Interview: Hanna Kim of H&J Quintet
Q: Where were you born?
A: I was born in Seoul, South Korea.
Q: How did H & J Quintet form?
Live music is sacred. We all know this. A bond is formed between performers and those gathered to listen, connecting our shared humanity, love of stories and the transcendent beauty of music and voice. The Red Clay Music Foundry has always been a sacred space: once a church sanctuary, then a theater, and for the past six years a beloved listening room and music school. Whatever nastiness is happening out in the world tends to, for the most part, stay outside this space.
In our record collections there are many albums that have become old friends. We may not meet that often, but when we do the pleasure is undiminished. For these pals we may even celebrate special anniversaries, of their release or perhaps what was going on when we bought them. One of my greatest old mates is John Hiatt’s Slow Turning, which he released 30 years ago. If I could choose how to mark that milestone I’d ask Hiatt to gather the original band, The Goners, and play the whole record. Sounds fanciful?
New York-based singer/songwriter Karen Caruso lassos together her country, blues, and rock influences for a potent blend of confessional lyricism, as powerfully summarized in her latest single, "Whiskey in the Bottle."
Q: Would you describe "Whiskey in the Bottle" as autobiographical?
Kate Ellis released her first album, Carve Me Out, nearly a year ago since when its deserved initial acclaim has broadened steadily. Part of the album’s appeal is that it transcends the usual musical classifications as Ellis weaves strands of folk, country, blues into her own brand of Americana. What does comes across throughout all the songs is her deep honesty in conveying a range of emotions with a voice that multiplies those feelings.
Year Two of the Arroyo Seco Weekend brought an eclectic mix of up and coming artists and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers to the beautiful Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena, California.
The Arroyo Seco Weekend is making its own statement of being a world-class concert/festival/foodie experience. This year's lineup was outstanding, with headliners like Neil Young with Promise of the Real, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Jack White and Kings of Leon.
"See Concerts. Save Animals."
This is the slogan for Woodland Park Zoo's summer concert series in Seattle, and they couldn't have hosted a more appropriate twin bill than Deer Tick and Trampled By Turtles on Wednesday night.
(Disclaimer: If you're looking for the sort of review that includes predictable fodder like setlists, look elsewhere.)
There was another enchanting evening at The Hollywood Bowl on Sunday night, when Big Thief, Gillian Welch, and Father John Misty took over the venerable Los Angeles landmark to weave musical spells under the moon and stars. To say it was utterly gorgeous in every way would still be an understatement of this sublime gift of a night.
I am always excited to discover new artists, but especially those that are creating new genres all their own. Josse Jaffe, who is based in California, has traveled to all parts of the world gathering inspirations for his music. His latest album, Dub Mantra Sangha Remix, is the result of this eclectic artist's continent-hopping. It mixes electro-dance influences like dub and electronica with world and reggae, threaded together with yoga mantras. Sound intriguing? Read on to learn more about this genre-mashing artist...