Sound Tracks is a musical adventure -- a new series we are producing for PBS that roams America and the world in search of the most compelling music, musicians and singers. Produced by The Talbot Players and KQED, San Francisco, Sound Tracks tells the stories behind the music and profiles the artists who create it.

The second episode of Sound Tracks aired nationally on PBS on October 5, 2102.

Hosted by public radio's Marco Werman, the show will feature stories about jazz superstar Wynton Marsalis, Scottish folk singer Julie Fowlis (who sings the title track to the animated movie "Brave"), and Africa's most famous living singer and human rights activist, Youssou N'dour. Our musical guests are an emerging band from Iceland, Of Monsters and Men.

The magazine-format show -- with reporters Mirissa Neff, Alexis Bloom, and Arun Rath -- is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. We've been called "60 Minutes for the MTV generation," but really there is nothing like Sound Tracks on TV -- a spirited show aimed at the young at heart of all ages that combines top-notch journalism with travel, soul-satisfying music and a sense of humor.

Sound Tracks also produces a monthly online series of music videos and interviews for PBS Arts called "Quick Hits" which showcases a range of contemporary artists, including rock singer KT Tunstall, classical pianists Yuja Wang and Helene Grimaud, Brazilian samba star Seu Jorge, and the bands Ozomatli and Dengue Fever. Levon Helm, the legendary drummer and singer in the Band, gave one of his last interviews to "Quick Hits."

You can watch all our "Quick Hits" on this web site, on our Sound Tracks YouTube Channel, and on the PBS Video portal.

We began our Sound Tracks journey with a pilot episode -- presented by Oregon Public Broadcasting -- that aired in January 2010 on PBS. That show, which you can view online, includes stories about a Putin propaganda song, the Nigerian Afrobeat star Fela, and the controversy over the movie Borat and how that led, oddly enough, to the creation of a beautiful symphony. The show closed with a soulful "global hit" song by Portugal's reigning fado queen, Mariza.

The success of our pilot on TV and online led to the creation of "Quick Hits" and to our new TV episode that aired October 5, 2012.

With your support, this is just the beginning of a Sound Tracks series.

Thanks for watching!

Stephen Talbot (The Talbot Players), Executive Producer
and Joanne Elgart Jennings (KQED), Co-Executive Producer
Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders


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