Luke Nestler

Program Director & Music Director & DJ

A 38-year resident of the Roaring Fork Valley, a DJ since 1989, on KDNK staff since 2004.

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5Point Film Festival with Meredith McKee. Yaa Samar Dance Theatre, from Palestine, with Zoe Rabinowitz. And achival clips from the KDNK archives to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of our birth. 

Kathy and Mitch Alcala, Karin Mari and Josh Rogan talk about a benefit on Saturday night for local six-year-old Colton Farrell at the Third Street Center.

Italian writer and director Andrea Brusa talks about his short film The Magic Alps, part of this year's Aspen Shortsfest programs.

Writer, director and co-star of the short film The Climb, Michael Covino, talks about his short film which receives its local premiere at this year's Aspen Shortsfest.

A local six-year old fighting cancer will benefit from Roaring Fork Valley friends and neighbors coming together at the Third Street Center. Two Shortsfest filmmakers, Dom Burgess and Andrea Brusa, talk about their films. And we'll hear from the cast of the Sopris Theatre Company's new production of Cabaret. Life is a Cabaret on KDNK!

Local storytelling from four Writ Large participants, Cindy Hirschfeld, Kate Howe, Nicole Haag and Alya Howe; AspenFilm's Regna Jones about this year's Shortsfest; and a re-broadcast of Frank Martin, along with his producer Dave Taylor, from a year ago about Frank's new CD Blue on Blue on Blue.

Alya Howe curates the Writ Large storytelling series in the Roaring Fork Valley. She brought in Kate Howe, Cindy Hirschfeld and Nicole Haag to Express Yourself to talk about the power of storytelling. 

Sandy Kaplan has a million stories about her time as a photographer and we hear a few of them here. And then best-selling Wyoming author CJ Box talks about his newest Joe Pickett novel, The Disappeared.

Disappeared by CJ Box

Mar 23, 2018

Wyoming author CJ Box has published 17 Joe Pickett novels since 2001. With very sympathetic characters, taut plots, plausible villains and lucid descriptions of his native state, each book has outsold any previous one, adding up to more than 10 million altogether. Mr. Box has a new Joe Pickett novel to be released next week called The Disappeared. I spoke with CJ Box as his hype machine revved into gear.

Impressive theatre from local teens via the Voices organization and one of their artist mentors, Shere Coleman. And impressive acoustic music from the Provo, Utah band Grizzly Goat. Talented people expressing themselves on KDNK.

Students from Basalt and Roaring Fork High Schools have been working with professional artist mentors to create two original 30-minute shows of spoken word, songs, poetry, puppetry, dance and mime. The show plays three times at Thunder River Theatre this weekend. 

Shere Coleman, one of those professional artist mentors, visited Express Yourself to talk about her art and also the show at Thunder River Theatre.

Grizzly Goat In-Studio

Mar 16, 2018

Grizzly Goat visited Express Yourself before two local gigs, at Glenwood Brew Garden and Steve's Guitars, and blew us all away with their music. Their melodies are memorable, they definitely have an easy and precise way with a lyric, their harmonies are super-tight, and they are all multi-instrumentalists--their musicianship is superb. They played Gentle Wild Spaces, Colorado and Little Jackie. Colorado was the highlight of the week for this reviewer. Look for them to return in August and also search out their new album Burning the Prairie.

Savanna LaBauve and Stephanie Seguin are this year's Resident Artists at the Carbondale Clay Center. They talked about their sculptural ceramics and their creative process. We also heard from the The Two Tracks out of Sheridan, WY about their brand of folk-rock. And Hamilton Pevec reveals a little of the mystique surrounding the Green Is the New Black Fashion Show. This year's version is the 10th.

Stephanie Seguin and Savanna LaBauve are this year's Artists in Residence at the Carbondale Clay Center. They joined Express Yourself to talk about their sculptural ceramic art and their artistic process. They also described what exactly their residencies entail.

