Following is a listing of the musical selections airing
on Echoes for the week of December 6-10, 2004. The dates
on the playlists are the dates the programs are distributed to
stations. Please check the program ID number to verify the
program if your station broadcasts the program on a different
day than it is distributed.
FEATURES FOR THE WEEK
ECHOES DECEMBER CD OF THE MONTH
ANJA LECHNER & VASILLIS TSABROPOULOS: CHANTS' HYMNS &
In the 1970s, someone dubbed ECM Records "the most beautiful
sound next to silence." No one has fulfilled that ideal
more than Anja Lechner and Vasillis Tsabropoulos with their album
CHANTS, HYMNS AND DANCES (ECM). Lechner is the German cellist
with the Rosamunde Quartet and the Greek born Tsabropoulos has
several jazz trio albums out. On CHANTS, HYMNS & DANCES they
adapt the music of Armenian mystic G.I. Gurdjieff and Thomas de
Hartmann in a series of serene improvisations that will have you
redefining your concepts of beauty. It's our Echoes CD of the
Month for December.
WILL ACKERMAN: GHOSTS RETURNING
Will Ackerman is best known as a guitarist and founder of Windham
Hill Records. He's released many albums and influenced a generation,
launching a renaissance of finger-style guitar. On his latest
CD, RETURNING (Mary's Tree/Decca), Ackerman returns to favorite
songs from across his career, but at the same time he explores
his musical past, he uncovers his psychological past as well,
including sexual abuse and the suicide of his adoptive mother.
These themes are a subtext of Ackerman's instrumental music on
songs like "The Impending Death of the Virgin Spirit"
to naming his new label, Mary's Tree, after his mother. We hear
ghosts with Will Ackerman.
A LIVING ROOM CONCERT WITH FORASTIERE
You probably haven't heard Pino Forastiere anywhere but on Echoes.
He's an Italian guitarist with a formidable set of chops and
an animated performance style. Influenced by Michael Hedges,
Forastiere has managed to distill that two-handed tapping approach
into his own evocative compositions on a CD appropriately called
RAG, TAP, BOOM. Forastiere comes into the Echoes living room
where he plays his music live.
BLOW UP HOLLYWOOD: CHAMBER ROCK SOUNDTRACKS
Their name is certainly scary and threatening, but the music of
this New York-based art rock group ventures into regions of dream
pop, moody rock and evocative chamber instrumentals. They surround
deeply personal and intimate songs, often about death, with cellos
and electronic effects for a haunting sound. Their recent album,
FAKE, is already garnering critical hosannas. We talk to the
primary members of Blow Up Hollywood about their chamber rock
Echoes Programs for the week
of December 6-10, 2004
Click on a program number to see that day's playlist.
Some stations tape-delay Echoes, please check with
your local station if there is some question about what program
was aired on a specific day.
The playlists include start times that indicate the
approximate beginning of that piece of music, represented in minutes
and seconds after the start of the hour.
There are also links to purchase many of the CDs, clicking
the "buy-it" button will take you to an Amazon.com entry
with more information about the CD. If there is no "buy-it"
button, the CD is not currently carried by Amazon.com.
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