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

The Arts Underground airs Saturday from 1-3pm ... or listen to a podcast below.

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.

The Arts Underground "Murder" (April 9, 2016)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Forest Greyson is our featured Out Loud Poet today, with a poem about the unfortunate circumstances of Jake Evans. Also we'll have music by Jerome Moross and Morton Gould that was inspired by famous American murders, and even some motets by an actual murderer himself, the Renaissance composer Gesualdo.

The Arts Underground "Music for the Ancestors" (April 2, 2016)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Kristy Jane From-Brown is our featured Out Loud Poet today, as we remember the generations before us with music from ancestral traditions, especially with regard to reverence for the ancestors found in various ancient religions of the world. We'll hear pieces by Hector Angulo, Toumani Diabate, Igor Stravinsky and Jimi Hendrix. Thanks to Bobby Milk for producing the Out Loud Poets today, and thanks to Kimberly Casey for inspiring them, wrangling them, and for her reverent attitude towards creating new traditions in poetry.

The Arts Underground "Kickin' Up Our Heels" (March 26, 2016)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Shea Stripling and the Out Loud Poets inspired today's show. They'll contribute a poetry performance, and we'll hear songs that will make you want to dance! So get up and boogie. 

The Arts Underground "Sad Songs" (March 19, 2016)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The saddest songs are some of the least boring songs. Music by Janis Ian, Violeta Parra and Don McLean today, with poetry by Jeremy Bronaugh, performed by the Out Loud Poets. Thanks again to Bobby Milk and Kimberly Casey and the Out Loud Poets for making this happen.  

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