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Robert Browning Opens his Vault – Podcast 133

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Robert Browning, New York City’s most prolific producer of World Music events shares his personal recordings, highlights from his concerts from over the last 30 years.

We’ll hear rare recordings from Abida Parveen of Pakistan, Dimi Mint Abba from Mauritania, Noura Mint Seymali of Mauritania, Said Shanbehzadeh-bagpipe from Bushear Iran a; Village group from Luristan (South West Iran), Hassan Hakmoun of Morocco and a rare recording from a master of the Veena.

Robert Browning has produced over 1,500 concerts of World Music,  including the Musical World of Islam (1993-94, 1995-96) concert series that featured artists such as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (Pakistan), Simon Shaheen (Palestine), Sabah Fakhri (Syria), Necdet Yasar (Turkey), Alim Qasimov (Azerbaijan), the Master Musicians of Jajouka (Morocco), Shahram Nazeri (Iran) and Dimi Mint Abba (Mauritania).  The Festival of Greek Music & Dance (2000-2005) which included rembetika music as well as regional styles from throughout mainland Greece and the islands; and the New York Flamenco Festival(2001 – 2011), which featured many of Spain’s greatest musicians and dancers. Artists from Africa and the African diaspora played a major role in his concerts and included Kandia Kouyate, Oumou Sangare and Toumani Diabate (Mali). Ladysmith Black Mambaso (South Africa), Les Ballets Africains  (Guinea) and Los Munequitos de Matanzas (Cuba) and the Skatalites (Jamaica).

His Festival of India featured some of India’s must celebrated classical artists, including Lalgudi Jayraman, Maharajapuram Santhanam, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Shivkumar Sharma, and Zakir Hussain. The festival continued the following year with a concert at Carnegie Hall with some of the finest Rajasthani folk musicians opening for the celebrated sitarist Nikhil Banerjee.

 

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Coyote Anderson Quartet Live – Podcast 132

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Here’s  the Coyote Anderson Quartet’s  live set as broadcast on WKCR,:   Corina Hernandez on Voice & Vocal Harmonizer, Carl Limbacher on Electric Bass &Diego Maldonado on Drums.

Coyote has quickly become regarded as one of the most promising up-and-coming artists in New York, both as a guitarist and a composer. As a member of the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop he has honed his compositional & arranging voice, which has culminated into a recording project and the formation of The Coyote Anderson Quartet.

One thing that makes this ensemble unique is that vocalist Corina Hernandez is used to replace the traditional role of a horn. This allows the ensemble to not only do ‘instrumental’ tunes but also newer works of Coyote’s that set the poetry of others into a jazz context. 3c32f7_0613df70e69549d8b41dcb8235aac637.jpg_srz_p_894_297_75_22_0.50_1.20_0

‘Innervoices’ is Coyote’s first official release as a leader and the debut of this fantastic band. Through the Quartet’s incorporation of vocals, poetry & electronics into arrangements, Coyote’s compositions have become fully-realized in a form that has been described as “…pure musical genius

Thanks to Dan Crowley for editing and mastering this performance.

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Bixiga 70 brings the funk from São Paulo – Podcast 130

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Bixiga-70-creditos-Leco-de-Souza-2This podcast features a burning live set from the 10 piece band straight out of São Paulo Brazil, Bixiga 70,  at the amazing East Village venue, Nublu.

We then went to WKCR the next day to broadcast a radio interview with bandmembers Mauricio Fleury (keys and guitars) and Cuca Ferreira (baritone sax) which will follow this live set.

Bixiga 70 combines Afro- beat, Guinean malinké, Brazilian candomblé, samba, cumbia and funk…to name a few of the influences that create their irresistible  sound.

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Bixiga 70 with your host at WKCR


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Ken Shoji, Michael Gam and Shivalik Ghoshal: Set 2 of the premier concert in the Africa/India series

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NYC Radio Live is collaborating with Brooklyn Raga Massive and Afro Roots Tuesdays to present a new monthly live event: The Africa/India Series at Art Cafe.

This is the  jam session that followed Africa Meets India in the last podcast Kensuke Shoji on violin, Michael Gam, bass and Shivalik Ghoshal, tabla.  This is 100% improv.  These guys had never played together before.  Later, Kevin Nathaniel, joins on Mbira and Kenya Kawaguchi(shakuchachi) and me (on guitar) play on the last song.

