#3527: Global Jazz

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Pianist and composer Vijay Iyer
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Hear an hour of global jazz on this New Sounds program, with unlikely combinations of instruments and worldwide influences colliding in unexpected and striking ways. Listen to pianist and composer Vijay Iyer's "Playlist For An Extreme Occasion," an eight-part work written for Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble.  It began as a musical interaction between sheng, tabla, and gaita, which evolved into an intricate suite for piano, gaita, percussion, tabla, sheng, violin, viola and cello.  Vijay Iyer is also the recipient of the 2013 MacArthur Fellowship, the so-called "genius" grant.

Also listen to Indo-jazz by clarinetist Arun Ghosh from a suite inspired by the people, landscapes and music of Bangladesh India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Then, global jazz meets exotic chamber music, in music from Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica.  Plus, hear a combination of jazz and Arabic music from Vancouver-based Oud/Guitarist Gordon Grdina. And more.

PROGRAM #3527– Global Jazz (First aired on 10/28/2013)        

ARTIST: The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma 
WORK: Vijay Iyer: Playlist for an Extreme Occasion (Part Zero) excerpt [1:32]
RECORDING: A Playlist Without Borders
SOURCE: Sony Masterworks
INFO: Available via Amazon.com or iTunes

ARTIST: Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica
WORK: The Ritual Mallet Dance [6:52]
RECORDING: Where Here Meets There
SOURCE: orchestrotica.com

ARTIST: Arun Ghosh
WORK: Sufi Stomp (Soul of Sindh) [4:53]
RECORDING: A South Asian Suite
SOURCE: Camoci Records
INFO: Available on Amazon

ARTIST: The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma 
WORK: Vijay Iyer: Playlist for an Extreme Occasion (Parts 1-6) [16:29]
RECORDING: A Playlist Without Borders
SOURCE: Sony Masterworks
INFO: Available via Amazon.com or iTunes

ARTIST: Tarun Balani Collective
WORK: Azaan [8:08]
RECORDING: Sacred World
SOURCE: OK Listen Media
INFO: oklisten.com, also available on Amazon.com

ARTIST: Gordon Grdina
WORK: Hope in Being [7:03]
RECORDING: No Difference
SOURCE: Songlines Recordings SGL 1603-2
INFO: songlines.com, available on Amazon.com

ARTIST: Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica
WORK: Black Orchid [5:11]
RECORDING: Where Here Meets There
SOURCE: orchestrotica.com