Eric Krasno Podcast 192

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Eric Krasno is the amazing guitarist/producer with artists ranging from  Soulive and Lettuce (both of which he co-founded)to  Norah Jones,  50 Cent, Aaron Neville, Phil Lesh, Derek Trucks, and, well, the list keeps going!

To celebrate the upcoming release of his new album, Blood From A Stone, we got to hang with Eric at his home studio, hear him play some guitar and share what he’s learned so far in an incredibly prolific career.

The new album comes out July 8th.
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Jay Gandhi and Abhik Mukherjee bring the rain (part 1) Podcast 191

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itunes-button1In part 1 of this podcast we spend time at home with Jay Gandhi (bansuri) and Abhik Mukherjee (sitar) as they prepare for the a special evening of Monsoon Ragas at the Rubin Museum on June 15.  The two  perform live and share insights and legends about the malhar group of ragas, those that praise the monsoon rains.  This episode was broadcast on WKCR 89.9 FM-NY on Sunday June 5th.

IMG_5313In part two we hope to share their performance with the virtuoso tabla player Suryaksha Deshpande as the trio perform at the Rubin and the following Brooklyn Raga Massive Jam session.

 

Debo Band – Podcast 188

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itunes-button1 Debo band explores the rich and varied traditions of Ethiopian music with a dose of funk, punk and soul. With a large instrumental ensemble and a charismatic singer Bruck Tesfaye it all adds up to an undeniable party band. We got to hang with the leader of this amazing group, Danny Mekonnen and here excerpts of their upcoming album Ere Gobez (FPE Records; May 20, 2016).  They’ll be playing in NYC with Antibalas May 18th at the Brooklyn Bowl.

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Debo Band is

  • Bruck Tesfaye vocals
  • Danny Mekonnen saxophones
  • Gabriel Birnbaum tenor saxophone
  • Danilo Henriquez trumpet and percussion
  • Stephanie Baird trombone
  • Jonah Rapino electric violin
  • Kaethe Hostetter five-stringed violin
  • Marié Abe accordion
  • Brendon Wood guitar
  • Arik Grier sousaphone
  • PJ Goodwin bass
  • Adam Clark drums

The California Honeydrops – Podcast 186

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itunes-button1The California Honeydrops are more than a band, they’re a traveling party.  All stellar musicians they’ve earned their stripes playing with folks like B.B. King, Dr. John, Buddy Guy, and Allen Toussaint.  We caught up with them as they were touring with Bonnie Raitt at NYC’s Beacon Theater and got to sit down with their lead singer, multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynski.  We also got to hear some selections from their latest album, A River’s Invitation. californiahoneydrops

At home: Paul Winter on the Solstice – Podcast 125

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Paul+Winter+pwincanyonSeven-time Grammy® winner Paul Winter has a body of work that chronicles his wide-ranging experiences in the musical traditions and natural environments of the Earth.  The saxophonist, composer and bandleader founded Living Music as the recording context for his ensemble, the Paul Winter Consort, and his community of colleagues, which includes some of the world’s finest jazz, world, and classical musicians, along with notable voices from the great symphony of wildlife.

It was a blast when he came by my apartment,  played some instruments,  hung out and talked about the big event coming up:  His 35th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration.

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Sylvain Leroux teaches music literacy in Guinea, West Africa, Podcast 121

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MUL029_502Back from his successful mission to start teaching music literacy in Guinea, Sylvain Leroux returns to NYC Radio Live to share the recordings he made with the children out there and tell us of his experience.  The episode starts with a a spontaneous live performance from Sylvain Leroux accompanied by our host.

Sylvain will be producing an event this week in celebration of this effort.

CD release / film premiere / performance / photo & flute exhibition

Judson Memorial Church
7pm, Thursday, November 20, 2014
Manhattan at 55 Washington Square South & Thompson Street
Admission is free.