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Misa Kelly

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We hang out with the great dancer and innovator Misa Kelly who is in town for the Collaborations in Dance Festival at Triskelion Arts. 

 

Misa is passionate about community building. Her innovative program designs and organizational efforts have helped over 1,000 artists over the past 20 years. Kelly is a groundbreaker and innovator. As SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre her company was the first in her community to tour CA, tour to New York, tour internationally, the first to provide opportunity to non-local boutique artists, and the first to co-launch a dance festival in her community as a gesture of giving back. She became the first member of the dance community to receive a coveted indy Award. In 2012 SonneBlauma morphed into ArtBark and Kelly shared leadership and direction with Stephen Kelly, Mojca Majcen, and Trina Mannino. As a community they toured to France, Austria, Slovenia, SoCal, New York, and Connecticut. Their project Alma.Sama., three years in the making, was met with critical acclaim with a premiere at the Slovenian National Cultural Center – the Cankarjev Dom. Her choreography in this collaborative work was described as “perfect dance poetics with superior movement vocabulary” by the Slovenian publication Parada Plesa. Misa has exhibited her visual art in New York, Vienna, and Santa Barbara, and guerilla style at the Lourve, the Norton Simon, and the Belvedere. She publishes as an indie author under the pen name of Ginger Freedom and blogs regularly about dance on her Facebook page and on a sundry of topics at playfreshional.wordpress.com. This event, for her, celebrates 20 years of dance making.

THE DANCER:

mdkellydances.com

THE VISUAL ARTIST:

 http://artbarkinternation.wixsite.com/brutifuloutsiderart

PRODUCT SALES: 

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Madeleine Yayodele Nelson Tribute

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In this podcast we pay tribute to the great musician and educator Madeleine Yayodele Nelson. Joining us in the studio were her friends and bandmates Caren Calder and  Marsha Perry-Starks as well as Olumide, Dana Hanchard, Giancarlo Luiggi and Babatunde Don Eaton.  Madeleine was , a composer, arranger, vocalist, percussionist, teacher, and instrument maker as well as the founder and artistic director of WOMEN OF THE CALABASH.

A celebrated percussionist, Ms Nelson performed in many parts of the world and has composed and performed music for Off Broadway Theater. An instrument maker, she handcrafted the shekeres for the New York and London companies of  the Broadway show FELA. She recorded with Paul Simon, Billy Harper, the Jambalaya Brass Band, WOMEN OF THE CALABASH, and many others. Ms Nelson presented master classes in shekere playing throughout the U.S., in London, and in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.  She lectured at the Julliard School and taught master classes at the Manhattan School of Music.  Ms Nelson was Founder and director of WOMEN OF THE CALABASH, an internationally acclaimed vocal and percussion ensemble. Founded in 1978, the company performed extensively in the U.S. as well as in the British Isles, Europe, West Africa, South America, and the Caribbean.
Ms Nelson's film credits include Marlon Riggs'  Black Is Black Ain't  and The American Bible Society's  The Visit. She has performed for four Presidents, including President Barack Obama.  She was a dedicated teaching artist with a legacy of thousands of students.

Randy Weston

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I just learned of the passing of the great master Randy Weston, whose tall shadow hangs over all of us who love, Gnawa Music, African Music, jazz and the intersection of three.  He was a lovely person, eager to pass along the knowledge he'd gathered through an amazing life.

I hope this podcast helps pass along some of his wisdom.  He was humble, sweet and present and we're lucky to have had him on the planet for 91 years.

 

 

Deepal Chodhari brings the Sunrise at Ragas Live 2016

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Deepal Chodhari (santoor), Shiva Ghoshal (tabla) play a 5am set at Ragas Live Festival 2016 at Pioneer Works.

Adam Rudolph Podcast 273

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Here we revist a 2011 interview with the master percussionist and luminary Adam Rudolph.  Adam wil be bringing his Go:Organic Orchestra to collaborate with the Brooklyn Raga Massive this Friday July 27th 2017. http://rma.cm/2nq  He'll be live with David Ellenbogen on WKCR 89.9 FM-NY this Tuesday from 12pm-3pm. www.wkcr.org  

Aaron Shragge - Podcast 272

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We hang out with the great trumpet and shakuhachi player Aaron Shragge.  We'll hear some tracks from his new album with the legendary guitarist Ben Monder: This World of Dew.  

 

Book of J - Podcast 271

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The Book of J, Jeremiah Lockwood and Jewlia Eisenberg, stopped by the apartment for a beautiful  acoustic set.

They perform music from all over the world to and our celebrating their new album and their month long residency at Barbes.  

 

Jewlia Eisenberg works at the intersection of voice, text and diaspora consciousness, primarily as the leader of the ensemble Charming Hostess. Her music is mostly released on the Tzadik label Radical Jewish Culture imprint. Recordings include Sarajevo Blues on Bosnian resistance poetry and Trilectic on the political-erotic world of Walter Benjamin. She often works in immersive installation, making hybrid spaces that incorporate music performance, visitor participation, and experimental ritual. Installations include Teraphim (Meridian Gallery) on household gods; and The Bowls Project (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts) on Babylonian women’s amulets. Jewlia’s work has been curated into the Contemporary Jewish Museum in SF and the Museum of Peace in Uzbekistan; she performs regularly in Europe and the Americas. She has been a visiting artist at CalArts, MIT, and the University of Colorado, where she has taught on the boundary lands holding music and critical theory. Her interests include class war and knitting. Brooklyn born and bred, she now calls Oakland home. For more: www.charminghostess.com.

