David Rogers Quintet / Bernard Woma Podcast – 12

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A live set from the David Rogers and Kairos, an all-star band featuring Kenny Wessel, guitar; Sylvain Leroux, flutes, Matt Pavolka, Bass and Rob Garcia on Drums recorded a couple months ago at WKCR.   Also a live recording from the Bernard Woma Ensemble on Jumbie Records.  David Rogers is an artist who lived and studied in West Africa for many years and his music is deeply informed by those grooves and his jazz roots.   Bernard Woma is a master of the gyil, the wooden xylophone of northern Ghana.  He is the master drummer of the Ghana Dance Ensemble, Ghana’s National Dance Company and keeps a busy schedule on 3 continents.

Arun Ramamurthy Quartet – Podcast 11

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This week on WKCR we had an exciting live performance from the Arun Ramamurthy Quartet who combine traditional Carnatic (South Indian) music with some Western instruments like the drum kit and the double bass.

Arun Ramamurthy, violin; Perry Wortman, bass; Akshay Anantapadmanabhan, mridangam; Sameer Gupta, drums

Arun performs Carnatic music at the Cornelia Street Cafe on the fourth Sunday of every month and there will be a festival of Carnatic music there from Aug 15-17.

You can hear Sameer Gupta playing tabla with Srinivas Reddy on Sitar on podcast 3.

Thomas Mapfumo – The Lion of Zimbabwe – Podcast 10

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Thomas Mapfumo - Photo by George Estreich

Thomas Mapfumo, of Zimbabwe, is a revolutionary musician in every sense of the word.  Musically, his band was one of the first to experiment with combining the mbira (thumb piano) and electric guitars and he was the first to put his own lyrics to traditional Shona melodies.  Politically,  these songs became the anthems of the freedom fighters during White minority rule.

When the revolution succeeded and Rhodesia became Zimbabwe, he continued to be a gadfly.  He questioned the integrity of Robert Mugabe and the current government.  He now lives in exile and while immensely popular his music is banned in the country where he is most beloved.

Music From Samoa – Podcast 9

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A couple recordings I made with a mini-disc recorder in Independent Samoa in 2002 0r 2003.  Every Samoan can sing, if you started to sing a song on a public bus everyone would join you.  The houses have thatched roofs and walls of woven leaves that are folded up during the daytime so the breeze sweeps through.   Here are some pics: the father and son are from the Falonga Bay village in Upolo, where I recorded the outstanding youth chours.

Falonga Bay, Upolo, Samoa

 

Oud Summit: Brandon Terzic’s Xalam Project and Negar Bouban – Podcast 8

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Brandon Terzic’s Xalam Project and Negar Bouban

This special show features an Oud Virtuoso from Tehran, Negar Bouban, and an Oud Virtuoso based in New York, Brandon Terzic. They met and played together for the first time live on the air for this show.  Brandon also brought his amazing band, Xalam Project.      Xalam’s line-up that evening was Luke Notary and Matt Kilmer on Percussion, Matt Darriau on winds and sax, Ethan Mees on Bass and Brandon on the Oud.

Kojiro Umezaki- Shakuhachi – Live Performance and interview

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Kojiro Umezaki at WKCR

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.