#2557: Cross-cultural Music

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There's new music from Turkey and elsewhere on this New Sounds program. We’ll dip liberally into the soundtrack from the film, “Crossing The Bridge,” in which the musician and composer, Alexander Hacke (of the German avantgarde band Einstürzende Neubauten), sets out with his mobile recording studio on the streets of Istanbul to capture a cross-section of Turkish music. Some of the artists documented include fusion DJs Orient Expressions, the "Elvis of Arabesque" Orhan Gencebay, and digital dervish Mercan Dede, among others. Dede takes electronic groove and beats from the DJ booth and melds them to traditional instruments like the darbouka, santur, and ney. Listen to some of his most recent record, “Su.” Plus, music by the groove-based experimental collective known as Club D’Elf. This band usually includes an oud, in addition to bass, drums, turntables, slide guitar, and keyboards. And there's so much more.

PROGRAM # 2557, Cross-cultural Music (First aired on Thurs., 6/8/06)

ARTIST: Various artists: Orhan Gencebay
WORK: Hatasiz Kul Olmaz [5:00]
RECORDING: Crossing The Bridge - The Sound of Istanbul (soundtrack)
SOURCE: WEA/East West 505046787402
INFO: Available at Amazon.com

ARTIST: Various artists: Orient Expressions
WORK: Istanbul 1:26 a.m. [6:00]
RECORDING: Crossing The Bridge - The Sound of Istanbul (soundtrack)
SOURCE: WEA/East West 505046787402
INFO: Available at Amazon.com

ARTIST: Various artists: Mercan Dede
WORK: Ab-i Hayat [3:30]
RECORDING: Crossing The Bridge - The Sound of Istanbul (soundtrack)
SOURCE: WEA/East West 505046787402
INFO: Available at Amazon.com

ARTIST: Various artists: Selim Sesler
WORK: Kürdili Hicazkar Longa [4:58]
RECORDING: Crossing The Bridge - The Sound of Istanbul (soundtrack)
SOURCE: WEA/East West 505046787402
INFO: Available at Amazon.com

ARTIST: Fake Orchestra
WORK: Turška / Mostarski Dučani / Remember Bng [7:00]
RECORDING: Fake World
SOURCE: Goga #129 
INFO: rootsworld.com

ARTIST: Club D’Elf
WORK: Intro / Bass Beatbox [7:30] 
RECORDING: As Above
SOURCE: Grapeshot Media #1003
INFO: clubdelf.com

ARTIST: Various artists: Baba Zula
WORK: Cecom [4:30]
RECORDING: Crossing The Bridge - The Sound of Istanbul (soundtrack)
SOURCE: WEA/East West 505046787402
INFO: Available at Amazon.com

ARTIST: Ravish Momin’s Trio Tarana
WORK: Peace For Kabul [7:00]
RECORDING: Five Nights
SOURCE: Not Two #MW-770 
INFO: ravishmomin.com