Just how much music gets made in the desert, in Asia, Africa, Australian, and here in North America? This New Sounds program sets about to answer that question, but only skims the surface. Hear both an aboriginal and Euro-centric view of the Australian Outback, along with music from the great deserts of Asia and Africa. Listen to music from both the eastern and western Sahara; from the Niger-based Tuareg group Etran Finatawa as well as music from Sudanese folk singer and bandleader Abdel Gadir Salim. Also, hear music from the Khoi San people of the Kalahari Desert.
Then, from the Taklamakan Desert in northwest China, listen the overtone singing-meets-country music Uyghur group Qetiq. Also, from the Indian desert state of Rajasthan, (thought to be the original home of the gypsy, or Roma people), listen to the music by the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band. Plus, American composer Peter Garland’s work inspired by the peyote chants of the American southwest, "Walk In Beauty," and more.