Produced by KQED, this series is about Bay Area artists and arts organizations. It is a weekly television show, an educational outreach program and a website. More than a showcase for art objects and the artists who make them, SPARK* takes the audience inside the creative process to witness the challenges, opportunities and rewards of making art.
Spark! Previous Broadcasts
The Ark, Mauleon, and Grisman (Episode #606H)
KQED 9: Wed, Aug 29, 2012 -- 1:30 AM
Spark goes on a musical adventure, exploring Latin Jazz, Bluegrass, and music from the Jewish diaspora. First, climb aboard The Ark, a project created by the Jewish Music Festival. In the basement of a divinity school, nine musicians from the US, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East have six days to compose a groundbreaking new piece of Jewish music. Next, meet pianist and bandleader Rebeca Mauleon, one of the leading ladies of Latin Jazz. Then visit with mandolin master, David Grisman, who blends new jazz and traditional bluegrass to create a thoroughly original sound.
Saxophonist Howard Wiley, Weaver Adela Akers, and other stories (Episode #506H)
KQED 9: Tue, Aug 7, 2012 -- 7:30 PM
Saxophonist Howard Wiley explores the tradition of spiritual music found at a plantation prison in the deep south, and other stories.
- KQED 9: Sat, Aug 11, 2012 -- 5:30 AM
- KQED 9: Fri, Aug 10, 2012 -- 11:30 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Aug 8, 2012 -- 1:30 AM
SF Ballet's New Works Festival (Episode #603H)
KQED 9: Wed, Aug 1, 2012 -- 1:30 AM
In celebration of its 75th anniversary, the San Francisco Ballet mounted an ambitious festival of new works, ten world premieres by ten choreographers. Spark follows the creation of three of these works by some of the country's most renowned choreographers - Mark Morris, Margaret Jenkins, and Christopher Wheeldon - exploring the new directions they are taking this centuries-old art form. Morris has enlisted longtime friend Isaac Mizrahi to design the costumes and John Adams to compose the music for his ballet, both collaborators stellar figures in their own fields. Margaret Jenkins, the highly respected Bay Area choreographer, has members of the Ballet company working in an entirely new way - within her modern dance tradition. Christopher Wheeldon, heralded as the next Balanchine, blends elements of traditional and classical ballet.
- KQED Life: Sun, Aug 5, 2012 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED Life: Sat, Aug 4, 2012 -- 5:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sat, Aug 4, 2012 -- 5:30 AM
- KQED 9: Fri, Aug 3, 2012 -- 11:30 PM