The Hills and The Rivers and Cousin Boneless Street Folk Music -Podcast 109

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The Hills and The Rivers and  Cousin Boneless bands perform Street Folk Music.images-1

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This band formed when Isaac Hill and his sister Heidi began recording an album of Isaac’s new songs. Gathering their street musician friends together they formed a band that became bigger than the initial project.

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Solo acoustic acts Average Joey and Crisp Lake went on tour together, and eventually joined forces. Cousin Boneless plays Spooky Folk Punk with a revolving door of other members.

They’re trying to raise funds in the next week or so to buy a van to more efficiently tour.  If you’d like to support them, check out their indiegogo campaign.

 

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Noura Mint Seymali live with Jay Gandhi, Jeiche Ould Chighaly and Ehren Hanson – Podcast 108

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Podcast DownloadNoura Mint Seymali and Jeiche Ould ChighalyFresh from the inspiration of Ragas Live Festival, we tried our hand at a novel combination of styles an instruments.  Mauritania’s greatest singer, Noura Mint Seymali and her husband/guitarist, Jeiche Ould Chighaly performed live in studio with two Brooklyn-based Hindustani musicians Jay Gandhi (bansuri flute) and Ehren Hanson (Tabla).  They met at the ASAMAAN Festival of Music & Astronomy in the Gorée Island – Dakar, Sénégal on April 2013 but had never performed together until this day.

We also got a chance to share a track from Noura’s burning new album Tzenni.

Noura Mint Seymali is a nationally beloved star and one of Mauritania’s foremost musical emissaries.  Born into a prominent line of Moorish griot, Noura began her career at age 13 as a supporting vocalist with her step-mother, the legendary Dimi Mint Abba.  Trained in instrumental technique by her grandmother, Mounina, Noura mastered the ardine, a 9-string harp reserved only for women.  Seymali Ould Ahmed Vall, Noura’s father and namesake, sparked her compositional instincts, himself a seminal scholar figure in Mauritanian music; studying Arab classical music in Iraq, devising the first system for Moorish melodic notation, adapting the national anthem, and composing many works popularized by his wife, Dimi.  Reared in this transitive culture where sounds from across the Sahara, the Magreb, and West Africa coalesce, Noura Mint Seymali currently drives the legacy forward as one of Mauritania’s most adventurous young artists.

Fueled by the exploratory sound of her husband Jeiche Ould Chighaly’s emotive psych guitar lines, Noura and Jeiche formed their first “fusion” band in 2004.  Jeiche, a master of the tidinit (aka. ngoni, xalam), brings the force of yet another important line of Moorish griot to bear, translating the tidinit’s intricate phrasing to a modified electric guitar with heroic effect.  His unique sound, mirroring vocal lines and then refracting their melodies into the either, was born out of years presiding over wedding ceremonies, directing the dance often as the sole melodic instrument.  In addition to his work with Noura, Jeiche remains one of Nouakchott’s most sought after guitarists for traditional ceremonies.

After two albums – Tarabe (2006) & El Howl (2010) – released locally in Mauritania and years of experimentation adapting Moorish music to various pop formations, Noura Mint Seymali’s current band is a concise return to the roots, a light formation led by the “azawan,” a word in Hassaniya that refers to the collective ensemble of traditional instruments; the ardine, tidinit, guitar.  Backed by a declarative, funk-speaking rhythm section, composed of Ousmane Touré (bass) and Matthew Tinari (drums), the band has made a formidable debut on the international stage, releasing two EPs - Azawan (2012) & Azawan II (2013) – and touring widely.  The band’s first full-length album for the international market – TZENNI –  is set for release via Gliiterbeat Records on June 20, 2014 and to be followed by an extensive North American tour.

Though performances at events like globalFEST (USA), Festival-au-Desert (Mali), Hayy Festival (Egypt), Jeux de Francophonie (France) and Festival Timitar (Morocco) and collaborations with artists like Tinariwen, Bassekou Kouyaté, and Baaba Maal, the band is actively exposing Mauritanian roots music to the world.  In a rare merger of cultural authority and experimental prowess, Noura Mint Seymali applies the ancient musical traditions of the griot with a savvy aesthetic engagement in our contemporary moment, emerging as a powerful voice at nexus of a changing Africa.

 

 

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Samarth Nagarkar (vocal) Amod Dandawate (tabla) Arun Ramamurthy (violin) Ragas Live Festival 2014 – Podcast 107

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Samarth Nagarkar (vocal) Amod Dandawate (tabla)  and Arun Ramamurthy (violin) performed raga Kausi Kanada (Nayaki ang) from 11pm-midnight to conclude the 24 hour, Ragas Live Festival 2014.

