25 July 2017

Robbie Burns wrote: "The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men/Gang aft agley."

The pookas have been at work. Today, University Centre, the building that houses UMFM studios, was hit by a massive power failure.

The building is going to be closed down for electrical system repairs until Wednesday at least, so sadly there's no show tonight.


18 July 2017

You are a niche in the music ecosystem.

Set #1 - 1:00am - 2:00am

1. Arthur Bliss: Pastoral ("Lie Strewn the White Flocks") (1928)
Text by Ben Jonson, John Fletcher, Poliziano, Robert Nichols & Theocritus
Shirley Minty - mezzo-soprano, Judith Pearce - flute, Thelma Owen - harp, The Holst Singers, The Holst Orchestra, Hilary Davan Wetton - conductor
Hyperion Records CDA66175
35:23

2. Peter Brötzmann & Han Bennink: Nr.17-20 (rec. Black Forest, Germany May 1977)
Schwarzwaldfahrt Disc 2
Unheard Music Series ALP254CD
25:42

Set #2 - 2:00am - 3:00am

3. Eric Moe: Frozen Hours Melt Melodiously into the Past (2009)
Firebird Ensemble: Sarah Brady - flute, Rane Moore - clarinet, Gabriela Diaz - violin, Kate Vincent - viola, David Russell - cello, Sarah Bob - piano, Jeffrey Means - conductor
Meanwhile Back at the Ranch
New World Records 80741-2
17:10

4. Lee Hyla: My Life on the Plains (2010)
Firebird Ensemble: Rane Moore - clarinet, Amy Advocat - bass clarinet, Gabriela Diaz - violin, Kate Vincent - viola, Raphael Popper-Keizer - cello, Sarah Bob - piano, Aaron Trant - percussion, Jeffrey Means - conductor
Tzadik TZ 8093
29:13

5. Maja Radovanlija: Macedonian Dream (rec. Minneapolis Jan. 2014)
Alex Lubet - acoustic guitar, Maja Radovanlija - classical guitar
The Enchanted Guitar Forest
Big Round Records BR8943
6:55

Set #3 - 3:00am - 4:00am

6. Harrison Birtwistle: The Moth Requiem (2012)
Text by Robin Blaser
The Nash Ensemble: Philippa Davies - alto flute, Lucy Wakeford - harp, Helen Tunstall - harp, Hugh Webb - harp, BBC Singers, Nicholas Kok - conductor
The Moth Requiem: Choral Works by Harrison Birtwistle
Signum Classics SIGCD368
18:34

7. Hildegard von Bingen: O viridissima virga (ca. 1150)
Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly - director
Heavenly Revelations: Hymns, Sequences, Antiphons, Responds
Naxos 8.550998
5:29

8. Franz Liszt: "Vallée d'Obermann" "Eglogue" "Le mal du pays" & "Les cloches de Genève: Nocturne" from "Première année: Suisse" from Années de pèlerinage (1848-1854)
Daniel Grimwood - piano
Liszt: Années de pèlerinage Complete Recording
Sfz Music SFZM 0208
28:25

01 July 2017

05 June 2013

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. Catherine Potter: Duniya Project (2005)
Catherine Potter - bansuri flute, Subir Dev - tabla, Lubo Alexandrov - guitars, Nicolas Caloia - double bass, Thom Gossage - drums
Shadaj, SA 002-2
53'

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

2. Raga Malkauns
Barun Kumar Pal - slide guitar, Ray Spiegel - tabla, Ted Morano - tanpura
Ragas on Slide Guitar
Simla House, SIMLA-006
50:18

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

3. Raga Puriya Dhanashri
Alif Laila - sitar, Anindo Chatterjee - tabla, John Bell - tanpura
Devotion
Alif Laila, 783707 271323
60'

29 May 2013

How could I pass up the 100th anniversary of the premiere of the Rite of Spring?

Set #1 - 8:00am - 10:00am

1. Raga Shree
Nikhil Banerjee - sitar, Swapan Chaudhuri - tabla
Raga Records, RAGA-225
78:37

2. Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Rex Lawson - pianola
Carlton Classics, 30366 00992
33:48

Set #2 - 10:00am - 11:00am

3. Raga Shree
Nayan Ghosh - sitar, Mallar Ghosh - tabla
Raga Records, RAGA-224
59:20

22 May 2013

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:15am

1. Raga Purvi
45:08

2. Raga Joyiga
28:26

Tracks 1-2
Asad Ali Khan - rudra vina, Mohan Shyam Sharma - pakhavaj, Zaki Haiper - tambura
Nimbus Records, NI 5633

Set #2 - 9:15am - 10:00am

3. Raga Malkauns
Netai Bose - sitar, Samir Chatterjee - tabla
India Archive Music, IAM-CD 1047
43:36

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

4. Raga Puriya Kalyan
Bahauddin Dagar - rudra vina, Manik Munde - pakhavaj
India Archive Music, IAM-CD 1077
76:33

15 May 2013

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. Raga Malya Maruttam
17:58

2. Pahadi Dhun
8:35

3. Raga Bhimpalasi
29:27

4. Remembering Kabir (Raga Khamaj)
9:51

Tracks 1-4
Ronu Majumdar - bansuri flute, Durga Prasad Majumdar - pakhavaj [double-headed barrel drum], Arvind Azad - tabla, Pratab Rath - surmandal [autoharp] & manjira [small cup cymbals], Vilas D. Pednekar - tanpura, Kalpesh Sachla - tanpura
Master of the Indian Bansuri:  Pandit Ronu Majumdar
ARC Music, EUCD 2056

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

5. Raga Darbari Kannada
Amit Chatterjee - sitar, Polash Gomes - tabla
Empathy
Rageshree Music Institute, CD RMI 101
41:52

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

6. Raga Pilu
Amit Chatterjee - sitar & voice, Polash Gomes - tabla
Stories: Indian Classical Music
Rageshree Music Institute, CD RMI 104
55:42

08 May 2013

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. Rupak Tal
14:08

2. Ektal
10:42

3. Teental (Slow & Medium) & Laggi
44:35

Ilmas Hussain Khan - tabla, unknown - harmonium lehara [repeating melodic framework]
Ancestors: Art of the Lucknow Gharana: Tabla Solo By Ustad Ilmas Hussain Khan
Rageshree Music Institute, CD RMI 102

