their single “La Marcha.” On February 5, the band released a sneak peek of the new music they’ve been working on. The 7-song, La Cuarentena EP includes a brand new version of the first Making Movies song, “La Marcha” and the lullaby “Could You?” (both mixed by Jim Eno of Spoon and tracked at Memphis Magnetic studio), and the love ballad “Una Vida.” The EP was ranked #25 inWMM’s 120 Best Recordings of 2021. The EP also includes: covers of Talking Heads and Tears for Fears classics, plus bonus live acoustic tracks. This EP was made available on BandCamp for only three days on February 5 through February 7, 2021. Since then it has been made private, an is not available anywhere. Making Movies released their single “Could You” on January 12, 2021. About “Could You” lead singer Enrique Javier Chi wrote, “I was thinking about what to share for “Could You?” and I just go back to the fact that Memphis is a profound place… it is a place where you can feel what America truly is and where it comes from. I think you see and feel the reality that so much of this nation was built from exploiting people. You can see that our pop culture is driven by the Black community and yet that community is still the most oppressed in the nation. Things are still so messed up. // Memphis is the place where Elvis started singing black music with a country twang and where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot. It’s a beautiful place, it’s a charming place, it feels at times downtrodden and it’s a place that reminds me of home (both KC and Panamá in different ways. Our experiences going to Memphis gave us the context to create “Could You?” It was filmed originally for AMERI’KANA TV..” Making Movies released their critically acclaimed album ameri’kana through 3/2 Recordings on May 24, 2019. This was #1 on WMM’s 119 Best Recordings of 2019. Produced by Steve Berlin and Ben Yonas. The notes for this album read: “ameri’kana is a canary in a coal mine, the watchman at the tower. It is a desire to remember where we come from and assure that we better ourselves in every step along our journey. Every chapter is an example, a reason to not be silent and not accept corrupt leaders as something inevitable. ameri’kana is based on faith, faith that every person on this continent carries within themselves the ability to grow, to awaken their consciousness and merits of the same rights. We were accomplices to get ourselves to this point so we will have to be accomplices in the solutions.” This was the band’s follow up release to their critically acclaimed, I Am Another You, released May 26, 2017. The quartet has toured with Arcade Fire, Thievery Corporation, Cold War Kids, Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Tennis, Sergio Mendoza of Calexico, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Hurray for the Riff Raff. Enrique Chi joined WMM on May 19, 2021. ]

[Making Movies are a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist – Performing Online, Thursday, May 19, at 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Century C in Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. for the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 in Kansas City, at Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. May 18 – May 22. More info at http://www.folk.org]

  1. Rebolu – “Con Este Fandango (With This Fandango)”
    from: Mi Herencia (My Heritage) / Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / May 13, 2022
    [Rebolu is an outstanding Afro-Colombian musical ensemble comprised of the USA’s finest ex-pat Colombian musicians. With their mix of Gaita, Tambora, Chalupa, and Bullerengue rhythms – along with modern Cumbia and Salsa – The group takes on the rich musical traditions of their ancestors; the afro-descendants of Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Moris Canate, (master folkloric percussionist), and later on Johanna Castaneda (Vocalist/musician) to promote the rich musical traditions of their ancestors; the afro-descendants of Colombia’s Caribbean coast. They believe that these folkloric traditions should continually evolve over time and with the ideas of new generations of folklorists. This belief is surely reflected in their music. The original compositions of Ronald Polo forge new paths for Colombian music while respectfully remaining faithful to its ancestral roots. In the process, they create a truly unique musical and cultural experience. From traditional songs to original compositions, the entirely of Rebolu’s repertoire is loaded with energy, history and danceability. Their unique reinterpretations of traditional Afro-Colombian rhythms such as Gaita, Tambora, Chalupa and Bullerengue, among others, make it extremely well suited not only for festivals and cultural events but also for nightclubs. more info at: https://gruporebolu.com%5D

[Rebolu are a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist – Performing Saturday, May 21, at 5:15 PM to 5:45 PM at Century C in Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. for the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 in Kansas City, at Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. May 18 – May 22. More info at http://www.folk.org]

