Pianist Kirill Gerstein recently released the entire set of 12 Transcendental Etudes by Franz Liszt. Both in study and in performance, the 12 Etudes have been a transformative journey for Gerstein. He explained to me in a recent interview about the effect that playing the complete cycle has on interpretative decisions, as compared to playing them as individual works.
So what do you get when you cross Hall & Oates, U2, Lou Reed and Morrissey? Well, you get a taste on what to expect for this week’s World Music Show (1/7).
That’s right, on this week’s show, we’re going to take a journey into one of my favorite realms—that of the World Music cover tunes. The entire show is dedicated to the fine art of songs that were redesigned with World Beats. From classic Pop tunes to some alternative tracks, these covers are going to hit almost every genre you can think of.
For the new year I thought I’d start this week’s World Music Show (1/7) off right by playing a bunch of new music. But then I remembered that it’s only been a week into the new year, so there’s nothing new to choose from. However, due to the enormous bounty that was in last year’s crop of new music, I will have some leftover goodness that will seep into this week’s show.
All that, however, will be saved for hour two of the show. Because in hour one, I was able to get a special guest into the studio to talk about a very interesting and rewarding project.
You may know him from his band Eddie From Ohio or through his moving work in SPARC’s Live Art productions over the last few years. Robbie Schaefer is not just another singer/songwriter…trying to capture his essence as a musician and a human being is next to impossible in a few short words. Suffice to say, Robbie Schaefer is a calming, hopeful oasis in today’s challenging times.