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Samarth Nagarkar is acknowledged to be one of today’s foremost and prolific artists representing Hindustani classical music traditions. He is known for his eclectic, captivating performances reflecting extensive training and an artistic vision encompassing tradition and modernity in a rare balance.

 

After years of rigorous training under the celebrated performer and guru, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, he graduated as a Grade-A scholar of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata in 2009. Prior to this, he trained under the eminent late Pt. Dinkar Kaikini in Mumbai, following an inspired early initiation into music by Smt. Aditi Kaikini Upadhya in his hometown Bangalore. By virtue of intense and extensive guru-shishya parampara training Samarth’s performance repertoire encompasses styles, ragas and compositions of three prominent gharanas – Gwalior, Agra and Jaipur.

 

Samarth performs regularly in most reputed concert platforms and venues in India and the USA, as well as frequently features in television and radio programs across the world. Some of his recent concerts in the US include the Ali Akbar College of Music and Basant Bahar, CA, Chhandayan All Night Concert, New York, Woodstock 2012, and Universities of Stanford, Indiana, Penn State and UPenn, to name only a few. In India he recently performed at several top ranking music festivals and venues including the ITC Sangeet Sammelan, Kolkata, Saptak and D. U. Yuva Sangeetotsav, Bangalore, The National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai and India Habitat Center, New Delhi, among others.

 

He is a recipient of prestigious national awards including the President’s award for the AIR competition in 2000, which also made him a graded artiste of the AIR. The Government of India awarded him a fellowship in 2009 for his research and documentation of the music of Gwalior gharana through the past century.

 

He has composed and continues to record music and soundtracks for international and cultural conventions and films. Samarth also authored his first book ‘Raag-Sageet’ published in 2013. He has two CDs/Albums titled ‘Pravah’ and ‘Pranali’ to his credit.

 

Former head of the K. K. Kapoor Sangeet Research Academy, Lucknow, Samarth has been conducting very successful and popular lecture demonstrations and music workshops across India and the USA. Samarth also spearheaded an Indian Music Choir.

 

Samarth currently divides him time between the US and India pursuing an active career as a leading performer, composer, teacher and author.

 

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Rajas perform live for Ragas Live Festival 2014 – Podcast 106

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Rajas : Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam), Amir ElSaffar (trumpet), Miles Okazaki (guitar) and Arun Ramamurthy (violin) performed from 10-11 pm for the 24 hour, Ragas Live Festival 2014.

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Aashish Khan (sarod) Dan Weiss (tabla) and Anupam Shobhakar (Sarod) Ragas Live Festival 2014 – Podcast 106

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Aashish Khan (sarod) Dan Weiss (tabla) and Anupam Shobhakar (Sarod) performed from 9-10 pm for the 24 hour, Ragas Live Festival 2014.

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Aashish Khan is considered among the top handful of India’s greatest living Sarod players. His pedigree of training and lineage is unquestionable, having descended from the illustrious family of great musicians.

 

Aashish Khan was initiated into North Indian classical music at the age of 5 by his grandfather, the legendary Acharya Baba Allauddin Khan, exponent of the “Senia Beenkar” and “Senia Rababiya” Gharana. His talim (training) continues under the guidance of his father Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and his aunt, Smt. Annapurna Devi, presently the leading exponents of the “Senia Gharana”, in the Beenkar and Rababiya anga of the Druvapada style.

Aashish has collaborated with such diverse western musicians as John Barham, George Harrison, Ringo Star, Eric Clapton, Charles Lloyd, John Handy, Alice Coltrane, Emil Richards, Dallas Smith, Don Pope, Jorge Strunz, Ardeshir Farah, and the Philadelphia String Quartet.

His recordings include: The Wonder Wall, Young Master of the Sarod, California Concert, Sarod and Piano Jugalbandi, Shanti, Live at the Royal Festival Hall London, Homage, Inner Voyage, Monsoon Ragas, The Sound of Mughal Court, and the latest, Jugalbandi Sarod & Sarangi Duet, with Ustad Sultan Khan.

Aashish Khan is a respected guru and teacher, formerly on the faculties of the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California, and the University of Washington, Seattle. While pursuing a busy career as a concert artist and composer, he teaches students throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Africa, as well as India.

