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
In this episode of Quick Study, we examine a case study about a community performing arts program for people with dementia and their caregivers. A transcript is available on the NEA website. … [Read more...] about Quick Study: Community Arts Programming for Those with Dementia (and Their Caregivers)
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.
The 22nd International Conference on Cultural Economics hummed along nicely—with one conspicuous absence. Victoria (“Vicky”) Ateca-Amestoy, who died unexpectedly in December 2022, was much missed by the very community she had helped to shape. Over the years, Ateca-Amestoy contributed a series of landmark research papers about arts participation, including cultural heritage … [Read more...] about A Spanish Economist Gifts the U.S. with Insights on Cultural Participation
2023 NEA Jazz Master Kenny Garrett is a saxophonist, composer, and bandleader. He sees himself as a “preacher” on his saxophone—searching for that “one note that would touch people.” In this music-filled podcast, Garrett talks about his musical beginnings in Detroit, move to NYC, and time with the Duke Ellington Band, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, and Miles Davis, and the … [Read more...] about Meet Saxophonist, Composer, Bandleader, and 2023 NEA Jazz Master Kenny Garrett