Local Color – Jan. 3, 2013

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>>female announcer: This is a production of WKNO, Memphis. Production funding for this program is made possible in part by..>>(instrumental music) ♪♪♪>>Shannon: Happy New Year! I’m Mamie Shannon. Welcome to “Local Color!” And you almost got caught doing the robot.>>Cawein: I was dancing. I love that theme music! I just feel excited every time.>>Davis: Is it really robot- theme music?>>Cawein: No, I wasn’t quite doing the robot. I was just-I was just kind of feeling it a little bit.>>Shannon: You know what she was doing? She was getting in the mood because later I’m going to have Tarrik from U Dig Academy on. I know, she was jookin’. Did you see the bounce?>>Davis: yeah, she was couch jookin. >>Cawein: Couch jookin -That’s a new thing. That’s exactly what is was.>>Davis: I’m almost sorry I said that.>>Shannon: Who do you have coming today?>>Cawein: Gary Segars from Prosevere-going to talk to us about the Hometown Throwdown.>>Shannon: The big two days!>>Cawein: Absolutely. It’s a festival happening at the New Daisy-all local bands, some really exciting big act who we kind of haven’t seen around here for a while. So it’s going to be cool.>>Shannon: I can’t wait to hear. And now you’ve got-Who do you have coming? Someone from the Brooks?>>Davis: Luis from Portugal. And he is a conservator at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. And they are putting out a call to Memphis musicians to create original soundtracks for people to listen to while they are exploring the Nam June Paik.>>Cawein: Oh my gosh!>>Shannon: I can’t wait to hear about that.>>Davis: There’s already one compilation done that was an invitation only compilation to sort of give people an idea in a ground for what they’re looking for. And so now, they’re looking specifically at locals. There’s already some local people who have contributed- Jonathan Kirksey, Shelby Bryant. You know there are a hand-full of locals. You can listen to it. There’s a sound cloud page. You can access it from the Brooks website. Very, very nice.>>Cawein: That is too neat. I love that.>>Shannon: You know what I’m excited about? And I hope that you have something positive to say about this, Chris.>>Davis: Ah, probably not.>>Shannon: I know. I know I’m really expecting too much. But the Harlem Globetrotters are coming!>>Davis: Nothing wrong.>>Shannon: January 12 at the Forum. And every year I tell my family I would love to go see the Globetrotters. And every year guess what don’t get-tickets to go see the Globetrotters.>>Davis: That is such a childhood memory. The roster changes regularly enough to where I’m sure if I saw the Harlem Globetrotters today, they would be nothing like the Harlem Globetrotters because I grew up. You know, Meadowlark Lemon, Curly Neal. And when they would make frequent guest appearances on Scooby Doo.>>Cawein: Yeah!>>Shannon: Well thanks guys. I’m really looking forward to the interviews later. Coming up next, Elizabeth will be chatting with Gary Segars from the band Prosevere.>>(instrumental music) ♪♪♪>>Cawein: Gary, so glad that you could be here this week to talk about some exciting stuff that’s going on at the New Daisy. I’m so pumped about this. The Hometown Throwdown happening next week-January 11 and 12. Okay, so we’ve got some huge bands that are going to be here. Obviously, your band, Prosevere.>>Segars: Correct.>>Cawein: But tell us who else is on the line-up.>>Segars: Surrender the Fall is the headliner on Friday night. We’ve got Swoon, This Tragic Day. There’s a ton of bands. It’s 16 bands total. The biggest, of course, Brent from Shinedown is coming in to town and he and Zach are doing an acoustic set.>>Cawein: Oh my gosh! That’s going to be awesome.>>Segars: That will be Saturday night. It’s kind of a weird logistics thing for them. He’s flying in from LA that day just to do this because he loves Memphis.>>Cawein: That’s awesome.>>Segars: So it works out pretty well.>>Cawein: That’s very cool. And I feel like the whole kind of motivation behind doing this was very much about bringing these bands back together, bringing these hometown shows back. I mean, talk a little bit about kind of where this idea came from.>>Segars: I’ve been in this scene for 12 years now as a musician and it’s really-I want to say it’s sad. But I mean, it kind of is-the way that things used to be really huge. And then now they’ve kind of teetered down. We don’t have a rock station that really plays local music anymore. Rock 102 has kind of picked up.>>Cawein: They are. They’re doing some stuff with Memphis Made, yeah.