Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Simple Yet Elegent Programming Idea

I found this in Ye Olde Weekly Observer. Notice this simplicity of the production. It involves very little technical know-how (The most technically difficult thing would be the recording of the interview... and perhaps the recording of the narration). So if you are not technically adept, and have no interest in being so, then you can focus your energy on something else. In this case it is research: finding archived material. But it could be anything: questions for an interview, a written piece, character development in a monologue, a list of facts ala Harper's Index. Whatever you're into, you can make it into radio. 

Here's the synopsis: 

This past Sunday, November 9, WKCR FM JAZZ PROFILE program highlighted the work of New School Faculty member Andrew Cyrille. The five-hour feature program, WKCR's longest regularly-scheduled show, presents an in-depth look at one specific artist or theme. Their DJs conduct thorough research to offer rare recordings alongside acknowledged masterpieces, presenting listeners with a fully-rounded portrait of the chosen musical subject.

Cyrille’s JAZZ PROFILE featured an in-depth interview conducted earlier with the master drummer. The JAZZ PROFILE program led up to WKCR’s 24-hour Andrew Cyrille Birthday Broadcast, which began Monday, November 10, at midnight and preempted all regular programming for 24 hours. Other preeminent jazz artists that have been honored with 24-hour Birthday Broadcasts include, Max Roach, Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, Charles Parker, and Thelonious Monk.

Andrew Cyrille is perhaps the preeminent free-jazz percussionist of the 1980s and '90s. Few free-jazz drummers play with Cyrille's grace and authority. His energy is unflagging, his power absolute, tempered only by an ever-present sense of propriety. Cyrille has been a member of New School Jazz faculty since 1989.

Born on November 10,1939 in Brooklyn, New York, Cyrille joined the Cecil Taylorunit in the 1960s for about 10 years and eventually performed drum duos with Milford Graves. In addition to recording as a bandleader, he has recorded and/or performed with musicians like David Murray, IrÃne Schweizer, Marilyn Crispell, Carla Bley, Butch Morris, and Reggie Workman among others.

I'd like to thank the New School Weekly Observer (November 10-16, 2008) on for the cited text and the inspiration.

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