Mark Foley

Music commentator

Mark Foley is Principal Double Bass of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Double Bass and head of Jazz Studies at Wichita State University.

He has been a featured soloist with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, performs extensively as a jazz artist is also an avid bluegrass player. Passionate about promoting new and diverse music, Mark is the founder and music director of the Knob Festival of New Music, a series of concerts held in Fisch Haus Studios every Fall.

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Tuesday is the summer solstice, the Northern Hemisphere’s longest day, and it’s been a big deal for music since the Stone Age. There must be something about the sun refusing to set that makes cultures want to dance, sing, and party. It’s the Midsummer that Shakespeare named a play after, also known as St. John’s Feast Day, and the Wiccan holiday of Litha. Druids gather at Stonehenge to sing at dawn; Norwegians sing around huge bonfires far into the sunlit night.  

Musical Space: Hooks

Jun 6, 2017

A “hook” is any feature that makes a song memorable. It could be a distinctive rhythm, a sound, a melody, a lyric, anything that catches the ear of the listener and sets a song apart from others.

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Top 10 lists are cliche, but there are so many reasons to congratulate the organizers of this year’s Riverfest music lineup that I needed to itemize them. So please forgive the format and see if you agree the 2017 Wichita Riverfest concert schedule is the best ever.

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Every year the U.S. Library of Congress compiles a list of 25 important records to be placed on the National Recording Registry, with a mandate that they be preserved for future generations.

Lots of actors and actresses try their hands at being musicians. It shouldn’t surprise me I suppose, but once I started researching it, my list of names became unmanageably long.

Singing “Mack the Knife” to a live audience, Ella Fitzgerald realized she had completely forgotten the lyrics and had to ad-lib four whole choruses. The result was a brilliant display of improvising that ended up on the Grammy-winning 1960 album Ella in Berlin.

 

The battle continues.

 

 

We’re hearing an example of a tenor battle--two jazz tenor sax players going head to head, taking turns trying to one-up the other. This one is John Coltrane challenging Sonny Rollins on a tune whose name sums up the spirit of the competition: Tenor Madness.

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Last time I talked about musical geography - how style springs up from places that artists and audiences can identify with. I gave lots of examples from all over the country, but the most important aspect of this is that there is a musical nexus right here.

Music becomes distinctive when it reflects its own geographic space. This could be a neighborhood, a bar, a church, or even a sports arena; things click when a group of musicians feel a connection to a particular place.

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