>>Segars: You know, so it’s picking back up. And this is just kind of a way to jumpstart it again. There’s a lot of really good bands in town and we couldn’t fit them all on this bill sadly. But we want to kind of do this, I guess, two time a year-maybe make it a big deal. And try and get more people to come out because there’s a lot of areas of town that we don’t really hit. You know, Prosevere is big on the ground and pound type of promotion where we take flyers out like this here. But you know we’re big on that. There’s a lot of bands that do Facebook promotion and what not. But we only hit a few areas of town. There’s other bands that hit West Memphis. Memphis is a really large place. And we know that there’s music fans out there. And without a local station that’s really pushing the local music, it’s tough to get out to all of them. So if you’ve got 16 bands or even if you’ve just got 5 bands or whatever you can reach out to a ton of different places. And that’s kind of what this is is getting everybody back together again.>>Cawein: Very cool.>>Segars: You know when you’re not working against each other, you’re all working together for the same goal.>>Cawein: Absolutely. And it’s such a different thing, too, I feel like because this is a festival really. This is two days of music over a Friday and Saturday. I mean, there’s just-We have obviously certain festivals in town every year. But there’s nothing quite like this that’s happened.>>Segars: No. The different between those and this is this is built by us. You know, we are in the bands. We’ve all decided to get together and do this ourselves. So when I reached out to Surrender the Fall and they just got signed. So they had to really work with us to make this thing work. So we reached out to them. We reached out to This Tragic Day who just back in December had a-Oh, what’s it called?-This Tragic Christmas. And you know, they did over 200- something people. With a lot of these bands gaining momentum, it was difficult to get them to step down from headliner status to kind of all work together on the same thing. And I’m really happy about it. You know I think everybody-we kind of checked out egos at the door. And you know, sometimes it’s tough to do that, especially in your hometown because like I said, these guys have given up headlining shows to make this work. And hopefully it’s successful. I feel like it will be. So especially bringing Bret in. It’s a huge thing. It’s huge.>>Cawein: So obviously we’re going to have your Shinedown fans that are going to be there. They got their tickets already, I’m sure. But in terms of the person who’s like-I don’t really know a lot of these bands but I want to come check it out-What should they expect? What kind of music should they expect? >>Segars: This is a rock festival really because that’s who we’re already tight with. We’re already friends with them. But there’s a lot of different stuff. The bands that are opening on Friday and Saturday are different. I guess that’s the best way to say it. There’s a band called Lights as Lenses and this will be their debut show. And they’re kind of folky, I guess, like Civil Wars type stuff. But then you move to Augustine is playing after them. They’re really-I don’t even know how to describe them. Like they’re garage rock, you know? After that A Moment Shy is really kind of screamo stuff. You know, this is just on Saturday. On Friday Looking for Alaska and Tom Foolery and kind of the pop- punk-indie, you know, Smith-7 bands which I don’t know if anybody knows what Smith-7 is. But Smith-7 was big when the skate park was over in Cordova.>>Cawein: So lots of good stuff going on.>>Segars: It’s really a big deal.>>Caweinb: It’s going to be a mix. Where can we get our tickets?>>Segars: You can get them at newdaisy-dot-com or I believe Replays-My gosh. What is it?-Spinstreet? New Daisy box office. You can call the Daisy. I think its 5-2-5-8-9-8-1.>>Cawein: Check our newdaisy- dot-com for any questions.>>Segars: Or Memphishometownthrowdown-dot-tk.>>Cawein: Oh, alright! Absolutely with that URL., Thank you so much, Gary, for being here. I really appreciate it. We’ll check out the Hometown Throwdown on January 11 and 12. And we will be right back with a conversation about the upcoming performance by the U Dig Dance Company.>>(instrumental music) ♪♪♪>>Shannon: Tarrik, I’m so glad you could join me today. I am a big U Dig fan.>>Moore: Why thank you! Thank you for having me. Thank you.>>Shannon: So, tell everybody a little bit about U Dig.>>Moore: Whoa!>>Shannon: A little bit.>>Moore: A little bit? Just a little? Here in 2005 I founded the company. U Dig is an acronym that stands for Universal Dance Interdisciplinary Guild. We really started to impact in the educational system, MCS, private schools, and youth-based organizations. From there, we started to advocate for the culture, the entire Memphis jookin culture that is literally world-wide at this point.