86 episodes

Joe McHugh is a storyteller, fiddler, and award-winning public radio journalist who travels the world exploring the many roles the violin family of instruments play in society today. He has interviewed gifted musicians who play a variety of styles—classical, folk, jazz, and rock—as well as master luthiers, dealers, collectors, tone wood producers, insurance agents, museum curators, rosin makers, string designers—even FBI agents who have helped recover stolen violins. The Rosin the Bow archive of recorded interviews will eventually become a permanent part of the Smithsonian Institution’s collection of violin-related materials.

Rosin the Bow with Joe McHugh Rosin the Bow with Joe McHugh

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    • 4.8 • 5 Ratings

Joe McHugh is a storyteller, fiddler, and award-winning public radio journalist who travels the world exploring the many roles the violin family of instruments play in society today. He has interviewed gifted musicians who play a variety of styles—classical, folk, jazz, and rock—as well as master luthiers, dealers, collectors, tone wood producers, insurance agents, museum curators, rosin makers, string designers—even FBI agents who have helped recover stolen violins. The Rosin the Bow archive of recorded interviews will eventually become a permanent part of the Smithsonian Institution’s collection of violin-related materials.

    Purnaprajna Bangere & David Balakrishnan - Mathematics as Muse - Part 2

    Purnaprajna Bangere & David Balakrishnan - Mathematics as Muse - Part 2

    This podcast continues my conversation with two remarkable and thoughtful musicians. It also explores how the principles of abstract geometry can inform both the composition and performance of violin music and how different cultures and musical traditions can enrich the experience of music and of life itself.

    • 56 min
    Purnaprajna Bangere & David Balakrishnan - Mathematics as Muse - Part 1

    Purnaprajna Bangere & David Balakrishnan - Mathematics as Muse - Part 1

    Purnaprajna Bangere is both a brilliant mathematician and a highly-respected violinist trained in the classical violin music of southern India. David Balakrishnan is a violinist, composer, and member of the Turtle Island String Quartet who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2017, David spent several months as an artist-in-residence working with Purna in Lawrence, Kansas, home of the University of Kansas. This interview explores their unique musical collaboration that weaves together the classical violin music traditions of southern India with that of Europe and the United States.   

    • 46 min
    Bashar Matti - Iraqi-American Violinist

    Bashar Matti - Iraqi-American Violinist

    Bashar Matti was born in Iraq during the Iran-Iraq War and endured the troubled times of the Kuwait-Iraq War and subsequent United States invasion of his country. Through it all he clung to his love of the violin and music and was eventually able to come to the United States where he studied violin with Kathryn Lucktenberg at the University of Oregon. 

    • 42 min
    Amanda Forsyth - Cellist

    Amanda Forsyth - Cellist

    Amanda Forsyth is a cellist who was born in South Africa and grew up in Canada. Her father was a composer who inspired her to become a musician. She is married to the violinist Pinchas Zukerman and I interviewed her after a concert she performed with her husband and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.

    • 54 min
    Daniel Rouslin and the Mystery of the Hidden Violin

    Daniel Rouslin and the Mystery of the Hidden Violin

    Daniel Rouslin taught violin and music theater at Willamette University for many years. He was teaching there in 1988 when an early 18th century Italian violin was discovered hidden under the floor boards of Waller Hall, the oldest building on the campus of the oldest institution of higher learning west of the Mississippi River. How did violin get there? Who made the violin? What should the school do with such a unique and valuable violin?
    Dan tells the story of the remarkable discovery and also shares his own story as a musician and music educator. 

    • 39 min
    Rhiannon Giddens - Fiddler, Banjoist, and Singer

    Rhiannon Giddens - Fiddler, Banjoist, and Singer

    Grammy and MacArthur award winner Rhiannon Giddens grew up in North Carolina near the city of Greensboro, which is where I interviewed her in 2015 while she was performing at the National Folk Festival. A founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, she was trained as an opera singer before her passion for the banjo, fiddle, and folk songs took hold. She has done much to educate the public, as well as fellow musicians, about the contribution African-American musicians have made to the traditional folk music of United States. 

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

BarnabeWilliams ,

Amazing music, would love more about the makers!

First and foremost I would like to say how astounded I am by the production value here. The commentary and interviews make you feel like you are listening to a documentary. Someone mentioned this podcast on Reddit and I guess that the reason I wasn't aware of it was because this wasn’t really talked abouton the violin forums. The David Fulton interview about his collection was the best episode for me I would love episodes that cover the life of Guarneri and Stradivarius as well as Amatti and Maggini ! Give us content about legendary makers I would love to hear that

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