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Options May 9, 2020:

Mikko H. Haapoja: Traditional and Experimental Fiddle and Soundscapes from Finland



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Rob met Helsinki-based musician / audio-artist Mikko H. Haapoja to record a session and chat at WFMU this past October. Mikko performed a variation of his solo piece Unheard Landscapes, combining soundscapes and electronics with performance on jouhikko, a Finnish traditional fiddle. (Mikko's debut audio/visual piece from the Unheard Landscapes project, Our Shorelines, has just been released - hear it and see it at http://mikkohaapoja.net/solo/.) Mikko also co-leads the offbeat folk / rap / electronic ensemble Haapoja & Illmari Kollektiivi among many other projects. We'll hear all about it and hear Mikko's WFMU performance on this week's show!

Special thanks to engineer Dave S. and board ops Ruth and Olivia!

(* = new, *** = special)

Artist Track Album Label Comments New / Special Approx. start time
Googoosh  Talagh   Options Various Artists: Pomegranates: Persian Pop, Funk, Folk, and Psych of The 60s and 70s  Finders Keepers      0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Rim Banna  The Grandma With a Limp   Options The Mirrors of My Soul  Kirkelig Kulturverksted       0:06:45 (Pop‑up)
Lemma Gebre Hiwot, Zenebech Tesfaye & Selamawit Gebre Selassie  Asha Gedawo   Options Various Artists: Wedding Songs  Domino Sounds      0:11:47 (Pop‑up)
Meseret Aynom  Nekid Endo   Options Wedini  AIT      0:14:12 (Pop‑up)
Al Bilali Soudan  Apolo   Options Tombouctou  Clermont    *   0:24:47 (Pop‑up)
Mighty Popo  Mbaya Uwande   Options Ngagara  Mighty Popo      0:30:34 (Pop‑up)
TisDass  Yhabiti Yamiditine   Options Yamedan  Sahel Sounds      0:34:50 (Pop‑up)
Idir  Marche Sur Jerusalem feat Akhenaton   Options La France des Couleurs  Saint George      0:40:52 (Pop‑up)
Idir  A Vava Inou Va   Options A Vava Inou Va  Pathe      0:44:27 (Pop‑up)
Hugh Masekela and Tony Allen  Never (Lagos Never Gonna Be the Same)   Options Rejoice  World Circuit    *   0:53:01 (Pop‑up)
Lakou Mizik  Bouyon Lakou   Options HaitiNola  Cumbancha    *   0:56:11 (Pop‑up)
Mikko H. Haapoja  Interview   Options WFMU  Unreleased      1:04:53 (Pop‑up)
Mikko H. Haapoja  Our Shorelines   Options Live Performance at WFMU, October 2019  Unreleased      1:21:07 (Pop‑up)
Haapoja & Illmari Kollektiivi  Helsingin Reitit - Ensimmäinen Reitti   Options Uusi Maailma  Haapoja & Illmari Kollektiivi      1:54:58 (Pop‑up)
Haapoja & Illmari Kollektiivi  Uusi Maailma   Options Uusi Maailma  Haapoja & Illmari Kollektiivi      2:04:55 (Pop‑up)
Haapoja & Illmari Kollektiivi  Huomeneen   Options Single  Haapoja & Illmari Kollektiivi    *   2:09:21 (Pop‑up)
Nathan Riki Thomson  Oaidnemeahttun (featuring Hilda Länsman)   Options Resonance  Sibarecords    *   2:16:44 (Pop‑up)
Okra Playground  Kaunokieli (Silvertongue)   Options Turmio  Bafe's Factory      2:22:44 (Pop‑up)
Gea  Followers   Options Butterflies  Fragity Oy      2:25:31 (Pop‑up)
Hyvä Trio  Vanhanpiian Rakkauslaulu   Options Loistava  Hyvä Trio      2:28:39 (Pop‑up)
Eleanora Bordonaro  I Dijevu Di Vurchean   Options Moviti Ferma  Finisterre  This is a cover of a song from Bahia, Brazil - pretty famous one but I am spacing out on the name  *   2:36:33 (Pop‑up)
Lautaro Manquilef Lemuñir  Galopando   Options Mapuche - 24 Cantos de Tierra  Asfona      2:41:25 (Pop‑up)
Rio Mira  Patacore   Options Marimba del Pacifico  AYA      2:44:40 (Pop‑up)
Nilamayé  La Sirenita   Options Las Flores del Sol  Les Disques Bongo Joe      2:48:10 (Pop‑up)
Palé Goukoun  A Bimbina   Options Various Artists: Kparr Dirè (Balafon Music From Lobi Country) [DVD + CD]  Edition Telemark / Mirror World Music    * ***   2:56:02 (Pop‑up)

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Here's a link to the Arts Covid Big List/ – an extensive list of Relief and Resources For Artists, Freelancers, and Non-Profits: http://artscovid.org/

New York City COVID-19 Coronavirus Resource Page for culture - artists, performers etc: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/dcla/resources/coronavirus-dcla.page.