>>Shannon: Okay, for people that don’t know about jookin, tell me a little bit about jookin.>>Moore: Jookin!>>Shannon: From your ears to your ankles with the bounce!>>Moore: Well, you know, the bounce is truly what’s significant about Memphis Jookin. We have to where we can modify it with different music, all genres of music whether it be pop classical music, rap, soul, and the list goes on. And the strategic footwork. So you have both elements that really, really, really makes a signature for Memphis jookin. One is the strategic technique within the feet. Two is the bounce. And that and again with the fluidity, the musicality piece, it’s Memphis jookin.>>Shannon: And it is Memphis. And I’ve already told you this but for everybody else, I want to share with them. It was a religious experience when you guys danced with the symphony and Al Kapone at the Dasiy. I mean to me, it was Memphis in a high church. It was beautiful.>>Moore: I agree. With those cultures clashing together and making just a really a platform to birth. Now what we’re developing is urban ballet that transpired from that . Opus One, Al Kapone. It was a very powerful experience, one that brought all walks of life together out of this city and just made a huge impact.>>Shannon: Well for anybody that was there, it really was like a religious experience. It was wonderful. Now tell me about the Innovation, Beethoven, Bernstein, and ballet that’s coming up.>>Moore: This is here January 12. This is its 60th anniversary with the Memphis Symphony. We’re in collaboration with Ballet Memphis and we’re producing some paramount choreography that we’ll debut at the Canon Center here on the 12th.>>Shannon: And then the next day you’re going to.>>Moore: Yes, yes, yes. So we’re taking it to both ends of the city. So you know, we’re welcoming everyone to come out and witness just something. Witness something very powerful under all arts. Its interdisciplinary. That’s what we pride ourselves on. We combine cultures.>>Shannon: Now, U Dig is not just a troop. You have the academy where you actually teach kids to dance, right?>>Moore: Yes, yes. We have satellite locations throughout the city where the general public can take advantage of classes. We call this Memphis Urban Dance University. So there’s a series of DVDs and we also have taken the time out to document our dance style and what we call the jookin syllabus. So it’s a comparative analysis with ballet and how jookin works all together. So yeah, any student can just take advantage of that.>>Shannon: And you know what I like? I like the fact that you not only teach people how to dance, but you promote a healthy lifestyle, as well.>>Moore: Very much so, very much so. Being proactive about health-It directly correlates with dance. It’s physical education. You know, so, you know, we definitely have to make certain that not only body conditioning, certain disciplines and habits have to be there in order for one to master dance. So definitely-Health is imperative.>>Shannon: Well, I’m so glad that you’re here. Please come back and see me. I am so excited about your cross-cultural learning. And I want to hear more about some of the programs that you’re doing in the schools. So thank you so much for coming.>>Moore: Thank you for having us.>>Shannon: You’re welcome.>>Moore: It’s been a pleasure.>>(instrumental music) ♪♪♪>>Davis: The Brooks Museum of Art is trying to reach Memphis musicians, yes?>>Seixas: Yes, that’s correct.>>Davis: And composers. You don’t necessarily have to be a musician.>>Seixas: Not necessarily. Yeah, you can be whatever you want.>>Davis: And the reason for this is to create a soundtrack for the Nam June Paik video obelisk that greets people who come in to the main entrance of the Brooke Museum of Art. People will be able to get-is it headphones, an ipod?>>Seixas: We’re working on that but firstly, we just have a sound cloud from the Brooks Museum and you can go to the web page-the Brooks Museum webpage- and you can get the music from there directly through there.>>Davis: But the idea is that you listen to the soundtrack.>>Seixas: Yes, of course. The soundtrack is playing actually. It’s playing at the Brooks Museum.>>Davis: So far, there are already several submissions that are available. But there are some Memphis artists but its more of an international contingency. >>Seixas: Yeah, we started as like more intimate thing so just 10 musicians that I know or Andrea from the Brooks Museum. She said this is the right person to start this project.