Blato Zlato – Podcast 219

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Blato Zlato kicked the doors down at this year’s Golden Fest, the amazing annual Balkan festival in NYC featuring over 60 bands.  We got to talk backstage with Lou Carrig, Annalisa Kelly,Ruby Ross and check out selections from their new album Swamp Gold.

Formed in 2015, the band performs folk and composed music from the Balkans and Eastern Europe, with a particular focus on Bulgarian songs and improvisational, dreamy, full-energy arrangements.

 

Blato Zlato is:

Lou Carrig – Accordion, Vocals
Ian Cook – Violin
Annalisa Kelly – Vocals
Pete Olynciw – Upright Bass
Ruby Ross – Vocals
Boyanna Trayanova – Percussion

 

 

Betsayda Machado & Parranda El Clavo – Podcast 218

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Hailing from Venezuela, Betsayda Machado & Parranda El Clavo made their New York debut at GlobalFest this week.  The group’s electrifying live set, complete with pitch perfect harmonies, dazzling dancers, and irresistible rhythms earned them legions of new fans and a feature in the next days’s New York Times.

We sat down with Betsayda with her manager Juan Souki and learned more about the Afro-Venezuelan tradition. She talks us through a few tracks on their first album,  Rural Recordings Under the Mango Tree, which is available through the Indiegogo campaign that brought them here.

Betsayda Machado and Parranda EL Clavo

Brooklyn Raga Massive: Raga Cubana feat. Roman Diaz – Live at the Art Cafe Podcast 217

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The original lineup of the group heard on the recording here. Pictured at Pioneer Works

Just before we left for Cuba to record for this podcast, Brooklyn Raga Massive’s  Raga Cubana feat. Roman Diaz, had an intimate concert to get ready for our sold out concert a month later at the Rubin Museum of Art.

Here we are trying new things and feeling the hometown energy and love from the Raga Massive Jam Session at the Art Cafe

With

Román Díaz (conductor, batá: iyá )

Giancarlo Luigi (shekere)

Clemente la Tierra (batá: okónkolo)

Melvis Santa (vocals)

Folasona Olorunsola (batá: itótele)

Ehren Hanson (tabla)

Jay Gandhi (bansuri)

David Ellenbogen (guitar)

Arun Ramamurthy (violin)

Michael Gam (bass)

Camila Celin (Sarod)

Raga Cubana at the Rubin Museum of Art last Week with Sandy Perez and Vanessa Ayaba Irawo sitting in for Melvis Santa.

Recordings from Cuba! #1: Groupo Folkloriko 19 de Septiembre

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itunes-button1After three weeks of recording music in Cuba, we return with this special epsiode featuring a live performance from Groupo Folklorico 19 de Septiembre of Santiago de Cuba.  Guided by their lead Bata’ drummer, Roberto Maikel Fuentes, we’ll learn about 3 rhythms: Guanguanco’, Tumba Francesa and Columbia.

Neel Murgai/Sameer Gupta – Ragas Live Festival 2016 #7 Podcast 215

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itunes-button1The seventh set of the historic, Ragas Live Festival 2016, live at Pioneer Works. Neel Murgai (sitar), Sameer Gupta (tabla).  Neel and Sameer will be performing at the Raga Massive Concert and Jam Session at the Art Cafe (885 Pacific Street, Brooklyn) this Wednesday, Jan 4th 8pm.

Neel and Sammeer at the Ragas Live Festival 2017 @ Pioneer Works

Neel is a multi-instrumental performer, composer and teacher in New York City. He graduated with an MFA in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College. His life long journey into the depth and beauty of sitar and Indian classical music began in Benares 20 years ago with Ravindra Goswami. Neel has studied sitar for the past 14 years with his guru and mentor Pt. Krishna Bhatt. Neel has studied and plays a variety of instruments ranging from the Persian frame drum to the kanjira, as well as the voice. Neel is interested in creating music that draws from not only Indian Classical Music, but other various traditions as well.

Ragas Live Festival 2016 is produced with the support of The Rubin Museum of Art

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