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New Sounds

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New Sounds provides a place for your left and right brain to unwind at the end of day. Host John Schaefer combs recent recordings for one of the most educational and enchanting hours on radio. For 20 years, he's been finding the melody in the rainforest and the rhythm in an orchestra of tin cans. The program offers new ways to hear the ancient language of song.More from New Sounds »

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#3641: Music for Bowed Strings (Special Podcast)

For this New Sounds, listen to works for violin, cello, and the 10-stringed Hardanger d'Amore fiddle. There's a work from Irish cellist Kate Ellis, (who is also Artistic Director of the Crash Ensemble,) from her solo record, "Jump," a collection of new music for solo cello and electronics by 5 Irish composers. Listen also to an atmospheric mix of cello and voice from the Icelandic cellist/composer/singer Hildur Guðnadóttir. One of the tunes features the bass player Skúli Sverrisson, Guðnadóttir's eerie whisper, and a fretted cello, resonated through two grand pianos, for a hypnotic thrum, that skirts a line between gentle menace and blissful escape. Then, hear a duo record from Caoimhin O Raghallaigh (of The Gloaming) and Dan Trueman (founder of Princeton Laptop Orchestra), which stretches and recombines the DNA of Norwegian folk and Irish trad fiddling on a 10-stringed instrument, the Hardanger d'Amore. There's also fiddle music from composer, sound engineer and producer Adrian Hart, based in Ireland. Plus, sample music from the collaborative record of music by Kate Moore for cellist Ashley Bathgate, Stories for Ocean Shells, and more. PROGRAM #3641, Music for Bowed Strings ARTIST: Ashley Bathgate WORK: Kate Moore: Broken Rosary [1:00] RECORDING: Stories for Ocean Shells SOURCE: Cantaloupe Music INFO: bangonacan.org ARTISTS: Hildur Guðnadóttir, featuring Skúli Sverrisson WORK: Heima [4:26] RECORDING: Saman SOURCE: Touch # TO:96 INFO: touchshop.org ARTIST: Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh WORK: Cloud [5:19] RECORDING: Music For An Elliptical Orbit SOURCE: shop.diatribe.ie ARTISTS: Hildur Guðnadóttir, featuring Skúli Sverrisson WORK: Líður [2:47] RECORDING: Saman SOURCE: Touch # TO:96 INFO: touchshop.org ARTIST: Kate Ellis WORK: Niall Vallely: Sondas [10:27] RECORDING: Jump SOURCE: shop.diatribe.ie INFO: kateelliscello.com ARTIST: Adrian Hart WORK: Canone [7:30] RECORDING: Cuisle SOURCE: shop.diatribe.ie ARTIST: Ashley Bathgate WORK: Kate Moore: Broken Rosary [5:41] RECORDING: Stories for Ocean Shells SOURCE: Cantaloupe Music INFO: bangonacan.org ARTIST: Moon Ate the Dark (Anne Rose Carter and Christopher Bailey) WORK: Messy Hearts, excerpt [:38] RECORDING: Moon Ate the Dark SOURCE: Sonic Pieces/ Morr Music INFO: bandcamp.com ARTISTS: Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Dan Trueman WORK: What What What [4:17] RECORDING: Laghdú SOURCE: store.irishmusic.net

#3858: Collaborative Works (Special Podcast)

