On today’s show we’re going to revisit a live event Citizen Vinyl put on in August 2021. We invited a poet and a painter to talk about their creative efforts to revive an epic African folktale. Glenis Redmond, the "Afro-Carolinian poet" teamed up with British painter Julyan Davis to produce a spoken word album called, "Cymbee." It's named after an African mermaid. Her legend traveled along with enslaved Congolese people who were brought to the shores of South Carolina. In this episode we'll hear how Julyan first encountered the folktale and how Glenis weaves her own ancestry and identity in its retelling.
Helado Negro talks about his latest record "Far In," and opens up about moving to Asheville during the pandemic, finding connection in the desert, and how his relationship inspired the song "Gemini and Leo."
On today’s show, we’re going to meet a writer and performer who’s not afraid to touch topics that most of us would find too embarrassing or uncomfortable. In fact, she says, it’s those themes that allow us to discover deep truths about ourselves. Her name is Gina Cornejo, and her latest work is called “Dirty Laundry.” Because, that’s what it is – personal stories that she wants to air out publicly. She shares intimate details about relationships, marriage, and her personal journey with divorce. The show was supposed to premiere in January at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts, but the Omicron variant forced them to cancel. Instead, Gina and her collaborators with Stewart Owen Dance decided to film the piece and stream it online through the month of February. We’re going to talk to Gina about the stories that make up “Dirty Laundry” – then we’ll go further back to meet someone from her past who still joins her on stage.
On today’s episode, we’re going to meet Mike Martinez. He’s a guitarist and singer in Asheville. He also goes by the name Mad Mike. His band, Natural Born Leaders, rose to local fame last year when they performed during the racial justice protests. What makes Mike’s music distinct is his ability to blend genres and styles. It’s something that speaks to his roots – what he grew up listening to. But it also offers a glimpse of his vision for the future. Music without boundaries.
We all shoulder memories and lessons of the past in our day-to-day lives. The Mezzanine is a space where artists reflect and discuss how history shows up in their modern-day craft, consciously or not. From award-winning producer Cass Herrington.