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Saturday, April 20, 2013
Season of Cambodia:
Kong Nay Live from the Asia Society, New York +
World Music Boston
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Brooklyn-based singer and setar player Mohsen Namjoo is one of Iran's most popular performers. But his songs have upset musical purists by mixing Persian classical traditions with popular styles like rock, blues and jazz. And his daring lyrical content really upset the Iranian government, which sentenced him, in absentia, to five years in prison. We'll get the story from Mohsen - and he'll give us a bit of intimate live performance. We'll also meet Rachel Cooper of the Asia Society who to talks about the Society's new Iran Modern exhibition and a sister series of concerts, New Sounds From Iran, that kicks off with a show by Namjoo later tonight.
Then, filmmmaker Adam Pogoff Joins us for a musical sampling of his new documentary Brasslands, which follows New York's Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band as it travels to a legendary brass band festival in Serbia. Brasslands will be shown alongside performances by Frank London and the Sazet Band at Drom in the East Village on Sunday evening September 22, as part of this fall's ninth annual NY Gypsy Festival.
This Week's Playlist:(* = new)
Taraf de Haïdouks & Kočani Orkestar:
/ Band of Gypsies 2
One of the great Balkan Brass bands, from Macedonia, playing at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St. NYC w/ Sazet Band Saturday April 27th. We have a pair of tickets to give away - I'll choose a winner at random after the show (there may be a lot of competition for this one, so if you have a second choice from the list of giveaways at the top of this page, please let me know, thanks!)
Wasla Maqam Kurdi "Sabani Jamalek"
Tunisian female singer who performs male classical styles. Performing at Florence Gould Hall, French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF), 55 E 59 St: to kick off the World Nomads: Tunisia festival on Friday May 3rd.
Creole Livramento Joe Sextet:
/ Various Artists: So Sabi - Cape Verdean Music from New England
The phrase "So Sabi" literally means "How great" or "That's tasty." So Sabi: The 1996 New England Cape Verdean Folklife Festival was held on May 31 and June 1, 1996 at the Boston Center for the Arts in Boston's historic South End.The event was produced by Cape Verdeans and friends from around Southeastern New England. This album was recorded at the festival.
Second Line Social Aid And Pleasure Society Brass Band:
/ Various Artists: Honk - Live at the Dilboy
Somerville, Mass brass band at Somerville's own annual Honk festival, a gathering of street bands from around North America (and often beyond). Recorded at the 2006 Honk Festival.
Sat. 4/20/13 6:13pm
That was lovely!
Sat. 4/20/13 6:29pm
Thanks Julie and good evening everyone, thanks for listening!
Sat. 4/20/13 6:47pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:
- Thx Again for last week @ Barbes - ! : Everyone was amazing - & esp. the Turkish Ottoman music of Ahmet Erdodular left me *speechless* - flatout most transfixing music I've heard in some time.
- & tonight - Khmer Rouge survivor & the 'Robert Johnson of southeast Asia', no less!
- Sitting here in my livingroom Sat.nite (the 'Wed.' of *my* workweek) - in smalltown New Hampshire - I really appreciate the cultural experience (& also the special effort of remote broadcasts & such).
Sat. 4/20/13 7:44pm
Computer problems sorted.. and finally i have my WFMU stream back! Hello Rob!
Sat. 4/20/13 8:40pm
Greetings Bas! If anyone's curious, the video stream for Kong Nay's concert from Asia Society is at asiasociety.org...
Sat. 4/20/13 8:46pm
Beautiful session by Kong Nay!
Sat. 4/20/13 9:00pm
Thanks again Rob!