Hear collaborative works of all kinds for this New Sounds, from guitar and string quartet to chamber ensemble; from piano duet to accordion trio music. Listen to a work, "Trying to Speak," by New York guitarist and composer Kaki King, in collaboration with the string quartet ETHEL, from King's multimedia masterpiece "The Neck is a Bridge to the Body." When she performs the work live, images are projected onto the body of her custom guitar, while she works her finger-style virtuosic magic. Then, hear shimmering music from New York composer Chris Cerrone, in collaboration with the Chicago-based ensemble, Eighth Blackbird. From their recent record, "Hand Eye," Cerrone's work, "South Catalina" piano, clarinet, and percussion provide stately chords augmented by a flurry of violin, cello, & flute. Also, listen to a 20-fingered collaboration, ZOFO, performing music by Terry Riley. There's also collaborative music featuring the Berlin Guitar Ensemble and the Argentine-born, now Berlin-based audio artist and producer, Andrés Jankowski. A.K.A. 1605munro, and more. PROGRAM #3858, Collaborative Works (First Aired 5-9-2016) ARTIST: Eighth Blackbird WORK: Chris Cerrone: South Catalina, excerpt [1:50] RECORDING: Hand Eye SOURCE: Cedille Records 90000 162 INFO: cedillerecords.org ARTIST: Kaki King & ETHEL WORK: Trying to Speak I [3:49] RECORDING: The Neck is a Bridge to the Body SOURCE/INFO: kakiking.bandcamp.com ARTIST: Kaki King & ETHEL WORK: Trying to Speak II [4:14] RECORDING: The Neck is a Bridge to the Body SOURCE/INFO: kakiking.bandcamp.com ARTIST: Eighth Blackbird WORK: Chris Cerrone: South Catalina [10:54] RECORDING: Hand Eye SOURCE: Cedille Records 90000 162 INFO: cedillerecords.org ARTIST: ZOFO WORK: Terry Riley: G song [9:30] RECORDING: ZOFO plays Terry Riley SOURCE: Sono Luminus DSL-92189 INFO: sonoluminus.com ARTIST: Berlin Guitar Ensemble vs. 1605munro WORK: Andres G. Jankowski: Macarimbas [4:40] RECORDING: Berlin Guitar Ensemble vs. 1605munro SOURCE: Possible Records PR740020 INFO: berlinguitarensemble.com pro.beatport.com/label/munropark Available at Amazon and iTunes. ARTIST: Gabriel Prokofiev / Peter Gregson WORK: Jerk Driver (DJ Spooky remix) [3:07] RECORDING: Cello Multitracks SOURCE: Nonclassical NONCLSS014 INFO: gabrielprokofiev.bandcamp.com

#3582: Music From the Near East and North Africa (Special Podcast)

For this New Sounds, listen to works from the Near East and North Africa, in both arrangement and intent. Begin with music inspired by Marco Polo's travels by oud player and Doctor of Byzantine musicology, Kyriakos Kalaitzidis. Then, there's loping Gnawa music with groove from Moroccan singer and bass lute player Hassan Hakmoun, his "Dima Dima" (Always). Hear some music from Tunisia by percussionist Imed Alibi featuring singer Emel Mathlouthi on the tune "Maknassy." There's music from Kronos Quartet and an arrangement of music by Syrian singer Omar Souleyman from their record "A Thousand Thoughts." Sample even more music for oud by Paris-based Palestinian Adnan Joubran along with another work rooted in the oud by Belgian Karim Baggili, who has roots in Jordan. Plus, hear music from the Montreal-based trio Bomata, clearly influenced by music of the Middle-East and the Mediterranean, and more. PROGRAM #3582 Music From the Near East and North Africa (First aired on 3/26/2014) ARTIST: Imed Alibi WORK: Balkani Connection [1:00] RECORDING: Safar SOURCE: IRL 079 INFO: irl.bigcartel.com ARTIST: Kyriakos Kalaitzidis/Ensemble Constantinople & En Chordais WORK: Gallop [4:25] RECORDING: The Musical Voyages of Marco Polo SOURCE: World Village 479092 INFO: store.hmusa.com ARTIST: Imed Alibi, feat. Emel Mathlouthi WORK: Maknassy [5:04] RECORDING: Safar SOURCE: IRL 079 INFO:irl.bigcartel.com ARTIST: Karim Baggili (feat. Le Trio Joubran) WORK: Kali City [4:46] RECORDING: Kali City SOURCE: homerecords.be INFO: homerecordsbe.bandcamp.com | karimbaggili.be ARTIST: Adnan Joubran WORK: My Way Home [5:59] RECORDING: Borders Behind SOURCE: World Village 479084 INFO:store.hmusa.com | adnanjoubran.bandcamp.com ARTIST: Bomata WORK: Sesame [4:48] RECORDING: Arômes d'ailleurs INFO: bomata.bandcamp.com but download from Amazon or Emusic.com ARTIST: Imed Alibi WORK: Balkani Connection [1:00] RECORDING: Safar SOURCE: IRL 079 INFO: irl.bigcartel.com ARTIST: Kronos Quartet WORK: Eviç Taksim (Tanburi Cemil Bey) RECORDING: A Thousand Thoughts SOURCE: Nonesuch 536952 INFO: www.nonesuch.com

