When Dan Kruse returns to the Arizona Senior Academy on Wednesday (Sept. 26) for the final program in his ethnomusicology series, he will dive into one of the enduring questions of any study of music. What is its real meaning
As the haunting melody of “Danny Boy” drifted through the National Cathedral during the memorial service for Senator John McCain, millions of listeners heard an old Irish ballad beloved by generations of Americans. For some, it awakened personal memories of
Over centuries of human migration, music in many forms has moved, resettled, and melded with the music of other cultures, resulting in new hybrid genres, instruments and varieties of musical expression. Such diasporas, to and from every continent on earth,
If you came of age in Louisiana, the soulful roots music of zydeco and rhythm and blues and the brassy Dixieland jazz bands of New Orleans may have shaped your musical tastes and memories. For anyone with Appalachian roots, hearing
Would you like to learn about the history and geographic roots of the marimba and listen to a pair of outstanding percussionists play this unique instrument? The Arizona Senior Academy will present “Marimba Magnificence,” a lecture/demonstration/performance on Tuesday (March 7).
What are the commonalities between a Beatles song, a Beethoven symphony, and much African music? They are all shaped by musical structure—the beats, measures, phrases, and passages that are essential to the architecture and emotional pull of a piece of
Always a popular draw at the Arizona Senior Academy, ethnomusicologist, documentary filmmaker, and percussionist Dan Kruse is an articulate and engaging speaker on all things musical. Whether the topic is the early history of rock ‘n’ roll, the versatility of
Can’t get the music, or the lyrics, to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” out of your head, or “Yellow Submarine” by the Beatles? Then, YOU have an earworm, i.e., a musical memory. Coming from the German “ohrwurm,” an earworm is an “involuntary
Dan Kruse is a familiar voice at Arizona Public Media, serving as the local host of All Things Considered. Kruse is also well known to the Arizona Senior Academy from prior presentations concerning, among other subjects, the history of rock
“Master of the house, quick to catch your eye,/ Never wants a passerby to pass him by.” George Costanza can’t get that tune out of his head in an old “Seinfeld” episode. This is called an “earworm,” from the German,
The snare drum is one of the oldest and most revered instruments in the musical world. It has a long and fascinating history, intriguing mechanics, a wide dynamic range of tonal qualities, and a surprisingly diverse repertoire composed for it.
What is music? This and many other questions are considered by ethnomusicologists, of which Dan Kruse of Tucson is one. A lecturer, film-maker, writer, musician and the local host of NPR’s “All Things Considered”, Kruse recently acquired a Master’s in