Posts Tagged ‘Haiti’

if he was president

August 13, 2010

By now you must have heard the news: Haitian hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean has declared his candidacy for President of Haiti. (Listen to NPR’s interview here – it’s good.) He has been an outspoken advocate of human rights in his native country. He set up a charity – Yéle Haiti – to help the people after last January’s horrific earthquake. Maybe he can run a country. Whatever else, he can certainly sing. In fact in the wake of his recent declaration, I’ve been wondering why no one has been talking about Jean’s prescient (though we hope not too prescient – see the 3rd line) 2004 song, President:


Election time is coming

If I was president,
I’d get elected on Friday, assasinated on Saturday,
and buried on Sunday.

If I was president…
If I was president

An old man told me, instead of spending billions on the war,
we can use some of that money, in the ghetto.
I know some so poor,when it rains that when they shower,
screaming “fight the power”.
That’s when the vulture devoured

If I was president,
I’d get elected on Friday, assasinated on Saturday,
and buried on Sunday.

If I was president…
If I was president…
If I was president…
If I was president

But the radio won’t play this.
They call it rebel music.
How can you refuse it, children of moses?

If I was president,
I’d get elected on Friday, assasinated on Saturday,
and buried on Sunday.

If I was president…
If i was president

Tell the children the truth, the truth.
Christopher Columbus didn’t discover America.
Tell them the truth.
The truth
YEAH! Tell them about Marcus Garvey.
The the children the truth YEAH! The truth.
Tell them about Martin Luther King.
Tell them the truth.
The Truth.
Tell them about JFK

If I was President
If I was president,
I’d get elected on Friday, assasinated on Saturday,
and buried on Sunday.

If I was president…
If I was president.

2010 montreal jazz fest – after the rain

June 29, 2010

We’re taking a break from this week’s World of Music to spend some time at one of the premiere outlets for great jazz in the Northeast. However, you can count on hearing music far beyond jazz at the Montreal Jazz Festival: Eastern European Gypsy brass bands, griots from Mali, blues singers from Australia and North Africa…I’ve seen them all there. Along with Ravi Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Kenny Werner, you-name-it for top names on today’s scene.

For straightahead jazz you’re still in the right place. Before arriving at the festival, the early evening held a stop at the  Cinematheque Quebecoise, where a triple film feature revealed three classics: Now (1965), from Cuban director Santiago Álvarez (with Lena Horne singing over a civil rights video montage); Ken Levis’ 1980 film Jackie Mclean on Mars, a documentary on Mclean’s legendary passionate classes at Hartford University, along with a couple of unexpectly insightful, personal practice sessions; and Serge Leroy’s concert footage from the John Coltrane Quartet’s 1965 Comblain-la-Tour date, with the Man and his ace quartet at their top in Naima, and My Favorite Things. It’s one thing to listen to recordings from that era. They give you a good feel for the energy that fueled the Quartet at that time. It’s another thing to SEE the steam pour off of McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones working through the Coltrane charts on that chilly summer night in Belgium.

Last night was a good cross-section of the diversity the Festival offers, with roadhouse blues, soft jazz fusion from Haiti, Arab hip-hop, and a big band version of Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love (wherein the female Robert Plant surrogate did a fairly creditable job with the howling vocals). The freshly rain-slicked Place des Arts glowed in reflecting puddles of Festival lights and banners while the warm, VERY humid night hummed with its own musical vibrations.