#3859: Cross-Cultural Collaborations (Special Podcast)

Listen to cross-cultural collaborations from Indo-Canadian singer Kiran Ahluwalia, who combines Indian and Pakistani grooves, Western jazz, and desert blues, together with her husband, the guitarist & producer Rez Abbasi. Also, listen to music from Pakistani-Brooklyn group Sandaraa (means "Song" in Pashto); it's a collaborative effort led by klezmer clarinet virtuoso Michael Winograd, and featuring Pakistani vocalist Zeb Bangash joins forces with leading Brooklyn musicians on oud, drums, bass, and violin. Then, listen to a German-Afghani-Norwegian collaboration from Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen, German-Afghan vocalist Simin Tander, and drummer Jarle Vespestad. From their record, "What Was Said," hear moving settings of poetry by Rumi in English, & Norwegian church songs translated into Pashto. There's also music by Irish composer/guitarist Dave Flynn for amplified ensemble, brass, and three guitars. Listen to a live 2014 recording of Flynn's "Joy" featuring Congolese-Irish guitarist Niwel Tsumbu, guitarist John Godfrey, and the composer together with the Crash Ensemble led by Alan Pierson. And more. PROGRAM #3859, Cross-Cultural Collaborations (First Aired 5-10-2016) ARTIST: Sandaraa WORK: Bibi Sanem Janem, excerpt [1:00] RECORDING: Sandaraa SOURCE: cdbaby.com/cd/sandaraa ARTIST: Kiran Ahluwalia WORK: Hayat [5:01] RECORDING: Sanata: Stillness SOURCE: Magenta MTM 930 INFO: kiranmusic.com ARTIST: Sandaraa WORK: Bibi Sanem Janem [5:40] RECORDING: Sandaraa SOURCE: cdbaby.com/cd/sandaraa ARTIST: Derek Gripper WORK: Jarabi (Passion) [6:39] RECORDING: One Night on Earth Music from the strings of Mali SOURCE: New Cape Records NC11 INFO: newcape.co.za | derekgripper.com ARTIST: Billband WORK: Bill Ryan: Friction, excerpt [1:00] RECORDING: Towards Daybreak SOURCE: Innova 841 INFO: innova.mu ARTIST: Tord Gustavsen - Simin Tander - Jarle Vespestad WORK: Imagine The Fog Disappearing [6:22] RECORDING: What Was Said SOURCE: ECM 2465 INFO: ecmrecords.com ARTIST: Sandaraa WORK: Mana Nele [7:20] RECORDING: Sandaraa SOURCE: cdbaby.com/cd/sandaraa ARTIST: Derek Gripper WORK: Bakoye [3:10] RECORDING: One Night on Earth Music from the strings of Mali SOURCE: New Cape Records NC11 INFO: newcape.co.za | derekgripper.com ARTIST: Billband WORK: Bill Ryan: Blurred, excerpt [:30] RECORDING: Towards Daybreak SOURCE: Innova 841 INFO: innova.mu ARTIST: Crash Ensemble/ Alan Pierson, cond. Niwel Tsumbu, with Dave Flynn and John Godfrey, gtrs WORK: Joy, Part 3 -The Joy of Sex [3:12] RECORDING: Live, Cork Opera House, 2014 SOURCE: This work not commercially available. INFO: http://www.daveflynn.com/joy.html ARTIST: Crash Ensemble/ Alan Pierson, cond. Niwel Tsumbu, with Dave Flynn and John Godfrey, gtrs WORK: Joy, Part 4 - The Joy of Sebene [7:00] RECORDING: Live, Cork Opera House, 2014 SOURCE: This work not commercially available. INFO: http://www.daveflynn.com/joy.html ARTIST: Tord Gustavsen - Simin Tander - Jarle Vespestad WORK: Sweet Melting Afterglow [3:35] RECORDING: What Was Said SOURCE: ECM 2465 INFO: ecmrecords.com

