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Saturday, October 17, 2009 Options
Wu Man on the Ancient Paths, Modern Voices Festival

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L-R: Ba Da Chui, Li Family Daoist Band, Wu Man.

NY-based Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man is usually a performer, not a curator. But she was enlisted by the folks at Carnegie Hall to travel far and wide in China to seek out village musical traditions - and bring some of the performers to NYC as part of Carnegie's wide-ranging Ancient Paths, Modern Voices Festival of Chinese music and performing arts.

The festival starts this weekend and features concerts and other events at Carnegie and other venues, including some free concerts. For the first time ever New Yorkers will hear the compelling women's vocal music of the Dong ethnic minority (from remote Southwestern China near the Burmese border), as well as an ebullient Daoist village ensemble from the north near Mongolia, and much more regional Chinese traditional music and performing arts rarely (if ever) seen in the US.

Wu Man will be participating in the festival as well, but never one to slack off, she's currently in California with the Kronos Quartet rehearsing her next project (which will also hit Carnegie, November 3). She takes a rehearsal break to join us by phone and talk about some of the artists she's bringing over.

L-R: Zhang Family Band, Dong Singers, Zhao Jiazhen.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Gal Costa: Pais Tropical Options / Gal Costa / Philips

Baiano E Os Novos Caetanos: Perereca Options / Baiano E Os Novos Caetanos 2

Forro in the Dark: Saudades de Manezi Options / Light a Candle / NuBlu / *

Ocote Soul Sounds & Adrian Quesada: Pan, Chamba Y Techo Options / Coconut Rock / ESL / *

Lafayette Afro Rock Band: Oglenon Options / Soul Makossa / Hi & Fly

La Cumbiamba eNeYe: Marioneta Options / Marioneta / Chonta

Tumbacatre: Aguardiente Options / Tumbacatre

Čankišou: Borrega Options / Lé La / Indies

Dva: Dua-Dua Options / Fonok / Indies / *

Warsaw Village Band: Polska Fran Polska Options / Infinity / Barbes / *

Wu Man: Dance of the Yi People Options / Wu Man and Friends / Traditional Crossroads

Li Family Daoist Band + Zhang Family Band: Montage Options / Unreleased

Dong Singers: Cicadas are Crying Options / Dong Folk Songs - People and Nature in Harmony

Zhao Jiazhen with Li Xiangting, Liu Li, Wu Jinglue, Yu Qingxin: Thinking of an Old Friend Options / Various Artists: Treasure of Traditional Music Vol. 9 / China Record Co.

Ba Da Chui: Excerpt Options / Gong and Drum of Beijing Opera (DVD)

Wu Man: Bat-Out-Of-Hell Kozachok Options / Wu Man and Friends / Traditional Crossroads
Featuring Julian Kytasty. Also with Lee Knight and James Makubuya.

Bridges: Ei Rose Hev Eg Sett Options / Live in China / Heilo
Norwegian and Dong (Chinese) Musicians and singers

Najma Akhtar and Gary Lucas: Behaal Options / Rishte / World Village / *

Les Triaboliques: Crossing the Stone Bridge Options / Rivermudtwilight / World Village / *

Meg Baird - Helena Espvall - Sharron Kraus: False Sir John Options / Leaves From Off the Tree / Bo' Weavil

Chuck and Albert: Pate Chinois Options / Energie
Francophone acoustic from Prince Edward Island

Feufollet: Chere Beth Options / Cow Island Hop / Valcour

Yellow Hat Band: Zemljotres Kolo Options / Various Artists: Honk Again! 2008 / Honk / *
Recorded at the 2008 Honk! Festival, Somerville MA

Guignol: Brnaks Options / Fight Dirty / *

Ale Moller Band: Bail Options / Djel, Djel / Amigo Musik
Sung in Greek and Wolof. Also on the WOMEX Conference 2009 Sampler, the Womeximizer (see

Cedric Watson: Cedric Zydeco Options / Cedric Watson / Valcour
Also on the WOMEX Conference 2009 Sampler, the Womeximizer (see

Fra Fra Sound: Les Yeux de Tamashek Options / Kultiplex / Pramisi
Music bed for concert info.

Baba Maal: International Options / Television / Palm Pictures / *

Listener comments!

  Sat. 10/17/09 6:30pm Snortley:

Woo Hoo!
  Sat. 10/17/09 6:34pm Your DJ:

Snortley, finally!
  Sat. 10/17/09 6:43pm julian:

nice bit of colombian setting the mood here nicely, ta!
  Sat. 10/17/09 6:53pm Kendall!:

That dua dua song was great!
  Sat. 10/17/09 8:03pm NS Andy:

Greetings from Atlantic Canada!

Loving your show as always!

  Sat. 10/17/09 8:06pm Your DJ:

Hello Halifax! (Or thereabouts.)
  Sat. 10/17/09 8:25pm NS Andy:

I just checked Chuck and Albert's tour schedule and for some reason, while they will be all the way out to Moose Jaw, SK, they will be nowhere near Nova Scotia, except when they are back home in PEI. Too close to tour here in NS, I guess. Thanks for the Atlantic music, anyway.
  Sat. 10/17/09 8:30pm Your DJ:

You betcha!
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