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A hard-bop stalwart. An avant-garde original. A ceiling-shattering bandleader. A bebop-obsessive broadcaster. These are some brief descriptors for the incoming class of NEA Jazz Masters, announced this morning by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Toshinori Kondo, an improvising trumpeter whose daring instinct and deep expressive resources slashed through a spectrum of experimental and ambient music, died on Saturday in Kawasaki, Japan. He was 71.

His sons, Sora Kondo and Yota Kondo, announced his death on his website, noting that he died peacefully. No cause was given.

In the 1920s, a renaissance happened in Harlem. Black artists migrated north, rejecting centuries of a tragic status quo. They inspired each other to make art that expressed an audacious new vision of Black beauty, Black hope, Black truth and Black pride. A century later, Black artists are coming together again, somehow, though not physically this time.

Welcome to Amplify With Lara Downes, where you can eavesdrop on my intimate conversations with visionary Black musicians who share what they're making in this time of transformation — of reckoning, reimagining and maybe rebirth.

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Dale Lloyd, MU School of Music

On Mizzou Music this week we were joined by MU Assistant Teaching Professor of Voice, Steven Jepson. We discussed how the Voice Department is adapting it’s teaching during the pandemic and also the intersection of Contemporary Commercial Music and the Classical  Repertoire.


Dale Lloyd, MU School of Music

This week on Mizzou Music we were joined by the Director of the MU School of Music, Dr. Julia Gaines. She came by to tell us about how the school is adapting to current guidelines and also about the new Monday Mashups, a series of streaming concerts put on by the School of Music.


Mizzou Music: MICF 2020

Jul 30, 2020
MU School of Music

This week on Mizzou Music we were joined by Jacob Gotlib and Carolina Heredia. They stopped by to tell us all about the exciting events of this years Mizzou International Composers Festival.

Reservations for Friday’s Drive-In style event, “Under Twilight” can be made here: Under Twilight

Or you can tune in to Classical 90.5fm or stream at MUClassical.org

Reservations for Saturday’s streaming Finale Concert can be made here: Finale Concert


MU School of Music

Joining us this week on Mizzou Music is MU’s Assistant Teaching Professor of Bassoon, Leigh Muñoz. She joined us by phone to discuss one of her favorite pieces of music and to tell us about she is staying connected and building a community during this time of social distancing.


MU School of Music

This week on Mizzou Music we were joined by phone by Jacob Gotlib, Managing Director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative. He joined us to discuss what the MNMI has been up to lately and to tell us about a new piece of music he enjoys, which has its roots in a much older work.


MU School of Music

This week on Mizzou Music we spoke to MU Post-Doctoral Fellow Yoshiaki Onishi. He joined us by phone to talk about what he’s been doing during this time of social distancing and to tell us about one of his favorite pieces.


Dale Lloyd, MU School of Music

This week on Mizzou Music we spoke with MU Professor of Choral Conducting R. Paul Crabb and Graduate Student Marques Jerrell Ruff. They joined us to discuss a powerful performance of William Grant Still’s And They Lynched Him On A Tree at this year’s SWACDA.


Dale Lloyd, MU School of Music

On this week’s episode of Mizzou Music, we were joined by MU’s Associate Professor of Voice, Steven Tharp. He joined us by phone to discuss one of his favorite pieces, Elgar’s First Symphony, as part of our Community Listening Project.


Dale Lloyd, MU School of Music

On this episode of Mizzou Music, the Director of The University of Missouri School of Music, Julia Gaines, joined us to discuss how MU is moving forward with Music Instruction and online classes while we practice social distancing. She also is the first participant in our new community listening project, where we are talking to our friends at the MU School of Music about some of their favorite pieces and then enjoying the pieces together as a group. 


MU School of Music

On Mizzou Music this week we spoke with MU Professor of Trumpet Iskander Akhmadullin. He joined us to tell us about the upcoming MU/World Brass Association Festival.


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