The NEA listing of COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations is here: https://www.arts.gov/covid-19-resources-for-artists-and-arts-organizations.

Also coming soon: The Folk Artists COVID-19 Relief Fund. Right now the fund is seeking donations at https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/folk-arts-relief-fund

Also: BRIC has an extensive resource list on its website with artists, performers etc. in mind but relevant for everyone. Below is the list as of April 11; you can check the site for updates here: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/blog/resources-artists-during-public-health-crisis.

  • The Actor's Fund: Emergency Financial Assistance
  • The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation: Emergency Grant
  • Alliance of Artists Communities: Emergency Relief Programs
  • American Society of Journalists and Authors: Writers Emergency Assistance Fund
  • Artist Relief Tree: Request Funding
  • Artists’ Fellowship: Emergency Aid Resources
  • Arts and Culture Leaders of Color: Emergency Fund
  • Authors League Fund: Emergency Resources
  • Bret Adams & Paul Reisch Foundation: Emergency Grant
  • Brooklyn Arts Council: Emergency/Disaster Relief
  • CERF+: Emergency Assistance Inquiry
  • Creative Capital: Artist Relief for COVID-19
  • Dance NYC: Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund
  • The Drama League: Directors Emergency Relief Fund
  • Format: The Photographer Fund
  • Foundation for Contemporary Arts: COVID-19 Relief Fund Application
  • Freelancers Union: Freelancers Relief Fund
  • The Haven Foundation: Grants
  • Joan Mitchell Foundation: Emergency Grants for Artists
  • Kinkade Family Foundation: Emergency Grant for Curators
  • The Max's Kansas City Project: Emergency Grants
  • Mayer Foundation: Grants to Individuals and Private Foundations
  • National Association of Latino Arts & Culture (NALAC): Actos de Confianza Micro-Grant Initiative*
  • New Music USA: New Music Solidarity Fund
  • New York City Community Trust: NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund for Non-Profits
  • New York State: How to Get Unemployment Assistance
  • New York State Council on the Arts: Resources for New York State Arts and Cultural Organizations re: Novel Coronavirus
  • New York State Dept of Labor: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides payment to workers not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history & others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the COVID19 emergency
  • NYFA: Emergency Grants Listings
  • Paige West & the West Collection: LIFTS Artist Grant and Acquisition Award
  • Pen America: Writer's Emergency Fund
  • Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / NYFA: Rauschenberg Emergency Grants
  • The Soze Foundation, TaskForce, and Invisible Hand: Artist + Activist Relief Fund
  • Sweet Relief Musicians Fund: COVID-19 Fund
  • Twenty Summers: Emergency Arts Fund
  • COVID-19 Resources and Webinars:

    Streaming Resources and Platforms:

    Event Cancellations:
    Has Your Project Been Impacted by SXSW or Another Fest’s Cancellation? W&H Wants to Help


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    Organizations supporting the rights of immigrants and refugees:

    (For more suggestions see https://www.bustle.com/p/9-immigration-organizations-to-donate-to-if-you-want-to-support-daca-recipients-80757.)

    National Immigration Law Center: Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.

    National Immigration Forum: The National Immigration Forum is one of the leading immigrant advocacy organizations in the country, with a mission to advocate for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.

    New York Immigration Coalition: The New York Immigration Coalition aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all. The NYIC promotes immigrants’ full civic participation, fosters their leadership, and provides a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.

    Arab American Family Support Center (New York City): The Arab-American Family Support Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-sectarian organization that provides culturally and linguistically sensitive services to immigrant communities throughout New York City.

    Action NYC: ActionNYC connects New Yorkers to free, safe immigration legal help. You can make an appointment to learn your immigration legal options and get immigration application assistance. There are ActionNYC sites in all five boroughs. Appointments are required. Your appointment will be in your language.

