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Tijuana’s Youth Orchestra: Bach, Not Banda, Mahler, Not Mariachi

Posted March 9, 2016 by | 0 Comments

I know about El Sistema and the Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra, where Gustavo Dudamel got his training. I also know about his work with YOLA, the Youth Orchestra of LA, something Dudamel was behind creating. Both El Sistema and YOLA give inner city kids a way off the streets into the world of classical music.
With Venezuela in turmoil,  the future of El Sistema, funded …

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Subway Joe: Ordinary Guy’s Boogaloo Renaissance

Posted March 7, 2016 by | 0 Comments

If you’re deejaying a crowded room of dancers who don’t know how to dance to latin music, there is a solution: play boogaloo. This catchy, soulful music will definitely move some hips.
Boogaloo purveyors such as Pete Rodriguez (“I Like it Like That”) and Joe Cuba (“Bang Bang”) were big in 1970′s New York as well as other big cities, but the genre was eclipsed …

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Show #148: Coltrane’s A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters

Posted March 4, 2016 by | 0 Comments

John Coltrane’s 1965 album A Love Supreme is not only a musical masterpiece, but also a sublime expression of the human spirit. It is Coltrane’s spiritual essence. Now, 50 years after it was released, some master recordings – long lost and forgotten – have been unearthed and released in a 3-cd set, A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters. The set is co-produced by writer and critic …

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KoBaGi Kecak from Bali: Move Over, McFerrin, Step Aside Steve Reich

Posted March 2, 2016 by | 0 Comments

Here is a “body band” if there ever was one. Nominally lead by a French gamelan fan named Grégoire Gensse and 1 Wayan Sutapa, KoBaGi — which means Crazy Body Community — was formed in 2010, and features body music and bamboo instruments. It’s about as organic as a band can get.
It uses elements from the traditional spiritual kecak dance, but expands upon them …

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Brazilian & Flamenco Superstars Tour the U.S.

Posted February 29, 2016 by | 0 Comments

Two Brazilian superstars and two Flamenco giants will tour the U.S. soon. Here is the scoop:
1.  Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil: Sunday, April 10, 2016, Microsoft Theater, LA Live,  777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles, CA 90018
Two of Brazil’s biggest stars are performing in this large (7,000 seats) venue. Both started in the late 1960′s, were part of the Tropicalia Movement in …

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Show #147: The Spiritual Side of World Music

Posted February 26, 2016 by | 0 Comments

A few weeks ago we checked out some Spiritual Jazz classics, with music by John and Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Azar Lawrence, Doug and Jean Carn, and others. This week we’ll do the same with world music. Here goes:
We start with the last recording Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan ever made, this time with film composer Graeme Revell, recorded in …

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3 Upcoming World Music and Dance Events You Might Enjoy

Posted February 24, 2016 by | 0 Comments

Los Angeles is made of many cultures and communities that regularly celebrate their arts, and I want to tell you about three upcoming world music and dance shows that you might like.
1. The first takes place this Saturday, February 27th at 6 p.m. at the Chinmaya Mission Rameshwaram, 14451 Franklin Ave, Tustin CA 92867. The Kalanjali Organization presents an evening of meditative Indian music …

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Great New Music from ECM Records: Michel Benita & Ethics: River Silver

Posted February 22, 2016 by | 0 Comments

ECM Records has been an important part of my musical life for 40 years and counting. My love of this label goes back to early releases such as Keith Jarrett’s first solo record, Facing You (1973) and Eberhard Weber’s Colours of Chloe (1974). Other great early releases include pianist Richie Beirach’s Eon, Dave Liebman’s Drum Ode, and countless others.
Manfred Eicher, president and founder of …

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Show #146: New and Noteworthy Releases from around the Globe

Posted February 19, 2016 by | 1 Comment

Back in high school it was always a “Sophie’s Choice” in the record store. There would be 4-5 albums I really wanted but I only had like $10 so I could only get two. That continued for another decade. Even when I worked at Vogue Records in Westwood while in graduate school, I couldn’t get free records.
When I got back from Paris in late …

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Show #144: Tasty New Releases

Posted February 5, 2016 by | 1 Comment

This week we sample some tracks from ten tasty new releases.
We begin with a fabulous 2-cd set of music by Gershwin and Mancini. The Steve Richman Harmonie Ensemble dishes up some witty and beautifully produced music of these two great composers. The Gershwin/Grofe is totally fun to hear, and the Mancini disc is absolutely wonderful.
Lou Tavano is a stylish, Paris-based singer I …

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