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In the electrifying atmosphere of a live radio broadcast in New York City, musicians from all corners of the globe come to perform and discuss their music. The guests range from well-known (Steely Dan, McCoy Tyner) to up and coming artists. Hosted by David Ellenbogen.

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    • 4.9, 15 Ratings

In the electrifying atmosphere of a live radio broadcast in New York City, musicians from all corners of the globe come to perform and discuss their music. The guests range from well-known (Steely Dan, McCoy Tyner) to up and coming artists. Hosted by David Ellenbogen.

    Saraswathi Ranganathan: Ragas Live 2019 (Midnight Set) #316

    Saraswathi Ranganathan: Ragas Live 2019 (Midnight Set) #316

    This is the first podcast release of a set from Ragas Live Festival 2019.  The event was broadcast live on WKCR 89.9 FM-NY in front of an enthusiastic audience at Pioneer Works.  
    Saraswathi Ranganthan is performing the veena here and was joined by her Raghavan Sai on Mridangam.  In a spontaneous decision Swaminathan Selvganesh who had played an amazing set earlier in the evening sat in on the set.
    Ragas Live Festival is a 24 hour annual broadcast with over 60 musicians.  We will return in 2020 - stay tuned!
    Saraswathi brings with her a legacy of firsts. She is the first Indian woman and Veena artiste to win a Chicago Music Award in its 35-year history, the first Veena artiste to perform as an orchestra member of Disney’s Jungle Book production and the first Veena artiste to receive a $10,000 grant from the Logan Foundation in Chicago. She attributes her path-carving success to the inclusive energy in her music and in her life. Her goal? Bring artists and listeners together as one community united in music and understanding. – worded by Stephanie Jones, Jazzspeak.org
    Saraswathi constantly endeavors for sounds of the Veena to reach a cross cultural global audience. She learned Veena from her mother Shantha Ranganathan and from Karnataka Kalashree EP Alamelu in Bangalore.  She has been performing and teaching for over three decades now.
    Saraswathi also has the distinction as being the first Veena artiste whose original multi-lingual song “Ennai Azhaithaen – I embraced me” was commissioned by the Chicago Humanities Fest.
    Saraswathi is the first Veena artiste to perform live music for Chicago International Moves & Music Fest with original score for screening of the movie Buster Keaton’s Seven Chances. 

    • 48 min
    Jaimoe of the Allman Brothers #315

    Jaimoe of the Allman Brothers #315

     This is an epic hang with Jaimoe the legendary drummer of the Allman Brothers in 2014. He speaks about his early days with Otis Redding, meeting Duane and much more...
    We were spinning a lot of records and hanging out...
    Check out more about Jaimoe here.  Also in the station was Alan Paul author of One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers and the music critic John Coltelli.  

    • 1 hr 55 min
    Recalling the Valley

    Recalling the Valley

    Recored and broadcast live at the Ragas Live Festival 2017 from the Rubin Museum of Art, we hear the world premier of the new project:  Recalling the Valley. 
    Jay Gandhi (bansuri) and Max ZT's (hammered dulcimer) pay tribute to their world-renowned teachers, Shivkumar Sharma and Hariprasad Chaurasia.  With Ehren Hanson on tabla they will perform music inspired by their gurus’ beloved album, “Call of the Valley.”  
    They also have a great discussion with Andrew Shantz on the topic of creating art away from its place of origin.  
    Ragas Live Festival supported by the Rubin Museum of Art, WKCR and Humanities New York.  

