Archive for September, 2009

marta gomez – what a songwriter

September 28, 2009
Marta Gomez and World Music Latina

Marta Gomez and World Music Latina

She sings, yes, beautifully. She also plays guitar, and the band is great.

But Marta Gómez impressed me most of all last Friday night with her songwriting. From songs about her own family and the women who have influenced her to traditional Colombian melodies and rhythms and contemporary jams, Gómez and her band World Music Latina filled the UVM recital hall with a colorful serenade of stories for close to two hours.

Many of the songs came from the new release Musiquita, like the soulful Rio and Manos de Mujeres, and the upbeat Carnavaliando. Other songs went back further, a warm breeze blowing in from Gómez’s combined past of schooling at Berklee and younger life in Bogotá.

Really nice.          

playlist #83 (9/28/2009) – new (musical) styles for fall

September 28, 2009
World of Music
Pgm #83 – New (musical) styles for fall
Listen Mondays 3-5pm EDT  – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Te Vaka: Sei Ma La Losa (This Flower and This Rose) / South Pacific Islands / Putumayo 231 – (NEW ZEALAND/SAMOA)
Les Triaboliques: black earth boys / rivermudtwilight / World Village 468088 – (UK/WORLD FUSION) *NEW*
Tinariwen: Imazeghen n Adagh (Touareg of the Adagh) / Imidiwan (Companions) / World Village 468096 – (WESTERN SAHARA) *NEW*
Jon Balke & Amina Alaoui: Ya Safwati / Siwan / ECM 2042 – (NORWAY/MOROCCO) *NEW*
Rhythms del Mundo featuring Augusto Enriquez: Bohemian Rhapsody / RDM Classics / Decca 13188 – (CUBA) *NEW*
Izaline Calister: Telenovela (Soap Opera) / Krioyo / Network 26258 – (CURAÇAO)
Hadouk Trio: Tourneblues / Baldamore / Naïve 812891 – (FRANCE/MAURITANIA) *NEW*
Sara Tavares: Di Alma / Xinti / 4Q World Connection 1818 – (CAPE VERDE) *NEW*
Kimi Djabaté: Bagi / Karam / Cumbancha Discovery 12 – (GUINEA-BISSAU) *NEW*
Pascal Parisot: Bip! / Les Pieds Dans La Plat / Traffix Music 2008 – (FRANCE)
Los Van Van: Soy Normal, Natural / Lo Ultimo En Vivo / Qbadisc 9020 – (CUBA)
Elk Soldier: For the Elders (sung in Nakota) / The Elk Dreamers / Canyon Records 6453 – (NATIVE AMERICAN: LAKOTA SIOUX)
The Shi People (Bantu): Uni Urmi / Music of the Shi People / Alula Origins 5008 – (ZAIRE)
Lila Downs: Los Pollos / Shake Away / EMI 92437 – (MEXICO)
Kristi Stassinopoulou: Strong Winds Blockade / The Secrets of the Rocks / Tinder Records 861142 – (GREECE)
Atongo Zimba: Deingo Sanga (We’re Having a Party) / Barefoot In The Sand / HiPPO Records 71055 – (GHANA)
Kailash Kher & Kailasa: Kaise Main Kahoon (How Do I Say It?) / Yatra (Nomadic Souls) / Cumbancha Discovery 14 – (INDIA) *NEW*
Stewart Sukuma: Kadivaé Mõnõ / Mozambique Relief / Naxos World 76019 – (MOZAMBIQUE)
Chiwoniso: Wakashinga / Rebel Woman / Cumbancha 8 – (ZIMBABWE)
Debashish Bhattacharya: Milaap / O Shakuntala! / Riverboat Records 1053 – (INDIA) *NEW*
Emily Loizeau: Le Coeur d’un Géant (Heart of a Giant) / Pays Sauvage / Opendisc-Polydor     531407 – (FRANCE) *NEW*
Cristobal Perez y Su Conjunto: La Negra Celina / The Rough Guide to Cumbia / Rough Guide 1043 – (COLOMBIA)
Black Uhuru: Mondays-Killer Tuesday / Liberation / Island Records 314 518 282 – (JAMAICA)
Izaline Calister: Mi Sekreto (My Secret) / Krioyo / Network 26258 – (CURAÇAO)
Balkan Beat Box: BBBeat / Nu*Med / Jdub 106 – (ISRAEL / BROOKLYN, NY)

new styles for fall

September 27, 2009

Izaline Calister-KriyoyoRumba, cumbia, rembetika…why stop at tangos and salsa? This week’s World of Music feautres ten new recordings along with a lot of favorites, in native song and dance styles from around the globe.