The next live concert in the Africa/India series will be Feb 4 at Art Cafe.  Come join us!

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884 Pacific st at Underhill, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Art Cafe is a bar and venue connected to The Village @ Gureje, an arts center and creative community that brings together artists, teachers and leaders from Brooklyn and beyond.

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Africa Meets India premiers the Africa/India Concert Series (Pt.1) – Podcast 128

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NYC Radio Live is collaborating with Brooklyn Raga Massive and Afro Roots Tuesdays to present a new monthly live event: The Africa/India Series at Art Cafe.

It couldn’t have gone better. The premier concert was last night,  with Afrika Meets India.   The line-up of Eric Fraser, bansuri; Kevin Nathaniel, mbira; Salieu Suso, kora; Giancarlo Luiggi, Hosho: Neel Murgai, sitar and Sameer Gupta, tabla.  I joined the band on the last song.  Despite being 10 degrees out, Art Cafe was packed and the band rewarded the audience with this great performance.

The jam session with Kensuke Shoji, Michael Gam and Shivalik Ghoshal, was also stunning…that will be the next podcast.

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brm-logo-copy-1Brooklyn Raga Massive, an artist collective dedicated to the Indian Classical Musicians of Brooklyn, hosts weekly concerts followed by jam sessions every Wednesday at 8pm  at Art Cafe, 
884 Pacific st at Underhill, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Art Cafe is a bar and venue connected to The Village @ Gureje, an arts center and creative community that brings together artists, teachers and leaders from Brooklyn and beyond.

BRM All Star Party Band – Pan-Global Flute Solstice Celebration (pt.2) Podcast 127

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Kevin Nathaniel, Eric Fraser and Neel Murgai of the BRM All-Star Party Band

These two performances from members of the Brooklyn Raga Massive All Star Party Band  started off the 6 hour Pan-Global Flute Solstice Celebration broadcast on the radio throughout New York City on 12/21/2014.  In this podcast not only was the bansuri featured, as  played by Eric Fraser, in the last set Kevin Nathaniel puts down the mbira and plays a Mbuti style African reed flute.   They were joined by Michael Gam on bass and Neel Murgai on Sitar and frame drums.

The Brooklyn Raga Massive All Star Party Band will perform in its full line-up this New Year’s Eve! 
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At the end of this program I play a recording of a song I wrote to play with the BRM All Stars on New Years.  It was recorded last weekend with Michael D’Agostino on drums and myself on kamale ngoni and guitars.

The Pan Global Flute Solstice celebration featured players from Indigenous Colombia traditions, Turkish Ney, West African Fula, Indian Bansuri, Japanese Shakuhachi and more.
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 In Podcast 126 we heard Tom Chess performing on Ney and Oud  with Dan Kurfirst on percussion.
In later episodes we’ll hear from the other musicians who partipated KenYa Kawaguchi, Sylvain Leroux, Sebastián López, Laura María Calderón, Robert Puesaquiyo.

Tom Chess and Dan Kurfirst – Pan-Global Flute Solstice Celebration (pt.1) Podcast 126

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The oldest instrument ever discovered was a 35,000 year old flute.
That was 25,000 years before agriculture, before cities, before the idea of nations,…
Yesterday, to celebrate the Winter Solstice, I produced a pan global musical event live on New York City radio.
We had players from Indigenous Colombia traditions, Turkish Ney, West African Fula, Indian Bansuri, Japanese Shakuhachi and more.
In this podcast we’ll hear the set from the great Tom Chess performing on Oud  and Ney.  Dan Kurfirst provides amazing accompaniment on frame drum, calabash and various percussion.
In later episodes we’ll hear from the other musicians who partipated  Eric Fraser, KenYa Kawaguchi, Michael Gam, Sylvain Leroux, Sebastián López Laura María Calderón, Robert Puesaquiyo , Kevin Nathaniel Hylton, Neel Murgai…

 

 

At home: Paul Winter on the Solstice – Podcast 125

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Paul+Winter+pwincanyonSeven-time Grammy® winner Paul Winter has a body of work that chronicles his wide-ranging experiences in the musical traditions and natural environments of the Earth.  The saxophonist, composer and bandleader founded Living Music as the recording context for his ensemble, the Paul Winter Consort, and his community of colleagues, which includes some of the world’s finest jazz, world, and classical musicians, along with notable voices from the great symphony of wildlife.