#3853: Under the Chamber Music Umbrella (Special Podcast)

Hear works that fit under the umbrella of chamber music on this New Sounds from a choir of cellos (OK, celli) performed by Ashley Bathgate, music from the Chicago-based Eighth Blackbird, the Tallin Chamber Orchestra, & more. From a years-long collaborative cycle of music for cello, preview Stories for Ocean Shells by Australian-born Dutch-based composer Kate Moore. Listen to layers upon layers of Ashley Bathgate's cello in the title track from that record, now out on Cantaloupe Music. Also, hear a selection from "Labyrinth," a suite of short pieces for string ensemble by Estonian composer Tonu Korvitz, from his recent Mirror, featuring the Tallin Chamber Orchestra and cellist Anja Lechner. Plus, listen to minimalism-leaning melody-rich music by the Sirius Quartet, from their latest, Paths Become Lines, written by their cellist, Jeremy Harman. eighth blackbird (Luke Ratray) Then there's new music from the Sleeping Giant composers collective for the Chicago-based ensemble eighth blackbird from their fresh and piping-hot release, Hand Eye. Listen to a visual work by pianist/composer Timo Andres inspired by a patterned pen and ink abstraction, and intended to be "structured as a gradual zoom outward," his piece, "Checkered Shade." From the same record, hear Jacob Cooper's vibraphone-rooted work, "Cast," which gradually removes the vibes in the way an artist making paper casts removes the original objects. (For reference, please enjoy this paper casting crafty video.) All that, and more. PROGRAM #3853, More Chamber Music (First Aired 4-14-2016) ARTIST: eighth blackbird WORK: Jacob Cooper: Cast, excerpt [1:00] RECORDING: Hand Eye SOURCE: Cedille Records 90000 162 INFO: cedillerecords.org ARTIST: eighth blackbird WORK: Timo Andres: Checkered Shade [13:58] RECORDING: Hand Eye SOURCE: Cedille Records 90000 162 INFO: cedillerecords.org ARTIST: Kate Moore / Ashley Bathgate, cello WORK: Kate Moore: Stories for Ocean Shells [9:18] RECORDING: Stories for Ocean Shells SOURCE: Cantaloupe Music INFO: Due out May 20, 2016, at bangonacan.org The piece also exists as a piano work, on "Dances and Canons" ECM Records 2344 ARTIST: Erik Friedlander's Bonebridge WORK: Hopper's Blue House, excerpt [1:00] RECORDING: Nighthawks SOURCE: erikfriedlander.com/nighthawks ARTIST: Tallin Chamber Orchestra with Anja Lechner, Violoncello WORK: Tonu Korvitz: Labyrinth V [2:42] RECORDING: Tonu Korvitz: Mirror SOURCE: ECM Records 2327 INFO: ecmrecords.com ARTIST: Sirius Quartet WORK: Jeremy Harman: Paths Become Lines [6:20] RECORDING: Paths Become Lines SOURCE: Autentico Music / Maxos 00004 INFO: autenticomusic.com or Amazon.com ARTIST: Erik Friedlander's Bonebridge WORK: Hopper's Blue House, excerpt [:30] RECORDING: Nighthawks SOURCE: erikfriedlander.com/nighthawks ARTIST: eighth blackbird WORK: Jacob Cooper: Cast [10:50] RECORDING: Hand Eye SOURCE: Cedille Records 90000 162 INFO: cedillerecords.org

#3830: Big Bands and Bands That Just Sound Big (Special Podcast)