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

4. Tintal
33:42

5. Rupak
21:18

6. Ektal
7:27

Sharda Sahai - tabla, Ramesh Mishra - sarangi lehara
Pandit Sharda Sahai: The Spirit of Benares
Audiorec Classics, 766032 1044-2

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

7. Tabla Solo: Teental
Sharda Sahai - tabla, Ramesh Mishra - sarangi lehara, Padma Sahai-Deen - tanpura
Pandit Sharda Sahai: Live in Miami
Pandit Ram Sahai Foundation, n.n.
47:19

01 May 2013

I will be live-tweeting track titles and interesting musical moments @vonwichert.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. Raga Patdip
30:13

2. Raga Hemant
25:38

3. Raga Pilu
12:10

Tracks 1-3
Allyn Miner - sitar, Samir Chatterji - tabla
Virama (Repose)
Neelam Audio & Video, NICI 145

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

4. Raga Mohan Kauns
Prodyot Sen - bass tanpura, Sunil Kumar Banerjee - treble tanpura
24:06

5. Raga Gara
Mrs. Jiban & Mrs. Widya - tanpuras
17:46

Tracks 4-5
Ravi Shankar - sitar, Alla Rakha - tabla
Homage to Mahatma Gandhi
Deutsche Grammophon, 474 959-2

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

6. Raga Hament
32:12

7. Raga Nat Bhairav
24:28

Tracks 6-7
Tarun Bhattacharya - santur, Shib Shankar Roy - tabla
Magical Santoor
Biswas Records, BIS 58

24 April 2013

I will be live-tweeting track titles and interesting musical moments @vonwichert. Under construction.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. Raga Puriya Dhanashri (rec. Chennai 2005)
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt - mohan veena, Salil V. Bhatt - sathvik veena, Ramkumar Mishra - tabla
Bharat Sangeet Utsav 2005
Carnatica, CAR CD 1087
66:29

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

2. Conversations (rec. 1984)
L. Subramaniam - violin, Stéphane Grappelli - violin et al.
Milestone, MCD-9130-2
40'
(Individually they sound great, but together, they're an exemplar of how not to do a fusion album.)

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

3. Disco Bhangra: Wedding Bands from Rajasthan (rec. Jaipur, India 1989)
Disk Union, AVAN 031
33:16
(Prakash Band, Choutou Band, Village Band, Babu Band, Gulab Panjab Band, and Temple Boy.)
33'

4. Beyond Boundaries
Kiran Ahluwalia et al.
Kiran Music, KM-2003

17 April 2013

I will be live-tweeting track titles and interesting musical moments @vonwichert.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. Raga Kafi Kanara
23:47

2. Raga Kafi
26:24

Tracks 1-2
Rajeev Taranth - sarod, Uttam Chakraborty - tabla, Chad Hammill - tanpura
Raga Kafi: Some Facets
Underscore Records, 06HC020ACD

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

3. Raga Piloo
14:45

4. Raga Ananda Bhairava
15:37

5. Bela Bartok: Violin Sonata No.1 (1921)
33:13

Tracks 3-5
Ravi Shankar - sitar, Yehudi Menuhin - violin, Hephzibah Menuhin - piano
West Meets East Vol.2
Beat Goes On Records, BGOCD571

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

6. Raga Nayak ki Kanra
Buddhadev DasGupta - sarod, Anand Gopal Bandopadhyay - tabla
Raga Records, RAGA-210
68:41

10 April 2013

I will be live-tweeting track titles and interesting musical moments @vonwichert.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. Raga Miya ki Todi
30:06

2. Raga Puriya-Kalyan
29:25

Tracks 1-2
Budhaditya Mukherjee - sitar, Anindo Chatterjee - tabla
Inner Voice
Audiorec Classics, 7660332 1014-2

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

3. Laya Vinyas: The South Indian Drumming of Trichy Sankaran
Trichy Sankaran - konnakkol [voice], mrdangam [double-sided drum] & kanjira [tambourine], Karaikkuddi Subramaniam - vina, Lalitha Sankaran - tanpura, Andrew Timar - finger cymbals
Music of the World, MOW120
42'

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

4 Raga Yaman
31:57

5 Bhatiali (Boatsong of Bengal)
8:22

6 Raga Durga
15:00

7. Raga Mishra Khamaj
8:12

Tracks 4-7
Kalyani Roy - sitar, Manick Das - tabla, Namita Chatterjee - tanpura
The Virtuoso of the Sitar
Denon, 32CG-1004

03 April 2013


I will be live-tweeting track titles and interesting musical moments @vonwichert.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:15am

1. Raga Bihag
43:12

2. Raga Jhinjhoti
28:51

Tracks 1-2
Amjad Ali Khan - sarod, Sukhvinder Singh Namdhari - tabla
Atma
Audiorec Classics, 766032 1004-2

Set #2 - 9:15am - 10:30am

3. Raga Gujari Todi
Daya Shankar - shehnai, Ajeet Kumar Pathak - tabla
10:20

4. Raga Bairagi
Debashish Bhattacharya - guitar, Subhasis Bhattacharjee - tabla
10:47

5. Raga Durga
Allyn Miner - sitar, Shyam Kane - tabla
9:16

6. Raga Hansadhwani
Snehasis Mazumdar - mandolin, Subhen Chatterjee - tabla
10:45

7. Raga Tappa-Khamaj
Arawind Thatte - harmonium, Ramdas Palsule - tabla
10:25

8. Raga Bageshree
Tarun Bhattacharya - santur, Abhijit Banerjee - tabla
10:11

9. Bhajan in Raga Bhairavi
Kala Ramnath - violin, Vijay Ghate - tabla
10:48

Tracks 3-9
Rainbow: Seven Colors of Seven Instruments
Neelam Audio & Video Inc., NICI 103

Set #3 - 10:30am - 11:00am

10. Raga Misra Kafi
Rajeev Taranath - sarod, Udayraj Karpur - tabla
Reflections around Noon
Audiorec Classics, 766032 1054-2
19:01

27 March 2013

I will be live-tweeting track titles and interesting musical moments @vonwichert.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. Raga Miyan ki Todi
Imrat Khan - surbahar
38:14

