Dwight Loop has had a lifelong interest in electronic and experimental music.
He expresses his passion through writing original compositions, playing with his trio The Rampant Egos, broadcasting radio shows and presenting musical acts at Paradiso through his new No Compromise! 2019 series of concerts.
“Paradiso wanted live music, and I was looking for a place that would host a new series of concerts,” says Loop. “It’s a terrific partnership.”
Paradiso’s owner Lyra Barron has outfitted Paradiso, a multi-use space at 903 Early Street, with a Yamaha grand piano and an upgraded light and sound system. Loop has scheduled a number of performances in the space, including Mark Weaver’s Beam Fleet on April 6, Gamelan Encantada on April 14, Love Unfold The Sun on April 21 and The Rampant Egos on April 26.
“There’s such great talent in the Santa Fe area,” says Loop. “So often, bands only have the option of playing in pubs. I want them to be able to play in a space designed especially for music.”
Loop is inviting a wide range of musicians, not just ones focused on electronic music, to play at Paradiso. He’s open to gigs highlighting fusion, new jazz and world music.
“The idea is to concentrate on local musicians with a sprinkling of national and international artists,” he adds.
Loop’s interest in electronic music began in the early 1970s in Michigan. He listened to countless hours of music on public radio, enjoying the sounds of Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Expanding Headband and many other artists.
Through the years he’s worked at several different radio stations, presenting the new music he loves to audiences around the country. In 1977, he first began broadcasting what later became Earwaves Radio on KUNM-FM in Albuquerque. By 1979, Earwaves had a regular slot that featured new and experimental music.
Among the well-known musicians interviewed on Loop’s show were Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Frank Zappa, Laurie Anderson and John Cage.
“The late 1970s was an important period in experimental music,” Loop explains. “Musicians were really pushing the envelope. German experimental music was big then. It’s a personal favorite of mine.”
Earwaves, which aired for five years on KSFR-FM and for four years on SomaFM, a streaming multi-channel network based in San Francisco, has just launched on Loop’s own streaming channel (earwaves.net).
“Since I’m rooted here in New Mexico, I want to manifest my interests as much as possible,” says Loop. “That’s why I relaunched Earwaves and started my new No Compromise! 2019 series.”
For a schedule of No Compromise! 2019 gigs, visit earwaves.net