#3621: Lutes Around the World

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Afghan-American rubab artist Quraishi

Listen to music from members of the lute family on this New Sounds show. These instruments can be found in most of the world’s tradition from the Central Asian tanbur, to the Greek bouzouki, to the Russian balalaika, and the Chinese pipa. But, in true New Sounds fashion, there will be some mixing up of these traditions of the lutes around the world.  Hear music from the Afghan-American rubab master Quraishi, whose family lineage is deep with musicians and instrument makers. Listen to his original work, “Wardagi” – in which he blends three traditional folk songs that his father often sang while playing the rubab, songs which are unique to the style of playing that originates from his father’s home province of Wardak.  

Then, listen to music by the Finnish trio Tunto, which contains the Turkish baglama, the Russian balalaika and the charango of the Andes (traditionally made from an armadillo shell) on their tune called, “Chicken Music.” (This band has music for all occasions; “Sandcastle Music,” “King Kong Music,” there’s even “Lice-Picking Music.”)  Then, hear music from the Penguin Café (the one founded by Arthur Jeffes, son of original composer and Penguin Cafe Orchestra founder, the late Simon Jeffes) which uses the Venezuelan lute, the cuatro in the piece called “1420.” Also, listen to Greek bouzouki in music from the 1990’s band 3Mustaphas 3 along with Arab oud music from the German-based Lebanese oud player Rabih Abou Khalil. That, and much more.

PROGRAM #3621 A World of Lutes (First aired on 7/22/2014)  

ARTIST: Carlos Paredes
WORK: Romance #1, excerpt [2:00]
RECORDING: Guitarra Portuguesa
SOURCE: Drag City 492
INFO: dragcity.com

ARTIST: Tunto
WORK: Chicken Music [5:07]
RECORDING: Huvi
SOURCE/INFO: aani.fi or www.cdbaby.com

ARTIST: Penguin Café
WORK: 1420 [5:55]
RECORDING: The Red Book
SOURCE/INFO: penguincafe.com

ARTIST: 3 Mustaphas 3
WORK: Kopanitsa [2:33]
RECORDING: Friends, Fiends & Fronds
SOURCE: Omnium OMM 2003 
INFO: Available as an import at Amazon.com or as a download

ARTIST: Rabih Abou Khalil
WORK: Lost Centuries [7:10]
RECORDING: Tarab
SOURCE: Enja #7083 
INFO: enjarecords.com

ARTIST: Quraishi
WORK: Wardagi [8:49]
RECORDING: Mountain Melodies Rubab Music of Afghanistan
SOURCE: Evergreen 8024
INFO: evergreenemusic.com

ARTIST: Bahar Movahed & Ali Akbar Moradi
WORK: Beloved [5:48]
RECORDING: Goblet of Eternal Light
SOURCE: Traditional Crossroads #4345
INFO: traditionalcrossroads.com

ARTIST: Sanubar & Hesenjan Tursun & Wu Man
WORK: Kurt Naxshisi (Song of the Kurds) [5:33]
RECORDING: Borderlands
SOURCE: Smithsonian Folkways SFW40529
INFO: folkways.si.edu

ARTIST: Various
WORK: Pham Van Ty - Hat Chau Van, excerpt [2:00]
RECORDING: The Music of Vietnam 1.2
SOURCE: Celestial Harmonies - #13083-2
INFO: harmonies.com