#3521: All Acoustic

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It’s an all-acoustic program of music on this New Sounds, including music from Colin Jacobsen & the Silk Road Ensemble, violinist Hilary Hahn, and guitarist Kevin Hufnagel. If Hufnagel’s name sounds familiar, it could be because we heard from his ambient record “Transparencies” previously on New Sounds, or perhaps more likely, it is because of his work as a guitarist in Dysrhythmia, Gorguts, and Vaura, (largely metal outfits) among others. But on his arresting release, “Ashland,” he made a record of captivating and thoughtful instrumental miniatures built around the baritone ukulele, both prepared (with wooden file, hair elastic and sewing needle in the strings - nod to John Cage) and unaltered.

Hufnagel's tunes range in texture from lute-like to a mini percussion ensemble, all built around melodies that can convey a sense of nostalgia or melancholy, and we'll sample some of these baritone uke creations for this program.  Also, listen to prepared piano from Hauschka with sounds like electronic drone, (created by a strategically placed ebow on a piano string), together with Hilary Hahn’s violin.  Also, hear music from Boston-based musician Tev Stevig, who plays clawhammer style (a la banjo) on his guitar, along with new music from the Silk Road Ensemble by violinist Colin Jacobsen, featuring Kayhan Kalhor’s kamacheh, and more.

PROGRAM #3521– All Acoustic (First aired on 10/11/2013)             

ARTIST: Kevin Hufnagel
WORK: Ancestral Instinct [2:40]
SOURCE: Nightfloat Recordings
INFO: kevinhufnagel.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Hilary Hahn
WORK: Kala Ramnath : Aalap and Tarana [3:15]
RECORDING: In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores
SOURCE: Deutsche Grammophon
INFO: hilaryhahn.com Or Amazon.com 

ARTIST: Silk Road Ensemble
WORK: Colin Jacobsen: Atashgah [14:01]
RECORDING: A Playlist Without Borders
SOURCE: Sony Masterworks 88883 71092
INFO: silkroadproject.org | yo-yoma.com | sonymasterworks.com

ARTIST: Kevin Hufnagel
WORK: The Otherness [2:08]
SOURCE: Nightfloat Recordings
INFO: kevinhufnagel.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Hilary Hahn & Hauschka
WORK: Adash [5:27]
SOURCE: Deutsche Grammophon 16798
INFO: deutschegrammophon.com | hahnandhauschka.com

ARTIST: Kevin Hufnagel
WORK: Ashland [2:40]
SOURCE: Nightfloat Recordings
INFO: kevinhufnagel.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Tev Stevig
WORK: Agir Halay (Saza Niye Gelmedin) [4:11]
RECORDING: Jeni Jol Music of the Balkans, Greece and Turkey
INFO: tevstevig.com

ARTIST: Roomful of Teeth
WORK: Merrill Garbus: Quizassa [3:43]
RECORDING: Roomful of Teeth
SOURCE: New Amsterdam NWAM 041
INFO: roomfulofteeth.org

ARTIST: Stefano Bollani & Hamilton de Holanda
WORK: Caprichos de Espanha [3:05]
RECORDING: O que será
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: Kálmán Balogh & the Gypsy Cimbalon Band
WORK: Keserédes kávé (Bittersweet Coffee) [4:20]
SOURCE: Folk Europa FECD007
INFO: kalmanbalogh.hu Or download from Amazon.com or Emusic.com

ARTIST: Kevin Hufnagel
WORK: Paths Crossed [2:21]
SOURCE: Nightfloat Recordings
INFO: kevinhufnagel.bandcamp.com