PRI: Echoes Interviews

PRI: Echoes Interviews

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Echoes feature - Remembering Richard Burmer  

On the 10th anniversary of his death, we remember electronic composer Richard Burmer. Burmer was among the California electronic scene of the early 1980s that included Steve Roach, Robert Rich and Michael Stearns. Creating his own instruments through sampling, Burmer composed orchestras of sound that were dynamic, epic and unrelentingly melodic. He died on August 9, 2006. We remember this artist whose music still sounds so true. We hear archival interviews with Burmer, as well as remembrances from musicians Steve Roach, Michael Hoppé, and Hollan Holmes, and Hearts of Space founder and host, Stephen Hill.

Echoes feature - Al Jewer and Andy Mitran  

Al Jewer plays flutes. Andy Mitran plays keyboards and percussion. When they aren't crafting commercial jingles in Chicago, they create music that ranges from world fusion to pure ambient. Echoes talks with Al Jewer and Andy Mitran.

Echoes feature - Hans Christian  

Hans Christian is a musician of the world. Classically trained on cello in his native Germany, he now plays Indian instruments like the sarangi and sitara and the Norwegian hardanger fiddle. With expert looping and electronics, he brings it together on his many solo albums and with the duo, Rasa. At this year’s ZMR Awards, Hans talks about music and the world.

Echoes feature - Peter Baumann  

Peter Baumann was a member of Tangerine Dream during their classic era that included albums like Phaedra, Rubycon, Stratosfear and Ricochet. He put out a few solo albums, then founded the influential Private Music label that launched the solo careers of Patrick O’Hearn, Yanni and Andy Summers as well as albums by Philip Glass, Suzanne Ciani, Ravi Shankar and Tangerine Dream. Ironically, Baumann never recorded any music himself for the label. He sold the company in 1996 and then disappeared from music. For the last 20 years he’s been running a philosophical think-tank, the Baumann Institute. But now he’s returned with his first new music in 33 years, an album called Machines of Desire. We plug in with Peter Baumann.

Echoes feature - Dave Preston  

Dave Preston is a journeyman guitarist who makes repetitive, hypnotic, minimalist-driven albums. They’ve found their way into the hands of people like Justin Timberlake. Dave Preston talks about his brush with stardom and his low-fi approach to high concept music.

Echoes feature - Ron Korb  

Ron Korb has been making instrumental world music for three decades. The Canadian musician and composer plays flutes from all over the world, but especially Asia. His latest recording is called Asia Beauty. Ron Korb goes on a flute journey on Echoes.

Echoes feature - Aukai  

Aukai is the vehicle of East German born Markus Sieber. He performs in a chant duo called Mirabai Ceiba, but Aukai is an all-instrumental project operating in an area of pristine sound, rustic roots, and soulful melodies. Some of it should bring film composer Gustavo Santaolalla to mind, mostly because on more than half the tracks, Sieber plays Santaolalla’s signature instrument, the ronroco, a South American lute. Markus Sieber talks about his westward life journey and his global music journey.

Echoes feature - Forgotten Future  

Electronic Music has often lent itself to contemplation of our place in the universe. That's one of the reasons, besides drugs, that German electronic sounds in the 1970s were called cosmic music. Julius Dobos is a Hungarian composer living in America and he’s steeped in those sounds. He’s developing a concept called Forgotten Future that’s a vehicle for his philosophical concepts.

Echoes feature - Steve Kimock  

Steve Kimock is a veteran of the jam band scene, although he hates that term. He’s played with just about every member of the Grateful Dead, and has a long history in the psychedelic music scene. Steve Kimock talks about his musical journey and new ambient album, Last Danger of Frost.

Echoes feature - AeTopus  

AeTopus is the name used by Bryan Tewell Hughes to create his electronic music soundscapes. He has degrees in Fine Arts and Psychology, but the music of science fiction and space music got him into synthesizers and soundscapes.

Echoes feature - Moby  

Moby has been an iconic figure in pop, electronic, and dance music for three decades. Now Moby has written a memoir titled Moby: Porcelain. We talk with Moby about his book, and his recent Long Ambient recordings.

Echoes feature - Haroula Rose  

Singer-songwriter Haroula Rose’s Here the Blue River is an album of poetic beauty, both in the lyrics and the music. Its title is from a Ralph Waldo Emerson poem, and it leads to the water imagery that dominates the metaphorical language of the album.

Echoes feature - Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble  

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble is in its 16th year and its music horizons just keep getting broader. Their new album, Sing Me Home, features guest performances by guitarist Bill Frisell, banjoist Abigail Washburn, African kora players Toumani Diabate, Balla Kouyate and eight other musicians from around the world. We talk with Yo-Yo Ma, Kinan Azmeh, Johnny Gandelsman and Wu Man of the Silk Road Ensemble.

Echoes feature - The Gloaming  

The Gloaming could be the first wave of a new Celtic sound, one that’s part chamber music, part experimental and yet, still very traditional. The Gloaming is also something of a supergroup that includes Iarla O'Lionaird from Afro Celt Sound System, virtuoso fiddler Martin Hayes and Thomas Bartlett, also known as Doveman.

Echoes feature - Maia Vidal  

Singer Maia Vidal has had an interesting life and career. She was born in America but has traveled the world and now resides in Barcelona. She started in music playing hard edged punk rock in an all girl group from Ithaca called Kiev. They gained some notoriety when Coca Cola based a series of TV spots around them. Now she makes reflective dream pop, playing instruments like the autoharp. Maia Vidal talks about her life and her new album, You’re the Waves.

Echoes feature - John Heart Jackie  

John Heart Jackie is the duo of Jennie Wayne and Peter M. Murray. There is no one named John or Jackie in the group. They make a trippy psychedelic folk with country harmonies, ambient textures and electronica loops. They recently released a new album called Episodes that started out as singles, but one episode led to another. They talk about the origins of their name, growing up listening to Echoes, and how they channel Johnny and June into John Heart Jackie.

Echoes feature - Kiasmos  

Kiasmos is the electronic project of ambient chamber music composer Olafur Arnalds and fellow Icelander, Janus Rasmussen. They started out playing minimalist techno music but over the course of time, the classical elements of Olafur have filtered in, creating a more melodic electronic music. At the Big Ears Festival, the two musicians talk about why they think they were really bad at making techno music, and discuss their latest recordings, Looped and Swept.

Echoes feature - Ane Brun  

Scandinavian singer-songwriter Ane Brun's music is always personal, touching on themes of love and life's tribulations. But on her latest album, When I'm Free, Brun sings songs of empowerment. Brun has been a fixture on the Swedish music scene for years and has sung with Peter Gabriel. Her song “Don’t Leave” was the most Shazammed song during the 2014 Super Bowl. When she visited Echoes, she discussed her struggle with Lupus, and how she has used it to set herself free. We hear about her new album and the dynamically different direction she’s taken.

Echoes feature - John Luther Adams  

John Luther Adams is the Pulitzer and Grammy award winning composer whose work is always connected to the environment. He talks about his award-winning composition, Become Ocean, and how he left Alaska because the landscapes that inspired him were melting away due to Global Warming.

Echoes feature - Miranda Lee Richards  

Miranda Lee Richards’ parents were 70s underground comic writers. Metallica’s Kirk Hammett gave her guitar lessons and she was discovered by The Brian Jonestown Massacre. On her new album, Echoes of the Dreamtime, she has taken folk sounds and deployed them through delayed guitar and psychedelic hues. Miranda Lee Richards talks about her latest recording.

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