2. Raga Bilashkani Todi
Imrat Khan - sitar, Shafaatullah Khan - tabla, Vajahat Khan - tanpura
24:06

Tracks 1-2
Nimbus Records, NI 5153

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

3. Sounds of Shiva: Raga Kedar
7:00

4. Sounds of Brahma: Raga Bihag
8:54

5. Sounds of Krishna: Raga Gorakh Kalyan
8:35

6. Sounds of Indra: Raga Jansamohini
7:21

7. Radha: Raga Rageshri
5:58

8. Sounds of Saraswati: Raga Charukeshi
7:44

9. Shyam: Raga Piloo
7:37

10. Sounds of Brij: Raga Kafi
7:30

11. Trinity: Raga Bhairavi
12:48

Tracks 3-11
Rakesh Chaurasia - flute, Zarin Daruwala Sharma - sarod, Sunil Das - sitar, Ulhas Bapat - santur, Rupak Kulkarni - flute, Madhu Dhumal - shehnai, Bhavani Shankar - pakhawaj & tabla, Ashit Desai - arranger & conductor
Trinity: Music of the Gods
Sona Rupa, SRCD040

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

12. Raga Basant Mukhari
Alak Dasgupta - sitar, Shashanka Bakshi - tabla
Soul of Raga: Sitar
Biswas Records, BIS-186
57:15

20 March 2013

I will be live-tweeting track titles and interesting musical moments @vonwichert.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. Raga Jogeshwari (rec. 1979)
Ravi Shankar - sitar, Alla Rakha - tabla, Mrs. Jiban & Mrs. Widya - tanpuras
The Spirit of India: Ravi Shankar Plays Ragas
Deutsche Grammophon, 447 532-2
50:07
(Composed by Ravi Shankar, a combination of two ragas.... And as this goes on my permanent record, I want to be careful in what I say: This is a combination of ragas Durga [of Khammaj thaat] and Malkauns and/or Jog and Rageshri. Discussion to follow. You are welcome to post the first comment regarding this raga.)

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

2. Ravi Shankar: Inside the Kremlin (rec. Moscow 1988)
Ravi Shankar's Indian Ensemble, Ashit Desai - conductor; Russian Folk Ensemble "Boyan", A. Polietaev - conductor; Chamber Orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonie, Valentin Jhuk - conductor; Government Chorus of Ministry of Culture of USSR, V. Poliansky - conductor
Ravi Shankar: Inside the Kremlin
Private Music, 2044-2-P
69'
(Indian and Russian musicians, the "meeting of musical people from vastly different cultures." Mixed results, but overall worthwhile.)

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

3. Raga Desh Malhar
28:57
(Rainy season raga. If music can be onomatopoeic, this is.)

4. Raga Mian ki Malhar*
26:26
(Rainy season raga.)

Tracks 3-4
Aashish Khan - sarod, *Zakir Hussain - tabla, *Karuna Eff & Daniela Birschel - tanpuras
Rainy Season Ragas
Chhanda Dhara, SNCD 70394

13 March 2013

I will be live-tweeting track titles and interesting musical moments @vonwichert.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 8:45am

1. Raga Malkauns
24:43
(Scale: C Eb F Ab Bb. Emphasized note: F. Totally omitted note: G! Play time: Late night.

"It has been said that Malkauns is a raga for becoming a complete human being. Though simple in structure, it expresses the extraordinary state of being, particularly being human, an incarnation where the heavenly and earthly qualities converge" (sitarist Amit Chatterjee).

Malkauns is kinda spooky. We should play it in dry ice smoke. The Raga Guide says "superstitious musicians describe it as a raga with supernatural powers, and some believe that it can attract evil spirits". Who said that personal growth was a walk in the park?)

Kohlberg's stages of moral development, anyone? Psychologist Lawrence Kohlberg suggested individuals pass through six (maybe seven) stages of moral development, from "blind egoism" through to "morality of cosmic orientation". Can music be your guide through these levels of being?)

2. Raga Bhairavi/Raga Sagar
19:24
(Scale: C Db Eb F G Ab Bb aka the Phrygian mode. Raga traditionally performed in light classical style with lots of flexibility as concluding piece in concerts. This concludes the first set.)

Tracks 1-2
Zarin Daruwala - sarod, Vibhav Nageshkar - tabla, Sujan Salkar & Ram Pratham - tanpuras
Ornate Strings: Sarod
Gramophone Company of India, CD-PSLP 5370

Set #2 - 8:45am - 10:00am

3. Raga Jaijaivanti (rec. 1999)
Asad Ali Khan - rudra vina, Mohan Shyam Sharma - pakhavaj [double-sided drum], Zaki Haider - tanpura
Nimbus Records, NI 5601
76:50
(Now for something very serious, an old version of Jaijaivanti. Scale: major scale, with Bb in descending passages. Emphasized notes: D and G. Play time: Late night. The rudra vina is striking in its low register, resonating with the gonads to an extraordinary degree. You'll want to listen to this over loudspeakers, not earphones. This performance is the North Indian equivalent of a late Beethoven string quartet.)

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

4. Raga Piloo
Nikhil Banerjee - sitar, Anindo Chatterjee - tabla, Ratan Mukherjee - tanpura
Audiorec Classics, 766032 1048-2
54:45
(A light classical raga. Scale: "It is a difficult raga to describe in technical terms, because it defies reduction to a scale or a handful of 'rules': Piloo resembles more a collection of common phrases or motifs....")

27 February 2013

Raga Season continues. I will be live-tweeting track titles and interesting musical moments @vonwichert.

Set #1 - 8:30am - 10:00am

1. Raga Marwa (rec. 1997)
Vilayat Khan - sitar, Anindo Chatterjee - tabla
Navras Records, NRCD 0101
65:07
(Scale: C Db E F# A B. Emphasized notes: Db and A. Weak note: C. Entirely missing note: G. Many commentators talk about the disorientation inherent in this tonal regime. Wikipedia says: "For western listeners the tone material may feel strange. As the sixth is emphasised while the tonica is omitted it may feel like playing in A Major, while the base tone is C (not C sharp). If the musician turns back to Sa [C] at the end of a phrase it always comes like a surprise note." Playtime: Sunset, "the transition from light to dark, when the mind and body are in a state of unrest." It's always twilight somewhere in the world.)

Set #2 - 10:00am - 11:00am

2. Vallabha Nayaka et al.
55:42
(In four "movements", alternating between 7- and 8-beat time cycles. Each of the percussion instruments plays several solos before joining together for the finale.)

