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Charles Mingus said jazz was a word invented to separate musicians from their money. Music for a Free World brings us together, drawing listeners to the healing power of smooth free jazz. Each week, surprise guests bring their own sides to spin and their instruments of choice to spontaneously jam.

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Options April 4, 2020: The music of Puerto Rican guitarist and composer Federico Balducci can be described as a mixture of classical and ambient music with unusually intricate harmonies.

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Artist Track Album Label Approx. start time
Bill Frisell  Strange Meeting   Options With Dave Holland and Elvin Jones  Elektra Nonesuch  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Bill Frisell  Strange Meeting   Options With Dave Holland and Elvin Jones  Elektra Nonesuch   
Bill Evans and Jim Hall  My Funny Valentine   Options Undercurrent  United Artists  0:13:27 (Pop‑up)
Kurt Rosenwinkel  Brooklyn Sometime   Options Deep Song  Verve  0:20:22 (Pop‑up)
Oliver Messiaen   Quatuor pour la fin du temps   Options Messiaen  Chandos  0:39:48 (Pop‑up)
Federico Balcducci  I Have Never...   Options The Dark Side of Things  Sorrow Ship  0:48:45 (Pop‑up)
Roland Dyens  Night and Day   Options Night And Day  Visite Au Jazz  1:00:43 (Pop‑up)
Frank Zappa · Ensemble Intercontemporain  The Perfect Stranger   Options Bouliez Conducts Zappa  Barking Pumpkin Digital  1:14:12 (Pop‑up)
Phil Niblock  Harm   Options for 'cello, played here by Arne Deforce    1:32:37 (Pop‑up)
Federico Balcducci and Dave Sewelson  Duet for Pigeon   Options Live on WFMU  GTDR Records and Tapes  2:03:59 (Pop‑up)
Federico Balcducci  La Brava Domestica   Options Avoir Vent 10th anniversary (Wind)    2:50:30 (Pop‑up)
Federico Balcducci  A Place to Bury Me   Options Le conflit engendre le feu (Fire)    2:53:15 (Pop‑up)


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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:02pm Irene Trudel:

Yay, first comment! Hi Dave!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:02pm chresti:

Hi free worlds!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:02pm Dave Sewelson:

You win Irene!
  2:02pm Federico:

Thanks Irene!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:02pm Dave Sewelson:

chresti is a close second
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:03pm chresti:

It's a tie!
Avatar 2:03pm fred:

Hello Dave and listeners
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:04pm Dave Sewelson:

howdy fred!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:04pm Dave Sewelson:

chresti are you wearing a tie?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:04pm spodiodi:

Dave Sewelson! Freedom!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:06pm chresti:

Dave, kind of, it's wrapped around my neck. Does that mean I win?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:06pm doctorjazz:

Purty! Hi all! (Saw Frisell group Harmony back when we could see folks play)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:06pm Irene Trudel:

So nice to tune in so early, Dave. Usually I'm at work until 3pm. But since NYPR is on a minimal schedule, I'm on indefinite leave and can tune in early now.
  2:08pm David J:

Hi all, just tuning in
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:08pm spodiodi:

thanks for being here, Federico
  2:10pm Federico:

Thanks Spodiodi!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:11pm Irene Trudel:

Yay Federico!
  2:11pm Federico:

Hi, Irene!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:12pm Dave Sewelson:

So nice we played it twice
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:13pm Dave Sewelson:

doctor and spodiodio
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:14pm Dave Sewelson:

indefinite leave, yeah
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:14pm doctorjazz:

Acoustic guitar blues, nice...
  2:16pm ?:

God bless you!!! Titi, Mary
  2:17pm Federico:

Hi!
Saludos! Titi! thanks for listening
  2:18pm ?:

Please play my favorite: La vaca.... Titi Mary
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:18pm Andrew Waterloo:

good afternoon
  2:19pm Federico:

Hello Andrew
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:19pm Dave Sewelson:

Andrew is in the house!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:22pm doctorjazz:

Looks a bit like those Steinberger guitars (in the picture).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:23pm Dave Sewelson:

David J...is Texas getting bigger?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:23pm Andrew Waterloo:

Hope you're all keeping safe
  2:23pm ?:

I mean: Brava Domesticada: Titi Mary
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:23pm Irene Trudel:

Ah, Kurt Rosenwinkel. Love his music!
  2:23pm Federico:

Hi
Doctor Jazz, it's a Strandberg guitar
Avatar 2:26pm Sem:

Hey, Dave, free worlders, random jazz people. Lovin' the way this sounds---Frisell, Jim Hall, and now this...all that jazz.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:29pm Dave Sewelson:

Sem....all that jazz
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:29pm Dave Sewelson:

Good to see you Titi Mary!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:30pm Doug Schulkind:

This Free World is a beautiful world. Thank you, Dave. Welcome Federico. Big love to everybody!
  2:30pm ?:

Hi Dave, God bless you too!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:32pm doctorjazz:

I was close; Steinberger, Strandberg, let's call the whole thing off!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:39pm Dave Sewelson:

Doug is not doing yoga
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:40pm Irene Trudel:

Is Federico talking over Skype? If so he should make sure the video isn't on. That would make the sound more stable.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:41pm Irene Trudel:

Sounds good! (No pun intended)
  2:42pm Federico:

Thanks, Irene
Avatar 2:43pm JakeGould:

Hello!

