Vivek Pandya (Tabla Solo) – Ragas Live Festival #8 Podcast 203


itunes-button1The eighth set of the historic, Ragas Live Festival 2016, live at Pioneer Works.  Vivek Pandya (tabla), Kalpit Pandya (harmonium). This 11 year old tabla prodigy is a disciple of Pt Anindo Chatterjee, and he was 1st place winner of the Swaradhara competition held on 23rd Feb 2013.

As you can hear and se from his performance, he has a bright, musical future ahead of him.

Vivek and Kalpit at the Ragas Live Festival

Ragas Live Festival 2016 is produced with the support of The Rubin Museum of Art.  This music was expertly mixed by Sameer Gupta.


Maya Kamaty music from the Indian Ocean- Podcast 202



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.


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.

Numasbala Podcast 201


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With super-ambitious arrangements and grooves from all corners of the globe, Numasbala brings a joyous, fun, freedom-loving spirit to the dancefloor. Fabio Montenegro – Bass / Voice (Colombia), Felipe Piedrahita – Guitar / voice (Colombia) and Javier Samayoa – Hammond B3 / Keys / voice (Guatemala) joined me at WKCR.


Ba-ere Yotere Live on the African Gyil with Valerie Naranjo, Gyil; and Barry Olsen, percussion – Podcast 199


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Ba-Ere Yotere a master of the African Gyil performs live with great percussionists Valerie Naranjo  (also on Gyil)  and Barry Olsen.   We hung out at Valeries house and recorded a few songs as well as talking to Ba-Ere about his early days with a man I searched for but never found, the great Kakraba Lobi.

Valerie Naranjo


Arun Ramamurthy Trio -Ragas Live Festival # 3 Podcast 198


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