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Saturday, January 9, 2010 Options
Namgar + Nuala Kennedy

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Namgar, Nuala Kennedy.

Chilly January is a torrid time of year for world music in NYC - scores of bands come to play showcases during the annual APAP arts presenters conference. Two of them perform live in-studio tonight.

First, Namgar, a singer from Buryatia in the far reaches of the Russian Federation, near Mongolia. Namgar and her band are bringing their distinctive blends of Buryat traditions and 70s heavy rock stylings to NY for the first time. They wowed the big crowd at the annual Globalfest world music showcase at Webster Hall on Sunday night - and they also play a more intimate show at The Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd in Harlem (near 133 St) on Thursday January 14 at 10 pm.

Later, Edinburgh, Scotland based Irish traditional flautist Nuala Kennedy and band perform. Nuala has expanded her horizons collaborating with the likes of Will Oldham and members of Teenage Fanclub and Gorky's Zygotic Mynci as well as Appalachian singer Archie Roach. Her January 2010 whirlwind tour of NY took her to WFMU Studio B as well as The Living Room, Drom, Zebulon, Zebulon, Banjo Jim's and Scandinavia House. Her sophomore solo CD is coming out in early 2010: Tune in (Compass Records)

Big thanks to engineer Diane Farris with assistants James Reber and Mark Koch on the Namgar session, engineer Dave Keay of Boot Camp Recordings mobile recording company in Edinburgh, Scotland and assistant Dave Mambach on the Nuala Kennedy session, and to Namgar's producer Leonid Vorobyev.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Namgar: Yokhor Options / Live at WFMU

Namgar: Yokhor Options / Live at WFMU

Namgar: Medley - Lake Bunting & Yokhor Options / Live at WFMU

Namgar: Interview Options
Thanks to Jan (have to confirm spelling!) for interpreting!

Namgar: Orphaned Camel Colt Options / Nomad / LV Production

Nguyên Lê: Hen Ho Options / Saiyuki / ACT / *
"Promise of a Date"

Abaji: Turkish Gypsy Options / Origine Orients / Absilone Music / *

Masters of Persian Music: Chahar Mezrab Options / Without You / World Village

Fishtank Ensemble: Fraima Options / Samurai over Serbia / *

Slavic Soul Party: Baltika Options / Taketron / Barbes

David Greely: Paul Junius Malveaux's Tune Options / Sud du Sud / Give and Go / *
From Lafayette LA, founding fiddler of the Mamou Playboys. This song was adapted from a harmonica tune culled from the Lomax Archives.

Cedric Watson: Lafayette La La Options / Lesprit Creole / Valcour Records / *

Crooked Still: Did You Sleep Well Options / Still Crooked / Signature Sounds

Kropotkins: Little Drag Racer Options / Paradise Square / Mulatta / *

17 Hippies: Bound For Morning Options / El Dorado / Hipster

Nuala Kennedy: Footsteps Options / Live at WFMU

Nuala Kennedy: Thios Cois Na Tra Options / Live at WFMU

Nuala Kennedy: The Spider and the Fly Options / Live at WFMU

Nuala Kennedy: The Books in My Library Options / Live at WFMU

Nuala Kennedy: Fireballs of the Eucharist Options / Live at WFMU
Composed by Oliver Schroer.

Nuala Kennedy: Five Mile Town Options / Live at WFMU

Nuala Kennedy: Star of Belle Isle Options / Live at WFMU

Nuala Kennedy: The Waves of the Silvery Tide Options / Tune In / Compass / *
With Bonnie Prince Billy (Will Oldham)

Smadj: Selen Options / Selin / MVS records - Bassofone! / *

Oi Va Voi: Magic Carpet Options / Travelling the Face of the Globe / Liason

Monica Jalili: Bia Bia Benshin Options / Elan

Josef Van Wissem: The Stars Fall From the Sky and the Heavens Are Rolled Up Like a Scroll Options / It Is All That Is Made / Important Records / *

Listener comments!

  Sat. 1/9/10 6:45pm Pavel:

Yo! Hello from Sankt-Petersburg! Beauty girl on cover and awesome music!
  Sat. 1/9/10 6:46pm steve j:

Listening in Washington DC. Thanks for the announcement re: the Tues show @ Millennium Stage. I hope to get to that.
  Sat. 1/9/10 6:48pm Your DJ:

Sure thing Steve. The artist we're hearing now, Abaji - from Lebanon via France - is also playing the Kennedy Center Millenium stage the day before Namgar, on Jan 11.
  Sat. 1/9/10 6:49pm steve j:

Thanks again. Great show.
  Sat. 1/9/10 6:53pm slugluv1313:

hello from Hoboken! lovely music for a COLD winter evening; Namgar is AMAZING!!!
  Sat. 1/9/10 6:57pm frenchee:

Hi Rob, Otto enjoyed the Russian translation w/you and the translator and Namgar! Also, that Fishtank ensemble cut was great. Serbian?
  Sat. 1/9/10 7:13pm melodeon:

Cedric is a beast.
  Sat. 1/9/10 7:16pm melodeon:

Any more Creole will be gladly accepted. Greetings from the snowy depths of the Colorado Mtns.
  Sat. 1/9/10 7:32pm annie:

holy crap rob, that song was great, had to come to the sandbox and say something.. 17 hippies... sounds just like ray lamontaigne
  Sat. 1/9/10 7:33pm annie:

did i mention i love this show? i never log in to the comments.. but i have to tonight to say something.
  Sat. 1/9/10 7:35pm Your DJ:

Thanks Annie. It's funny, I play them a lot but that's not a track of theirs I would normally play. But I wanted something that felt okay to lead into the live set now, with Nuala Kennedy, and I thought that English language ballad might be nice for that.
  Sat. 1/9/10 7:37pm wonderful segue, wonderful...:

  Sat. 1/9/10 7:39pm Your DJ:

  Sat. 1/9/10 8:42pm annie:

night rob, great show tonight.. glad i logged in to the comments.. as i said i usually just listen...
  Tue. 1/26/10 4:39pm Michelle:

It's great to hear Nuala Kennedy and her new album on you show. Its another amazing CD from one of the best musicians in the world.
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