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Sunday, March 30, 2008

“Ilham” is Arabic for “inspiration,” and this collaborative trio relies on the inspiration of the moment and the interplay of three different traditions to create new music with deep roots. Syrian-born vocalist Gaida Hinnawi is featured, weaving her acrobatic, highly emotional singing with the cello of Canadian Rufus Cappadoccia, and the trumpet and santur (Persian hammered dulcimer) of Iraqi-American Amir ElSaffar. Ilham performs in the WNYC Studio and discusses their influences and backgrounds with host David Garland.

View photos from the session

Gaida at MySpace

Rufus Cappadocia

Amir ElSaffar

David Garland's Ear to Ear interview with Amir ElSaffar

Comments [8]


I loved this show. Is there anyway to hear it again? Does anyone have an mp3?

Sep. 04 2012 03:10 PM
Afra from USA, WI

The music brings back memories of smells for me for some reason - from the beautiful east. The smell of turkish coffee in the morning, the Yasmen smell, and the Yasmen smell right after rain in a cool night. It also brings back the smell of spices, old downtown, ment with tea ... the smell of home.

Thank you.

Apr. 08 2008 02:13 PM
Maddy Wyatt from Brooklyn

Last night's show was my introduction to Spinning on Air, and I was glued to the radio start to finish. Loved every song - a beautiful, interesting mix. Please please post a playlist! I'm excited to hear more from these artists.

Thank you!

Apr. 07 2008 03:39 PM
Wendy from New York

This was a great listening adventure, thank you!

I loved the French duo as well and searched like mad since I couldn't wait for the playlist posting......AND =>


Apr. 06 2008 10:21 PM

Yes, please give the name of the french duo! It was lovely. And also the work played right after that, if possible. Thanks!

Apr. 06 2008 08:34 PM

googling for the band "Arlet" is bearing fruit. Did I get it wrong or maybe do you have alink ?

Apr. 06 2008 07:41 PM
derik allain from Metuchen NJ

what is the name of that french duo you just played at 7:30PM? They were playing acustic guitar. It was really really nice.

Apr. 06 2008 07:33 PM
henry meyerson from hoboken

please tell me the work that opened your friday show. i don't think you introduced it.


Apr. 05 2008 09:19 AM

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