Tribute to Madeleine Yayodele Nelson – Podcast 274

Originally broadcast live on WKCR. In this podcast we pay tribute to the great musician and educator Madeleine Yayodele Nelson. Joining us in the studio were her friends and bandmates Caren Calder and  Marsha Perry-Starks as well as Olumide, Dana Hanchard, Giancarlo Luiggi and Babatunde Don Eaton.  Madeleine was , a composer, arranger, vocalist, percussionist, teacher, and instrument maker as well as the founder and artistic director of WOMEN OF THE CALABASH.

A celebrated percussionist, Ms Nelson performed in many parts of the world and has composed and performed music for Off Broadway Theater. An instrument maker, she handcrafted the shekeres for the New York and London companies of  the Broadway show FELA. She recorded with Paul Simon, Billy Harper, the Jambalaya Brass Band, WOMEN OF THE CALABASH, and many others. Ms Nelson presented master classes in shekere playing throughout the U.S., in London, and in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.  She lectured at the Julliard School and taught master classes at the Manhattan School of Music.  Ms Nelson was Founder and director of WOMEN OF THE CALABASH, an internationally acclaimed vocal and percussion ensemble. Founded in 1978, the company performed extensively in the U.S. as well as in the British Isles, Europe, West Africa, South America, and the Caribbean.
Ms Nelson’s film credits include Marlon Riggs’  Black Is Black Ain’t  and The American Bible Society’s  The Visit. She has performed for four Presidents, including President Barack Obama.  She was a dedicated teaching artist with a legacy of thousands of students.

Randy Weston

I just learned of the passing of the great master Randy Weston, whose tall shadow hangs over all of us who love, Gnawa Music, African Music, jazz and the intersection of three. He was a lovely person, eager to pass along the knowledge he’d gathered through an amazing life.

Recorded almost 8 years ago, I hope this podcast helps pass along some of his wisdom. He was humble, sweet and present and we’re lucky to have had him on the planet for 91 years.

Adam Rudolph Podcast 273

Adam Rudolph will be joining host David Ellenbogen on WKCR 89. FM-NY  from noon-3pm on Tuesday July 24.  This is in anticipation of the Go:Organic Orchestra’s collaboration with the Brooklyn Raga Massive this Friday July 27th 2017. http://rma.cm/2nq

You can listen live to the stream here,  and check out their 2011 chat and an exclusive live performance from Adam Rudoph’s Moving Pictures in the podcast above.

Adam Rudolph, “a pioneer in world music” (New York Times) and a “master percussionist” (Musician), has a creative, forward-thinking vision. He is inspired by his work with countless legends of music including Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Philip Glass, L. Shankar, and Zakir Hussain. His collaboration with Brooklyn Raga Massive, known as “leaders of the Raga Renaissance” (New Yorker), promises to open new avenues of sonic exploration.

 

T live performance featured here is from Moving Pictures at the Painted Bride in 2010 and has an astounding lineup.

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