On this episode of Resounds: Arts and Culture on the High Plains, co-hosts Anna Paige and Corby Skinner focus on music as they interview musicians and educators John Roberts and Angella Ahn and award-winning composer Eric Funk.
John Roberts is a trombonist, bandleader, session player, and composer. For nearly two decades, John has been touring, recording, and performing internationally. John is the Assistant Professor of Low Brass at Montana State University Billings. He is also the founder and front man for John Roberts Y Pan Blanco, an energetic band of high level musicians that perform West African, Funk, Soul, Salsa, Jazz, and R & B music.
Eric Funk has composed over 140 major works, earning numerous commissions and awards including the 2001 Governor's Award for the Arts. He currently teaches for the School of Music at Montana State University. He is the host and Artistic Director for 11th & Grant with Eric Funk, a four-time Emmy Award winning show in its 9th season broadcast on Montana PBS and featuring Montana musicians in all genres.
Angella Ahn currently teaches violin at the School of Music at Montana State University. Angella will be performing with the Montana Chamber Music Society on Saturday, October 14th, at 7:30pm at Reynolds Recital Hall on the MSU campus in Bozeman. The Ahn Trio Blue album-release concert for their new album Blue will be at the Ellen Theater in downtown Bozeman on Thursday, November 16th, at 7:30pm.