MUSIC focuses on finely crafted handmade instruments and the world renowned artists who play them, demonstrating the perfect blend of form and function. By exploring how various instruments are perfected, MUSIC also offers viewers a unique journey through our country’s past, detailing the contributions of jazz and Appalachian roots music to the American cultural landscape, as well as the intersection of the guitar and political activism, and how the legacy of West African instruments is embedded in the American banjo.
MUSIC features interviews and performances from Joan Baez, Rhiannon Giddens, Director of the Count Basie Orchestra Scotty Barnhart, banjo master Tony Ellis, Los Angeles Philharmonic timpanist Joseph Pereira, and virtuoso ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro. Instrument makers featured are Martin Guitar, Jim Hartel, Monette trumpets, Stelling banjos, and Kamaka ukulele. PBS premiere: November 20, 2015.
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EDUCATION GUIDE: History and Improvisation: Making American Music
In this lesson, students will view the MUSIC episode from the PBS series Craft in America. The episode features the skilled craftwork required to make ukuleles, trumpets, banjos, guitars, and timpani mallets. Students will hear musicians playing each of the instruments. Students will also hear the musicians talk about their personal connection to their instruments. Additionally, the program illustrates how a study of American music is a study of American history.
Executive Producer & Director Carol Sauvion ∙ Producers Patricia Bischetti, Rosey Guthrie ∙ Editor Leonard Feinstein ∙ Director of Photography Sidney Lubitsch ∙ Music by Laura Karpman ∙ Associate Producer Denise Kang ∙ Senior Advisor Jacoba Atlas ∙ Production Coordinator Beverly Feldman ∙ Production Controller Judy J. Hing ∙ Sound Recordists Richard K. Pooler, Alan Barker, Lauretta Molitor ∙ Assistant Camera Robert W. Faison, Matt Berner, Vance Piper ∙ Gaffer Mark Markley, Jon Fontana ∙ Art Director Elizabeth Claffey ∙ Main Title Crew Camera Control, Inc., Jason Rau, Christopher Williams ∙ Assistant Editor Dani Morrow, Destiny Pineda, Misha Scott, Eric Stapf ∙ Station Relations De Shields Associates, Inc. ∙ Post Production Video Shapeshifter ∙ Online Assistant Editor Cindy Fanara ∙ Colorist Dean Chu ∙ Post Production Sound Wild Woods ∙ Re-Recording Mixer Jonathan Iglecias ∙ Peter Voulkos Interview Footage Courtesy of Revolutions of the Wheel, A Queens Row Production ∙ Archival Materials Courtesy of Scotty Barnhart, Boston Public Library, Stephen Butler, C.F. Martin Archives, Corbis/Bettmann/Tony Korody/Sygma/Leif Skoogfors/Zuma Press, CriticalPast, Bruce Forster, Getty Images/BBC Motion Gallery/Christian Science Monitor/Chuck & Sarah Fishbein/Douglas R. Gilbert/Keystone-France, Kamaka Hawaii Inc, Library of Congress/Al G. Field Minstrels/Otis Lithograph Co./V.G. Schreck/Strobridge & Co. Lith., Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Nunez Family Collection, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Tom Marcello, David Monette, Dr. Robert H. Sayers, Geoff Stelling, Josef Werkmeister, Woody Guthrie Archives ∙ Special Thanks Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Louise Adkins, Leni Isaacs Boorstin, Alice Boyd, Harley Donnelly, M.D., The Egg Performing Arts Center, Alice Cabael Ka’ahanui, Darin Lawrence, Michael Ledington, Nancy Lutzow, Ornament Magazine, Tina Morris, Steven Poster, Noah Reitman, Rachael Reitman, Andrew Schwartz, Yukari Takai, Randi Tolbert, Village Studios, Jeff Vogelgesang, Gretchen Willoughby ∙ “143” Written by Jake Shimabukuro, Published by Uke Ox Publishing (BMI) ∙ “Say It Plain” Written by Scotty Barnhart, Published by SBSB Music (BMI) ∙ “Dedicated to You” Written by Scotty Barnhart, Published by SBSB Music (BMI) ∙ “Dance on the Clouds” Written by Paul Anthony “Tony” Ellis, Published by Banjar Tunes (ASCAP) ∙ “The Becky Thatcher Waltz” Written by Paul Anthony “Tony” Ellis, Published by Banjar Tunes (ASCAP) ∙ “The Quest” Written by Paul Anthony “Tony” Ellis, Published by Banjar Tunes (ASCAP) ∙ “Paddlewheel” Written by Paul Anthony “Tony” Ellis, Published by Banjar Tunes (ASCAP) ∙ “Wind Chimes and Nursery Rhymes” Written by Paul Anthony “Tony” Ellis, Published by Banjar Tunes (ASCAP) ∙ “Riding the Stelling” Written by Geoff Stelling, Published by Markyle Music (BMI) ∙ “Briggs Jig” Arranged by Rhiannon Giddens Laffan, Published by Children of Llyr (BMI), Used by permission. All rights reserved ∙ “Grapevine Reel” Written by Rhiannon Giddens Laffan, Published by Children of Llyr (BMI), Used by permission. All rights reserved ∙ “Julie” Arranged by Rhiannon Giddens Laffan, Published by Children of Llyr (BMI), Used by permission. All rights reserved ∙ “Diamonds and Rust” Written by Joan Baez, Published by Chandos Music Company (ASCAP) ∙ In memory of Jane & Jack Rollins ∙This program was produced by Craft in America, Inc. which is solely responsible for its content. © 2015 CRAFT IN AMERICA All Rights Reserved.