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Driftwood Quintet: Tiny Desert Concert

It’s time now for a Tiny Desert Concert. It’s a series where we bring local Arizona bands and musicians into the KJZZ studios to play a couple of songs and talk about their music.

Today we hear from Driftwood Quintet — a five-person chamber music group. Unlike the classic chamber ensemble which typically included string instruments or horns, Driftwood Quintet features only reed-based instruments like the oboe and clarinet.

Blending a traditional classical music with a large helping of newly created songs, Driftwood pushes the boundaries of what classical music can be by mixing Mozart with modern compositions.

The Show spoke with the quintet’s executive director and bass clarinet player, Dominique Holley. They started off by talking about how Driftwood works to blend genres and music types into something wholly new in their concerts.

Discover more about Driftwood Quintet on their website.

This performance was filmed at KJZZ's youth media center, SPOT 127.

If you’re in a band or know of one you’d like to hear on air, send us a note at  [email protected].

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Kaely Monahan joined KJZZ Original Productions as a producer in December 2016.Monahan is a native, and growing up in the East Valley gave her an intimate familiarity with the Valley of the Sun. Eager to experience a new city, she left Phoenix for Tucson to earn her degree in classical studies from the University of Arizona with an emphasis in mythology. Several years later, her focus transitioned from history to history-in-the-making and news. Monahan went on to earn her master’s degree in international journalism from City University of London.In London, Monahan worked with CBS News and The Times covering international news. On her return to Arizona, Monahan was the art and entertainment editor for the East Valley Tribune, before moving into broadcasting, where she worked in commercial radio as an anchor and reporter.Outside of work, Monahan spends her time reading historical novels, exploring new restaurants in the Valley, and watching movies. Her love of film led her to create a movie review podcast and website. Monahan is also the vice president of the Phoenix Critics Circle.