Artist Interviews

Surkhaab

May 3, 2018

The Venerable Gyalten Samten stars in a film that explores the themes of illegal immigration and women's empowerment called Surkhaab. A former Bollywood actress turned Buddhist nun, she appeared on Beyond Beyond to talk about her film and its screening at the Crystal Theater. John Bruna, of the Way of Compassion Foundation, describes the Compassion Festival coming to Carbondale in August, which benefits from the screening of Surkhaab tonight.

KDNK hosted local artists Pearl & Wood live in the Broadcast Learning Center during Cody Lee's show Monday Night Harmonia on April 30th. They performed 5 songs and volunteer DJ Payj Gibbons interviewed them. Thanks to Steve Skinner for training a team of volunteer DJs on using the station's live broadcast equipment to sound engineer the performance.

The set list was:

"Whiskey Ginger"

"Behind the Tent"

"Come Together (Come Together)"

"Painted My Nails Blue"

"#MeToo"

Gavin Dahl

Rosewood Divine performed live in the KDNK Broadcast Learning Center during Paula Stepp's show Acoustic Renegade. The broadcast was part of a training attended by multiple KDNK deejays and AZYEP youth, led by Steve Skinner. Interviews were conducted by Gavin Dahl and Mountain Maes.

Shook Twins In-Studio

Apr 21, 2018

The Shook Twins dropped by to play a new tune and an oldie but goodie before their gig at the Temporary. We started things off with their new single, which they dropped a month ago, called Stay Wild. And then they played a new tune live called What Is Blue, followed by the oldie, Window. We ended things with a favorite from their 2014 CD What We Do, Shake.

Western Centuries

Apr 20, 2018

Western Centuries joined Express Yourself before their gig at Steve's Guitars and played three songs from their brand new CD Songs From the Deluge: Borrowed Time, Warm Guns and Wild You Run.

The Bikes of Wrath

Apr 20, 2018

The young Aussies of the new film The Bikes of Wrath visit Express Yourself to talk about what they found on Route 66 following the ghost of Tom Joad. 

Zoe Rabinowitz, Associate Artistic Director of the Yaa Samar Dance Theatre, based in Palestine, talks about her company's unique artistry and the challenges of producing dance in the West Bank, and her company's residency in Carbondale with Dance Initiative.

5Point Film Festival

Apr 13, 2018

5Point Film's Program Director Meredith McKee appeared on Express Yourself to talk about this year's 5Point Film Festival. Next week's version is the eleventh.

Eddy The Chief Clearwater Tells a Tale or Two

Apr 10, 2018

Eddy Clearwater has seen a lotta miles and sung a lotta blues. He's 83 years young and full of stories. KDNK's Mike Miller got him talking about arriving in Chicago on a Greyhound at age 15 and about his new CD and this summer's touring schedule. He also talks about his famous headdress and the origin of his surname.

Gavin Dahl

Antibalas vocalist Amayo and trumpeter Eric Biondo stopped by KDNK on their way to Aspen for a free show at the intersection of Galena and Cooper tonight at 9pm, with DJ Naka G opening up at 8pm. They talked about their west coast tour, the passion that keeps them going as a band after 20 years, and the brand new album Where the Gods Are at Peace.

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. 

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.

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.

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