Archive for November, 2009

playlist #91 (11/30/09)-international jambalaya

November 30, 2009
World of Music
Pgm #91 – No particular theme this week, it’s an international free-for-all. Kind of like a UN meting, but a lot more fun!
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)
Oumou Sangare: Wele, Wele, Wintou / Seya / Nonesuch 519650 – (MALI) *NEW*
Chopteeth: Weigh Your Blessings / Afrofunk Big Band / Grigri Discs 1001 – (WASHINGTON, D.C.)  *NEW*
La Bouttine Souriante: Le Lac à Beauce / Anthologie II / Mille-Pattes 2044 – (QUÉBEC)
The Gipsy Kings: Pajarito / Tierra Gitana / Nonesuch 79399 – (SPAIN)
Niyaz: Beni Beni / Nine Heavens / Six Degrees 657036 – (IRAN)
Ernest Ranglin: Black Disciples / Below the Bassline / Island 314 524 299 – (JAMAICA)
Willie Colón: Skinny Papa / El Malo / Fania 773 130 029 – (PUERTO RICO)
Lila Downs: La Cumbia del Mole (en espagñol) / La Cantina / EMI 34248 – (MEXICO)
Lila Downs: La Cumbia del Mole (en inglés) / La Cantina / EMI 34248 – (MEXICO)
Rick Trolsen: Exactly Like You / Sunrise on Bourbon Street / Lort Records 403 – (N’AWLINS)
Jambalaya Cajun Band: Les Flammes d’en Fer (The Flames of Hell) / Cajun / Putumayo 184 – (N’AWLINS)
Victor Démé: Deni Mouke Ila / Victor Démé / Chapa Blues 2008 – (BURKINA FASO)
Yasmin Levy: Una Noche Mas (One More Night) / Mano Suave / 4Q 1817 – (JERUSALEM)
Martin Lubenov Orkestar: Sar o Me Mangav Tut (How Much I Want You) / Dui Droma (Two Roads) / Connecting Cultures 50018 – (BULGARIA)
The Bop Pills: The (Rockin’) Flu / Gun Crazy / Hayride 1003 – (USA)
Lariba: Lo Unico Que Yo Quiero (The One That I Want) / Como Lo Ves / Ventilador Music 66 – (SWITZERLAND) *NEW*
María Mulata: A Dónde Van? / Los Vestidos de la Cumbìa / Alé Kumá ? – (COLOMBIA)
Sertab Erener & Demir Demirkan: Shenaz On Shiraz / Painted on Water / MTM 23 – (TURKEY)
Danielle Martineau: Novembre Sur La Grave / Les Secrets du Vent / Dama 401 – (QUÉBEC)
Maria Bethânia: Fonte / Tua (You) / Biscoito Fino 914 – (BRAZIL) *NEW*
Shweta Jhaveri: To A Beloved / Gardens Of Eden / Putumayo 186 – (INDIA)
Wadih Mrad: Da’ El Hawa / Wadda’ Ni El Habib / Take 5 Music 4103 309 172 – (LEBANON)
Zeca Bailero: Heavy Metal do Senhor / Por Onde Andara Stephen Fry? / MZA Music 222 – (BRAZIL)
Ingrid Lucia & The Flying Neutrinos: Mr. Zoot Suit & Violent Love / The Hotel Child / Ao! Records 60246 – (N’AWLINS)
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies: Zoot Suit Riot / Zoot Suit Riot / Mojo 53081 – (USA)
la-33: My Favorite Things / Gozalo: Salsa con Sabor / 2007 – (COLOMBIA)


November 29, 2009

This week’s World of Music is an international goulash/jambalaya/paella mix of recently acquired recordings I’ve been wanting to share with you. No theme in particular this week, so in the spirit of the post-Thanksgiving season let’s consider it ‘leftovers’ and dig in.

We’ll hear from New Orleans’ own Ingrid Lucia and the Flying Neutrinos, from their recording The Hotel Child – and make other stops in Jamaica, Jerusalem, Bulgaria, Lebanon and Turkey. For the last day of November, Québecois accordionist Danielle Martineau offers her reflective Novembre sur la Grave, and we’ll hear from Seya, the latest release from Mali’s superstar singer and businesswoman Oumou Sangare.

World of Music is a mixed up blend of blues, jazz, poetry, and world music every Monday on the Radiator, 3-5pm ET. Online, or at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT.

you can get anything you want…

November 26, 2009

(everyone, now – ) …at Alice’s Restaurant!

