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Saturday, May 3, 2014 Options
Arpan: A New Generation of Indian Classical Virtuosos

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Kedar Naphade and harmonium.

Arpan is a youthful all-star ensemble of Indian classical instrumentalists led by harmonium player and composer Kedar Naphade.

Arpan is Kedar Naphade, Harmonium; Dibyarka Chatterjee, Tabla; Arun Ramamurthy, Carnatic Violin; Jay Gandhi, Bansuri (bamboo) flute.

Arpan's FMU session previews the group's participation in a very special yearly happening: Chhandayan's 15th annual all-night Indian classical concert, Saturday night May 10th (into Sunday morning) at the Society for Ethical Culture in Manhattan.

Huge thanks to our illustrious engineer Mark Koch. Thanks too to trainee Matt for helping out.


We have two pairs of tickets each for two shows at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St: May 16 (Fri) - acclaimed guitarist Mark Ribot working his Afro-Cuban site with Los Cubanos Postizos / May 17 (Sat) - Albanian roots-pop superstar Merita Halili and her band + superb Brooklyn / Pakistani collaboration Sandaraa, wherein star Pakistani vocalist Zeb Bangash joins forces with a retinue of leading Brooklyn musicians led by clarinetist/composer Michael Winograd

If you're interested in either, send an email with the word TIX in the subject line to robw AT wfmu DOT org. You can also email via the email links on this page. I'll notify winners by Monday morning.

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This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Asian Dub Foundation with Zebda: Police On My Back Options / Various Artists: Another World is Possible / Attac (0:00:00 Pop‑up)

A.J. Holmes and the Hackney Empire: A13 Trunk Road to the Sea Options / Various Artists: London's Calling / Culture Clash Productions (0:05:25 Pop‑up)
Billy Bragg Cover

Bhundu Boys & Latin Quarter: Bitter to the South Options / Friends on the Road (0:11:31 Pop‑up)

Family Singers: Tarira Nguva Options / Various Artists: Take Cover - Zimbabwe Hits / Shanachie (0:14:56 Pop‑up)

Vatan: Baroon Baroon Options (0:17:52 Pop‑up)
GIG: May 10 (Sat): BAM Café at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Ave (Ft.Greene): Vatan + Eva Salina's Balkan vocal stylings. 9 pm to 10:30, Free. Part of Brooklyn Arts Council’s The Sweetest Song Festival.
Vatan is the Persian/American country band fronted by singer Mona Kayhan, with accompaniment by tar player Piruz Partow and others.

Earlybird Stringband: Den Fyrste Gongen Eg Sag Deg Options / LassoFolk (0:21:34 Pop‑up)

Mari Boine: Vilges Suola Options / Gula Gula / Real World (0:23:29 Pop‑up)
GIG: Tues May 13th at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave. (at E 38 St): Mari Boine. 7 pm. Co-presented with Riddu Riđđu Festival and Center for Northern Peoples, and in conjunction with the Scandinavia House exhibition Sámi Stories: Art and Identity of an Arctic People. Mari will also participate in a free symposium about the Sami people of northern Scandinavia at the same venue on Saturday May 10, 3:30 pm.

Tanya Tagaq with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra: 13 Inuit Throat Song Games (by Derek Charke) - excerpt Options / Live Recording (0:27:58 Pop‑up)
GIG: With the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, this Thursday night May 8 (part of the Spring for Music Festival).

The Nile Project : Omha Options / Aswan / Nile Project (0:36:56 Pop‑up)
Vocal: Ahmed Said

Alsarah and the Nubatones: Fugu Options / Silt / Wonderwheel / * (0:41:17 Pop‑up)

Aziz Sahmaoui: Sawaye Options / Aziz Sahmaoui and University of Gnawa / Adami (0:45:24 Pop‑up)

Abdelkbir Marchane & Ahmed Baqbou: Sandiya Options / Various Artists: Ouled Bambara: Portraits of Gnawa / Twos & Fews (0:49:21 Pop‑up)

Arpan: Rag Desh (Live on WFMU) Options (1:00:00 Pop‑up)
A late evening rag. This piece is an adaptation for a dance drama composed by Samir Chatterjee of Chhandayan.

Arpan: Interview Options (1:17:16 Pop‑up)

Arpan: Improv on a South Indian Raga (Live on WFMU) Options (1:33:48 Pop‑up)

Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté : A.C.I. 2000 Diaby Options / Toumani & Sidiki / World Circuit / * (2:00:51 Pop‑up)

Eva Ayllon & Inti-Illimani Historico: Inga Options / Eva Ayllon & Inti-Illimani Historico / Feria (2:05:47 Pop‑up)
GIG: May 15 (Thurs) Town Hall, 123 W 43rd St: Eva Ayllon & Albita. 8 pm. Cuban-American superstar Albita joins forces with legendary Afro-Peruvian performer Eva Ayllón in a never-before-seen collaboration by two of Latin America’s most irresistible artists.