I experience many different things each year in Montreal – but even if I just came for the jazz I’d leave happy.

playlist #106 (3/15/10)-springy

March 15, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #106 – Sunshine and shamrocks, the sounds of early springtime
Catch the show on 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)
Ukulélé Club de Paris: Ma Princesse des Mers du Sud (My Princess of the South Seas) / Manuia! / Emarcy 17741 – (FRANCE)
La Fragua: With a Little Help from My Friends / De Los Andes a Los Beatles / Antara 758 – (ARGENTINA)
Popie Paul: Un Bai Wolo / The Best of Sabakoe, vol. 1 / Stemra 6 – (SURINAME)
Dengue Fever & Ros Sereysothea: Shave Your Beard / Dengue Fever Presents Electric Cambodia/ Minky Records 1 – (CAMBODIA) *NEW*
Big Horns B: Mission Impossible / A Night at the Jazz Rooms / Mr. Bongo Records 58 – (UK)
Stochelo Rosenberg: I Wish / Ready’n Able / Iris Music 3001 891 – (NETHERLANDS)
Soul Quality Quartet: Toda Tercafeira (Jazzanova rework) / Sound Affects: Brazil / Mr. Bongo Records 49 – (BRAZIL)
Brendan Larrissey: Mist on the Mountains/Three Little Drummers / The Rough Guide to Irish Music / Rough Guide 1006 – (IRELAND)
Capercaillie: A State of Yearning / Choice Language / Sanctuary 84629 – (IRELAND)
The Chieftains: Lots of Drops of Brandy / The Essential Chieftains / RCA 75398 – (IRELAND)
Broderick: Do You Love an Apple / Kissing Fishes / Offspring Records 106 – (IRELAND)
The Chieftains featuring the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: The Squid Jiggin’ Ground/Larry O’Gaff / The Essential Chieftains / RCA 75398 – (IRELAND)
The Reibirth Brass Band: (I Feel Like) Busting Loose / Ultimate Rebirth Brass Band / Mardi Gras Records 1085 – (N’AWLINS)
Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars: Jah Come Down / Rise & Shine / Cumbancha 18 – (SIERRA LEONE) *NEW*
Nassima: Femmes de Toutes Couleurs / Des Racines et des Chants / Rue Stendahl 2009 – (ALGERIA)
Nikki Giovanni: Woman Poem / Truth is on the Way / Collectables 6506 – (USA)
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra: N.E.S.T.A. (Never Ever Submit to Authority) / Liberation Afrobeat vol. 1 / Ninja Tune 56 – (USA)
Khaled: Ya Aâchkou / Kenza / Ark 21 Records 186 850 012 – (ALGERIA)
Galactic featuring Irma Thomas: Heart of Steel / Ya-Ka-May / Anti- 87002 – (N’AWLINS) *NEW*
Jet Lag: Qatanger / Dasaz / Phat Phish Records 80005 – (INDIA)
John Brown’s Body: Love is a Fire / Among Them / Shanachie 45042 – (USA)
Julian Marley: Sunshine / A Time & Place / Tuff Gong International 54610 – (JAMAICA)
Tipico Santa Rosa: Chelly a Puntra Pa Casa / Na Playa / Chirino Music Center 95 – (CURAÇAO)
Razia Said: Babonao / Zebu Nation / Cumbancha (demo) – (MADAGASCAR) *NEW*
Haitiando: Gròg Mwen / The Rough Guide to the Music of Haiti / Rough Guide 1067 – (HAITI)
Lollo Meier: Blue Skies / Rosas / GypsyMuyic.NL 62 – (NETHERLANDS)

