Following is a listing of the musical selections airing
on Echoes for the week of May 12-16, 2003. 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.
A LIVING ROOM CONCERT WITH AUTUMN'S CHILD St. Louis-based Native flute player Marc Holland brings his
global chamber music ensemble, Autumn's Child into Echoes to play
live. Mark Holland isn't Native American, but he's mastered the
Native American flute. Over the course of several albums with
his group, Autumn's Child, he's been developing a chamber fusion
sound mixing percussion instruments from Africa and the Middle
East along with cello and guitar. Autumn's Child's latest CD,
PROGRESSIVE WORLD (Cedar 'n' Sage), is the finest exposition of
their music to date and placed in the Top 15 of Echoes' Listener
Poll for 2002. Mark Holland brings in an all-star group including
percussionist N. Scott Robinson and Jimmy Buffett band members
Jim and Peter Mayer on guitar and bass.
MARI BOINE'S SAMI SHAMANISM Mari Boine is the Sami's most famous export. A member of the
Sami, Norway's native people, Boine has re-awakened interest in
their tradtional music and culture while at the same time, transforming
the music into a modern tribal shamanic sound. Her voice is a
wail of vocal ululations and nasal overtones and her music pounds
with rhythms from Samiland to Africa. Boine has two new CDs out,
EIGHT SEASONS and REMIXED (Northside). In Oslo, Boine talks about
her primal, Nordic sound.
Thursday 05/15/03 ADAGIO-A Windham
Hill Collection There have been some tragically bad adaptations of classical
music over the years. ADAGIO is not one of them. Longtime Windham
Hill producer Dawn Atkinson has gathered a host of familiar names
from the Windham Hill roster past and present and deployed them
across an array of largely familiar classical adagios. But instead
of sweetening them up or making them "contemporary,"
each musician has found a deeper nuance in the music. Philip
Aaberg explores a meditative space in Barber's "Adagio for
Strings" while Patrick O'Hearn casts Rodrigo's "Adagio
from Fantasy for a Gentleman" in a shroud of keyboard shadows.
Tracy Silverman' pizzicato delayed violin sound plucks through
Bach's "Arioso" accompanied by Thea Suits on flute,
and guitarist Steve Erquiaga unfolds the haunting melody of a
Grieg nocturne on his acoustic guitar. There's a couple of clunkers
here, notably Phillipe Saisse's smooth jazz take on Bach's "Air
on a G String" and Paul Schwartz's hopelessly corny synthesized
rendition of Handel's "Sarabande." This handful of
lapses is more than forgiven by Jeff Johnson and Brian Dunning's
Celtic chamber arrangement of a Handel sonata and Mike Marshall
and Edgar Meyer's bluegrass breakdown on a Bach prelude. ADAGIO
is one of those perfect Echoes transition albums, moving from
acoustic to electric, ambient to classical.
DAVID & STEVE GORDON: SOUNDING THE TRIBAL DRUM David and Steve Gordon are brothers with a long history in
new age music. They started with prototypical new age albums in
the 1980s, mixing environmental sounds with wispy melodies for
guitar and keyboards. In the mid 1990s they decided to go tribal,
adopting Native American imagery and instruments on their album
SACRED SPIRIT DRUMS (Sequoia). They recently released an anthology
of their music, SACRED DRUM VISIONS, while Steve Gordon has stepped
out on his own with DRUM PRAYER, which takes the Gordons' sound
into a new direction. Echoes visits the brothers in their studios
in Northern and Southern California.
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was aired on a specific day.
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and seconds after the start of the hour.
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