By Michael Lynch
MATV Executive Director
Here’s what’s new on MATV this week:
(You can view all of the following programs on our Video OnDemand page by clicking here.)
Resident and jazz musician John Kordalewski has been leading the Makanda Project since 2005, and this ensemble group recently played a “Multiple Percussion Edition” concert at the Berklee College of Music. The project performs works from the trove of unrecorded and unperformed compositions by the late prolific composer Makanda Ken McIntyre that were discovered after his untimely death in 2001. Tune in for this concert to hear some of this fascinating project’s efforts when it airs during Music Thursday at 5 p.m. on the Public channel.
Professor Gary Bailey of Simmons College recently visited Fuller Village to deliver a lecture titled “50 Years Since Stonewall: Our Modern History.” In June, 1969, patrons of New York City’s Stonewall Inn, local street kids from the surrounding area and members of the community who came from neighboring gay bars violently fought back against an early morning police raid, refusing to be arrested for simply patronizing a gay bar and being “out” in public. This presentation attempts to place this seminal event in the gay liberation movement in the context of the events of the 20th Century that led up to it, and to look at how we in the modern era ought to think about it. It is currently airing during the Monday Forum at 8 p.m. on the Public channel.
Kids looking to have some fun were dancing and singing all over the library when Matt Heaton came around, delivering his signature “toddlerbilly” brand of original songs. With his trusty guitar in hand, Matt lead the crowd in singalongs, silly dance numbers, and some muppet-esque humor for the parents, and you can join in the fun too, when this concert airs during the Library Children’s Hour at 2:30 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as Tuesdays, all on the Public channel.
The Dave Macklin Band brought a whole lot of funk as well as many popular favorites and oldies from the 20th Century to the Fuller Village gazebo, in the latest concert held at that local venue. From doo-wop to soul, R&B to disco, and even “La Dona e Mobile” thrown in for good measure, this show is all about fun and putting a smile on your face, and it’s airing on Music Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on the Public channel.