Artist Interviews

Highlights from KDNK's best artist interviews.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Part two of the Drummer's Bonanza with Andy Scott.

The modern trap drum set was invented in the United States. Since then, drumming has evolved, like everything else.

Local drummer and gadfly Andy Scott joined Luke Nestler's Beyond Beyond show to talk about all things drumming. He employed some stellar progressive rock tracks to illustrate some drum concepts and practices. Turns out Andy doesn't want to tell a drum joke, but he's happy to explain how a drummer makes his magic.

Marble Musician Mario Villalobos In-Studio Part One

Feb 8, 2018

Marble musician Mario Villalobos has a new CD called Colorado Nights. He visited DJ Abadeer on her Night-o-Sphere show to play two live songs, Tagalong and Blackbird, and talk about his life in Marble and his music.

Mario Villalobos In-Studio Part Two

Feb 8, 2018

Part two of Mario's KDNK in-studio on January 25. We hear two songs here from his new CD Colorado Nights, Fire and Colorado Nights. And then he performs his song Give It One More Try live.

Jessica Brandi Lifland

One of the stalwarts of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, 34 of them this year, is Colorado native Vess Quinlan. He's been to all but two of them and he's full of stories about the people involved. Here he tells a tale or two and reads a couple poems too. 

Decades ago, David Romtvedt was fortunate to have married into a longtime Wyoming Basque ranching family. Since then David has embraced the rich Basque culture. He has learned the language, the music, and the ranching traditions of the Basques while also producing poems, essays and novels. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Wyoming and he served as that state's Poet Laureate from 2003-2011. David joined Express Yourself before he heads over to Elko, Nevada for the 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, where he will perform with his daughter Caitlin.

Meta Sarmiento is a Filipino poet and rapper from Guam. He is a National Poetry Slam semifinalist with Slam Nuba from Denver, a TEDx speaker and winner of the Spoken Word for the World 2015 where he was flown to Paris to perform during the UN Climate Negotiations. He is a born teacher and an old soul, and he is capable of motivating ghetto kids and old hippies alike. Meta appeared on Express Yourself to tell us how he does it.

The curator of the Salon series Alya Howe is joined by trumpeter Tim Fox, dancer Io, and USA Tango Champion Sean Ericson to describe the year's first Salon at the Launchpad.

Darcy Minter, Communications Director for the Western Folklife Center, talks about the 34th annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko Nevada at the end of January. 

Originally from Mexico, El Javi is now a resident of Colorado, and he finally made it up to the mountains, despite bald tires, to play a few gigs in the valley and to appear on Flow Diggity with DJ Rickdiculous on KDNK. He played solo flamenco guitar and chatted about his art and his life. We heard several songs from his five CDs, and he played four songs live: Trip, Olivia, California and Recuerdo a Paco.

Poet and collagist DJ Hill, recently arrived from Minnesota, reads two of her poems, Drive-By Shoesand Haikus and After. She also describes her collage art. Then two talented guitarists, John Hatanaka and John Stuckey, play two original tunes Daisy and Naraja.

Pearl & Wood

Jan 5, 2018

We hear a newer tune by Pearl & Wood, Petal Dress, and a couple tunes from their 2016 Mountain Fair performance, Shortnin' Bread and All About the Bass. Cellist Ellie Barber and Drummer Mark Zoller update us on recent news with one of Carbondale's favorite bands, including the imminent arrival of a new EP.

Grand Junction psychobilly band The Tankerays dropped by Express Yourself to show off their new CD Aztec Death Whistle. We played a couple tunes from the CD and they talked about making the music and about their New Year's Eve gig at Carbondale Beer Works.

Author, Singer-Songwriter  and architect Heather Hoeksema describes the Singular Butterfly plays a couple original tunes before her reading at Explore Booksellers next week.

Painter Terry Gardner

Dec 22, 2017

KDNK's Claire de L'Arbre spoke with noted painter Terry Gardner about his painting process. Terry is featured in the Holiday Show at Korologos Gallery in Basalt. And he has some work in the prestigious Coors Western Art show at the National Western stock show next month.

Otis Taylor has created an entirely original genre of blues called Trance Blues. Here he talks about that and his new CD, Fantasizing About Being Black.

To the layman, wood block printmaking seems severely painstaking. To Leon Loughridge, one of Colorado's masters of the form, it is both refuge and challenge. Leon is part of a holiday show at the Ann Korologos gallery called Home for the Holidays: Small Works, Big Statements which hangs until January 6. Leon is also featured in the Coors Western Art show at the National Western Stock Show next month. 

Five delightful young women joined Express Yourself to talk about Sopris Theatre Company's new production of Uncommon Women and Others. Joanna Caldwell, Susie Brady, Hadley Hebert, Ciara Morrison and Christina Katelli talk about Wendy Wasserstein's first play, written in the 1970s, about women in her generation living with the complicated promise of the second wave of feminists.

Bridget Law, founding member and fiddler for Elephant Revival, talks about her life without Elephant Revival, including her new band with her husband called The Tierro Band with Bridget Law. 

Music Meeting 6

Nov 24, 2017

Cody brings the sophomore release from La Misa Negra. Gavin highlights Noga Erez. And Luke offers Kan Wakan. From Oakland to Israel to LA via the Balkans and Sun Valley.

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