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A weekly interview from Echoes, the soundscape of ambient, new acoustic and world fusion music on public radio and on-line at echoes.org.

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A weekly interview from Echoes, the soundscape of ambient, new acoustic and world fusion music on public radio and on-line at echoes.org.

    Echoes Podcast: Peter Kater Interview & Lyle Mays Obit

    Echoes Podcast: Peter Kater Interview & Lyle Mays Obit

    We talk with 2020 Grammy winning pianist Peter Kater

    and we remember Lyle Mays of the Pat Metheny Group.


    In the Echoes Podcast, pianist Peter Kater.  When a musician wins a Grammy award, you often don’t know what they went through to get there. Take the case pianist Peter Kater, who took home this years gramophone statue in the New Age category for the second time in his 4 decade career. He's a leading figure in the new age field now, cutting over 60 albums since 1983, including acclaimed recordings with native flutist R. Carlos Nakai. But it didn’t start out well.

    Peter Kater: I grew up in New Jersey and I had not a great childhood.  My mother was kind of a drama queen.  She married a guy who was abusive, an alcoholic and it was not fun.  She died of cancer right when I turned 18.  She was sick for about two years, and when she passed it was literally on the night of my birthday.  I was sorry for her death because I did love her, but I was so aware that I was set free of her drama and the life that I had been forced to participate in for the last, you know, 14 years. I was just out of there.  I just hit the road.  I put my thumb out and I just wanted to keep going. No money, nothing.  I had a backpack.

    And now he's just won his second Grammy Award for the album, Wings.. He’s known for music that can be sweetly romantic and deeply introspective. But there’s another side to this musician. We hitch a ride to the other side of Peter Kater in the Echoes Podcast.



    Then we remember another pianist, Lyle Mays, pianist with the Pat Metheny Group and solo artist in his own right. His album with Metheny, As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls is a classic. John Diliberto looks back at his career.



     

    • 21 min
    Echoes Podcast: David Helpling Interview

    Echoes Podcast: David Helpling Interview

    In the Echoes Podcast, guitarist David Helpling takes us into the runic and oceanic influences of his January CD of the Month, Rune. Helpling is a southern California musician who has been a favorite on the show for about 25 years. He’s recorded all his albums on the Spotted Peccary label, noted for their deep ambient music. His three recordings with Jon Jenkins were all CD of the Month picks. But for his latest solo album, he’s gone truly solo, creating an album with a guitar, a bass and a lot of processing. Rune was the Echoes CD of the Month in January. It’s a concept album, a tone poem based around the Nordic Rune for ocean. He talks about ambient guitar, the ocean and ancient runes.



    Read the CD  of the Month review of David Helpling's Rune

    Read the CD of the Month review of David Helpling and Jon Jenkins' Found

    Read the CD of the Month review of David Helpling and Jon Jenkins' The Crossing

    • 14 min
    Echoes Podcast: All India Radio Interview

    Echoes Podcast: All India Radio Interview

    In the Echoes Podcast, All India Radio talks about his latest missive from Australia, Eternal, opens with a robot voice giving the exhortation, “Let’s Dance.” But this ain’t no party.  It’s a space music opus influenced by Pink Floyd and early electronic music. All India Radio's Martin Kennedy use's samples from a bad 1962 Sci-Fi Film, The Creation of Humanoids, to tie together a retro-futuristic album.

    Martin Kennedy: My mission is to bring space rock to the chill out crowd with a little bit of old school hip hop thrown in, too.  I don’t know, I honestly don’t know what I would call my music.  But  I do like space rock.

    Eternal was the Echoes CD of the Month for December 2019 and his previous album, Space earned the same honor in 2018. Hear Martin Kennedy talk about his space rock opuses on Echoes.



    Read review of All India Radio's Space

    Read review of All India Radio's Eternal

    Hear All India Radio's previous Echoes Interview.

    • 16 min
    Echoes Podcast: Steve Roach Past to Future.

    Echoes Podcast: Steve Roach Past to Future.

    In the Echoes Podcast we take a deep dive into the world of Steve Roach. The prolific electronic artist has been part of Echoes for all of its 30 years and more. We've chronicled his electronic evolution more than just about anyone. Steve released several albums in 2019 including Bloom Ascension and Trance Archeology. After several years of modular synth strategies, Ambient-Tribal music returns. We talk about them and new directions with Steve Roach.



    Read John Diliberto's Review of Bloom Ascension and Trance Archeology

    Hear Steve Roach's earlier, extended interview from 2017 in the Echoes Podcast.

    • 14 min
    Echoes Podcast: Barrett Martin & Darshan Ambient

    Echoes Podcast: Barrett Martin & Darshan Ambient

    In the Echoes Podcast, Barrett Martin takes us on a Global percussion Trek and we Remember Darshan Ambient.





    First we talk to multi-instrumentalist, world fusionist, author, Zen monk and former drummer with Screaming Trees, Barrett Martin. He’s created a world fusion sound with his group in which he specializes in global percussion. We go on a world music journey with Barrett Martin on Echoes.







    Then, we remember Michael Allison, who recorded as Darshan Ambient.  He has a new recording, A Day Like Any Other, but tragically, just as this album was released, Allison passed-away from cancer. We'll hear music from one of the most distinctive and eclectic of ambient composers and hear his life story from interviews we've conducted on Echoes over the last two decades.



    Darshan Ambient Little Things CD of the Month Review :

    Darshan Ambient Dream In Blue CD of the Month review.

    • 27 min
    Echoes Podcast: Fink’s Mid-Life Lament

    Echoes Podcast: Fink’s Mid-Life Lament

    In the Echoes Podcast we talk with Fink. He's a British electronic musician turned ambient singer-songwriter, who creates deep ruminative songs sung in his mellifluous tenor.  He talks about his latest album, Bloom Innocent and finds links between blues, electronica and New Orleans.

    • 13 min

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Some of the most adventurous and rewarding recordings gathered meticulously for mental consumption!!

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