Tuesday, September 25, 2007

26 September 07

Dear All

Please come along to these events if in Sydney. These will be wonderful events not too often experienced in this city of ours.

Sangeet Australia presents
extra special guests from India
Dhrupad Vocalists The Gundecha Brothers

September 30th Performance starts 7:30pm
Pre-concert talk from Dr Adrian McNeil 'About Dhrupad Music'

Tom Mann Theatre
136 Chalmers St
Surry Hills
Nr Central Station.
Tickets at the door from 6pm.
Snacks avail. Disabled access available.


Kim Sanders & Friends will perform their last concert in Australia for the year when they play at St Luke’s Hall, Enmore on Sunday afternoon, October 7.

Kim has just returned from Indonesia where he performed as a soloist at the Solo International Ethnic Music Festival. “I had a ball in Solo. I know a lot of musicians over there now, and we usually manage to get some interesting collaborations happening as well as doing our own stuff. This time I had a great jam with Sundanese percussionist Gilang Ramadhan. And the opening parade was fantastic – literally millions in the streets – Solo came to a standstill. I rode in a cart drawn by two oxen. Very stylish. Elton and Mick only get the stretch limo – hah!”

The gig also marks the return of tabla-player Bobby Singh to the band. He has been touring in the US with percussion trio Circle of Rhythm.

“The gig will be a good warm-up for us for the recording of our new CD in October. It’s been delayed for more than two years, for various reasons, so we’re really busting to get into the studio. After that, I’m off to study and perform in Turkey for three months. It’s a great life if you don’t weaken!”

The gig will feature the band’s eclectic mix of Balkan Gypsy thrash tunes, serene Sufi meditations, Afro-flamenco grooves and strange uncategorizable originals.

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

2 pm, Sunday October 7
St Luke’s Hall,
11 Stanmore Rd,
Enmore (opposite 7/11 store)
$20/15 concession

OK, on the show tonight, some firm favorites make a return.

Kim Sanders- CD Trance'N' Dancin'

Gundecha Brothers- CD Ancestral Voices

Various Artists- CD: The Rough Guide To Arabesque
Beyrouth Ecœurée - Clotaire K
Dourbiha - Momo

Emmanuel Jal and Abdel Gadir Salim, CD: Ceasefire

Cesaria Evora- CD: Best of
Jah Wobble- CD: Mu
Various Artists- CD Congotronics No 2 Buzz 'N' Rumble From The Urb'N' Jungle
Konono No1 - Live From Couleur Café

State of Bengal Vs Paban das Baul, Tana Tani
Moner Manush
Tal Rosh

Peter Dickson & Juan Martinez- CD Falsettas
Marcel Khalife- CD Caress (www,calabashmusic.com)
Rokia TraoreBowmboi (Label Bleu)


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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Powerspot 12 September 07

On the show tomorrow night, musical treats from the following.

Bob Brozman- CD Lumiere (Riverboat)
Martyn Bennett- CD Bothy Culture (Rykodisc)
Tony Gorman & Bobby Singh- CD As Wide As The Sky (Birdland)
(the interview with Bobby Singh can be replayed and downloaded from the blog)
Tinariwen- Aman Iman- Water is Life (Filter Music)

Tony Gorman and Bobby Singh will be performing a limited number of performances to promote this release. I would urge those that have the ability to go along and see these musicians perform to do so.

Important dates to keep in mind are as follows.

Thursday September 13th: Sydney 6pm

With special guests The Martenitsa Choir directed by Mara Kiek Stone Gallery on Oxford (Paddington Uniting Church) at the site of the Paddington Markets 395 Oxford St Paddington Wheelchair access. Free car parking: 24-28 Gordon Street Church car park. $15/$12 concession Bookings through Moshtix Enquiries : Birdland phone 02 9267 6881 www.birdland.com.au birdland@birdland.com.au

Sunday 16th September: Newcastle 2pm Royal Exchange, 32 Bolton St Ph (02) 4929 4969 $15 with a $12 concession

Saturday 22nd September: Katoomba 7.30pm With special guests Crowd Around St Hilda’s Anglican Church, 68 Katoomba St (next to the Commonwealth Bank) Ph (02) 4782 4081 (02) 47593937 $12 adults $10 concession

Sunday 23rd September: Manly 7pm Manly Art Gallery & Museum, West Esplanade Reserve Presented as part of the 2007 Manly Arts Festival www.manlyartsfestival.com.au Ph (02) 9976 1421 $10 General $7 Concessions

Leigh Cline & Nikolas Michailidis- Al Asha Bi Daha- Traditional Songs of the Eastern Black Sea 9Scimitar Records)
Pin Rada- The Melbourne / Istanbul Sessions (Telluric Music)-not yet released.

Friday, August 24, 2007

The Gundecha Bros 30-09-07 Sydney

This is to give a few of you who may be interested some advance notice of the next very special concert put on by Sangeet Australia,so you can put it in your diaries.

Sangeet Australia presents
extra special guests from India
Dhrupad Vocalists The Gundecha Brothers

September 30th Performance starts 7:30pm
Pre-concert talk from Dr Adrian McNeil 'About Dhrupad Music'

Tom Mann Theatre
136 Chalmers St
Surry Hills
Nr Central Station.
Tickets at the door from 6pm.
Snacks avail. Disabled access available.

Powerspot Bob Marley special

He’s been described as the most important musical figure of the 20th century. His influence just keeps growing ever since his passing. He is a hero to many native peoples around the world, Maoris, Hopi Indians, the Aboriginal people, a figure who transcended music, and became a symbol of freedom.

The BBC has voted One Love as the song of the century, whilst Time Magazine voted Exodus as the album of the century. Through his music, Marley taught you not to judge people by the colour of their skin more by what they do. The music sang about the reality of life, of the plight of suffering; one of the strengths of marley’s music is that as long as suffering exists his music will continue and give strength to those listening. Marley’s music is as such one of the more enduring music of our time in my opinion.

The aim tonight is not to cover the entire history and spectrum of Bob Marley’s life. That would take more than a 90 minute show. I will assume people listening tonight will be across Bob’s work in some shape way or form, however I’ll loosely cover off the period up to his getting together with Island Records. For a more comprehensive look at Bob Marley's life, I recommend you go to www.bobmarley.com

Marley would have been 62 years old this year. Even though Marley’s work only really covers a period of 20 years, his music has very much become a part of our everyday lives. It has been used in countless commercials, still gets regular airplay on commercial and alternative radio, and due to the fact his work was so insightful and spiritually aware, made it difficult for other reggae stars to be equally noticed. Marley was in a league of his own.

Considered to be the first true superstar of the so called third world, Marley’s music was shaped by the street culture of Jamaica of the 1950’s and 1960’s . Slavery had only been abolished 100 years earlier, and, the people were coming to terms with recent independence and emerging national identity.

A sense of African heritage and cultural awareness were further raised by people such as Marcus Garvey who advocated a new black African state. Freed from the domination of white rulers, Garvey as part of the dream to reunite the black population started the Black Star Line, a shipping company which in theory was going to ship all the black population from America and the Caribbean back to Africa.

In 1930 Ras Tafari Makonnen became the new Emperor of Ethiopia, He took on a new name- Haile Selassie. The followers of Marcus Garvey took Selassie to be the man who would deliver the Negro people, as had been prophesised by Marcus Garvey earlier. This was to be the start of the Rastafarian religion. Rastafarians speak out against; poverty, oppression and inequality.....not just religious ideas but global problems. The prime basic belief of the Rastafarians is that Haile Sellassie is the living God for the black race. The Lion of Judah represents Haile Sellassie, the Conqueror. It represents the King of Kings as a lion is the king of all beasts. The dreadlocks on a Rasta's head are symbolic of the Lion of Judah.

Into this period of time and social consciousness came Robert Nestor Marley born in 1945, fifteen years after Haile Selassie took power. In the 50’s and 60’s Kingston Jamaica, despite all it’s poverty and hardship, was the place to be for many people. People would squat in shanty towns such as Trench town which was built over a ditch running the sewage out of the town. Trench town would of course be made famous through the music and songs of Bob Marley. He moved there with his mother in the late 50’s growing up listening to amongst other things American radio, hearing artists such as Ray Charles, Curtis Mayfield, Brook Benton as well as The Drifters. From a young age, Marley grew increasingly interested in music, forming a friendship with Bunny Livingstone aka Bunny Wailer, as well as the famous singer Joe Higgs who would be a mentor and teacher to his band. It was around this time that he befriended another musical icon- Peter Macintosh aka Peter Tosh. This was to be version 1 of the Wailing Wailers.

An introduction to Clement Dodd of Studio 1 fame in 1963 led to a record deal. Bob’s firsts single was Simmer Down, it’s reference to violence being a diatribe against competing producers of dances in dance halls and social events due to the competitive nature of the industry. With marley, you often needed to read the music between the lines. Reggae was very much what was called the poor man’s newspaper, in that if something was happening the word or the message would be spread through the music. If people couldn’t read, they could always listen to the music which would keep them informed of what was happening.

