Wednesday, October 25, 2006

2SER Radiothon information

2ser Radiothon: Support a Higher Frequency
October 20 -27
2ser kicked off their annual Radiothon today, celebrating the importance of independent media.
“ Supporting independent media is more important than ever” explains Tanya Stephenson, 2ser
Marketing and Development Manager.
“As we have already seen in the past week, the laws will set off a frenzied chain reaction of take up,
takeover, devour and conquer in the commercial media realm. However, as community media cannot
be taken over by commercial interests, 2ser will remain independent and untouched by the coming
storm - as long as listeners and the community choose to support it”.
With no play-listed music and independent, unbiased current affairs programs, 2ser is committed to
providing a media platform that operates in contrast to the otherwise highly commercial world of
news and issue reporting, advertising and music promotion. 2ser also continues to be one of the only
stations in which its presenters are allowed to voice their political opinion on air.
“ According to the most recent McNair Research, people are increasingly tuning in to community
radio to access local information and news, specialist music and talks programs, and to listen to a
station that plays Australian music and supports local artists” Tanya ads.
“The ‘Support a higher frequency’ Radiothon provides listeners with the opportunity to show their
support of 2ser and help ensure that the station and its programs continue for at least another 27
During Radiothon, people are invited to 'support a higher frequency' by subscribing to 2ser. The
station holds an educational community broadcasting licence and receives no government funding,
so relies on the support of local businesses and listeners so it can continue to provide Sydney with
an independent, local and real media alternative.
Subscription costs from just $33 per year for concession holders, with special packages also
available to businesses and artists (bands, DJs, performing artists). And to sweeten the deal,
subscribers joining up during Radiothon will not only be supporting a vital media alternative, but also
receive a copy of 2ser’s new “frequency” magazine, a Spunk compilation CD and 2ser key ring,
access to great prizes all year, and entry into the draw to win up to $50,000 worth of prizes, including
an Intrepid Travel “Road to Angkor” Trip for two, two days recording/mixing at Big Jesus Burger
Studios, subscriptions to the Monthly, New Matilda and Arts Hub, loads of CD and movie packs, and
For more information about Radiothon or to subscribe to 2ser, call 9514 9514 or visit

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


Asian Dance and Music Centre


accompanied by Friends and Students

An Annual Celebration of Hindustani Rhythm, Dance and Music.

Saturday 28th October 7:30pm
Tickets $20 and $15 concession at the door.

Lithuanian Club
16-20 Meredith St
(near Bankstown Train Station)

Performers include:
Pandit Ramchandra Suman (tabla)
Inkaran Kantarajah (tabla) Chris Fields (tabla) Stephen (pakhawaj) Angeline (kathak dance), Shobha Bali, Anil Kumar and Sunita Sethi (vocals), Colin Berryman (sitar) and Adrian McNeil (sarod).

Come along and enjoy a variety night of classical and light classical music from India. Help to support live music in Sydney and raise funds for Panditji's Asian Dance and Music Centre.

For more info please call 0421 808 817 or 9796 7401

Monday, October 23, 2006

Nils Petter Molvaer interview

A good read for those interested in the music of this talented Nordic trumpeter

Kim Sanders Live 12 Novemebr 06

Multi-instrumentalist and World Music pioneer Llew Kiek will join Kim Sanders & Friends for a not-to-be-missed performance at the Clarendon in Katoomba on Sunday November 12.

Kiek will play bouzouki, oud and Turkish baglama (or saz). “I love the sound of the baglama”, said Kim Sanders yesterday. “To me, it’s the sound of Turkey. It takes me right back there every time I hear it. And every time I go to Turkey and hear a baglama for the first time, I always feel that wave of emotion. It’s a very emotional instrument.”

Sanders has studied, recorded and performed extensively in Turkey and plays a number of Turkish instruments himself. These include the the ney – the flute used in the ritual of the “Whirling Dervishes” - and the mey. He also plays Bulgarian
gaida (bagpipe), kaval (wooden flute) and tenor sax. And the Aardvark will also wail.

The band is propelled by eclectic bassist Steve Elphick and tabla master Bobby Singh.

The concert will feature a unique mix of Balkan Gypsy thrash tunes, haunting Sufi meditations, Indo-jazz grooves and uncategorizable originals.

Kim Sanders: ney, gaida, kaval, mey, tenor sax, aardvark
Llew Kiek: baglama, bouzouki, oud, keyboards
Steve Elphick: double bass
Bobby Singh: tabla
Photo: Peter Elfes C. 2006

The Clarendon
68 Lurline Street, Katoomba
12 November
Doors open and dinner 6pm, music starts 7.30
Info and bookings or 02 4782 1322

Visit Kim’s website

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Nick Gold interview mp3

Here's the interview from last night. Nick Gold is the creative genius behind the World Circuit label and they have just released an excellent compilation entitled World Circuit Presents.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Powerspot 18 October 06

Tracks from the World Circuit release Best of played on Powerspot tonight aren as follows.

Chan Chan -Buena Vista Social Club
Boul di Tagal- Cheik Lo
Rumba Argelina- Radio Tarifa
Rire Zarga Quana- Bellemou Messaoud
Al Vaiven Mi Carreta- Nico sanquito
Tumbanga- Orlando Cachaito Lopez
Flor de Amor- Omara Portuando
Tapha Niang- Toumani Diabate’s Symmetric Orchestra
El Carretero- Guuillermo Portobales
Juan Pena- Sierra Maestra
El Son Te Llama- Orchestra Baobab
A Love Supreme- Anga Diaz
Dr Binol- Shirati Jazz
DU Du- Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate
Silencio- Ibrahim Ferrer & Omara Portuondo

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Powerspot 11 October 2006

Here's what I played on tonight's show.