In his new recording Siwan, Norwegian pianist Jon Balke has assembled an international cast to imagine the sounds of ancient Andalusia and Morocco. We’ll hear the latest from blues nomads Tinariwen, the sweet voice of Cape Verde’s chanteuse Sara Tavares, and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody worked over by Cubano stylists Rhythms Del Mundo. Curaçao’s Izaline Calister brings some warm island sounds to the show, and Mexico’s Lila Downs shakes things up with her 2008 Grammy-nominated release, Shake Away.

Unveiling the latest musical styles for fall, it’s World of Music with blues, jazz, poetry and roots every Monday on the Radiator, 3-5pm ET. Online, or at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT.

face the canvas

September 26, 2009
"Face the Canvas" - palettes

"Face the Canvas" - palettes

Early autumn, roadside farm, box of palettes and brushes…and a bunch of people ready to make the best possible use of the fading afternoon light.

“Face the Canvas” was the latest event in Starksboro’s ongoing Art and Soul program, a community engagement project sponsored by the Orton Foundation and the Vermont Land Trust. The purpose? Using art to give people who live together a common means of expression. Visual art is one component of it, so is music and storytelling. And it’s fun.

We all met with the “Canvas” project coordinator, Jim Geier, amid the piles of pumpkins and fading gardens at Starksboro’s Lewis Creek Farm around 6 on Thursday evening and got to painting. Landscapes, farm equipment, farm stand vegetables, everyone found something to work on.

More important than the paintings themselves, the event brought together younger folks and older ones, students and seniors and all ages inbetween for a single, focused, community-oriented purpose.

Later this fall as “Art and Soul” winds down, when we all gather again for music (Nov. 1st) and a barn dance (Nov 6th) chances are good thanks to earlier events that many of the faces will already be familiar.

bands 101

September 23, 2009

bands101It’s Bands 101 tonight at Nectar’s & Club Metronome! The show starts at 9, it’s 18+, and your $5 donation benefits the Radiator, 105.9 FM, WOMM-LP, Burlington’s nonprofit, community radio station.

The bands:

happy birthday, blanche moyse!

September 23, 2009

Blanche MoyseVermont’s music landscape would be very different without the longstanding contributions of Blanche Moyse.

She came to the state in 1949 from France with her husband Louis. Together with his father (flutist Marcel Moyse), Adolf and Hermann Busch, and Rudolf Serkin they founded one of America’s most beloved cultural institutions: the Marlboro Music Festival.

Blanche also founded the music school at the fledgling Marlboro College, she created and directed the New England Bach Festival for over three decades, and she founded the Brattleboro Music Center.

Today Blanche Moyse turns 100 years old – what gift to give someone who’s given everything? I’ll just offer a heartfelt “happy birthday” here, and say, thank you Blanche!

playlist #82 (9/21/2009) – last day of summer!

September 21, 2009
Kailash Kher
World of Music
Pgm #82 – Fun in the Sun: welcoming tomorrow’s autumn equinox with the last summer world party music of the season
Listen Mondays 3-5pm EDT  – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
The Blind Boys of Alabama (with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band): Uncloudy Day / Down in New Orleans / Time Life 19548 – (N’AWLINS)
Marcia Griffiths: I Shall Sing / Truly / Heartbeat 11611 – (JAMAICA)
The Jolly Boys: Ripe Tomato / Sunshine ‘n’ Water / Ryko 10187 – (JAMAICA)
Rupa & The April Fishes: La Linea / Este Mundo / Cumbancha 15 – (SAN FRANCISCO, USA) *NEW – preview, not yet released! *
Kronos Quartet: Nihavent Sirto (Trad. Turkish) / Floodplain / Nonesuch 518349 – (SAN FRANCISCO /TURKEY) *NEW*
Simone Lo Porto: Il Girasole (The Sunflower) / Italia / Putumayo 290 – (ITALY) *NEW*
Sidestepper: San Juan Good Vibe Mix / La Buena Vibra Sound System / Sony 88697 – (COLOMBIA)
Belgistan: Iggy Bop / Musiques et Danses du Belgistan / 1003 – (BELGIUM)
NG La Banda: No me Molestas Más / The Best of NG La Banda / Hemisphere 21391 – (CUBA)
Calypso Rose featuring Soft/Fred Deshayes: Summertime / Calypso Rose / CMG 2308 – (TOBAGO)
Indian Ocean: Khajuraho / Kandisa / Times Music, India 1 – (INDIA)
Alicia Villareal: Pepe LePew / Cuando el Se Cruza / Universal    2264 – (MEXICO)
Rajery: Sofera / Sofera / Marabi 46820 – (MADAGASCAR)
Ensemble La Perfecta: Jojo / Tumbélé / Soundway 17 – (GUADELOUPE) * NEW – preview – being released in early October *
Emily Loizeau: Dis-moi Que Toi Tu Ne Pleures Pas (Tell Me You’re Not Crying Anymore) / Pays Sauvage / Opendisc-Polydor 531407 – (FRANCE) *NEW*
Giorgio Conte: Gnè, Gnè / Il Contestorie / Historie di Note 30 – (ITALY)
Mariachi “Arriba Juárez”: Tenías Que Ser Tan Cruel / Gracias, Juan Gabriel! / Spartacus 27006 – (MEXICO)
Emeline Michel: Moso Maman / Cordes et Ame / Cheval de Feu 1 – (HAITI)
Kailash Kher & Kailasa: Kar Kar Main Haara / Yatra (Nomadic Souls) / Cumbancha 14 – (INDIA) *NEW – preview, not yet released! *
Niyaz: Arezou /Niyaz / Six Degrees 657036 – (IRAN)
Ralph Thamar: Les Enfants du Soleil (Children of the Sun) / Mega Zouk / Stemra 3005012 – (FRENCH WEST INDIES)
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Work Song / An Anthology-The Elektra Years / Elektra 62124 – (USA)
Tinariwen: Chet Boghassa / Amassakoul / Triban Union 14 – (WESTERN SAHARA)
Rokia Traoré: Koronoko / Tchamantché / Emarcy 530785 – (MALI)
Kaya: Sensé / Rough Guide to the Music of the Indian Ocean / Rough Guide 1086 –  (LA RÉUNION)

