Winner of Innovate contest, producer Marya Morstad introduces “Radio mnartists,” a series of web and radio interviews with Minnesota artists. Listen to her interview with pipa player Gao Hong here.
October 17, 2005

To hear the interview with Gao Hong, click on the "Related Content" tab at the foot of the right-hand column on this page. Gao Hong is renowned both for her classical pipa playing and her work with jazz musicians and others on innovative cross-cultural musics.

Morstad’s winning proposal was selected for the Innovate $5,000.00 award from dozens of proposals submitted. Radio mnartists will be broadcast on Art Matters, every Friday at 11am on KFAI Fresh Air Community Radio-FM Radio – 90.3 in Minneapolis and 106.7 in St. Paul and posted online every Friday on
Composer Ken Brahmstedt will assist in the production of the series.

“Radio mnartists” features 20 conversations with a varied group of artists from around Minnesota. Says Morstad: “The series is meant to create a larger picture of the diversity of artists working throughout the state and will provide arts enthusiasts with a compelling entry point into the broader Minnesota arts culture.”

The Innovate Award was designed to expand awareness of the website, to broaden the audience, increase participation on the site, use the site’s technology in fresh ways, promote diversity, and connect artists with audience. We thought Morstad's proposed radio interview series met these challenges well: her subjects live all around the state, and include an incredible range of media and styles.

Her complete series will be presented as an audio collection on in January 2006.

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