Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Powerspot Playlist 17 Jan 07

Jon Hassell- Map of Dusk / Myths 3 La Nouvelle Serenite Sub Rosa 005

a striking experimental piece entitled ‘Map of Dusk’, made up of what sounds like quickly struck marimba, organ and flute, all blended into a dense foggy soup of atmospheric sound. The piece was recorded in 1985 and was performed with J.A Deane, offering a good glimpse into the work of an intriguing artist who has worked with David Sylvian, Terry Riley, Bjork, David Toop and many others.

Hariprasad Chaurasia with Shib Sankar Ray- Shivranjani Dhun- CD Four Dhuns - Nimbus NI 5527

Dhuns originate in the songs and melodies of rural India. They are often performed as relaxation pieces at the end of a classical Indian music concert. Although located in a raga framework, the rules for melodic movement are not as strict as in the pure classical approach. They are sometimes described as 'light' or 'semi-classical', yet these imported western terms seem unable to do justice to the profound expression and sensuousness which a great musician such as Chaurasia, drawing on a seemingly inexhaustible well of musical experience, can bring to these tunes.

Shakti- Shringar-Remember Shakti- Saturday Night in Bombay- Verve Catalog #4400141642

Guitarist John McLaughlin is one of the true legends of modern jazz. On Saturday Night in Bombay, two distinct musical genres, traditional jazz and Indian classical music are fused together to form a powerfully energetic record. Saturday Night in Bombay features the current touring version of McLaughlin's Indian/Western improvisational quartet, which includes Zakir Hussain, U. Shrinivas, and V. Selvaganesh-Remember Shakti.

A simple look at the map shows that the capital of Maharashtra is where north meets south, a rendezvous that John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain couldn't fail to keep. So it was there, in front of a crowd of initiates or newly-converted, that the friends of more than thirty years closed this new chapter of their awesome reunion after a tour of the music planet that had seen them drift deliriously from continent to continent making this a truly monumental recording.

Leigh Cline & Nikolas Michailidis- Tsambasim / Enan Astren Ekseven - AL ASHA BI DAHA TRADITIONAL SONGS OF THE EASTERN BLACK SEAS (

The title is a traditional Black Sea call for flagging dancers to rejoin the circle: one more
time! Canadian multi-instrumentalist Leigh Cline is rightly respected for his work in
Greek and Turkish traditions, and here he teams up with Greek vocalist Nikolas
Michailidis for a set of 16 pieces from the Turkey/Georgia border.

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Ojos de Brujo- Nana- Techari
various tracks

Based around the rousing flamenco guitar work of Ramon Gimenez and the thoughtful vocals of Marina "la Canillas" Abad, Ojos De Brujo are one of the leading exponents of the new, globally influenced Spanish pop movement.
Special guests include Faada Freddy from Senegalese hip hop collective Daara J, Asian Dub Foundation's Prithpal Rajput, and Nitin Sawhney, South Indian fusion artist and British TV star (who returned the favor after ODB collaborated on two tracks for his album Philtre).
Cuban pianist Roberto Carcassés also makes an appearance alongside respected flamenco guitarist Pepe Habichuela, and Cuban tres/flamenco guitar player Raúl Rodríguez from Son de la Frontera.

Ryuichi Sakamoto / Richard Horowitz ao
Soundtrack to Sheltering Sky
Loneliness / The Sheltering Sky Theme / Marnia's Tent / Croulov Limma / Sheltering Sky Soundtrack- Virgin Records 2-91597