@Irene: Might be the case, but in general I have noticed my home Internet is not that stable or consistent since everyone started working from home. In general ISPs kinda count on low to no usage during the day when people are at home. The solid connection are for “business” rated connections. But of course that has all changed now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:43pm Dave Sewelson:

Thanks Jake....
Avatar 2:45pm JakeGould:

No problem. This article and accompanying charts lay out the case. broadbandnow.com...
  2:48pm Federico:

Thanks Jake :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:48pm Dave Sewelson:

so nice to have an engineer in the mix...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:50pm Dave Sewelson:

federicobalducci7.bandcamp.com
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:51pm Andrew Waterloo:

My ISP basically upped my rate because of this. But, I haven't had any problems with my connection... and it's lower tier thing. But, also I don't share my bandwidth with video hungry teenagers either.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:52pm Irene Trudel:

Jake, you're totally right about connectivity. I have to be careful not to throw my husband off the connection because he's WFH for the NY Times and is on deadline a lot. But I do know Skype video sucks down a lot of bandwidth and becomes more stable if you go audio only. Dave's connection is fine and solid.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:54pm Dave Sewelson:

we be using the mysterious FaceTime more better binary
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:56pm Irene Trudel:

It's slightly better now.
Avatar 3:00pm JakeGould:

@AndrewWaterloo: Heard about that stuff too. The FCC basically ordered all ISPs and cell phone providers to lift bandwidth, minutes, roaming restrictions and such. If you have a cell phone capable of being a mobile hot spot but you don’t have it, it should be free and enabled on your phone now. So if your home connection stinks, enable the mobile hotspot on your phone and see how that works. I have Sprint FWIW.
  3:00pm claire daly:

hi errybody. just getting here. happy saturday!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:02pm spodiodi:

hi claire!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:02pm Irene Trudel:

Hi Claire!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:04pm spodiodi:

love this song
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:05pm spodiodi:

like Roland Dyens' take so far
  3:05pm ?:

I love that one!!!
  3:06pm ?:

I love this song, Titi Mary,
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:08pm spodiodi:

In Dave We Trust
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:11pm Dave Sewelson:

Claire Sistah!
  3:14pm claire daly:

sistah dave!! hi everyone. i'm so glad we're all here, safe and sound, so to speak.
  3:16pm claire daly:

the pigeons seem very happy in nyc. i go to the roof and they are flying around in weird patterns, pretty much calling the shots out there.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:16pm Dave Sewelson:

so to speak...so to talk...so to yak....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:22pm spodiodi:

FZ!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:22pm Andrew Waterloo:

@JakeGould... I'm in Canada. That sounds nice of the FCC though.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:23pm Webhamster Henry:

Zappa heard Xenakis when he was a kid from a record he took out of the library and really, that was where he began.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:23pm Dave Sewelson:

Webhamster Henry, thats how it all began....
  3:24pm Federico:

Zappa was a big fan of Edgard Varèse too
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:24pm spodiodi:

Zappa led me to Varese
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:25pm coelacanth∅:

greetings Dave & Free worldlings
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:26pm Webhamster Henry:

Oop I think it WAS Varèse! My Bad!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:27pm Dave Sewelson:

sealy...wassup?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:27pm Webhamster Henry:

When he got a Synclavier, he felt he finally had the orchestra that could play his stuff!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:27pm Dave Sewelson:

Varese or Xenakis...whats the difference
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:27pm Webhamster Henry:

Now I'll stop mansplaining and shut up and listen to the music.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:28pm Doug Schulkind:

Never stop Webhamsplaining!
Avatar 3:29pm Franco Twinkie:

In addition to all the modernist composers that influenced Frank Zappa, his life long love of the soundtracks of movies - sci fi, horror and noir, is put in sharp relief in this spectacular performance.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:30pm Dave Sewelson:

