The Boffomundo Show existed in the early daze of cable from 1979-80. Aaron Weiner and Ron Curtiss came up with the idea of a talk show featuring musicians, specifically progressive and jazz fusion musicians. The show was co-produced and co-written with our friend and fellow music historian, Len Peyronnin. Soon we met Tony Harrington, a former music executive with Atlantic Records at his Manifestival of Progressive Music and developed a partnership between The Boffomundo Show and his new record company, All Ears Records. Our interviews included Robert Fripp (King Crimson founder), Phil Collins & John Goodsall (Genesis & Brand X), keyboardist Fumio Miyashta (Far East Family Band), fusion guitarist Al Di Meola (Return to Forever), singer Bernardo Lanzetti (PFM), bass/vocalist John Wetton (King Crimson, U.K. and by 1981, Asia) and photojournalist & Genesis/Peter Gabriel biographer, Armando Gallo.
What the heck is Boffomundo? It is a name Ron made up, which roughly translates into "big world", and since we were dealing with essentially European music, it seemed to work. Later incarnations were called In The Mode (1982) which featured an interview with singer/guitarist Adrian Belew (King
Crimson) and guitarist Larry Carlton. Finally Total Sound (1990-92), which included a day with legendary drummer/composer Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson, U.K., Bruford and Bill Bruford's Earthworks).
We reissued all the classic interviews remastered and presented in their entirety for the first time in 38 years. There are other interviews and performances in our canon that will see the light of day: the first Total Sound, from 1990, which featured a return visit with John Goodsall, 11 years after his appearance with Phil Collins on the Boffomundo Show, plus quite a few shows with local LA talent from circa 1991-2. These bands, the most noteworthy being Caterwaul, performed live in the public access studios completely unadorned and raw. Kudos to the interns and cable operators for helping produce these shows. It's great that you now have the chance to see them.
Many thanks to: Keith Lewis, Dan Alexander, Rachel Blachley, Lee Desser, Michael Field, Laurel Galyot, the late, great Tony Harrington, Dori Siegenthaler, Wendy White and indie filmmakers Mark Pirro and Braddon Mendelson.