playlist #104 (3/1/2010)-what’s new

March 2, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #104 – Digging into the new stuff! (New in the world, and new to us.)
Catch the show on 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)
Galactic featuring the Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty, and Corey Henry: Friends of Science, Boe Money, Cineramascope / Ya-Ka-May / ANTI- 87002 – (N’AWLINS) *NEW*
Honny & The Bees Band (Bonobo Remix): Psychedelic Woman / Sound Affects Africa / Mr. Bongo Records 45 – (SOUTH AFRICA)
Massak: Anywhere Trouble / Haïti Market / Le Maquis 54115 – (HAITI)
Sofia Tosello: La Verdadera Llama / Alma y Luna / Sunnyside 1231 – (ARGENTINA)
Puerta Plata: Casita de Campo / Casita de Campo / iASO 4 – (DOMINICAN REPUBLIC)
Yasmin Levy: Una Noche Mas (One More Night) / Mano Suave / 4Q 1817 – (JERUSALEM)
David Doucet: Balfa Waltz / Quand J’ai Parti / Rounder 6040 – (LOUISIANA, USA)
Ambros Seelos: Pilsen-Polka / Alpenglück / GEMA 790533 – (BAVARIA)
Giorgio Conte: Rock’n’Roll & Cha Cha Cha / L’ambasciatore del Sogni / CDADEU 2002 – (ITALY)
(Unknown artist): (Unknown song title) / (Unknown album name) / RIPP 8 – (JAPAN)
Ive Mendes: Night Night (Craigie remix) / Ive Mendes / Mr. Bongo Records 25 – (BRAZIL)
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra: Gabe’s New Joint / Talkatif / Ninja Tune 66 – (NYC, USA)
Panaswing: Me Lo Dijo Una Gitana / Panama! 3 / Soundway 18 – (PANAMA)
Swing Noire: Heavy Artillerie / Hot Jazz in the Tradition of Django Reinhardt & The Quintette of the Hot Club of France / 2010 – (MADE IN VT) *NEW*
Mariza: Primavera (Spring) / Fado Curvo / Times Square Records 9033 – (PORTUGAL)
Buika & Chucho Valdes: Somos / El Último Trago / Warner Music Spain 68614 – (SPAIN / CUBA)
Shantel: Usti, Usti Baba / Planet Paprika / essay recordings 54 – (GERMANY)
Michael Viner’s Incredible Bongo Band: When the Bed Breaks Down, I’ll Meet You in the Spring / Bongo Rock / Mr. Bongo Records 43 – (USA)
Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolias: Shallow Water Oh Mama / I’m Back…At Carnival Time / Rounder 2094 – (N’AWLINS)
Tania Libertad: La Contamanina / Lo Mejor de la Musica Criolla / Phantom Records 2005 – (HAITI)
Martin Buscaglia: Lovin’ You / El Evangelio Según Mi Jardinero / Love Monk Disco Buenos 16756 – (URUGUAY)
Siete Rayo: Lo Bueno N’Ma / Descemer / Universal 5160 – (CUBA)
Antonio Carlos Jobim: Milagre / Minha Alma Canta / Jobim Biscoito Fino 312 – (BRAZIL)
Rokia Traoré: Laidu / Mouneïssa / Indigo 2624 – (MALI) *Coming to the Flynn Main Stage on 4/18*
Orchestra Baobab: Dee Moo Woor / Specialist in All Styles / World Circuit 79685 – (SENEGAL)

