American pubcaster PBS will roll out a new web series on the cultural history of popular and classic songs later this month.
Sound Field is hosted by musicians and music educators Arthur “LA” Buckner (pictured, left) and Nahre Sol (right). It looks at today’s popular music and highlights connections between multiple genres, including pop, classical, rap, jazz, electronic music, folk, country and indigenous sounds of America. Artists examined include Ariana Grande, James Brown and Sarah McLachlan.
The web series is produced in partnership with Twin Cities PBS’ Rewire team, with funding provided by the Anne Ray Foundation. Adam Geiger, Josef Lorenzo, Marissa Blahnik and Maribel Lopez executive produce for Rewire.
“Music is a great unifier, it brings people together from all backgrounds because it echoes our deepest cultural and social influences,” said Brandon Arolfo, senior director of PBS Digital Studios, in a statement. “As an avid music lover, I am excited to bring Sound Field to PBS Digital Studios. Nahre and LA are talented hosts who will enlighten audiences with deep knowledge about music and its impacts on the world.”
“Being based out of Twin Cities PBS, we have incredible artistic and musical inspiration around every corner that will feed into Sound Field,” added Lopez, director of Rewire.org. “We can’t wait to share Nahre and LA’s energy and expertise with music fans of all kinds through this show.”
The bi-weekly series premieres Jan. 31 on YouTube and streams on Facebook Watch beginning Feb. 4.
Watch a first-look trailer below: