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Liesl Schillinger: Wordbirds

Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 11:00am

Have you ever been in an unique situation and wished there was a perfect word to describe what you were experiencing? Tonight on Inquiry we speak with writer, translator and book reviewer LIESL SCHILLINGER about her witty new book WORDBIRDS: AN IRREVERENT LEXICON FOR THE 21ST CENTURY.  This is a wonderful collection of neologisms that Liesl coined to describe our life now, and beautifully illustrated with birds. Sound intriguing? Tune in and learn why you never want to be involved in a TWEET SHOW. 

Bruce Gertz Quintet with Jerry Bergonzi, Phil Grenadier, Gabriel Guerrero and Austin McMahon

In jazz, as in many things, how one achieves a high profile is determined as much by geography and luck of the draw as by anything else. Consider the bass player Bruce Gertz. Although he’s known throughout the U.S. and has some following worldwide, his name doesn’t show up in the polls, he's not a featured performer at festivals and he’s not signed to a major label. Still, it’s apparent from the first track of Open Mind that Gertz belongs in the front rank of contemporary bassists, unquestionably the equal of more celebrated NYC counterparts.

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Wed, 01/29/2014 - 19:30

Sonny Landreth & Cindy Cashdollar

Sonny Landreth and Cindy Cashdollar are making some rare duo appearances in 2014. Louisiana’s slide guitar wizard will deliver his bottle-neck style slide chops while Austin's sweetheart of the steel guitar will showcase the renowned talent that earned her a spot in the Texas Music Hall of Fame.

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Tue, 01/28/2014 - 19:30

Alexei Tsiganov Group

Alexei Tsiganov now returns once again with his own group to Regattabar and with his delicate arrangements and slamming solos Tsiganov takes his audience on a multicultural voyage throughout the Jazz genre. Alexei will be performing his original compositions and arrangements of Jazz standards on Vibes and Piano. Add Bass, Drums, Percussion, Flute and Sax and you have a fine recipe for an enticing entrée of delectable Jazz with distinct Latin, Russian and Brazilian flavors.

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Fri, 01/24/2014 - 19:30

Steven Feifke Septet

New York based pianist, composer and arranger Steven Feifke has been called "a virtuoso and a highly communicative and creative musician" by Grammy award winning trumpeter Brian Lynch. Lynch goes on to say that "he is one of the brightest new talents to appear on the modern jazz horizon in some time."

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Thu, 01/23/2014 - 19:30

Boubacar Diabate and SambaLolo

West African griot singer and traditional multi-instrumentalist, Boubacar Diabate, from Bamako, Mali comes from the Mande lineage. He has combined traditional West African rhythms with modern influences to create his own contemporary Malian griot music.

Songwriter, storyteller, guitarist and vocalist, Boubacar brings his original compositions and arrangements to deliver powerful vocals and distinctive guitar melodies, with a unique sound likened to the Kora, a traditional harp made from hardwood and calabash.

Event Date: 
Sat, 01/18/2014 - 19:30

Bob Brier: Egyptomania

Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 9:30am

Ancient Egyptian culture and artifacts have mesmerized people since Ancient Greece and Rome. And why not? Ancient Egypt has pyramids, the Sphinx, hieroglyphs, cool looking deities, scarabs and of course mummies. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with BOB BRIER, Senior Research Fellow at Long Island University/LIU Post about his rollicking cultural history EGYPTOMANIA: OUR THREE THOUSAND YEAR OBSESSION WITH THE LAND OF THE PHAROAHS.  Tune in tonight and learn why it seemed every country wanted an obelisk, what is the best film about Ancient Egypt and much, much more.

Fitchburg Art Museum: Jeffu Warmouth-No More Funny Stuff

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 4:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back MARY TINTI, Associate Curator at the Fitchburg Art Museum. With Mary is artist JEFFU WARMOUTH. Together they will talk about Jeffu’s first retrospective JEFFU WARMOUTH: NO MORE FUNNY STUFF at the Fitchburg Art Museum opening February 9. Jeffu’s art is often interactive, beautiful, engaging and lots of fun. Tune in and find out why! Tp see some of Jeffu’s art, please go to: . To find out more about the Fitchburg Art Museum and this upcoming “not to miss” exhibition, please go to:

John W. Moffat: Cracking The Particle Code of the Universe

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 2:30pm

Have they found the Higgs Boson particle at the Large Hadron Collider? If so, it would be one of the greatest scientific discoveries of the last 100 years. But, according to our guest tonight,  we aren’t completely certain yet. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with noted physicist JOHN W. MOFFAT, Professor Emeritus in Physics at the University of Toronto and also Adjunct Professor in physics at the University of Waterloo.

Tuesdays in Bezanson—A Romantic Evening

 TIME & LOCATION 8pm, Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass campus

UMass Amherst Music & Dance Department and Smith College Professors Elizabeth Chang, violin; Ron Gorevic, viola; Astrid Schween & Marie-Volcy Pelletier, cello; Laura Klock, horn; Gilles Vonsattel & Nadine Shank, piano

All Music by Robert Schumann: Andante & Variations, Op. 46; Fantasiestucke, Op. 73; Piano Quartet in E-flat, Op. 47

Event Date: 
Tue, 01/28/2014 - 20:00


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