Franco wow
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:31pm spodiodi:

aloha, Webhamster Henry, coel, Doug, Franco
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:32pm Dave Sewelson:

later spodi
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:33pm spodiodi:

you can't get rid of me that easily, Dave :D here for the duration
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:36pm Dave Sewelson:

i musta misread sumpin that wasnt spod on...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:36pm Dave Sewelson:

aloha mean hello and goodbye.....ahhh
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:37pm spodiodi:

i'm sloppy with my alohas. fair call on your part, Dave
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:40pm Dave Sewelson:

alohahahahaha
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:41pm spodiodi:

feel the love <3
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:41pm coelacanth∅:

hey spodi
  3:41pm claire daly:

love ya later! thanks for the show today.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:42pm spodiodi:

cheers, claire! be well
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:44pm Dave Sewelson:

thanks for stopping by Claire...later-like
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:46pm Doug Schulkind:

Gotta go walk the dog. And the Doug. Thanks for the great sounds, Federico and Dave! (And Irene!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:47pm Dave Sewelson:

Shake hands with the dog for me, Doug....
  3:47pm Federico:

Thanks Doug
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:49pm spodiodi:

happy trails, Doug
  3:51pm Federico:

Hi
Everyone I got a new record out
it has a few Erik Satie pieces and a few original compositions

https://federicobalducci7.bandcamp.com/album/le-conflit-engendre-le-feu-fire
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:55pm Dave Sewelson:

federicobalducci7.bandcamp.com...
  3:57pm David J:

This is pretty amazing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:58pm Webhamster Henry:

It's like it's solstice again....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:58pm Irene Trudel:

This Niblock piece is so hypnotic. Love the overtones that rise to the surface every so often.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:59pm Irene Trudel:

Happy walkies, Doug!
  4:04pm Carmichael:

Heya Dave and kids.
  4:07pm ?:

Hi Federico!! Awesome playlist!! I love Erik Satie and your pieces!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:09pm doctorjazz:

Very Cool collaboration!
Avatar 4:10pm Franco Twinkie:

Well put, Federico. The stuff that really matters. We all want to believe we have a future, but maybe not. But in the mean time, while we are feeling good, lets all kick ass and get shit done.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:10pm doctorjazz:

Musta been REALLY tough isolating during the 1918 flu pandemic. You really were all alone.
Avatar 4:15pm Sem:

Lovin' it live.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:20pm coelacanth∅:

i missed most of the mic break so i've missed some information and maybe some wisdom; but
...this guitar does not sound phoned-in. are Frederico and Dave in the presence of one-another, physically?
Avatar 4:21pm fred:

@coel: they're not even in the same state. Amazing it sounds that good
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:22pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks fred - yeah very good, and they apparently can hear each-other quite well too
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:23pm Webhamster Henry:

Trio for guitar, sax and jittery interface. (and pigeon)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:24pm Gina Bacon:

Howdy, streamers!
Avatar 4:25pm fred:

@coel: Federico mentioned western Massachusetts early in the show
Avatar 4:32pm Franco Twinkie:

This does sound sharp. Technology put to good use.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:35pm spodiodi:

to the pigeon.
dig it
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:35pm spodiodi:

jittery interface and all
Avatar 4:36pm fred:

@Franco: Right, using it for a meeting of the minds instead of mindless meetings, for a change
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:40pm coelacanth∅:

unfortunately and thankfully i have to get back to work.
Thanks Dave & Frederico
tchau peeps
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:42pm spodiodi:

see ya coelacanth
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:43pm doctorjazz:

Amazing they can do this long distance (though records have been made long distance for a long time now).
Avatar 4:43pm Hams:

pigeon!
Avatar 4:45pm fred:

@doctorjazz: sure, but these are usually exchanges of solo takes, not live
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:46pm doctorjazz:

True, Fred. The interaction is what makes it!
  4:49pm David J:

So good!
Avatar 4:49pm fred:

clap clap clap clap clap
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:50pm spodiodi:

nice duet guys
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:50pm Irene Trudel:

Fantastic! Dave, thanks for turning us on to Federico's music. Gonna that new album right now.
  4:52pm ?:

Yeeeeeeeahh. I'm here waiting, Brava....!!! Titi Mary, God bless you
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:52pm doctorjazz:

Thanks Frederick and Dave. That was great!
  4:53pm Federico:

Thanks doctor jazz !
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:53pm chresti:

Bravo.
  4:53pm Federico:

Thanks Irene !
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:54pm Gina Bacon:

Well done!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:56pm Dave Sewelson:

Gina is up next...click this
wfmu.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:58pm Gina Bacon:

Thanks Dave!
  4:59pm David J:

Thanks Dave & Federico
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:59pm spodiodi:

thanks, Dave, Federico, Irene! be well all, ttys
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:59pm Dave Sewelson:

Thanks all of you
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:59pm Irene Trudel:

Great show, Dave and Federico!
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