The Arts Underground

Can you manage a mambo? Or perhaps a waltz? The Arts Underground with Beth Norwood takes your mind places it didn't know it wanted to go.

This one-hour, free-form program seeks to delight the senses. You'll hear interviews with artists, poetry, and music from across time and space...and maybe you'll find a few hidden musical treasures.

The Arts Underground airs Saturday from 2-3 PM ... or listen to a podcast below.

The Arts Underground "Love and Longing" (August 27, 2016)

Friday, August 26, 2016

Songs about people who want various things, including music of Schubert and Wagner and performances by Billie Holiday and Renee Fleming. The Out Loud Poets, featuring poet and activist T.C. this time, are really good at expressing what yearning is like. Enlightened beings need not apply...but most of the rest of us will identify.

The Arts Underground "Love and Loss" (August 20, 2016)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Breaking up and its parameters are often beautifully illustrated in poetry and music. We have the Out Loud Poets to help us with this today, as well as music by Sibelius, Sebastien Le Camus, and Rachmaninov, who was actually a happily married man. Go figure.

The Arts Underground "Creepy Crawlies" (August 13, 2016)

Monday, August 15, 2016

Remember that crazy toy that came out in the nineteen-seventies, the one where you would cook small blobs of colorful rubber into flowers, wiggly worms, strange creatures and such, that you could put in your pockets and carry around with you, after the rubber figures had sufficiently cooled?

The Arts Underground "Almost Autumn" (August 6, 2016)

Monday, August 8, 2016

Sam McCall and the Out Loud Poets think about October. Also, we have music for you from some of the world's greatest autumnal composers, including Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Vivaldi and Orff. What makes them autumnal? You'll hear it in the music.  Thanks to Kimberly Casey for hearty community spirit and masterful poet-wrangling, and to Bobby Milk for the fine gourmet editing and the chocolate bourbon pecan pies.

The Arts Underground "Happy Birthday, General Smedley Butler" (July 30, 2016)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

General Smedley Darlington Butler was born on July 30, 1881. He was with the Marines for thirty-four years. He wrote "War Is a Racket," which is featured in a piano piece by Kyle Gann on today's show. Other offerings for today include "The Sadness of Lions" by Out Loud Poet Dave Trueb, Barber's Adagio, and a dramatic reading by Patrick Cunningham of the famous speech from Charlie Chaplin's film, The Great Dictator. We'll also hear The Decline by NOFX and a work called Peace Process by John McDonald.

The Arts Underground "I and the Village" (July 23, 2016)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

"I and the Village" is a painting by Marc Chagall, consisting of images from his childhood rendered in a dreamlike way. Today's show features pieces from good old hometown composers such as Federico Mompou, Hamza El Din, and Marie-Joseph Canteloube de Malaret. We'll also hear from the Out Loud Poets about how it takes a village to do just about anything.

The Arts Underground "Devices" (July 16, 2016)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Devices are often used to great effect in music and literature. On today's show, we'll hear how Mozart, Ravel, Pachelbel and the Out Loud Poets use them.

The Arts Underground "Personal Transformations" (July 9, 2016)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Stillness and Change by John Aylward. Poetry by Sharon Singletary of Out Loud Hsv. Some of the Temper Mutations by Carl Schimmel and Richard Strauss's Tod und Verklarung. If these things don't change you, nothing will. 

The Arts Underground "A Peaceful Revolution" (July 2, 2016)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Peaceful moments and music from Erik Satie, Tommaso Albinoni, Frederic Rzewski, and Gustav Holst. Also, another edition of Out Loud On Air, featuring the poets of www.outloudhsv.com

Thanks to Bobby Milk and Kimberly Casey of Out Loud, for fine editing and poet wrangling.

The Arts Underground "A Children's Hour" (June 25, 2016)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A children's hour today...featuring a visit with Dave Trueb and the Out Loud Poets of Out Loud On Air, and music of Philip Lasser and Claude Debussy. As Tom Robbins is wont to say, it's never too late to have a happy childhood...

