Following is a listing of the musical selections on
Echoes this week. The playlists include start times that
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FEATURES FOR THE WEEK
STELLAMARA'S GRAND CARAVAN Stellamara is a Bay Area band creating a world music of the
imagination, filtered through eastern European refrains, spun
in Persian grooves, blended in medieval modalities and supercharged
by San Francisco's multi-cultural sensibilities. It's all centered
by the vocal incantations of Sonja Drakulich, whose voice evokes
Bulgarian choirs and middle eastern ululations in this richly
layered, percussive world fusion. They've just released their
first CD in 8 years, called THE SEVEN VALLEYS (Lucidity Music.)
In their Oakland home, Stellamara boards a music caravan from
Persia to Bulgaria.
A LIVING ROOM CONCERT WITH BELA FLECK & EDGAR MEYER Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer are proponents of a sound that
might be called Classical Americana. Edgar Meyer is a recipient
of a MacArthur "Genius" grant for his virtuoso bass
playing and rich compositions for orchestra. He's been on Echoes
playing with the Appalachian Waltz trio of Mark O'Connor and Yo-Yo
Ma and with violinist Joshua Bell. Bela Fleck is a virtuoso banjo
picker whose fiery technique is at the base of a true fusion music,
spanning genres from bluegrass to jazz to classical. Last year
the two musicians released MUSIC FOR TWO (Sony Classical). Bela
Fleck and Edgar Meyer come into the Echoes Living Room for a live
performance of Classical Americana music.
STEVE TIBBETTS & CHOYING DROLMA: TRANS-AMBIENT TIBET Several years ago, Minneapolis-based guitar iconoclast Steve
Tibbetts released a CD with a Tibetan nun named Choying Drolma.
On CHO, he set her ancient Tibetan chants and hymns to his ambient
sound designs. Bridging time and distance, Drolma and Tibbetts
return with a new CD called SELWA (Six Degrees). Tibetan for "luminous,"
"clear" or "awake," Selwa perfectly describes
the finely honed balance between Drolma's intoxicating, often
folkloric songs and Tibbetts' abstracted ambiences. We get the
nun and the guitarist together to talk about a meeting of worlds.
Friday 04/01/05 JOHANN SIGURU-WHALE
SONGS FROM THE BELLY OF THE BEAST
Whale songs have entranced musicians for years. Pink Floyd emulated
them on their epic song, echoes. Paul Winter went out and played
his soprano saxophone with whales and recorded using their whale
songs as backing. These sounds entranced Icelandic composer Johann
Siguru. He's actually been using the natural resonance inside
of whales to make his music. We go in search of a sonic Moby
Echoes Programs for the week of March 28-April
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the music is not currently carried by Amazon.com or iTunes.
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