Following is a listing of the musical selections airing
on Echoes for the week of June 16-20, 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.
ALEX DE GRASSI GOES AMERICANA Alex De Grassi is one of the icons of finger-style guitar.
Since the Bay Area musician debuted on Windham Hill Records in
1978 with TURNING: TURNING BACK he has been fueling the finger-style
guitar renaissance, which is still happening. But on his new CD,
NOW AND THEN: FOLK SONGS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY (Tropo/33rd Street
Records), he goes deep into his childhood roots, resurrecting
folk songs from the early years of America. He plays tunes like
"Swing Low Sweet Chariot" and "Oh Susanna"
true to their melodies, before igniting them with his distinctive
brand of guitar work. Alex De Grassi talks about his Americana
DJ CHEB I SABBAH'S MONDO INDIA 2002 In his San Francisco home, DJ Cheb i Sabbah lights the incense
of an east west fusion. Born in Algeria and raised on the French
discotheque scene in the mid-1960s, Sabbah now spins music around
the world. On his own albums, he brings together virtuosos of
Indian music and then supercharges their performances in subtle
re-mixes. Sabbah takes us from 60s Parisian discotheques where
he learned English from "Hold On, I'm Coming" to his
current global grooves. He's just released a new mix CD called
AS FAR AS (Six Degrees) that exemplifies his east-west concepts.
A LIVING ROOM CONCERT WITH RANDY ARMSTRONG Randy Armstrong is a gifted acoustic guitarist who has been
on the World fusion scene since the mid 1970s when he was a member
of the world fusion chamber group, Doah. Since that band broke
up, this New Hampshire-based artist has played more world fusion
with Uno Mundo and his own trio. He recently composed the score
to the PBS series, Dinner on the Diner (Ellipsis Arts) and now
has a new solo CD, No Regrets (Domo). Randy not only brought his
acoustic guitar, but kalimbas, gongs, Native flutes and synthesizers
creating a one-man soundscape in realtime. Randy Armstrong plays
live, on Echoes.
AFROCELTS: REWIRING THE GLOBAL ROOTS SYSTEM They used to be Afro Celt Sound System, a group that fused
African and Celtic melodies, rhythms and musicians along with
electronica grooves and loops. All those elements remain, but
on their new CD, SEED (Realworld), they've dropped the Sound System
and it's association with Reggae DJs. Instead, Afro Celts consider
themselves more of a band these days, charting a course through
an exhilarating brand of world fusion. SEED is Echoes' CD of the
Month for April. We talk to the principle members of AfroCelts
about building a global music from the roots up.
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was aired on a specific day.
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approximate beginning of that piece of music, represented in minutes
and seconds after the start of the hour.
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button, the CD is not currently carried by Amazon.com.
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