Marley went on to record music identifying other topical themes appealing to the Rude Boys, the street rebels of Kingston Jamaica, Over the next few years Marley cut some thirty singles for Clement Dodd before breaking up the band citing financial hardships. Earlier releases for Marley were more aimed at the dance halls and the tempo in general was more upbeat.

By the mid 60’s Bob Marley was identifying closer and closer to the ideals and beliefs of the Rastafarians, his songs starting to reflect a new spiritual outlook and social awareness, something that would remain in his music for the rest of his life. In Marley’s case, he would be strongly influenced by the Rasta beliefs such as:

*the use of ganja or ‘erbs to be closer to God…thus the references to I and I. Herbs made Marley think, made him more sensitive to what was around him. It was done for as Marley would say headucation.

*Africa being paradise,
*Selassie being the living god.

At a time when Jamaica was still relatively new to independence, this was a real slap in the face for the government of the day. He was seen as a threat. He in turn mistrusted the politicians. He called them Crime Ministers who sit in the house of thieves

Marley would reform The Wailers and teamed up with Lee Perry, producing some of the biggest hits such as Soul Rebel, 400 Years and Small Axe, songs which were to define the future of reggae.

Marley’s big break really came when he partnered up with Chris Blackwell from Island Records in the early 70’s. Blackwell had been promoting reggae music since the 50’s, as well as promoting rock bands such as Traffic and King Crimson. By aligning himself with Blackwell he was very much guaranteeing himself success, as Blackwell had the means to promote Marley to a greater audience.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Powerspot Playlist 15 August 2007

On the show tonight night, musical treats and delights from the following:

Deepak Ram- CD Flute for Thought- Between Thoughts (mp3 from www.calabashmusic.com)

Marcel Khalife- CD Caress-Caress (mp3 from www.calabashmusic.com)

Azam Ali- CD Elysium For The Brave- Endless Reverie / I Am A Stranger in this Life (mp3 from www.calabashmusic.com)

Azam is internationally recognized for her work with Vas, the critically acclaimed, best selling, world music duo she co-founded in 1996 with percussionist Greg Ellis. From 1997- 2004 Vas released four albums on the Narada label. Their music, which they described as "alternative world," focused mainly on the ancient
relationship between the drum and voice. Their distinct cinematic sound blended influences of Indian, Persian, Western and other musical styles into a unique configuration that transcended categorization and cultural specificity. Though in their early days Vas drew many comparisons to Dead Can Dance, they patiently surpassed that comparison with each album they released, earning them their place in the musical hierarchy of bands whose innovation set a standard for others to aspire to.

In 2002 Azam released her first self produced highly successful solo album, Portals of Grace, which featured her singing renditions of ancient Western European medieval songs.

Azam's distinctive voice can also be heard on myriad film and television scores among which include “Matrix Revolutions,” “Godsend,” “Papparazi,” the upcoming major motion picture 300, Children of Dune, Earthsea, Dawn of the Dead, Alias, and The Agency.

Elysium for the Brave, Azam's second solo album, signals a new turn in her musical evolution. The album, her most ambitious work to date, brings together musicians from varied musical backgrounds performing in diverse permutations. Singing predominantly in English for the first time, the songs are based on lyrics written by Azam herself and reveal a poetic lyricism heard only in glimpses of her previous works.

Duoud- CD Sakat - Youm Aland / Mal Aytani-(mp3's from www.calabashmusic.com)

For their second record, the electro-traditional combo Duoud explores Yemen ancestral musical traditions i
Smadj and Mehdi Haddab, children of the Parisian musical turmoil of the 90’s, have chosen the oud, just like one chooses one’s favorite pastry: with an accepted greed, without fear nor complex. For a long time, the oriental-electronic producer and the Ekova magician-member have satisfied their need to play in their favorite bars or in the intimacy of a party among friends. With this very simplicity they decided to record the fruit of their night drifting under the project name DuOud. Respectfully insolent with the instrument tradition, alternating “classical” Arab tunes and personal compositions, warmth of the acoustic instrument and electronic saturation, the two companions even invited some colleagues to share their joy (particularly the Bum Cello’s “fireworks makers”).

Jan Garbarek- Anouar Brahem- Ustad Shaukat Hussain- CD Madar- Sull Lull
Simon Shaheen & Vishwa Mohan Bhatt- CD Saltanah- Rag Vasant Mukhari
Dino Saluzzi- CD Cafe De La Musique- Introduccion y Milonga del Ausente (ECM 1616)

Bob Dylan at The Entertainment Centre-a review

I once asked Daniel Lanois what he thought about when people praised him for resurrecting the careers of musicians such as Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris. He very humbly replied that great musicians will always be great musicians, no matter what they are going through. If you have greatness inside you, it will come out sooner or later. After the interview I started listening to Bob Dylan's music again, and my interest was further re-fueled when I saw the documentary put out by Martin Scorcese some years back.

I was never a 'die-hard' Bob Dylan fan, and to this day still believe that the best Dylan tunes are the ones covered by others, possibly because these singers made me aware of who Bob Dylan is. John Martyn springs to mind, singing Don't Think Twice, on the brilliant London Conversation album, one of many fine albums put out by Martyn over many years.

So I find myself at The Entertainment Centre last night with my friend Chris Vitek taking in the Bob Dylan experience. I went out of respect for Dylan's music, knowing here was one of the great creative musical visionaries of my time. The show didn't 'rock my world', however I'm glad I experienced it. The Dylan I heard was very much performing a kind of southern Texan, rockabilly style country music. Most of the show saw Dylan behind his keyboards, only playing guitar on three tracks. He also didn't play too much harmonica, which I would have liked to have heard more of. The band was comprised of a double bass player by the name of Tony Garnier, as well as a pedal steel player by the name of Donnie Herron, who also played lap steel guitar and violin.Dylan seemed to cover off most of the tracks off his most recent release Modern Times, as well as favorites such as Highway 61 Revisited (an almost rockabilly version), When The Deal Goes Down, as well as Thunder On The Mountain, and to finish the show a great version of All Along The Watchtower.

After the show I drove home listening to Masterpieces, playing Dylan singing All Along The Watchtower over and over again. I'm glad I heard him sing live just once, and even though I sat about 100 feet away from the stage, you could sense that greatness that is Bob Dylan

Friday, August 10, 2007

Just because it's digital doesn't mean it's good

MP3 music - it's better than it sounds

Joel Selvin, Chronicle Senior Pop Music Critic
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Whether you know it or not, that compact disc you just copied to your
MP3 player is only partially there.

With the CD on its way out and computer files taking over as the
primary means of hearing recorded music, the artificial audio of MP3s
is quickly becoming the primary way people listen to music. Apple
already has sold 100 million iPods, and more than a billion MP3 files
are traded every month through the Internet.

[ MP3: Just because it's digital, doesn't mean it sounds good.]

But the music contained in these computer files represents less than
10 percent of the original music on the CDs. In its journey from CD
to MP3 player, the music has been compressed by eliminating data that
computer analysis deems redundant, squeezed down until it fits
through the Internet pipeline.

When even the full files on the CDs contain less than half the
information stored to studio hard drives during recording, these
compressed MP3s represent a minuscule fraction of the actual
recording. For purists, it's the dark ages of recorded sound.

"You can get used to awful," says record producer Phil Ramone. "You
can appreciate nothing. We've done it with fast food."

Ramone, who has recorded everyone from Frank Sinatra to the Rolling
Stones, was a musical prodigy who graduated from Juilliard at 16. He
won the first of his nine Grammys in 1965 for the classic album "Getz/
Gilberto." He is not alone in the upper ranks of his profession in
decrying the state of audio, even though millions of dollars have
been spent building high-tech digital recording studios.

"We're pretty happy with what we send out," says engineer Al Schmitt,
winner of 15 Grammys for records by artists from Henry Mancini to
Diana Krall. "What happens after that, we have no control over that

These studio professionals bring their experience and expensive,
modern technology to bear on their work; they're scrupulous and
fastidious. Then they hear their work played back on an iPod through
a pair of plastic earbuds. Ask Ramone how it feels to hear his work
on MP3s, and he doesn't mince words.

"It's painful," he says.

MP3s have won the war of the formats because of technology, not
because of their audio quality. "It's like hearing through a screen
door," says neuroscientist Daniel Levitin of McGill University,
author of "This Is Your Brain on Music." "There are lines between me
and what I want to see."

But what is the price of inferior audio quality? Can poor audio touch
the heart as deeply as better sound? John Meyer, who designs and
builds some of the world's best speakers at his Meyer Sound Labs in
Berkeley, doesn't think so.

"It turns you into an observer," Meyer says. "It forces the brain to
work harder to solve it all the time. Any compression system is based
on the idea you can throw data away, and that's proved tricky because
we don't know how the brain works."

It could be that MP3s actually reach the receptors in our brains in
entirely different ways than analog phonograph records. The
difference could be as fundamental as which brain hemisphere the
music engages.

"Poorer-fidelity music stimulates the brain in different ways," says
Dr. Robert Sweetow, head of UCSF audiology department. "With
different neurons, perhaps lesser neurons, stimulated, there are
fewer cortical neurons connected back to the limbic system, where the
emotions are stored."

But Sweetow also notes that music with lyrics may act entirely
differently on a cerebral level than instrumental music. "The words
trigger the emotion," he says. "But those words aren't necessarily
affected by fidelity."

