Center Stage with Mark Gordon
About This Show
Center Stage with Mark Gordon is a weekly radio show that looks at film and the people who make it happen in front of the camera as well as behind the scenes. Over the years, Center Stage with Mark Gordon has featured some of the most innovative and creative people working in film, including;
Jim Broadbent (Iris) • Adrian Brody (The Pianist) • Holly Hunter (The Piano) • Ben Kingsley (Gandhi) Benicio Del Toro (Traffic) • Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love) • Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) • Haskell Wexler (Bound for Glory and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf) • Vittorio Storaro (The Last Emperor, Reds and Apocalypse Now) • Denys Arcand (Les invasions barbares) • Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters) • Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others) • Leon Gast (When We Were Kings) • Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) • Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September) • Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) • Errol Morris (The Fog of War) • Elliott Goldenthal (Frida) • Hans Zimmer (The Lion King) • Arthur Cohn (One Day in September, American Dream and Le Ciel et la boue) Saul Zaentz (The English Patient, Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) • Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters) • Robert Moresco (Crash) and Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction).
Other notable guests include: Howard Zinn (Voices of a People’s History of the United States) • Singer Songwriter Sting • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith • Professor William J. Fulco (The Passion of the Christ) • Nobel Literature Laureate Wole Soyinka • Dr. Daniel Ellsberg (The Pentagon Papers) • Ron Kovic (Born on the Fourth of July).
Center Stage with Mark Gordon airs Tuesdays at 7PM (PST) on KXLU Los Angeles, 88.9 FM and streaming at kxlu.com.Read more »
Most Recent Episode
Mohsen Namjoo Center Stage
World-Renowned Singer, Songwriter Mohsen Namjoo came Center Stage with Mark Gordon to talk about creating the music for ON THE STRING OF THE TEAR’S BOW. His unique music style resembles a patchwork of Iranian blues, rock, and folk. His song lyrics are a unique combination of classical Persian poems, his authentic compositions, and contemporary poetry, using words freely, with irony and sarcasm to accompany the music and create an open vocal style.
The interview was originally broadcast Tuesday, May 29, at 7 PM (PST) on KXLU Los Angeles, 88.9 FM.
Farhang Foundation presents world-renowned singer, songwriter Mohsen Namjoo accompanied by the brilliant Faraualla quartet for the U.S. premiere of ON THE STRING OF THE TEAR’S BOW, in collaboration with the acclaimed artists Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azari and featuring art installations by acclaimed duo. This musical and visual odyssey takes audiences along the ancient silk road investigating the confluences of cultures from the far east to the middle east to the Balkans, all the way to the south of Italy as they have been moving back and forth through centuries both melodically and ritualistically. It is a contemporary artistic take encompassing the cycles of life and death as different cultures have been tackling the issues of loss and rebirth. While incorporating folklore songs of different regions into a unique, harmonic totality, Mohsen Namjoo’s musical symphony, remains faithful to the origins of each song while bridging the differences. The monumental video installations by Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azari carry the signature iconic, goddess-like imagery of female mourners from Bari, which have an uncanny resemblance to Neshat’s photographs of women from the Muslim world. ON THE STRING OF THE TEAR’S BOW is followed by a second act featuring a concert by Mohsen Namjoo and his ensemble performing some of their most beloved songs.Read more »
Episodes of This Show
Nov 11, 2017
Jun 28, 2017