It was a blast when he came by my apartment,  played some instruments,  hung out and talked about the big event coming up:  His 35th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration.

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The Arun Ramurthy Trio: Brooklyn Raga Massive @ Art Cafe – Podcast 124

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The Arun Ramurthy Trio  perform centuries old classic South Indian compositions with jazz instrumentation and improvisation.   This live performance, recorded this Wednesday at the Brooklyn Raga Massive Jam  was a a celebration of  the release of their new album Jazz Carnatica.The trio’s collaborative sound is driven by the propulsive rhythm section of drummer Sameer Gupta & and bassist Perry Wortman. The Carnatic canon is remixed in this seamless integration of styles as the group expands on the traditional compositions in explosive, improvisational flights of fancy. Arun’s original compositions pay homage to Carnatic rhythmic structures and rich tonalities while expanding the music with a modern jazz backbeat.
This performance was recorded to a packed house this  Wednesday at the  Brooklyn Raga Massive Jam Session at the Art Cafe.   Max ZT sat in with the group on Hammered Dulcimer.

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884 Pacific st at Underhill, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Art Cafe is a bar and venue connected to The Village @ Gureje, an arts center and creative community that brings together artists, teachers and leaders from Brooklyn and beyond.

Trilok Gurtu and Christopher Janney -Podcast 123

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Trilok Gurtu is one of the most inventive percussionists of all time. I was thrilled to have a chance to sit down and talk with him and renaissance man Christopher Janney.

A world class, virtuoso percussionist, now in his mid fifties, Trilok has attracted a world class set of collaborators over a long career; these started with John McLaughlin in whose trio, Trilok flourished as the featured soloist for 4 years, other jazz greats continued this path – Joe Zawinul, Jan Garbarek, Don Cherry, Bill Evans, Pharoah Sanders, Dave Holland were all attracted to Trilok’s burning sense of rhythm. Of course he is deeply rooted in the Indian tradition, so it is no surprise to see that collaborations also took place with the glitterati of Indian musical society – his mother, Shobha Gurtu, Zakir Hussain, L. Shankar, Shankar Mahadevan, Hariprasad Chaurasia, The Misra Brothers and Sultan Khan. World music has become an established genre in which Trilok has further “ploughed his own furrow” with his own group, to great effect, performing and recording with Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare, Angelique Kidjo, Neneh Cherry, Omara Portuondo, Tuvan throat singers, Huun Huur Tu, to such effect that . Rita Ray of BBC Radio described him as “a serial collaborator”.

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Christopher Janney  is an American composer/artist/architect known for his work on the interrelation of architecture and music. Sometimes he attempts to make architecture more like music as in his sound sculptures titled “Urban Musical Instruments” of which “Soundstair” (musical stairs)and “Sonic Forest” are examples. Other times, he develops performance projects which make music more like architecture as in his “Physical Music” series which includes “HeartBeat,” a piece danced by Mikhail Baryshnikov. Much of Janney’s permanent work has sought to create “permanent participatory soundworks for public spaces,” including installations for airports in Dallas, Boston, Miami and Sacramento, Atlanta and the New York City Subway.

Janney has toured his “Sonic Forest” in both the US and Europe at major music festivals including Bonnaroo and Coachella as well as Glastonbury and Hyde Park Calling in the UK.

A book on his work, titled Architecture of the Air was released in February, 2007.

Radhika Joshi-Ray, Brooklyn Raga Massive @ Art Cafe Podcast 122

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Radhika Joshi-Ray is a Indian classical vocalist of the Jaipur Atrauli Gharana. She is a versatile singer and has a firm grounding in Hindustani classical music, as well as semi-classical forms of music such as Thumri, Dadra, Kajri, Hori and Chaiti.

Over the years, Radhika has evolved into a fine musician with a characteristic style of her own. The alaaps she renders in each Raga are a reflection of her deep thought on the various emotions and moods portrayed by various notes in a Raga. As a result, her music is a fine blend of both emotion and intellect.

Although classical music is Radhika’s forte, her Gurus have inspired her to respect and learn from all musical forms and traditions. Radhika has been eager to explore different styles of music and has sung in various Indian regional languages.

