Armstrong State University piano professor Benjamin Warsaw talks about his short preludes. Inventive, captivating and based on Chopin’s immortal Op. 28, they draw on a wide range of classical influences and invite the listener into many differing moods.
Guitar-toting, rap-spitting musician Basik Lee, a.k.a. Steve Baumgartner, talks about his musical influences. His style runs the gamut from hip-hop and soul to rock and blues. He doesn’t like being put in musical boxes. A former member of Dope Sandwich, he talks about the struggle for urban music to gain legitimacy.
Xulu Jones of the band Xuluprophet talks about his eclectic style, his distinctive voice and his rise from homelessness and addiction. He describes his musical influences and performs four songs. He shares some of his views on food security and religion.
Harpist Kristin King talks about her instrument, the challenges of playing the concert harp, her original compositions and her collaborations. She demonstrates the harp’s flexibility with four songs, classical, jazz, New Age and rock. She also talks about the music booking agency that she co-owns with Ricardo Ochoa, New Arts Ensembles.
Jazz guitarist, band leader, arranger and composer Jackson Evans talks about his influences, mentors, collaborators and artistic progressions. And there’s a surprise. He sings, too! This professionally recorded performance takes you inside his creativity.
Innovative opera composer Michael Ching talks about his new work based on a Savannah story, “Alice Ryley.” The Savannah Voice Festival Commissioned the piece. It tells the tale of an Irish immigrant in Colonial Georgia. Ching also talks about his other notable works and the inspirations that drove them.
New School of Etiquette founder Tatia Adams Fox talks about her journey from Savannah “charm school” to the heights of music marketing in New York City. Along the way, she learned a thing or two about “social intelligence.” Now she’s teaching and motivating students in Savannah.
Photographer Jon Waits is best known around Savannah for his evocative concert photos. He talks about capturing special moments in performance. But his photographic passions also include wildlife and the rural South. He explains how sobriety led him to take pictures seriously.
Kourtney and Kyrsten Roseman talk about their band, The Rosies. They just released a new album, Efflorescence. On it, they harmonize like only sisters can. They talk about their family and personal struggles using country, Americana and pop styles.
Pianist Eric Jones is one of the area’s finest jazz musicians. But he has a wide range of influences apart from jazz. He talks about his inspirations, from classical and jazz to pop and R&B. He discusses his mentors in Savannah. He plays four songs in a piano-side conversation.