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Saturday, July 11, 2015
Remembering Charanjit Singh, Bollywood Synth Guru and Unlikely Acid Jazz Pioneer
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Charanjit Singh was a Bollywood-veteran keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist, not a dance club DJ. But he has been called an “acid jazz pioneer” for his early 80s electronic transformation of Indian classical music, the LP Synthesizing - Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat.
Sadly, Singh passed away this past Sunday. On this week's show we'll hear an interview recorded last summer with Charanjit Singh and Dutch DJ and Producer Thee J Johanz, Singh's collaborator on recent live performances. And we'll enjoy highlights from their July 27th, 2014 Lincoln Center Out of Doors performance.
This Week's Playlist:(* = new)
Indang Pariaman (orig by Samsimar from Sumatra)
/ Strange Maine
GIG: Saturday July 25th, 8:30 pm at WFMU's Monty Hall, 43 Montgomery St. Jersey City NJ w/ Human Adult Band, Picastro. Note - this and many other Big Blood albums are available free from WFMU's Free Music Archive.
Koi Ladki Koi Ladka
/ Instrumental Film Tunes
Instrumental cover version of a song originally in the 1972 Bollywood comedy Seeta Aur Geeta - features the clavioline
Charanjit Singh with Thee j Johanz:
Raga Bupali - Recorded live at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Sunday July 27, 2014
A couple of times during this raga you hear Charanjit drop in a little vocal excerpt from the song "Sayonara" (from the film Love in Tokyo, 1966) - you also hear him quote it instrumentally in the next raga.
Los Gaiteros De San Jacinto:
/ Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto
GIG: July 11 (Sat) The Wick, 260 Meserole St., Brooklyn: Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto + El Caribefunk + Que Bajo feat Uproot Andy & Geko Jones. Late show: 11 pm. PLUS - Loa Gaiteros play Terraza 7, 40-19 Gleane St., Elmhurst, Queens, Thursday (July 16) at 8 pm.
Sat. 7/11/15 6:36pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:
Hullo Rob! I will be unfashionably 1st to say the program's always both an adventure & a familiar comfort & it is appreciated.
Sat. 7/11/15 6:38pm
Thanks RR, good evening everyone!
Sat. 7/11/15 6:53pm
listener james from westwood:
WFMU classic right here!
Sat. 7/11/15 6:54pm
Flash and Gary did great tributes to Charanjit Singh this week on the GTDS stream.
Sat. 7/11/15 7:15pm
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Sat. 7/11/15 7:53pm
I'm in awe, and I've never heard of him until last year, either through you or Jesse from GTDS.
Sat. 7/11/15 7:55pm
Sat. 7/11/15 8:01pm
Amazing! I love this show.
Sat. 7/11/15 8:35pm
Hey! @Ike: Went to that Jersey City St. Anthony’s fest. The food wasn’t bad, the potato pancakes and pierogi tasted no better/no worse than the same stuff you can get elsewhere. So hey.