Matt Glaser Record Party: Inspired by Ray

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Sunday / July 29, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
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Matt Glaser

Tune in for the premiere episode of a new roots radio series, the Matt Glaser Record Party, hosted by music educator and internationally renowned violinist Matt Glaser.   

Glaser and his guest Jay Peterson listen to Ray Charles's seminal album Modern Sounds in Country and Western and find the origins of these songs in the work of earlier country artists. Listening to both versions of these songs allows the listener to appreciate the transformative nature of Charles's genius.

Glaser is the founder and artistic director of the American Roots Music Program at Berklee College of Music. Previously chair of the string department at Berklee for more than 25 years, he has performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Lee Konitz, Ralph Stanley, David Grisman, and Bob Dylan to name just a few.

Glaser also contributed to the Grammy Award winning soundtrack for the Ken Burns documentary, The Civil War, and was also a featured narrator and advisor on Burns' documentary series, Jazz.

Episode #1:  Inspired by Ray

Ray Charles is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest geniuses in all of American music. Inspired by Ray, an artistic and academic symposium set for September 21-23 at Berklee, will use Charles as a prism through which to examine, discuss, and celebrate various aspects of American musical life.

To introduce some of the themes that will be explored at Inspired by Ray, Glaser and his guest, guitarist and radio host Jay Peterson, begin an irreverent and often surprising discussion of Ray Charles's genius and pervasive influence on American music.  This is music you may never have heard, from one of the seminal figures in American popular music, and lots to think and talk about from Glaser and Peterson, who bring their own collective twist to the subject.

The show can be heard at—on BIRN 1—at 6:00 p.m., Eastern time. It will be rebroadcast at—on BIRN 2—Saturday, August 4, at 12 p.m., Eastern time.


It will be available as an on-demand stream, or podcast, from that same location. 
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