3. Visvesvara
15:10
(In 7, but maybe 6.)

Tracks 2-3
Karaikudi R. Mani's Sruthi Laya Carnatic Talavadya Ensemble: Karaikudi R. Mani - mrdangam [double-sided drum], C. N. Chandrashekar - violin, G. R. Harishankar - kanjira [tambourine], T. V. Vasan - ghatam [clay water jug], Srirangam S. Kannan - mursing [jaw harp]
Layapriya
Audiorec Classics, 766032 1028-2
(No tabla here; this is South Indian.)

20 February 2013

I will be live-tweeting track titles and interesting musical moments @vonwichert.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. Raga Charukeshi
Rash Behari Datta - sitar, Mustafa Raza - vina, Sarvar Sabri - tabla
Raga Charu-Keshi for Sitar & Veena
ARC Music, EUCD 2197
64:09
(Jugalbandi, or duet, one idea realized through two pairs of hands. The scale is the Mixolydian mode with a flat 6th. C D E F G Ab Bb. "The raga displays a mood of love and separation.")

Set #2 - 9:00am - 9:45am

2. Raga Kalavati
20:45
(The scale is: C E G A Bb. Like the boogie-woogie bass line. Important notes are G and C. Playtime: Midnight.)

3. Raga Mishra Shivranjani
10:08
(Dorian pentatonic. C D Eb G A.)

Tracks 2-3 (rec. 2005)
Deepak Ram - bansuri flute, Anindo Chatterjee - tabla, Michel Lewis - tanpura
One Breath: North Indian Classical Music
Golden Horn Records, GHP 030-2

Set #3 - 9:45am - 11:00am

4. Raga Bihag
30:21
(Ascending: C E F G B. Descending: C B A G F# E F-natural E D C. Major/Lydian mixed. Important notes are E and B. Playtime: Late night.)

5. Raga Kalavati
29:15

6. Raga Chandrakauns
10:05
(C Eb F Ab B. Important notes are F and C. Playtime: Late night.)

Tracks 4-6
G. S. Sachdev - bansuri flute, Zakir Hussain - tabla
Spirit
Audiorec Classics, 766032 1029-2

06 February 2013

I will be live-tweeting track titles @vonwichert.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:30am

1. Steve Reich: Violin Phase (1967)
Shem Guibbory - violin
15:09

2. Steve Reich: Music for a Large Ensemble (1978)
Steve Reich & Musicians
15:28

3. Steve Reich: Octet (1979)
Steve Reich & Musicians
17:29

Tracks 1-3
ECM Records, ECM 1168

4. Steve Reich: Pendulum Music (I) (1968, rec. 1998)
4:38

5. Steve Reich: Pendulum Music (II) (1968, rec. 1998)
5:01

6. Steve Reich: Pendulum Music (III) (1968, rec. 1998)
4:38

Tracks 4-6
Ensemble Avantgarde: Steffen Schleiermacher & Martin Demmler - electronics
Wergo, WER 6630-2

7. Steve Reich: Clapping Music (1972)
Pierre-Laurent Aimard - clapping
3:27

8. Steve Reich: Music for Pieces of Wood (1973)
Pierre-Laurent Aimard - piano
7:58

Tracks 7-8
African Rhythms
Teldec, 8573 86584-2

Set #2 - 9:30am - 11:00am

9. Steve Reich: Drumming (1970-71)
Steve Reich & Musicians
Deutsche Grammophon, 474 323-2
85'

23 January 2013

I will be live-tweeting track titles @vonwichert. A special guest, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's Composer-in-Residence Vincent Ho, visits in hour three.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. Live in London 1990 (rec. London 11 June 1990)
Sun Ra & His Year 2000 Myth Science Arkestra
Blast First, BFFP60CD
64'

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

2. Somewhere Else (rec. NYC 1988-89)
Sun Ra Arkestra
Rounder Records, CD 3036
62'

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

3. Sun Ra: Nuclear War (rec. NYC Sep. 1982)
Sun Ra & His Outer Space Arkestra
Unheard Music Series, ALP222CD
7:48

4. Steve Reich: First movement: Fast from The Desert Music (1983)
Text by William Carlos Williams (1954-62)
Steve Reich & Musicians, Michael Tilson Thomas - conductor, Chorus & Members of Brooklyn Philharmonic
Nonesuch, 7559-79101-2
7:54

5. Vincent Ho: 3rd movement: Fire Dance from The Shaman: Concerto for Percussion & Orchestra (2011)
Alexander Mickelthwaite - conductor, Evelyn Glennie - percussion, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
http://vinceho.com/work/the-shaman-concerto-for-percussion-and-orchestra/

16 January 2013

I will be live-tweeting track titles and interesting musical moments @vonwichert starting at 8am Central Time.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 8:45am

1. Discipline 27-II (rec. 1972)
Sun Ra Arkestra
El Saturn Research, ES 538
47'

Set #2 - 8:45am - 10:15am

2. The Great Lost Sun Ra Albums: Cymbals & Crystal Spears (rec. NYC 1973)
Sun Ra Arkestra
Evidence Music, ECD 22217-2
84'

Set #3 - 10:15am - 11:00am

3. Auroral Chorus II: Music of the Magnetosphere (rec. 1996-98)
Rec. by Stephen P. McGreevy
S. P. McGreevy Productions, n.n.
http://archive.org/details/auroral_chorus_2_cd
52'
(Stephen P. McGreevy's site about natural VLF radio phenomena is worth a visit: http://www.auroralchorus.com.)

09 January 2013

Set #1 - 8:00am - 8:45am

1. Space Is the Place (rec. Chicago 19-20 Oct. 1972)
Sun Ra & His Astro Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra
Impulse!, IMPD-249
43'

Set #2 - 8:45am - 9:45am

2. Outer Space Employment Agency (rec. Ann Arbor, MI 9 Sep. 1973)
Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Arkestra
Total Energy Records, NER3021
52'

Set #1 - 9:45am - 11:00am

3. Strange Celestial Road (rec. NYC 1979? 1980?)
Sun Ra Arkestra
Rounder Records, CD 3035
35'

And now for something completely different...

4. Bach in Havana (rec. Miami & NYC Dec. 2008)
Tiempo Libre
Sony Classical, 88697-44701-2
30'

26 December 2012

On holidays. This and next week the show goes dark.

