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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.

Premik Russell Tubbs and Vin Scialla

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Premik Russell Tubbs and Vin Scialla have played with the best of them and they came to WKCR to talk about their upcoming John McLaughlin Tribute.

 

 

Ezra Gale and Molly Tigre - Podcast 267

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We get to have a great hang with Ezra Gale of Molly Tigray!

Molly Tigre marries the rhythms and melodies of African music– especially the entrancing styles from Ethiopia and Mali- with a uniquely progressive and exploratory jazz sound. Featuring the compositions of saxophonist Mitch Marcus (Donovan, Dave Dreiwitz) and bassist Ezra Gale (Super Hi-Fi, Aphrodesia), the band also features saxophonist Chris Hiatt (JaponizeElephants), drummer Joe Abba (Dave Douglas, The Ramones, Donny McCaslin) and percussionist Ibrahima Kolipe Camara (National Dance Company of Guinea, Kakande). The New York City based-quintet has been stewing since 2015, but their wide-ranging sound hasn't been captured on tape until now.

Kiran Ahluwalia’s 7 Billion

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We hang with the great Kiran Ahluwalia and she shares selections from her new album 7 Billion.  Originaly broadcast live on WKCR 89.9 FM-NY.

 

 

 

Ganavya Podcast 265

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We get to hang with the great vocalist Ganavya and we get to hear some selections from her highly anticipated debut album.    

Ganavya comes to NYC  this Wednesday to the Rubin Museum of Art for the her album relase concert

  Vocalist and composer Ganavya Doraiswamy has carved a niche for herself at the nexus of South Indian vocal styles and jazz/contemporary music. She has been featured on various projects, most notably Alfredo Rodriguez’s Tocororo (co-produced by Quincy Jones), which hit #1 on jazz charts. Ganavya’s own debut album, Aikyam: Onnu, is set to release in March 2017. It features jazz standards translated into her native language of Tamil as well as recontextualized abhang-s (spiritual poetry written by 13th- to 15th-century Maharashtrian saints). Aikyam –a term used in Sanskrit and Tamil, to denote ‘sameness,’ is suggestive of a harmonious union, and represents a conscious merging of her different worlds.

Arun Luthra - Podcast 264

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We get to hang with the great New York saxophonist Arun Luthra.  He's got a show coming up with his Konokol jazz project this Friday at Flushing Town Hall.  

Arun Luthra is one of the premier saxophonists and composers on New York’s jazz scene, and is one of the small group of American jazz musicians of Indian heritage who have continued to explore to possibilities of fusing the modern post-bop sound with elements of Indian classical music, as well drawing from a wide variety of modern & classic musical influences to create a vibrant new sound & style.  He has performed the music of his Konnakol Jazz Project worldwide, including Japan, Italy, the U.K., Australia, and throughout the United States.