#3154: Accordion & Harmonium Dance Party

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Traditional harmonium played in Manhattan apartment

There's music for free reed aerophone instruments on this New Sounds program.  Free what?  Well, that’s just the nerdy way to reference a family of instruments that involves forcing air through reeds, like accordions and harmoniums.  These appear in many different world music traditions, from the Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan in India, to the Argentinian bandoneon used in tango music to taraab music (wedding music) of Zanzibar (off of Tanzania.)

Also, these free reed aerophones crop up in Khen music from Thailand, Celtic music from Ireland, and in the Cajun tradition as well.  If that hasn't left you exhausted from spinning around the globe, we'll finish the hour by listening to Hindi film song, plus music from Bosnia, Madagascar, and Finland, for good measure.

PROGRAM #3154, Free Reed Aerophones  (First aired on 1-4-11)       

ARTIST: Penguin Café Orchestra
WORK: Music for a Found Harmonium [3:00]
RECORDING: Broadcasting From Home
SOURCE: EG Records 38
INFO: Most PCO albums are on the EG label and are available: penguincafe.com     

ARTIST: Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan
WORK: Banno [3:48]
RECORDING: Roots Travellers
SOURCE: World Village 450014
INFO: worldvillagemusic.com

ARTIST: Various Artists: Kikundi cha Sanaa za Maonesho Zanzibar 
WORK: Mbaya Kufanya Jema [4:17]
RECORDING: The Music of Zanzibar - Taarab 3
SOURCE: Ace Records / GlobeStyle Records 040
INFO: acerecords.co.uk

ARTIST: 3 Mustaphas 3
WORK: Awara Hoon [3:19]
RECORDING: Heart of Uncle
SOURCE: Rykodisc #20156
INFO: Try Amazon.com* or download from Amazon.co.uk or Emusic.com

ARTIST: Kalesijski Svuci
WORK: Ako Zelis Mene [3:27]
RECORDING: Bosnian Breakdown
SOURCE: Ace Records / Globestyle Records 074
INFO: acerecords.co.uk

ARTIST: Francis Bebey
WORK: A Letter From Sierra Leone [0:11]
RECORDING: World Music Guitar
SOURCE: Ozileka ‎– CD 13904
INFO: Available on Amazon 

ARTIST: Various Artists: Chawiwan Damnoen (Thailand)
WORK: Lam Klon: Wai Khru [2:27]
RECORDING: Holding Up Half the Sky: Voices of Asian Women
SOURCE: Shanachie 66015
INFO: shanachie.com

ARTIST: Maria Kalaniemi
WORK: Skymningspolskan [3:49]
RECORDING: Maria Kalaniemi
SOURCE: Green Linnet 4013 / Olarin Muslikki Oy
INFO: Out of print, but try digelius.commariakalaniemi.com

ARTIST: Various Artists: Cathy Jordan with Dervish
WORK: Peata Beag (Little Pet) [4:31]
RECORDING: Holding Up Half the Sky: Voices of Celtic Women
SOURCE: Shanachie 78011
INFO: shanachie.com

ARTIST: Beausoleil
WORK: Parlez nous a boire, non pas de marriage [3:35]
RECORDING: Best of Beausoleil
SOURCE: Arhoolie Records 458
INFO: arhoolie.com Or download from Emusic.com

ARTIST: Vonina Voko
WORK: Voninavoko [3:24]
RECORDING: A World Out Of Time, Vol. 2- Henry Kaiser & David Lindley in Madagascar
SOURCE: Shanachie 64048
INFO: shanachie.com

ARTIST: Tiger Lillies w/ Kronos Quartet
WORK: Weeping Chandelier [2:53]
RECORDING: The Gorey End
SOURCE: EMI / Hors d’oeuvres #57513
INFO: tigerlillies.com Available at Amazon.com

ARTIST: Astor Piazzola
WORK: Tanguedia III [4:39]
RECORDING: Tango Zero Hour
SOURCE: Pangea/ IRS 42138, orig. released as American Clave #42138
INFO: Available for download at Amazon.com

ARTIST: The Klezmatics
WORK: Yo Ribbon Olam, excerpt [4:00]
RECORDING: Rise Up! Shteyt oyf!
SOURCE: Rounder 11661-3197-2
INFO: rounder.com