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Corona Radio Theater: BATS Improv – New album ‘Rising’ by Friction Quartet – Peter Robinson

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, we raise the virtual curtain of our Corona Radio Theater for members of BATS Improv; host David Latulippe discusses their new album with members of the Friction Quartet, Rising; and Peter Robinson reviews books and films, among others The crown.


Back for the second time on the virtual stage of the Corona Radio Theater of Open Air, the actors of BATS Improv present RadioVenture – an original audio piece in the style of the golden age of radio, played live and spontaneously created on air.

Their performance will be an example of BATS Improv’s unique blend of theater, comedy and actor. Founded in 1986, BATS Improv is the oldest and most acclaimed improvised theater company and school in San Francisco and northern California.

BATS actors will be accompanied by music and sound effects by Joshua Raoul Brody.

We’re talking about the new Friction Quartet album, Rising, with violinist Kevin Rogers. The album is the quartet’s musical love letter to the beautiful state they call home – California – and a call to action against the devastation resulting from climate change. The CD features three commissioned works, written by composers Gabriella Smith, Alex Van Gils and Max Stoffregen, which take the listener on a sonic journey through the state.

Alex Van Gils A sleepwalker describes the rising seas begins the album at the coast with a work illustrating a vision of the composer during a meditation, of San Francisco devoured by the rise of sea level; Piece in four movements by Max Stoffregen Californian Ridge is an exploration of the California section of the Pacific Crest Trail, which stretches 2,650 miles from New Mexico to Canada; and Inyo reflects Gabriella Smith’s impressions of the vast wilderness of Inyo National Forest.

Additionally, Open Air regular contributor and general critic Peter Robinson discusses the final season of The crown on Netflix, and the new movie The last Vermeer; and he reviews the book The murder and the movies by David Thomson.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, December 3 at 1 p.m., and subsequently archived there. Listen now or anytime …


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