playlist #103 (2/22/2010)-black history month

February 22, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #103 – Black History month with the sounds of Africa, change, and revolution
Catch the show on 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)
Chuck Bernstein: Kindred Spirits / Delta Berimbau Blues / CMB Records 102844 – (USA)
Nikki Giovanni: A Greater Love of God and Country / In Philadelphia / Collectables 6508 – (USA)
Mahalia Jackson: I’m Going to Wait Until My Change Comes / Amazing Grace / MCA 20489 – (USA)
Keb Mo’: America The Beautiful / Yes We Can / Hidden Beach Recordings 70 – (USA)
Guelel Kumba featuring John Sinclair: Njulli (Fulani Journey) / Afrissippi: Fulani Journey / Knock Down South 11 – (SENEGAL / USA)
Gil Scott-Heron: Me & The Devil / I’m New Here / XL Recordings 471 – (USA) *NEW*
Andy Palacio & the Garifuna Collective: Amuñegü (In Times to Come) / Wátina / Cumbancha 3 – (BELIZE)
Chabuca Granda: Callecita Encendida / Lo Mejor de Chabuca Granda / CD-DIS 26040 – (PERU)
Chiwoniso: Rebel Woman / Rebel Woman / Cumbancha 8 – (ZIMBABWE)
Gil Scott-Heron: New York is Killing Me / I’m New Here / XL Recordings 471 – (USA) *NEW*
Les Amazones de Guinée: Demembalou / Wamato / Sterns Music 1106 – (GUINEA)
Perú Negro: Taita Guaranguito / Jolgorio / Times Square Records 9035 – (PERU)
Black Uhuru: Freedom Fighter / Now / Mesa Bluemoon Recordings 79021 – (JAMAICA)
Nina Simone: Revolution (Parts 1 & 2) / Forever Young, Gifted and Black / RCA 74413 – (USA)
Nas: America / Nas / Def Jam 115050 – (USA)
Marvin Gaye: Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) / What’s Going On / Motown 3746353392 – (USA)
Mahotella Queens: Masibambaneni / Mahotella Queens / Label Bleu 2571 – (SOUTH AFRICA)
Madagascar Slim: Take Me Home / Good Life Good Living / MS 901 – (MADAGASCAR)
Novalima: Chinchiví / Afro / Mr. Bongo Classic Recording 41 – (PERU)
Sly & The Family Stone: Poet / There’s A Riot Goin’ On / Epic Legacy 82876759112 – (USA)
Ram: Marassa Elu / The Rough Guide to the Music of Haiti / Rough Guide 1067 – (HAITI)
Rokia Traoré: Sara / Bowmboï / Nonesuch 79852 – (MALI) *Coming to the Flynn Main Stage on 4/18*
Ali Farka Toure: Okatagouna / Ali Farka Toure / SonoDisc 8448 – (MALI)
Langston Hughes: The Weary Blues / The Voice of Langston Hughes / Smithsonian Folkways 47001 – (USA)
Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars: Tamagbondorsu (The Rich Mock the Poor) / Rise & Shine / Cumbancha 18 – (SIERRA LEONE) *NEW – coming out on March 23rd *
Marva Wright: Change is Gonna Come / After the Levees Broke / AIM 5015 – (N’AWLINS)
Omara Portuondo featuring Jorge Drexler: Gracias / Gracias / World Village 479021 – (CUBA)