Certainly '50s and '60s teens got the message of the old rock 'n'
roll records through cheap plastic transistor radios. Levitin
remembers hearing Sly and the Family Stone's "Hot Fun in the
Summertime" on just such a portable radio, an ancient ancestor of the

"It was crap, but it sounded great," he says. "All the essential
stuff comes through that inch-and-a-half speaker."

Levitin also says that Enrico Caruso and Billie Holiday can probably
move him more than Michael Bolton or Mariah Carey under any fidelity.

"If the power of the narrative of the movie isn't there," he says
metaphorically, "there's only so far cinematography can take you."

Most of today's pop records are already compressed before they leave
the studio in the first place, so the process may matter less to
artists like Maroon 5 or Justin Timberlake. Other kinds of music, in
which subtlety, detail and shaded tonalities are important, may
suffer more harm at the hands of the algorithms.

"When you listen to a world-class symphony or a good jazz record,"
says Schmitt, "and you hear all the nuance in the voices, the fingers
touching the string on the bass, the key striking the string on the
piano, that's just a wonderful sensation."

How much the audio quality is affected by the MP3 process depends on
the compression strategy, the encoder used, the playback equipment,
computer speed and many other steps along the way. Experts agree,
however, that the audio quality of most MP3s is somewhere around FM
radio. The best digital audio, even with increased sampling rates and
higher bit rates, still falls short of the natural quality of now-
obsolete analog tape recording.

EMI Records announced earlier this year the introduction of higher-
priced downloads at a slightly higher bit rate, although the
difference will be difficult to detect. "It's probably
indistinguishable to even a great set of ears," says Levitin.

How good MP3s sound obviously also depends greatly on the playback
system. But most MP3s are heard through cheap computer speakers,
plastic iPod docking stations or, worse yet, those audio abominations
called earbuds.

The ease of distribution means that MP3s are turning up everywhere,
even places where they probably shouldn't. Schmitt, who has won the
award more times than anyone else, is incredulous that the National
Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences posts MP3s of nominees for the
best engineering Grammy. "As if you could tell anything from that,"
he sneers.

For digital audio to substantially improve, several major
technological hurdles will have to be cleared. The files will have to
be stored at higher sampling rates and higher bit rates. Computing
power will have to grow. New playback machines will have to be
introduced ( Ramone thinks high-definition television is the model
for something that could be "HD audio"). If the Internet is going to
be the main delivery system for music in the future, as appears to be
the case, Internet bandwidth will also be a factor.

"The Internet is in charge now," says Ramone, "and it has all kinds
of wobbles. You have wires hanging out of windows and things like
that. That's just the way things have to be because the Internet is
in transition."

Meanwhile, most music listeners don't know what they're missing. They
listen to MP3s on shiny chrome machines and plastic earpieces, and
what they hear is what they get. But what's being lost is not
replaced by the convenience.

In effect, sound reproduction is caught in a technological wrinkle
that may take years to straighten out. "This is a transition phase,"
says McGill's Levitin. "It's having an effect on the culture, no
question, but it's temporary. ... (But) it may be around for a while."

A glossary of digital audio terms:

A glossary of terms that describe different types of digital audio :

MP3: What has become a generic name for compressed audio files was
originally taken from a set of video and audio compression standards
known as MPEG (Moving Pictures Experts Group). . There are many
codecs, or compression programs (Apple converts CDs to an AAC file on
iPods), but most reduce the file to about 6 percent of its original

WAV: The standard computer audio file stores data at 44,100 samples
per second, 16 bits per sample (although recording studios are
commonly equipped with 24-bit technology). WAV files are uncompressed
and written to compact discs in Red Book audio, which adapts the file
for compact disc players.

AIFF: Most professional audio is saved in these large files that use
about 10 megabytes for every minute of stereo audio.

FLAC: This codec, favored by Grateful Dead tape traders, stands for
Free Lossless Audio Code. It reduces storage space by 30 to 50
percent, but without compression. A full audio CD can be burned from
the file, unlike from MP3s.

- Joel Selvin

E-mail Joel Selvin at jselvin@sfchronicle.com.


This article appeared on page E - 1 of the San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Powerspot Playlist 8 August 07

Last night's program as follows.

Kim Sanders- CD Trance'n'Dancing'
Kim Sanders- You Can't Get There from Here

1 Giant Leap- Audio / Music from the DVD 1 Giant Leap
Dhafer Youssef- Music from the DVD Live @ The Spitz

Adrian McNeil & Aneesh Pradhan- Raga Bhasant Bhukari (www.underscorerecords.com)

Monday, August 06, 2007

Kim Sanders upcoming show 19 August 07

Musical gypsy Kim Sanders has just returned from Indonesia to present a programme of Turkish music at St Luke's Hall, Enmore on Sunday August 19.
The concert will feature Turkish-born baglama-player Ozkan Bayar, now living in Australia. I'm really looking forward to playing with Ozkan he's really hot! said Kim yesterday. He's played with some heavy dudes in Turkey. He's a monster on baglama, and also plays bouzouki and a vary rare and exotic hybrid instrument called the cumlama. I like hybrids I play one myself!? Kim's hybrid is the Bulgarian/Turkish/Australian bass bagpipe he calls The Aardvark.

Kim has studied, performed and recorded extensively in Turkey since 1984. He has worked with Zulfu Livanelli, Anadolu Fener, Birol Topaloglu and the Istanbul State Modern Folk Music Ensemble.

The ensemble will be completed by Kim?s long-time collaborator percussionist Peter Kennard, who was featured on Kim?s latest CD Trance'n'Dancin.

The programme will include Turkish Classical and Sufi music and folk music from various regions of Turkey.

In Indonesia, they're very interested in Turkish music, because of the historical connection with the Middle East, says Kim. Especially so in Aceh. I went there to do a series of World Music workshops with a group of musicians co-ordinated by Ben Pasaribu from the Ethnomusicology Department at Medan University. The aim was to encourage local Achenese musos to play music again, now that the houses and infrastructure are mostly rebuilt after the tsunami. We heard some terrible stories, but the workshops went really well, and the jam session on the final night was a knockout! Hopefully we contributed in some small way to the healing of hearts and minds.

Kim also performed at the Malacca Straits Jazz Festival and at the inauguration of the new chief of Koto Gadang in Sumatra. My vegetarian daughter Phoebe was grossed out by the freshly-severed buffalo-head in prime position next to the Chief but they sure loved the gaida! Kim will return to Indonesia in September for the Solo International Ethnic Music Festival and to Turkey in November for further study and performances.

Kim Sanders: ney, kaval, mey, gaida, aardvark

Ozkan Bayar: baglama, cura, cumlama, bouzouki

Peter Kennard : dhaf, daire, darabukka, davul, percussion

2 pm, Sunday Aug 19

St Luke?s Hall,

11 Stanmore Rd,

Enmore (opposite 7/11 store)

$20/15 concession

St Luke's Hall is a semi-accoustic venue, so you won't be deafened by a moronically loud sound-system!

Light refreshments available, and parking onsite.

Be early seating is limited!

For interviews, photographs, more info, to order CDs: kimzgaida@hotmail.com

See www.netspace.com.au/~kimsanders

This concert is supported by Kinetic Energy Theatre Company.


September 28th-30th - Bellingen Showground

The full line-up for this year's Bellingen Global Carnival has been announced and it includes:

International -
* Kora (New Zealand)
* Sharon Shannon Band (Ireland)
* Shasha Marley (Ghana)
* The Gyuto Monks (Tibet)

National -
* Afrodizziact featuring Jali Buba Kuyateh
* Alan Posselt & Jay Dabgar
* Chukale
* Diafrix
* Echoes of Polynesia
* Hey Amigos
* Jalsa Creole featuring Aniele
* Johnnie Aseron
* Joseph Tawadros' The Oud, The Bad & The Ugly
* Klezmer Connexion
* Labjacd
* Lolo Lavino
* Mihirangi
* San Lazaro
* Skorba
* The Cafe of the Gate of Salvation
* The View From Madeleine's Couch
* Tjupurru
* Tommee

Local/Regional -
* Alter-Native
* Baja
* Bellinger River District Pipe Band
* Christie & The Rhythm Family
* Old Spice Boys
* Rafiki Connection
* Salsa Crazy

DJs -
* Balkan Beats (Systa BB & DJ Delay)
* DJ Gemma
* Uberlingua crew (bP, Mashy P, Aysu Fevziye Cogur, Presyse Rifraf, sakamoiz, Potato Master, Stuart Buchanan, VJ Sdzeit,
Pataphysics, Mr. Fish, MC Wire)
* Jembe crew (James Locksmith, Mark Walton, DJ Elroy, DJ Frenzie, DJ Katch, Garrido)

Plus Circus acts, Kid's Festival and much more.

Full details and ticket information available at:

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Playlist 1 August 07

A pinch and a punch. Where has the year gone? August already. The weather is warming up during the days, giving almost a false sense of spring. Night time it's still bitterly cold, heater on full bore. probably not doing much to improve the environment with all those carbon emissions but...