    Immigration Equality is the leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization in the country. It provide s advice and legal services to thousands of LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants seeking refuge, fair treatment, and freedom in the United States. The work is truly lifesaving because there are nearly 80 countries around the world where it is a crime to be LGBTQ, with consequences up to and including the death penalty. For this reason, Immigration Equality fights to obtain asylum in the United States for LGBTQ and HIV-positive refugees - with a remarkable 99% win rate.

    International Refugee Assistance Project: The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid and systemic policy advocacy, IRAP serves the world’s most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.

    International Rescue Committee: The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

    Kids in Need of Defense (KIND): KIND serves as the leading organization for the protection of children who enter the US immigration system alone and strives to ensure that no such child appears in immigration court without representation. We achieve fundamental fairness through high-quality legal representation and by advancing the child's best interests, safety and well-being.

    Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF): AALDEF is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans by combining litigation, advocacy, education, and community organizing. Issues / focus include immigrant rights, civic participation and voting rights, economic justice for workers, language access to services, educational equity, housing and environmental justice, and the elimination of anti-Asian violence, police misconduct, and human trafficking.

    Make the Road New York (MRNY): MRNY builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.

    Make the Road New Jersey (MRNJ): Make the Road New Jersey builds the power of immigrant and working class communities in New Jersey to achieve dignity and justice through community organizing, legal and support services, transformative education and policy innovation.

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    Listener comments!

    Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:00pm Bas NL:

    Hi Rob! All!
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:02pm Granny Spicy Tuna (e/em):

    Greetings Rob, WFMU crew and all ye listeners!
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:02pm Handy Haversack:

    Hey, Rob, everyone! Very excited!

    Will be listening but taken up with trying to figure out how to make cacio e pepe for a little while here ...
      6:03pm Colleen:

    Already good!!!
      6:03pm P-90:

    Googoosh!
      6:03pm Colleen:

    Hey Handy!! And Hey Granny Spicy!!
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:04pm mariano:

    Hey Rob, Ruth, everyone! This is the Jesus Christ Superstar overture, isn't it?
      6:05pm modern blaze:

    hold up, mom! i need a turkish delight!
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:06pm common:

    hey there, rob. hope everyone is doing.
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:06pm Colleen:

    Yes Mariano!!...Ps..HI!
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:06pm mariano:

    Just found a really interesting-looking YT channel of world psych: www.youtube.com...
      6:06pm P-90:

    @mariano: it’s similar to a middle-eastern-flavored theme in Superstar, which is associated with the character of Judas and with the “39 Lashes”
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:07pm Handy Haversack:

    Hey, Colleen, Mariano, GST, all the TPPals!
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:07pm Colleen:

    What did Todd say about tonights Svenghoolie "Munster go home"?...Ive been looking forward to it all week...and to think WFMU is doing something with it blows my mind....and I need to partake!!
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:07pm chresti:

    Hi Rob and sound paradise attendees!
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:07pm mariano:

    Yeah, it's that guitar riff, P-90. What's up, Handy?
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:11pm Karen in Sleepy Hollow:

    Watching the snow squall outside and loving this Rim Banna track. Evening all!
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:13pm Smilty69:

    Good evening, Rob & friends! Another Saturday in the books!
    Avatar 6:16pm slugluv1313:

    good evening, Rob and everyone!
    yes! an oasis of happiness and positives vibes right here :)
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:21pm Granny Spicy Tuna (e/em):

    Colleen: hi! great to see you!
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:22pm Bas NL:

    Rob! Gone full future with fiber?
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:23pm radioronan:

    Hello Rob! Hello global comment board citizens!
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:25pm Handy Haversack:

    @radioronan: We did an Eastern District run for cider and cheese. (Trying a new dish.) Stood around outside in the snow waiting for the store to clear ...
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:26pm Rob W:

    Greetings folks, thanks everyone for staying with us!
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:29pm Granny Spicy Tuna (e/em):

    Enjoying this set so much!
      6:31pm The Butterman:

    This is insane.
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:35pm Bas NL:

    Great desert sounds!
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:38pm chresti:

    Yes, great sounds!
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:41pm Granny Spicy Tuna (e/em):

    Relentless awesomeness
    Avatar 6:48pm dale:

    this is gorgeous.
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:49pm Megaroni:

