Black Violin

Black Violin

Classical training on instruments like the violin or the viola can easily pave the way for a musician to get to work with some of the finest orchestras in the world, but that’s not the only place where classical training has led musicians. On this edition of...
Louis Chauvin

Louis Chauvin

When something’s a little ragged, you don’t typically consider that a good thing, right? For example, ragged clothing may not be so great, but ragged rhythms have not only been celebrated, but revered as one of America’s most prized contributions to...
Samuel Coleridge Taylor

Samuel Coleridge Taylor

Over the course of history there have been countless individuals whose lives intersected with activism and social justice. Most have engaged that work with a very local approach, while others have done it with a more global perspective, with one of them, being a Black...
Damien Geter

Damien Geter

Maybe you’ve heard of neo classical music, as written by folks like Bartok or Stravinsky. But what about neo SOUL? Do you think it has a place in classical music today? Well I’ll tell you – ONE composer thinks it does, for sure. Hello –...
Brian Raphael Nabors

Brian Raphael Nabors

If someone were to invite you to a shindig, what sorts of things would you expect to encounter? Is there a particular type of food or drink you’d hope to taste, or a style of music that you think would be a part of the space? Of course everyone would answer...
“Blind Tom” Wiggins

“Blind Tom” Wiggins

The song known as “Dixie” can be a grim, and even hurtful reminder of America’s dark past, but for one enslaved Afro-American, that tune was the source of inspiration, hope, and a musical career that few other enslaved individuals could ever experience. My...