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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)

2009 in the rearview: what’s to love in local music

January 4, 2010

In a state with a population of fewer than 700.000 you might think it would be easy to survey the handful of locally-made recordings in any given year to pick a few highlights. But in addition to being one of the smallest and least populated states in the Union (at least the last time I checked, we were still in the Union…), feisty little Vermont – or, the People’s Democratic Republic of Vermont as it is occasionally described – is also home to one of the most active artist and artisan populations in the lower 49.  Every week when I open Seven Days, the local weekly independent, I find an entire column devoted to the new local recordings (plural) that have come out over the last week.

I did not hear all of the Vermont-made recordings that were released this year. Would that I had 365 ears, one for each day of the year new music is being released here. But I heard many of them, and two really stood out for the consistent quality of their music making and their uniqueness. These are the two local recordings I spent the most time with in 2009:Twist of the Wrist: “Twist of the Wrist” – On a frigid night last February I went to the “Twist” debut CD release party and was introduced to the collaborative work of three artists whose adept musicianship was already familiar from their individual efforts. Together, the trio – Barbara Wager, Liz Thompson and Robert Resnik – make a beautiful sound with blend of traditional and new songs that range from haunting to spunky and upbeat. In a year when so much of the region’s energies were focused on the Champlain quadricentennial celebrations and related discussions about the immigrant experience, Twist of the Wrist seems especially relevant in its focus on French and other northern European songs and dances. This is a deeply musical adventure joyfully springing forth from the long overdue creative confluence of three of Vermont’s top artists. I’m ready for a followup! Gordon Stone: “Night Shade” – For some reason there have been a number of “bring the Banjo back to Africa” recordings in recent years, with mostly successful results. Bela Fleck’s Throw Down Your Heart, Jayme Stone’s latest (click on Africa to Appalachia) and projects like Afrissippi (which turns the idea around to bring African blues to the American South) all do their part to dig into the banjo’s deep roots in the common history and culture of West Africa and colonial America. In 2009, Burlington-based banjo master and multi-instrumentalist Gordon Stone released Night Shade, which is less a historical or ethnomusicological effort than it is a purely musical one. Night Shade furthers Stone’s signature bluegrass jam band sound with the addition of African rhythms, courtesy of Senegalese percussion master Elhadji Mamadou Ba. The resulting fusion is so natural and fully formed it’s hard to imagine there was ever a time when the Gordon Stone Band didn’t sound like that. Much recommended.

Twist of the Wrist and Night Shade are unquestionably two of this year’s best local releases. No surprise, Vermont’s independent spirit finds a voice in its native music.

(And hey, we have Bernie Sanders and Pat Leahy.)

playlist #85 (10/19/2009)-a jolly good mix of tunes

October 19, 2009
World of Music
Pgm #85 – New releases, international adventures, and discovering the world right here at home
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)
Michael Rose: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? / The Mighty Quinn (film soundtrack) / MGM Pictures 3341 – (JAMAICA)
Fatima Spar and the Freedom Fries: Andrejs Nächt / Zirzop / Geco-Tonwaren 293 – (BALKAN / AUSTRIA)
Bonerama: Cabbage Alley / Bringing It Home / MTP 1101 – (N’AWLINS)  * At FlynnSpace this Thursday, 10pm: *
Youssou N’Dour: 4-4-4-4 / Rokku Mi Rokka (Give and Take) / Nonesuch 266044 – (SENEGAL)
Les Orientales: Stenitek – Besame Mucho (Kiss Me A Lot) / Music-Hall d’Algérie / mk2 Music 8345106342 – (ALGERIA)
Kadda Cherif Hadria: Djezaïr / Djezaïr / Naïve 36911 – (ALGERIA)
Soha: C’est Bien Comme Ça / D’Ici et D’Ailleurs / Opendisc 5099950318100 – (ALGERIA)
Le Vent du Nord: Au Bord de la Fontaine / Maudite Moisson! / Borealis 151 – (QUÉBEC)
Rupa & The April Fishes: Culpa de la Luna (It’s the Moon’s Fault) / Este Mundo / Cumbancha 15 – (SAN FRANCISCO) *NEW – Coming to Parima on 11/9/09 – *
Easy Star All-Stars: Like the Stars / Until That Day / Easy Star Records 1016 – (JAMAICA)
Dee Dee Bridgewater: Afro Blue / Red Earth / DDB Records 9091 – (USA / MALI) * Coming to the Flynn on 11/1/09 –
Novalima: Libertá / Coba Coba / Cumbancha 9 – (PERU)
Mamane Barka: Wo Kuru /Introducing Mamane Barka / World Music Network 114 – (NIGER REPUBLIC) *NEW*
Mariza: Vozes do Mar (Voices of the Sea) / Terra 4Q 1814 – (PORTUGAL) *NEW*
Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective: Baba (Father) / Wátina / Cumbancha 3 – (BELIZE)
Tony Whedon & friends: Things to Pray to in Vermont (to the tune of “If I Had You”) / Last Days: Live at the Black Door / PoJAZZ 1 – (MADE IN VERMONT) *NEW – CDs can be purchased online for $10 at: *
Pitz Quattrone & The Earthman Band: Locomotor / The EP /    802-229-4952 – (MADE IN VERMONT) *NEW*
Twist of the Wrist: Donna Lombarda / Twist of the Wrist / self-produced N/A – (MADE IN VERMONT)
Guagua: Charanga / Pan Frito / 1128 – (MADE IN VERMONT)
Les Loups Noirs d’Haïti: Jet Biguine / Tumbélé! / Soundway 17 – (MARTINIQUE) *NEW*
Hal and the Big S: Zamiyego / Umoya / Halspirit Records 2 – (SOUTH AFRICA) *NEW*
Emily Loizeau: La Femme a Barbe (The Bearded Lady) / Pays Sauvage / Opendisc 531407 – (FRANCE) *NEW*
Kailash Kher & Kailasa: Guru Ghantal / Yatra (Nomadic Soul) / Cumbancha 14 – (INDIA) *NEW*
Mexican Institute of Sound (remix): Cha Cha Cha / Lotería Beats Mixtape vol. 1 – Raul Campos / Nacional Records 68499 – (MEXICO)
Félix Baloy: Mami Te Gustó / Baila Mi Son / Tumi 100 – (CUBA)

