Wisconsin Life #108: “Rhythm of Life”

May 19, 2014


Watch this episode to learn about a collection of people who share their Wisconsin lives, including: UW bee researcher Claudio Gratton, clog dancers Tracy Mullaney and Christi Pfaff , U.S. National Parks Ranger Branda Twaits, costume maker Lois Levanhagen, and international jazz musician Richard Davis.

Claudio explains how to encourage wild bees to pollinate crops find out how.

For more on Richard, his students and his peers, check out these web extras:

  • Hiwot Adilow’s poem, with Richard playing along, shows a student’s capacity to learn and a teacher’s hope for the future.
  • Following the news that Richard Davis had received the NEA Jazz Master award, his UW performance class drew 3 times the usual numbers.
  • Born 1930, Chicago, Richard Davis was inspired by Ben Webster’s sax solos in Duke Ellington’s orchestra. 
  • Taylor Scott (a junior First Wave scholar from Baton Rouge) recites her poem “Freedom” as Richard Davis accompanies her on bass.
  • Richard Davis introduces a new vocal talent from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music’s faculty, Jessie Hauck.

Mike gives a tour through his costume closet and shares the stories behind the designs.

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