Alaska Live

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Andrew Cox

Winnipeg-based band "The Treble" used a unique combination of vocalists and bandmates for this session. Three-part harmonies, keyboard, electric bass and a fiddler that they recruited from the Far North Fiddle Fest made for great energy in the studio. Stories of how the band formed, how and where their original songs were born and spine-tingling performance of these songs mark this Alaska Live.

St. Animal

Jul 25, 2013
Patrick Levy

Poetically-laden folk world-infused funk filled the KUAC Alaska Live studios when St. Animal hit the airwaves. St. Animal recently formed but the members are from many popular bands from the Fairbanks music scene both past and present. Many selections feature trumpet accented beats, fiddle chops, electric guitar complete with effects and bass and drums. All original songs written by the band feature St. Animal's musical prowess.

Patrick Levy

Ukulele Russ is an entertainer at heart with Alaska on his mind when writing songs. Ukulele Russ performs solo often but enjoys having the trio together, Dr. Jones from Talkeetna on percussion and Pat "The Rat" from Anchorage on electric bass. Between the three of them, a gig somewhere along the Parks Highway is just a short trip from home. This session is all original songs performed by Ukulele Russ and The Parks Highway Band.

Thought Trade

Jun 28, 2013

Fairbanks rock band Thought Trade brought all original songs to the KUAC studios. Hypnotic grooves and enthralling tunes make this 5-member band unique in the local music scene. Thought Trade added a cellist to their mix of 2 electric guitars, bass and drums for a great Alaska Live session.

Patrick Hopkins

May 31, 2013
Lisa Scerbak-Powers / KUAC

  Patrick Hopkins, Fairbanks raised and recent graduate of The Juilliard Music School, started playing cello at the age of 4 with the Suzuki Institute.  He returns to Fairbanks as the guest musician for Suzuki. Hopkins achieves warm, rich tones with his solo-cello performance on Alaska Live. Hopkins also discusses what it's like to live in New York City and regularly play venues like Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

Bruce Adolphe

May 2, 2013
Robin Wood

During the second hour, Bruce Adolphe elaborated on his life as a composer & educator. We listened to his pieces from recordings & got the back-story on how each was formed. We find out about Adolphe's work on neuroscience of music creativity & the brain, and what it's like to live with an opera-singing parrot named Polly Rhythm.

Bruce Adolphe

May 2, 2013
Robin Wood

Bruce Adolphe is the regularly featured guest on Performance Today with his weekly Piano Puzzler. We moved a piano into the KUAC studio, collected three contestants & Bruce Adolphe did three rounds of Piano Puzzler on KUAC's Alaska Live. Play along with contestants April Jaillet, Maryanne Babij & Jeff Iverson as they guess composer and tunes.

Eel House

Apr 29, 2013
Robin Wood

From hard-driving to slow-lilting ballads, Eel House puts their stamp on every song. Eric Barker - keyboard and vocals, Chazz Gist - electric bass, Susie Hallinan - fiddle and viola, Alisa Williams - drums, and Margaret Ransdell-Green - vocals and percussion, give this dance band their unique sound. Animals, not just eels, seem to play a huge part in the naming and story lines for Eel House.

Emma Hill writes songs that tell stories of Alaskans and beyond. Bryan Daste is Emma's one-man-back-up band, on pedal steel, banjo and vocals seamlessly interwoven into the fabric of Emma's songs. This duo travels relentlessly and has the chops to show for it.

Robin Wood


West Valley's orchestra and concert band were invited to play at Carnegie Hall, in New York City, winter   2013. Some of these students are also going to All State Music Competition, spring 2013. Hear about their trip to New York City, listen to recordings from Carnegie Hall stage, and polished pieces ready for competition performed live by: Meryem Kugzruk, flute, Hayden Fisk, trumpet, and Vanessa Wetterhall, flute.