>>Davis: But now the goal is to seek some specifically Memphis musicians and composers to put their sonic spin on what this experience should be like. Okay, now that we got the basics laid out, lets go back to the beginning. You are-You do art conservation and are also a bit of a musician and music producer yourself. So give me the roots of where this project comes from.>>Seixas: Well, I own a small record label in Portugal, Lisbon supported by the city hall called Disco-th because in Portuguese, sounds like the so it sounds like disco. And well, we released almost 65 records in less than 10 years supported by the city hall obviously because this is impossible. And well, I’m a music lover. So when I came to Memphis, I realized I need to do something about the video obelisk. This is a beautiful object. I love this. And let’s take it to a different level.>>Davis: Well, let’s talk about the obelisk. What is it about this video obelisk? Nam June Paik is the father of video art. So he was doing it in the 60s when no one else was doing it.>>Seixas: I believe so. Yeah, he started the whole thing. I’m not the connoisseur about this work because it’s so massive. It’s so vast. But I know he collaborated with a lot of people from all the generation, like 60s I guess. And he’s really influenced and he started this objects with televisions. And that’s like the signature from Nam June Paik.>>Davis: The piece that he made that’s video obelisk is the last major work that he made before he passed away. So it’s a very significant acquisition for the Brooks Museum of Art. >>Seixas: Absolutely.>>Davis: And even though Paik himself was trained in music and many of his installations included music, this one has musical notes all over it. This one is silent.>>Seixas: It is, It is. I don’t know why, I don’t know why. It’s an interesting question, It’s an interesting question. Especially because talking about Memphis and everything’s about music but this one. This was the right model to create a soundtrack I guess.>>Davis: I’ve been listening to the pieces that have already been submitted and they’re all very sensual. They make you want too-It’s not music you just listen to. It’s music that you feel. And there are only a few exceptions to that. Do you have any sense for why that’s the case?>>Seixas: No, I say to people- to the musicians-to be creative but to be take in consideration Memphis, the music scene.>>Davis: Is there a deadline? Is there a time that people need to submit pieces by?>>Seixas: Not really. For now, I have four tracks for the next eight sessions. And when we reach like 10, we’re going to release the second volume.>>Davis: You’re going to release the second volume? That’s fantastic. >>Seixas: The third one and so on and on.>>Davis: Well thank you, Luis.>>Seixas: Thank you, my pleasure.>>Davis: Coming up next we’ve got Ashley Dacus and she’s going to visit with the head chef at the Kemmons School of Hospitality.>>(instrumental music) ♪♪♪>>Dacus: We are here today in the Wine Cellar of the Medallion Restaurant here at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis. I didn’t even know this room was here. And you said that people can reserve this space for special occasions.>>Nowakowski: Yes, we do a lot of beautiful style like tableside cooking and that stuff, especially for the Valentines.>>Dacus: And you’ve won all kinds of accolades for the work that you’ve done here.>>Nowakowski: Ah, yes. We are a little bit different Holiday Inn over here. We kind of model to the others. And every year, we win the awards and also two or three years ago, I won best beverage awards. So it was very nice, you know, And also, I am the president of the local chef association. And we go to monthly meetings. We do a lot of charity function. And in my hotel, we always do the Child Advocacy Center function which is a great high- class.>>Dacus: That’s the event with celebrity servers that you were talking about.>>Nowakowski: Yes, celebrity servers. And that might be Mayor and, you know, Fred Smith. We do a lot of beautiful stuff over here with that function. And that functions a lot of students involved from Southwest Community College and our school and L’ecole. It’s a great kind of exposure hands on for the students.>>Dacus: So you are not a professor here at the University of Memphis but you do periodically lecture on the business side of food and beverage, right?>>Nowakowski: Yes and I got a tremendous experience. And also, I had the classes in the L’ecole ice carvers classes.>>Dacus: And just over your shoulder there is the salt sculpture that you did.