Robin Tolleson is not your standard-issue DJ. “Rather than just spinning records, [his performance series] Spinterview, includes pieces of interviews — of which Tolleson has conducted over 300 — relating the musicians, engineers and producers to the music,” says Asheville Music School teacher Andy John. The journalist also shares anecdotes he’s amassed during more than 20 years contributing to publications like Billboard, Guitar Player and Modern Drummer. The next iteration of his inside-out industry mashup explores pioneering German-based label ECM Records, which is known for its jazz prowess and experimental ethos. On the agenda are musicians John Abercrombie, Pat Metheny, Don Cherry, Mark Isham, Nana Vasconcelos and Jack DeJohnette plus a check-in with ECM engineer Jan Erik Kongshaug. The action is at Asheville Music School’s The Loft on Sunday, May 1 (with another show Sunday, June 5), at 4 p.m. $5 ($2 students). ashevillemusicschool.org. Photo courtesy of Tolleson
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