On the show tomorrow night, musical contributions from the following. I am also hoping to have an advance copy of the collaboration between sarod master Adrian McNeill and tabla master Aneesh Pradhan, who will be performing 4 August 07 at the very small and intimate Dickson Street Space in newtown. A Must See Event. Please do come along. It's an early morning performance starting at 1130 and going for approximately two hours. This will truly be a wonderful musical collaboration and moment.

Kiran Ahluwalia-(www.calabashmusic.com)

The ghazal, Kiran's specialty, is a song form that comes from the Indian subcontinent. It exists somewhere between the classical and popular tradition. Ghazals begin life as poems and with the addition of music, become songs. They have an unbroken 700 year tradition and that tradition is alive and well in the South Asian literary diaspora across North America. These new original poems written in Urdu and Punjabi by a variety of Indian poets, combined with Kiran's music, make an original contribution to the ghazal tradition, perhaps the first recorded ghazals to be entirely created in North America.

Kiran Ahluwalia is a performer of vocal music. More precisely she is a performer of two distinct styles of vocal music from the Indian subcontinent, now India and Pakistan. Kiran sings ghazals and Punjabi folk songs. The word ghazal is an Arabic word that means "to talk to women". Given that men have traditionally spoken to women a great deal about love; the name attached itself to a form of poetic sung verse that originated in Persia about 1000 years ago and reached India around 400 years later.

Smadj-CD Take It and Drive

Smadj is the moniker adopted by musician and composer Jean-Pierre Smadja.
Smadj was born in Tunisia, but raised in Paris from an early age. His work is the product of a musical upbringing that has embraced influences from all over the world.

Smadj took up the guitar as a teenager, and he soon began to develop his own style of playing. By his early twenties he was featuring regularly at jazz clubs in and around the city, whilst gaining a reputation as a sound engineer through the mobile studio he had set up.
As the sound of electronic music spread throughout Paris during the early 90's Smadj began to feel constrained by his chosen genre. His first reaction was to start to fuse jazz with the North African sound of his birthplace. The name he gave to the project was Tatoom, which combined a number of musicians. Their world-groove sound caught the attention of label Moby Dick, which released Tatoom presents Tatoom in 1996. The group split up shortly, due to the departure of the singer.

During the mid-nineties Smadj had also collaborated as a session guitarist with a number of high-profile musicians, such as Tony Allen (Fela's drummer). At the same time Smadj met Sofi Hellborg, a Swedish saxophonist, who had experience of playing with African artists such as the Afro-Jazz musician Manu Dibango. Together they began to improvise live over DJ sets, fusing jazz and breakbeats. Smadj started to sample and program beats himself, as an accompaniment for his guitar, and the pair released their first EP, Bon Voyage, in 1997 with label Freerange UK.
One of the many people who Smadj had been impressing with his music was Robert Trunz, owner of MELT2000. In 1998 Robert signed him to do a full album, Equilibriste. The title means 'tight-rope walker', which is a reference to the boundary he treads on the album between nu-beats and jazz. He spent much of '99 gigging around France and England to promote it.

As Smadj's musical horizons broadened he had also been developing his mastery of a new instrument, the oud - an Arabic incarnation of the Lute comprising six pairs of strings. His second album for MELT2000, New Deal, was the first work to feature him on the instrument, and it marked a departure into more experimental and diverse territory. The album represented the sound many African, Arabic and Indian cultures, set against the environmental noise of Paris and New York.
Soon after the release of New Deal, Smadj was introduced to Mehdi Haddab, the famous oud player. Smadj found in Mehdi a tutor and partner. The two began jamming together, soon performing in front of close friends. It was not long, though, before Smadj was drawn by his fascination with technology towards combining the sound of the oud with his beloved Apple Mac. The idea of processing the oud with effects more closely associated with dance music was truly unique and the high level of musicianship shared by the two artists was bound to yield similarly original results. Soon the pair formed DuOud. The act was quickly picked up by Label Bleu, responsible for releasing their album Wild Serenade to critical acclaim. DuOud have toured the world, performing at prestigious locations such as London's ICA. In 2003 they were nominated for Best Newcomer at the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music.

Smadj's latest work, Take It And Drive is a collection of new music, featuring a number of artists with whom he has recently collaborated. Amongst those featured on the album are vocalist Rokia Traore, Mercury Award winner Talvin Singh and Mehdi Haddab himself.

Pat Metheny - Offramp

This 1982 recording by the Pat Metheny Group represented a crossroads for the guitarist, a creative expansion from his original concept in terms of acoustic and electric instrumentation, folksy roots material and modern jazz influences, American and third world sources. Having thus marked out the territory for a decade's worth of experimentation and growth, the Metheny Group cemented its standing on the cutting edge of contemporary jazz with Offramp. Lyle Mays' harmonica-like synth theme, Metheny's soaring, vocalized synth-guitar lead, some rich orchestral touches, and an easygoing blend of backbeat and chord changes made "Are You Going with Me?" one of Metheny's most enduring arrangements. Still, for every gentle, alluring set piece, such as the tangolike "Au Lait" or the rural vistas of "James," there was a visceral, emotive free-for-all like the title track, where Metheny unleashed wild, wailing synth guitar elisions over a loose, abstract pulse--anticipating the energy of the guitarist's collaboration with free jazz guru Ornette Coleman some four years hence on Song X.


Mariza began singing Fado as a child, before she could read. Her father sketched out little cartoon stories to help her remember the lyrics. At the age of five, she would join in the spontaneous singing in her parentsâ?? restaurant in Mouraria, one of Lisbon's most traditional neighborhoods.

Mariza was born in Mozambique, but her family moved to Portugal when she was a baby, giving her plenty of time to get immersed directly in the Fado Housesâ where singing is part of everyday life.

Mariza walks the fine line necessary to both genuinely carry the tradition and bring it freshness for today. Her performance style captures the raw emotion that characterizes the genre, but with her own personal twist.

Egberto Gismonti

The Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Egberto Gismonti drew his inspiration for this music from time he spent with the Xingu Indians in the Amazon, and it's intended to invoke both their spirit and the experience of the jungle. Gismonti assembled some remarkable musicians for this 1977 recording--guitarist Ralph Towner, percussionists Nana Vasconcelos and Collin Walcott, and saxophonist Jan Garbarek--but he uses them sparingly. The opening "Palacio de Pinturas" is a gorgeous duet between Gismonti's 8-string and Towner's 12-string guitars, a music so tonally rich that it suggests multiple geographic sources. "Raga," with Walcott on tabla, is more specific, with Gismonti's rapid-fire runs suggesting a sitar, but his use of percussive harmonics is a new element. The long final track is a remarkably varied suite. It begins with a light trio that has Garbarek's only appearance--a keening, soprano-saxophone solo--and includes "Sapain" for an ensemble of blown bottles with voices and wooden flute. Gismonti's fascination with shifting instrumental colors creates consistently interesting music, combining traditions and sources into a novel musical

Jan Garbarek (born March 4, 1947) is a Norwegian tenor and soprano saxophonist active in the jazz, classical, and world music genres. His daughter Anja Garbarek is also a musician.

Garbarek's sound is one of the hallmarks of the ECM record label, which has released virtually all of his recordings. His style incorporates a sharp-edged tone, long, keening, sustained notes strongly reminiscent of Islamic prayer calls, and generous use of silence. He began his recording career in the late 1960s, notably featuring on recordings by the American jazz composer George Russell (such as Othello Ballet Suite and Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature). If he had initially appeared as a devotee of Albert Ayler and Peter Brötzmann, by 1973 he had turned his back on the harsh dissonances of avant-garde jazz, retaining only his tone from his previous approach.

As a composer, Garbarek tends to draw heavily from Scandinavian folk melodies, a legacy of his Ayler influence. He is also a pioneer of ambient jazz composition, most notably on his 1976 album Dis. This textural approach, which rejects traditional notions of thematic improvisation (best exemplified by Sonny Rollins) in favor of a style described by critics Richard Cook and Brian Morton as "sculptural in its impact," has been critically divisive. Garbarek's more meandering recordings are often labeled as New Age music, a style generally scorned by more orthodox jazz musicians and listeners, or spiritual ancestors thereof.

After recording a string of unheralded avant-garde albums, Garbarek rose to international prominence in the mid-1970s playing post-bop jazz, both as a leader and as a member of Keith Jarrett's successful "European Quartet." He achieved considerable commercial success in Europe with Dis, a meditative collaboration with guitarist Ralph Towner that featured the distinctive sound of a wind harp on several tracks. (Selections from Dis have been used as incidental music in several feature films and documentaries.) In the 1980s, Garbarek's music began to incorporate synthesizers and elements of world music. In 1993, during the Gregorian chant craze, his album Officium, a collaboration with early music vocal performers the Hilliard Ensemble, became one of ECM's biggest-selling albums of all time, reaching the pop charts in several European countries. (Its sequel, Mnemosyne, followed in 1999.) In 2005, his album In Praise of Dreams was nominated for a Grammy.

In addition to the selections from Dis, Garbarek has also composed music for several other European films, including French and Norwegian films. Also his song 'Rites' was used in the American film The Insider.

