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Big as Ever: Russ Wilson’s Famous Orchestra

Asheville, North Carolina is populated with scores of hard-working, ever-busy creative people who endeavor to bring their chosen art to the public. But among those, perhaps the busiest of all is Russ Wilson. It’s difficult to keep a current tally on just how many musical projects he’s juggling at any given moment, but of late

Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival: Local Focus, Careful Growth

Now in its 10th year, the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (October 12-14) is a world-class event spanning 7 venues and three days. But the festival grew from modest beginnings. BEMF co-founders Katie Longmyer and Jen Lyon began by taking over a piece of land in Gowanus and creating “a pop-up, daytime thing where there would

Woods & Wilds Festival 2017

Note: Happy Thanksgiving! This is my 2,500th post since the launch of Musoscribe in 2009. — bk Storytelling plays an important part in the ongoing struggle to protect the environment. For the second year in a row, nonprofit organization Dogwood Alliance highlighted the synergy between the tradition of storytelling and its own efforts, adding in

Evil Note Lab: Pushing the Boundaries of Live Musical Improvisation

Ableton Live is computer software that allows musicians real-time interactivity with sequences of notes, sounds and textures. While the software is often used as a creative studio tool, in the hands of Asheville musical collective Evil Note Lab, Ableton Live realizes its potential as a performance instrument. Evil Note Lab puts its groundbreaking musical experiment

All Go West Fest: Keeping Asheville Weird

In recent years, Asheville has lost two of its long-running annual music festivals. From 1979 until 2013, Bele Chere drew an increasing number of tourists to Asheville for a popular and eclectic mix of musical acts and other arts. The high-profile yearly Moogfest relocated from New York City to Asheville in 2010 and remained here

Peggy Ratusz and Paula Hanke: Celebrating Women Who Make Music History

Note: See the update at the end of the story. — bk Peggy Ratusz and Paula Hanke are among the most well-known musical performers in Asheville; both have played on most every stage in town, singing everything from blues to country to pop to jazz, and most everything in between. Friends since 2007, they’ve collaborated

Marshall Crenshaw Sets Aside Recording to Focus on Live Dates, Film Project

Marshall Crenshaw burst onto the national music scene in 1982 with his self-titled debut album and its irresistible single, “Someday, Someway.” Though both the album and single charted, Crenshaw’s brand of melodic, classic pop would never again experience sales figures comparable to those releases. But the quality of his subsequent work speaks for itself: across

Ian Anderson: System Latency and the Opportunities of Multimedia

British Progressive legends Jethro Tull have been around in one form or another for nearly half a century. From 1967 until now, the group’s mainstay has always been Ian Anderson: as songwriter, singer and flautist, Anderson has long cut a distinctive figure. His trademark standing-on-one-leg flute solos accent the band’s reliably high-energy performances. Even today

Teaming Up: Tommy Keene and Ivan Julian

Tommy Keene and Ivan Julian recently completed a dual solo tour; just ahead of that run, I spoke with Keene. It was the third time I had interviewed him since 2006. — bk Though he got his musical start in the Washington DC area, guitarist Tommy Keene has a real connection to the music scene

A Few Moments with Hans-Joachim Roedelius

German composer Hans-Joachim Roedelius is a synthesizer pioneer, and a leading light of ambient music. Yet acoustic piano is his instrument of choice, and he has little use for the term “ambient.” Roedelius made a rare North American appearance at the Mothlight on March 18 before heading to Knoxville for this year’s Big Ears Festival.