 

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Krishna Bhatt (Sitar) and Nitin Mitta (tabla) Ragas Live Festival 2014 – Podcast 105

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Krishna Bhatt (Sitar) and Nitin Mitta (tabla) performed from 8-9 pm for the 24 hour, Ragas Live Festival 2014. RagasLive2014

 

Krishna Bhatt’s performances of Hindustani ragas have won the admiration of audiences in India, Asia, Europe and North America. His innovative style of music combines a rich blend of Gayaki (vocal) and Tantrakari (instrumental) techniques and musical compositions. His music is noted for its virtuosity, originality and depth of feeling that is conveyed to the listeners.

Krishna Bhatt was born into a family of musicians, poets and Sanskrit scholars who for five generations upheld their tradition in Rajasthan. His forefathers migrated from the south of India to Rajasthan (northwest), a princely state then, to seek employments in the “Gunijankhana” (department of learned scholars) of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Krishna was introduced to the musical traditions of Senia school by his father, who was a distinguished sitarist of his time, the late Pt. Shashi Mohan Bhatt.

In recognition of his pioneering research into the folk origins of North Indian classical music, the Rajasthan Tourism Ministry sponsored several gala concerts featuring Krishna Bhatt with Manganiyar folk musicians in Rajasthan and Gujarat. In addition, Krishna has discovered previously unrecognized Rajasthani ragas and established their structures. He is now in the process of recording these ragas, and is also preparing an ethnomusicological study of the regional singing style called Maand.

 

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Africa Meets India: Ragas Live Festival 2014 – Podcast 104

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Africa Meets India: Kevin Nathaniel (Mbira) Eric Fraser (Bansuri)
Naren Budhkar (tabla)  Salieu Suso (kora) Giancarlo Luiggi (Hosho) and Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury (Sitar) performed from 7-8 pm for the 24 hour, Ragas Live Festival 2014.

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Roopa Mahadevan (vocal) Arun Ramamurthy (violin) Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam) Ragas Live Festival 2014 – Podcast 103

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Roopa Mahadevan (vocal) Arun Ramamurthy (violin) Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam) perform from 6-7 pm for the 24 hour, Ragas Live Festival 2014.

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Anirban Dasgupta (Sarod) Nitin Mitta (Tabla) Ragas Live Festival 2014 – Podcast 102

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Anirban Dasgupta (Sarod) Nitin Mitta (Tabla) perform from 4-5 pm for the 24 hour, Ragas Live Festival 2014.

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Daisy Paradis (sitar) Samit Banik (tabla) Ragas Live Festival 2014 – Podcast 101

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Daisy Paradis (sitar) and Samit Banik (tabla) perform from 4-5 pm for the 24 hour, Ragas Live Festival 2014.

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Shobana Raghavan (vocal) Rangashree Varadarajan (violin) Aparaajit Sriram (mridangam) Ragas Live Festival 2014 – Podcast 100

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Shobana Raghavan (vocal) Rangashree Varadarajan (violin) Aparaajit Sriram (mridangam) perform from 3-4pm for the 24 hour Ragas Live Festival 2014.

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Sanjoy Banerjee (vocal), Dibyarka Chatterjee (tabla) Andrew Shantz (harmonium) and Harry Einhorn (vocal) Ragas Live Festival 2014 – Podcast 99

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Sanjoy Banerjee (vocal), Dibyarka Chatterjee (tabla)
Andrew Shantz (harmonium) and Harry Einhorn (vocal accompaniment) perform  ragas  Bhimplasi and Patdeep from 2-3pm for the 24 Hour Ragas Live Festival 2014.

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Swagata Chakraborty, Vocal; Shivalik Ghoshal,Tabla; Andrew Shantz, Harmonium; Ragas Live Festival 2014 – Podcast 98

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Swagata Chakraborty Vocal; Shivalik Ghoshal, Tabla; and Andrew Shantz, harmonium perform from 1-2pm  for the Ragas Live Festival 2014.

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Navatman Music Collective with Roopa Mahadevan (vocals) Ragas Live Festival 2014 – Podcast 97

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Navatman Music Collective with  Roopa Mahadevan: Janani Kannan, Preetha Raghu, Divya Jayashankar, Kalpana Gopalakrishnan, and Kamini Dandapani (all vocals) Aparajit Sriram (mridangam) and Rangashree Varadarajan (violin) perform from 12-1pm for the Ragas Live Festival 2014.

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Jay Gandhi (Bansuri), Suryaksha Deshpande (Tabla) Ragas Live Festival 2014 (Podcast 96)

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Jay Gandhi on Bansuri flute and Suryaksha Deshpande on Tabla perform from 11am-12pm for the Ragas Live Festival 2014.

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