In addition to her pursuits in music, Radhika has a masters in Economics from Tufts University, Boston and is presently pursuing a PhD in Economics at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

brm-logo-copy-1Brooklyn Raga Massive, an artist collective dedicated to the Indian Classical Musicians of Brooklyn hosts weekly concerts followed by jam sessions every Wednesday at 8pm  at Art Cafe, 
884 Pacific st at Underhill, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Art Cafe is a bar and venue connected to The Village @ Gureje, an arts center and creative community that brings together artists, teachers and leaders from Brooklyn and beyond.

Sylvain Leroux teaches music literacy in Guinea, West Africa, Podcast 121

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MUL029_502Back from his successful mission to start teaching music literacy in Guinea, Sylvain Leroux returns to NYC Radio Live to share the recordings he made with the children out there and tell us of his experience.  The episode starts with a a spontaneous live performance from Sylvain Leroux accompanied by our host.

Sylvain will be producing an event this week in celebration of this effort.

CD release / film premiere / performance / photo & flute exhibition

Judson Memorial Church
7pm, Thursday, November 20, 2014
Manhattan at 55 Washington Square South & Thompson Street
Admission is free.

 

Hatim Belyamani of remix ←→ culture brings recordings from Morocco – Podcast 120

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This podcast we were joined by Hatim Belyamani, executive director of remix ←→ culture.  Hatim has been making incredible field recordings throughout Morocco in remote locations.  (Check out the picture below).  He will share these amazing recordings with the WKCR audience and conclude with a live remix of his own.

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 remix ←→ culture is a nonprofit artist collective committed to growing a conversation between traditional music(ians) and digital remix art(ists). They love folk music traditions that have been evolving for a long time, and so and go find them in remote corners of the world.  They make high quality audio and video recordings of their live performances, using several microphones and cameras, each on different instruments.  This allows them not only to make beautiful videos of the original performance, but also to then create vide
o remixes of the separate instruments, and bring them to the public via participatory remix experiences.

Brooklyn Raga Massive All-Stars Perform Terry Riley’s “In C” Podcast- 119

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The Brooklyn Raga Massive All-Stars perform a live, in-studio performance of Terry Riley’s masterpiece, “In C” live on the airwaves of WKCR-FM NY. Riley was deeply influenced by his studies of Hindustani vocal music but according to the composer himself, as far as he knows, the Massive is the only group that performs  “In C” with an ensemble of mostly Indian instruments. The group includes  sitars, tablas, sarods, bansuri, vocals, cello, guitars, vibes, dilruba, and more.

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We packed 16 musicians into the tiny live room at WKCR!

Led by Neel Murgai, on sitar, the group’s lineup for this broadcast is:

Neel Murgai, sitar
Camila Celin, sarod
Eric Fraser, bansuri
Sameer Gupta, tabla
Ehren Hanson, tabla
Andrew Shantz, harmonium, vocals
Dawood Kringle, dilruba
David Ellenbogen, guitar
Michael Gam, bass
Dana Leong, cello
Christian VerHalen, guitar
Vin Scialla, vibes
Joel Harrison, guitar
Timothy Hill, vocals
Alan Rigoletto, guitar
Timothy Hill, vocals
Rima Fand, violin

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The BRM-All Stars Performing “In C” at Art Cafe

Brooklyn Raga Massive began in the Fall of 2011 as a cooperative alliance between several Indian Classical Musicians in the Brooklyn, NYC area. Brooklyn Raga Massive is not a band, and it is not an exclusive club with members. The Massive is a platform for all lovers of Raga music, listeners and practitioners, to get closer to the pulse of NYCs live Raga music scene. The Brooklyn Raga Massive is managed by artists, and is meant to help bring the community of Raga lovers together. The Massive’s collaborative approach towards unifying and building the scene of Raga music in NYC leads its members towards each other, as well as provides the spark for the Brooklyn Raga Massive events and gatherings. The Massive is dedicated to presenting and representing Indian Classical Music in all its diversity of today.

The Brooklyn Raga Massive has a weekly residency at the “Art Cafe”- 884-886 Pacific St., Brooklyn, New York 11238.  Every Wednesday night from 8pm-11pm $5-10 admission