The Hear and Now

Darren Johnston’s Bye Bye Bartok performs live on The Hear and Now – January 11, 2018

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Darren Johnston, the iconoclastic Canadian-born Bay Area trumpeter has appeared on The Hear and Now in the past with The Nice Guy Trio and his Broken Shadows band. Tonight he returns with his Bye Bye Bartok quartet, which includes Matt Renzi (clarinet, English horn, tenor sax), Adam Shulman (piano), and Eric Vogler (upright bass). The studio concert program will include standards and originals, and will draw from the quartet’s repertoire of Bach, Sibelius, Bartok, Tchaikovsky, Faure, and Satie (“Reimagining great symphonic and chamber themes”).

Derk Richardson hosts, and Tony Ferro engineers.

The Bye Bye Bartok quartet performs Saturday, Jan. 13, at Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco. Johnston will also perform and all-improv concert, Reasons for Moving, Friday, Jan. 12, with Fred Frith, Larry Ochs, and Allison Miller, at Bird & Beckett Books and Records in San Francisco.

The second hour will include a song or two by Ray Thomas, the Moody Blues flutist, vocalist, and songwriter, who died on January 4 at age 76.


Bye Bye Bartok Quartet: Darren Johnston, trumpet; Matt Renzi, clarinet and tenor sax; Adam Shulman, piano; Eric Vogler, upright bassBach: Prelude in B-minor; Sibelius: Valse Triste; Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra; Adam Shulman: Sweet Pea; Darren Johnston: I Can See Infinity from Here;On the Sunny Side of the StreetLive in the KPFA Studio, with Tony Ferro engineeringn.a.
Susan WernerA Hazy Shade of WinterClassicsSleeve Dog Records
FOUR SONGS FOR AND BY RAY THOMAS of The Moody Blueswho died on Jan. 4, age 76
The Moody BluesMorning: Another Morning (Ray Thomas)Days of Future PassedDeram
The Moody BluesDear Diary (Ray Thomas)On the Threshold of a DreamDeram
The Moody BluesAnd the Tide Rushes In (Ray Thomas)A Question of BalanceDeram
The Moody BluesEternity Road (Ray Thomas)To Our Children's Children's ChildrenDeram
Amy Denio7,500 KissesThe Big EmbraceSpoot Music
Actual TrioBring Yourself BackAct IIActual Trio
Thomas HeymanShow BusinessShow Business, BabyBohemian Neglect Recording Works
Dr. Lonnie SmithAll in My Mind (with Alicia Olatuja, vocal)All in My MindBlue Note
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