19 December 2012

Ravi Shankar in Memoriam. I will be live-tweeting the raga titles and performers @vonwichert starting at 8am Central Time.

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ravishankar

12 December 2012

Set #1 - 8:30am - 9:00am

1. Life Is Splendid (rec. Ann Arbor, MI Sep. 1972)
Sun Ra & His Solar Myth Arkestra
Total Energy Records, NER 3026
37'

Set #2 - 9:00am - 11:00am

2. The Solar-Myth Approach Vol.1 & 2 (rec. NYC 1970-71)
Sun Ra & His Solar Myth Arkestra
Fuel 2000 Records, 302 061 159 2
90'

05 December 2012

The Christmas Edition of the Komodo Dragon Show. I will be live-tweeting the movement titles @vonwichert starting at 8am Central Time.

1. Franz Liszt: Harmonies poétiques & religieuses (1845-51)
Steven Osborne - piano
Hyperion Records, CDA67445
84'

2. Olivier Messiaen: Vingt regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus (1944)
Peter Serkin - piano
RCA, 82876-62316-2
123'

28 November 2012

Holy trifecta of Batman scores!

Set #1 - 8:00am - 8:30am

1. The Sensational Guitars of Dan and Dale: Batman and Robin (1966)
Sun Ra & The Blues Project
http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2006/02/sun_ra_and_the_.html
35'

Set #2 - 8:30am - 9:30am

2. Nelson Riddle: Batman (1966)
Nelson Riddle - conductor
Batman Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Film Score Monthly, Vol.3 No.7
62'

Set #3 - 9:30am - 11:00am

3. Danny Elfman: Batman Returns (1992)
Jonathan Sheffer - conductor
Batman Returns Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
La-La Land Records, LLCD 1153
92'

4. Lacy Gibson & Alton Abraham: I'm Gonna Unmask the Batman (rec. Philadelphia 4 July 1974)
Sun Ra & His Astro-Galactic Infinity Arkestra
Sun Ra: The Singles
Evidence Music, ECD 22164-2
2:19

21 November 2012

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. Sun Ra Visits Planet Earth (rec. Chicago 1956-58)
Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra
31'

2. Interstellar Low Ways (rec. Chicago 1960)
Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra
31'

Tracks 1-2

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

3. Strange Strings (rec. NYC c. 1966-67)
Sun Ra & His Astro-Infinity Arkestra
Unheard Music Series, ALP263CD
54'
Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

4. The Night of the Purple Moon (rec. NYC 1970)
Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra
Unheard Music Series, ALP264CD
56'

14 November 2012

Who is the original Space Oddity? David Bowie? No no, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Sun Ra and possibly Maurice Ravel. Music by composers not born of this Earth.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:30am

1. Karlheinz Stockhausen: Ylem (1972)
Karlheinz Stockhausen - conductor, The London Sinfonietta
Deutsche Grammophon, 25530 442
24:40

2. Mayan Temples (rec. Milan 24-25 July 1990)
Sun Ra Arkestra
Black Saint, 120121-2
79'

Set #2 - 9:30am - 11:00am

3. Maurice Ravel: Piano Trio (1914)
Triple Forte: Jasper Wood - violin, Yegor Dyachkov - cello, David Jalbert - piano
Atma, ACD2 2633
25:02

4. Maurice Ravel: Violin Sonata (1923–27)
Isabelle van Keulen - violin, Ronald Brautigam - piano
Koch Classics, 3-6416-2
17:42

5. Karlheinz Stockhausen: Kontakte (1958-60)
Stockhausen, 3
35:30

07 November 2012

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

*1. Jason Adasiewicz & Mike Reed: New Myth
1:13

*2. Jason Adasiewicz & Mike Reed: Think Tank
11:39

*3. Jason Adasiewicz & Mike Reed: 2000 West Erie
5:38

4. The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra Vol.1 (rec. NYC Apr. 1965)
Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra
Esp-disk', ESP1014
35'

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:15am

*5. Jason Adasiewicz & Mike Reed: Shadow Boxer's Delight
6:57

*6. Jason Adasiewicz & Mike Reed: Forget B
6:46

7. Monorails & Satellites (rec. NYC 1966)
Sun Ra - piano
Evidence, ECD 22013-2
33'

8. The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra Vol.2 (rec. NYC 16 Nov. 1965)
Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra
Esp-disk', ESP1017
38'

Set #3 - 10:15am - 11:00am

*9. Jason Adasiewicz & Mike Reed: Grow Lights
6:20

*10. Jason Adasiewicz & Mike Reed: Old Science
5:53

*Tracks 1-3, 5, 6, 9 & 10 (rec. Chicago 3 & 5 Sep. 2011)
Living by Lanterns
Old Myth/New Science
Cuneiform Records, RUNE 345

11. Holiday for Soul Dance (rec. 1968-69?)
Sun Ra & His Astro-Infinity Arkestra
Evidence, ECD 22011-2
32'

31 October 2012

Maximalism vs. minimalism in vocal music.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. Phil Minton: No Drone Rising
7:34

2. Phil Minton: Cappa
2:43

3. Jaap Blonk: Quiet Neighbours Moaning
6:43

4. Bob Cobbing: Six Cobbings
6:59

5. Koichi Makigami: Haiku Sonic
8:56

6. David Moss: Ten Tones High
4:54

7. Jaap Blonk: Four Way Four
3:09

8. Paul Dutton: Nosing: A Round
4:13

9. Paul Dutton: Tough & Rumble
7:47

10. David Moss: Five Men Singing
7:03

Tracks 1-10 (rec. Victoriaville, QC 16 May 2003)
Jaap Blonk, Koichi Makigami, Paul Dutton, Phil Minton & David Moss - voice
Five Men Singing
Les Disques VICTO, cd 092
60'

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

11. John Cage: A Flower (1950)
William Winant - closed piano
3:32

12. John Cage: Mirakus2 (1984)
9:05

13. John Cage: 8 Whiskus (1984)
4:17

14. John Cage: The Wonderful Widow of 18 Springs (1942)
William Winant - closed piano
2:41

15. John Cage: Nowth upon Nacht (1984)
William Winant - closed piano
1:09

16. John Cage: Sonnekus2 (1985)
Leonard Stein - piano
17:08

17. John Cage: Forever & Sunsmell (1942)
William Winant - percussion, Scott Evans - suspended cymbal
5:10

18. John Cage: Solo for Voice 49 (1970)
1:19

19. John Cage: Solo for Voice 52 (1970)
3:58

20. John Cage: Solo for Voice 67 (1970)
2:21

21. John Cage: Music for Two (by One) (1984)
5:04

Tracks 11-21
Joan La Barbara - voice
Singing Through: Vocal Compositions by John Cage
New Albion Records, NA 035 CD
56'

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

22. John Cage Meets Sun Ra (rec. Coney Island, NY 8 June 1986)
John Cage - voice, Sun Ra - DX-7 synthesizer
44'

24 October 2012

I hope you'll be able to tune into today's Pledge-O-Rama edition of my Komodo Dragon Show. All week long UMFM is raising money to keep up with the rising costs of running a radio station.

