Arts Underground

What is art, and what can we learn from it? On Arts Underground, host Sarah Williamson explores all different forms of creativity and skill, such as the art of love, war, charisma, food, and comedy. Bringing you the stories and lessons behind art, while taking the time to stop and smell the roses that are the classics. 

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

The Arts Underground "Coffee Break" (May 6, 2017)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

It's coffee time! And that's always a good time. Out Loud Poets take a coffee break with us today, and we'll also be revved up by music from Darrell Grant, Dr. Mary Crowell, J.S. Bach, Prince and The Ink Spots. Cheers!

The Arts Underground "Music of the Fertile Crescent" (April 29, 2017)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

What kind of music says "loam" like nothing else? Music from Kronos Quartet, of course! We'll hear a good deal of their FLOODPLAIN CD today, featuring ancient tunes from the Fertile Crescent (also known as the cradle of civilisation) in some modern arrangements. Also, the Out Loud Poets get themselves rooted in the dirt. Which, according to a few really good sources, is kinda where ya wanna be.

The Arts Underground "Four Seasons, Four Ways" (April 22, 2017)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Any way you slice it, it comes up Vivaldi. The Four Seasons today, played by a Chinese baroque ensemble, a harp, three guitars, and a regular old baroque violin. Plus a seasonal stop-in from the Out Loud Poets. 

The Arts Underground "Goin' to the Movies" (April 15, 2017)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Out Loud's Shea Stripling is back with popcorn! So we're goin' to the movies, with music from Funny Girl, Citizen Kane and Il Postino, and some original music for silent films by the Alloy Orchestra.

The Arts Underground "Make Yourself At Home" (April 8, 2017)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Out Loud Poets visit our house today with Kimberly Casey's poem about a house...and its eventual transformation. Walk through, take a seat, listen to some good music...there's a different piece playing in every room, including works by Erik Satie, Coco Steel & Lovebomb, and you might even hear Nina Simone a time or two. Faites comme chez vous!

The Arts Underground "Going with the Flow" (April 1, 2017)

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Shea Stripling of Out Loud Huntsville returns with a watery poem, and we just keep on flowing right along those lines with watery music of Laurel Zucker, Jennifer Higdon, Cindy Cox, Donald Reid Womack, Margaret Bonds, and Muddy Waters.

The Arts Underground "woman and the moon" (March 25, 2017)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Woman and the Moon have associations that go back thousands of years. On today's show, engineer and poetess Kimeko Farrar does a couple of creative pieces that will really inspire you. We'll have a visit with the Out Loud Poets, whose Jarod Lacy reads his beautiful poem about the Moon, and we'll hear music of Laurel Zucker, Thomas Koppel, and Moondog. 

The Arts Underground "A Date with Bill Murray" (March 18, 2017)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Poetess Shea Stripling is obsessed with Bill Murray...and reasonably so. She writes amazing poems about him. This show is devoted to her fantasy date with the actor, wherein they visit Paris and Rio and a karaoke bar. The Out Loud Poets preside in wonder and magnificence throughout this wild ride. We hope you'll sing along!

The Arts Underground "Discovering Women Composers" (March 11, 2017)

Monday, March 13, 2017

We'll have music on the show today by some women composers that you (perhaps) ain't NEVAH hoid, including Vitezslava Kapralova and Geraldine Mucha, both of whom were married to the same guy (at two different times in his life). And we'll hear Alice Coltrane's Journey In Satchidananda, which is a trip worth taking, so put your cool shoes on. Also, we'll visit with TC of the Out Loud Poets. All of this to celebrate Women's History Month, which you should (perhaps) also be doing. 

The Arts Underground "Breaking It Up" (March 4, 2017)

Monday, March 6, 2017

Wanting to break things with the Out Loud Poets. Breaking into the record collection of Brad Posey (of The Invisible City on WLRH, Friday nights at 7 and Saturday nights at 10) for inspiration. We'll also hear selections from a major new poetry project on Roven Records, called Poetic License...and Junior Vasquez, breaking up KD Lang's version of the theme from Valley of the Dolls. Andre and Dory never had it so good! 

The Arts Underground "Celebrating Black History Month" (February 18, 2017)

Monday, February 27, 2017

Still celebrating the achievements of creative African Americans on our show today, including performances by Shirley Horn and Wes Montgomery, two giants of jazz. We'll also have a visit with the Out Loud Poets.

The Arts Underground "Celebrating Black History Month" (February 11, 2017)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

On today's show we have a visit with the Out Loud Poets, and we'll also hear the voices of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. Also we'll hear the voice of Talise Trevigne, a rising new star in the opera world, and some classic pieces by Charlie Parker. 

The Arts Underground "Considering Beethoven" (February 4, 2017)

Monday, February 6, 2017

Beethoven left us plenty of room for argument and lots of food for thought in his writings. People can get just about anything from the letters and words and musings and scribblings of Beethoven. It's all very ambiguous, the stuff he left behind for us to contemplate. You can do the same with his music. Great music is worth living for. Have a nice day. 

The Arts Underground "Signs & Symbols" (January 28, 2017)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Music is a compilation of symbols, on at least one level; it's thus often selectively translatable. Today we consider works by Mozart, Debussy and Gyorgy Kurtag. Also, the Out Loud Poets can surely see the signs...and they are very clear.

The Arts Underground "Where You Goin'?" (January 21, 2017)

Monday, January 23, 2017

Lindsay Monroe of Massachusetts is walking across the country. I got a chance to interview her for this show. Plus, the Out Loud Poets take us somewhere else...and we'll hear the Songs of Travel by Ralph Vaughan Williams. 

The Arts Underground "Silence" (January 14, 2017)

Monday, January 16, 2017

What does silence sound like? Never mind, it's impossible. Music of Martynov, Satie, and Feldman today and a quiet visit with the Out Loud Poets.

The Arts Underground "Musical Friendships" (January 7, 2017)

Monday, January 9, 2017

Mozart and Haydn, Brahms and Clara Schumann, Debussy and Satie...famous friendships of great composers make great stories. Music of great friends on our show, and a visit with some of our poet friends from Out Loud, too. 

The Arts Underground "Dos and Don'ts" (December 31, 2016)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Songs with "do" or "don't" in their titles. Don't think too hard about this one. 

The Arts Underground "Jazzy Christmas Eve" (December 24, 2016)

Friday, December 30, 2016

Lots of jazzy Christmas music today, including performances by Renee Fleming, Chris Botti, Steve Tyrell, Wynton Marsalis, Duke Ellington, the Keith Taylor Trio, and Travelin' Light. Wishing you a happy jazzy Christmas! 

The Arts Underground "Solstice" (December 17, 2016)

Friday, December 30, 2016

Sunny times...with the Out Loud Poets, and the Paul Winter Consort, from their 25th anniversary performance at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.




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