Alabama Musicians: Musical Heritage from the Heart of Dixie by C. S. Fuqua

By C. S. Fuqua

Within the overdue Sixties and early Seventies, mythical artists like Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan traveled to North Alabama to checklist with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm part, sometimes called the Swampers. yet Alabama hasn't simply attracted musical stars with its talent--it additionally has a heritage of making stars of its personal. subscribe to writer and musician C.S. Fuqua as he showcases the breadth of Alabama's musical expertise throughout the profiles and tales of its ancient performers and innovators. From the "father of the blues," W.C. convenient, to Hank Williams, the originator of recent nation track, to folks track hero Odetta and everybody in among, this can be an extraordinary compendium of Alabama's groundbreaking tune makers.

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Biss has also been the recipient of other notable awards and honors, including the 2002 Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Leonard Bernstein Award at the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival in 2005. He was the first American to participate in the BBC’s New Generation Artist program, a two-year program that Biss held from 2002 to 2004, and which coproduced his EMI Debut recording in 2004. 3 I spoke with Biss by phone on 1 July 2007 at his New York City apartment as he was nearing the end of his summer break from performing.

And I played Liszt’s Au bord d’une source from the Première Années de Pèlerinage and Mozart’s K. 467, the C Major Concerto. It’s hard to imagine that I played those pieces, but it was after a fashion, anyway. I suppose you have tapes of those. My parents must. Maybe when you’re 50, you’ll pull them out and listen to them! Those recordings are very interesting when you go back and listen to them many years later. Maybe. My father was a very enthusiastic chronicler of my musical education. I’m sure he knows where they are.

This tells you a lot about what kind of people they are. They are incredibly generous and open. indb 30 9/15/11 4:00 PM Jonathan Biss 31 Are they a middle-aged couple, or older? Franco Buitoni is probably close to 70 and Ilaria Borletti is considerably younger. It’s not Mitsuko’s trust. She is the only one of the four who is a musician. In terms of musical values, it very much bears her stamp. It was her sense that there needed to be more advocacy for young musicians that the trust started. It has all of her fingerprints on it, in the absolute best sense.

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