Before their premier of an exciting new work Nature/War/Love we hang out with Karou Wantanabe, Parul Shah and Sameer Gupta. We also check out slections from Karou Wantanabe’s latest album Néo.
In Nature/War/Love Shinobue flute and taiko drum virtuoso Kaoru Watanabe, known for his work on Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and hybrid Indian classical tabla and modern jazz percussionist Sameer Gupta (Coltrane Raga Tribute, Adam Rudolph) team up with Indian classical and contemporary choreographer Parul Shah,whose work is expanding the classical medium beyond cultural boundaries.
Through the lens of lush contemporary compositions and dynamic improvisations, the thematic material found in traditional works such as Ghalib, Mahabharata, Amaterasu, and the Tale of Genji provides a framework for these three brilliant artists to explore the connections between these ancient texts and today’s world.
NYC Radio Live listeners get to hang out with Jacob Plasse from Orquesta Akokán. The 12 piece cuban Grammy Nominated band revives the sound of the renowned dance orchestras of the 1940s and 1950s with influences such as Arsenio Rodriguez, Perez Prado, and Beny Moré
Debashish Bhattacharya is simply one of the greatest guitarists walking the earth. The slide guitar master will be performing at GlobalFest this year, and we give a preview of what to expect. Here we revisit our 2012 broadcast of a benefit concert Debashish performed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. He is joined with his daughter Anandi and brother Subashish.