I’m very happy to have been interviewed by Megan Spencer for her podcast Auspicious Plastic! I shared my thoughts on certain objects in my life.
Sun in the North by Manu Delago, Isa Kurz
The percussion instrument in the background is the Hang, the dual dome shapes made of metal.
Bouquet – In a Dream
The lead singer is the sister of one of nerd friends.
Must have been quite the ensemble with a mix of Indian and Russian musicians and instruments. This review from Allmusic.com sums it up nicely:
Ravi Shankar, the figurehead of world music, was invited in 1988 to work with Russian musicians on a concert to mark the end of an Indian Festival in the Soviet Union. This recording was made on July seventh of that year, with over 140 musicians present: Shankar’s Indian Ensemble, the Russian Folk Ensemble, the Government Chorus of Ministry of Culture of USSR, and the chamber orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic. Shankar composed all seven of the pieces here as a melding of the musics of India and Russia. “Prarambh,” the opening piece, is an ethereal sort of sound created by the amalgamation of Indian and Russian instruments both playing ragas.
An Orchestral piece with such great Latin flare from the composer Evencio Castellanos (Venezuela). ArkivMusic.com review:
Santa Cruz de Pacairigua (1954). It’s the only one of Castellanos’ works that’s even slightly well-known, but it is a fully-fledged masterpiece. The best comparison might be An American in Paris: jaunty, broadly merry, with an episodic feel that is in fact deceptive. Like An American in Paris, Santa Cruz is in fact particularly well-developed, with most of the material deriving from the very first solo trumpet line (0:01-0:06); again like the Gershwin work, there are central slow episodes of more romantic character – the strings send up chills at 7:50. In these slower moments, Castellanos begins setting the stage for his grand finale: first, insistent drumming underlines the introduction of a proper hymnal tune, representing the actual church denoted in the title; then a wild, joyous dance erupts. By the end, the unbridled revelry will meet the very bridled hymn tune in a union that’s absolutely thrilling.
I had no idea Tchaikovsky did chamber music too: string quartets and piano with voice are very nice.
Try this quick song from Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Did you know Mason Williams wrote more than just Classical Gas?
Getting ready for Trannyshack CHER!