Noura Mint Seymali: The Timbuktu Sessions – Podcast 221

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The mind blowing singer from Mauritania has been on our radio show before and she’s coming to NYC to perform for World Music Institute at (Le) Poisson Rouge Friday, February 24, 2017.

We’ll share our first encounter with Noura Mint Seymali when we recorded her in Timbuktu with her husbandJeiche Ould Chighaly.  It was an intimate acoustic recording with a single microphone.

 We’ll also here a highlight of one of our greatest podcasts ever when we connected next Noura Mint Seymali  in New York City and recorded her and Jeiche with Brooklyn Raga Massive musicians Jay Gandhi and Ehren Hanson.

Roopa Mahadevan – Ragas Live Festival #9 Podcast 213

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itunes-button1The ninth set of the historic, Ragas Live Festival 2016, live at Pioneer Works.  Roopa Mahadevan (vocal) Anjna Swaminathan (violin), Bala Skandan (mridangam), Kabilan Jeginathan (kanjira).

Roopa Mahadevan is a versatile vocalist rooted in the South Indian (Carnatic) classical tradition.  Born and raised in San Jose, California, Roopa underwent her major formative training in Carnatic vocal music in under Asha Ramesh, disciple of the late Sangeetha Kalanidhi D.K. Jayaraman and Sri Nanganallur Ramanathan. In 2007, Roopa was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship by the U.S. Department of State to receive advanced Carnatic vocal training in Chennai, India under Suguna Varadachari, a senior guru of the Musiri Subramania Iyer tradition.

 Roopa has been a regular performer of Carnatic vocal concerts in the U.S. and India. She has been performing in all of the major “sabhas” in Chennai, India during the December music season, including the prestigious Music Academy. She has received praise from the Carnatic music fraternity and notable press, including The Hindu. She has also performed at the well-known Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana, which awarded her the title ‘Kala Ratna’ for her commitment to the pursuit of Carnatic music as a young American. Roopa is also an accomplished Bharathanatyam dancer who has performed her arangetram under the training of the Indumathy Ganesh, disciple of Padmashri Chitra Visweswaran. Roopa is a regular vocal peformer for several of the leading Bharathanatyam and contemporary dancers of the South Asian Diaspora.

Roopa is the artistic director of the NYC-based Navatman Music Collective, an Indian Classical Vocal ensemble. Roopa received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Master’s degree in Cognitive Science from Stanford University. She is based in New York City, where she balances a career in public health policy with the passionate pursuit of her art

Recorded by James Clark mixed by Sameer Gupta.

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

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Olivier Conan Podcast 212

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Subscribe on ItunesWe hang out with Olivier Conan, the band leader of Chicha Libre, and the owner of Brooklyn’s most beloved listening room, Barbes.  We’ll hear some of the smoking tracks from his group and his Barbes Records label and get his take on what’s happening in the world.

olivierconan300-731dcf69bb8022d4afd07b43b44e6749984cdbd0-s300-c85Barbes will be hosting a free and open event this Sunday about the general state of the union entitled  What Now? Post Election Gathering at Barbès from 5pm-7pm November 20th 2016.

Our next upcoming podcast will be Innov Gnawa’s explosive Sufi, Trance set from the same evening at Barbes.

 

Dan Weiss Teen Taal Drumset Solo – Ragas Live Festival #4 Podcast 209

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itunes-button1The fourth set of the historic, Ragas Live Festival 2016, live at Pioneer Works.  Dan Weiss (Drumset) and Michael Gam (bass).

Weiss has been studying tabla and Indian classical music with his Guru (teacher) Samir Chatterjee since 1998. With his Tintal Drum set Solo,  Dan takes the concept of a traditional Indian tabla solo and migrates it to a conventional drum set.

When listening to Tintal Drum set Solo, the trick is to reverse more conventional roles. Whereas, in a typical Western context, one would expect the guitar or bass to be the melodic centre and the drums to be the rhythmic support, here one needs to place Weiss’ kit up front, with the other melodic instruments in the supporting role.

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

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Maya Kamaty music from the Indian Ocean- Podcast 202

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It was great to connect with Maya Kamaty, a dazzling singer and band leader from the La Reunion, a small Island near Madagaskar.  After an amazing show at New York’s Sub Rosa we got to sit down with her and learn more about Maloya music.  This will broadcast on
Oct 2nd at 11pm.

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Four time winner of the ‘Music of the Indian Ocean’ prize, Maya Kamaty wins hearts with her island blues melodies and halting ternary rhythm of Reunion Island Maloya.  Despite being cradled by the stories told by her mother, and the music and poetry sung by her father Gilbert Pounia and his band Ziskakan, she did not take to music as her calling until she left her homeland of Reunion Island to study in France.

Distanced from Creole culture, she sought out her roots and explored her identity through music.  While her music is grounded in maloya, she transcends its boundaries to create her own intimate folk style of music by blending it with French chanson, Indian, and African influences.  Making Reunion Island maloya music her own, Maya Kamaty is breaking down barriers as one of the few popular female singers what is a traditionally music sung by males.  Accompanied by traditional instruments such as kayamb and rouler, and driven by an intense passion for mixing cultures, Maya Kamaty (a name formed by combining two names, her own, and that of a woman standing marginal and intense) has the most promising voice of her generation.

Arun Ramamurthy Trio -Ragas Live Festival # 3 Podcast 198

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itunes-button1The thrid set of the historic, Ragas Live Festival 2016, live at Pioneer Works. Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Sameer Gupta (tabla), Perry Wortman (bass).

The Arun Ramamurthy Trio (ART) performs Jazz Carnatica. Rooted in the style of the virtuoso violinist Dr. Mysore Manjunath, Arun brings a fresh approach to the age-old South Indian classical repertoire. 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.

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

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