What’s Inside the VoiceBox?

IAM is honored to support VoiceBox, an original radio show broadcast on KALW-FM in San Francisco that celebrates the eclectic capacities of the human voice.

In the two years since it launched, VoiceBox has grown to include online archives, and free, weekly podcasts on iTunes currently reaching thousands of people around the world. In 2012, VoiceBox will debut on KUSC in Los Angeles, and is also heard on KZSU in Stanford.

The program features a wide variety of vocal expression and topics — from English-language opera translations to women vocal composers of the Baroque era, singing ventriloquists and Hawaiian hula chants — and also guests such as baritone Thomas Hampson, the Tuvan throat (overtone) singers of Huun Huur Tu and choral conductor extraordinaire Vance George.

Your individual donations will support VoiceBox throughout the new year, including such wide-ranging programs as “The Voices of Iran,” “Singing & the Brain,” and the vocal music of Kurt Weill.

Coming up in 2012: A VoiceBox Sampler

Please note: Schedule subject to change.

JAN 6 Bay Area Bombshells
Matt Lombardi and Jamie Freedman of Hear It Local, an online resource that connects artists, venues and audiophiles, curate a program featuring some of their favorite female vocalists from the Bay Area music scene.

JAN 13 Elements of Badness
Composer and blogger Brian Rosen discusses the worst songs in the world and what makes them so bad.

JAN 20 Rapper’s Delight
Melissa Czarnik, an emcee and poet from Milwaukee chats about the musicality of rap.

JAN 27 Don’t Let Your Ears Deceive You
Ventriloquist Ron Coulter, theatrical impresario Sean Owens and Ron’s puppet partner of 60 years, Sid Star explain why throwing your voice on the radio makes sense. (Re-run: show first aired on Aug 12, 2011)

FEB 3 Harmonic Landscapes
Chloe and Rachel Tietjen of the T Sisters, an Oakland-based singing group, talk about how voices can create lush harmonic vistas.

FEB 10 The Voices of Iran
Monika Jalili, a vocalist specializing in the Persian repertoire, takes listeners on an exploration of the region’s rich and diverse vocal traditions.

FEB 17 Singing and The Brain
Concetta Tomaino, executive director and co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function in New York and Indre Viskontas, a Bay Area-based opera singer with a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles in cognitive neuroscience, discuss the profound connection between our minds and voices.

FEB 24 Weill’s Voices
Stanford Music Professor Stephen Hinton discusses the vocal music of Kurt Weill and the singers who have helped to seal the German composer’s reputation over decades.

MAR 2 Hardly Strictly Singing
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival founder, banjo player and financier Warren Hellman chats about the history and development of old-time and bluegrass vocals. (Re-run: show first aired on Sep 30, 2011)

MAR 9 Viva Flamenco!
Carola Zertuche, artistic director of San Francisco’s Theatre Flamenco, charts the impact of vocal music on Spain’s flamenco tradition.

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