CHARLES BLASS AND NYC RADIOPosted: July 19, 2009
Charles Blass is Executive Director of Lovevolv, dedicated to healing through arts and education. Lovevolv services artists and educators with production and programming; research, restoration, archiving, marketing and consulting. For 25 years Charles has programmed Jazz, World and Experimental music at WKCR in New York at Columbia University, inviting artists to perform live on-air. Charles serves as host and producer as well as mix and recording engineer. He has produced and programmed dozens of marathon radio festivals in tribute to Jazz artists, including among others Sun Ra, Marshall Allen, Sonny Sharrock, Pharoah Sanders, Ronald Shannon Jackson, David Amram, Frank Zappa, Gunter Hampel, Thomas Chapin, Gene Perla, and Jimi Hendrix. Charles has interviewed hundreds of musicians and maintains a huge recorded archives of interviews and performances.
Some of his live radio concerts include: regular Sunday evening “Live Constructions” programs; Alice Coltrane Tribute; James Brown Tribute; multiple Jimi Hendrix birthday tributes; Vernon Reid; Debashish Bhattacharya; Samir Chatterjee; Ramesh Misra; Snehasish Mozumder; Gunter Hampel; Kali Z. Fasteau; Jef Lee Johnson; Brisa Roche; Forro in the Dark; Howling Makams; Robert Dick; Tom Chess; On Ka’a Davis; Nick Gianni; Sean Noonan’s Brewed By Noon; Haale; Morley; Monika H Band; M. Nahadr; Kenny Wolleson’s Himalayas; Tribo; Harriet Tubman; numerous Sun Ra ‘SunRadio’ Marathons; Live Remote from Sun Ra House, Philadelphia; Sun Ra Arkestra Live Remote from Brooklyn Sugar, Brooklyn, NY; Live Remote from Drom, NYC featuring Burnt Sugar, Pheeroan akLaff and Warren Smith. In 2006, Charles collaborated with Colin Faber to form LiveWired Music, a music production network. See http://LiveWiredMusic.org.
Some pics from Charle’s world…