New Music, Old Roots


Listen to new music with old roots on this New Sounds program.  Hear from the latest release, “Bella Ciao” by New York band Barbez, led by Dan Kaufman.  Inspired both by ancient Roman-Jewish melodies, Italian neorealist cinema,and more immediately, by the songs of resistance during the Nazi occupation of Rome by the Italian partisans of World War II.  The tunes weave European folksong, post-war classical, and experimental rock into heavy otherworldly protest cinema-scapes.

Also, listen to another bit of music with roots in WWII by the Kamikaze Ground Crew – a cover of music by Austrian composer Hans Eisler and German poet, playwright Bertolt Brecht, who were both banned by the Nazis in 1933.  Then, there’s music from Sons of Kemet, a U.K. based quartet whose clarinet / saxophone play with Klezmer, while invoking the spirit of a second line meets Jamaica’s nyabinghi drum cults. Also, klezmer-based music from clarinet virtuoso David Krakauer.  That, and so much more.

PROGRAM #3511– New Music, Old Roots (First aired on 9/19/2013)             





Various Artists: Synaulia

Music From Ancient Rome, Vol. 1 Wind Instruments

Baccus, excerpt [1:10]

ARNR 1396
Amiata Records
Out of print.  Try auction sites.


Bella Ciao

Yoshev Bester Elyon [5:07]

Tzadik 8180

Kamikaze Ground Crew


Eastern Sunday 1935 [9:28]

Koch 7882
Out of print, but try Amazon.

David Krakauer

Klezmer Madness

At The Rabbi's Table (Baym Rebns Sude) [5:14]

Tzadik 7101

Sons of Kemet


Going Home [3:53]

Naim Jazz naimcd195
or download from, iTunes or Amazon.

Kocani Orkestar

L'Orient est Rouge

L'Orient est Rouge [6:07]

Crammed Discs #craw19

Terem Quartet


Molchanov, Kirill – Waltz [3:39]

Carol 2347 / Real World
Or download from iTunes or

Kaila Flexer & Gari Hegedus


Elk / High Tide / Yetierre [6:52]


Mike Marshall w. Mike Manring

Brazil Duets

Gostosinho [3:50]

Adventure Music AM1021