Sharon Isbin: Troubadour
Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, multiple Grammy winner Sharon Isbin is considered one of today's pre-eminent classical guitarists. Her catalogue of more than 25 recordings - ranging from Baroque, folk and Latin to rock, pop and jazz-fusion - reflects Isbin's remarkable versatility. Combining performance and documentary, SHARON ISBIN: TROUBADOUR focuses on Isbin's unusual and inspiring musical journey, including her early guitar studies and teenage triumphs. Along the way, the the Minneapolis native encountered and overcame numerous obstacles - from resistance to the guitar as an orchestral instrument to her struggles working within a traditionally male-dominated field. Isbin explains, "There is always a duality with this instrument and being a woman playing it. In the guitar world, I always had to fight as a woman. And in the musical world I always had to fight as a guitarist." The film also explores Isbin's role as teacher to a new generation of guitarists at both The Julliard School, where she created the first guitar department, and the Aspen Music Festival.
Jake Shimabukuro: Life On Four Strings
This program is a portrait of an inspiring and inventive musician whose virtuoso skills on the ukulele have transformed all previous notions of the instrument's potential. Through intimate conversations with Shimabukuro, this program reveals the cultural and personal influences that have shaped the man and the musician. On the road from Los Angeles to New York to Japan, the film captures the solitary life on tour: the exhilaration of performance, the wonder of newfound fame and the loneliness of separation from home and family.
Episode #1512 | 57 min.
The annual debutante ball in Laredo, Texas is unlike any other in the country -- its 94 percent Latino debutantes and their attendants all dress as Martha Washington or other patriotic figures from America's colonial period.
Arts In Context
A Light in the Dark
Episode #601 | 27 min.
Produced locally and created by hand, Gail Chovan's rich, textural clothing challenges notions of traditional beauty. She examines the transformative properties of textiles and the relationship between the garment and the individual. Influenced more by her European-taught design aesthetic, Chovan stands alone in the Austin fashion world with her evocative, intriguing pieces. Photographer Denise Prince portrays the haunting stories of subjects brutal physical pasts. Her irony of high fashion on disabled models lets the audience wonder: what is body image?
Episode #11454 | 57 min.