The Arts Underground

Can you manage a mambo? Or perhaps a waltz? The Arts Underground with Beth Norwood takes your mind places it didn't know it wanted to go.

This one-hour, free-form program seeks to delight the senses. You'll hear interviews with artists, poetry, and music from across time and space...and maybe you'll find a few hidden musical treasures.

The Arts Underground airs Saturday from 2-3 PM ... or listen to a podcast below.

The Arts Underground "The Bad Pony Club" (July 15, 2017)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Some ponies are badder than others, and all horses are pretty badass. On the show today will be Spirit Horses by James DeMars, a Thai classical dancing horse, Bronze Horses and Horsemen by Auber and Gliere, some of The Red Pony suite by Copland, and a peek into the Bad Pony Club with the Out Loud Poets. Oh, and also a dragon. 

The Arts Underground "Five or Six Senses" (July 8, 2017)

Monday, July 10, 2017

Music and poetry for the five (or six) senses today...including works by The Bobs, Michael Gandolfi, Michael Torke, Claude Debussy, Gabriel Faure, and the Out Loud Poets. 

The Arts Underground "A Little Light Music" (July 1, 2017)

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Out Loud Poets lighten up, and we'll also hear Dustin O'Halloran's album, LUMIERE. 

The Arts Underground "Three Spirits" (June 24, 2017)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Alicia Cole is an Out Loud Huntsville poetess, but her work inhabits many realms...you can find out about her at Alicia Cole on Facebook. Kimeko Farrar is a super jazzy internet sensation, mom, engineer and poetess, and you can find her work on Facebook and on YouTube. Dr. Mary Crowell is a piano and music theory teacher who also plays the clarinet and writes and sings her own songs; just Google Mary Carolyn Phillips Crowell to find her work on the web. All three of these very inspiring people are local folks who have created great CDs that I'll share parts of with you today.

The Arts Underground "Memory" (June 17, 2017)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

We remember so many things in so many different ways. Let's see if I can remember who's on the show today...oh yes, music by Timo Andres, Lee Actor, Grieg and Janacek...and a poem by Kristy Brown of Out Loud Huntsville. Some memories never fail!  

The Arts Underground "Sky Music" (June 10, 2017)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Celestial-sounding works by Alun Hoddinott and Blake Tyson, Irving Berlin and Hoagy Carmichael on today's show. One really fabulous number on the programme today is from Out Loud Huntsville...their combination of poetry and music together will send your spirits soaring skyward!  

The Arts Underground "The Letter T" (June 3, 2017)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Today's show brought to you by the letter T. Really, we couldn't do this show without it...so we feature the Out Loud Poets, and music of Torke, Tailleferre, Telemann and a little something from The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. Truly terrific!

The Arts Underground "Swiveling Fantods" (May 27, 2017)

Monday, May 29, 2017

An eerie tale of wonder and eldritch weirding from Princess of the Out Loud Poets. Andre Caplet's Poe-inspired Conte Fantastique for harp and string quartet will air on our programme today, along with Kip Winger's Ghosts, and some other creepy stuff. Also, we'll hear just a tad of Paul Chihara's Mistletoe Bride, but only in the billboard.

The Arts Underground "Let's Go to Paris with Shea Stripling and Bill Murray!" (May 20, 2017)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Yes, let's! This week's episode is a veritable visit to the Ville Lumière, with poetry by Out Loud poetess Shea Stripling, and music by five of Les Six, W. A. Mozart, and the EYM Trio. Allons-y! 

The Arts Underground "Funeral Music" (May 13, 2017)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Outstanding music has been written for funerals. It can make a funeral a very beautiful occasion. The music on today's show is by Faure, Durufle, W. A. Mozart and Chopin, and to begin the show, the Out Loud Poets take us to a very personal experience of a funeral, creating a complete picture.  

The Arts Underground "Coffee Break" (May 6, 2017)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

It's coffee time! And that's always a good time. Out Loud Poets take a coffee break with us today, and we'll also be revved up by music from Darrell Grant, Dr. Mary Crowell, J.S. Bach, Prince and The Ink Spots. Cheers!

The Arts Underground "Music of the Fertile Crescent" (April 29, 2017)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

What kind of music says "loam" like nothing else? Music from Kronos Quartet, of course! We'll hear a good deal of their FLOODPLAIN CD today, featuring ancient tunes from the Fertile Crescent (also known as the cradle of civilisation) in some modern arrangements. Also, the Out Loud Poets get themselves rooted in the dirt. Which, according to a few really good sources, is kinda where ya wanna be.

The Arts Underground "Four Seasons, Four Ways" (April 22, 2017)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Any way you slice it, it comes up Vivaldi. The Four Seasons today, played by a Chinese baroque ensemble, a harp, three guitars, and a regular old baroque violin. Plus a seasonal stop-in from the Out Loud Poets. 

The Arts Underground "Goin' to the Movies" (April 15, 2017)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Out Loud's Shea Stripling is back with popcorn! So we're goin' to the movies, with music from Funny Girl, Citizen Kane and Il Postino, and some original music for silent films by the Alloy Orchestra.

The Arts Underground "Make Yourself At Home" (April 8, 2017)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Out Loud Poets visit our house today with Kimberly Casey's poem about a house...and its eventual transformation. Walk through, take a seat, listen to some good music...there's a different piece playing in every room, including works by Erik Satie, Coco Steel & Lovebomb, and you might even hear Nina Simone a time or two. Faites comme chez vous!

The Arts Underground "Going with the Flow" (April 1, 2017)

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Shea Stripling of Out Loud Huntsville returns with a watery poem, and we just keep on flowing right along those lines with watery music of Laurel Zucker, Jennifer Higdon, Cindy Cox, Donald Reid Womack, Margaret Bonds, and Muddy Waters.

The Arts Underground "woman and the moon" (March 25, 2017)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Woman and the Moon have associations that go back thousands of years. On today's show, engineer and poetess Kimeko Farrar does a couple of creative pieces that will really inspire you. We'll have a visit with the Out Loud Poets, whose Jarod Lacy reads his beautiful poem about the Moon, and we'll hear music of Laurel Zucker, Thomas Koppel, and Moondog. 

The Arts Underground "A Date with Bill Murray" (March 18, 2017)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Poetess Shea Stripling is obsessed with Bill Murray...and reasonably so. She writes amazing poems about him. This show is devoted to her fantasy date with the actor, wherein they visit Paris and Rio and a karaoke bar. The Out Loud Poets preside in wonder and magnificence throughout this wild ride. We hope you'll sing along!

The Arts Underground "Discovering Women Composers" (March 11, 2017)

Monday, March 13, 2017

We'll have music on the show today by some women composers that you (perhaps) ain't NEVAH hoid, including Vitezslava Kapralova and Geraldine Mucha, both of whom were married to the same guy (at two different times in his life). And we'll hear Alice Coltrane's Journey In Satchidananda, which is a trip worth taking, so put your cool shoes on. Also, we'll visit with TC of the Out Loud Poets. All of this to celebrate Women's History Month, which you should (perhaps) also be doing. 

The Arts Underground "Breaking It Up" (March 4, 2017)

Monday, March 6, 2017

Wanting to break things with the Out Loud Poets. Breaking into the record collection of Brad Posey (of The Invisible City on WLRH, Friday nights at 7 and Saturday nights at 10) for inspiration. We'll also hear selections from a major new poetry project on Roven Records, called Poetic License...and Junior Vasquez, breaking up KD Lang's version of the theme from Valley of the Dolls. Andre and Dory never had it so good! 

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