  1. Mehuman – “Ticket”
    from: Beautiful Ashes / Mehuman Music / March 29, 2019
    [From Westbrook, Maine, United States, Mehuman (pronounced ‘May-mon’) is an artist whose signature sound, ‘folk hop for hip folk’, evokes authenticity and honesty in blueness and groove. Navigating the emotional maps of the most soul-felt Americana music, Mehuman, keens evocative stories of life, love, liberty, and loss that are bittersweet and true. As a global citizen, touring and traveling around the world, Mehuman weaves life experiences into well crafted musical accounts that relieve and revive the listener with the melodic medicine of hope and grace. Inspired by an array of genres including gospel, blue, folk and jazz, Mehuman transparently displays her heart with every word and every note, resulting in soaring melodies and guileless lyrics. ​With a life journey as vibrant as her music, the former Arista Record’s artist is a multi – award-winning SESAC songwriter, who has shared stages with Norah Jones, Rufus Wainwright, The Verve, OURS, Ruthie Foster, King Kyoti, Laurie Jones, and many more.]

[Mehuman is a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist – Performing Thursday, May 19, at 7:45 PM to 8:15 PM in the Garden Terrace in Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. for the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 in Kansas City, at Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. May 18 – May 22. More info at http://www.folk.org]

  1. Willi Carlisle – “Tulsa’s Last Magician”
    from: Peculiar, Missouri / Free Dirt Records / July 15, 2022
    [Willi Carlisle writes, “Can you tell that “Peculiar, Missouri” is a dumb pun? It’s also a town I’ve driven through a lot as an angry young man. Frankly, I’ve been an angry young man for 32 years. It’s taken me a long time to see that the world is not an enemy. This record is a product of the years I’ve been working on that. For years I’ve been mad: mad at art, mad at capitalism, mad at queerness, mad at love, mad at people. We create our own little corner of the Ozarks to do our weird suffering in. But what love demands of us that we grow. Even if we must grow apart. Even if we’re hurting. It requires that we be responsible for our own little suffering. // Yeah, the world and the people in it are our allies, and I’ve come to learn that consciousness itself wants to raise us into our most honest expression. The universe has a way of making you show your work, of making you prove the intellectual conclusions that you’ve come to. In this forthcoming record, I’ve come to the conclusion that we are all worthy of being loved. 12 songs or so explore that. // I made no compromises in this record. It literally has all of the leaps of faith, difficult moments, and genre-agnosticisms that best represent where I’m at in my musical life. It owes a ton to Ozark folksingers and old-time musicians, and other artists who have helped me figure out how to navigate the world. // I can’t overstate how much this work has become my family, my dream and my constant joy. Holding it together and pushing it forward has been the source of my greatest relief, fastest growth. I hope you’ll stick with me, friends, because I’m in it for the long haul, mistakes and all.” Willi Carlisle is an “Ozark renaissance folklorist” who writes “brilliant, slice of life Americana.” (Sing Out!Magazine) A theatre artist, folksinger, poet, and square-dance caller, Willi received a BA from Knox College in Creative Writing and Performance Studies, and an MFA in Poetry at the University of Arkansas. His work has appeared in The Journal of American Folklore, The Midwest Review, and elsewhere. Willi is a co-leader of the Fayetteville Old-time Music and Dance Society and a company member with the Artist’s Laboratory Theater. His debut EP, “Too Nice to Mean Much,” is available at http://www.willicarlisle.com Willi Carlisle was our guest on WMM on July 26, 2017.]

[Willi Carlisle is a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist – Performing Thursday, May 19, at 4:45 PM to 5:15 PM in Pershing East/West in Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. for the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 in Kansas City, at Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. May 18 – May 22. More info at http://www.folk.org]

  1. The Burney Sisters – “Can’t Look Past Your Door (Single)”
    from: Can’t Look Past Your Door (Single) / BBS Productions / May 6, 2022
    [From Columbia, Missouri, The Burney Sisters, comprised of sisters Olivia-16, Emma-13, and recently joined 11-year-old sister Bella , create music with a maturity and emotional intelligence that belies their age. Olivia and Emma write keen and knowing songs while arranging for multiple instruments and structuring unique and resonant harmonies. The result—personal and penetrating music that both connects with and captivates the listener. Their soul nurturing sibling harmonies and tunes are reminiscent of The Avett Brothers, First Aid Kit, Indigo Girls, The Staves, and The Wild Reeds. More info at: http://www.theburneysisters.com]

