Above The Basement

Above The Basement

 

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Boston music, like its history, is unique


Episode 091 - ON YOUR FEET! The Musical

 A conversation with Jorge Casas and Clay Ostwald for ON YOUR FEET! The Musical

A conversation with Jorge Casas and Clay Ostwald for ON YOUR FEET! The Musical

recorded April 03 , 2017 

ON YOUR FEET! The Musical is a story of rhythm and resilience.

It covers the lives of Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio Estefan to and through success, and tells a story of setbacks and love. The foundation is built upon music and at its core is the legendary Miami Sound Machine.

We sat down with Jorge Casas and Clay Ostwald of the original members of the Miami Sound Machine, who help bring all these iconic songs to the Broadway stage.

We talk about the tour and the transition of pop-Latin-jazz to theater, the accident that changed everything, and the recovery and success of “cross over” Cuban American Music that Gloria, Emilio and the Miami Sound Machine brought to the world.

The show is currently playing at the Boston Opera House through April 29th, 2018. Go to www.boston.broadway.com for more information.

Photo Credit: 2480: ON YOUR FEET! Band featuring members of the Miami Sound Machine: Clay Ostwald (Music Director/Keyboard), Jorge Casas (bass), Edward Bonilla (percussion) and Theodore Mulet (trombone), (c) Matthew Murphy.

 


Episode 090 - Cambridge Rindge Latin HS

 A conversation with Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School

A conversation with Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School

recorded April 06, 2017

What is the first song that comes right to your mind?

When you think of the world around us, or a social issue - why does this song resonate?

These are the kinds of questions we asked the students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School as part of a music and society discussion. 

While we always look try to raise these important questions during our conversations, we can’t take credit for this one... it was senior Natalia Ruiz who spotted an ATB sticker somewhere in Cambridge, looked us up and proposed a collaboration.

We were honored to ask questions, facilitate discussion with, and most  importantly learn from these inspiring juniors and seniors about what music inspires them, why it moves them and what artists create the music and lyrics behind it all. 

Along with the students we were joined by two staff at Cambridge Latin, a teacher and the assistant principal, who is - fittingly - an accomplished jazz saxophonist himself. 

We talked the charisma of Kanye and the social responsibility of Kendrick and covered ground from hip hop to AC/DC to Eminem.


Coming soon...
Episode 092 - Dutch Rebelle

 A conversation with Dutch Rebelle

A conversation with Dutch Rebelle