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Brass Around the World

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

For this New Sounds, enjoy an hour of works for brass, from the 19 piece French band Bigre! and sample some of the just-out release, “Brooklyn Babylon” from Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, (only 17 pieces strong.)  There’s also music from east and western Africa - Ethiopia and Benin, along with music from Macedonia, Manhattan and even Albania.  The Albanian outfit Fanfara Tirana meets London’s Trans-Global Underground on their fabulous record, “Kabatronics,” and for more brass band power, there’s the Kocani Orkestar from Macedonia.  Plus, listen to classic 1970’s Ethio-groove from Mahmoud Ahmed and Benin’s classic funk heroes, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo. 

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New Sounds

Program #2076

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Oddly enough... this episode of New Sounds features music in odd meters -- such unconventional groupings as 7/8, 11/8 or 5/4. Among on the selections on tap is Dave Brubeck's celebrated "Take Five" (penned by Paul Desmond), a piece steeped in the West Coast-cool school and bound by the use of the jaunty 5/4 meter. Other works dip into ethnic traditions, such as the lopsided 7/8, 9/8, or 11/8 time signatures of Kocani Orkestar (from the Republic of Macedonia). And globe-trotting percussionist Glen Velez (pictured) has created dozens of works which build layer upon layer of complex rhythm using the most basic of tools.

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