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Sebitiyin: Innov Gnawa perform the Jewish songs of Gnawa – Podcast 230

    Sebitiyin: Innov Gnawa perform the Jewish songs of Gnawa – Podcast 230

    In this incredible episode we capture Innov Gnawa performing the "Sebatayin" repetoire, Gnawa music performed traditionally in Morrocco for the Jewish Community.  They performed this for the end of Passover at Greenwich House Music School as part of the UNCHARTED concert series. The Jewish presence in Morocco dates back to over 2,500 years ago and upon interaction with the gnawa community, a bond formed over appreciation for gnawa music and its healing powers. Gnawa music pre-dates Islam and originally centered around animistic, spiritual, mystical concepts sung in sub-Saharan languages such as Bambara, Fulani and Sudani. Upon embracing Islam, gnawa songs began to incorporate Arabic language and themes around the Muslim prophets. Sebitiyin, meaning The Saturdays in Moroccan Arabic, is the collection of songs that grew out of the gatherings hosted by the Jewish community for the revered gnawa maalems whom they deeply respected. Themes of these songs still include the original elements of spirits and the natural world, and later came to incorporate shared saints from their Abrahamic traditions. Today, it is still rare to find a maalem that knows this full repertoire so we are especially lucky to have Maalem (Master) Hassan Ben Jaafer, son of the late Abdallah Ben Jaafer, lead us through a powerful moment of unity in music.   Personnel: Maalem (Master) Hassan Ben Jaafer - vocals and sintir Samir Langus - vocals and qraqeb (castanets) Amino Belyamani- vocals and qraqeb (castanets) Ahmed Jeriouda- vocals and qraqeb (castanets) Nawfal Atiq- vocals and qraqeb (castanets) Said Bourhana- vocals and qraqeb (castanets) David Lizmi - vocals and qraqeb (castanets) Uncharted is a concert series featuring New York-based artists premiering new projects or meeting with new collaborators for the first time on stage that has consistently drawn the attention of tastemakers and curators from across the city over the past three years. The Uncharted season delivers eclectic excellence in a broad selection of musical genres representing New York City’s diverse artistic community, including Mexican folkloric, ragtime, classical, electronic, jazz, ancient Moroccan devotional and contemporary R&B.  

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Brooklyn Raga Massive Honors the Coltrane Legacy

    Brooklyn Raga Massive Honors the Coltrane Legacy

    The Coltrane Raga Tribute from Brooklyn Raga Massive has blowing some minds.  As they released their album, we hang with Sameer Gupta, the tabla upstart, drummer and musical director of the project.  We'll listen to a live performance from Pioneer Works. If you want to hear it all you’ll have to get the album! .
    The all-star ensemble in the set we hear includes:Sameer Gupta – Drumset/Tabla,Brandee Younger – Harp,Jay Gandhi – Bansuri,Arun Ramamurthy – Violin,Pawan Benjamin – Sax,Trina Basu – Violin,Neel Murgai – Sitar,Ben Tyree – Guitar,Rashaan Carter – BassMichael Gam – Bass
    Special Guests:
    Roopa Mahadevan – Vocal
    Pyeng Threadgill- vocal
    Anupam Shobhakar – SarodJessica Lurie – SaxKen Shoji- ViolinDawoud Kringle – DilrubaGiancarlo Luigi – Chekere and Percussion
    Recorded by James Clark and mixed by Sameer Gupta

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Randy Weston

    Randy Weston

    I just learned of the passing of the great master Randy Weston, whose tall shadow hangs over all of us who love, Gnawa Music, African Music, jazz and the intersection of three.  He was a lovely person, eager to pass along the knowledge he'd gathered through an amazing life.
    I hope this podcast helps pass along some of his wisdom.  He was humble, sweet and present and we're lucky to have had him on the planet for 91 years.

    • 1 hr 29 min

Customer Reviews

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15 Ratings

15 Ratings

ClassicIndian ,

Nice Indian music

Good source of indian classical carnatic music. I like it.

Ray from Florida ,

Very enjoyable!

Love unadulterated Polynesian music just as they do it!! Simple, rhythmic, peaceful. Thanks again for posting, David.

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I was pretty excited to see David Ellenbogen's radio show here on iTunes. Im a regular listener in Brooklyn, his show is from uptown Manhattan. For anyone who isn't familiar, Dave hosts live performances in the studio and does interviews with the musicians. Its a cool format and he picks some really diverse musicians to play. I recently heard an amazing show he had with Dennis McKenna, the scientific and empirical brother of intra-stellar voyager Terrence McKenna. It wasn't musical, more science-based, but it was great! Hopefully he puts that on here. 5 Stars for a great local show!

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