that’s all, folks.

September 20, 2009

Marcia Griffiths-TrulyLast day of summer, and hey – it’s been a great one! Tomorrow’s the autumn equinox so we’ll give summer a big sendoff on this week’s World of Music. Nothing but straight-ahead fun grooves, from reggae legends Marcia Griffiths and Black Uhuru to the very newest tunes from Rupa & the April Fishes, India’s Kailash Kher, and the ever-adventurous Kronos Quartet.

We’ll swing by the sunny islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique with the new recording Tumbélé! , and catch some festive mariachi sounds from Mexico’s Alicia Villareal, and Los Mariachis “Arriba Juárez”. 

It’s the annual summer-ending “Fun in the Sun” show this week. (Lame title, but great music.)

World of Music is blues, jazz, poetry and roots. Every Monday on the Radiator from 3-5pm ET: online, or at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT.

calcutta slide guitar

September 20, 2009
brothers, Subhasis & Debashish Bhattcharya

brothers, Subhasis & Debashish Bhattcharya

“I didn’t introduce myself or the music at the beginning. Music is the best voice to speak in.”

Those were the words offered by slide guitarist Pandit (“master”) Debashish Bhattacharya at the conclusion of the first couple of unannounced ragas in tonight’s recital with his brother, tabla master Subhasis Bhattcharya. It was held at the UVM recital hall, sponsored by the Friends of Indian Music and Dance. And it was the opening concert on the brothers’ tour in support of their new (third) recording, O Shakuntala! on Riverboat Records.

Several years of listening to their first two recordings (Calcutta Slide Guitar, and last year’s Grammy nominee, Calcutta Chronicles) were little preparation for the impact of their live show. How do two people make that much music? Part of the answer lies in the 22-string chaturangui, an instrument of Debashish Bhattcharya’s own invention, and one of the self-described “trinity of guitars” he plays. It makes a big sound. But that’s only part of it.

The truth is, brothers Debashish and Subhasis are a singleminded musical force. They think and play as one, in music that ranges from the esoterically introspective to the frenetically precise, in the traditional Hindustani classical music of North India to the vocally-oriented Carnatic sounds of the South…often all in the same piece.

I couldn’t have enjoyed this more.

music 180

September 18, 2009
(photo by Lisa Kirchner)

(photo by Lisa Kirchner)

Nice remembrance of Leon Kirchner today on WBUR’s Here and Now. He passed away yesterday at 90. A student of Arnold Schoenberg and Ernest Bloch, his own teaching is remembered for its ability to reveal music from the inside by bringing live performances and music analysis together in the classroom. John Adams and Jonathan Kramer were part of Kirchner’s famously innovative Music 180 classes at Harvard.

When you’re ready to do some listening, maybe consider starting with some of my favorites: the piano pieces. Interludes, sonatas, the duos with violin, or the great Five Pieces from 1987. Whatever your pleasure, listen knowing that you’re hearing a singularly visionary voice in contemporary classical music.

(See another article here.)

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