Nothing says it like music. THIS music. Happy Thanksgiving!

“ebben? ne andro lontah…ah…ah-CHOO!”

November 24, 2009

And, since we’re already spending a little time ‘down under’ this week – here’s a timely message for flu season from the South Australia Department of Health…set to Catalani’s iconic aria, “Ebben, ne andro lontana“.

Their message: get a flu shot.

My message: getting sick is inevitable. When it happens, don’t sneeze it on out into the big wide world like these actors.

Oy!…ew…that’s it, I’m staying in my house until – forever.

poetry in action

November 24, 2009

For several days now on the way to work I’ve been driving past the little white sandwich board parked on the lawn of the Richmond library, near the sidewalk. This is all it said:

Poetry in Action
Nov. 23

I realized the reading must be one of the many events planned around the Vermont Arts Council’s (much) larger statewide initiative, The Art of Action: Shaping Vermont’s Future Through Art.

I first heard about the project a little over a year ago, when there was a call-out for visual artists to apply to participate. That was around June 2008, if I recall. The finalists were announced last fall and then this past February the selections were made for the 10 artists who would receive the commissions to be part of The Art of Aciton. All of this taking place, keep in mind, against the backdrop of bank closures, the real estate market and credit crashes, and all of the other dark portents for the onset of the current recession. It was – and is – a bright, encouraging ray of hope that such an ambitious artistic vision could come to fruition at a time when much else in the world seemed to be withering.

The Art of Action is a large effort whose 100+ works have been divided into two concurrent statewide tours. One part of the exhibit opened in Rutland in mid-October and since then the two exhibits have visited Randolph, Montpelier, and Marlboro. The tour is well underway now with the current setup in Richmond, and further stops planned in South Burlington (starting on Dec. 5th), Middlebury, Barre and Winoski.

Tonight’s reading featured three local writers, expanding the creative exploration of the state’s future from the visual to the poetic arts. I didn’t have much of a chance to see the paintings before the reading began, so I’ll have to get back there and spend some time with the exhibit soon before it moves on. The poetry was outstanding, even if it more frequently spoke to past memories and experiences rather than ideas and reflections on the state’s future. In turn, Antonia Clark, Angela Patten, and Daniel Lusk shared their gifts of language in themes of home, grounding, and sense of place.

I’m not sure any one effort, however comprehensive, could hope to fully address the vast concept of “shaping Vermont’s future”. I’m hoping the Arts Council may come to the same conclusion and invite further artistic explorations of this kind, but in the meantime I’m planning on sticking around and finding ways to do that  myself as much as possible when the future gets here. It won’t be long now.

Here’s the complete Art of Action exhibit tour schedule.

didgeridoo in the house

November 23, 2009

More shots from today’s live performance at the Radiator with Vermont’s own didgeridoo master (and maker!) Pitz Quattrone. He’ll be at The Bee’s Knees in Morrisville with the Earthman Band, Wednesday night – for the 2nd annual National Didgeridoo Day. Why not?


playlist #90 (11/23/2009)-doin’ the didge

November 23, 2009

Pitz Quattrone at the Radiator

World of Music
Pgm #90 – Music of the South Pacific and live studio performance with VT didgeridoo master Pitz Quattrone
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)
Pigram Brothers: Moonlight / Australian Aboriginal Music / Rough Guide 1207 – (AUSTRALIA)
Bernhard Uedre: Morrow Ci Mane / Si Celé / Mangrove 1770 – (NEW CALEDONIA)
Te Vaka: Sei Ma Le Losa / South Pacific Islands / Putumayo 231 – (NEW ZEALAND)
Oceania: Kotahitanga (Union) / Oceania / Point Music 536 775 – (OCEANIA)
Richard Walley: Kara / Yoowintj / Sunset 11 – (AUSTRALIA)
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu: Galiku (Flags) / Gurrumul / Skinnyfish Music 80201 – (AUSTRALIA)
Pitz Quattrone & the Earthman Band: Locomotor / The EP / 802-229-4952 – (MADE IN VERMONT)
live studio guest: Pitz Quattrone
Rabih Abou-Khalil: Morton’s Foot / Morton’s Foot / Enja Records 94622 – (LEBANON / GERMANY)            ‘
live studio guest: Pitz Quattrone
Pitz Quattrone & the Earthman Band: Stubby B / The EP / 802-229-4952 – (MADE IN VERMONT)
live studio guest: Pitz Quattrone
Sunshiners: Should I Stay; Back in Black; Power of Love / Welkam Bak Long Vanuatu / Ter a Terre 21 – (OCEANIA)
live studio guest: Pitz Quattrone
Pitz Quattrone & the Earthman Band: Taj Neek / The EP / 802-229-4952 – (MADE IN VERMONT)
live studio guest: Pitz Quattrone
Pitz Quattrone & the Earthman Band: Hot Pepper / The EP / 802-229-4952 – (MADE IN VERMONT)
Richard Walley: Juripin / Yoowintj / Sunset 11 – (AUSTRALIA)