[The Burney Sisters are a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist – Performing Thursday, May 19, at 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM in Roanoke Room, in Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. for the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 in Kansas City, at Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. May 18 – May 22. Info: http://www.folk.org]

10:31 – Underwriting

  1. Julia Othmer – “Blackbird”
    from: SEEDS, Volume 2 (LIVE) / Frickin’ Awesome Records / March 20, 2021
    [This is Julia’s 4th full length and contains 10 live songs selected from her 30-day Songs of September Project, where Julia performed live covers of her favorite songs of protest and hope, broadcast through streaming social platforms to inspire people to vote on November 3. Julia’s fans democratically selected their favorite tracks to be included on SEEDS. Julia Othmer released “Sound,” on April 12, 2019, her second album, that took 3 years to complete, and was produced with James Lundie, who also married Julia in January of 2016, during the completion of the record. Julia Othmer, is a graduate of Park Hill High School. She moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to record her 1st full-length album, “Oasis Motel.” In 2018 to 2019 Julia Othmer toured with and opened for The Alarm in US show and shows in the United Kingdom. When Julia Othmer is in Kansas City she plays with Johnny Hamil on bass, Chris Tady on guitar, John Floyd Whitaker on drums. More info at http://www.juliaothmer.com. Julia Othmer was our guest on WMM on September 1, 2021 and March 9, 2022.]

[Julia Othmer is a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist – Performing Thursday, May 19, at 4:45 PM to 5:15 PM in Roanoke Room in Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. for the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 in Kansas City, at Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. May 18 – May 22. More info at http://www.folk.org]

10:36 – Interview With Julia Othmer

Julia Othmer is a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist who is performing in the Kansas City Westin Crown Center Hotel, Thursday, May 19, in the Roanoke Room, 4:45 PM to 5:15 PM. In 2021 Julia was one of seven artists selected to represent the USA for Global Music Match 2021. Othmer’s music is vibrant and emotionally potent. The child of European refugees, she draws from a broad and richly cultured palette of experience to create her intensely human yet otherworldly songs. Her piano-driven performances are a mesmerizing and superconscious fusion of raw power, vocal artistry and joy. In 2021 Julia released SEEDS VOLUME 2, her 4th album with live recordings from her 30-day “Songs of September Project”, where Julia covered songs of protest & hope, to inspire people to vote. In 2020, Julia released SEEDS VOLUME 1. Julia Othmer released “Sound,” on April 12, 2019, her second album produced with James Lundie, who became Julia’s husband in 2016. Info at: http://www.juliaothmer.com.

Julia Othmer thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

James Lundie and Julia Othmer

Julia Othmer is a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist who is performing in the Kansas City Westin Crown Center Hotel, Thursday, May 19, in the Roanoke Room, 4:45 PM to 5:15 PM.

Congratulations on being a 2022 Folk Alliance International Offical Showcase Artist.

Julia Othmer just recently completed training through the Artist Inc program.

Julia Othmer Shows:

MAY 19 – Official Showcase – Folk Alliance International Conference on Thursday, May 19 at 4:45 PM to 5:15 PM, Roanoke Room, F.A. International Conference

MAY 25 – Dragonfly Music Festival Launch Party, Wednesday, May 25 @at 7:00 PM Mary Fisher Theatre, Sedona, AZ — “THE PIANO-PLAYING SONGSTRESS WITH SPECIAL GUEST – Come see one of the most charasmatic performers today! Julia Othmer is a talent rarely seen .Come see Julia in this beautiful intimate venue. Capacity is only 110 and will sell out quickly. Doors at 6:30 PM. Our opener to be announced will begin at 7 PM followed by Julia at 7:35 PM.The first 2 rows will be VIP seating. Tickets will be $40 for VIP and $30 for general admission seating. This is an incredibly acoustic room. Seeing is believing.”