Ira Sherman

Jeweler and metal sculptor Ira Sherman has created kinetic sculpture originally designed to protect the wearer from unwanted sexual advances. Now it's a whimsical hit at the Green Is the New Black Fashion Show. In fact, last year Ira won Best in Show with his work. This year he has a new look and he visited Beyond Beyond to tell us about it.

Thunder River Theatre's Corey Simpson, who directs the new production of The Price and Owen O'Farrell and Bob Moore, two of its actors, about one of Arthur Miller's more obscure plays. And Jackson Emmer talks about his accomplished new CD Jukebox. He plays the title track live in the studio, and also Dreamers and Fools.

Olivia Siegel

Jackson Emmer has an accomplished new CD and he dropped by Express Yourself to talk about it prior to his gig at Steve's Guitars.

The Aspen Times

Corey Simpson directs The Price, the new production at Thunder River Theatre. Owen O'Farrell and Bob Moore are two of the actors. All three appeared on Express Yourself to talk about the piece.

Les Sylphides by Bonedale Ballet, photographing Spirit Bears in British Columbia with Sandy Kaplan, and some sweet acoustic music from local band Feeding Giants.

Feeding Giants, an acoustic duo from New Castle, visited Express Yourself during a snowstorm. This multi-genre husband-and-wife band has a busy weekend, with gigs at Marble Distilling in Bonedale and the Ute Theatre in Rifle, benefitting the Rifle Animal Shelter. They played two songs for us, What Do I Gotta Do and Damn This Traffic.

Bonedale Ballet has a winter dance performance in their sudio space at Bridges School next to the library tomorrow and Sunday, featuring ballet and tap pieces. Alexandra Jerkunica, maestra choreographer and teacher, joined Express Yourself along with three of her students, Natasha Simpson, Ruby Marker and Keenan Bell, to tell us about it.

Redstone resident Sandy Kaplan has carved out a distinguished career in photography for several decades. From Hollywood portraits to Paris runways to wild horses on the high plains, she has trained herself to capture the fleeting moment with soul-deep intention. She recently spent time in British Columbia photographing spirit bears and lived to tell the tale. 

Chloe Benjamin about her new bestseller, and Kim Nuzzo about portraying an American icon.

Picture how your life might be if you knew the day you would die. How would that affect the way you live that day, or for that matter, your entire life leading up to that day? Would you ignore it? Would you practice a casual shuck n jive? Would you indulge in a heedless hedonism? Would you embrace the love in your life or would you shiver in cold fear and loathing? Chloe Benjamin’s new novel The Immortalists deals with these and other questions. Chloe definitely avoided the sophomore slump with this, her second work of fiction, a New York Times bestseller. I spoke with Chloe earlier this week about The Immortalists.

I celebrate myself
and what I assume you shall assume
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

So begins this nation’s first great poem, Song of Myself, written by Walt Whitman and first published in 1855. Ever since then, the father of free verse has lived in the American imagination as the embodiment of a free man, unfettered, unbound by any dogma or dictum. Kim and Valerie Nuzzo have created a one-man stage show called Multitudes about Walt Whitman. I spoke with Kim about Walt Whitman and his life and times.

Jeffrey Foucault, Myrlin Hepworth and Logan Phillips all do what they do best.

Aspen Words

They've been on the program before, but they never fail to impress with their poetry and their passion. They're back for the third or fourth time on Express Yourself, and we heard a new poem from each.

Poet Chris Dombrowski describes the songs of his friend, musician Jeffrey Foucault, "not so much written as lived in." Jeffrey showed that ethic here when he dropped by Express Yourself before his gig at the Temporary. He told us about his new CD Blood Brothers, scheduled to drop in June, and he played two of his own songs, Heart to the Husk and Blood Brothers. He also played a short instrumental by one of his guitar heroes, Rainer Ptacek, called De Lantin.

The last part of the drum show.

Part three of the special drum show with local drummer Andy Scott.

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