national didgeridoo day

November 22, 2009

Didge wizard Pitz Quattrone


It’s a fact, and one of many interesting ones about the native Australian instrument: the didgeridoo got its name from European settlers who heard it and decided the deep droning tones it made sounded like “didgeridoo didgeridoo didgeridoo….“.

Indigenous Aboroginal cultures know the 1,500+-year old instrument by its traditional name, the Yidaki.

This week World of Music welcomes local didgeridoo expert Pitz Quattrone to the show, we’ll play a little – learn a little – and find out why Vermont is the epicenter for National Didgeridoo Day (coming up this Wednesday, the 25th).

With live didgeridoo and a lot of other music from the South Pacific (Oceania, New Caledonia, New Zealand…) World of Music is a buzzing blend of blues, jazz, poetry, and world music every Monday on the Radiator, 3-5pm ET. Online, or at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT.

music shall untune the sky

November 22, 2009

November 22nd – happy St. Cecilia’s day, honoring the patron saint of music, and musicians!

In old England, the occasion used to represent such a grand feast day that composers like Handel and Purcell were commissioned to write special festive “Odes” to the patron saint. Benjamin Britten carried the tradition into the modern era with his Hymn to St. Cecilia, a work whose motivation was both altruistic AND personal, since November 22nd is also his own birthday.

For today’s observance? I recommend celebrating by listening to some of your very favorite tunes. All of them, in fact.

Here’s the poem that Handel used, not once – but twice – for musical tributes to St. Cecilia:

A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day, 1687
by John Dryden

From harmony, from heavenly harmony,
This universal frame began:
When nature underneath a heap
Of jarring atoms lay,
And could not heave her head,
The tuneful voice was heard from high,
‘Arise, ye more than dead!’
Then cold, and hot, and moist, and dry,
In order to their stations leap,
And Music’s power obey.
From harmony, from heavenly harmony,
This universal frame began:
From harmony to harmony
Through all the compass of the notes it ran,
The diapason closing full in Man.

What passion cannot Music raise and quell?
When Jubal struck the chorded shell,
His listening brethren stood around,
And, wondering, on their faces fell
To worship that celestial sound:
Less than a God they thought there could not dwell
Within the hollow of that shell,
That spoke so sweetly, and so well.
What passion cannot Music raise and quell?

The trumpet’s loud clangour
Excites us to arms,
With shrill notes of anger,
And mortal alarms.
The double double double beat
Of the thundering drum
Cries Hark! the foes come;
Charge, charge, ’tis too late to retreat!

The soft complaining flute,
In dying notes, discovers
The woes of hopeless lovers,
Whose dirge is whisper’d by the warbling lute.

Sharp violins proclaim
Their jealous pangs and desperation,
Fury, frantic indignation,
Depth of pains, and height of passion,
For the fair, disdainful dame.

But O, what art can teach,
What human voice can reach,
The sacred organ’s praise?
Notes inspiring holy love,
Notes that wing their heavenly ways
To mend the choirs above.

Orpheus could lead the savage race;
And trees unrooted left their place,
Sequacious of the lyre;
But bright Cecilia rais’d the wonder higher:
When to her organ vocal breath was given,
An angel heard, and straight appear’d
Mistaking Earth for Heaven.

As from the power of sacred lays
The spheres began to move,
And sung the great Creator’s praise
To all the Blest above;
So when the last and dreadful hour
This crumbling pageant shall devour,
The trumpet shall be heard on high,
The dead shall live, the living die,
And Music shall untune the sky!

bach, faure

November 22, 2009
Burlington Choral Society

Burlington Choral Society

Bach (Cantata #140 – Wachet, auf!) was bouyant; Fauré (Cantique de Jean Racine & Requiem) sang in sweet simplicity. A fine concert tonight from the Burlington Choral Society.

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