Luke Taylor

Digital Producer, Music
Minnesota Public Radio
ltaylor@mpr.org


Luke Taylor Feature Archive

Wylie Gelber and his Model 2 bass
When Dawes visited the studio for an in-studio session, bassist Wylie Gelber was playing an instrument he built himself. 'I was unsure of how it would sound,' Gelber says, 'but it's become my favorite bass ever. It's the only one I play now.' Find out more about Gelber's handmade bass guitar. (07/22/2015)
Pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki and the viola organista
Polish pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki spent more than 5,000 hours making da Vinci's idea a reality. Watch this performance of a single instrument that almost sounds like a chamber ensemble. (07/17/2015)
Mark Ritsema with the Hagstrom Ultra Swede
The American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis is highlighting music this summer with an exhibit of guitars by legendary Swedish guitar-maker, Hagstrom, whose instruments were played by David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, Elvis Presley and others. The ASI is also hosting a number of concerts with local musicians, including Mark Ritsema and his band, Suzie, during which Ritsema will play one of the exhibited guitars. (07/08/2015)
JD McPherson, who performs on 'A Prairie Home Companion' on July 4, frequently wears a 'Smith Fabrication' shirt while onstage. It turns out the namesake of the shirt is TK Smith, a California-based guitar builder and craftsman. 'All the stuff I build is all technology that was available in the late 1940s to the mid-50s," Smith says. 'They used to make things so much better back then.' (07/03/2015)
Ben Brockway was thinking of closing up shop for the day, and then his phone rang. JD McPherson bassist Jimmy Sutton was going onstage at Rock the Garden in less than two hours and needed a repair to his upright bass. 'He saved the day,' Sutton says of Brockway's last-minute work. (06/25/2015)
Following the news of composer James Horner's death, Twin Cities' NBC affiliate KARE 11 spoke to Classical MPR's Lynne Warfel -- host of Saturday Cinema and Flicks in Five -- about the work of the late composer. (06/24/2015)
'Boys in the Street', a single off singer-songwriter Greg Holden's album, 'Chase the Sun', made its debut on The Current on April 30, 2015. Holden debuted the video for 'Boys in the Street' on Tuesday, June 17. Watch it here. (06/17/2015)
Singer-songwriter JD McPherson and his band demonstrate a work ethic befitting musicians and music that comes from America's less mythologized, more salt-of-the-earth places. 'We're playing a lot of shows,' McPherson says, 'but you know what? It's all good.' JD McPherson plays Rock the Garden on Sunday, June 21. Before then, get to know a bit more about this hard-working singer-songwriter. (06/16/2015)
Bobb Bruno of Best Coast explains how he came to play an Eastman T386, enjoying the feel and sound of the guitar so much that he made it one of his go-to instruments in Best Coast's live set. Bruno also describes some of the main effects he employs when playing live. (06/10/2015)
The Who's Pete Townshend, committed to getting his works arranged for orchestra for sheet music, has released an orchestral version of his 1973 album 'Quadrophenia'. Townshend hopes the newly arranged work will 'bring in people who might not otherwise go to see a symphony orchestra perform.' (06/09/2015)
Margaret Juntwait, the voice of the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts heard on Classical Minnesota Public Radio and on other stations nationwide, has died at age 58 due to complications from ovarian cancer. (06/03/2015)
Reached by telephone, VocalEssence Artistic Director Philip Brunelle describes how the ensemble was chosen to perform with the Rolling Stones on Wednesday, June 3. Brunelle also describes the mood of the choir members as they prepare for the gig with the rock legends. 'They're very excited about the opportunity,' Brunelle says. (06/02/2015)
Classical MPR's Choral Initiatives Manager Tesfa Wondemagegnehu visited with KARE 11's Diana Pierce to describe Harmony in the Park, which happens in Minneapolis on Thursday, June 4, and in Duluth, Minn., on Sunday, June 28. (06/02/2015)
After Jose Gonzalez played a live set in The Current's studio, he stopped to talk about the Spanish classical guitars he enjoys playing. He also explains why, even though he's right-hand dominant, he prefers to bowl left-handed. (04/22/2015)
Director of Music at St Paul's Cathedral, London, since 2007, Andrew Carwood has been conducting choirs since he was 16 years old. He recently described what it's like to sing at St. Paul's Cathedral and the music program he oversees there. "It's very exciting for me," he says. "I like to encourage the boys to sing as well as they possibly can." (04/21/2015)