MAY 27 – Dragonfly Music Fest, Fri, May 27 at Sedona Creative Life Center, Sedona, AZ

MAY 28 – Pianotastic – Dragonfly Music Festival – Piano, Saturday, May 28 ay 8:00 PM Sedona Performing Arts Center, Sedona, AZ (sharing the stage with two phenomenal musicians – Brockett Parsons – inventor of the PianoArc, singer/songwriter, and member of Lady Gaga’s touring band Henri Herbert – he plays piano like NOONE else – just trust me on this Get ready to swoon with these amazing people and many special guests

JUNE 10 – Benefit for Ukraine, Friday, Jun 10 at 6:00 PM at Lemonade Park, KC, MO. lemonadeparkkc.com/tickets – Kansas City area artists are coming together at Lemonade Park to raise humanitarian aid for the people of Ukraine and stand in solidarity with peace and resolution. The evening will include live music, spoken word, dance, improvisation, poetry-on-demand, and a curated gallery of visual art projected on a screen between performances. The line-up of artists includes Julia Othmer, Ivory Blue, Havilah Bruders, Johnny Hamil, Courtney Collado, spoken word artist José Faus, Poet-on-Demand Elizabeth Howard, Jessica Ayala. More artists will be announced! // Between the live performances, we will be showcasing a curated virtual gallery of visual artists who contributed work that addresses peace, resolution, hope, and healing. // To submit work, please click here: https://bit.ly/UkraineArtSubmissions. Deadline is May 31. // A complete gallery of all visual arts submissions will be available, via a virtual gallery. The virtual gallery will include links to artists pages (websites, social, etc.) and a purchase price (if applicable) // The evening is hosted by Julia Othmer of Frickin’ Awesome Industries and InterUrban ArtHouse and our many artist collaborators.

Julia Othmer is a “captivating” piano-playing singer/songwriter known for her energetic live performances. Passionate and engaging, Othmer creates intimate warmth with her audiences. Using music to connect to people and social issues inspires her.
For more info: juliaothmer.com/

Julia, Since her album “Sound” all of your following releases SEEDS VOLUME 1 and SEEDS VOLUME 2 have been produced with your husband James Lundie. The two of you have become musical collaborators.

Julia Othmer is a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist – Performing Thursday, May 19, at 4:45 PM to 5:15 PM in Roanoke Room in Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. for the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 in Kansas City.

Julia Othmer thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Julia recently participated in Global Music Match that included 78 artists, from 17 countries who were divided into 14 groups. Julia covered a song from each artist in her team, and collaborated with Jessica Pearson and East Wind from Ottawa, Canada. For more info: juliaothmer.com/

James Lundie and Julia Othmer on the May 18, 2022 Edition of Wednesday Midday Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

10:55

  1. Julia Othmer – “Homeward (feat. Jessica Pearson and the East Wind)”
    from: Homeward (feat. Jessica Pearson and the East Wind) – Single / Fricken’ Awesome Records / August 29, 2021 (Unreleased)
    [Part of Folk Alliance International’s Global Music Match that included 78 artists, from 17 countries who were divided into 14 groups. Julia covered a song from each artist in her team, and collaborated with Jessica Pearson and East Wind from Ottawa, Canada. This year Julia released SEEDS VOLUME 2, her 4th album with live recordings from her 30-day “Songs of September Project”, where Julia covered songs of protest & hope, to inspire people to vote. From those songs Julia’s fans democratically selected their favorite tracks to be released together on “Seeds.” In 2020 Julia released SEEDS VOLUME 1. Julia Othmer released “Sound,” on April 12, 2019, her second album, that took 3 years to complete, and was produced with James Lundie, who also married Julia in January of 2016, during the completion of the record. Julia Othmer, is a graduate of Park Hill High School. Julia moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to record her 1st album, OASIS MOTEL. In 2018 and 2019 Julia toured with The Alarm in U.S. and United Kingdom. More info at: http://www.juliaothmer.com.]

[Julia Othmer is a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist – Performing Thursday, May 19, at 4:45 PM to 5:15 PM in Roanoke Room in Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. for the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 in Kansas City.]

[Jessica Pearson and the East Wind is a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist – Performing Thursday, May 19, at 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM in Garden Terrace in Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. for the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 in Kansas City.]

