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Orquesta Akokán Podcast 282

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NYC Radio Live listeners get to hang out with Jacob Plasse from Orquesta Akokán.
The 12 piece cuban Grammy Nominated band revives the sound of the renowned dance orchestras of the 1940s and 1950s with influences such as  Arsenio Rodriguez, Perez Prado, and Beny Moré

Debashish Bhattacharya - 281

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Debashish Bhattacharya is simply one of the greatest guitarists walking the earth.  The slide guitar master will be performing at GlobalFest this year, and we give a preview of what to expect, revisiting a  Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert Debashish performed in NYC in 2012 with his daughter Anandi and brother Subashish. 

Paul Winter on the Solstice

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Seven-time Grammy® winner Paul Winter has a body of work that chronicles his wide-ranging experiences in the musical traditions and natural environments of the Earth.  The saxophonist, composer and bandleader founded Living Music as the recording context for his ensemble, the Paul Winter Consort, and his community of colleagues, which includes some of the world’s finest jazz, world, and classical musicians, along with notable voices from the great symphony of wildlife.

It was a blast when he came by my apartment,  played some instruments,  hung out and talked about the big event coming up:  His 35th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration.

content_Pursuits-news-3 The Cathedral at St. John the Divine during the spectacle of Paul WInter’s Solstice Celebration

Anirban Dasgupta at Ragas Live 2018

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Here's our first recording from Ragas Live Festival 2018! A beautiful set from 11pm to midnight from Anirban Dasgupta (sarod), Mir Naqibul Islam (tabla).

 

Anirban is the youngest son and disciple of Pt. Buddhadev Dasgupta. Needless to mention, he grew up with the very best ambience of Indian Classical music, with his older sibling, Bhavani Shankar also following his father’s footsteps. Not to be left behind, Anirban also took to playing the Sarod from an early age under the able guidance and tutelage of his illustrious father. A wonderful product of innate talent, years of grueling toil and delicate musical nurture, Anirban remains an extremely humble and self-effacing artist. In 1987, he stood first in the All India Radio Music Competition. He has performed widely in India as well as in the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and USA.

 

Mir Naqibul Islam (tabla) is a classical music performer in Bangladesh and New York, both as a soloist and an accompanist. Though trained in a purely traditional style, he incorporates many genres and influences into his playing. He is fortunate to have Shri Ashoke Paul, a disciple of Padmabhushan Pandit Jnan Prakash ghosh, as his guru for the past 17 years, learning the technical and aesthetic aspects of tabla playing. Mir has also learned from Janab Syed Hafizur Rahman, Shri Madan Gopal Das, and Pandit Suresh Talwalkar. Mir is currently taking musical instruction from Pandit Anindo Chatterjee.

Ozan Aksoy - Podcast 278

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We hang with the great Turkish musician Ozan Aksoy. He performs live on Ney and Saz and we  check out tracks from his new album entitled, Ozan.

 

The New York City based musician Ozan Aksoy’s destiny was set with his birth name - Ozan - an ancient title for mystical bards in West Asia. As a child growing up in Turkey, he first learned to play the saz (lute) from his father, and soon demonstrated remarkable breadth as a multi-instrumentalist, becoming proficient in many of the string, woodwind, and percussive instruments of the region. He developed a passion for the music of ethnic and religious minorities in his country including the Kurds, Armenians, Laz, and Alevi, among others. Later in college, as an early member of the critically-acclaimed ensemble Kardeş Türküler (meaning Ballads of Solidarity), Ozan and his colleagues performed the songs of these unrecognized and suppressed peoples, pushing the boundaries of inclusion in Turkey. During his time with the group they released four albums and toured extensively throughout Europe, spreading their message of diversity and acceptance. Ozan then relocated to the United States to complete a doctorate in ethnomusicology and further develop his multicultural repertoire.

George Porter Jr # 184

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We hang with the legendary bassist of the Meters at his home in New Orleans! 

Zakir Hussain - Podcast 277

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A freewheeling interview with Zakir Hussain, widely hailed as one of the global percussionists of our time. This interview, conducted by WKCR's David Ellenbogen, is in anticipation of Zakir's upcoming performance at The Town Hall with Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Rakesh Chaurasia on November 15th.  
Zakir Hussain, who first made a name for himself accompanying legends such as Ustad Ali Akbar Khan,  avi Shankar, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, and countless others has grown to become a global figure. Prominent in world music projects, he has collaborated with artists as diverse as George Harrison, Yo-Yo Ma, Giovanni Hidalgo, Jan Garbarek, Van Morrison, John McLaughlin, and Mickey Hart. 

 

Subhasis Bhattacharya - Talks Tablananda

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One of the world’s foremost tabla players, Subhasis Bhattacharya has performed and recorded with his brother Debashish on many classic albums including the Grammy nominated Calcutta Chronicles. On Tablananda, his first international collaboration, Subhasis assembles an incredible line-up of musicians to produce a visionary album that showcases his incredible creativity.

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.

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mdkellydances.com

THE VISUAL ARTIST:

 http://artbarkinternation.wixsite.com/brutifuloutsiderart

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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.