We are excited share a new interview with Kansas City-area songwriter and composer Isaac Barkley. Isaac was the very first artist we featured on Listen Local back in January, 2015, and now has the honor of being our 100th. For this interview we catch up on what Isaac's been up to and how his craft has evolved over the past year and a half.
Kansas City composer Dillon Henry's mix of traditional analog instrumentation, electronic, digital and ambient sound sources needs to be heard to be believed. Currently a doctoral student in Musicology at UMKC, Henry's range as a composer covers everything from straight-up classical to kaleidoscopic solo piano to indescribable musique concrète. It's a pleasure to share an interview with the artist about his pop-punk roots in high school, his flexible approach to composition and what makes Kansas City a great place for music.
The music of Stephonne Singleton mixes elements of soul, rock, pop and R&B into a style that's uniquely his own. Before even releasing what will be his first album (five years in the making) he has established himself as a major musical presence in Kansas City, with impassioned performances both solo and with the popular My Brothers and Sisters ensemble. In this interview, Singleton delves into the joys and challenges of recording his new album, his diverse influences and how libraries helped shape the artist he is today. Enjoy!
We are excited to share an interview with the adventurous Kansas City composer Aubrie Powell. Taking her inspiration from books and poetry, especially that of Langston Hughes and William Shakespeare, Powell's work seeks to fuse narrative form with musical structure. Powell has written music for piano, string quartet, guitar and voice and is currently finishing her Music Composition studies at UMKC. Enjoy Powell's music and her book and music recommendations.
Melodic and aggressive, abrasive and pretty, political and universal, the music of Sterling Witt has many starting points. In addition to writing catchy, rocking and thought-provoking tunes, Witt is an accomplished painter whose visual work is as vibrant as his music. Released late last year, Witt's latest album, Satyagraha, which Witt calls his "greatest musical achievement", will definitely appeal to Nirvana fans (and not only because it was produced by Steve Albini). We are very fortunate to share an interview with and book, music and movie recommendations from Sterling Witt.
We have Craigslist to thank for the existence of Tidy Hippy. Comprised of KCUR 89.3 Announcer and Arts Reporter Hannah Copeland and actor, director, filmmaker and musician Matthew Dunehoo, Tidy Hippy is what can happen when happenstance leads to artistic collaboration. The duo's recently released Tidy Hippy EP is short in length but filled with memorable songs and exceptional musicianship. It's a pleasure to share their music, stories and recommendations with you on Listen Local.
A multifaceted composer and performer whose range of influences spans everyone from Prokofiev to D'Angelo to Kendrick Lamar to Tchaikovsky, Jamie Searle is a firehose of ideas, inspiration and energy. As leader of My Brothers and Sisters and other music-related projects, Searle's musical knowledge runs deep despite only learning to read music ten years ago. He is also a prolific, award-winning arranger and producer other artists' work and a thoughtful chronicler of his experiences navigating the rigors of the music business. We are extremely fortunate to share the many talents of Jamie Searle with you on Listen Local.
Who are Monta at Odds? Stalwarts of Kansas City's psychedelic and experimental music scene. Mind-bending performers. Founders of the multimedia celebration KC Psych Fest. Fronted by brothers Dedric and Delaney Moore, Monta at Odds is a "musical immersion...into the cosmos of Krautrock, electronic, dub, psych and soul" that is heavily influenced by the philosophical issues raised by the intersection of science fiction, creative experimentation and artistic collaboration. We are pleased to share our interview with the multifaceted Dedric Moore that touches on all these subjects and more.
The Matchsellers bring the rich American traditions of bluegrass and folk music to life. Consisting of Kansas City, Missouri's Julie Bates and Indiana native Andrew Morris, The Matchsellers have brought their infectious harmonies and high-spirited songs to fans both nationally and internationally, performing 180 shows a year. They are celebrating the release of their second album, Songs We Made Up, which KCUR hailed as a "rewarding surprise." We are very lucky to welcome The Matchsellers to Listen Local.
Patrick Quinn's first album The Desired Melancholia was built from several years of honing his songwriting craft, resulting in a collection of quietly powerful folk songs. The Spring Hill, Kansas, resident -- who is also an accomplished painter --has established himself as one of Kansas City's foremost singer-songwriters. We are excited to share an exclusive interview with Quinn in which he talks about writing and recording his new album, the Kansas City music community, and his book, music and movie recommendations.