Eco-Music Big Band album cover (ecomusicbigband.com) For this New Sounds program, all of the works feature larger ensembles, or have the sound of a big band. Listen to music by the 15-, sometimes 16-piece multi-generational big band founded by Fred Ho, and led by Marie Incontrera – the Eco-Music Big Band. There's also music from Laura Jurd, the English trumpeter/bandleader along with music by the NYC-based trumpeter/bandleader/composer Jon Crowley and his sextet. Plus, folk and jazz meet recited poetry in music from Scottish percussionist/bandleader Corrie Dick. Listen to his work, "Soar," featuring poetry by Alice Zawadzki, which lives up to its title. Listen also to big band music inspired by Ethiopian jazz and in music by French saxophonist Pierrick Pédron and his ensemble. Then there's more Ethio-jazz-rooted music from the nine-piece Dutch brass band, Jungle By Night, along with an arrangement of a classic 1970's Ethiopian pop tune from Imperial Tiger Orchestra. Plus, hear a track from Debo Band, who are from the Boston area. Their music looks to Ethopia by way of Japan in "Hiyamikachi Bushi" from their new record coming out May 20, "Ere Gobez." All that, and more. PROGRAM #3830, Big Bands & Big-Sounding Bands (Special Podcast) ARTIST: Pierrick Pédron WORK: Ethiop, excerpt [1:20] RECORDING: And the SOURCE: Jazz Village 570097 INFO: jazzvillage.com ARTIST: Corrie Dick WORK: Soar [6:32] RECORDING: Impossible Things SOURCE: Chaos Collective CC 006CD INFO: corriedick.bandcamp.com ARTIST: Jon Crowley WORK: Other Lives [5:14] RECORDING: I Walk Amongst The Humans SOURCE: destinyrecords.bandcamp.com INFO: Due out March 11, 2016 ARTIST: Eco-Music Big Band WORK: Stefan Zeniuk: Rag House [8:24] RECORDING: Colors of Resistance SOURCE: Eco-Music Big Band, INFO: Dist. By Catapult Available at Emusic.com, iTunes. ARTIST: Imperial Tiger Orchestra WORK: Etu Gela [:56] RECORDING: Addis Abeba SOURCE: Arsinthe Music / Mental Groove Records CDAMMGITO 1 INFO: imperialtigerorchestra.bandcamp.com ARTIST: Pierrick Pédron WORK: Ethiop [4:11] RECORDING: And the SOURCE: Jazz Village 570097 INFO: jazzvillage.com ARTIST: Debo Band WORK: Hiyamikachi Bushi [4:29] RECORDING: Ere Gobez SOURCE: For Practically Everyone FPE Records 013 INFO: Due out May 20, 2016 deboband.com ARTIST: Jungle By Night WORK: Empire [4:14] RECORDING: The Hunt SOURCE: Kudos Records KS 045 INFO: kudosrecords.co.uk ARTIST: Mette Henriette WORK: strangers by midday [2:51] RECORDING: Trio / Ensemble SOURCE: ECM Records 2460/2461 INFO: ecmrecords.com ARTISTS: Laura Jurd ft. Elliot Galvin, piano; Conor Chaplin, double bass; Corrie Dick, percussion, with The Ligeti Quartet WORK: The Lady of Bruntal [5:26] RECORDING: Landing Ground SOURCE: Chaos Collective INFO: chaos-collective.com Or soundcloud.com/laurajurd Available at amazon.co.uk or Emusic.com

#3801: Unusual Cross-Cultural Collaborations (Special Podcast)

