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New Sounds

The Non-Western Orchestra

Monday, January 12, 2015

Listen to music that features the orchestra as a non-western ensemble, including Bombay Dub Orchestra, Master Musicians of Jajouka, & Jherek Bischoff arranging the Congotronics project. 

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New Sounds

New Music for Thumb Piano

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Listen to new music using various forms of the African thumb piano for this New Sounds, featuring works by Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger, and the Norwegian Karl Seglem, among others.

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New Sounds

The Non-Western Orchestra

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Listen to music that features the orchestra as a non-western ensemble. Hear music from a new tribute record, “The Road to Jajouka,” a recording honoring (and with proceeds supporting) the legendary Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar.  Then, the orchestra provides a drone in a live recording made at the Fes Festival of the traditional call to prayer. Also, hear the orchestra as an Indian instrument with the Bombay Dub Orchestra and as an instrument of the gypsy or Roma tradition in music from the Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio.  Plus, hear Jherek Bischoff’s orchestral arrangement of the music from Congotronics by Konono No. 1, and more.  

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New Sounds

New Music for Thumb Piano

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The thumb piano (or mbira, kalimba, sanza, likembe), consists of a wooden board with attached staggered metal keys, and is widely heard throughout the Eastern and Southern African continent.  However, for this New Sounds, listen to music from Europe, North and South America, as well, using various forms of the African thumb piano.  To start, there’s music from Zimbabwe's Queen of Mbira, Stella Chiweshe, a trailblazer who learned her craft in the mid-late 1960's when it was forbidden for a woman to play the instrument.  Then, hear music by Nathan Davis which is inspired by the function of mbira music in the life rituals of the Shona people of Zimbabwe.

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