As if the heat and humidity weren't enough to bear, on this week's World Music Show (6/25), we'll head to the Saharan desert to get relief from some desert blues music, which features lush guitar and cooling rhythms. And we'll dive into the sauna to hear some Red Hot + Rio beats, just to be ironic. Plus, for kicks we'll also check out some Malaysian ukulele songs as well as some 60s French Pop music. Then to put all that into perspective we'll hear some Garifuna music from the Caribbean regions, which are sure to add a little bit of a breeze to the hour.
It’s time once again for the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy! The festival features symphonic and chamber concerts over a four-week period from July 9th to August 7th. It also attracts first-rate musicians to participate as performers and educators, as part of the Wintergreen Summer Music Academy.
It's always good to look for things in unfamiliar places. Why? Because on the off chance that when you find something, it'll be unique. Or it will be a surprise. But not like those junky surprises found at the bottom of the Cracker Jack box. No, I'm talking about the unexpected--the kind of surprise what makes you stop in your tracks to listen. So for this week's World Music Show (6/18), I'm hoping that what you find will be remarkable and even phantasmagorical (though, I may be overselling this week's show just a tad).
It's just like clockwork, at least for me. And it's usually around this time of year, when the weather starts to beg us to come outside, that I start hankering to do something. And one of the best things to do outside, at least with a group of people besides running a marathon (though, I'm sure that is debatable), is to see a live show. So, on this week's World Music Show (6/11), I'm going to try to capture that feeling of a live show.
Pianist Shai Wosner has gained international recognition for his creative insight and broad range of repertoire, ranging from Beethoven and Mozart to Schoenberg and Ligeti. I recently had the chance to talk with him about his new recording (released June 3), which pairs concertos and solo pieces by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) and György Ligeti (1923-2006).
Listen: This past week was a little tough. Life threw me just a little too many curve balls, which made it hard to write out an overview for the show. So for this week’s World Music Show (6/4), I thought I would stoop to doing a basic and random photo essay.
The photos, which don't included everyone on the show, are tagged and as mentioned they’re in no particular order. You’ll just have to tune in to hear when I play some of the below artists. I may mention a bit or two about them as well.
I'm in a bit of a pickle for this week's World Music Show (5/28). You see, it's a holiday weekend, which brings to mind summer, picnics and the like. But to wrap a theme around these images, especially a "World Music" theme is no picnic. In fact, after careful consideration, I think it's best to remember that it's all about the music. And that on this particular holiday, the two driving forces I'm dealing with don't match.