Author Archives: Peter Segrist

The Sound of Drywall

Working primarily with experimental drone/ambient sounds for just under a decade now, minimalist Potpie (a.k.a. Mike Karnowski) recently released his 13th CD, Waterline. As with all his albums, Waterline is a limited edition; only 50 copies exist. Each has been hand-dipped in brown water so that the cover resembles the many New Orleans homes and [...]

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Overdue Recognition

The National Endowment for the Arts recently unveiled the eleven recipients of the 2006 National Heritage Fellowships, the highest honor that the NEA bestows upon folk and traditional artists. Louisiana was represented by two of the honorees: legendary blues piano player Henry Gray, and New Orleans’ own Treme Brass Band. Born in Baton Rouge, Henry [...]

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The Road Report

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, everybody is acknowledging New Orleans’ musical importance, even Bonnaroo. There were high profile events such as Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint performing songs from their collaborative effort The River in Reverse, and there were less celebrated forms of recognition. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band was given its own tent, [...]

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Phonotone Maestro 4.1, MagicScore (DG Software)

Late last month, Denver-based DG Software unveiled the newest addition to their line of music notation software. The MagicScore Maestro 4.1 is a notation program that allows the user to compose manually, by way of a virtual piano, virtual fingerboard—for six- or seven-string guitar players—or via a set of extended musical note symbols; it also [...]

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Banding Together

The Carrollton Station Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing relief to area musicians affected by Hurricane Katrina, released Feeder Bands on the Run, a compilation of twenty songs in the singer/songwriter vein, shortly before Jazz Fest. The songs were written after, and in direct response to, Hurricane Katrina, with songs by John Gros, Anders [...]

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Saturn Returns

The Saturn Bar, the Bywater institution located at the intersection of St. Claude and Clouet is one of the first businesses to reopen on St. Claude Avenue. In mid-June, Eric Broyard, son of the late O’Neil Broyard, reopened the Saturn Bar. According to Eric’s son Bailee, the bar has preserved its junk-shop art gallery décor. [...]

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