Cultural Collisions

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. 

See Saeid Shanbehzadeh & Basel Rajoub, at 8PM Saturday night, Dec. 7th, 2013, 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.

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





Pekko Käppi

Rammat Jumalat

Käärmetyttö [4:10]

Listen via

Arnold Chiwalala Band

Arctic Paradise 2014

Bandubandu [4:07] 

Music Finland 
Also available with the September 2013 issue of Songlines magazine. 


Black Ink

Awdamet [4:22]

Westdrum Records

Kevin Seddiki and Bijan Chemirani


On Saturn's Rings [3:41]

World Village 479083

Basel Rajoub Trio


Asia [5:13]

Edict Records

Saeid Shanbehzadeh & Basel Rajoub

Sound, the Encounter

The Lisbon encounter, track 1 [6:24]

This performance not commercially available. Other encounters at:

Richard Bennett

New York City Swara

The Book of Five Rings (raga gunkali part 1) [5:55]
Samurai (raga gunkali part 2) [7:17]

Times Music

Musci & Venosta

Messages and Portraits

Technowaltz [4:10]