Pepe Habichuela-A Mandeli

The first solo work by the brilliant guitarist in which he is accompanied by Carles Benavent on bass, and Rubem Dantas and Antonio Carmona on percussion. He was the first flamenco artist to be accompanied by Benavent and Dantas, and he was also the first to record with the Nuevos Medios record label, which also gambled on the new generation of the Habichuelas: Ketama.

He is the son of the Gypsy T'io josé Habichuela El Viejo (Granada 1910-1986), who founded this legacy of guitarists of whom Pepe (born 1944) is one of three brothers, all gifted guitarists. Pepe's son Juan continues the family tradition as founding member of Ketama, the foremost flamenco cross-over rock band. The rumba from Habichuela's first solo recording is an extraordinarily complex work, aknowledged here by Faucher who explains he has made choices as 'the original was impossible to extract as it is on the disc'. The introduction also explains that the works on recordings are like 'snapshots...which reproduce the pieces as they are played on that particular day and only at that particular time'. It appears the transcriber has worked closely with the composer and introduced three modifications which are clearly noted. It is in the introductory pages where this publication disappoints: the eulogy to Pepe Habichuela is in a tortuous Spanish style with sentences five lines long, i.e. an entire paragraph without drawing breath! The English is patently the result of inadequat translation. Surely the author would not actually want to say this: 'The artist well understands that he will only be safe by calling and putting the dance and the marvellous character's mischievousness a compás, and only in stripping them of grace and duende, making them slide their hands to pass it on to us'. From the Spanish I can deduce that he wishes to suggest the artist steals the grace and duende from past figures and allows it to flow through his own hands that we might witness it. To suggest that Pepe Habichuela strips anything of grace and duende is bordering on the libellous! These introductory words by Francisco Almazán are in Spanish and English only. The explanatory notes on 'sound and technique' are by Alain Faucher, the English is more felicitous than the translations of Almazán's Spanish and gives great insight into Pepe's unique technique. There are those who declare flamenco cannot be written down. This is patently untrue. However, like all music, noy every nuance can be accurately written in black and white. To my mind, the greatest fault of tab notation is the failure to notate the rythm. The extraordinarily improvised nature of Habichuela's rythm makes this some of the most difficult music to accurately notate. Without the recordings to hand I feel it would be extremely hard to get the correct nuances and subtle interplay of accompanying role/melodic exposition/rythmic interlude.
Everything is written here, and the result is a collection of some of the most beautiful, original and profoundly jondo solo flamenco guitar pieces ever recorded. Emma Martinez (Classical Guitar)

Amadou and Mariam

- from the liner notes "Tje Ni Moussou"
African music's recent history has been written on recycled paper, with a pen dipped in the ink of savvy resourcefulness. The biographical vicissitudes of The Bembaya Jazz, The Ambassadeurs, and the Rail Band of Bamako contain enough burlesque episodes for a sitcom, featuring indelicate managers, venal witchdoctors an piracy experts. In this hazardous context, the itinerary of Amadou and Mariam seems full of no-fuss heroics. Take the first hurdle in their long obstacle course: after meeting at the Institute for the Young Blind of Mali, they have to obtain approval for a marriage deemed unreasonable by their parents; the youngsters were the only ones to see the chances of a blind couple being successful.

In those days of military dictatorship, a musical vocation caused those with the most obvious gifts to converge on the hotels, where the house-bands, in exchange for civil-service salary, played to a clientele composed of government brass and foreign citizens, distilling the latest pop tunes and other fashionable music from Cuba in residential ballrooms. At the end of the Sixties, Amadou Bagayoko cut his teeth as a guitarist in the Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako, a versatile group later joined by Salif Keita. He refined his guitar technique, causing his fluid playing to sparkle, and thanks to a bridge or two that spanned the musical continents, cultivated a sense of versatility - the opposite of a scattering - that was to become the emergence of the radiant Bambara blues that has brought their recent productions to full bloom.

Mariam Doumbia sang, often accompanied by Amadou, and when the couple finally decided on a common career, their chances of success in Mali were so high that... they chose to emigrate to the Ivory Coast. Their success there took them by surprise.

Separated from their three children, they recorded a series of cassettes produced the Nigerian Aliyu Maikano Adamu; clothed by a single electric guitar, these recordings contain the initial versions of "Dounia", "A Chacun Son Probleme", and "Mon Amour, Ma Cherie". These songs returned some seven years later to grace the album "Sou Ni Tile", which broadened their horizon and caused the universality of African music to coincide with the resources of modern technology. "Tje Ni Mousso" ("Man And Woman") in bambara, added nuances of sound and rhythmical inflections to the already rich spectrum of their previous work, and caused other essences and perfumes to flow in from the four corners of the globe - the Portuguese cavaquihno, the violin of Bengal, jazz piano - towards the epicenter that is Africa, the land of a thousand dances.

Amadou and Miriam seem to hear their own music through the filter that made them marvel when they were adolescents: the pop of the Seventies, electric blues, reggae, Cuba... Without ever conceiving of it as a project, without even really thinking about it, man and woman caused their distant offspring, those who cradle was the Dark Continent, to come home. And this opening onto the world, this sense of hospitality, recharged the music of West Africa with a vital energy, and secured it in the maternal role that founded its identity.

This record gives "world music" a sense, a function, and a center of gravity that previous misuse of the term had hidden, damaging its reputation. The phrase invites us to a double understanding which can be found again in the use of words distilling counsel and recommendations, as happens in village meetings where the old exchange words with the young: and this manner of keeping a watchful eye, of preaching respect, patience and tolerance, finally causes little local virtues to unfold in a universal wisdom. With simple words, Amadou and Mariam relate the superiority of harmony over discord.

The amusing paradox carried by the songs of this blind couple from Mali is that they also have the power to return sight to those who think they can already see.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Playlist 25 July 07

On the show tonight, music by Aneesh Pradhan, tabla master currently out here touring with Shuba Mugdal, see previous post. Aneesh is a phenomenal tabla player and needs to be seen to be believed. If you get a chance to see him perform with Adrian McNeill please go, it will be amazing.

Other music by the following artists.
Monsieur Camembert- CD famous Blue Cheeses
Natacha Atlas- CD Best of
Gigi- CD Gold & Wax
Richard Horowitz & Sussan Deyhim- CD Majoun
Souad Massi- CD Deb (Heartbroken)
Susheela Rahman- CD Music for Crocodiles
Daude Neguinha- Cd Te Amo
Yungchen Lhamo- CD Ama
Sheila Chandra- CD This Sentence Is True

Happy listening and feel to give me some feedback.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Aneesh Pradhan / Shubha Mugdal touring

Event information from Sangeet Australia: Supporting Hindustani Music
Two amazng events!

Dearest Patrons,
This month Australia welcomes the great and revered vocalist Shubha Mudgal. This renowned woman is an absolute must-see who needs little introduction. She is traveling with her ensemble the scintillating tabliya Aneesh Pradhan and on harmonium the very talented Sudhir Nayak. This is Hindustani music at its best from some of its finest and most honourable ambassadors.

Two Sydney dates to remember -
21st July A vocal concert of Shubha Mudgal this weekend to launch her DVD that was made at Sydney's Fox Studios in Sydney on her last tour
4th August Adrian McNeil and Aneesh Pradhan in an instrumental soiree to launch their new CD Raga Basant Mukhari.
Both released on www.underscorerecords.com
Full details below - Hope to see you there.

ashish kalmath presents
World Premier launch and release of her inaugural classical music DVD film
In Sydney 7pm Saturday 21 July
Sir John Clancy Auditorium
UNSW High Street Randwick Gate no.9
In Melbourne 7pm 29 July
BMW Edge Auditorium Federation Square
Flinders St Melbourne
Bookings Ticketmaster 136100
more info www.asheeshkalmath.com

Sangeet Australia:
Supporting Hindustani Music
proudly presents ‘The Mehfil Series’
Extra super special guest from Mumbai the remarkable tabliya Aneesh Pradhan
To release their recent recording
an acoustic morning raga program with
Adrian McNeil sarod and Aneesh Pradhan tabla

Acoustic. Intimate. Breathtaking.

Raga Basant Mukhari: morning ragas released on Underscore Records www.underscorerecords.com
Saturday 4th August 11:30am
The Dickson Space 35-39 Dickson St. Newtown
Enter off King St. Close to Newtown Station or by 422 bus.
Snacks available. Performance approx. two hours with interval.
Disabled access available. Come early to avoid disappointment.
Tickets at the door $20/$15con
more info: 0416 352 900 or join our mailing list.

About Aneesh Pradhan: Aneesh studied tabla under Pandit Nikhil Ghosh, one of the great tabla players of the 20th century. The rigorous training that he received from this maestro over many years profoundly guided Aneesh into the outstanding soloist and sensitive accompanist whom he is respected and admired as today. Based in Mumbai he is a highly sought after artist, both in India and abroad, where he tours extensively. He who has performed alongside practically all of the greatest figures in Hindustani music over the last few years.