From 8-11am Central Time on 101.5 FM in Winnipeg and wwww.umfm.com in stream, you'll hear Lubomyr Melnyk's continuous music, a raga by Ravi Shankar, and I'll compare the exotica (recorded in the SAME YEAR!) of Sun Ra with that of Martin Denny. Why does one sound well-formed and the other kitschy?

The number to call to make your pledges is 204-474-6610. Operators are standing by from 6am-3am! The first 10 listeners to pledge to the Komodo Dragon Show will receive a sturdy Komodo Dragon Show coffee mug, which some have been known to put soup in, along with other neato incentives.

More details here: http://www.umfm.com/

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. Lubomyr Melnyk: It Was Revealed unto Us That Man Is the Centre of the Universe... But Few Can Now Remember (1996)
Lubomyr Melnyk - piano, Marie Berard - violin, Douglas Perry - viola, Margaret Gay - cello
Bandura Records, n.n.
44'
(No recording can do justice to Lubomyr's continuous piano technique. You've got to hear him play live to appreciate the resonances which he sets up in the piano.)

2. Raga Malkauns (rec. 1965)
Ravi Shankar - sitar
Ravi Shankar: Sound of the Sitar
EMI, CDM 5673092
20:48
(Regular listeners will be aware that I have gone on and on about Raga Malkauns. It is the mystical raga of moral development for becoming a human.)

Set #2 - 9:00am - 11:00am

{3. Angels & Demons at Play (rec. Chicago 1956-60)
24'

4. The Nubians of Plutonia (rec. Chicago 1958-59)
40'

Tracks 3-4
Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra
Evidence Music, ECD 22066-2

5. Exotica: The Best of Martin Denny (rec. 1957-59)
Rhino, R2 70774
55:08}
(Curly brackets indicate the order is ad libitum.)

17 October 2012

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:30am

I have a big secret to tell you about Sun Ra.

1. Janus (rec. 1963-70)
Sun Ra & His Arkestra
1201 Music, 9012-2
35'

2. Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra (rec. 10 Oct. 1961)
Sun Ra & His Arkestra
Savoy Jazz, SV-0213
42'

Set #2 - 9:30am - 10:00am

3. Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy (rec. NYC 1963)
32'
(For me, this title sums up the power of Sun Ra's work: It's intensely spiritual and uplifting.)

4. Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow (rec. NYC 1961-62)
34'

Tracks 3-4
Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra
Evidence Music, ECD 22036-2

5. Nothing Is... (rec. May 1966)
Sun Ra & His Arkestra
Esp-disk', ESP1045
40'

10 October 2012

The album is the unit.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. Keep Swingin' (rec. NYC 11 Jan. 1960)
Julian Priester Quintet: Julian Priester - trombone, Jimmy Heath - tenor sax, Tommy Flanagan - piano, Sam Jones - bass, Elvin Jones - drums
Fresh Sound Records, FSR-CD 643
36'

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

2. Sound Sun Pleasure (rec. Chicago 1958-60)
Sun Ra & His Astro-Infinity Orchestra
Evidence Music, ECD 22014-2
48'

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

3. Sun Ra Visits Planet Earth (rec. Chicago 1956-58)
Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra
31'

4. Interstellar Low Ways (rec. Chicago 1960)
Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra
31'

Tracks 3-4
Evidence Music, ECD 22039-2

03 October 2012

The album is the unit.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

4. Love in Outer Space [conclusion] (rec. NYC 7-8 Oct. 1995)
Myth-Science
40'

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

5. Supersonic Jazz (rec. Chicago 1956)
Sun Ra & His Arkestra
49'

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

6. Angels & Demons at Play (rec. Chicago 1956-60)
24'

7. The Nubians of Plutonia (rec. Chicago 1958-59)
40'

Tracks 6-7
Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra
Starting today and running through until the winter break in December, we'll be showcasing the vast catalog of legendary jazz composer, and otherworldly being, Sun Ra! Of all the jazz musicians, Sun Ra was probably the most controversial, because of his eclectic music and unorthodox lifestyle.

Claiming that he was of the "Angel Race" and not from Earth, but from Saturn, Sun Ra developed a complex persona using "cosmic" philosophies and lyrical poetry that made him a pioneer of afrofuturism. He preached awareness and peace above all. He abandoned his birth name and took on the name and persona of Sun Ra (Ra being the Egyptian God of the Sun), and used several other names throughout his career, including Le Sony'r Ra and Sonny Lee.

Tune in every Wednesday at 8:00am for 3 hours of music that's out of this world!

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:30am

1. Live at Montreux (rec. 1976)
Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Cosmo Arkestra
Inner City Records, IC 1039
83'

Set #2 - 9:30am - 10:30am

2. Concert for the Comet Kohoutek (rec. NYC 22 Dec. 1973)
Sun Ra Arkestra
ESP-DISK', ESP3033
55'
(I am just old enough to remember the debacle of Comet Kohoutek which reached perihelion on 28 December 1973.)

