Artist Interviews

Highlights from KDNK's best artist interviews.

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.

Writ Large Twice

Nov 17, 2017
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Alya Howe, the curator of the Writ Large series, is joined on Express Yourself by Samuel Bernal Urbina and Bill Kight, two storytellers who live in our community.

The White Buffalo

Nov 17, 2017

Jake Smith is The White Buffalo. He has a brand new album, his 6th studio recording, called Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights. His current tour brings him to the Belly Up tonight.

From Here to Eternity

Nov 3, 2017

With two published books, including this new one, From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death, and with hundreds of thousands of views on her You Tube channel Ask a Mortician, Caitlin Doughty is the Doyenne of Death. Here she talks about some  interesting funeral practices around the world on Express Yourself.

The modern classic by Tom Stoppard visits the New Space Theatre at CMC in Spring Valley the last two weekends of October for seven performances, including two Sunday matinees. You can get more information here. And you can get your tickets here. KDNK's Luke Nestler speaks here with the play's director, G. Thomas Cochran, and the two young actors playing Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Nick Garay and Brendan Cochran.

Avon poet Jodie Hollander came by to Express Herself before her reading and workshop at the Basalt Regional Library. Jodie packs a lot of musical punch into a short line and her new book, My Dark Horses highlights that. She described her creative process and read three poems, He's, The Box and My Dark Horses.

Peter Gilbert has done more than most to elevate dance in the lower Roaring Fork Valley to a place of greater visibility. Peter's organization, Dance Initiative, brings the sixth Spectrum Dance Festival to the Launchpad in Carbondale this weekend, and here he describes this year's gathering.

Susan Wrubel has only been on the job for three weeks, but the new Executive Director of Aspen Film gave us a succinct overview of this year's festival.

Music Meeting IV

Sep 22, 2017

Cody brings Xanthe Alexis to the table. Luke brings Bombay Royale. And Gavin hips us to Clozee. So we dance from Colorado Springs to Australia to France. 

She's a creative dynamo with a new project, Nature in Translation, commissioned by The Wilderness Workshop. KDNK's Luke Nestler found out all about it.

Aspen photographer Devin Pool visited KDNK to Express himself prior to the opening of his show at the Korologos gallery in Basalt. 

Her enthusiasm runneth over. And her fingers moveth quickly upon the keyboard. Bulgarian concert pianist Tania Stavreva impresseth. 

Honey Dewdrops

Sep 7, 2017

The Honey Dewdrops talk about their harmonies, their experience at the Fayetteville Roots Festival, their love of Carbondale and their interactions with audiences. They also played Lowlands, The Loneliest Song and Nobody in This World. 

Music Meeting III

Sep 1, 2017

This one features Erika Ryann, Toussaint Morrison and Razteria.

Aisha Weinhold, co-founder of the No Man's Land Film Festival, along with a featured filmmaker, Catherine Aeppel. This film festival, born and bred in Carbondale, is one of  only two film festivals in the world devoted to women's adventure filmmakers. It returns to Carbondale starting September 14.

Another Music Meeting

Aug 25, 2017
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The second in the series of music sharing conversations between Music Director Luke Nestler, Assistant Music Director Cody Lee and Station Manager Gavin Dahl, this one features SteLouse, Jesca Hoop and the Heliocentrics.

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