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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How We Grow

Apr 14, 2017

Young local filmmakers Haley Thompson, and for a little while via telephone, Tomas Zuccareno, about their new short film profiling some young farmers in the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Leah Dyjak finishes up a residency this winter at Anderson Ranch next week. She is part of a pop-up exhibition at the Harvey Meadows gallery in downtown Aspen which opens tonight with a reception at 6pm.

Parker Whittington on mandolin, Harris Jackson on guitar, Mac Benning on the banjo and Ashton Taufer on bass comprise a promising new string band from Glenwood Springs called Lookout Mountain Showdown. They dropped by Express Yourself to play a few original tunes before their gig tonight for First Friday at Phat Thai. They played Blue Sky, Ashton's Tune and Romania. We hope to hear more from this talented new band.

Margaret Donnelly of the Town of Carbondale about the 2nd Annual Where My Peeps At Photo Scavenger Hunt. Then we speak to three young directors whose recent short films are included in this year's Aspen Shortsfest competition. The cherry on top this time was a great string band from Glenwood Springs, the Lookout Mountain Showdown. This Express Yourself was tasty and filling.

Frederic Hambalek, of Germany, about his new short, Mountain Fever. Halfdan Ullman Tondel, of Norway, on his playful film about loneliness, Fanny. And Peter Edlund, of Seattle, about his stoner comedy short Mixtape Marauders.

Alexandra and Anthony Jerkunica, along with two of their young dancers, Simon Cox and Layla Salcedo, talk about their new show, 4 Seasons Variations, playing this Saturday and Sunday.

Another Express Yourself in the books:
Bonedale Ballet's Alexandra and Anthony Jerkunica along with Simon Cox and Layla Salcedo about their new show, 4 Seasons Variations. Aspen Film's John Thew and Kathleen McInnis about this year's Shortsfest. And Quiles and Cloud drop by before their gig at Steve's Guitars.

Judy Milne and Carla Reed of the local watercolor artists group Alaprima. Alaprima has a new show at the Launchpad which opens tonight and runs through April 14. Here they talk about their art, their sanctuary, their creative process, and their tight-knit group of artists. 

Jill Cohn In-Studio

Mar 24, 2017

Jill Cohn paid another visit to KDNK ahead of her gig at Justice Snow's. As a new resident of the Roaring Fork Valley, Jill has found rejuvenation and an end to a year-long writer's block. She performed two new tunes, The Secret of the Soul, and No One Really Knows, both world premieres.

A futuristic funk and funny tune from That 1 Guy, who plays Steve's Guitars tonight. Two Alaprima artists involved in the new show at the Launchpad which opens tonight with a reception. And singer/songwriter Jill Cohn, who plays Justice Snow's in Aspen on Sunday night.

KDNK faves Let Them Roar performed two brand new songs live in the studio, Snow Moon and We Are the Broken Ones, as well as Miles of Wire ahead of their Justice Snow's gig next Wednesday night. Always good to see them and find out what's new for them.

This Express Yourself was really enjoyable. Try it, you'll like it!

Noam Pikelny In-Studio

Mar 10, 2017

I don't know if all banjo players are as inherently humorous as their instrument, but Noam Pikelny assuredly is. He dropped by before his Wheeler gig and talked about his new CD Universal Favorite. Turns out it was recorded the day after his hometown team's historic World Series win last fall, and the last day of recording was the day before a momentous election. So it was recorded when hell froze over. Twice. Auspicious!

Rodney Crowell

Mar 10, 2017

Truly accomplished artists are often gracious human beings, and Rodney Crowell is no exception. Here he shares some insights into his creative process, his memoir Chinaberry Sidewalks and his new CD, slated to drop at the end of March, called Close Ties.

One of the quintessential Colorado bands dropped by KDNK on their way to their sold out Wheeler gig. They didn't have to do that! Especially ahead of a sold-out gig. But they did, and that is a testament to their good-hearted decency. And it's a testament to their support of Community Radio in Colorado. They played a couple tunes from their new CD Petals, Season Song and Home in Your Heart. And they played a couple older tunes, Remember a Beginning and Rogue River.