This New Sounds is full of unexpected musical dream-teams, like New York-based Raya Brass Band, whose latest record, RAYA, is full of informed cross-cultural takes on Balkan brass music – here a loping Ethiogroove or New York salsa woven into the New Orleans street party meets Macedonian, Greek, and Turkish wedding music. Listen to the seductive odd sevens of "Dren Gajda," which evokes the sound of the bagpipe, or gajda (which is also a bagpipe-accompanied Macedonian dance.) Then, there's tropical psychedelic cumbia from Lima, Peru-based band, Bareto, along with brass-driven Afro-pop from the Washington DC-based band Elikeh, who incorporate Togolese rhythms into their borderless music. (The group's leader, Massama Dogo, was born in Togo.) Hear Welsh harp, Indian tabla & harmonium, as Mumbai singer Tauseef Akhtar and Welsh singer-songwriter Gwyneth Glyn blend Indian Ghazals with Welsh folk traditional music as Ghazalaw. Plus, hear music from Hiya wal Âalam, which is Tunisian composer and percussionist Houwaida Hedfi, in collaboration with musicians from Tunisia and Palestine, and Swede Olof Dreijer from The Knife. They use North African percussion instruments like bendir, djembe and chkachek, along with wordless vocals and electronic beats. And much more. PROGRAM #3801 Unusual Cross-Cultural Collaborations (First Aired 11-19-2015) ARTIST: Xixa WORK: Cumbia del Palatero, excerpt [1:00] RECORDING: Shift and Shadow SOURCE: Barbès Records INFO: barbesrecords.com ARTIST: Raya Brass Band WORK: RAYA RECORDING: Dren Gajda [4:12] SOURCE: rayabrassband1.bandcamp.com ARTIST: Bareto WORK: Mama Motelo [3:53] RECORDING: Impredecible SOURCE: World Village 450030 INFO: worldvillagemusic.com ARTIST: Elikeh WORK: The Conversation [4:45] RECORDING: Kondona SOURCE: Ropeadope / Elikeh INFO: elikeh.bandcamp.com ARTIST: Xixa WORK: Cumbia del Palatero [4:04] RECORDING: Shift and Shadow SOURCE: Barbès Records INFO: barbesrecords.com ARTIST: Tunto WORK: Couscous Music [4:59] RECORDING: Huvi SOURCE: AANI Records INFO: aani.fi OR cdbaby.com ARTIST: Ghazalaw WORK: Cosb Mor Dlos (Khoobsorat Koi Sazaa) [6:45] RECORDING: Ghazalaw SOURCE: Marvels of The Universe INFO: ghazalaw.com ARTIST: Hiya Wal Âalam WORK: Houwaida Hedfi: Janna feat. Chiheb [4:52] RECORDING: Sawtuha : Nine women from Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and a bonus song from Syria INFO: The track appears under the name "Houwaida" on this compilation: jakartarecords-label.bandcamp.com ARTIST: Alif WORK: I tiraf (Confession) [4:56] RECORDING: Aynama-Rtama SOURCE: alifmusic.bandcamp.com

#3838: New Music With Trumpet (Special Podcast)

Listen to new music with trumpet on this New Sounds, including music from the Paris-based Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf, Iraqi-American trumpeter Amir Elsaffar, Ben Neill & his mutantrumpet, and music from trumpeter, bandleader, composer Dave Douglas. Hear more music from Lebanese-born, Paris-based trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf off of a brilliant new record that is an homage to the great Arab diva Oum Kalthoum; listen to another from a suite of pieces built around her song, Alf Leila Wa Leila (The thousand and one nights.) Then, listen to "Silo," an upbeat instrumental call and response track from Senegalese singer/kora player Ablaye Cissoko and German-born trumpeter Volker Goetze. From the Motema label site's interview, Cissoko says "Silo" translates as "straight path." Then, the avant-garde and EDM come together in music by Ben Neill & his mutantrumpet, from his record "Horizonal." Also, hear trumpeter, bandleader, composer Dave Douglas together with Michigan-based laptop artist, Shigeto – from the quartet record, "High Risk." There's also music from New York-based Iraqi-American trumpeter Amir Elsaffar and his Two Rivers project. The title refers to the Tigris and Euphrates in Iraq and celebrates the two streams of influence in Elsaffar's work, the near-eastern classical and the western jazz. That, and much more. PROGRAM #3838, New Music with/for Trumpet (First Aired 3-4-2016) ARTIST: LAMA WORK: Melodia Minuscula, excerpt [1:00] RECORDING: Oneiros SOURCE: Clean Feed CF 240 INFO: cleanfeed-records.com ARTIST: Dave Douglas, featuring Shigeto, electronics with Jonathan Maron, bass; Mark Guiliana, drums; WORK: Cardinals [7:10] RECORDING: High Risk SOURCE: music.davedouglas.com ARTIST: Ben Neill WORK: The Other Side Of Midnight [6:27] RECORDING: Horizonal SOURCE: Audiokult Recordings INFO: benneill.com ARTIST: Jacaszek & Kwartludium WORK: A Book of Lake (Roseliere), excerpt [:30] RECORDING: Catalogue Des Arbres SOURCE: Touch TO 094CD INFO: forcedexposure.com ARTIST: Omar Sosa, ft. Joo Kraus WORK: Alejet [7:27] RECORDING: Eggun SOURCE: Otá OTA 1024 INFO: omarsosa.com/order.php ARTIST: LAMA WORK: Melodia Minuscula [6:47] RECORDING: Oneiros SOURCE: Clean Feed CF 240 INFO: cleanfeed-records.com ARTIST: Jacaszek & Kwartludium WORK: A Book of Lake (Roseliere), excerpt [:30] RECORDING: Catalogue Des Arbres SOURCE: Touch TO 094CD INFO: forcedexposure.com ARTIST: Ibrahim Maalouf WORK: Movement 1 [6:15] RECORDING: Kalthoum SOURCE: Impulse! / Universal Music Classics / Decca #4749696 INFO: impulse-label.com | ibrahimmaalouf.com ARTIST: Amir Elsaffar & Two Rivers Ensemble WORK: Al-Badia [5:51] RECORDING: Inana SOURCE: PI Recordings 41 INFO: pirecordings.com ARTIST: Ablaye Cissoko & Volker Goetze WORK: Silo [6:20] RECORDING: Amanke Dionti SOURCE: Motema MTM-84 INFO: motema.com