Set #3 - 10:30am - 11:00am

3. Love in Outer Space [beginning] (rec. NYC 7-8 Oct. 1995)
Myth-Science
Knitting Factory Works, KFW 183
30'

19 September 2012

Addressing the accordion deficit.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 8:45am

1. Antonio Soler: Sonata No.62 in B flat major
5:03

2. W. A. Mozart: Adagio & Rondo K.617
Moshe Hammer - violin, Marie Berard - violin, Douglas Perry - viola, David Hetherington - cello
10:13

3. Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in C major K.159
2:22

4. Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in C major K.406
3:32

5. Bernhard Molique: Sonata for pianoforte & concertina
Guy Few - piano
20:43

Tracks 1-5
Joseph Petric - accordion
CBC Records, MVCD 1056

Set #2 - 8:45am - 9:30am

†7. Charles Camilleri: Concerto for Accordion & Strings
Gary Kulesha - conductor, The Composers' Orchestra
14:47

†8. Walter Buczynski: Fantasy on Themes of the Past (1980)
Gary Kulesha - conductor, The Composers' Orchestra
19:31

†9. Norman Symonds: Persuasion (1993)
Robert W. Stevenson - bass clarinet
10:32

Set #3 - 9:30am - 11:00am

*10. Norman Symonds: El duo (1988)
Bob Becker - marimba
9:22

*11. Christos Hatzis: Orbiting Garden (1991)
15:50

*12. Alcides Lanza: Arghanum V (1990)
13:32

*13. Micheline Roi: Fondly, Through the Madness Breathing... (1992)
9:44

*14. Tomas Dusatko: Diastema (1980)
Bob Becker - percussion, Ryan Scott - percussion, Doug Perry - viola
11:07

*15. Serge Arcuri: Bandoneon (1990)
10:09

†16. Alexina Louie: Refuge (1981)
Erica Goodman - harp, Beverley Johnston - vibraphone
10:30

†Tracks 7, 8, 9, & 16
Joseph Macerollo - accordion
Persuasion: The Contemporary Accordion
CBC Records, MVCD 1096

*Tracks 10-15
Joseph Petric - accordion
Orbiting Garden
Centrediscs, CMCCD 7802

12 September 2012

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:30am

1. Ahmet Adnan Saygun: 10 Sketches on Aksak Rhythms (1976)
Kathryn Woodard - piano
Albany, TROY1168
18:46

2. Sun Ra: Free Improvisation
4:57

3. Sun Ra: Blues
4:33

4. Sun Ra: Love in Outer Space
5:15

5. Sun Ra: Outer Spaceways Inc.
6:56

6. Billy Strayhorn: Take the "A" Train
4:13

7. W. C. Handy: St. Louis Blues
4:26

8. Val Burton & Will Jason: Penthouse Serenade
5:53

9. Sun Ra: Angel Race
3:57

10. Sun Ra: Free Improvisation
4:08

11. Fats Waller: Honeysuckle Rose
7:21

12. Sun Ra: Friendly Galaxy/Spontaneous Simplicity
7:36

Tracks 2-12 (rec. 24 Nov. 1977)
Sun Ra - piano
Piano Recital: Teatro La Fenice
Leo Records, GY 21

Set #2 - 9:30am - 11:00am

13. Keiko Fujiie: Pas de deux II (1988)
7:08

14. Eka Chabashvili: Panorama (1996)
7:32

15. Kathryn Woodard: Lyric Suite for prepared piano (2008)
8:40

16. Ivan Božičević: Sotto voce (1994/2008)
17:11

17. Paula Matthusen: run-on sentence of the pavement (2002)
7:58

18. Hasan Uçarsu: "Aperlai (Sunken City) & "Patara (A City Singular in Its Richness)" from Reminiscences of a Summer Journey I (1995)
10:08

19. Sansargereltekh Sangidorj: Endless Stairways (1999)
3:47

Tracks 13-19
Kathryn Woodard - piano
Journeys
Sonic Crossroads, SC 02

20. Isaac Albéniz: Book 4 from Iberia (1907-08)
Marc-André Hamelin - piano
Hyperion Records, CDA67476/7
20:14

05 September 2012

Set #1 - 8:00am - 8:45am

(Finno-American prog rock accordeen.)

1. Kimmo Pohjonen: Sumu
8:43

2. Kimmo Pohjonen: Optikus
8:37

3. Kimmo Pohjonen & Samuli Kosminen: Sineen
7:23

4. Trey Gunn & Pat Mastelotto: Absinthe
8:21

5. Trey Gunn, Samuli Kosminen, Pat Mastelotto & Kimmo Pohjonen: Keho
10:02

Tracks 1-5 (rec. 2004)
KTU: Trey Gunn - Warr guitar, Samuli Kosminen - accordion samples & voice samples, Pat Mastelotto - rhythmic devices, Kimmo Pohjonen - accordion & voice
8 Armed Monkey
Thirsty Ear Recordings, THI 57162.2

Set #2 - 8:45am - 10:00am

(Afrodelic journeys.)

6. The Pyramids: Mogho Naba
8:32

7. The Pyramids: Queen of the Spirits Part 3
6:42

8. The Pyramids: Jamaican Carnival
6:44

9. The Pyramids: Black Man of the Nile
16:32

10. The Pyramids: Lalibela
5:58

11. The Pyramids: Sheba's Dance
4:06

12. The Pyramids: Ya A Ya A Ya
6:18

13. The Pyramids: Birth/Speed/Merging Suite
7:45

Tracks 6-13 (rec. 1973-76)
The Pyramids: Idris Ackamoor - alto sax, Margo Simmons - flute, Kimathi Asante - bass, Donald Robinson - drums
The Best of The Pyramids
n.l., 885767 588738

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am


(Ultra-high-energy cosmic raise.)

14. Sun Ra: The Mystery of Two
5:52

15. Sun Ra: Interstellar Low-Ways
5:24

16. Sun Ra: Neo-Project #2
5:04

17. Sun Ra: Cosmos
2:59

18. Sun Ra: Moonship Journey
6:17

19. Sun Ra: Journey among the Stars
5:13

20. Sun Ra: Jazz from an Unknown Planet
7:10

Tracks 14-20 (rec. 1976)
Sun Ra & His Arkestra
Cosmos
Inner City Records, IC 2010

(Musical warm down.)

