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Minnesota Music Profiles

Series produced by KBEM

Caption: KBEM logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
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Each item in the series tells how a musicians is inspired, how s/he works, their goals and intents for their work; in general, how each gets motivation and follows through with a creative project.

Each Minnesota Music Profile focuses on a musician or group. Listeners learn some of the behind-the-scenes stuff related to the creative process. Programs in the series are under 10 minutes in length. They can be run anytime because they are not time sensitive. These pieces are especially appropriate when subjects perform in the areas served by given radio stations.


123 Pieces

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Caption: Todd Harper, Credit: Carl Allen
Todd Harper turned his life around when he decided to play jazz piano full time. He talked to Phil Nusbaum about his life in jazz, and about his mu...

  • Added: Oct 09, 2015
  • Length: 08:39
Caption: Sarah Porwoll-Lee, Credit: Ellie Peterson
To Sarah Porwoll-Lee, it isn’t only that she plays new music on the clarinet. When she talked with Phil Nusbaum, she revealed that she gets excited...

  • Added: Oct 09, 2015
  • Length: 07:57
Caption: Jeremy Walker, Credit: Andrea Canter Achilles
Jeremy Walker is a man of many musical perspectives. He enjoys creating jazz tunes, but then also in creating works much grander in scope than any ...

  • Added: Oct 11, 2015
  • Length: 08:33
Caption: Brian miller and Randy Gosa, Credit: Natalie Champa-Jennings
Brian Miller is a Northern Minnesota guy who plays Irish Music, and specializes in the songs created by Irish lumberjacks in the old north woods. T...

  • Added: Oct 11, 2015
  • Length: 08:26
Caption: Scott Davies, Credit: Dan Corrigan
Scott Mateo Davies is a career ethnic musician, with great interests in certain styles of the Spanish world. Recently he told Phil Nusbaum abiut se...

  • Added: Oct 22, 2015
  • Length: 05:08
Caption: Maryam Ysafzadeh at home, Credit: Phil Nusbaum
The World Jazz Trio combines interests in varied musical forms, with a goal of synthesizing multiple styles into something new. The members of the ...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2015
  • Length: 07:47
Caption: KBEM logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Zeitgeist is a New Music group in Minneapolis-Saint Paul that does it all: In performing New Music, it stands at the intersection of the audience, ...

  • Added: Nov 06, 2015
  • Length: 10:33
Caption: Curtis and Loretta , Credit: Jennifer Bong
They sing many types of traditional songs, they play many instruments, they write songs and their repertoire is a mile wide. But to folksinging due...

  • Added: Nov 11, 2015
  • Length: 08:25
Caption: Gao Hong w/pipa, Credit: Photo Provided by World Music Professionals
Gao Hong came from China to America in 1994. Already established as a world-class player of the Chinese pipa, she has gotten interested in the west...

  • Added: Nov 23, 2015
  • Length: 06:40
Caption: The Capri Big Band, Credit: Brianna Johnson
Big Band music has persisted over the generations. Why? It might be because big band music is a big part of formal learning for horn players in hig...

  • Added: Nov 28, 2015
  • Length: 06:09
Caption: Captain Gravitone CD Cover, Credit: Al Fack
Captain Gravitone and the String Theory Orchestra. Musically, the group is an omnivore, with a heavy influence from the theater and circus. Band le...

  • Added: Dec 08, 2015
  • Length: 06:50
Caption: Sound Skirmish, Credit: Kelle Green
Many say there’s no better way to learn a music style than to jump in and do it. That’s what the members of Sound Skirmish have done. Still college...

  • Added: Dec 24, 2015
  • Length: 06:44
Caption: Solomon Parham, Credit: Andrea Canter
Playing music is more than a technical skill. It is often a spiritual experience for those who play it. But while performing can be a personal thin...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2016
  • Length: 06:39
Caption: The High 48s, Credit: Greg Johnson
The High 48s. The group definitely plays towards the tastes of its audience. But when you talk to the guys in the group, you can tell they love wha...

  • Added: Jan 08, 2016
  • Length: 07:40
Caption: Tim Sparks, Credit: Ali Hasbach
Tim Sparks is something of a legend in the Twin Cities music scene. It dates back to his days with Rio Nido, where his bandmates could count on Tim...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2016
  • Length: 07:26
Caption: Century Jazz Ensemble, Credit: Don Jackson
The Century jazz Ensemble is a group of community members who just can’t enough of big band playing, and as a result the whole community benefits. ...

  • Added: Jan 20, 2016
  • Length: 07:34
Caption: the Sawtooth Bros, Credit: Scott Ward
The guys in the Sawtooth Brothers are twenty-somethings, but they’ve been at their music for over a decade. If you listen, you can tell the group’s...

  • Added: Jan 27, 2016
  • Length: 06:11
Caption: Ginger Commodore, Credit: Tom Wallace
Ginger Commodore, a member of the famed jazz vocal group Moore By Four and experienced band leader, talks to interviewer Phil Nusbaum about the joy...

  • Added: Feb 02, 2016
  • Length: 08:25
Caption: Graydon Peterson at Crooner's, Credit: Andrea Canter
Graydon Peterson is a Twin Cities-based bass player with impressive credentials especially for his composing. But he chooses to do it all. You migh...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2016
  • Length: 07:39
Caption: Atlantis Quartet, Credit: Benny Moreno
Jazz is a tough world, and it takes perseverance. But sticking together has its rewards, and a case in point is the Atlantis Quartet, slowly but su...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2016
  • Length: 06:38