#3750: North Meets South (Special Podcast)

North meets South, largely Europe meets Africa in music by French guitarist Titi Robin and Moroccan musician Mehdi Nassouli, the group Monoswezi, and the collaborative group Malithuanie. Listen to music from Taziri, a record by French guitarist "Titi" (Thierry) Robin and the young Gnawa musician El Mehdi Nassouli, who is also heir to a strong South-Moroccan Berber culture. In 'Flamenhijaz," a work which combines flamenco and the classical Arab scale, Hijaz, the two are joined by Francis Varis on accordion, and percussionist Ze Luis Nascimento. Then, Senegalese kora player Solo Cissoko and Lithuanian singer / kanklės (Baltic psaltery) player Indrė Jurgelevičiūtė blend folk song traditions and trade melodies from West Africa and Eastern Europe. Also, hear the Scandinavian- southern African collaboration called Monoswezi, which features musicians from Mozambique, Norway, Sweden & Zimbabwe. Get a preview listen to Julia Easterlin & Vieux Farka Toure from their forthcoming release, due out in September 2015, of American and Malian songs. Hear Julia Easterlin's new words and melody set atop the classic "Kaira," or "Peace." Plus, a trio of musicians from Mali, who formed to collaborate with the Kronos Quartet, Trio Da Kali. The Trio—Hawa Kasse Mady Diabaté (voice), daughter of legendary Kasse Mady Diabaté; Lassana Diabaté (balafon), formerly of AfroCubism and Toumani Diabaté's Symmetric Orchestra; and Mamadou Kouyaté (ngoni), eldest son of Bassekou Kouyaté—brings a contemporary twist to ancient and neglected repertoires, on their first self-titled record. Rounding out the show is a bit of music shared between Mali and Lithuania, along with an excerpt from the grand collaboration, Africa Express presents Terry Riley's "In C" Mali, where top musicians from Mali and Damon Albarn (Gorillaz, Blur), Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Brian Eno use West African instruments in their interpretation of of the now 50-year old "In C" by Terry Riley. PROGRAM #3750– North Meets South (First aired on 07/14/2015) ARTIST: Malituanie WORK: Yele, excerpt [1:00] RECORDING: Malituanie SOURCE: onerootmusic.bandcamp.com INFO: onerootmusic.com ARTIST: Titi Robin with Mehdi Nassouli WORK: Flamenhijaz (rosée pour Nargis) [8:10] RECORDING: Taziri SOURCE: World Village 479108 INFO: worldvillagemusic.com ARTIST: Solo & Indre WORK: Damma – Gerve [7:25] RECORDING: Solo & Indre SOURCE: onerootmusic.bandcamp.com INFO: onerootmusic.com ARTIST: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith WORK: Labyrinth VII, excerpt [1:00] RECORDING: Euclid SOURCE: Western Vinyl 130 INFO: westernvinyl.com ARTIST: Trio Da Kali WORK: Yirimadjo [5:08] RECORDING: Trio Da Kali SOURCE: World Circuit / Nonesuch 549202 INFO: nonesuch.com ARTIST: Julia Easterlin & Vieux Farka Toure WORK: Little Things (Kaira) [3:23] RECORDING: Touristes SOURCE: Six Degrees Records INFO: sixdegreesrecords.com ARTIST: Monoswezi WORK: Matatya [6:50] RECORDING: Monoswezi Yanga SOURCE: TUGCD 1090 INFO: worldmusic.net | monoswezi.com ARTIST: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith WORK: Labyrinth VII, excerpt [1:00] RECORDING: Euclid SOURCE: Western Vinyl 130 INFO: westernvinyl.com ARTIST: Malituanie WORK: Yele [7:26] RECORDING: Malituanie SOURCE: onerootmusic.bandcamp.com INFO: onerootmusic.com ARTIST: Africa Express WORK: Terry Riley: In C Mali, excerpt [6:22] RECORDING: presents Terry Riley In C SOURCE: shop.transgressiverecords.com