Niyza- CD Niyaz- Ghazaal / Arezou (Six Degrees Records)
Midival Punditz- CD Midival Times- Kesariya (Six Degrees Records)
Hans Zimmer- S/T Black Hawk Down- Synchrotone
Joseph Tawadros- CD Storyteller- Storyteller
Jon Hassell- CD Maarifa Street- Divine SOS / New Gods
Bugge Wesseltoft- CD Moving- Moving

Various Artists- Putumayo Presents Acoustic Africa feat. Angelique Kidjo, Vusi Mahlasela, Djelimady Tounkara
Various Artists- Electric Gypsyland 2 (Crammed Discs)
Various Artists- World Circuit Presents - Ali Farka Toure- Amandrai (live) (pre release copy)

Next week I am running an interview with Nick Gold from the World Circuit label. Nick has been producing an array of wonderful recordings from around Cuba, Senegal & West Africa for many years now and has won 4 Grammy's for his work with the likes of Ali Farka Toure, Ry Cooder & the Buena Vista Social Club. He is a very likable man with many stories and more importantly many fine releases on the label. To celebrate 20 years surviving the music industry World Circuit have released an excellent compilation highlighting music from their well known and lesser known acts from over the years. We'll be highlighting this release next week on the show.

I spoke briefly tonight about the Songlines Festival up in the Blue Mountains ovr the next three weekends. Here is the link if you want to know more.

Kim Sanders is having a couple of gigs around Sydney in the next few weeks. Check it out via this link.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Kim Sanders news

Be there or be somewhere else

Acclaimed World Music group Kim Sanders & Friends are all in Sydney at the same time and will perform at the Harp in Tempe on Sunday Oct 29.

The gig will feature music in the style of Balkan and Turkish Gypsies as well as the band’s usual eclectic mix of serene Sufi meditations, bent Balkan dance tunes and original compositions.
Kim has recently returned from Indonesia where he performed as a soloist and in collaborations with Indonesian musicians. “As usual,” he said yesterday, “it’s been hard getting everyone together for a gig. Someone is always away somewhere. Sandy has just been in Korea, for instance. On the other hand, it’s good for picking up musical ideas we can eventually incorporate into the band’s music. It’s a slow process, though. I first went to Indonesia in 71 and I’ve been performing there regularly for more than ten years now. I sometimes notice Indonesian elements in my playing now, but I didn’t include them consciously. The thing is, we’ve all been round long enough, studied and integrated our influences, so our music is our music not just a pastiche like so much so-called World Music. I hope so, anyway!”

In a career spanning more than twenty-five years Kim Sanders has performed with Gypsy wedding bands in Macedonia, studied with Sufi ney-masters in Turkey, played in mosquito-infested dance-halls in West Africa, tavernas in Greece, concert-halls from Beijing to Bandung, on national radio in Bulgaria… not to mention Rooty Hill RSL.

Saxophonist, composer and three-time ARIA-winner Sandy Evans has played and recorded extensively in Australia and overseas with her own Sandy Evans Trio, Clarion Fracture Zone, The catholics, austraLYSIS, the Australian Art Orchestra, MARA!, Bernie McGann, Waratah and many visiting American artists. She has recently been working with refugee musicians.
Double-bassist Steve Elphick has made many overseas tours with folk-jazz group Mara! and various jazz groups including Ten Part Invention and The Engine Room. He has played with many jazz greats including Lee Konitz and Steve Lacey. In Australia he has performed and recorded extensively with cutting-edge improvising bands including The World According to James, The Andrew Robson Trio and The Umbrellas.

Bobby Singh studied tablas in Bombay with the legendary Nikhil Ghosh, and now divides his tıme between India and Australia, where he has quickly become a “must see” performer on the world music circuit as well as the Indian Classical scene. He has performed with Ashok Roy, Shubha Mudgal, Aneesh Pradhan, Slava Grigoriyan, Joseph Tawadros and Flamenco Dreaming . He is currently working with The Bird, Circle of Rhythm and Dha.

Kim Sanders: ney, gaida, kaval, mey, tenor sax, aardvark
Sandy Evans; tenor and soprano saxes
Steve Elphick: double bass
Bobby Singh: tabla

7 pm, Sunday October 29
The Harp
900 Princes Highway, Tempe
Tickets on the door: $18/15 conc
Kids are welcome, and meals are available.
Info 9559 6300

Lloyd Swanton & The catholics news

The catholics' upcoming Sound Lounge show, this Friday 13th October, is
nearly sold out. Our last two Sound Lounge shows did sell out, so book now
to avoid disappointment.

Our special guest for this show will be pedal steel guitar legend Michel
Rose, former catholic who hasn't appeared with us for over five years.
Michel will be lending his unique approach to material from our highly -
acclaimed recent album, Gondola, and we'll be pulling out a few old cathos
favourites in honour of the reunion.

The catholics
Friday 13th October 8.30 -11.00pm
The Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre
cnr City Rd and Cleveland St
$20, $15 concession/members; tix from Seymour Theatre Box Office 9351 7940
Tables/seats are now allocated on a first come basis for each performance,
so to guarantee entry, book now!

All the catholics' albums are available at