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Episode #2416

Cross-Cultural World Music

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Monday, May 23, 2005

Hear many different cross-cultural collaborations on this New Sounds program like the joyous, energetic music made by the Bang on a Can All-Stars together with composer and virtuoso of the Burmese pat waing, Kyaw Kyaw Naing. The Pat Waing is a traditional instrument made of 21 separately tuned drums that surround the player completely and are played melodically with superhuman speed. Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man, joins forces with musicians from Uganda, Ukraine and the southern Appalachian mountains on her most recent release, which brings together the most unlikely of the world’s plucked instruments: pipa and banjo, Ukarainian bandura and Ugandan endongo. Also, music by Betty Anne Wong and the Phoenix Spring Ensemble, a group of intrepid musical travelers from San Francisco. Their music draws on folk music of Tajikistan, Eastern Turkestan, Kazhakstan, Turkey and Iran, and other great ancient civilizations living near the deserts of the world.

PROGRAM # 2416, World Music from Asia (First aired 5/23/05)

ARTIST(S) RECORDING CUT(S) SOURCE
Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble Silk Road Journeys: Beyond The Horizon Mohini [1:30] Sony #93962** www.silkroadproject.org*
Wu Man And Friends Nandere [3:30]
Raining [5:00]
Bat-Out-Of-Hell Kozachok [3:00]
Traditional Crossroads #4329** www.traditionalcrossroads.com*
Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble Silk Road Journeys: Beyond The Horizon Oasis [3:00]
Night At The Caravanserai [8:00]
See above.
Betty Anne Siu Junn Wong Desert Dreams Of Light Pamir Trance [10:30] Self-produced CD, available from CD baby.com
Kyaw Kyaw Naing Bang On A Can Meets Kyaw Kyaw Naing Japan Patsan Medley [6:30] Cantaloupe #21023 www.cantaloupemusic.com
Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble Silk Road Journeys: Beyond The Horizon Sacred Cloud Music [4:30] See above.

*, ** Find the recordings you've heard - go to the New Sounds Recordings Information page

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