#3815: John Schaefer's Best of 2015 (Special Podcast)

Hear kora and cello music recorded on a rooftop in Bamako, Mali; the 1960s space race set to 21st century electronics; and folk songs from the shadowy "Traveller" culture of Scotland and England. In no particular order, hear some of the most memorable music that made waves this year, according to John Schaefer. There's music from Toronto-based Americana & Appalachian folk roots artist Kaia Kater, along with music from the song cycle, "Unremembered," by composer Sarah Kirkland Snider. Also, listen to music from the eight precise voices of the band Roomful of Teeth, from their 2015 release "Render," performing "Ascendant" by Australian-born Wally Gunn. Plus, listen to the kora and cello magic of Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal, (which somehow outdoes their previous "Chamber Music" record) with 2015's riveting "Musique de Nuit," recorded on a rooftop in Bamako, Mali. Also, hear a musical farewell to the space race from the London electronic duo known as Public Service Broadcasting, along with music from Sam Lee & Friends who recast Gypsy folk songs from the "Traveller" culture of Scotland and England. And more. PROGRAM #3815 John Schaefer's Best of 2015 (First Aired 12-31-2015) ARTISTS: Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal WORK: Samba Tomora, excerpt [1:30] RECORDING: Musique de Nuit SOURCE: Six Degrees Records ARTIST: Roomful of Teeth, led by Brad Wells WORK: Wally Gunn & Maria Zajkowski: The Ascendant: I. The Fence is Gone [4:49] RECORDING: Render SOURCE: New Amsterdam Records - #NWAM 065 ARTIST: Sarah Kirkland Snider WORK: The Barn [4:26] RECORDING: Unremembered SOURCE: New Amsterdam Records NWAM 067 ARTISTS: Missy Mazzoli & Victoire WORK: VII. Machine [4:47] RECORDING: Vespers for a New Dark Age SOURCE: New Amsterdam Records - #NWAM 062 ARTIST: GABI WORK: Koo Koo, excerpt [2:54] RECORDING: Sympathy SOURCE: gabi-ny.bandcamp.com ARTISTS: John Luther Adams & Glenn Kotche WORK: John Luther Adams: Ilimaq – Ascension, excerpt [2:00] RECORDING: Ilimaq SOURCE: Cantaloupe Music 21112 INFO: johnlutheradams.bandcamp.com ARTISTS: Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal WORK: Samba Tomora [3:50] RECORDING: Musique de Nuit SOURCE: Six Degrees Records ARTIST: Kaia Kater WORK: When Sorrows Encompass Me Round [2:58] RECORDING: Sorrow Bound SOURCE: kaiakater.com ARTISTS: Sam Lee & Friends WORK: Bonny Bunch of Roses [4:11] RECORDING: The Fade in Time SOURCE: The Nest Collective Records TNCR 003 INFO: samleesong.co.uk ARTIST: Public Service Broadcasting WORK: The Other Side [6:21] RECORDING: The Race for Space SOURCE: Test Card Recordings INFO: musicglue.com

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