11:00 – Station ID

  1. Ensemble Iberica – “Chullpara (feat. Beau Bledsoe & Amado Espinoza)”
    from: Enigmática (feat. Beau Bledsoe) / Tzigane Music / July 20, 2020
    [Before the release of Enigmática, in 2019 Ensemble Iberica released two different volumes of live recordings. Kansas City based Ensemble Ibérica performs the music of Iberia (Spain and Portugal) and their former colonies. Programs explore diverse time periods, styles and locations including the Spanish Baroque, Portuguese Fado and Argentine Tango. Ensemble Ibérica features extraordinary musicians from classical, jazz and urban folk music traditions giving the audience something that is truly unique. Band Members include: Beau Bledsoe, Victoria Botero, Karim Memi, Rich Wheeler, Brandon Draper, Victor Penniman, Jeff Harshbarger, Jordan Shipley, and Michael McClintock. Live Recordings (Vol 1) features highlights from our 2015 and 2016 Concert Series. Ensemble Iberica records every concert, and this collection was edited down from approximately fifty hours of recordings in concert halls, theaters, and intimate clubs. The energy and mutual engagement between musicians and a live audience is an irreplaceable experience for all involved. This spontaneous dynamic allows a musician to embrace an unscripted accident or to extend an improvisation into unimagined territory. A live recording can transmit these aspects of performance much more than a studio recording can ever attain. Performers include: Nathalie Pires on vocals, Mireya Ramos on vocals & violin, Shae Fiol on vocals, Bruno Bessa on vocals, Victoria Botero on soprano, Fedra Cooper Barrera on vocals, Beau Bledsoe on guitar, Michael McClintock on guitar, Jeff Freling on guitar, Jordan Shipley on guitar, Rod Fleeman on guitar, Clarke Wyatt on banjo, Victor Penniman on viola da gamba, Christian Fatu on violin, Betse Ellis on fiddle & vocals, Norma Pacheco O’Neil on castanets, Amado Espinoza on charango, flutes & percussion, Brandon Draper on percussion, John Currey on percussion, Pat Conway on percussion, Zsolt Eder on violin, Rich Wheeler on Saxophone, Jeff Harshbarger on bass, Dominique Sanders on bass, Pedro Pimentel on bass, Hermon Mehari on trumpet, Mark Strozier on flute. More info at: http://www.ensembleiberica.org]

[Ensemble Iberica is a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist – Performing Friday, May 20, at 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM in Century C in Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. for the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 in Kansas City.]

11:04 – Interview with Nilko Andreas

Nilko Andreas jis a Colombian/American classical guitarist & composer Nilko Andreas Guarin has been praised as an “electrifying performer for his powerful stage presence and spontaneity that grows irresistible.” Since his Carnegie Hall debut in 2009 Nilko Andreas has been captivating audiences in over fifteen countries and three continents.

While in KC for the Folk Alliance International Conference Nilko Andreas performs with Slim Hanson & The Poor Choices on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00 PM at The Ship, 1221 Union Ave.

Nilko Andreas performs a Private Showcase at Folk Alliance International Conference with Beau Bledsoe & Amado Espinoza on Wednesday, May 18, at 11:00 PM at Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd.

Nilko Andreas performs at Folk Alliance International Conference with Beau Bledsoe & Amado Espinoza on Saturday, May 21, at 7:00 PM at Westin Crown Center Hotel,

Nilko Andreas & Friends perform at Kansas City Folk Fest on Sunday, May 22, at 5:00 PM. Info at: http://www.nilkoandreas.com

Nilko Andreas Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Colombian/American Classical Guitarist and Composer Nilko Andreas Guarin has been praised as an “electrifying performer for his powerful stage presence and spontaneity that grows irresistible” Backstage New York. Since his Carnegie hall debut in 2009 Nilko Andreas has been captivating audiences in over fifteen countries and three continents as a soloist, Composer and chamber musician performing on such prestigious stages as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Wildthurn Castle in Germany, The Strathmore Hall In Bethesda, Jay Priztker Pavilion in Chicago, Adolfo Mejia Theater in Cartagena, Museum of fine arts in Houston TX, Gandhi Hall in Geneve, Switzerland Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Palacio Foz in Portugal, Unesco Concert Hall in Paris, Surabaya concert Hall In Indonesia, Shenzhen Symphony Hall in China , Museo Belber Gimenez in Oaxaca, Mexico, among others. Recipient of many international awards including the “Recognition award” by the city of New York for his contributions to the Arts. Mr.Guarin has appeared as soloist with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Shenzhen Symphonic orchestra of China, , Surabaya Symphony orchestra in Indonesia, the “Mariuccia Iacovino” orchestra and Barra Mansa orchestra from Brazil, The Baja California Orchestra in Mexico, The Azlo Orchestra, Tactus contemporary ensemble, The New York Chamber Ensemble The rebow ensemble of NY, The metro Orchestra in NY, the WHCO among others.

