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[Audio] Italian Crossover Musician Virginia Guastella Performs in Paducah



Italian pianist and crossover musician Virginia Guastella speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about composing music and her tour in the United States.



Guastella began studying music at the age of four after her mother found her using a radiator as a musical instrument. By the age of 9 she had composed her first work, a blues piece.


She says she likes the music of Italian composer Ennio Morricone as well as the music of Procol Harum. Guastella says she enjoys progressive music because it doesn’t limit her to a specific genre while composing.


At her show at Maiden Alley Cinema, Guastella performed her compositions to old silent Italian movies. She says she likes to combine older cinema with newer music to mix artistic perceptions. 

Tracy started working for WKMS in 1994 while attending Murray State University. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MSU he was hired as Operations/Web/Sports Director in 2000. Tracy hosted All Things Considered from 2004-2012 and has served as host/producer of several music shows including Cafe Jazz, and Jazz Horizons. In 2001, Tracy revived Beyond The Edge, a legacy alternative music program that had been on hiatus for several years. Tracy was named Program Director in 2011 and created the midday music and conversation program Sounds Good in 2012 which he hosts Monday-Thursday. Tracy lives in Murray with his wife, son and daughter.
A proud native of Murray, Kentucky, Allison grew up roaming the forests of western Kentucky and visiting national parks across the country. She graduated in 2014 from Murray State University where she studied Environmental Sustainability, Television Production, and Spanish. She loves meeting new people, questioning everything, and dancing through the sun and the rain. She hopes to make a positive impact in this world several endeavors at a time.
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