Lisa Parrott_Podcast 142

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It was great to spend an hour on the radio with the great saxophone player, Lisa Parrott.

The annual 2013 and 2014 Down Beat Critics Poll recently voted hera Rising Star for baritone saxophone players. Lisa was featured alongside her sister, bassist Nicki, at the prestigious Tribute to Mary Lou Williams Festival at the Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C. in 2002. She has also performed with such names as Dave Brubeck, Nancy Wilson, Rachel Z, Cindy Blackman, Virginia Mayhew, Gunther Schuller, Jason Linder’s Big Band, the Diva Jazz Orchestra and the Jimmy Heath Big Band. Her own trio features bassist Chris Lightcap, and either Gerald Cleaver or Matt Wilson on drums.

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More recently, her latest album Round Tripper recorded May 2014 in Brooklyn NY, features bassist Chris Lightcap, Matt Wilson on drums, and fellow Australian musicians Carl Dewhurst on guitar and Nadje Noordhuis on trumpet.

Live Recordings from KOREA! Podcast 141

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itunes-button1This podcast features three weeks of live recordings I made recording traditional music, while serving as the artist-in-residence at the Ureuk World Music House in Chungju Korea.  We’ll hear performances on a dozen instruments like the  Gayageum,  Haegeum and Piri  arranged by WonHaeng Cho he Conductor of the Chungju Municipal Ureuk Orchestra for Korean Traditional Music.

We’ll even hear a recording I made of the music they played during a private Shamanic ceremony.

This is the most work I’ve put into a podcast since the recordings from Mali episode . Enjoy!

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Max ZT and Ehren Hanson – Podcast 140

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itunes-button1The weekly Brooklyn Raga Massive Jam Sessions have an incredibly deep bench. The same night Neel Murgai proposed in 7.5 beats (podcast 139) the next set was Max ZT and Ehren Hanson.

This recording sounds particularly good because it was mixed and mastered by Phil Duke at Continental Studio in Long Island City, NY.

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Lauded as the “Jimi Hendrix of Hammered Dulcimer” by NPR, and a “Force of nature” by NY Music Daily, Max ZT is an innovator of the instrument. Taking his roots from classical Irish folk music, Max has transplanted his compositional techniques to both Senegal, where he studied the Mandinko technique with the Cissoko griot family, and to Mumbai, India, where he received a grant to study under the great santoor master Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. His fresh perspective and bold experimentalism have been the backbone to beautiful, complex, and genuine compositions, while his unorthodox playing style has been a pioneering force in revolutionizing dulcimer techniques.

Max has enlivened the conceptual framework of traditional folk music by fusing multi-cultural roots and traditions to create a truly compelling sound.

Max ZT has shared the stage with some of the most influential international and national musical leaders of the century including Pt. Ravi Shankar, Jon Bon Jovi, Karsh Kale, Bela Fleck, Victor Wooten, Tinariwen, Jimmy Cliff, and more. With his eighth record released, he is, as Timeout NY states “A sight to behold.”

MaxZT is based out of Brooklyn, New York, and in 2005, won the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship. He’s recorded with a vast array of artists across musical genres, ranging from Victor Wooten, to The Goo Goo Dolls, to 2012 American Idol Phil Phillips, to Of Montreal.