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.
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.
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.