#3540: Cultural Collisions

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Basel Rajoub, saxophone; Naghib Shanbehzadeh, percussion;  Saeid Shanbehzadeh, neyanban (Iranian bagpipe)

For this New Sounds, listen to some cross-cultural things, including piano music based on traditional Indian raga scales, music from a Persian bagpiper and Syrian sax player, Ethiopian music from the Netherlands, and more.  Saeid Shanbehzadeh from Iran plays the neyanban (Persian bagpipe) and saxophone player Basel Rajoub from Syria come together in a collaboration recorded in Lisbon, Portugal.  Also, hear music from Rajoub and his trio, which includes percussion and the traditional Persian zither, the qanun, along with a track from the duo of French guitarist Kevin Seddiki and Persian percussionist Bijan Chemirani.  Then hear music from Finland for the Finnish bowed lyre, the jouhikko by Pekko Käppi, which incorporates music of the Sami people, British folk, and Delta Blues.  Not to be outdone, there’s also music by the Arnold Chiwalala Band from Tanzania, singing in Swahili and playing traditional Finnish folk harp, the kantele.  Plus, pianist Richard Bennett fuses Indian classical music, jazz and electronica together in piano-based works derived from traditional Indian raga scales.  And more.

PROGRAM #3540–Cultural Collisions (First aired on 12/03/2013)               

ARTIST: Pekko Käppi
WORK: Käärmetyttö [4:10]
RECORDING: Rammat Jumalat
SOURCE: Helmi064
INFO: www.recordshopx.com Listen via soundcloud.com/helmi-levyt

ARTIST: Arnold Chiwalala Band
WORK: Bandubandu [4:07] 
RECORDING: Arctic Paradise 2014
SOURCE: Music Finland 
INFO: musicfinland.com, also available with the September 2013 issue of Songlines magazine. www.songlines.co.uk 

WORK: Awdamet [4:22]
SOURCE: Westdrum Records
INFO: minyeshu.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Kevin Seddiki and Bijan Chemirani
WORK: On Saturn's Rings [3:41]
RECORDING: Imaginarium
SOURCE: World Village 479083
INFO: worldvillagemusic.com

ARTIST: Basel Rajoub Trio
WORK: Asia [5:13]
SOURCE: Edict Records
INFO: baselrajoub.net

ARTIST: Saeid Shanbehzadeh & Basel Rajoub
WORK: The Lisbon encounter, track 1 [6:24]
RECORDING: Sound, the Encounter
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available.
INFO: Other encounters at: vimeo.com/channels/soundtheencounter/page:1

ARTIST: Richard Bennett
WORK: The Book of Five Rings (raga gunkali part 1) [5:55] 
RECORDING: New York City Swara
SOURCE: Times Music
INFO: nycswara.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Richard Bennett
WORK: Samurai (raga gunkali part 2) [7:17]
RECORDING: New York City Swara
SOURCE: Times Music
INFO: nycswara.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Musci & Venosta
WORK: Technowaltz [4:10]
RECORDING: Messages and Portraits
INFO: rermegacorp.com