Sometimes you hear music and right from the start you can’t get enough of it. Its beauty and its emotional content overwhelms you and you want to experience the musical sensation over and over again. The sounds you hear reverberate in your soul, seem to satisfy an inner need and connect with your deeper self. And when the music reaches really deep Continue reading →
On Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 september 2008 the Cité de la Musique in Paris offers a unique 24 hour raga-weekend of live concerts, with evening and night raga’s in ‘une nuit’ on saturday and with morning and afternoon raga’s in ‘un jour’ on sunday. Some of today’s greatest hindusthani and carnatic artists are performing. There’ll be concerts by a.o. Sudha Ragunathan (vocal), Kaushiki Chakrabarty (vocal), Amjad Ali Khan (sarod), Shashank (bansuri) and the Gundecha Brothers (vocal). If you want to have a look at the complete programme, see: ‘la nuit du raga’ and ‘le jour du raga’.
On 21 september 2008, the Belgian Radio 2 hour-programmeHemel en Aarde (Heaven and Earth)features Indian classical music by some of my favourite top artists in North Indian hindusthani music, with an unreleased recital by ragasinger Kaushiki Chakrabarty. She’s accompanied on tabla by Samar Saha and on harmonium by her husband, Parthasarathi Desikan. It concerns a live concert recorded on 3 october 2004 at Continue reading →
Yesterday I felt dismayed when I read on the web that french world music pioneer Hector Zazou died last week, at the age of 60. Dismayed, also because a few weeks ago I’ve heard that a new album of his, ‘In the House of Mirrors’, is bound for release later this month. Now it turns out that his new album will be Continue reading →
My next edition of De Concertzender‘s non-stop world music-hour Wereldmineralen, 13 september 2008, broadcasted on Radio 6 and via internet and of course retrievable ‘on demand’ after broadcast, features a great variety of vocal genres, picked from four recent world music releases: you’ll hear fado from Portugal, the light classical ‘ghazal’ from India, Arabic songs from Lebanon and songs from the Netherlands Antillean island Curacao. The programme starts with songs from Continue reading →