The Arts Underground "It's All About Love" (June 18, 2016)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

It's all about love...and monster movies! On today's show we have another visit from the Out Loud Poets, and we'll also be hearing some voices from The Art-'N'-Soul Society of Expression. Love songs of all kinds...including some new things from The Jayhawks, the Ray Lema Quintet, and Rufus Wainwright. Love ya mean it. 

The Arts Underground "A Piece of Their Minds" (June 11, 2016)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Poetry and music by women artists today. A visit from the Out Loud Poets, featuring Alura Reia, and also a special appearance from poet Kisha Freed, Chief Visionary Officer of Word XPress and member of The Art-'N'-Soul Society of Expression. Kisha's stunning TED talk is at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhdIncXfdJY Thanks again to Bobby Milk for his super-gourmet production capabilities in the Out Loud On Air segment, and to Kimberly Casey for wrangling poets and performers for this piece (not an easy task).

The Arts Underground "Stargazing" (June 4, 2016)

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Stars are like magic...at least, to a poet. Composers, they also seem to know it. All things astral on today's show; Out Loud On Air is all aglow. I thank all of you, good list'ners, for list'ning; I hope your lucky stars are glist'ning!

The Arts Underground "Shine On" (May 28, 2016)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Shiny happy music from the likes of Olivier Messiaen, Guillermo Klein and Alun Hoddinott. Also a visit from the Out Loud Poets, with a poem by Kimberly Casey entitled "Shine." Thanks to Bobby Milk for producing the Out Loud On Air segment this week.

The Arts Underground "Transformations" (May 21, 2016)

Monday, May 23, 2016

Change is in the air! Change will do you good. Today we revisit Arnold Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht, based on the poetry of Richard Dehmel, a powerful voice for change. Also some powerful poetry once again from the Out Loud Poets of Flying Monkey Arts Center at the Lowe Mill. 

The Arts Underground "At Sixes and Sevens" (May 14, 2016)

Monday, May 16, 2016

Poets sometimes appear in groups...what do you get when you put six or seven poets in one recording studio? Some pretty amazing recordings, is what...on today's show we'll hear work by Out Loud Poet Shea Stripling, choreographed for an entire group of Out Loud poets and reciters. Also we'll have music by six French composers, Pulitzer Prize-winning music performed by the eight singers of Roomful of Teeth, and a couple of pieces from a six-composer, more-than-six-artist project featuring six musicians...and we're not even going to St. Ives.

The Arts Underground "Goddesses" (May 7, 2016)

Monday, May 9, 2016

Goddesses are everywhere in music and poetry...inspiring composers Rick Sowash, Gustav Holst, Emile Paladilhe and Georges Bizet and poets Pierre Corneille and Kristy Jane From-Brown.

The Arts Underground "What's Cookin'?" (April 30, 2016)

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Out Loud Poets visit this week with a delicious recipe by Forest Grayson. We'll also hear Lee Hoiby's one-act opera, Bon Appetit!, featuring Julia Child as the main character, and we'll enjoy a few heaping portions of Claude Bolling's Picnic Suite. 

The Arts Underground "Fathers and Sons" (April 23, 2016)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Stories of fathers and sons on this version of the Arts Underground today, featuring pieces by Benjamin Clementine and William Bolcom, and Claude Debussy's cantata, l'Enfant Prodigue (The Prodigal Son). Also we'll hear some more stellar work by the Out Loud Poets, with Dave Trueb's poem in the spotlight.

The Arts Underground "Fire" (April 16, 2016)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Poets on fire with inspiration! We will have some sparkly inspiring work from Lynsey Morandin Bronaugh and the Out Loud Poets this time on the show, plus music of Manuel de Falla, Alexander Scriabin, Claude Debussy, and Richard Wagner, as well as a little something from the Buena Vista Social Club.

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