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.
See Saeid Shanbehzadeh & Basel Rajoub, at 8PM Saturday night, Dec. 7th, at the Asia Society as part of "New Sounds from Iran - Sound: The Encounter, New Music from Iran and Syria." Read more.
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.