He has participated in renowned international festivals as Cooperstown Music festival, Vale do Café and Festival do Inverno do Petropolis in Brazil, The Mannes Guitar seminar and Long Island Guitar Festival in NY, “Wildthurn” in Munich, Germany, “Moment Musicaux” in Normandie, France, Festival EAFIT in Medellin, Colombia. He has worked with prominent composers including Alba Potes, “Prix de Rome” winner Juan Pablo Carreno, Kevin Purcell, Juan Pablo Contreras, Ricardo Calderoni, Reinaldo Moya, Francisco Zumaque, Juan Calderon and Ricardo Llorca, Francisco Zumaque. and with conductors such as Bartholomeus Van de Velde, Solomon Tong, David Gilbert, Vince Lee, Michel Adelson, Laurine Fox, Alondra de la Parra, Chris Whittaker and Eduardo Garcia Barrios, Nilko Andreas has appeared with Time Warner TV, RCN TV, Univision 41, Fox News, Cuny TV, HJUT, “W” Radio in Colombia and WQXR in New York. He has recorded with Multiplatinum Artists.

Born in Colombia Nilko Andreas has great interest for the composers of Latin America, constantly commissioning and premiering new works. He premiered at Carnegie Hall “Tukanos” Concerto for guitar and orchestra by Alba Potes and Ricardo Calderoni’s “Concerto Chamaleon” as part as the “Amazonas Series” a concert series that promotes Music from Latin-America.

He began playing Cello at the age of five at the National Conservatory of Music in Bogota, he holds a BM and a Master of Music degree from The Manhattan school of Music in NY where he graduated on Classical Guitar, Composition and orchestral conducting.

An accomplished educator, Nilko Andreas has given master classes and conferences on Classical Music at distinguished universities such as Columbia University, the Mannes College of Music in New York, NYU, The Berkley School of Music, the French Alliance in Cartagena Universidad del Norte and Bellas Artes in Barranquilla, the Eafit University In Colombia. Campos dos Goytacases in Brazil, And Redes 2025 in Tijuana , Mexico. Among others.

As a composer, Nilko Andreas has written music for independent films, theatre, Dance and solo artists. His score for silent film “Pancho Villa’s Revenge” was celebrated at the world-renowned Flaherty Film Seminar. His collaboration with award-winning theatre group Artificio, in Federico García Lorca’s “The Butterfly’s Evil Spell”, won him several honors, awards and rave reviews. Recently he was comissioned by Mordance to write a piece for chamber ensemble that was premiered in NY at the Sheen Center to great reviews.

“Nilko Andreas is a gifted Musician, and a great performer”.- Rafael Puyana, Paris 2009

11:12

  1. Nilko Andeas – “Bambuco” performed LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios
    (“Bambuco” is written by Adolfo Mejía of Columbia)

11:16

We are talking with Nilko Andreas a Colombian/American classical guitarist & composer Nilko Andreas Guarin has been praised as an “electrifying performer for his powerful stage presence and spontaneity that grows irresistible.” Since his Carnegie Hall debut in 2009 Nilko Andreas has been captivating audiences in over fifteen countries and three continents.

Nilko Andreas has been living in Kansas City for a month collaborating with Beau Bledsoe and Amado Espinoza.

Nilko’s life-partner Liz Chidester is a singer, songwriter, actor, and teaching artist who is currently playing the role of The Old Woman in the Kansas City Repertory Theatre production of “The Old Man and The Old Moon” playing through May 22, 2022.

11:20

  1. Nilko Andeas – “Tonada del Cabrestero” performed LIVE in our 90.1 FM Studios
    (“Tonada del Cabrestero” is written by Simon Diaz of Venezuela)

11:23

While in KC for the Folk Alliance International Conference Nilko Andreas performs with “The Poor Choices” on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00 PM at The Ship, 1221 Union Ave.

Nilko Andreas performs at Folk Alliance International Conference on Wednesday, May 18, at 11:00 PM at Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd.

