Jazz pianist/composer David Lopato‘s music is deeply informed by his study of Javanese gamelan in Indonesia. The most palpable evidence is his critically acclaimed double CD, Gendhing for a Spirit Rising. The New York native and resident is visiting the Bay Area for a pair of concerts on January 12 and 13–and a visit to KPFA to … Continued



Host Derk Richardson welcomes guitarist Pete Madsen and singer Celeste Kopel as they perform music from their recent CD, From the Delta and Beyond, live in the KPFA performance studio, with Tony Ferro engineering. The new album surveys the blues from Robert Johnson, Tommy Johnson, and Skip James to T-Bone Walker, Willie Dixon, and K.C. Douglas. As I wrote on Peghead … Continued


Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Scott Hirsch, known for his work in the Bay Area with The Court and Spark and Hiss Golden Messenger, returns to KPFA on tour in support of his new album, Lost Time Behind the Moon. His band includes Lauren Barth on bass and vocals, Jesse Aycock on guitar and lap steel, Dylan Aycock on drums, and … Continued


Tune in to The Hear and Now at 10 p.m., right after The Bonnie Simmons Show, and listen to a conversation with, and dazzling fingerstyle guitar music by, Peppino D’Agostino. The Sicilian-born musician, a longtime Northern California resident, is widely recognized as an instrumental master, and he’ll play a few pieces live in the studio that will demonstrate why. … Continued