Concert tours have taken him round the world to Europe, the USA, Japan, South Africa and South-East Asia. He has played at the Melbourne Festival and at the World of Music Festival in Brisbane, has taught at the University of New England in Australia. He was awarded a doctorate in history at the University of Mumbai with a treatise on Hindustani music in Bombay in the late 19th century. In 1999 he received the coveted Aditya Birla Kalakiran Award. Aneesh is also a noted composer of film soundtracks, as well as contemporary and fusion music and has collaborated with famous Ensemble Moderne in Cologne and the Asian Fantasy Orchestra in Japan. To top this off he is also the co-founder, along with Shubha Mudgal, of underscore records.

About Adrian McNeil: Adrian is a remarkable Australian musician who has studied Hindustani music and specifically the Sarod under the strict precepts of the Guru-Shishya Parampara (teacher student tradition) training method under the late Pandit Ashok Roy of the Maihar Gharana for some 25 years. Most recently he has undertaken study under Dr. Ashok Ranade and Prof. Sachindranath Roy. His studies have frequently led him to India where he has lived and also written an exemplary text 'The Sarod: A Cultural History'. Currently Adrian is a Lecturer at Macquarie University where he is an ethnomusicologist in the Department of Contemporary Music Studies. He continues to be one of the most accomplished artists in Hindustani Music in Australia and is committed to further performance and research in this field. He is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Sangeet Australia and a powerful performer with regular concerts and recordings made in India.

About Underscore Records: A wonderful Delhi based record company with an extensive range of fine Indian music on the website www.underscorerecords.com from all the best artists. This artist-owned label is the undertaking of husband and wife team Aneesh Pradhan and Shubha Mudgal. One of their primary concerns is the ethical treatment of artists and their rights. They continue to grow and gain favour with the community of Indian musicians for whom they are champions. We recommend you make your purchases from this reliable and knowledgeable site wherever possible.

About Sangeet Australia: Formed in 2004 we are an artist-run, grass-roots organisation focused on fostering greater understanding and appreciation of this classical tradition of music from India . We produce a monthly series of high-quality acoustic soirees and various other activities, including larger concerts and workshops, supporting both local and international musicians. To contact us regarding sponsorship, to volunteer, offers of in-kind support, media enquiries, to join our mailing list, bookings, media enquiries or for more information call m. 0416 352 900 or
email: pavane_oliveiro@yahoo.com.au
Forthcoming Sangeet Australia event: The Gundecha Brothers - Dhrupad vocalists www.dhrupad.org Last weekend September. Details to be announced. Those interested in workshops/classes or sponsorship contact me now!
Join our mailing list for more details or send this email to your friends.
Our events appeal to the discerning music lover and those who seek a fulfilling engagement with the arts.
Thank you to those who have recently written with ideas and offers of help. Forgive my delay in replying but I will get around to all of you and thank each one of you for your thoughts and efforts. I will be in touch shortly.
Kindest regards,
Pavane Oliveiro
Dr. Adrian McNeil
Artistic Director

Sangeet Australia:
Supporting Hindustani Music
m. 0416 352 900

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Peter Freeman on the show

I ran an interview with Peter Freeman tonight. Who? Well I don't blame you for probably saying that as he likes to stay behind the scenes and not be noticed. He's worked with people such as John Cale, L Shankar, Sussan Deyhim & Richard Horowitz and for the last 17 years has been the bass player and sound manipulator behind Jon Hassell. The interview is downloadable over in the interview section. If you want to know more about Peter or get in touch with him he has a presence on myspace.com

Happy listening...Hans

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Powerspot Playlist 27 June 07

On the show tonight, it's very much a Polynesian flavor. Since it's been raining for far too long here in Sydney, and my spirit has gotten slightly damp, the best I can do to keep sane is escape into the sunny, joyously harmonious sounds of our pacific neighbors. Hope some of you can join me either via the radio or streaming via the net.

Next week, an interview with Peter Freeman, sound designer, producer and long time bass player for Jon Hassell. I caught up with him on a recent trip to Sydney.

Musical contributions from

Te Vaka- CD Tutuki & Nukutehe

Black Paradise- CD West Papua- Spirit of Mambesak (pictured)

Telek- CD Serious Tam

V/A- Papua New Guinea Stringbands with Bob Brozman- CD Songs of the Volcano

David Fanshaw- Pacific Chants: Traditional Music of Eastern Polynesia (www.calabashmusic.com)
David Fanshawe presents important highlights from his monumental Pacific Collections, recorded over fourteen years (1978-1992). The selections focus on the rich variety of authentic himene (hymns) indigenous to Tahiti, the Cook Islands, the Society Islands, the Australian Islands, Manihiki, Pukapuka, Maupiti, Tahaa, Bora Bora, and Raivavae.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

20 June 2007

Hi Folks

Last night's playlist is as follows.

Afro Celt Sound System- Anatomic- CD Anatomic
Smadj- Vogue- CD Take It & Drive
Bouba Sacko- Tiramakan (calabashmusic.com)
Ali Farka Toure / Ry Cooder - Gomni - CD Talking Timbuktu
Boubacar Traore- CD Je Chanterai Pour Toi
Djelimady Tounkara- Amary Ndaou- CD Sigui
Jah Wobble- Buddha of Compassion- CD Mu
Nitin Sawhney- Falling- CD Human
Nitin Sawhney ID
Transglobal Underground – Kese Kese remix
Bally Sagoo- Kese Kese remix
(Both from DH Cheb I Sabbah’s Maha Maya-Shri Durga Remixed)
Afro Celt Sound System- Mojave- CD Anatomic
Ardavan Kamkar- CD Over The Wind
Ballake Sissoko- CD Tomora (mp3 download from www.calabashmusic.com)
Rokia Traore- CD Wanita

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Ralph Towner article link

Just a quick posting.

If you like the music of Ralph Towner, you might enjoy this article and interview by Anil Prasad

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Your favourite records

What are your favorite records, and why do you go back and listen to them time and time again?

Mine are strangely enough the old ambient excursions that Brian Eno & Harold Budd released in the early 80's- Plateaux of Mirror and The Pearl. Those shimmering, quiet spaces which Eno created around Budd's minimalist piano works soothe my soul at the best of times. When I think back on the sad and happier moments of my life, the birth of my children, passing of loved ones, it is these two recordings which have always been present. If I had to keep five recordings only, these two would be in the collection.

What are yours?

Shruti Sadolikar - Live in Concert. 2 June 07

Sangeet Australia:Supporting Hindustani Music

in partnership with

The Marathi Association Sydney Inc.

proudly presents ‘The Concert Series’
One of India’s finest female vocalists
Live in Concert - Internationally renowned
Shruti Sadolikar Katkar
Anand Kunte - Sarangi and Mangesh Mulye - Tabla
Evening Ragas: Khayal Music of
the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana

Saturday 2nd June 7pm

Shruti Sadolikar produced the most memorable recital of all an
created some kind of history for her gharana…she was able to put more body
and soul into the raga than legendary exponents…The Telegraph, Kolkata.

Tom Mann Theatre 136 Chalmers St. Surry Hills

Near Central Station. Snacks available from 6:00pm.

Disabled access available.
Tickets at the door $25/$20con
Discounts available: Families and Marathi Association members.
more info: 0416 352 900 or join our mailing list.

Shruti Sadolikar in Concert - A female vocalist of the highest calibre.
A rare treat for lovers of fine classical Indian music.

About Shruti Sadolikar: A leading exponent of the Jaipur- Atrauli Gharana, Shrutiji studied from an early age under the tutelage of her father Pandit Vamanrao Sadolikar and later from Pt Gullubhai Jasdanwalla. She is currently learning from Ustad Azizuddin Khan, grandson of the great Ustad Alladiya Khan, the founder of the Jaipur Gharana. Shrutiji sings all forms of classical and semi-classical including khayal, thumri, tappa, natya sangeet and bhajan. Her deeper interest lies in haveli sangeet, a form that was the subject of her thesis and special performances overseas.

Shrutiji holds a masters degree from SNDT, Mumbai and has performed in India and internationally to great acclaim. She has several recordings including educational CDs. In a richly diverse and active award-winning career she has been a Guru at the renowned Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata and also formed a foundation in memory of her father to propagate music, arts and education. In 1999 she worked on a three hour play to which she also set the music. Sangeet Tulsidas, won five awards and was performed in Marathi all over Holland as part of the Theatre Festival.

