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Knoel Scott of the Sun Ra Arkestra Podcast 255

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A great discussion with Knoel Scott, a multi instrumentalist and band leader who has played with with the Sun Ra Arkestra since 1979.  Recorded backstage at the Opus 1 Festival in Maryland.  We also hear his original composition, "Harlem Nocturne," featuring Marshall Allen.  

Knoel is in town this week to play at the Nublu Jazz Festival.  

Recalling the Valley - Podcast 254

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Recored and broadcast live at the Ragas Live Festival 2017 from the Rubin Museum of Art, we hear the world premier of the new project:  Recalling the Valley. 

Jay Gandhi (bansuri) and Max ZT's (hammered dulcimer) pay tribute to their world-renowned teachers, Shivkumar Sharma and Hariprasad Chaurasia.  With Ehren Hanson on tabla they will perform music inspired by their gurus’ beloved album, “Call of the Valley.”  

The new group will perform Friday December 8th as part of the Brooklyn Roots Series, produced by NYC Radio Live for Airbnb! 

Time: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Location: Mercy Home for Children, 273 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Tickets here : $20 

Field Recordings from Mali! (Oumar Konate, Noura Mint Seymali and more) Podcast 237

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This is a remaster of a broadcast I did in 2012 when I had just returned from almost a month in Mali making field and studio recordings. Very special stuff: Here's the original intro: I'm back from the Sahara, and, as promised, have a ton of recordings to share with you.  This special show was originally broadcast on WKCR on 89.9 FM-NY and features rough mixes of studio recordings with up and coming guitarist and pop star Oumar Konate, Griot Royalty Noura Mint Seymali from Mauritania recording exclusively for us in her flat in Timbuktu, artists from Niger informally jamming in their tents and the Festival Au Desert and much, much more. We'll hear this Takamba band in the photo above- they use a car battery and a PA and the flute ends up sounding just like Jimi Hendrix...  

Blick Bassy – Podcast 238

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Hailing from Cameroon, but living now in France, singer and multi-instrumentalist,  Blick Bassy is creating a fresh, new sound with stunning vocals, banjo and luscious soundscapes from his bandmates.  His new album, Akö with his comrades Clément Petit on cello and Johan Blanc on trombone, are raising eyebrows with their totally original tribute to Skip James.    Blick sings in his native tongue,  Bassa, one of very few.  We caught up with Blick Bassy and hung backstage after an incredible show at Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium.

Hugh Masekela – Podcast 239

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This week we revisit a classic interview with Hugh Masekela from 2013.

Hugh Masekela is the most well known jazz musician from Africa.  His first big hit was in 1968 and he has sold millions of albums, won multiple Grammys and worked with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Dizzy Gillespie. Fresh off a tour with Paul Simon, he and his band are super-refined, with perfect vocal harmonies, deep grooves, and inspired improvisations.    Masekela is considered a legend of South African Music and the apartheid struggle, but that's not how he see's it.

I got to spend sometime backstage with him and now so do you!

 

Here's one quote from the interview:

"I never had a career, I had an obsession with music.  And my obsession with it, and maybe a little gift that I had, threw me into the area, but my aim, even when I came overseas, was to learn and to study and everything else is a coincidence.  But I didn't plan to make it for myself.   If you look at anybody who is out there to make it for themselves they self-destruct.  They become very big and then they self-destruct. As long as you've got the "me" thing in your head you're doomed." - Hugh Masekela

Walter Becker – Podcast 242

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Walter Becker, co-founder of Steely Dan, passed away this week. Today, I went digging through my archives and found  a 2010 interview we recorded upon the release of Roger Rosenberg's Baritonality, an album Becker produced.  I found it and wanted to share it immediately.  Walter's open spirit, humility, and excitement about the big and small things around music all come through.  We'll listen to some excerpts from that album and share the complete free wheeling conversation with jazz critic, John Coltelli, myself and the great Walter Becker.

Samarth Nagarkar – Ragas Live Festival 2016 – Podcast 251

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Samarth Nagarkar (vocal), Meghashyam Keshav (tabla), Rohan Prabhudesai (harmonium) perform a 6AM set at the Ragas Live Festival 2016.

This year’s festival is October 21st 2017 at the Rubin Museum of Art. Samarth will perform at 10pm.

Tickets here

 

Max ZT Ragas Live Festival Podcast 246

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Max ZT Ensemble played a late night set at the Ragas Live Festival 2016 at Pioneer Works.

1am-2am Max ZT (hammered dulcimer), Sameer Gupta (tabla), Priya Darshini (vocal),

This year’s festival is October 21st 2017 at the Rubin Museum of Art. At 4pm Max ZT and Jay Gandhi give a tribute to their world-renowned teachers, Shivkumar Sharma and Hariprasad Chaurasia.  The duo will perform a set inspired by their gurus’ beloved album, "Call of the Valley."  Max will join the Epichorus at 2 am : with Priya Darshini (vocals), Zach Fredman (oud), Max ZT (hammered dulcimer), Rich Stein (percussion),  Uri Sharlin (accordion)

Tickets here

Adam Maoulf: Ragas Live Podcast 247

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Adam Maalouf feat. Josh Geisler (bansuri) and Shiva Ghoshal

Adam Maalouf (hand pans) , Joshua Geisler (bansuri, guitar, electronics), Shivalik Ghoshal (tabla)

Adam is pictured here during their 4AM performance from the Ragas Live Festival 2016 at Pioneer Works

Ragas Live is coming to the Rubin on October 21, 2017

Tickets here

Pradhanica at Ragas Live 2016 – Podcast 248

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Pradhanica with Mike Lukshis (tabla), Kaumil Shah (djembe), and Vincent Pierce (cajon), Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury (sitar) perform a 2-3am set at the Ragas Live Festival 2016 at Pioneer Works.

This year’s festival is October 21st 2017 at the Rubin Museum of Art and the sitarist Indro Roy-Chowdhury will play at 11am.

Tickets here