Following is a listing of the musical selections airing
on Echoes for the week of June 30-July 4, 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.
BILL LASWELL & GIGI-ETHIOPIAN EXTENSIONS Ejigayehu Shibabaw, better known as Gigi, is an Ethiopian
singer songwriter who has found herself romantically and musically
entwined with one of the iconoclasts of modern music, producer
and bassist Bill Laswell. He produced her debut album, GIGI (Palm)
and then remixed the whole affair on the ambient CD, ILLUMINATED
AUDIO (Palm). Bill Laswell and Gigi talk about Ethiopian songs
and global music.
SERART: PAN-GLOBAL LINGUISTICS Serart is an unlikely combination of Serj Tankian, lead singer
of nu-metal group, System of a Down and Armenian-Turkish multi-instrumentalist
and singer Arto Tunçboyaciyan. Arto has played with Night
Ark, Al DiMeola and new age pioneer Paul Winter. He sings in
an imaginary supralingua dialect and is as likely to beat on your
trash can as play the many exotic Middle Eastern stringed and
percussion instruments he has at his command. Tankian places
those sounds in a fractured mix of electronica jungle grooves,
eclectic samples, metal guitar stabs and shattered rhythm structures.
The two artists talk about the joyfully chaotic mosaic on their
self-titled debut (Serjical Strike/Columbia Records).
PAT METHENY'S ACOUSTIC REVERIES Pat Metheny is the most highly regarded of electric jazz guitarists,
noted for his sophisticated fusion with the Pat Metheny Group
and for taking extreme chances in his music, including electric
distortion freak-outs to recordings with Ornette Coleman. But
on his new album One Quiet Night (Warner Bros.), the New York
based guitarist takes a turn towards quiet ruminations on solo
acoustic guitar, largely inspired by post 9-11 moods. Pat Metheny
talks about his improvised reveries.
A FOURTH OF JULY EVOCATION with AMERICAN LANDSCAPES & LIVING
ROOM CONCERT FOR JULY 4TH Echoes celebrates July Fourth with a special Living Room Concert
with Northern California guitarist Alex De Grassi. Alex's latest
CD is Now & Then: Folk Songs For The 21st Century (33rd St.),
where Alex interprets traditional American folk songs like "O
Susannah," and "When Johnny Comes Marching Home"
in his own, intricate, finger-picking style. It's not a trip
to nostalgia, but a re-investigation of seminal American works.
"I wanted this record to reflect today's landscape
to a certain extent. So that's why I've got some reggae beats
and some almost hip hop kind of stuff happening on some of the
pieces. And in "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" I
wanted to like say, well, this is maybe an Irish-American melody
but today, you could also be playing it on tablas with a sitar."
-Alex de Grassi
Alex de Grassi performs this music live on Echoes.
Alex de Grassi's performance will be surrounded by
our annual sonic tapestry of American Landscapes. From Florida
to the Pacific Northwest, and into the heartland of the country.
We hear evocations of America landscapes from the ocean around
Hawaii to the manatee streams of Florida and the austere deserts
of the southwest.
American Landscapes: A Fourth of July Living Room Concert
with Alex de Grassi will air on Friday, July 4th & Sunday,
July 6th. Please check with your public radio station for local
Echoes Programs for the week of June 30-July 4,
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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