Announcing Round Window Radio

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Announcing Round Window Radio

 Round Window Radio is a music subscription series seen through the prism of the 5-string banjo.

When you join as a subscriber, here is what you receive (for less than the price of a latte per month): 

An exclusive monthly download (or stream) of an eclectic and unique music track recorded with Jake Schepps and a wide spectrum of collaborators (such as Darol Anger, Matt Flinner, Grant Gordy, Scott Nygaard, Noam Pikelny, Ross Martin, Tony Trischka, and many non-stringband musicians too). These recordings will cover lots of musical territory (think bluegrass, newgrass, Brazilian choro, jazz, classical, and much more).

Sheet music and/or banjo tablature for every recording posted each month.

Articles about the music, the composer, creative process, and other facets of what you are hearing (think detailed liner notes).

Podcast-style interviews with the musicians recording for Round Window Radio. 

The knowledge that most of your subscription dollars are paid directly to these collaborating musicians.  In this age of free music streaming services and a dying CD market, Round Window Radio endeavors to support these wildly talented and creative musicians, and in the process create lots of music for you to enjoy (think crowd-funded patronage of the arts).

A custom minted coin or a Round Window Radio t-shirts at higher subscription levels (see below)

Other surprise exclusives along the way for subscribers only.
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“It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance, and I know of no substitute for the force and beauty of its process.” -Henry James

“New research demonstrates that spending money on others provides a bigger happiness boost than spending money on oneself.  When prosocial* spending is done right—when it feels like a choice, when it connects with others, and when it makes a clear impact—even small gifts can increase happiness, potentially spurring a domino effect of generosity.” - UJ Ramdas, Intelligent Change

The above quote essentially constitute the Round Window Radio mission statement.  

Thank you so much for your support!

*Prosocial: voluntary behavior intended to benefit another.




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New Posts at Round Window Radio

Lots of happenings at Round Window Radio:

Podcast #1 is live today, and is an interview with mandolinist, composer and frequent collaborator Matt Flinner. We talk about his new album"Traveling Roots" and the Music du Jour project, writing "Migrations" for the "Entwined" album, composing, and much more.

February's track is a piece by Matt Flinner called "The Oquirrh Ridge Drifter" (here we are playing it live on YouTube) from the Matt Flinner Trio's “Music du Jour” book. At Jake Schepps Quintet shows I like to feature everyone’s compositional skills alongside the classical composers. I asked Matt for a tune to fill out our set to which he pulled out “The Oquirrh Ridge Drifter.” This tune is beautiful on so many levels: it has a compelling and sparse melody, a curiously offset bass line, a very different form than most bluegrass tunes (albeit not terribly difficult to grasp), and an incredibly fun chord progression for soloing. All that and more from one of the many tunes Matt has churned out the day of a show. 

January's post a classic Brazilian choro "Diabinho Maluco" recorded with Enion Pelta Tiller (violin), Bill Kopper (7-string guitar), and Carl Dixon (pandeiro).  We recorded more tunes on that session, including a Tchaikovsky piano work and a baiao by Mr. Kopper (here is a version played by the indomitable Dudu Maia and Douglas Lora).  

All of this and more is available to subscribers, and for the price of one latte a month you should join the fun at www.RoundWindowRadio.com.  

 

     

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    World Premiere of "Stumble Smooth" in July

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    World Premiere of "Stumble Smooth" in July

    The amazing Gyan Riley has a week-long residency at John Zorn's legendary club The Stone in New York City this summer, and he has asked me to put together a special incarnation of the Quintet for the world premiere of his composition Stumble Smooth.   We obviously worked it up for the recording, but this will be the first time we have performed this burly work.   On July 8 at 8pm, come check this band for a one-off show, including Gyan on guitar, David Goldenberg on mandolin, Jarel Engel on bass, and Enion Pelta-Tiller on violin,  

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    A Classical Hoedown at WQXR

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    A Classical Hoedown at WQXR

    As we traveled through the snow and ice in February, we stopped by WQXR for a Cafe Concert.  We played a few pieces, which you can hear above, then Terrance McKnight interview Matt Flinner and myself about the project (starts about halfway through).  And here's a video from the session:

     






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    Bandcamp and iTunes

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    Bandcamp and iTunes

    The album is now available for pre-order at Bandcamp and iTunes.  Both places include the liner notes, but only Bandcamp includes a crazy bonus track written by yours truly, custom artwork for each suite (see the cover for Flatiron below), and lots more love.  In this day and age of much lamenting over the demise of the music business, Bandcamp is part of the solution. The artists are selling straight to their audience, and it offers a deeper level of interaction than the likes of Amazon or iTunes.  

     

     


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    Ship in the Clouds sets sail

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    Ship in the Clouds sets sail

    For those in the Bay area, our short run starts tomorrow night, Thursday, November 13, through Sunday.  We have lots of new stuff, lots of old stuff, bluegrass, choro, polskas, and more.  Visit the tour page, or our facebook page for more info.  

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