Composer Ola Gjeilo was born in Norway in 1978 and moved to the United States in 2001 to begin composition studies at the Juilliard School. He’s a talented composer and pianist, who is now the composer-in-residence with the British vocal ensemble Voces8.
If only I could title this week’s World Music Show (1/27) blog “Women Who Rock!” Because that title encompasses the power and the message and the “umph” that I think this week’s show will produce. The alternative title, “World Music Women,” or “Women who are Worldly” just doesn’t have the same feeling.
So what’s a World Music Show host to do?
Esteemed cellist Amit Peled is highly respected on the worldwide stage as a performer and teacher. Currently on the faculty of the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, he leads The Amit Peled Peabody Cello Gang.
I’m assuming like most cultures, the French hate cliches as much as any culture—especially when it comes to describing all things French. I mean, it’s too easy to fill up a beret of croissant filled images of all things Parisian. So on this week’s World Music Show (1/20), I’ll try to avoid using cliches to describe some of the great French music that will dominate the first hour like a shadow of the Eiffel Tower over a cafe.
It’s going to be big beats O’ sound for this week’s World Music Show (1/13). From an hour of Afrobeat, with a look at its past, present and future, to some classic Brazilian beats by a master statesmen who worked some hip-hop legends, to some Dub beats as well as some brand-spanking new Latin alternative music, it’ll be Beats O’ Plenty!
To jump start our foray into this magical land, you’ll first have to strap on those ear-goggles or crank up the speakers to just about maximum, since you’ll want to take full advantage of the music.
As the title to this week’s World Music Show (1-6) implies, it’ll be a bare-bones sort of show. Now, does this mean that there won’t be any spark or fire beneath the beats I’ve cooked up for us? Not at all. It just means that with all the hoopla and rigermorale of the holiday season behind us, it’s a good time to just take a step back and enjoy the show.