>>Nowakowski: That is a salt sculpture which I love to do that. I always love to challenge myself. You know, the ice cravings they may be a couple of hours. The other centerpieces like chocolate and anything else just a short time. This is probably about three years old. And can stay forever as long as they clean up and dry. Also, I’m very much surprised. In Memphis, we’ve got a big polish community. And I was in Chicago. I was in New York and I wasn’t even surprised about that. But I was surprised when they find me over here. So we got a nice people working making sure that the polish community stays together and is active.>>Dacus: Now I’ve asked you before if you plan to retire and stay in Memphis. But you said you already are retired. This is what retirement looks like for you.>>Nowakowski: Yeah, I’m retired already. But I can not live without work. You know, that’s my passion. I need to work.>>Dacus: You do wonderful work. I’ve been so impressed with everything you do to stay busy.>>Nowakowski: Yeah and if you want to look at my work, you can go to my website. www-dot-chefedward-dot-com. You can see a lot of stuff over there also. That’s my passion. That’s what I want to do. I can probably not stay home. I just got to be with people. And I just go to be do some stuff and taking a challenge. And just a few weeks ago my wife passed away which that is another challenge for me because you feel kind of empty. And when you take an incredible challenge, impossible job, then you fulfill your emptiness.>>Dacus: It’s a fascinating story. And people can find out more about you and your history through your book.>>Nowakowski: That is on the line. If you go to my website, you can-I mean, you can follow-up how you can get that book. And also, the book I love because my mom. My family had the very kind of historical life. For example, my mom was sent as a forced labor working the farm. Then later on, the oldest process happened over there. Then when she come back to the Poland and then, you know, the communist party and propaganda. And then my Korea-when I started old fashioned culinary institute which is more difficult than these days. And then when come to United States. And I come to Unites States also without knowing English. It’s a lot of funny stories about that in the book because you make some kind of simple mistake which basically lack of language lets you do that.>>Dacus: Well, the language barrier from when you first arrived in the US certainly hasn’t stopped you from succeeding so much here. Thank you for sitting down and talking today.>>(instrumental music) ♪♪♪>>Shannon: Thanks, guys. I’m so glad you came today. And I totally forget since Ashley got to do a remote with Chef-How do you say his last name? Nowakowski-Chef Edward Nowakowski from the Wilson School at University of Memphis. That was really cool. We’re going to have to go there and have some lunch one day.>>Cawein: Absolutely.>>Shannon: I actually went to a little luncheon there and the stuff is really good.>>Cawein: They have good food.>>Shannon: They do have good food. That would be a cool program.>>Cawein: There are luncheons every year at, you know, special holidays and stuff are always the deal and the thing to go to.>>Shannon: Have you ever been?>>Davis: Nu-uh.>>Shannon: Well, we should take Chris. >>Davis: This has been off my radar completely. >>Shannon: Oh, we should take Chris!>>Davis: And I think I know all of the nuisances, the ins and outs of the foodie stuff in town.>>Shannon: Well, it’s really cool because the new and up and coming Chefs that are actually going to school are being taught by this world-renown Chef. And they serve you right than and there at the Holiday Inn.>>Davis: It is on my short list of things to do.>>Shannon: Well, and then also, Prosevere and the two day Hometown Throwdown.>>Cawein: That’s right-January 11 and 12. Do not miss it. Newdaisy-dot-com.>>Shannon: And did you see Elizabeth perk up? She’s going to want to know about the Brooks.>>Davis: Oh, yay-yeah.>>Shannon: That’s really cool. How long is the program?>>Davis: They don’t have a deadline. You know, their goal is to just collect entries and then to create compilations. So when you go to see the sculpture, you can have your choice of I want to experience this to something floaty and ambient or something harsh and grading.>>Shannon: January 12 is like the busiest of busy because that’s when the innovation is where U Dig is dancing, as well. Thank you guys so much for coming. What do you have? Are you going to come back and see us again? I feel like I haven’t seen you in forever.>>Cawein: Very soon. 2013 is going to be a big year for music. I will be back.>>Shannon: Thank you guys. Thanks for joining us. You are not. You’ll be here next week. Don’t let him kid you. Thanks for joining us you guys. Come back and enjoy your local color.

 

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