poetry + jazz = PoJAZZ

October 18, 2009

AIF0239 Insert LEXp001.artThe project is described as “an experiment in words and music”, and yet there’s very little left to chance in the new PoJAZZ collaboration. Over the last year, eight of the region’s top poets came together with more than a dozen of the area’s best jazz performers in various local venues for several evenings of artistic exchange.

One of those venues was The Black Door in Montpelier, and the new PoJAZZ recording Last Days – Live from the Black Door has just been released. It’s excellent.

We’ll give PoJAZZ a listen on this week’s World of Music along with other local sounds from the trio “Twist of the Wrist”; Burlington’s psychotropical band Guagua; and the new release from Adamant-based didgeridoo virtuoso Pitz Quattrone and his Earthman Band.

Discovering the world right here at home, along with the latest from Africa, Peru, Belize, Québec, and the usual international musical hot spots.

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

the twist

February 22, 2009

Look out Vermont – there’s a new trio in town, and their recording debut is a contender!…well, that’s what the press blurb would say on the back of their new recording, were it not such an understated and tastefully packaged production.

new 'Twist' on a bunch of favorites

new 'Twist' on a traditional sound

And it would mostly be right, with one qualifier on that ”new’ thought: the just-released, self-titled (“Twist of the Wrist”) recording is more like the formalization of an artistic relationship many years in the making, between three well established musicians in the area.

If you’ve spent some time listening to the Burlington scene in recent years, you’re very likely know at least one of these folks: Robert Resnik, (accordions, guitar, vocals, and PVC flute,…yes, there IS a story in there…); Liz Thompson (hurdy-gurdy, percussion, and some of the purest vocals you’re likely to hear anywhere); and Barbara Wager (turns out if it has a hole in it, she can play it-clarinet, flutes, saxes, recorders, and…this is very cool…the crumhorn, a hooked, wooden sort of flute that looks like it’s being played by blowing into the wrong end of the candy cane.)

Ensemble, they are ‘Twist of the Wrist’, and their CD release party was held last night at the Flynndog studio space. (Aside: what will life be like when we start having to throw “mp3” release parties instead? Or, bleaker thought yet, WILL we have them!? Are release parties another potential lame duck casualty of digital evolution, like liner note booklets, and three-panel, fold-out album cover art? Anyone remember Roger Dean’s legendary ‘Yes’ covers? Or the masterwork that is the two-panel sketch and poem, inside of the original ‘Love Supreme’ album? Wow…cover art’s one thing I guess, but I really hope the end of release parties is not where things are headed. Let’s not do that. OK? OK.)

I made it for the beginning of the second set just as the trio started in with “Il ya Toujours (‘there’s always tomorrow’)”, a bittersweet retro-sounding French cabaret ode to love gone wrong (is there any other kind of French cabaret song?) And the evening continued with a charming set of music from a wide spectrum of

'Twist' at their Flynndog release party

'Twist' at their Flynndog release party

sources that continued to showcase their remarkable versatility, both instrumentally and as a group: songs from Scotland, the UK, more France…and throughout, the one thing I kept thinking was ‘is there anything they can’t play?‘ Someone else in the audience got to that very question before me near the end of the set. It was directed at Barbara, who, for the 5th or 6th time since the set started, had yet again changed wind instruments between songs. Her answer? “yes – the piano”‘. It’s not something we’re likely to miss.

This group makes a lot of music, and even if you have some of their previous individual recordings you owe it to yourself to get this one and give it a listen to hear what a beautiful blend they make as a threesome.

My fave track opens the disc. ‘Donna Lombarda‘ is sung in Italian, but not a thing is lost in the musical translation here. The one-liner description of it in the notes says: ‘a song about love in a wine cellar’.

“Twist of the Wrist” – THAT’S the way to warm up a Vermont winter evening!

[For info about the group and the new recording, it’s Barbara at]

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