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Todd Clouser and Chris Combs: Two Stellar Guitarists, Improvisors, Collaborators, and Musical Nomads

Aired on Friday, February 23rd.

On this edition of ST, we sit down with Todd Clouser and Chris Combs, two genre-busting guitarists and composers whose ever-creative music-making mixes jazz, rock, and funk styles -- as well as electronica, ambient grooves, and even tape-reversing experimentation. Clouser, originally from Minnesota and based in Mexico City, pretty much tours and performs worldwide -- and non-stop -- and has been occasionally playing shows in Tulsa for years now. Those Tulsa gigs connected him, at some point along the way, with one Chris Combs, a mainstay on the Tulsa scene who's best known for his work with Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. Combs released his much-acclaimed solo debut album, "Combsy," back in October. And the prolific Clouser, in turn, released a live album just last month in collaboration with John Medeski and J.T. Bates: "You the Brave." Clouser and Combs will be playing tonight, Friday the 23rd, at Fassler Hall in downtown Tulsa (at 304 South Elgin).

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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