Nilko Andreas performs at Folk Alliance International Conference with Beau Bledsoe & Amado Espinoza on Saturday, May 21, at 7:00 PM at Westin Crown Center Hotel,

Nilko Andreas & Friends perform at Kansas City Folk Fest on Sunday, May 22, at 5:00 PM. Info at: http://www.nilkoandreas.com

Nilko Andreas Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Upcoming engagements include soloist with in Jakarta, Indonesia with the Surabaya Symphony Orchestra under Mto. Solomon Tong, and Concerto de Aranjuez by J. Rodrigo with the Varsaw Philharmonic in Poland on Feb 2019. Artistic residency, , European tour with German Violist David Inbal during the 2019 season. and concerts with Cellist Serafim Smigelskiy and Violinists Blanca Gonzalez , Concerts in NY with Pianist Hyemin Kim, solo concerts in Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Austria, as well as a Concert at Carnegie Hall with the Azlo Orchestra on Nov 2020. Soloist with the Villa-lobos Guitar concerto and the WHCO in New York under Chris Whittaker. He is the Founder and Artistic director of the Latin American Chamber Music society of New York and Artistic Director at AZLO productions. http://www.nilkoandreas.com Info at: http://www.nilkoandreas.com

11:25

  1. Charly Lowry – “Go Wild”
    from: “Go Wild” – Single / Silver Hills Records / February 20, 2019
    [From Lumberton North Carolin,a Charly Lowry, a musical powerhouse from Pembroke, NC, is proud to be an Indigenous woman belonging to the Lumbee/Tuscarora Tribes.Among her community, Native women are traditionally barred from the hand-drum and relegated to singing behind the men’s drum and/or dancing instead. Lowry defies that norm, following in the footsteps of her mentor, an artist and heir to the Tuscarora Indian Nation, Pura Fé.]

[Charly Lowry is a 2022 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist – Performing Friday, May 20, at 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM in Kansas City Roomin Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Rd. for the 34th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, May 18, 19, 21, 21, and 22 in Kansas City.]

[Charly Lowry plays Kansas City Folk Festival, Sunday, May 22, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at Washington Square Park, 100 E Pershing Rd, KCMO.]

11:28 – Underwriting

  1. Elexa Dawson – “New Song”
    from: “New Song” – Single / Lost Cowgirl Records / April 2, 2021
    [Elexa’s 2019 album, MUSIC IS MEDICINE (Lost Cowgirl Records) and her song “High Place” charted at #6 on Sirius XM’s Indigenous Music Countdown. // Elexa Dawson writes: The song was written at the very beginning of the shutdown and is a call to all of our better, higher selves to imagine a better world. “The Way it has always been done is now gone. This is our moment to sing a new song.” // I thought it would be a great campaign song for Bernie Sanders, but the day after I wrote it, he suspended. Ah, well. It’s still a good song. ”“New Song” is Elexa Dawson on vocals & guitar, Kelby Kimberlin on bass guitar, Melissa Tastove on vocals & percussion, Jenna Rae on vocals & percussion, Martin Farrell on vocals & keys. Recorded, produced & engineered by Martin Farrell, Lost Cowgirl Records http://www.thelostcowgirl.com Mastered by Brody Wellman Mixing by Peter Oviatt, Moonflower Sounds http://www.moonflowersounds.com. Cover Photo: Jordan Storrer, Lifeleak Visuals Elexa Dawson joined WMM on June 2, 2021. Elexa Dawson released her single, “Mother” on October 29, 2021. http://www.elexadawson.com]

[Elexa Dawson plays Kansas City Folk Festival, Sunday, May 22, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at Washington Square Park, 100 E Pershing Rd, KCMO. ]

11:34 – Interview with Mikal Shapiro

Mikal Shapiro is founder of State City Films creating documentary and experimental filmmaking practices. Mikal studied Film History, Film, & Writing at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. She received her MFA in Film/Video/New Media / Animation from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. Artist, filmmaker, puppeteer, ring-leader, Mikal Shapiro is a KC songwriter whose musical influences span popular songs, psych rock, lounge, classic country and old time spirituals. She has toured extensively across the United States and has recorded 5 critically acclaimed albums Mikal also performs with Shapiro Brothers, and Monta At Odds and The Republic Tigers. Mikal is also the creator and former host and producer of Siren Song, Saturdays at 11:00 AM on 90.1 FM KKFI KC Community Radio.

