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

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 (
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:

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 (

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