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Dr. Bass Explains His Passion

Dr. James Bass

“It’s just like rock ’n’ roll, it’s all about life and love!” Proclaims Dr. James Bass, explaining his passion, Choral Music. The esteemed Director of Choral Studies in the School of Music at the University of South Florida and the artistic director of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, becomes animated, gesticulating with a conductor’s panache as he leans into the microphone. Norman B invited James Bass to talk about an often misunderstood genre of music. Choral music refers to music sung by a choir. Each musical part is sung by two or more voices. The size of a choir varies, it can be as few as a dozen singers or as large as to be able Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in E Flat Major also known as Symphony of a Thousand.” Explains Dr. Bass, who illustrates his chosen topic with judiciously selected works. Be prepared to reappraise your thoughts on Choral Music, as James enthusiastically shares his knowledge. His refreshing take is unwavering, even when asked if sex is integral part of Choral Music.

Make sure you do not miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere, Dr. Bass is an extraordinary guest. His music selection will amaze you, including a special Hit That Never Was, featuring the late Elliott Smith.

Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 12.04.05 PMSpecial programming note: The October 4th edition of Life Elsewhere will feature an exclusive interview with Frank Jenkinson, who documented the very first days of Killing Joke in 1979. Frank was right there, living in the same ramshackle house in Notting Hill Gate, London, along with band members and the original management team. Jenkinson witnessed the birth of what was to becomeScreen Shot 2015-09-25 at 12.03.51 PM one of the most influential bands of the late 70’s London music scene. Better still, he had a camera, which he took along to gigs, including the legendary John Peel Radio Show Sessions. The photos he Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 12.03.16 PMtook, graphically document a moment in time, now long gone and shrouded in mystery. Frank’s extraordinary photographs lay dormant in a dusty box, under his stairs, until he recently noticed on Facebook, Killing Joke‘s ever-increasing and devoted following. HeScreen Shot 2015-09-25 at 12.03.00 PM has self-published a unique photo-book, representing a small moment of time in 1979, with plans to publish a much larger volume of his historical pictures. To round out our focus on Killing Joke, we look to the future of music with highlights from Norman B’s 2013 in-depth interview with Killing Joke‘s bass player, Martin Youth Glover.

The Killing Joke photographs are from the BBC John Peel Sessions, October, 17, 1979, by permission of Frank Jenkinson

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Dr. James Bass Explains Choral Music & Nick Drake’s Link To Delius & Ravel – Podcast Available Now!

The latest Life Elsewhere Podcast is available now! Featuring Dr. James Bass, GRAMMY-nominated singer and conductor. Dr. Bass is the director of choral studies at the School of Music at the University of South Florida and the artistic director of The Master Chorale of Tampa BayDr. Bass discusses choral music with Norman B at the suggestion of Kerry Travilla-Bown, an enthusiastic devotee of Life Elsewhere, who co-produced the show. Ms Travilla-Bown had responded to a request during the last fund-drive at WMNF, (the station where Life Elsewhere is produced), for listeners to to make a generous contribution and in return they would be able to co-produce an edition of the program. Kerry also kindly selected River Man for the Hit That Never Was, by the talented and influential but sadly long-departed Nick Drake. Dr. Bass explains that Drake is believed to have been keen on echoing the evocative music of Delius and Ravel. Coincidentally, The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and The Florida Orchestra released: Delius: Appalachia; Sea Drift in 2012.

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Listen! Chorale Music (& Nick Drake)

Next on Life Elsewhere, we explore chorale music (or is it choral?) with GRAMMY-nominated singer and conductor Dr. James Bass. The director of choral studies at the School of Music at the University of South Florida and the artistic director of The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay joins the program at the request of Kerry Travilla-Bown who will be guest producer. Kerry, an enthusiastic devotee of Life Elsewhere, made a generous donation to WMNF, the listener-supported radio station, where Life Elsewhere is produced. During the station’s last fund-raising event, listeners were asked to make an appreciable contribution, in return they would be able to co-produce an edition of the program. Kerry  came up with the funds and a brilliant programming idea, “I’m a member of The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay Kerry announced, “How about introducing the listeners to chorale music?”

Nick DrakeAs she is guest programmer, we asked Kerry Travilla-Bown to come up with this week’s Hit That Never Was. She astutely chose the talented and influential but sadly long-departed Nick Drake and his poignant, River ManKerry explains that Drake is believed to have been keen on echoing the evocative music of Delius and Ravel. Coincidentally, The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and The Florida Orchestra released: Delius: Appalachia; Sea Drift in 2012.

Life Elsewhere airs every Monday at 9.00am ET (1400 GMT)

WMNF 88.5fm

Podcast

A Listener Programs Life Elsewhere

Dr James Bass

Life Elsewhere is produced at the exceptional facilities of WMNF 88.5fm in Tampa. WMNF is uniquely distinguished by remaining a truly independent listener-supported radio station. During the last fund-drive for the station, we asked listeners of Life Elsewhere to make a generous contribution and in return they would be able to co-produce an edition of the program. Kerry Travilla-Bown, an enthusiastic devotee of Life Elsewhere responded immediately, pledging financial support for the show and WMNF. Plus, she presented a brilliant programming idea, “I’m a member of The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay said Kerry, “How about introducing the listeners to chorale music?” We were intrigued. We met, we talked, we were fascinated. A program based on Kerry’s suggestion was planned. Ms. Travilla-Bown will co-produce the next edition of Life Elsewhere and introduce Dr. James Bass, GRAMMY-nominated singer and conductor. Dr. Bass is the director of choral studies at the School of Music at the University of South Florida and the artistic director of The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. We will explore and discuss chorale music and play selections of this beautiful music.

This week’s Hit That Never Was features the talented and influential but sadly long-departed Nick Drake and his poignant, River Man. Selected by our guest programmer Kerry Travilla-Bown, who says there is an interesting connection to the theme of the show and Nick Drake‘s song: the orchestration to River Man is supposed to echo Delius and Ravel, also The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and The Florida Orchestra released: Delius: Appalachia; Sea Drift in 2012.

Life Elsewhere airs every Monday at 9.00am ET (1400 GMT)

WMNF 88.5fm

Podcast