Mikal Shapiro joins us to share details about Kansas City Folk Festival, Sunday, May 22, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at Washington Square Park, 100 E Pershing Rd, KCMO. The KC Folk Fest is kicking off its first fest as a new, community-led organization. The Fest features live music from: Charly Lowry, Elexa Dawson, Just Angel, Nina Ricci, Mac Sauce, Ani Mal, Cary Morin, Nilko Andreas and Friends, and Storytelling by Philip blue owl Hooser.

Mikal Shapiro Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Kansas City Folk Festival, Sunday, May 22, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at Washington Square Park, 100 E Pershing Rd, KCMO. The KC Folk Fest is kicking off its first fest as a new, community-led organization.

The Fest features live music from: Charly Lowry, Elexa Dawson, Just Angel, Nina Ricci, Mac Sauce, Ani Mal, Cary Morin, Nilko Andreas and Friends, and Storytelling by Philip blue owl Hooser.

The Fest also features family and earth-friendly music, art, crafts, a grassroots market, food trucks, live painting by Kunturwarmi AKA Astrid Mier y Teran Jibaja, Folk Demos that include: “Darn that Waste” – How to fix holes in your clothes by Reverend Rose, “Finger-Picking on Guitar” by Nina Ricci and more!

Audiences are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

The event is free to all. Donations appreciated. More info at: http://www.kansascityfolkfestival.org

11:44

  1. Mac Sauce – “Princess Diaries”
    from: PRINCESS DIARIES / Mac Sauce / February 25, 2022
    [Mac Sauce released the 9-track album PRINCESS DIARIES on February 25, 2022. Mac Sauce is a 10 year old Kansas City rap artist known as “the voice of the playground,” Mac Sauce is one of Kansas City’s youngest rappers who writes all her own lyrics. More info at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDLXataYPNWmko586AVwIyQ%5D

[Mac Sauce plays Kansas City Folk Festival, Sunday, May 22, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at Washington Square Park, 100 E Pershing Rd, KCMO.]

11:46

Mikal Shapiro joins us to share details about Kansas City Folk Festival, Sunday, May 22, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at Washington Square Park, 100 E Pershing Rd, KCMO. The KC Folk Fest is kicking off its first fest as a new, community-led organization. The Fest features live music from: Charly Lowry, Elexa Dawson, Just Angel, Nina Ricci, Mac Sauce, Ani Mal, Cary Morin, Nilko Andreas and Friends, and Storytelling by Philip blue owl Hooser.

Mikal Shapiro Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Kansas City Folk Festival, Sunday, May 22, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at Washington Square Park, 100 E Pershing Rd, KCMO. The KC Folk Fest is kicking off its first fest as a new, community-led organization.

Mikal Shapiro & Nilko Andreas on the May 18, 2022 Edition of Wednesday Midday Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

The Fest features live music from: Charly Lowry, Elexa Dawson, Just Angel, Nina Ricci, Mac Sauce, Ani Mal, Cary Morin, Nilko Andreas and Friends, and Storytelling by Philip blue owl Hooser.

The Fest also features family and earth-friendly music, art, crafts, a grassroots market, food trucks, live painting by Kunturwarmi AKA Astrid Mier y Teran Jibaja, Folk Demos that include: “Darn that Waste” – How to fix holes in your clothes by Reverend Rose, “Finger-Picking on Guitar” by Nina Ricci and more!

Audiences are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

The event is free to all. Donations appreciated. More info at: http://www.kansascityfolkfestival.org

Mikal Shapiro Thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

11:54

  1. Just Angel – “Intent”
    from: Just Angel: Pt. 2 {EP] / Just Angel / December
    [Just Angel is a Kansas City based, singer, musician, songwriter, dancer. and creative artist. Se recently contributed vocals to the recent Sisterbot record. More info at: /distrokid.com/hyperfollow/justangel/just-angel–pt-1: Just Angel: Pt. 2 is a followup to Just Angle Pt.1 – EP released on December 24, 2020 More info at: https://linktr.ee/JustAngel_TigerLilyStar%5D

[Just Angel plays Kansas City Folk Festival, Sunday, May 22, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at Washington Square Park, 100 E Pershing Rd, KCMO. ]

  1. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
    from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Next week on Wednesday, May 25 we welcome Amy Farrand who talks about her band Amy Farrand and The Like who have show! Also joining us is musician and drummer Sam Platt.

Our Script/Playlist is a “cut and paste” of information.
Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org

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