Minnesota Music Profiles

Series produced by KBEM

Caption: KBEM logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
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Each item in the series tells how a musicians is inspired, how s/he works, their goals and intents for their work; in general, how each gets motivation and follows through with a creative project.

Each Minnesota Music Profile focuses on a musician or group. Listeners learn some of the behind-the-scenes stuff related to the creative process. Programs in the series are under 10 minutes in length. They can be run anytime because they are not time sensitive. These pieces are especially appropriate when subjects perform in the areas served by given radio stations.


348 Pieces

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Caption: Laura Caviani by Ann Marsden, Credit: Ann Marsden
Laura Caviani has made compositions by Thelonius Monk’s a specialty of hers. When Phil Nusbaum aksed about why the focis on Monk, she had definite ...

Bought by WOUB


  • Added: Oct 02, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jesse Whitney, Credit: Olive Thoen
Jesse Whitney creates music on an electronic device known as a synthesizer. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Jesse told of his music creation a...

Bought by WOUB


  • Added: Jan 24, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Rachel Kurtz, Credit: Rachel Kurtz
Rachel Kurtz has been singing her whole life and gets everything behind her performances. When Rachel talked with Phil Nusbaum, she talked about th...

Bought by WOUB


  • Added: Feb 07, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Delphia Cello Quartet, Credit: Kate Wilson
The Delphia Cello Quartet plays a mix of classical music and pop and folk songs, all arranged for 4 cellos. Phil Nusbaum asked manager Julia Flober...

  • Added: Oct 15, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Kinda Fonda Wanda, Credit: Nazarmatos
Kinda Fonda Wanda is a Minneapolis band that evokes the spirit of 50’s rockabilly and Honky Tonk. The band plays for listening and dancing, taking...

Bought by WOUB


  • Added: Sep 16, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Other Country Ensemble, Credit: Laurie Patton
Other Country Ensemble is just what it says: An American group that performs music traditions from other countries. Bouzouki player and mandocellis...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Because “folk” is viewed as a conservative musical idiom, you might wonder about a group calling itself experimental folk. But Humbird makes it wor...

  • Added: Aug 27, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Lynn O'brien, Credit: Tera Girardin
Lynn O’brien is a songwriter who gets inspiration from what is going on around her. She packs in her songs with messages into all her shows. During...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2019
  • Length: 07:59
Caption: Steve Hobert, Credit: Pat O'Laughlin
Steve Hobert is one of the most respected band musicians in the Twin Cities. But he has a unique personal side that he shows at some of his perform...

  • Added: Aug 08, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: The Tropics Steel Drum Band, Credit: Jill Alleyne
The Tropics Steel Drum Band is a duet that shares music that comes originally from Trinidad and Tobago and features the steel pan or drum. Guitaris...

  • Added: Jul 22, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Singleton Street, Credit: Bryan French
Singleton Street is a trio led by Sherri and Chuck Leyda of Delano. Lately Singleton Street has been describing itself “Ameri-Celtic-ana.” When Phi...

  • Added: Jul 09, 2019
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: The Foxgloves, Credit: Aaron Tinklenberg
Six Twin Cities women have come together to form the Foxgloves. The group features strong singing, playing and songwriting in both performance and ...

Bought by WAMC Northeast Public Radio


  • Added: Nov 05, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Sarah M Greer, Katrina Brogden and Katia Cardenas, Credit: Jenny Zander
To respond to the crises after the death of George Floyd, Pangea World Theater created a concert called the Burning Truth project. It is curated by...

  • Added: Sep 11, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Joe Nicola, Credit: Paige Popejoy
Guitarist Joe Nicola sometimes he plays well-known tunes, but more frequently he plays his own compositions. When Joe talked to Phil Nusbaum, Joe s...

  • Added: Aug 09, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Sarah M Greer and Nathan Hanson, Credit: Andrea Canter
Vocalist Sarah M Greer and Saxophonist Nathan Hanson have each worked in improvisation-oriented jazz settings. The shared interest in improv has st...

  • Added: Mar 09, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Bruce Henry, Credit: Jennifer Bong
Bruce Henry is a song stylist beyond compare. He composes his own songs and picks great ones of others. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Bruce ...

  • Added: Mar 05, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Davu Seru, Credit: Andrea Canter
Ebb N' Flow is comprised of some of the Twin Cities' finest artists and music makers. They follow in the well known musical tradition of improvised...

  • Added: Mar 03, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Tom Lieberman, Credit: Donald Jay Olson
After over four decades, Tom Lieberman is still going strong singing and playing. During a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Tom first reflected on h...

  • Added: Mar 01, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Gypsy Mania, Credit: Travis Anderson
Gypsy Mania plays the standards of Gypsy Jazz. But guitarist Glen Helgeson composes music that makes Gypsy Mania’s Gypsy jazz a singular contributi...

  • Added: Feb 13, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Kashimana, Credit: Jon Behm
Kashimana writes from life. Her songs are about love, about letting your light shine and about the current scene. When Kashimana talked to Phil Nu...

Bought by Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, Minnesota


  • Added: Jan 21, 2020
  • Length: 08:00
  • Purchases: 1