About Sangeet Australia: Formed in 2004 we are an artist-run, grass-roots organisation focused on fostering greater understanding and appreciation of this classical tradition of music from India. We produce a monthly series of high-quality acoustic soirees and various other activities, including larger concerts and workshops, supporting both local and international musicians. To contact us regarding sponsorship, to volunteer, offers of in-kind support, media enquiries, to join our mailing list, bookings or for more information call m. 0416 352 900 or
email: pavane_oliveiro@yahoo.com.au

About forthcoming events: The Marathi Association Sydney Inc.
presents Shruti Sadolikar - Live in Concert.
St. George Bank Auditorium, Kogarah.
Semi Classical Program Saturday 9th June 5- 8pm.
$20 or $40 premium
Classical Program Monday 11th June 9am -12pm.
$25 or $50 premium
Bookings: Dhananjay 0413 594 104 Sharad 0412 478 171 Vijay 0408 251 882

Dearest Patrons,
Thank you to many of you who attended Debi Prasadji’s recent mehfil. It was a beautiful and intimate afternoon and, as always, your presence and support is much appreciated.
We hope you can all make it to the next event in our Concert Series. We are honoured to have such an esteemed guest and I am personally very pleased to be presenting a female artist at this program.
Anand Kunte on Sarangi and Mangesh Mulye on Tabla will complete this superb event. We are also pleased to have the opportunity to hear vocal music accompanied by Sarangi in this instance. This line up is sure to make for a spell-binding and exquisite evening.
We thank the Marathi Association for making Shrutiji’s visit possible and are very happy to have their support for this event. We urge you to attend Shrutiji’s other two programs at the St George Auditorium – the concert on Monday 11th June will be a chance to hear some morning ragas on the long weekend.
For those who may be interested in requesting a master class with Shrutiji or her accompanists I urge you to contact Dhananjay Gurjar of The Marathi Association (details above) with your expression of interest.
Media enquiries may also be directed either to myself or The Marathi Association.
Exciting news about forthcoming events with renowned vocalist Shubha Mudgal will be announced shortly.

Join our mailing list for more details or send this email to your friends.
Our events appeal to the discerning music lover and those who seek a fulfilling engagement with the arts.

Hoping to see you soon.
Your sincerely,
Pavane Oliveiro
Dr. Adrian McNeil
Artistic Director

Playlist 23 May 07

On the show this week, excerpts from Tokyo Earth Day. Music from Rag Fair & M-Flow, two of Japan's current in-vogue pop music acts. Earth Day has been going on now for 37 years. It is all about raising people's consciousness in order to change the way they do things to protect the planet and its resources. I think it was someone like the historical Buddha who may have said "before you change the world change yourself". Maybe the quote came from an old episode of Monkey. Maybe not but you get the drift I'm sure.

New music from Sephardic singer Yasmin Levy from her excellent album La Juderia, fourth world trumpeter Jon Hasell Live in Berlin 2006, as well as material from sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan.

Yasmine Levy- Cd La Juderia - La Alegria // La Nina De Las Flores // Locura // La Serena (http://www.mraentertainment.com)
Born in Jerusalem 27 years ago, Yasmin Levy was introduced to Ladino singing and culture from a very young age. Her father was the leading figure in the world of research into and preservation of the Judeo-Spanish culture, dating back to the 15th century in Spain. Today, it remains one of the most moving and romantic musical traditions of all times.
In her deep, spiritual and moving style of singing, Yasmin preserves and revives the most beautiful and romantic songs from the Ladino/ Judeo-Spanish heritage, mixing it with Andalusian Flamenco.
Her debut album “Romance & Yasmin” (Ladino) is now out in Europe.
Her new album “La Juderia” (Ladino meets Flamenco – in Spanish) will be released in April 2005.
The above information from: http://www.yasminlevy.net/

Excerpts from Tokyo Earth Day 2007 featuring Rag Fair, Mink, M-Flow and more. I have a three CD audio of this performance to give away to a listener who is into Japanese pop music. Please email me if you would like me to send it to you.

Jon Hassell- Live Berlin 2006 (private)-
excerpts from the performance featuring Jon Hassell on trumpet, Peter Freeman on bass, Steve Shehan percussion. Originally broadcast on German radio.

Amjad Ali Khan- CD Moksha- Moksha // Atma (Real World Records)
Rahul Sharma- Music of the Himalayas- Melody of Kashmir (Real World Records)

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Powerspot Playlist 16 May 07

On the show tonight, you either heard or you missed the following.

Nuyorican Soul- I Am The Black Gold of the Sun- CD In The Mind of Nitin Sawhney

V/A- Pindi Sandhu- Vlaatho Dho Kuriya - CD American Bhangra
V/A- Sultan Akhtar-. Suhn Kuriye - CD American Bhangra
V/A- Jesh Raju- Tere Ishq Soniye- CD American Bhangra (www.americanbhangra.com)

The Tinku Band- Superman

Marisa Monte- Infinito Particular- CD Infinito Particular

16 minute interview with Marisa Monte downloadable via the link on the right hand side.

Marisa Monte- Universo ao Meu Redor / O Bonde Do Dom/ Meu Canário / Três Letrinhas- CD Universo ao Meu Redor

Marisa Monte- Pra ser sincero- CD Infinito Particular
Bob Marley & The Wailers- Get Up Stand Up / No More Troubles / War- CD Live At The Roxy 1976
Ojos de Brujo- Memorias Perdias- CD In The Mind of Nitin Sawhney
Paco de Lucia- Almoraima- CD In The Mind of Nitin Sawhney
Nitin Sawhney- Songbird [Zero Id Remix]- CD In The Mind of Nitin Sawhney

Larry Marshall- I've Got To Make It- CD Studio One KINGS
Horace Andy- Every Tongue Shall Tell- CD Studio One KINGS

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Powerspot Playlist 9 May 07

On the show, treats and delights from the following artists.

Yasmin Levy- CD La Juderia
Mercan Dede-Secret Tribe CD Nar
Music of Laos- The Buddhist Tradition (Celestial Harmonies)
Philip Glass- CD Kundun- Escape to India
Philip Glass's score for Kundun is the realization of a long-cherished dream. For years, I had hoped to work with Glass, and in Kundun we found the ideal subject for a special collaboration. His Buddhist faith and deep understanding of Tibetan culture combine with the subtlety of his composition to play an essential role in our movie on the life of the Dalai Lama. Philip Glass is an artist of tremendous sensitivity whose music works from the inside of the film, from its heart, to produce a powerful emotional intensity which remains for days in the listener's head. The beauty, magic, grandeur, and spirituality of the score allow us to feel the pulse of the story as it unfolds. For me, the images in the film no longer stand on their own without Philip Glass's music. I consider myself fortunate, indeed blessed, to have worked with him on Kundun...
- Martin Scorsese.
Satsuki Odamura- Koto Dreaming- Dancing on Rainbows
Satsuki Odamura's new CD, Koto Dreaming is a collection of innovative and uniquely Australian multicultural compositions for koto. Koto Dreaming breaks away from the traditional sounds and compositions for koto, and includes Satsuki's own collaborative compositions with Australian artists. It is a synthesis of her inspirations gained by her working closely with Australian artists and a culmination of her fifteen years accumulative experience as a koto virtuoso based in Australia.
Koto Dreaming begins with a work commissioned by celebrated Australian composer Ross Edwards and includes pieces by composers Caroline Szeto, Anthony Briggs, Linsey Pollak, as well as Satsuki herself, in collaboration with Sandy Evans and Tony Lewis – who together comprise the trio Waratah.

Nitin Sawhney- CD Philtre (Instrumentals)- Mausam / The Sanctuary

Pharoah Sanders-CD With A Heartbeat- Across Time
Jai Uttal and the Pagan Love Orchestra- CD Beggars and Saints- Gopala
John Martyn- CD Couldn't Love You More- One World

Thanks for listening.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Powerspot 2 May 2007

Ok you either heard or you missed the following on Wednesday night's show. Thank you to those people who emailed me and reminded me to put this on the blog. I was having one of my 'senior' moments and forgot.

Rokia Traore- CD Wanita- Kanan Neni (Label Bleu)
K Sridhar & Abdel Salameh- CD The Arab Path to India- Oud Solo / Sarod Solo ( Real World Records WSCD101, 1996)
Iarla O'Lionaird- Cd I Could Read The Sky- I'm Stretched On Your Grave (Real World)
Pat Metheny & Anna Maria Jopek- CD Upojenie
Ghazal- CD Moon Rise Over The Silk Road- Fire In My Heart
Arabesk- CD Front Ear
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan- CD Shahen Shah- Shamas-Ud-Doha, Badar-Ud-Doja (Real World)
Ronu Majumdar- CD Hollow bamboo- Charmer OF Braj
Natacha Atlas-CD Gedida- Bastet

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

On the show tonight, you either heard or missed the following
Aditya Verna- Sarod- Traditional Music from India
Raga Fhinjhoti (fast teentaal)

Aditya Verma is a charismatic sarod player based in Canada and India. A disciple of legendary sitar player Pandit Ravi Shankar and renowned sarod master Ustad Aashish Khan, Verma has also trained under Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, India's leading exponent of the instrument. Verma grew up in Montreal and started playing the tabla at an early age under the guidance of his father, Dr. Narendra Verma, and Ustad Zakir Hussain. From 1987, he has lived in India studying Hindustani classical music and specializing in the sarod. In recent years, Verma has won the admiration of audiences across North America, Europe and India with electrifying performances that reveal his emotional aesthetics and virtuosity. Besides playing concerts on stage, television and radio, Verma also gives lecture demonstrations, teaches and composes music of different styles for recordings and film. He is the recipient of numerous awards.

Yasmin Levy- Live

Marcel Khalife- CD Caress

Marcel Khalifé was born in 1950 in Amchit, Mount-Lebanon. He studied the oud (the Arabic lute) at the Beirut National conservatory, and, ever since, has been injecting a new life into the oud.

From 1970 to 1975, Marcel Khalifé taught at the conservatory and other local institutions. During that same period, he toured the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and the United States giving solo performances on the oud.

