Jean-Claude van Itallie Podcast 236

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Jean-Claude van Itallie, is a creative force across many genres.  Norman Mailer called one his works “possibly the best one-act play I have ever seen.” He’s a poet, meditator, health-guru, translator, writer and it doesn’t stop there.  We sit on the porch with Jean-Claude van Itallie at his inspriring retreat center, Shantigar.

 

Fari di Future, Yardcore Podcast 235

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Yaadcore is a cultured selector that has already began making waves on Jamaica’s music scene. Also the Dj for reggae artist Protoje.
Biography
More and more youths, seeking to connect with their cultural roots, invariably come across particular names in the field of music. No doubt they eventually stumble upon Yaadcore. As his name suggests, he is at the center of Jamaica’s Reggae Revival.

His role in the movement is cemented by the fact that he was the first person ever to play the music of Kabaka Pyramid and Chronixx on Jamaican radio. In addition to that, he is Protoje’s touring DJ and has toured California & opened for Protoje’s band performances on his European fall tour, touching places like Italy, France, Portugal, Switzerland & Belgium. Also just recently opened for Protoje on an extensive tour of the west coast of US with reputable brand sponsorship from Leafly.

Growing up observing his father operate a sound system, Yaadcore naturally gravitated toward the same profession. As an adult, maturity urged him to decide what kind of music he would play at public events. He naturally opted for spiritually healing, organic reggae music and soon stopped accepting work in other genres.

Yaadcore settled into a weekly groove of selecting tunes at his increasingly popular Dubwise Jamaica event in Kingston on Wednesdays that has grown to become and international brand. Dubwise features a weekly vibration in Miami, Florida and have been to states like Washington DC, Atlanta, New York and California and has also sown the Dubwise seed in other countries like Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, Bermuda, Hungary, Romania, Malta, Germany, Kenya, & Ethiopia.

Those unable to have the Yaadcore experience in person need not go further than their computers. His SoundCloud page is a treasure chest of his globally acclaimed mixes, including the Reggae Aroma’s Volume 1 – 3 which have gained listens up to 210+ plays plus his official Protoje mixtapes that have over 100k+ hits along with a marijuana themed mix collaboration with the well renown VP Records that hits 240+ plays.

 

Fari Di Future

Upcoming Roots & Reggae vocalist Kemani Ifari Powell, was born on Dec 29, 1986. Rightfully known as Fari Di Future, he hails from the beautiful island of Jamaica. Raised in Kingston, within the peaceful community of Cooreville Gardens, Fari is no stranger to the arts, having been brought up in a musical family. His parents- Winston Powell and Maizy Powell, are both singers and founding members of the Reggae trio Midnight Rider. Known for classics such as ‘Wanted’, ‘Clash in a Rhythm’, and ‘Youthman Invasion’, they gained a massive following in Jamaica’s festival scene, which propelled them to tour most of Europe throughout the 70’s and 80’s.

As a child, he was exposed to the big stage performing alongside his parents any chance he could. This is where he harnessed his confident and engaging approach. Following his passion at a young age, Fari attended The Jamaica School of Music, in which he learned the many aspects of music and performance, and gained knowledge on how to play instruments in the Percussion family, and Acoustic Guitar.

Fari Di Future can easily be identified through his mellifluous, tuneful voice and insightful lyrics. Deeply rooted in Rastafari beliefs and principles, the singer has manifested the philosophy of the “H.O.W.K.L.E.A.R Movement”, an acronym which stands for Heights Of Wisdom-Know, Learn, Execute & Rise. Consisting of musical colleagues Jermaine ‘Autarchii’ Joseph and Ryan ‘Skull’ Morgan, the rapidly growing movement aims to instill the positive message: In all aspects of development, in order to gain the Heights of Wisdom, one must first Know, Learn, Execute And then Rise, exemplifying the words of H.I.M. Haile Selassie.

Upcoming projects for Fari include a lineup of live performances, features and dubs, soon to be available. An anticipated EP entitled “ALKEBULAN”, also visuals for the re-release of his anthem ‘Farmer Man’; a song highlighting the necessity and importance of agriculture, as self-preservation is vital to his livity. (From IRIE Magazine)

BRM’s Coltrane Raga Tribute – Podcast 234

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Brooklyn Raga Massive’s Coltrane Raga Tribute are about to drop their New Album – and the release party will be a free concert in Prospect Park at Celebrate Brooklyn June 23rd with Pharoah Sanders headlining!

We hang with Sameer Gupta, the tabla upstart, drummer and musical director of the project and listen to a live performance from Pioneer Works. If you want to hear it all you’ll have to get the album though!

This podcast will air on WKCR 89.9 FM-NY on Sunday June 18th at 7pm.

The all-star ensemble in the set we hear includes:
Sameer Gupta – Drumset/Tabla (musical director),
Brandee Younger – Harp,
Jay Gandhi – Bansuri,
Arun Ramamurthy – Violin,
Pawan Benjamin – Sax,
Trina Basu – Violin,
Neel Murgai – Sitar,
Ben Tyree – Guitar,
Rashaan Carter – Bass
Michael Gam – Bass

Special Guests:

Roopa Mahadevan – Vocal

Pyeng Threadgill- vocal

Anupam Shobhakar – Sarod
Jessica Lurie – Sax
Ken Shoji- Violin
Dawoud Kringle – Dilruba
Giancarlo Luigi – Chekere and Percussion

Recorded by James Clark and mixed by Sameer Gupta

Barbes – Podcast 233

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Barbès is a small Brooklyn club which has been presenting music on a daily basis for now 15 years. Started on a shoestring budget in a former barber shop in the South Slope, Barbès has for years acted as a kind of laboratory for all different kinds of new projects and become a true community hub.

They’re in the hole $70,000K and have turned to the community for support. The community has answered back in a big way.  You can join the movement and find about a great benefit concert here.

We hang with Olivier Conan at Barbes and hear tracks from Chicha Libre,  Chicha libre’s Canibalismo  Las Rubias del Norte Panamericana and Miramar.

Chico Freeman – Podcast 232

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For Chico Freeman, Jazz is the family business.  His father played with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Ella Fitzgerald and his grandfather was an associate of Louis Armstrong.

Chico has had an amazing career playing with the likes of Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, Sun Ra, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Celia Cruz, Charles Mingus, Tito Puente, to name a few.  We got to hang with the great musician, composer and producer and get the inside story on working with so many of these icons of music.

Chico also shares selections from some recent albums including  The Essence of Silence, All In The Family, Spoken Into Existence, and Elvin: Tribute to Elvin Jones.  He’ll be performing at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola on June 7th and 8th.

Jay Gandhi – Podcast 231

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The day after a moving performance with Ravi Coltrane, Reggie Workman, Jeff Tain Watts an other giants of Jazz, we hung out at home with Jay Gandhi! After our short conversation he shares a special live performance.

Jay is an artist who dedicated to the Hindustani tradition and is also bringing his instrument, the bansuri, into new territory.