playlist #101 (2/8/2010)-the 2nd centennial show

February 9, 2010

World of Music
Pgm #101 – It’s the first week anniversary of the 100th show today, we’ll continue the celebration with some of the defining songs and sounds of the last 2 + 1/2 years together
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)
Madison’s Lively Stones: When The Saints Go Marching In / Saints’ Paradise / Smithsonian Folkways 40117 – (MASSACHUSETTS, USA)
Ingrid Lucia & The Flying Neutrinos: I Believe In Miracles / Hotel Child / Ao! Records 33 – (N’AWLINS, USA)
Mojarra Eléctrica: Parió La Luna / Calle 19 / MTM 18332 – (COLOMBIA)
Rupa & The April Fishes: Culpa de la Luna (Blame it on the moon) / Este Mundo / Cumbancha 15 – (SAN FRANCISCO, USA)
Rachid Taha: Rock el Casbah / Téketoi / Wrass Records 126 – (ALGERIA)
Le Vente du Norde: Les Trois Frères Roy / Maudite Moisson! / Borealis 151 – (QUÉBEC) – At the Lebanon Opera House on 3/13/2010, 7:30pm
Twist of the Wrist: Donna Lombarda / Twist of the Wrist / (self-produced) 2009 – (MADE IN VT)
Hamed Daye: Ne Me Quitte Pas / La grande épopée du Hip-Hop français / Blackdoor Music 25663 – (FRANCE)
Oslo Gospel Choir: Vaer Meg Naer (Kumbayah) / Salmeskatt / FXCD 272 – (NORWAY)
The Baka Forest People: Call of the Forest / Rhythm Tree / MAHA 20 – (CAMEROON)
Dobet Gnahoré: Intro Pygmé-Youné / Ano Neko / Contre Jour 14 – (IVORY COAST)
Marco Calliari: Bella Luna / Che La Vita / Cosa Nostra 1935 – (ITALY)
Alicia Villareal: Pepe Le Pew / Cuando El Se Cruza / Universal 2264 – (MEXICO)
Te Vaka: Sei Ma La Losa / South Pacific Islands / Putumayo 231 – (NEW ZEALAND)
Rajery: Sofera / Sofera / Marabi 46820 – (MADAGASCAR)
Ozomotli: La Gallina / Rough Guide to Latin Funk / Rough Guide 1196 – (CALIFORNIA, USA)
Bishi: Nights At The Circus / Nights At The Circus / Gryphon 3 – (INDIA / UK)
Tiris: El Leil, El Leil (The Night, The Night) / Sandtracks / Sandblast Recordings 1 – (WESTERN SAHARA)
Novalima: Se Me Van / Coba Coba / Cumbancha 9 – (PERU)
Jon Balke & Amina Alaoui: A La Dina Dana / Siwan (Equilibrium) / ECM 2042 – (NORWAY / MOROCCO)
Kadda Cherif Hadria: Echdek / Djezaïr / Naïve 36911 – (ALGERIA)
Aurelio Martinez: Tumari Tibarimu (Her son-in-law is her lover) / Paranda / Stonetree Records 18 – (BELIZE)
Marcia Griffiths: Sea of Love / Truly / Heartbeat 11661 – (JAMAICA)
Marc Ribot: Congo / Musica de la Tierra Vol. II / Music of the World 207 – (HAITI)
Ladysmith Black Mambazo feat. Taj Mahal: Mbube / Long Walk To Freedom / Heads Up Records 3109 – (SOUTH AFRICA)
Debasahish Bhattacharya: Gypsy Anandi / Calcutta Chronicles: Indian Slide Guitar Odyssey / Riverboat 1049 – (INDIA)
Mito y Fusión Rapa Nui:  Cada Mañana / Piri Ote Mana / Bizarro Records 263067 – (CHILE)
Kailash Kher & Kailasa: Chaandan Mein / Yatra (Nomadic Souls) / Cumbancha 14 – (INDIA)
Mercedes Sosa: Gracias a La Vida / Homeneje a Violeta Parra / Philips 818332 – (CHILE)

playlist #100 (2/1/2010)-the centennial show

February 1, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #100 – It’s the centennial show today as we review some of the defining songs and sounds of the last 2 + 1/2 years together
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)
Les Boukakes: L’Alawi / Bledi / Mosaic Music 364652 – (MOROCCO)
Claudia Acuña: El Cigarrito / en enste momento / Marsalis Music 74946 – (CHILE)
Tinariwen: Chatma / Amassakoul / Independent Records 14 – (MALI)
Umalali: Fuleisei (Favours) / The Garifuna Women’s Project / Cumbancha 6 – (BELIZE)
Eladio Romero Santos: La Muñeca / Bachata Roja-Acoustic Bachata from the Cabaret Era / iASO 3 – (DOMINICAN REPUBLIC)
Jiang Ting: Tea Leaf Picking Dance / Dance / MA Recordings 66A – (CHINA)
Chiwoniso: Kurima (Planting) / Rebel Woman / Cumbancha 8 – (ZIMBABWE)
Petru Guelfucci: Zittelluccia di Rumania (Little Girl from Rumania) / Corsica / Tinder Records 42821002 – (CORSICA)
Mariza: Há Festa Na Mouraria (There’s a Festival in the Town) / Fado en Mim / Times Square Records 9026 – (PORTUGAL)
Gilberto Gil: Metáfora / Gil Luminoso / dg Brazil / 31618 – (BRAZIL)
Tiddas: Inanay / The Rough Guide to Australian Aboriginal Music / Rough Guide 1207 – (AUSTRALIA)
Andy Palacio: Weyu Lárigi Weyu (Day by Day) / Wátina / Cumbancha 3 – (BELIZE)
Ludovic & Kruno: Oleo / Philadelphie Sur Seine / Gypsy Jazz Distribution 2008 – (CROATIA / FRANCE / PHILLY, PA)
Indian Ocean: Khajuraho / Kandisa / Times Music 1 – (INDIA)
Willie Colón & Héctor Lavoe: Ghana’E / La Gran Fuga / Fania Records 773130228 – (PUERTO RICO)
Beethova Obas: Lina / Caribe! Caribe! / Putumayo 153 – (HAITI)
Luna Itzel: Besame Mucho / Frida / Global e Rack 13217 – (MEXICO)
Cristobal Perez y Su Conjunto: La Negra Celina / The Rough Guide to Cumbia / Rough Guide 1043 – (COLOMBIA)
Gaudi & Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: Bethe Bethe Kese Kese / Dub Qawwli / six degrees 657036 1137 – (PAKISTAN / UK)
Lee “Scratch” Perry: Invisible Dub / Spirits in the Material World / Shanachie 45067   (JAMAICA)
Sunshiners: Notorious / Welkam Bak Long Vanuatu / Ter a Terre Records 21 – (OCEANIA)
International Velvet featuring Mustafa Akbar: Sundown / The New Gold Standard 2 / Fort Knox Records 28 – (WASHINGTON DC, USA)
Debashish Bhattacharya: Aviskaar / Calcutta Chronicles: Indian Slide Guitar Odyssey / Riverboat Records 1049 – (INDIA)

