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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 December 5, 2020: Amirtha Kidambi is an NYC based composer-performer, improviser, educator, activist and organizer invested in counter-hegemonic music and political work.

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Artist Track Album Label Comments Approx. start time
Amirtha Kidambi & Lea Bertucci  Hysteric Arch   Options End of Softness  Astral Spirits  https://kidambibertucci.bandcamp.com/album/end-of-softnes  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Luke Stewart  Awakening the Masters   Options Exposure Quintet  Astral Spirits  https://wfubaa.bandcamp.com/album/luke-stewart-exposure-quintet  0:05:35 (Pop‑up)
Amirtha Kidambi x Luke Stewart    Quarantine Concert #2      0:21:20 (Pop‑up)
Amirtha Kidambi & Lea Bertucci  Smoldering, Seething   Options Phase Eclipse  Astral Spirits    0:27:49 (Pop‑up)
Matteo Liberatore  Agnes   Options Solos    https://matteoliberatore.bandcamp.com/album/solos  0:36:59 (Pop‑up)
Alice Coltrane  Sivaya   Options Transcendence  Sepia Tone Records    0:46:49 (Pop‑up)
Alice Coltrane  Sita Ram   Options Universal Consciousness  Impulse! Records    0:51:38 (Pop‑up)
Amirtha Kidambi  Patient Love   Options Live from Stadtgarten, Cologne      0:56:26 (Pop‑up)
Kadri Gopalnath  Marugelara   Options Jayanthasri      1:03:14 (Pop‑up)
Amirtha Kidambi & Darius Jones  I Am an Instrument   Options from a May 2019 Look and Listen Festival Brooklyn      1:28:54 (Pop‑up)
June Tyson  Satellites are Spinning   Options June Tyson: Saturnian Queen Of The Sun Ra Arkestra    https://sunramusic.bandcamp.com/album/june-tyson-saturnian-queen-of-the-sun-ra-arkestra  1:39:06 (Pop‑up)
Ruth Crawford Seeger  III. Andante   Options String Quartet 1931      1:49:48 (Pop‑up)
Ruth Crawford Seeger  IV. Allegro Possibile   Options String Quartet 1931      1:54:14 (Pop‑up)
J. Pavone String Ensemble  Hurtle and Hurdle   Options     https://jessicapavone.bandcamp.com/album/brick-and-mortar  1:55:57 (Pop‑up)
Hazel Scott  Lament (w. Mingus and Roach)   Options       2:01:21 (Pop‑up)
Elder Ones  Eat the Rich   Options Untruth    https://amirthakidambi.bandcamp.com/track/eat-the-rich  2:16:26 (Pop‑up)
Nick Dunston  Globular Weaving   Options Atlantic Extraction  Out of Your Head    2:29:44 (Pop‑up)
Mary Halvorson's Code Girl  Artlessly Falling   Options Artlessly Falling    https://maryhalvorson.bandcamp.com/album/artlessly-falling  2:45:10 (Pop‑up)
Ellen O  Uneven   Options Uneven      2:51:00 (Pop‑up)
Angela Morris/Anna Webber Big Band  Rebonds   Options Both are True    https://webbermorrisbigband.bandcamp.com/album/both-are-true
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Listener comments!

Avatar 2:02pm duke:

Hi Dave, Amirtha, and everyone
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:02pm fred:

Hello Dave, Amirtha and listeners
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:03pm Dave Sewelson:

Hey duke and fred!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:03pm fred:

@Dave: last week's show got me to get a couple of Cecilia Lopez' records yesterday
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:04pm Dave Sewelson:

fred that's great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:06pm fred:

First track, first clicky-star. (I'm a Lea Bertucci fan)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:08pm Dave Sewelson:

hey fred!
  2:08pm northguineahills:

Getting some cheap Dominican food. I go for once a week cheap Latino food at least once a week as a treat, just live listening to Dave!
  2:08pm Amirtha Kidambi:

Hi Fred!
  2:11pm Amirtha Kidambi:

Now playing! Link to buy:
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:12pm Dave Sewelson:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:25pm doctorjazz:

Avatar 2:26pm Honeybear:

I feel I'm starting to dehegemonize already
  2:27pm Amirtha Kidambi:

Yess! Fight the power!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:27pm Dave Sewelson:

hey doc and HB....
  2:33pm Amirtha Kidambi:

Avatar 2:33pm Honeybear:

When I was living in my car (a ways back), and I could afford to splurge ... I used to go to this Mexican restaurant with an all-you-can-eat chips+salsa bar (provided one had already ordered a main dish, of course). And then get my carb fix for the week (salsa is also quite healthy, if freshly made)
  2:34pm Amirtha Kidambi:

Avatar 2:34pm Honeybear:

(and subsisted on apples and bananas most other days)
  2:35pm Amirtha Kidambi:

I lived off of all you can eat chips and salsa in college in LA
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:36pm fred:

I like this track too
  2:37pm jn34282:

Hello fellow free world listeners
Avatar 2:38pm northguineahills:

some of the best shows of my generation were at Pioneer Works....