Oud playing was traditionally constrained by the strict techniques that governed its playing. Highly talented and skillful musicians such as Marcel Khalifé were, however, able to free the instrument from those constraints and thus greatly expanding its possibilities.

In 1972, Marcel Khalifé created a musical group in his native village with the goal of reviving its musical heritage and the Arabic chorale. The first performances took place in Lebanon. 1976 saw the birth of Al Mayadeen Ensemble. Enriched by the previous ensemble’s musical experiences, Al Mayadeen’s notoriety went well beyond Lebanon. Accompanied by his musical ensemble, Marcel Khalifé began a lifelong far-reaching musical journey, performing in Arab countries, Europe, the United States, Canada, South America, Australia, and Japan.

Marcel Khalifé has been invited several times to festivals of international fame such as: Baalbeck, Beit Eddine (Lebanon), Carthage, El Hammamat (Tunisia), Timgad (Algeria), Jarash (Jordan), Arles (France), Krems, Linz (Austria), Bremen (Germany), ReOrient (Sweden), Pavia (Italy), World Music Festival in San Francisco, New York, Cleveland (the USA).

He has performed in such prestigious halls as the "Palace of Arts" in Montreal, "Symphony Space" and "Merkin Concert" in New York, "Berklee Theatre" and "New England Conservatory" in Boston, "Royal Festival Hall", and "Queen Elizabeth Hall" in London,"UNESCO Palace" of Beirut, Cairo Opera House (Egypt), "Reciprocity","House of the Cultures of the World" and "UNESCO Hall" in Paris, "Central Dionysia" in Rome, "Yerba Buena" in San Francisco,"Sõdra Teatern" in Stokholm.

Since 1974, Marcel Khalifé has been composing music for dance which gave rise to a new genre of dance, the popular Eastern ballet (Caracalla, Sarab Ensemble, Rimah, Popular Art Ensemble)

Marcel Khalifé has also been composing soundracks for film, documentary and fiction, produced by Maroun Baghdadi and Oussama Mouhamad among others.

Marcel Khalifé has also composed several purely instrumental works like The Symphony of Return, Chants of the East, Concerto Al Andalus "Suite for Oud and Orchestra" "Mouda'aba" (Caress), Diwan Al Oud, "Jadal" Oud duo, Oud Quartet, "Al Samaa" in the traditional Arabic forms andTaqasim, duo for oud and double bass.

Marcel Khalifé’s compositions has been performed by several orchestras, notably the Kiev Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of Boulogne Billancourt Orchestra, The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of the city of Tunis, and the "Absolute Ensemble".

Since 1982, Marcel Khalifé has been writing books on musicthat reflect his avant garde compositions and the maturity of his experience.

His challenges, however, are not only musical in character. Interpreter of music and oud performer, he is also a composer who is deeply attached to the text on which he relies. In his association with great contemporary Arab poets, particularly Palestinian poet par excellence, Mahmoud Darwish, he seeks to renew the character of the Arabic song, to break its stereotypes, and to advance the culture of the society that surrounds it.

His lyrical recordings adds up to about 20 albums, the likes Promises of the storm, Ahmad Al Arabi, Weddings, Peace Be With you, Ode To A Homeland, Arabic Coffeepot, The Children and Body(Al Jassad,) to name a few.

On his journey, Marcel Khalifé invents and creates original music, a novel world of sounds, freed of all pre-established rules. This language elevates him to the level of an ambassador of his own culture and to the vanguard of Near Eastern music in search of innovators.

I do not use the West to get to the West,” said Marcel Khalife about his album Caress/Mouda’aba

“If the new world order gives me the culture of MacDonalds and Pepsi Cola, I question that. Those things disappear after a short while. What we are doing is a project that will take years and years.”

Khalife’s mission began before Israel seized his cassettes upon invading his country, Lebanon, in 1982. “Since I was born,” he says, “I’ve felt I had a rebel’s soul within me. I rejected things that might be inherited, but that were wrong.” Born into a Christian family, Khalife—who plays the oud, an Arabic lute, has always been a voice of reconciliation, peace, and hope. During Lebanon’s civil war, he risked his life performing in bombed out concert halls, bringing his music and the great poetry of the Arab world to his war-ravished country.

At the same time, Khalife has been stretching the boundaries of his instrument and Arabic music. Oud playing was traditionally constrained by the strict techniques that governed its playing. Skillful musicians like Khalife have freed the instrument from those constraints greatly expanding its possiblities. About his latest CD and tour, Khalife says, “This work attempts to elevate Arabic music to a level that allows it to express profound human emotions, not by mere performance, but by empowering the music to mature and develop into a universal language of expression.

Khalife’s musical career has consistently been marked by two traits. The first is a multi-faceted, category-defying approach to music itself. “My grandfather was a fisherman and he used to sing songs of the sea,” Khalife recalls. “Then I used to go to church and listen to Christian music, and also to Islamic recitations of the Koran. In Lebanon we have a marriage of Islamic and Christian culture. That really helped to form my musical awareness.” Khalife always drew from diverse musical sources and composed in a variety of settings from oud duos to full orchestras.

His composition is noted for being deeply attached to lyrical text. Through his association with great contemporary Arab poets, most notably Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, he seeks to renew the character of Arab song, breaking its stereotypes and advancing the culture of the society that surrounds it. Millions in the Arab World recognize Khalife as a cultural icon.

“I do not fit in a cultural box, nor do I want to,” says Khalife, who now lives in Paris. “I have strived all my life to break free of old traditional constraints, to let music speak for itself unshackled by predetermined traditional rules. I have defied identities and categorizations, which only serve to blind us to the vastness and complexity of humanity. There are no set lenses with which I should be looked at. My music, it all comes together for the sake of humanity.”

The second trait has been a consistent message of peace and justice. And this continues today, setting the tone for this Fall’s tour. “More than ever, we all have to work much harder for peace,” says Khalife. “Peace cannot be imposed upon a people by a certain political power or agenda. Peace is achieved through respect, understanding of others and their culture; it is achieved by giving up fear of others; it is achieved through dialogue.”

Marcel Khalife will be performing with Al Mayadine Ensemble, a group that he founded in 1976. Al Mayadine has the double-meaning of “village-square” and “battlefield.” Khalife is joined on the tour by his long time premiere vocalist Oumaima Khalil, who has been performing with Khalife since she was 12 years old. Al Mayadine Ensemble also features Yolla Keryakos as second vocalist, Rami Khalife on piano, Peter Herbert on double bass and Bachar Khalife on percussion (riq, tabla, mazhar, vibraphone, congas, bongos).

Adapted courtesy RockPaperScissors - http://www.rockpaperscissors.biz/index.cfm/fuseaction/current.press_release/project_id/185.cfmMarisa Monte

Fuji Dub- Fuji Orisa (Triple Earth remix)

Fuji -- Ferocious Urban Jungle Intensity -- a music named (so the story goes) by it's first master, Alhaji Dr. Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, when he saw a postcard of Mount Fuji in an airport transit lounge and felt it graphically represented the essaential peace lying at the heart of the music. 'Were' -- a music expressing Islamic faith that helps act as a wake-up call to morning prayer for Yoruba Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan. The roots of 'Fuji'.

'Fuji Dub' -- Five tracks from a Fuji master recorded in Brooklyn, U.S. remixed in Brixton, U.K.

The idea behind this was that I was fed up with all the various dance albums which used African or Arabic samples as a bit of exotic fluff on the top of a purely conventional (and boring) four-on-the-floor dance beat. Why not do it the other way round? Use an African music as the meat beat and studio dub techniques as the exotic bit. Nice idea in theory - not so easy in practice. Not least of which is that Fuji music (heavy duty Nigerian urban percussion) races along, whereas reggae gently lopes. Oh well, fun to do and has achieved cult status in certain quarters.

And who is the artist who wishes to remain anonymous? Simple - he even gets a name check within the first 30 seconds of the first song. He was fine for the remixing to be done, he was just concerned that it might confuse his audience as it's remixes of existing releases so him remaining anonymous was part of the deal. -- Iain Scott

Rhythm & Sound- No Partial

Marisa Monte- CD Infinito Particular- Track Infinito Particular

Dahlia Dior in concert May 6 2007






















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Firstly, thank you to all of those who attended the concert and discussion sesssions with visiting Purbayan Chatterjee and Bobby Singh. We also thank the ABC Radio National for recording the concert and I will be informing you all by email of the broadcast dates as soon as I have them. If you couldn't make it you will have a chance to listen.

Our thanks also to Assad Abdi at The SideTrack Theatre who has been so helpful and supportive and we hope The SideTrack Performance Group had every success with their recent production of 'Seven Pirates' at The Parramatta Riverside Theatre.

Once again, it is through the hard work, generous support and thoughtfulness of our volunteers that our event was possible. Special thanks to Venkat and Melinda Narayanan who have regularly helped and after the May mehfil will, unfortunately, be moving away. Your help and presence over the years has been much appreciated.

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As some of you may know we are currently in a process of intense development as we are re-structuring our organisation for better sustainability and more fruitful out-comes for all involved. We welcome feed-back, suggestions, requests and offers of advice or mentoring during the arduous task of formalising our infrastructure.

Warmest regards,
Pavane Oliveiro
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