haiti – how to help

January 30, 2010

Another weekend, and a few more opportunities to help in the ongoing relief efforts in Haiti:

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra is joining efforts to raise funds for Partners in Health. The VSO is joining with other groups around the country in Symphonic Relief for Haiti, a worldwide effort to support the health community in Haiti through musical performances. Audiences are being encouraged to contribute at the concerts this weekend: last night at the Bellows Falls Opera House; this evening at the Flynn Theater in Burlington; and tomorrow afternoon at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland. There’s more info here on the contribution site.

Also, coming up tonight, Big Heavy World and The Radiator are hosting a showcase of local groups like the Dirtminers, Blowtorch, and Lowell Thompson at Higher Ground in Burlington. The fun gets underway at 8 and runs until around 1am, and all of the proceeds from the $15 admission door donations will go to benefit Doctors Without Borders.

Tomorrow the Students at Dartmouth for Haiti Relief (SDHR) continue their efforts (over $100K raised so far!) with a concert honoring the national music of Haiti. Compàs: The Haiti Relief Benefit is a  concert of Haitian music and student performances starting at 1:30 p.m. in Spaulding Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for community members with all proceeds benefiting Partners in Health.

And, for the music you can take with you, Vermont’s Cumbancha recording label and Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars announced this week that they’re donating 100% of the proceeds of an early release of the song “Global Threat” from the forthcoming album Rise & Shine to the International Rescue Committee for their Haitian earthquake relief efforts. The IRC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing humanitarian aid, relief, and resettlement to refugees and other victims of oppression or violent conflict. “Global Threat” will be available for a minimum donation of $1.00, although people are encouraged to contribute as much as they can. People who donate $100 or more will receive a physical and digital copy of the full Rise & Shine album as soon as they are available, weeks before the album’s official release date on March 23rd, 2010.

Filmmaker and band co-manager Zach Niles is in Haiti now to support Haitian journalists in their efforts to tell the story of the earthquake from a local perspective. Niles’ award-winning 2006 documentary Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars captured the group’s journey from Guinean refugee camps to the recording of their first album.

Good stuff, all the way around.

playlist #99 (1/25/2010)-gypsy jazz swingin’