    Beautiful music! Can’t tell where that was from! Oh Algeria!!
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:58pm Rob W:

    Thanks Megaroni, Dale, GST, Chresti, Bas, Butterman, everyone
    Avatar 6:58pm slugluv1313:

    GORGEOUS! absolutely gorgeous!
    and as others have commented -- great music to cook to! (or at least TRY, hah!)
      7:01pm Carmichael:

    Heya Rob and Trans people.
      7:03pm Zydeco Phil:

    Awesome beautiful stuff tonite Rob. Thanks! The Haiti-New Orleans connection is so fascinating
      7:04pm Carmichael:

    Are you having tech issues with your voice, Rob? Sounds slowed down.
      7:05pm Tamar:

    Yes, sounds like pitch control or rpms slowed down.
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:06pm Ike:

    Thanks @Carm@7:04, I thought I was going insane because nobody else seems to have noticed this. Sounds better in this prerecorded interview.
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:20pm Rob W:

    Hi folks, I can't hear it on my end but yes, is some kind of pitch shift problem. It's very odd - all I can think of is that some kind of sample rate conversion is going on post-microphone. I'm not sure really. Trying to reach station Manager Ken to see if he is familiar with anything like this happening - I'm a little stumped.
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:23pm Bas NL:

    Sounds like 48 -> 44.1kHz conversion. Stream is slowed down and you can hear an occasional glitch with the stream skipping forward to catch up..
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:25pm ParUbi:

    Hello Rob, this is fantastic. Hey everyone
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:27pm Smilty69:

    Mikko's set sounds great!
    Avatar 7:34pm slugluv1313:

    yes -- beautiful!
      7:39pm Polly Onymous:

    Really enjoying this show tonight Rob, and all of fmu over the last few weeks. Thanks for the island of sanity!
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:50pm radioronan:

    @handy Cider and cheese - now that is worth standing in a line in the snow for. I saw that Brouwerij Lane is donating a dollar from every beer sold.
      8:00pm darlene:

    New to Mikko's thing(s) Whoa great and fab show.
    I wonder how many spoken languages Mikko speaks.
      8:05pm Carmichael:

    It’s 93, so I just jumped in the pool for the first time this year. Nordic music went well with the frigid water.
    Avatar 8:08pm slugluv1313:

    is it just me, or is anyone else feeling a Velvet Underground "The Murder Mystery" vibe on "Helsingin Reitit -- Ensimmäinen Reitti" -- ???
    Avatar 8:10pm slugluv1313:

    @ darlene -- yes! i was wondering the same thing re: how many languages Mikko speaks!
      8:13pm Carmichael:

    Sounds like something Marty would play.
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:17pm Smilty69:

    Switching to red wine for the stretch. Thanks Rob & Skeleton crew!
    Avatar 8:25pm TDK60:

    He//o.
      8:30pm Colleen:

    I heard Todd say something about someone broadcasting something that accompanies Svengoolie's Munsters go home... anybody know what's goin on?
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:33pm Bas NL:

    Great set!
      8:33pm Karen in Sleepy Hollow:

    Yay! You sound like Rob again!
      8:33pm Carmichael:

    Rescued by a skeleton!
      8:37pm Carmichael:

    I’m watching The Valhalla Murders, a Finnish cop mystery series. They play a lot of this kind of music.
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:40pm Granny Spicy Tuna (e/em):

    this is strangely lovely
    Avatar 8:45pm slugluv1313:

    so joyous!
    thanks so much, Rob!
    Avatar 8:50pm TDK60:

    yes; the third one back was Mapuche music from Chile?
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:51pm Granny Spicy Tuna (e/em):

    Thank you for the wonderful program today, Rob and WFMU crew!
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:54pm Handy Haversack:

    Thanks, Rob.
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:55pm chresti:

    Thanks Rob!
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:55pm Bas NL:

    Thanks Rob! Great show!
      8:55pm Carmichael:

    Thanks Rob!
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:56pm radioronan:

    Wonderful show as always - Thanks so much Rob . Thanks skeleton crew!
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:56pm mariano:

    Thanks Rob and Ruth, take care everyone.
    Avatar 8:56pm TDK60:

    Gracias DJ RW.
    Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:56pm Rob W:

    Thanks everyone, take care!
    Avatar 9:05pm slugluv1313:

    thanks again, Rob and Skeletons -- have a fantastic weekend/week!
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