Arts & Culture

3:56pm

Thu September 20, 2012
Arts & Culture

Audiophiles: Cellist Zoe Keating Takes to the Woods

Zoe Keating's unique style of music has gotten her to the top of the iTunes classical and electronic music charts, and all the while she's remained an independent artist. KALW's Martina Castro went to talk with her at her home studio about how she experiments with the sound of her instrument.

All the music in this story was performed live during this interview. And it was all performed by just one woman, her cello, and her laptop.

Zoe Keating is walking me around her house. We're looking for woodpeckers.

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3:47pm

Thu September 20, 2012
Arts & Culture

The record store at the root of Michael Chabon's Oakland-based novel


Berigan Taylor dropped by KALW to tell Executive Editor (and fellow Jazz fan) Ben Trefny the story behind Berigan’s, a little record shop in Oakland. Berigan’s was the inspiration for Michael Chabon’s new novel, Telegraph Avenue.  Taylor is a life-long record collector and still one of the Bay Area’s biggest jazz enthusiasts. As in, he could probably name every musician on every jazz recording you have ever heard.

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4:45pm

Wed September 19, 2012
Arts & Culture

Jazz Perspective: Gregory Porter, cool and collected vocalist

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The upstairs room at an old plantation house on the Caribbean island of Curacao was insufferably hot. But jazz vocalist Gregory Porter was cool and collected, even while wearing his trademark winter cap. Known for his silky smooth voice and socially conscious lyrics, Porter has reason to be confident. His first album, “Water,” garnered critical acclaim and a Grammy nomination for the 2010 Best Vocal Jazz album. This February, he released his second album, “Be Good.” And now, he’s in the Caribbean to perform at the annual Curacao Jazz Festival.

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3:27pm

Wed September 19, 2012
Arts & Culture

Inside Druid Heights, a Marin County counter-culture landmark

National Park Service spokesperson Alexandra Picavet grimaces as we bump down an unmarked, steep dirt road.

“Phew. I really dislike this road,” she says. “I’ve lived in really backcountry areas. And I still really dislike this road.”

We’re lucky. It’s a clear day. In the rain, Picavet refuses to drive this road, which is the only access to a property fancifully dubbed Druid Heights.

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1:28pm

Wed September 19, 2012
Arts & Culture

Bay Area Beats: Kelly McFarling finds her musical home in San Francisco

Local musician Kelly McFarling wrote her song “Atlanta” as an ode to her hometown, but she didn’t write it – or any other song, as a matter of fact – until she settled into her current home in San Francisco. In this edition of Bay Area Beats, McFarling tells KALW’s Martina Castro why she credits San Francisco with helping her launch her musical career, and better understanding the idea of home.

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