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Let's get Cooking!

We'll be cooking up a storm on this week's World Music Show (3/26), from some fiery Latin Rock N' Roll guitar music from the Ecuadorian/New York guitarist Eljuri to some burning New York Salsa tracks from Los Hacheros, it'll be a gumbo of pumped up sounds. Plus, we'll hear part two of the program within a program called "A Different Spin." And we'll take a drive using a roadmap by Complicated Animals as well as hear some beautiful harmonies from the Georgian singers Trio Mandili.

Rachel Barton Pine Talks Bach!

In celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach’s March 21st birthday, violinist Rachel Barton Pine is releasing her newest recording Testament: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin. I had the honor to sit down and talk with Rachel about the recording and the background that led her to choose these works. She also discussed the instrument and bow that she uses.

The CD will be available April 1st. Enjoy the interview!

Time to Boogie!

It's time to get your dancing shoes dusted off for this week's World Music Show (3/19). I'll layout some revved up Rumba, Mambo & Cha-Cha-Cha tunes as well as some Flamenco tracks that will be sure to get your feet moving. Plus, we'll take a spin around the new CD from the Ugandan artist Kinobe and the live CD from the Brazilian singer Ceu. And to get your feet grooving in a different way, we'll go back in time a few decades to hear some Reggae and Ska music.

Five New Irish Bands You Should Hear

It's Saint Patrick's Day! Any list of the top Irish traditional music groups is bound to mention the Chieftans and the Pogues, right? Probably also Planxty, the Bothy Band and De Dannan, plus Dervish, Solas and Lúnasa. And don't forget old favorites the Dubliners and the Clancy Brothers. The only problem is the newest of those bands, Lúnasa, will be 20 years old next year. So what's been going on this century, or more specifically, over the last two or three years in Irish music?

Doug Richards Releases Long Awaited Recording "It's All in the GAME"

It’s taken fifteen years for the 2001 recording “It’s All in the GAME” featuring Doug Richards and The Great American Music Ensemble (aka GAME) to finally see the light of day. Doug Richards founded VCU’s Jazz department. He’s a world renowned Ellington scholar, he’s an accomplished educato,r and his arrangements for big band are unique and masterful. Legendary critic Martin Williams called him “the most original writer for big band since Gil Evans.”

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