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From Ark to Microchip

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The provocative “From Ark to Microchip” mixes commentary, dramatic re-enactment, original music, historic voices, audio art and sound effects in a pan-historical, pan-cultural milieu. Programs in The From Ark to Microchip series have received a Golden Reel Award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, an Audio Works Special Selection, a Peabody Award (as part of Lost & Found Sounds) and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Featured Ark luminaries—

  • Charles Darwin, Philip K. Dick, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Diamanda Galas, Elvis Presley, Mary Shelley, Erik Satie, Sun Ra, Emanuel Swedenborg, Harry S. Truman, Orson Welles, among others

Featured Ark performers—

  • Thomas Aber, Tony Allard, Liz Amsbry, Cliff Baldwin, Black Crack Revue, Hafiza Capehart, Don Cherry, Patrick Clancy, William Easton, Betse Ellis, Rich Fish, Rhondda Francis, Rodney Franks, Chuck Haddix, Michael Henry, Ed Herrmann, Kristin Miltner, Charlie Morrow, newEar, Bruce Prince-Joseph, Warren Rosser, Yoshiko Sato, Joey Skidmore, Raymond Starzmann, Gerald Trimble, Jeffrey Ruckman, Ellen Zweig, among others
Upcoming episodes

Inaudible Postscript (Broadcast premiere) January 28, 2015 | 11:30 pm

A meditation on radio's disembodied voices and the unwriting of history.

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Solar Flare: Sun Ra Riffs The Blues Kansas City Style February 4, 2015 | 11:30 pm

Sun Ra and the Cosmo-Myth Arkestra are featured here exploring Kansas City style jump-blues as influenced by their many gigs at rib joints, lofts, dance halls and theaters in the Midwest in the 1980s.

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Parker’s Planet 1: Yardbird in the Space Age February 11, 2015 | 11:30 pm

"A totally new, inspirational way of thinking—a fresh, freedom-loving and articulate voice, as diaphanous as mist and as hard as nails—came shimmering up the river from twilit New Orleans, threading smokily through R-and-B Oklahoma, and then, once energized by an onslaught of Saint-Vitus like dance rhythms, transformed violin-laced Kansas City theater orchestras into havens for madly-syncopating, blues-inflecting tone poets…”—Jay Mandeville

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Parker’s Planet 2: Yardbird in the Space Age February 18, 2015 | 11:30 pm

Featuring Chuck Haddix (author of Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker), Dick Wright (former KU jazz educator), and Rodney Franks (Denver jazz programmer).

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Parker’s Planet 3: Yardbird in the Space Age (Premiere Broadcast) February 25, 2015 | 11:30 pm

Featuring Maggie LePique (LA jazz radio host), Rhondda Francis, Tony Allard, and Jeff Harshbarger (jazz bass master and KKFI jazz host).

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Dwight Frizzell

Dwight Frizzell is an internationally recognized artist whose interdisciplinary work combines video, performance, installation, music, audio art and writing. He has been producing the “From Ark to Microchip” series with Jay Mandeville since 1984.

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Jay Mandeville | Email me

Jay Mandeville, host of "From Ark to Microchip," is a poet, essayist, editor, voice actor, and erstwhile
jazz crooner, is a native Kansas Citian, and currently resituated in
Independence, Missouri.

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