I just saw Black Hebrew Israelite demonstration here in Orlando. *sniff*, it felt like I was back home in Brooklyn...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:38pm Dave Sewelson:

welcome jn34282
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:39pm Dave Sewelson:

wow ngh...
Avatar 2:39pm northguineahills:

as fred knows, Lea is an old friend of mine...
  2:39pm Amirtha Kidambi:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:40pm Dave Sewelson:

  2:40pm jn34282:

@Dave thanks
@ngh how are you doing?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:43pm Dave Sewelson:

Avatar 2:43pm northguineahills:

in a hotel today to recharge. Then, back to back to putting feet to virtual pavement to look for jobs.
  2:44pm jn34282:

@ngh gotcha hope you find something
Avatar 2:44pm northguineahills:

Erstwhile Recs were the original home of the onkyo scene.
Avatar 2:47pm northguineahills:

Erstwhile did a a week of shows once at the Japanese Cultural Center near the UN a while back.

Alice Coltrane is my bodhisattva....
Avatar 2:50pm northguineahills:

Alice comes pre-clickied!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:54pm coelacanth∅:

greetings Dave & Amirtha and Free worldlings
  2:55pm Amirtha Kidambi:

Avatar 2:55pm northguineahills:

...another Alice pre-clickied....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:57pm fred:

I really like Indian dance, though I haven't seen much in the past few years. Especially with musicians on the side of the stage, and the occasional improvised interaction with the dancer
  2:58pm Amirtha Kidambi:

Funny you should say, the bells on my feet in this track are from my classical dance days in Bharatanatyam
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:59pm Dave Sewelson:

sealy, i see you
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:04pm fred:

I prefer Kathak, and maybe Odissi, but I do like Bharatanatyam. Contemporary dance too, Padmini Chettur is one of my favorite choreographers. Alas, she no longer performs here, for lack of demand and appreciation
  3:07pm Amirtha Kidambi:

Bharatanatyam is my native tradition as my family is from Tamil Nadu
Avatar 3:15pm northguineahills:

thanks, jn34282!
Avatar 3:28pm northguineahills:

tamil nadu is my favorite Indian cuisine (impossible to find in FL)
  3:30pm Amirtha Kidambi:

Really? There are South Indian communities around Tampa
  3:31pm Amirtha Kidambi:

I can find out!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:35pm coelacanth∅:

would what Brian Eno did, as his usual method i believe, be called working with phonemes?... he made up the lyrics based on the sounds he wanted from the singing.
  3:37pm DavidJ:

I’m digging this show.
  3:42pm DavidJ:

I love June. She was a real sweet person and funny as well. Her “Astro Black” is great, too.
  3:47pm Dean:

From a Fanfare review of a recording by the Fine Arts Quartet: "The Quartet by Ruth Crawford Seeger is a classic: four short, marvelously contrasting, pretty-well-atonal movements from 1931, related somewhat to the Ruggles-Riegger-Becker world but really on its own. The more heterogeneous outer movements frame an imitative scherzo and a “sound-mass“ slow movement, the latter looking forward to some of Penderecki. The last movement, in its highly structured phrasing and palindromic form, also foreshadows developments which took place many years later. All in all it's a wonderful work. Regrettable it is that its composer wrote very little after this Quartet."
  3:53pm Dean:

I have a recording, a 4CD set of live recordings from 1999 by Correspondence Quartet, which featured Jessica Pavone and Jackson Moore. Quite something.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:56pm Dave Sewelson:

DavidJ and Dean you is real listening listeners
Avatar 3:56pm Honeybear:

very enlightening, this last set
Avatar 3:56pm northguineahills:

@Amirtha: I'm in Orlando. All of the Indian restaurants here do north Indian cuisine, and it's usually about $20/ entree. I'm used to Curry Lane in Manhattan where I could get a meal for $5-$6 for multiple Indian cuisines...
  3:58pm Dean:

The Arditti recorded the Crawford Seeger string quartet way t'heck back in 1990!
Avatar 4:01pm northguineahills:

I have this Ruth Crawford Seeger album....