21. César Portillo de la Luz: Nuestra canción
2:32

22. Luis Yáñez & Jesús Valdés: Indestructible
2:57

23. Juan Pablo Miranda: Mil congojas
2:51

24. Jorge Mazón: Date una vueltecita
4:11

25. Rubén González: Clímax
2:44

26. Rubén González & Fabián García: Fabiando
3:51

27. José Antonio Méndez: Gloria eres tú
3:26

Tracks 21-27 (rec. 1975)
Rubén González - piano & electric organ, Fabián García - bass, Guillermo García - conga, Roberto García - bongos, Gustavo Tamayo - güiro
Indestructible
Egrem, CD 0275

15 August 2012

In celebration of 65th Indian Independence Day, August 15, 2012.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. Morning Mist: Rag Jogiya Kalingra
10:41

2. Awakening: Rag Ahir Bhairav
7:31

3. Sun's Welcome: Rag Nat Bhairav
3:26

4. Passing of the Day: Rag Bhimpalashri
11:30

5. Twilight's Secret: Rag Puriya Dhanashri
4:37

6. Soothing Rain: Rag Desh Malhar
12:56

7. Moonstruck: Rag Chandranandan
8:15

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

8. Path to the Heart: Rag Sindhi Bhairavi
17:39

Tracks 1-8 (rec. 2002)
Ken Zukerman - sarod, Anindo Chatterjee - tabla, Sunita Asnani - tanpura, Amelie Berner - tanpura
Living Music Traditions, LMT CD 3007

9. Chittham Irangaayo
18:40

10. Chodhanai Thanthu
13:20

11. Nadru Dri Dhom: Tillana
2:04

Tracks 9-11 (rec. 1989)
Shankar - double violin & vocals, V. Lakshminarayana - violin, double violin & vocals, Ganam Rao - vocals, Zakir Hussain - tabla, Vikku Vinayakram - ghatam, Caroline - vocals & tanpura
Shankar: Nobody Told Me
ECM Records, ECM 1397

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

12. Rag Malkauns
50:18

13. Rag Pilu
9:05

Tracks 12-13 (rec. 1999)
Barun Kumar Pal - slide guitar, Ray Spiegel - tabla, Ted Morano - tanpura
Ragas on Slide Guitar
Simla House, SIMLA-006

08 August 2012

In 2010 flamenco was declared an "intangible cultural heritage" of mankind. Today I am making it tangible.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Grands cantaores du flamenco Vol.18
Le chant du monde, LDX 274 1027
58'
(Rafael Romero [1910-1991]: "[His] cante is a spoken, murmured song, to be listened to in religious silence.... Strong cante, pure cante, flowing, going from mouth to mouth, heart to heart.")

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

2. Juan Talega
Grands cantaores du flamenco Vol.20
Le chant du monde, LDX 274 1032
47'
(Juan Talega [1891-1971]: "Juan's voice was that of the ancient ancestors, of the old sages....")

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

3. Isaac Albéniz: Books 1-3 from Iberia (1907-08)
Marc-André Hamelin - piano
Hyperion Records, CDA67476/7
62'

01 August 2012

In 2010 flamenco was declared an "intangible cultural heritage" of mankind. Today I am making it tangible.


Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Grands cantaores du flamenco Vol.15
Le chant du monde, LDX 274 957
70'
(Camarón de la Isla [1950-1992]: "'New wave' flamenco.")

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

2. Beni de Cadíz
Grands cantaores du flamenco Vol.17
Le chant du monde, LDX 274 992
63'
(Beni de Cadíz [1929-1990]: "Beni carried the great cante inside him, the cante that comes from far away, and he sang it without affectation, just as it came to him, sometimes with flashes of sheer genius, and always with incontestable musicality and purity of style...")

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

3. Aledo: Sones de Fiesta
La Cuadrilla de Animas
Auvidis, B 6798
47'

18 July 2012

In 2010 flamenco was declared an "intangible cultural heritage" of mankind. Today I am making it tangible.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. Tío Gregorio El Borrico
Grands cantaores du flamenco Vol.12
Le chant du monde, LDX 274 928
45'
(Tío Gregorio El Borrico [1910-1983]: "... A grandiose voice, a voice of solid bronze worn by time, somewhat like the gnarled roots of an ancient tree, a voice shaken by sudden plunging leaps, singing a wild, millenary, prehistoric chant, a voice of the caves.")

2. Gerardo Nuñez: Queda la sal
5:34

3. Gerardo Nuñez: La Cartuja
5:28

Tracks 2-3 (rec. 1987-88)
Gerardo Nuñez - guitar
Flamencos en Nueva York
veraBra Records, No.28
(Gerardo Nuñez [b. 1961]: "He has even attempted fusion with other kinds of music, especially jazz, but without ever leaving out flamenco as its foundation.")

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

4. La Perla de Cádiz
Grands cantaores du flamenco Vol.13
Le chant du monde, LDX 274 934
53'
(La Perla de Cádiz [1925-1975]: "Her singing is bursting with health, it is wholesome, full, warm, joyous, it makes one happy. Not a trace of darkness, of morbid torment.")


Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

5. Sabicas
Grands cantaores du flamenco Vol.14
Le chant du monde, LDX 274 935
65'
(Sabicas [1912-1990]: "And it is true that the first thing that strikes one on hearing him is his prodigious technique, which is truly unprecedented, and of which the analysts said that before Sabicas there were things that seemed impossible to do on the guitar, after him there is no longer anything!")

11 July 2012

In 2010 flamenco was declared an "intangible cultural heritage" of mankind. Today I am making it tangible.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. Antonio Mairena
Grands cantaores du flamenco Vol.9
Le chant du monde, LDX 274 911
61'
(Antonio Mairena [1909-1983]: Considered to be an admirable academic artist. "...It was he who 'reversed the current' in the 30s by rising up against decadent flamenco and working indefatigably to restore pure cante jondo to its former glory, uncompromisingly re-establishing the old forms... to the point of unearthing whole families of songs that were dying out...")


Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

2. Pepe Marchena
Grands cantaores du flamenco Vol.10
Le chant du monde, LDX 274 912
62'
(Pepe Marchena [1903-1976]: "A fluent, pliant voice (always in tune, with a pleasant tone quality), nonchalant, easy-going, never forced; a precious vocalizing style indulging too freely in circuitous diversions, drawing out the ornaments like the tendrils around the vine-stock." and "Marchena's approach to flamenco is solely to sing about the joy of living, a ray of sunshine, a rose, a pretty woman."

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

3. Niño de Ricardo
Grands cantaores du flamenco Vol.11
Le chant du monde, LDX 274 927
60'
(Niño de Ricardo [1904-1972]: "...A singing, pure, natural guitar, fragrant and multi-coloured as a bouquet of flowers." and "...The converging synthesis of the classical guitar, flamencoism and the staggering development of the guitar of the modern period.")