music: the kora band

The Kora Band combines traditional West African music with American jazz and has made the traditional 21-string kora, a harp from the West African Mandinka culture, the centerpiece of their sound. Featured Song: "Teriyaa"

the 493

The AFM Seattle Negro Musicians Union local 493was the union that black musicians formed when they were denied membership in Local 76. Seattle bassist Evan Flory-Barnes narrates a brief history of "the 493."


Macklemore talks about his life, growing up on Seattle's Capitol Hill and working his way into music. In this interview directed by photographer Chase Jarvis, Macklemore speaks about music, rap, race and -- cats. Yes, he dressed up as a cat.

music: the shakey blankets

Warm up with a little music around the campfire! Introducing the Seattle country band, The Shakey Blankets. Featured Song: Radio

the sound of suspense

Meet musicians Nova Karina Devonie and David Miles Keenan who were comissioned by SIFF in 2013 to score "The Pleasure Garden," one of Alfred Hitchcock's lesser-known silent films.

music: touché

Seattle band Touché is influenced by Django Reinhardt and the French gypsy jazz that became every popular in pre-war Paris. Featured song: "Minor Swing" by Django Reinhardt.

music: triaxe

Brian Hunsaker, George Varghese and Sergio Ortega are Triaxe, Seattle's very own instrumental rock band. Joined by Jay McAllaster on drums and Gus Apostol on bass, these "shredders" are wowing audiences with high energy music and amazing guitar play.

correo aereo

If a wheel spins fast enough, what happens? It becomes airborne. Correo Aerreo (Spanish for "Air Mail") is a Seattle duo performing traditional Latin American music with their own beautiful, colorful lilt.

roy kay trio

Local band, The Roy Kay Trio, keeps country and rockabilly music alive and well, and harkens us back to an age when America was first exploring the heavens. [Roy Kay Trio]

theremin demo

The musical mainstay of sci-fi movies, the theremin is an electronic instrument that creates some out-of-this-world sounds. 98.1 KING FM’s Bryan Lowe shows us this unique instrument, and how it is played without even touching it. [98.1 Classical KING FM]