Kojiro Umezaki- Shakuhachi – Live Performance and interview

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Kojiro Umezaki – Shakuhachi-

Live Performance and Interview

This podcast features live performances and interview with Kojiro Umezaki, who plays the Japanese Zen instrument, the shakuhachi, a bamboo flute.  While Kojiro performs the instrument traditionally, he is also experimenting with some new directions in music. Kojiro designs computer programs so that during performances the programs will generate sounds that react to his flute playing in the moment.  We’ll hear live performances with and without this technology and learn a lot about the history of this amazing instrument.

Kojiro Umezaki performs regularly with the Grammy-nominated Silk Road Ensemble and has recorded on the Sony BMG, World Village, and Smithsonian Folkways labels.

The Source feat. Abdoulaye Diabate, Live Performance and interview with Sylvain Leroux

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Live Performance from the Source featuring Abdoulaye Diabate, plus a demonstration of the fula flute and interview with the founder of the Source, Sylvain Leroux.

This episode features a demonstration of one of the signature techniques of the Fula Flute by Sylvain Leroux and a live performance recorded at the Zinc Bar by Erik Gunderson and originally aired on WKCR when Sylvain was my guest.

The lineup on the recording is

Sylvain Leroux -Fula Flute, Western flutes and Saxophone

Abdoulaye Diabate – Guitar and vocals

Bailo Bah – Fula Flute

Abdoulaye Alhassane – guitar

Mamadou Ba – Bass

Emi Yabuno – Keys

Sean Dixon – Drums

You can catch the Source the first Friday of the month and the Zinc Bar on 3rd street between Sullivan and Thomson in the West Village.   Sylvain also has an exciting show coming up for the River to River festival on June 25 with his Fula Flute Ensemble.

Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures, Live Performance and Interview- Podcast 4

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Live performance and interview from Adam Rudolph.

Adam Rudolph is a master percussionist,  pioneer of world music, and creative music visionary.  He came to the radio station to celebrate the release of his new album Both/And by his group Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures with the Organic Orchestra Strings.  He also was kind enough to share an exclusive perfomance recorded live by Moving Pictures at the Painted Bride in 2010.

The line-up for the live performance featured here, and the new album is:

Adam Rudolph – handrumset (kongos, djembe, tarija, zabumba) thumb piano, bata (itotele), mouth bow, percussion

Ralph M. Jones – hulusi, bass clarinet, alto and c germanic flutes, soprano and tenor saxophones, bamboo trumpet, bamboo flutes

Joseph Bowie – trombone, organic/electronics, vocal, harmonica, congas, bamboo trumpet, percussion

Graham Haynes – cornet, flugelhorn, bamboo trumpet, percussion

Brahim Fribgane – oud, cajon, bendir, tarija, percussion

Kenny Wessel – electric and acoustic guitars, banjo

Jerome Harris – acoustic bass guitar, slide guitar, vocal

Matt Kilmer – frame drums, kanjira, bata (okonkolo), percussion

Many thanks to Adam for sharing this amazing performance with us!

Srinivas Reddy and Sameer Gupta – Live! – Podcast 3

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This podcast is a beautiful live performance by Srinivas Reddy and Sameer Gupta when they came to the studio to celebrate the release of their album Hemant and Jog in December of ’08.

Sameer, who is great tabla player and jazz drummer, has recently released an amazing album on Motema called Namaskar. The lineup includes jazz musicians like pianist Mark Cary, who co-produced the album, and maestros of Indian Raga such as Pt. Anindo Chatterjee and Pt. Ramesh Mishra.

Srini has been busy since then as well. He just published a book called The Giver of the Worn Garland: Krishnadevaraya’s Amuktamalyada The work is a literary translation of a famous Telugu epic that poetically describes the devotional love of the ninth century South Indian mystic Antal.

These are some heavy cats!

Wasifuddin Dagar – Podcast 2

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Wasifuddin Dagar comes from the most famous lineage of singers of an ancient style of Indian raga called Druhpad. He is part of an unbroken chain of generations of musicians in his family that has lasted over 400 years. He started his training with his father at 5 years old.
In this musical interview, he both speaks of the philosophy behind this ancient style and sings to exemplify the elements behind this deep, emotional and spiritual style.

McCoy Tyner – Mandingo Ambassadors – Podcast 1

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McCoy Tyner is true jazz royalty. He’s recorded over 50 albums as a leader and, with John Coltrane, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones, created the sound which critics refer to as John Coltrane’s “Classic Quartet.” This group’s transcendent sound completely changed the course of music. Sitting down with him for a discussion was one of the great honors of my life.

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The Mandingo Abassadors are a classic band, half from West-Africa and half from Brooklyn. Their leader Mamady Kouyate, from Guinea is best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National.

They were happy enough with the sound I got in the studio that they released the recordings from that session as a album:

Ismael Kouyate – vocals; Mamady Kourouma – guitar; Oran Etkin – tenor sax & clarinets; Sylvain Leroux – flute, tambin and alto sax; Andy Algire – drums; Nick Cudahy – bass and Mamady Kouyate – guitar.