#104: Kao Kalia Yang, Ruggero Allifranchini, Kelly Marshall + Bryan Nichols Quartet

MN Original is a new weekly series produced by Twin Cities Public Television. Each week, the series will showcase the depth and breadth of Minnesota’s creative community and introduce viewers to the many original artists who produce extraordinary work right here in Minnesota.

MN Original Episode 104:

Kao Kalia Yang mesmerizes the camera as she reads from her award winning novel The Latehomecomer. She discusses her family’s remarkable journey from the jungles of Thailand to the cold winters in St. Paul Minnesota.

“You don’t get good wine by aging vinegar for many years. It is still vinegar.” You need to start with a good violin. Ruggero talks about his Stradivarius and Zygmuntowicz violins, what they bring to the music he plays and how they influence his life. Ruggero Allifranchini is the the associate concertmaster for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and John H. and Elizabeth B. Myers Chair. Fun fact: Ruggero was a jazz drummer for many years.

Scott Stulen gives MN O audiences the lowdown on being a creative person and someone who encourages others to be creative on the mnartists website. Scott talks about his inspirations, his love of pop culture images, and his passion for music, and DJ’ing.

In this MN Original short, weaver and textile artist Kelly Marshall dazzles us with her command of the loom.

The Minneapolis jazz community is known for collaboration and cross pollination, and here at the tpt studios we were lucky to be joined by the Bryan Nichols Quartet, a group of four well-known veterans – JT Bates, James Buckley, Michael Lewis and Bryan Nichols.

Download the Educators’ Guide for Episode 104Check out Educators Guides for all episodes of MN Original episodes.

Minnesota Music in this Episode:

Scott Stulen “Less Troubles (remix for tpt)”

Mary Ellen Childs “Pizz Hocket”

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