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From the Ever-Creative Chris Combs, "Roche Blave: Large Ensemble Works Recorded Live in Switzerland"

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Aired on Wednesday, April 14th.

We're glad to welcome back to our program the Tulsa-based guitarist, composer, and music producer Chris Combs, who's known for his work with COMBSY, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, and other jazz/experimental/multi-genre outfits. Combs tells us about (and shares tracks from) his forthcoming album, "Roche Blave: Large Ensemble Works Recorded Live in Switzerland," which will be released by the nonprofit Horton Records on April 30th. This recording documents a remarkable, hitherto-unreleased "live" performance from 2012, for which Combs was commissioned to write music for an international jazz festival in Bern, Switzerland. As Combs tells us, his writing for this concert was very much inspired by the jazz-meets-classical compositions of Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, Ornette Coleman, and others.

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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