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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.

146 Pieces

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Caption: Switched at Birth, Credit: Stan Kolapailo
Switched at Birth. The group plays a seemingly an ever-increasing variety of songs on the Bluegrass instruments. They’ve had a lot of fun with this...

  • Added: Jul 11, 2017
  • Length: 07:15
Caption: Captain Gravitone CD Cover Art, Credit: Al Fack
Every once in a while you learn of a group that really is different than all others. Such is the case with Captain Gravitone and the String Theory ...

  • Added: Jul 07, 2017
  • Length: 07:21
Caption: Paul Barry and the Ace Tones with Lila Ammons, Credit: Kent Flemmer
Paul Barry (“Berry”) is a veteran blues band leader. Among the things that he has picked up over the years is that many people like the blues. But,...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2017
  • Length: 07:46
Caption: Paul Berry and the Ace Tones with Lila Ammons, Credit: Kent Flemmer
Lila Ammons sung at a lot of great places big and small, in both the US and Europe. You might say it comes natural to her. Lila is part of an accom...

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  • Added: Jun 29, 2017
  • Length: 08:04
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Caption: Joe Kopel, Credit: Joe Kopel
Joe Kopel. If there is anybody with songwriting in his DNA, it is Joe. As a kid he would write his own lyrics to existing songs. By high school, he...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2017
  • Length: 06:25
Caption: Artwork by Warren Thomas Fenzi, Credit: Warren Thomas Fenzi
Warren Thomas Fenzi. He’s a young songwriter writes from his own experiences. Warren plays with other members of a collective, and the members back...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2017
  • Length: 08:08
Caption: KBEM logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
AJ Srubas is a young country musician from Minneapolis. But “Country” does not quite tell the story of AJ’s expertise, as different types of countr...

  • Added: Jun 16, 2017
  • Length: 07:40
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Regina Marie Williams. When she sings a song, it is a combination of honoring the great singers that came before her, and advancing her own style o...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2017
  • Length: 07:48
Caption: Monroe Crossing, Credit: Jamey Guy
Our area’s first outdoor bluegrass festival is is coming this weekend. Matt Johnson helped organize the Spring Kickoff, and he tells Phil Nusbaum a...

  • Added: May 25, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Matra, Credit: Alison Bents
Today there are so many instrument combinations and influences coming in that would not have happened a few decades ago. Like matra, with its combi...

  • Added: May 19, 2017
  • Length: 08:12
Caption: Ritika Ganguly, Credit: Vinod Srinivasan
Ritika Ganguly is conversant in many music styles. But her true genius may just be in finding ways of combining them so that the outcome is greater...

  • Added: May 09, 2017
  • Length: 12:28
Caption: Nikki Matteson Roux, Credit: Joel Jackson
The Blues has been around a long time because it’s a way of telling it like it is. And that is how Nikki and the RueMates operates. Nikki told Phil...

  • Added: May 05, 2017
  • Length: 08:12
Caption: Bobb Fantauzzo, Credit: Andrea Canter
Like many good things, Bobb Fantauzzo’s recent music is both new and old. Both the Native American flute and jazz have been around awhile, but putt...

  • Added: May 03, 2017
  • Length: 07:38
Caption: Aaron Kerr, Credit: Elizabeth Thonen-Kerr
Aaron Kerr. He’s a man of multiple musical personalities. Aaron is first and foremost a composer. Owing to his formal musical training, he plays cl...

  • Added: Apr 16, 2017
  • Length: 05:45
Caption: Julian Manzara, Credit: Jax Ravel
Julian Manzara is a young Twin Cities guitarist whose composing and improvising abilities have started to make a name for himself. He plays solo an...

  • Added: Apr 09, 2017
  • Length: 06:53
Caption: Jazz 88 logo , Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
As a kid Dee Miller decided to become a blues singer. She’s worked tirelessly over the years, and it’s paid off in high level performances. She to...

  • Added: Apr 07, 2017
  • Length: 07:00
Caption: Andrew Walesch, Credit: Heidi Ross
While pop music styles come and go, the pop of the big band era has a timeless quality. Andrew Walesch is a young man carrying on where singers lik...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2017
  • Length: 09:53
Caption: Kronick Quintet at Golden's Deli, Credit: George Tofoya
The Kronick Quintet: It’s the Variety that Pleases the Fans What’s the key to success if you are playing in clubs? It’s being about to play a wide ...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2017
  • Length: 07:18
Caption: Jon Pemberton, Credit: Lana Pemberton
When you listen to Jon Pemberton, the feeling that he has much to offer grows and grows. He is best known as a piano player, and you’ll see him as ...

  • Added: Feb 24, 2017
  • Length: 08:20
Caption: Zack Baltich, Credit: Matt Barber
If you want to know about a creative spirit, take the case of Zack Baltich. Zack synthesizes his informal and formal music experiences to create so...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2017
  • Length: 08:20