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Top World Music Albums and Other Nonsuch for 2016

For this week’s World Music Show (12/31), I’m going to take a different route. Instead of regurgitating every little snippet of what I’ll be playing (though, I know some of you perhaps enjoy the read and the ride as much I enjoy writing them), I’m going to break down my “Best of” list like so many other musical countdowns do across the spectrum, meaning it’ll be a Letterman-esque Top Ten list. If I were to include everything I’m playing this week, the list would be “Top 28.”

The Holidays—World Music Style

One of the many reasons I love the holidays—besides the obvious reasons of family, chilly weather and presents, is because of the music. And, sure I love the classic holiday music, but since I have the honor of running the World Music Show on (12/24), I get to play holiday music not usually heard on many a station or record (or CD) player. It’s with that caveat that I also love pushing the boundaries of what you’ll hear on my annual Holiday World Music Show.

Interview with Pianist Holly Bowling

Over just the last two years, Holly Bowling has made a name for herself in the live music community for her uncanny ability to interpret the music of Phish and The Grateful Dead on solo piano. These arrangements include studious takes highlighting both bands’ compositions, spot-on transcriptions of their live concert improvisations, and using the source material as jumping off points for her own creative excursions.

Exploration Into Sound

This will be a journey into sound, or so goes my thoughts about this week’s World Music Show (12/17). We’ll explore sounds from faraway places such as Japan, Buenos Aires and Portland, Oregon—wait, what? Yes, even Portland has some World Music beats.

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