Music

CubeFest to Crank the Sound Way Beyond '11'

Aug 1, 2016

“Spatial Music” is an immersive roomful of sound that is so new it can be heard in only a few places on the planet. One of them is Blacksburg, Virginia, where you’ll find a venue called "The Cube” at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech.  This week, a three-day "spatial music festival" will explore the new medium with a concert series and workshops. Robbie Harris has more on what this new venue, and its 2 tons of audio equipment, can do.

When a Songwriter Got Her First Song

May 12, 2016

 

We moved to Richmond maybe like the summer of 2004, and within maybe six months one of our neighbors who we hung out with was diagnosed with lung cancer. It was a horrible, painful thing—she had a young daughter, eight years old.

 

Gunfights. Car chases. A shady journalist. An artist on the edge. These are not the things you’d expect from a film about a jazz musician.

But with Miles Ahead, director and star Don Cheadle created a portrait of Miles Davis that the legendary trumpeter would have loved to be a part of. 

Josh Jackson hosts an hour of conversation with Don Cheadle, Miles' son Erin Davis, nephew Vince Wilburn, Jr. and film score composer Robert Glasper. 

The chorus of holiday songs will reach a fever pitch in the next few weeks.  But there are other ways to celebrate the season.  Every year, the Radford University music department rekindles a holiday tradition known as the “Madrigal Dinner.”

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Virginia's highways are dotted with small towns struggling to find new purpose and life. Like Rocky Mount in Franklin County, most have a history of agriculture or manufacturing that has left main streets boarded up.

A decade ago Rocky Mount town leaders decided they wanted to revitalize their town and music was the path to that.

Tab O'Neal visited the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount where, in just 18 months, it is making a huge impact on the town and Franklin County.

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