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Steven Sogo Podcast 138

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11084047_819900308063440_2928062909842179069_oWe’ll speak with one of outstanding members of the Nile Project,  Steven Sogo.  Steven Sogo was born in 1983 in Kamenge, a popular area of Burund´s capital Bujumbura, and started to play the guitar and to sing at an early age. Rapidly music became a passion and in 1997 he became an active member at the Kamenge Youth Center where he started to work with different bands before forming his own band “Hope Street” in 2005. Today Steven is a leading bass player in Burundi and recently he has been selected by the World Bank Institute to be Burundi’s music ambassador. Sogo sings in Kirundi, Swahili and in French.

We spoke backstage after the Nile Project performed in New York City.

 

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Michele Rosewoman’s New Yor-Uba Podcast 137

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itunes-button1The brilliant pianist Michele Rosewoman shares the music of her incredible ensemble New Yor-Uba, a group that has been exploring the beauty of the Jazz/Cuba/Yoruba traditions.  They’ll be at Dizzy’s at Lincoln Center 3/27-29.

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Michele Rosewoman, a vanguard and pioneering artist in her field, mines acoustic modern jazz, sophisticated funk, dynamic electric fusion and elements of Cuban folkloric music, to create a distinct musical experience. Her command and rich vocabulary elegantly expands the horizons and boundaries of jazz while remaining firmly rooted in tradition. With a more than 30-year history, Rosewoman stands out in her class as a visionary pianist, composer bandleader and gifted performer.  

Before moving to New York in 1978, Rosewoman performed at venues in the San Francisco Bay Area with her own ensembles, including the renowned Keystone Korner, and with Julian Priester, Julius Hemphill, Baikida Carroll and Oliver Lake and other fellow jazz innovators. In New York, she formed new ensembles and continued to present her music with New York- based jazz masters and collaborators.

 Her debut recording as a leader, THE SOURCE (Soul Note/1984) was praised for its radiance and ingenuity, and in a review published by DownBeat, Rosewoman’s direction was likened to that of master innovator Charles Mingus. With her maiden voyage on record, she distinguished herself as both a talented player and a composer of unique vision and had began to establish a reputation as one of the most ingenious and prolific bandleaders of her generation. 

Rosewoman went on to perform with notable New York-based jazz artists Jimmy Heath, Freddie Waits, Billy Hart, Reggie Workman, Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill, James Spaulding, Gary Bartz, John Stubblefield, Rufus Reid, Howard Johnson, Billy Bang and Carlos Ward, among many others. Her very first recording was as pianist and arranger for the Cuban songo group, Los Kimy in 1984 and in the Latin genre she has performed with Celia Cruz, Paquito D’Rivera, Chocolate, Orlando ‘Puntilla’ Rios’ “Nueva Generacion,” Daniel Ponce, Chocolate, Pedro Martinez, Roman Diaz, Ernesto Gatell, Nicky Marrero, Andy Gonzales and many others.

 

A fearless bandleader and mentor, her Quintessence ensemble, with 5 releases to date, brings together some of the most inventive voices in jazz including Steve Coleman, Greg Osby, Gary Thomas, David Sanchez, Steve Wilson, Miguel Zenon, Steve Lehman and Mark Shim; trombonists VIncent Gardner and Robin Eubanks, bassists Kenny Davis, Lonnie Plaxico and Brad Jones, drummers Terri Lyne Carrington, Gene Jackson and Tyshawn Sorey and guitarist Liberty Ellman, while New Yor-Uba, with its uncompromised synthesis of contemporary jazz and traditional Cuban folkloric music, unites master musicians from both musical worlds. Many have cited that working with Rosewoman made an indelible mark on their artistic development as musicians, composers and bandleaders.

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Stanley Jordan drops some knowledge and a new album with Kevin Eubanks: Podcast 136

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Guitar legend Stanley Jordan returns to NYC Radio Live to share his ideas of finding one’s voice and role as an artist and bringing his heartfelt new duet album with Kevin Eubanks.

Screen Shot 2015-03-21 at 5.04.22 PM“Genius is a word too often tossed around in musical circles, but it has been applied rightfully to Stanley Jordan, the guitar virtuoso.” -Leonard Feather

Stanley’s original style of two handed tapping, the touch technique, allows him to play the guitar with the freedom of a keyboardist.  The voices are so independent on his instrument that on record it is almost hard to believe that the music is coming from one person  (See the video below!).   A four time-Grammy nominee, Jordan’s album Magic Touch was #1 on Billboard’s jazz chart for 51 weeks, setting a new record.  He has toured in over 60 countries and now focuses much of his attention to the direct healing power of music: music therapy.

You can hear Stanley play live at WKCR on NYC Radio Live Podcast 80 

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Om Gam Ensemble live on the Africa/India Series – Podcast 135

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The OM Gam ensemble turned it out at Studio 487 last night!  Another packed house and inspiring music.

The was the third concert in out Africa/India series, co-presented by NYC Radio Live, Brooklyn Raga Massive and Afro-Roots Tuesdays.

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Om Gam ensemble takes it’s name from the mantra for the Hindu deity Ganesh – “Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha.” Ganesh is often referred to as the “remover of obstacles” and in reference to this, Om Gam ensemble seeks to remove musical obstacles, specifically by bringing together musicians from Indian Classical and Traditional African musical backgrounds, while also drawing upon the more modern influence of Jazz music. This group features Kane Mathis (kora), Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Pawan Benjamin (saxophone), Shiva Goshal (tabla), and is led by Michael Gam (bass & composition).

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Michael Gam is a sought after upright and electric bassist/composer living in New York. As a versatile musician skilled in many styles of music, Michael has performed with cutting edge jazz musicians like Ambrose Akinmusire and Tigran Hamasyan, top classical virtuoso Hillary Hahn, and Indian classical stalwarts Subash Chandran and Ganesh Kumar. Michael has also been studying Indian classical music since 2010, and is a budding sarod performer of the Maihar gharana.

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M.A.K.U Soundsystem – Podcast 134

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Juan Ospina of M.A.KU. Soundsystem joined me on the radio last night.

M.A.K.U. is an exciting and eclectic band which hails mostly from Colombia. On stage MA.K.U juxtaposes traditional Colombian percussion, drum-set, synthesizers, electric base, guitar and sizzling horns, creating an explosive performance filled with unshakable grooves. Lyrically M.A.K.U talks about the realities of everyday people, encompassing love, hardships, culture, and the immigrant experience, but with a positive, spiritual and sometimes humorous spin.

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Check out their new vinyl release M.N.D (Music Never Dies).

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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, Farid Ayaz, Abu Muhammad & Brothers Qawwal  from Pakistan  and a rare recording from India’s master of the Rudra Veena, Ustad Asad Ali Khan.

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Ustad Asad Ali Khan and his cosmic instrument, the rudra 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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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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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.

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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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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 Cathedral at St. John the Divine during the spectacle of Paul WInter’s Solstice Celebration