I'm recharging by listening to GTDS, listening to a podcast on 4th c history of church theology, watching futbol (soccer), and American football, and playing puzzle games (i'm fun at parties and can apparently multi-task).
  4:01pm Amirtha Kidambi:

  4:02pm Amirtha Kidambi:

This is Jessica Pavone now
Avatar 4:02pm northguineahills:

I met Jessica via Matt Mottel....
Avatar 4:03pm northguineahills:

(also eating...)
Avatar 4:07pm Honeybear:

Avatar 4:10pm Honeybear:

"everyone is a socialist during wars and pandemics"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:13pm Gina Bacon:

Happy Saturday, Dave and Amirtha!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:13pm fred:

Funny how when times are tough social programs must be cut and the poor must pay, but when they're not the rich must get tax cuts as a reward. Not just in the US, it's the same here
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:14pm coelacanth∅:

isn't some people getting wealthier the whole reason this epidemic was created?
  4:14pm DavidJ:

I saw some pretty nice Karl Marx “All I Want for Christmas is the Means of Production” sweaters this year.
  4:17pm Amirtha Kidambi:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:18pm coelacanth∅:

the rich must taste disgusting
  4:19pm Amirtha Kidambi:

I'm a vegetarian
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:19pm coelacanth∅:

so you're off the hook
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:20pm fred:

The Ex had a record called "dignity of labor". I also heard from a friend who opened for them that they insisted that everyone got paid equally, they and unknown local supporting band members
  4:20pm Amirtha Kidambi:

If you want to get involved organizing with the New York chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, go here. You don't have to join to organize, but you can also become a dues paying member at any monthly amount. https://www.socialists.nyc/
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:20pm coelacanth∅:

-and i don't eat mammals, birds or reptiles so i'm off the hook too
  4:21pm DavidJ:

Wow this solo
  4:22pm Amirtha Kidambi:

  4:22pm Amirtha Kidambi:

Matt Nelson on soprano sax/effects
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:24pm Dave Sewelson:

  4:24pm Dean:

Motorhead and Aerosmith also have songs called "Eat the Rich," though I suspect neither is overtly ideologically determined. I'm a fan of The Dils' "Class War," personally.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:25pm Dave Sewelson:

  4:25pm Amirtha Kidambi:

I'm aware. Regardless, it's a good slogan. There's definitely a little metal influence here, but more Sabbath.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:27pm fred:

The left in France is depressing, mostly in thrall to a nativist populist egomaniac. Weird that I get more hopeful vision from Dissent than local orgs. The local anarcho-syndicalists are good people, but they're too busy splintering and fighting each other
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:29pm coelacanth∅:

Dean @424 why would you suspect such a thing?
  4:31pm Dean:

Other than the title and refrain, the lyrics to the Motorhead song don't imply any sort of class dimension. Aerosmith...I mean, Aerosmith?

I'm going to have to explore Carnatic metal.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:34pm fred:

With exploding income inequality, the rich get richer, but represent a shrinking share of the population. Not a reliable food source
  4:36pm Amirtha Kidambi:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:38pm Dave Sewelson:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:38pm fred:

All these bandcamp links make me wonder: will there be more bandcamp Fridays next year?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:41pm fred:

@Dave: the link for the Eat the Rich track in the playlist isn't right, there's an extra "A" in front that breaks it
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:50pm Dave Sewelson:

fred, thanks i got it now I think....
  4:50pm Amirtha Kidambi:

I hope Bandcamp keeps it up! It's been great for us musicians.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:52pm Gina Bacon:

Bandcamp has really been great for so many people I know!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:53pm fred:

@Dave: yep it works now
Avatar 4:56pm northguineahills:

I'm a vegetarian when I have the monetary means to do so (but I will indulge in a dish I've never encountered before once)(I'm homeless).

@fred: at least the Left in France is left, as opposed to what passes for the "left" in the US.

merci beaucoup, Amirtha Kidambi , Dave et mes amis!

my band did an improv session w/ a karnatic vocalist at a Vietnamese restaurant in East Wiliamsburg right before I left NYC....
Avatar 4:56pm northguineahills:

(that's Brooklyn for ya...)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:58pm Gina Bacon:

Thank you, Dave!
  4:59pm DavidJ:

Thanks for the show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:00pm fred:

Thanks Dave and Amirtha
  5:00pm Dean:

Bye, and thanks!
  5:01pm Amirtha Kidambi:

Thanks for listening! Have a great weekend everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:01pm Dave Sewelson:

Jump over to Gina's now

Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:01pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Dave! Thanks Amirtha!
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