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Saturday, August 1, 2009
Alash Live + New Releases, Mixed Bag
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Alash is a quartet of master throat singers and instrumentalists from Tuva, the tiny but music-rich Central Asian republic. Proteges of Tuvan musical ambassador Kongar-ool Ondar (who you may know from the documentary film Genghis Blues), Alash mainly focuses on traditional repertoire. But the group also cites Jimi Hendrix as an influence and has collaborated with the Sun Ra Arkestra and Béla Fleck.
Alash is currently on the road in North America - gigs in the WFMU area include an August 9 date with the Sun Ra Arkestra at the Rotunda in Philadelphia, and their tour-ending August 15 gig at cozy Barbes in Park Slope, Brooklyn. See http://www.alashensemble.com for full info on tour dates. The website also includes excellent background on the group, the traditions, the songs and the instruments (including images of course).
We catch the ensemble for a live session, with background provided by their sidekick and sometime collaborator Sean Quirk. Thanks to our illustrious engineer, Mark Triant
This Week's Playlist:(* = new)
/ Ah, Samara-Gorodok
/ Eastex Music
Artist: Сладка ягода - "Sweet Berry"; cd and song title "Ах, Самара-городок" means "Ah, Samara City". Russian disco-folk cd I picked up in the Jerusalem Bus Station.
Toto La Momposina:
/ La Candela Viva
/ Real World
The title of the cd refers to a ball of fire, made of cloth, that is kicked around the street in the village of Talaigua (Toto la Momposina's home village on the remote island of Mompos in northern Atlantic coast Colombia).
Sat. 8/1/09 6:10pm
ooooooooo SUSHEELA!!!!!!!!! (hoping to see her and BQP at Lincoln Center's outdoor thang!) THANKS SO MUCH ROB! . . . makes doing boring household stuff soooooo much easier and groovier . . . the kitties and i are ALL digging it!!!!!!!!!!
Sat. 8/1/09 7:31pm
Great music! Thanks Alash and Rob for getting them on.
Sat. 8/1/09 7:35pm
Glad you're enjoying it Brian!
Sat. 8/1/09 9:01pm
Another great show, Rob!