Episode #3222


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Friday, October 05, 2012

For this New Sounds, hear a work by Michael Harrison, called "Hijaz."  The composition features the Young People’s Chorus delivering vowels, South Indian rhythmic and tabla syllables, and a universal prayer as the text.  Together with new music heavyweight/adventure cellist Maya Beiser, the versatile composer/percussionist Payton MacDonald (Alarm Will Sound, Super Marimba), and the composer Michael Harrison on just-intonation piano, the new work is intended to invoke a sense of pilgrimage.

Also on the show, we’ll listen to other works in the Hijaz mode, one of the oldest in use in the Middle East and North Africa, and one heard in the flamenco scale, Hebrew prayers, and Klezmer music.

PROGRAM #3222, Hijaz  (First aired on 7/6/11)                                                       





3 Mustaphas 3

Friends, Fiends & Fronds

!Starehe Mustapha! I, II & III, excerpt

Omnium OMM 2003
Available as an import at* or as a download

Hadouk Trio (Didier Malherbe)


Hijaz [5:05]


Miles Davis

Kind of Blue (Legacy Edition)


Flamenco Sketches, Alternate Take, excerpt [1:00]

Columbia Legacy/Song BMG 88697476272
Available at, iTunes, and

Marc Loopuyt

The Orients of the Lute

Hijaz [6:32]

Buda - Musique Du Monde
Out of print, but try

Michael Harrison and the Young People’s Chorus, Maya Beiser, Payton McDonald

Live, 92nd Street Y, May 8, 2011

Hijaz [13:22]

This performance not commercially available. Info at AND
The work appears on Maya Beiser's recording, "Time Loops," due out Oct 30, 2012 on Cantaloupe Records

Miles Davis

Kind of Blue (Legacy Edition)

Flamenco Sketches, Alternate Take, excerpt [1:00]

See above.

Snehasish Mozumder

Basant Mukhari

Basant Mukhari (Hijaz Bhairav) [15:11]

Sony Music Entertainment India
Available at or

"Underground" Music

Listen to music made in or about the underground – catacombs, cisterns, cellars- on this New Sounds.  There’s music by sax player, percussionist, and a composer for Sesame Street - Ken Field from his release “Subterranea,” recorded in several underground rooms in Roswell, New Mexico.  Ranging from overdubbed saxophones, 'sticks on juice cans, sticks on suitcase' and lots of percussion, the pieces include titles like “Five Saxophones in Search of Meaning” and “Om On the Range.”


Comments [1]

Robert Ashton from Phoenix, AZ

Very interesting program but it went blank after 38 minutes and 37 seconds. I tried it twice.

Oct. 06 2012 11:37 PM

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