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Bay Area artists help public radio station KALW-91.7 FM celebrate 70 years 

Tue., June 21 2011

Composer Paul Dresher invents musical instruments to make sounds that just can't be created on conventional instruments. He'll premiere a piece for his Hurdy Grande, inspired by the medieval hurdy-gurdy, at Chapel of the Chimes' annual Garden of Memory event in Oakland, Tuesday, June 21, 5pm-9pm.

Dresher is among six Bay Area artists profiled in short videos for commercial-free KALW, 91.7 FM, which began broadcasting in 1941. In his video, Dresher plays the Hurdy Grande and explains why he invented it.

"The wall becomes the ground" for choreographer Jo Kreiter, who places dancers on billboards and fire escapes. Physician and Rupa & The April Fishes bandleader Rupa Marya tells how her patients' life stories influence her music. Playwright Sean San Jose describes how artists-in-residence collaborate to create cutting-edge performance at Intersection for the Arts.

See all six videos at kalw.org.

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