In talking to Qwest TV, Carla Bley laughs a lot as she sifts through some of her significant historical moments of melody-making and free improvisations and even dredges up a memory that she has never talked about before.
Despite not being known as a mecca for soul and funk, Timmion has quietly released some of the most glowing records out of Finland, artfully honed and respectfully crafted to the originators that came before.
Qwest TV spoke to Finnish singer Bobby Oroza about creating raw soul music, learning life lessons in Cuba, and being sampled by Earl Sweatshirt.
Releasing a new album after eight years of silence, Amon Tobin is going analog, looking for spontaneity and accepting imperfections while remaining pernickety about nuances and sound quality.
We are delighted to have Lee Fields as Qwest TV's guest of the month for April. On the back of his new album, It Rains Love, he sat down with us for perhaps his most open interview to date.
After two decades of playing as sideman, Bobby Sparks has recorded all over and at all moments. Here, he brings together a part of his work never before released in a first album featuring Roy Hargrove, Marcus Miller, Lucky Peterson, Michael League and other members who play as part of Snarky Puppy.
The American drummer has released his second album with the Beat Music collective, influenced by the electronic production of Squarepusher and Aphex Twin. After collaborating with David Bowie and Brad Mehldau, his versatility continues to impress.
With the release of his new album, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah caught up with Qwest TV to unpick and unveil some of the thinking that inspired him. Never one to shy away from articulating his mission, Christian discussed the ancestral power he draws from, the importance of illuminating harmony within rhythm, and the state of modern America.
This year the Ethio-psych-funk group deliver another batch of theatric songs, Budos Band V, that are equally appropriate for car chase sequences as they are for funeral sunsets. Qwest TV caught up with Brian Profilio to discuss, among many things, Budos’ origin story as well as their album-by-album progression as a unit.
For Fragments du Monde Flottant (Fragments of the Floating World), Devendra Banhart offers a compilation of twelve unreleased demos by the likes of Arthur Russell, Nils Frahm, Rodrigo Amaranth and Vashti Bunyan. With the support of the Swiss label Bongo Joe (Altin Gün, Begayer, Hypercult … ), Devendra Banhart undertakes a playful curator's role for an anthology that is as elevated and intimate as his folk beginnings. From Los Angeles, he answers Qwest TV’s questions.