Jeremiah Lockwood’s music career began with over a decade of apprenticeship to the legendary Piedmont Blues musician Carolina Slim, playing in the subways of New York City. He also trained under his grandfather Cantor Jacob Konigsberg and performed in his choir. Jeremiah’s band The Sway Machinery seeks inspiration from diverse realms of experience related to the cultural geography of New York City. The Sway Machinery has played around the world, including stints at legendary music festivals like Montreal Jazz, Roskilde, and perhaps most notably, Festival au Desert in Timbuktu, Mali. In addition to leading The Sway Machinery, Jeremiah toured for years as guitarist in the popular world-beat band Balkan Beat Box and has scored numerous film and video projects. Jeremiah was a recipient of the 2007-8 Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists, was 2010 Artist-in-Residence for the Forward and was a 2011 Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra Composer Fellow. Jeremiah is currently working on a PhD in Education and Jewish Studies at Stanford University. His recent recordings include a solo album, entitled LOCKWOOD, a new record from The Sway Machinery entitled Purity and Danger and, most recently a collaboration with the Brooklyn-based independent community Because Jewish, entitled Kol Nidre. For more www.swaymachinery.com.

Falsa - Podcast 270

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After many years, I reconnected with the great singer and guitarist Umer Piracha - we hang out and hear exceprts of their unreleased album.  The Pakistani/American singer and his band Falsa call themselves a 14th Century Sufi Chamber Fusion Ensemble and have developed a cult following. 

We are excited that they will join us for the Ragas Live Festival on October 6-7 at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn!

Falsa Umer Piracha on Vocals, accompanied by Siddharth Ashokkumar on Carnatic Violin, Tom Deis and Paul Arendt on Guitars/Harmonium, Adam Hershberger on Trumpet, and Greg Foran on Percussion.

This episode was produced by Ashley Lehmann from the band All Night Drivers

Pt. Nayan Ghosh - Live Performance and Interview

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Recorded last just last night in the Mercy Home chapel we feature a live tabla solo performance and interview with Pt. Nayan Ghosh.  This was produced by Brooklyn Raga Massive and the maestro was joined by Ishaan Ghosh (tabla) and Rohan Prabhudesai (Harmonium).  

Jump to the 1hr16 mark to hear our great conversation.  

 

 

Noura Mint Seymali meets the Brooklyn Raga Massive Crew

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Mauritania’s greatest singer, Noura Mint Seymali and her husband/guitarist, Jeiche Ould Chighaly performed live in studio with two members of the Brooklyn Raga Massive,  Jay Gandhi (bansuri flute) and Ehren Hanson (Tabla).  They met at the ASAMAAN Festival of Music & Astronomy in the Gorée Island – Dakar, Sénégal on April 2013 but had never performed together until this day.

We're rebroadcasting this episode as Noura Mint Seymali is doing a free concert at the Lincoln Center Atrium tonight! http://www.lincolncenter.org/show/noura-mint-seymali

 

Noura Mint Seymali is a nationally beloved star and one of Mauritania’s foremost musical emissaries.  Born into a prominent line of Moorish griot, Noura began her career at age 13 as a supporting vocalist with her step-mother, the legendary Dimi Mint Abba.  Trained in instrumental technique by her grandmother, Mounina, Noura mastered the ardine, a 9-string harp reserved only for women.  Seymali Ould Ahmed Vall, Noura’s father and namesake, sparked her compositional instincts, himself a seminal scholar figure in Mauritanian music; studying Arab classical music in Iraq, devising the first system for Moorish melodic notation, adapting the national anthem, and composing many works popularized by his wife, Dimi.  Reared in this transitive culture where sounds from across the Sahara, the Magreb, and West Africa coalesce, Noura Mint Seymali currently drives the legacy forward as one of Mauritania’s most adventurous young artists.

Fueled by the exploratory sound of her husband Jeiche Ould Chighaly’s emotive psych guitar lines, Noura and Jeiche formed their first “fusion” band in 2004.  Jeiche, a master of the tidinit (aka. ngoni, xalam), brings the force of yet another important line of Moorish griot to bear, translating the tidinit’s intricate phrasing to a modified electric guitar with heroic effect.  His unique sound, mirroring vocal lines and then refracting their melodies into the either, was born out of years presiding over wedding ceremonies, directing the dance often as the sole melodic instrument.  In addition to his work with Noura, Jeiche remains one of Nouakchott’s most sought after guitarists for traditional ceremonies.

After two albums – Tarabe (2006) & El Howl (2010) – released locally in Mauritania and years of experimentation adapting Moorish music to various pop formations, Noura Mint Seymali’s current band is a concise return to the roots, a light formation led by the “azawan,” a word in Hassaniya that refers to the collective ensemble of traditional instruments; the ardine, tidinit, guitar.  Backed by a declarative, funk-speaking rhythm section, composed of Ousmane Touré (bass) and Matthew Tinari (drums), the band has made a formidable debut on the international stage, releasing two EPs – Azawan (2012) & Azawan II (2013) – and touring widely.  The band’s first full-length album for the international market – TZENNI –  is set for release via Gliiterbeat Records on June 20, 2014 and to be followed by an extensive North American tour.

Though performances at events like globalFEST (USA), Festival-au-Desert (Mali), Hayy Festival (Egypt), Jeux de Francophonie (France) and Festival Timitar (Morocco) and collaborations with artists like Tinariwen, Bassekou Kouyaté, and Baaba Maal, the band is actively exposing Mauritanian roots music to the world.  In a rare merger of cultural authority and experimental prowess, Noura Mint Seymali applies the ancient musical traditions of the griot with a savvy aesthetic engagement in our contemporary moment, emerging as a powerful voice at nexus of a changing Africa.