In a money-grubbing art marketplace, Robert Burch, a local glass artist, has a somewhat purist approach to his art and the marketing of it. Robert curated part of the current exhibition at the Launchpad, which features nine local glass artists, including himself. Luke Nestler spoke to him as he was preparing the unveiling of a new mobile glass kiln for First Friday.

Local therapist Jim Coddington is a proponent of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy. His friend and mentor, William Glasser, the creator of that strain of psychology, wrote many letters to patients and colleagues during his lifetime. Jim and Dr. Glasser's wife, collected and edited them for a new book, Thoughful Answers to Timeless Questions. Jim appeared on KDNK's Express Yourself to talk about his new book.

Thoughtful answers to timeless questions, an articulate glass blower, and a local singer/songwriter on this week's Express Yourself.

A brassy band, two brassy belles and a bad magician turned good onstage in Our Town. Just another Express Yourself on KDNK.

Photo courtesy of The Aspen Times

Lon Winston directs a Shakespeare play for the third time at the Thunder River Theatre. Here he talks about The Tempest, the challenges of producing Shakespeare for a modern audience, and his legacy at the theatre on the eve of the renaming of the theatre to honor him.

The Deer Live on KDNK

Feb 24, 2017

"I'm drinking up morphine/Straight from the vial/Me in my darkness/You in my mind."

The Deer, Austin's answer to Elephant Revival, has an elliptical way with a lyric and delicate but complex melodies that surround and suffuse the words, and it adds up to something psychedelic and irresistable. They were in town to play at Steve's Guitars and they dropped by KDNK to say hello and play Winter to Pry and Up Into Roses from their recent CD Tempest and Rapture. They also played an older song, Shades of Tiffany

In which we learn, again, that Justice Snow's in Aspen is a KDNK kind of place, that Sam Bush is a damn good storyteller, and that womanhood is the revenge for girlhood. Just another Express Yourself here on KDNK.

Three Slam Poets

Feb 17, 2017
Toluwanimi Obiwole

Toluwanimi Obiwole, Mercedez Holtry and Myrlin Hepworth visited Ape on the Dink to talk about the Youth Poetry Slam  tonight at the Third Street Center. FAIR WARNING: Toluwanimi's poem will make you cry.

Sam Bush

Feb 17, 2017
Taking Off

One of the mandolin masters of our time plays two shows next week in our area, one at the BellyUp in Aspen and one at the Ute Theatre in Rifle. KDNK's Bob Schultz caught up with Sam to talk about his new CD, Storyman, on Sugar Hill Records.

All five artists proved themselves articulate about their artistic process. Chris Hassig, Sarah Uhl, Sue and Katelyn Krehbiel, Kip Hubbard and Kaylie Finnis all found the spotlight on Express Yourself after the 37th Valley Visual Arts Show opened at the Launchpad. 

Aspen Grove by Kaylie Finnis

Today's Express Yourself was mostly about the exciting news from Carbondale Arts courtesy of Amy Kimberly, executive director. Fashion show, Rio Grande Artway, Rosybelle and more. Acrylics artist Kaylie Finnis talks about her art and her process. And Sylvia Wendrow of Spellbinders tells a few love tales in honor of Valentine's Day.

"Spectacle" by Kip Hubbard

Kip, Katelyn and Sue are all in the current Valley Visual Art Show, which hangs until Feb. 17. Here they talk about their art and how it has an important meditative aspect. And Josh Behrman of Mountain Groove Productions about the Concert for Stewy at the Wheeler Opera House. All of that any maybe more at four every Friday afternoon on Express Yourself. 

Chris Hassig and Sarah Uhl are local artists showing in the Valley Visual Arts Show which hangs at the Launchpad until February 17. They visited Express Yourself to talk about their pieces in the show, their creative processes, and their artistic futures. And Peter Gilbert of Dance Initiative describes the newest DI residency next week involving  the New York dancer Christiana Axelsen. 

New Orleanian Seth Walker has an assured new release featuring his family called Gotta Get Back. Luke spoke to him on Express Yourself. They decided Seth needs some wingtip galoshes and that music can cure what ails ya.

Coming to the Hotel Colorado on Saturday, January 21

This week's Express Yourself features a snowshoe race, a womens' documentary film festival, and a swinging bluesman visiting Steve's Guitars tomorrow.

  

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