Pedro Miguel y Sus Maracaibos: Pirana Options / Various Artists: Peru Maravilloso / Strut / * (2:10:44 Pop‑up)

Chango y su Conjunto: Salsa 73 Options / Various Artists: Peru Maravilloso / Strut / * (2:14:19 Pop‑up)

Son Palenque: La Arepa Asa Options / Son Palenque: Afro-Colombian Sound Modernizers / VampiSoul / * (2:16:24 Pop‑up)
New anthology

Jon Madof and Zion80: Holy Brother Options / Zion80 / Tzadik (2:20:33 Pop‑up)
GIG: May 5 (Mon) The Stone, E 2nd St & Ave C: Zion80 plays John Zorn’s Book of Angels. 8 pm, 10 pm. Featuring: Jon Madof (guitar, conductor) Matt Darriau (alto sax) Greg Wall (tenor sax) Frank London (trumpet) Jessica Lurie (bari sax, flute) Zach Mayer (bari sax) Yoshie Fruchter (guitar) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass) Brian Marsella (keyboard) Marlon Sobol (percussion) Yuval Lion (drums)

Fela and Afrika 70: Zombie Options / Zombie / MCA (2:26:47 Pop‑up)

Jon Irabagon: Kremzeek! Options / Outright! Unhinged (2:38:38 Pop‑up)

Ibo Combo: Ti Garcon Options / Various Artists: Haiti Direct: Big Band Mini Jazz and Twoubadou Sounds 1960-78 / Strut / * (2:50:31 Pop‑up)

Groupe Les Chleu-Chleu: Compas X Options / Various Artists: Haiti Direct: Big Band Mini Jazz and Twoubadou Sounds 1960-78 / Strut / * (2:53:55 Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:13pm Rob W:

Greetings dear listeners. If anyone here in the NY metro area is interested in tickets to a couple of good shows at Le Poisson Rouge this week, see the info at left and email me!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:19pm davex:

Hi Rob, thanks for the offer! A bit too far away, of course, maybe someday...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:23pm davex:

Vatan - a very interesting sound!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:20pm Mike East:

sounding great, Rob
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:22pm Rob W:

Yes, a bit far Dave, sorry about that... and thanks Mike!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:22pm Mike East:

we have a foot pump harmonium for rent where I work. I've been thinking of getting a manual one for home. Its a great instrument to lay a bed down.
  7:24pm jeff in Puna:

Aloha again Rob, and all fellow listeners! :)

Trans Pacific Sound Paradise is one of the highlights of my Saturday afternoons, here in the middle of Pacific Paradise!

Arpan sounds great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:24pm Guido from Cologne:

Late nicht rag. Perfect for Germany 1:20 AM.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:35pm Mike East:

Hey Jeff in Puna - you got any work there that can support a family of four? I'd like to live in paradise.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:37pm Rob W:

Thanks Jeff! And glad the timing works so well for you Guido (thanks for staying up)!
  7:46pm Janos from Münster:

Perfect timing! Great show! thanx
  7:46pm Phil N:

Do the Arpan musicians have any albums out? I love this!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:53pm Rob W:

Thanks Phil! There is no Arpan cd as a group, not yet at least. Kedar Naphade released a Carnatic Classical CD in 2010, titled “Geethanjali” with percussionists Tiravarur Bhaktavatsalam and Ghatam Giridhar Udupa. See:
And Arun Ramamurthy has a cd coming out with his Jazz Trio now - see: .
  7:57pm Phil N:

great - thank you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:58pm davex:

Fantastic improv - you can suggest that they do a German tour, seems like there's a lot of interest over here!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:01pm Rob W:

Will do Davex!
Avatar 8:02pm Whooda:

Hey Rob, I made it to La Mecánica Popular last night at SOB's. Thanks for the show. Enoyed the trip to the City and the show much, but am kinda' glad to be out of the City.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:06pm Rob W:

Sure thing Whooda! Well dear listeners, I do have a couple more giveaways up for grabs but yes, they do require a trip to New York City! The Big Apple! Shows at Le Poisson Rouge May 16 and 17. Both quite interesting. Info at left; email me, robw AT wfmu DOT org with the word TIX in the subject line if you're interested in getting in the running.
  8:08pm Phil N:

That ACI 2000 Diaby song was gorgeous.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:13pm KK:

I hope someone snatches up those tix ( i would try to get em but i'll be out of town that whole weekend :< ). BTW Arpan was beautiful, great guest tonight!
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