Zeena Parkins–avant-garde harp music–on The Hear and Now – 10 p.m., Thursday, January 31, 2019

Harpist, composer, improviser, and educator Zeena Parkins joins host Derk Richardson in the studio, sharing her latest music, including her major composition Captiva–which she will perform Saturday night (Feb. 2) in a benefit concert at Mills College in Oakland–plus selections from herTriplicates duo with Jon Leidecker (aka Wobbly), a brand new mix of her piece “Tensor,” and … Continued






Myra Melford Interview — and new music — on The Hear and Now, 10 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1

Myra Melford is one of the most important composers, pianists, and bandleaders in contemporary music. Tonight she discusses, with host Derk Richardson, the inspirations, strategies, and collaborations that shape her jazz-rooted music, especially as it manifests in her Snowy Egret ensemble, which has a new recording, The Other Side of Air (Firehouse 12 Records), and will appear at … Continued


A live doubleheader on The Hear and Now, 10 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25: The Sheldon Brown Group, plus Michael Goldberg and Johnny Harper

In a special, live, in-studio concert, reed virtuoso and composer Sheldon Brown (alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, and laptop) leads an all-star Bay Area septet that includes Darren Johnston on trumpet, Alan Hall on drums, John Finkbeiner on guitar, Michael Wilcox on bass, Andrew Joron on Theramin, and the extraordinary vocalist Lorin Benedict. Poetry by the … Continued