National Heritage Fellow “Little Joe” Hernández describes his musical journey explaining how his culture, family, and personal experiences shaped his legendary style. Coming from a musical family, he took the traditional Mexican songs he grew up hearing, and blended them with jazz, country, rock 'n roll, and blues creating a distinctive voice in Tejano music. He … [Read more...] about Meet Joe Hernandez–Legendary Tejano Musician
Emmett Phillips is a hip-hop artist, actor, poet, and teaching artist based in Des Moines, Iowa. In this podcast, Emmett shares his journey from his early days in hip-hop through his time in the military to becoming a teaching artist who empowers youth through the arts, specifically hip-hop. Emmett discusses hip-hop as a cultural movement that uplifts people, amplifies the … [Read more...] about Meet poet, hip-hop artist, actor and teaching artist Emmett Phillips
Wampum & Fiber Artist and 2023 National Heritage Fellow Elizabeth James-Perry (Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, Aquinnah) is a brilliant artist, marine biologist, and advocate for cultural preservation, Native lifeways, and environmental stewardship. In this podcast, James-Perry talks about the intersection of art and science and explains how these two passions inform her … [Read more...] about Meet Elizabeth James-Perry (Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, Aquinnah)
This week, we’re revisiting 2017 National Heritage Fellow Phil Wiggins, a true master of the blues harmonica. In this music-filled podcast, Phil discusses the significance of Piedmont blues, the art of blues harmonica, and his own commitment to preserving and passing down the blues heritage to future generations. He recounts how his passion for the instrument grew, meeting … [Read more...] about Meet Blues Harmonica Player and 2017 National Heritage Fellow Phil Wiggins
Gil Rose is a conductor and the founder and artistic director of the performing and recording ensemble the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), which is dedicated exclusively to commissioning, performing, and recording music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and Odyssey Opera which is dedicated to performing lesser-known older operas as well as contemporary … [Read more...] about Meet Gil Rose: Conductor, founder and artistic director of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), Odyssey Opera and BMOP/Sound.