January 26, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #99 – Happy birthday, Django! Celebrating the guitar master’s life, music, and lasting legacy
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)
Django Reinhardt & Coleman Hawkins: Nuages / Nuages / Arkadia Jazz 71431 – (FRANCE)
Zotran Predin & Mar Django Quartet: Our Planet is a Dancer / Amant à Toutes Fins Utiles (All-Purpose Lover) / Levi Breg 2005 – (SERBIA)
Will Patton Ensemble: Valse 29 / 6th Street Runaround / King’s Hill Music 2008 – (MADE IN VT)
John Jorgenson: La Journée des Tziganes / Ultraspontane /  JJ 7050 – (USA)
Swing Noire: Tchavolo Swing / Hot Jazz in the Tradition of Django Reinhardt & The Quintette of the Hot Club of France / 2009 – (MADE IN VT) *NEW*
Paname Dandies: Les Chips / Le Swing de L’Escargot / Volvox Music 703 – (FRANCE)
Romane: Passion / Impair & Valse / Arco Iris 3001 821 – (FRANCE)
Benoît Charest & Béatrice Bonifsassi: Belleville Rendez-Vous / The Triplets of Belleville soundtrack / Higher Octave Music 96811 – (FRANCE)
Kruno: Spiderman / Gypsy Jazz Guitar / GJD 2006002 – (CROATIA)
Orchestre Tropical d’Haïtï featuring Ti Joe Zenny: Gason Total / 40 ème Anniversaire Vol. 1 / SOCD 6 – (HAITI)
Cedric Watson: Cochon de Lait / Cedric Watson / Valcour Records 4 – (N’AWLINS)
Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars: Watching All Your Ways / Rise & Shine / Cumbancha 18 – (SIERRA LEONE) *NEW – to be released on 3/23/2010*
Frank Vignola: Swing Gitane / 100 Years of Django / Azica 72244 – (USA)
Twobadou: An Chime / en Folie / Antilles Mizik 9107 – (HAITI)
Lhasa: I’m Going In / Lhasa / Nettwerk 30844 – (CANADA) *Remembering Lhasa, d. 1/1/2010*
Hot Club of Detroit & Dave Bennett, clarinet: J’Attendrai / Night Town / Mack Avenue 1041 – (DETROIT, MI)
Rebati Kay-La: Rebuild the House / Konbit: Burning Rhythms of Haiti / A&M 5281 – (HAITI)
Hot Club of Cowtown: Orange Blossom Special / Continental Stomp /  Hightone Records 8163 – (AUSTIN, TX)
Hot Club of San Francisco: La Gitane / Postcards from Gypsyland / Lost Wax Records 501 – (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) *At the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre 2/6: “Silent Surrealism” (1920s silent Surrealist films with live music) – *
Hot Club of Detroit: Stompin’ at Decca / Hot Club of Detroit / Mack Avenue 1030 – (DETROIT, MI)
Biréli Lagrène: Swing 49 / Django Reinhardt NY Festival 2000 Live at Birdland / Division One 83498 – (FRANCE)
Ti-Loca & Wanga Nègès: An Tan Mango / Haïti-Colibri / Accordes-Croisés 127 – (HAITI)
Big Joe Burrell & Sandra Wright: I Love Him So/Three Times / Vermont Blues & Jazz Festival 1999 / The Creation Foundation 1999 – (MADE IN VT) *Remembering Sanda Wright, d. 1/11/2010*
Tchavolo Schmitt: Antsela / French Essentials / Burex Jazz 5 – (FRANCE)
Django Reinhardt & the Quintette de Hot Club de France: When Day Is Done / Classic 1936-1937 Recordings / Naxos 8.120686 – (FRANCE)

requiem for Haiti

January 24, 2010

Brahms’ sublime Requiem rose into the rafters high above as late-afternoon light filtered into yesterday’s gathering of hundreds at St. Michael’s College Chapel. Members of the Green Mountain Mahler Festival Orchestra and Chorus came together with volunteer musicians from all over the community and artists from the Bread and Puppet troupe to share in the special experience.

Musicians, puppeteers, and audience members congregated to show support for the people of Haiti and take some solace in the incredible beauty and power of Brahms’ choral masterpiece. The work has been called the German Requiem, but Brahms (ever the populist) said he preferred to think of it instead as the “Human” Requiem. With that thought in mind, the trandscendently beautiful opening chorus Selig sind, die da Leid tragen (“Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted”) was the perfect message for the day.

The $10,000+ that was raised at the benefit will be donated to Partners in Health and Catholic Relief Services.

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