Texan teen Sarah Jarosz is a huge talent

In the press she’s been called (Gillian) ‘Welch’s lost young daughter’ ūüôā Bluegrass-country-folk songwriter Sarah Jarosz – a Texan teen, born in 1991 – is still very young and a huge talent. Her breakthrough album ‘Song Up In Her Head’, released in the summer of 2009, was now given a five star ‘top of the world’-review in Songlines (September 2010) by reviewer Rose Skelton who uses superlatives like ‘supertalent’, ‘fabulous moments’ and ‘exceptional piece of work’. On YouTube I found this track from Sarah Jarosz’s celebrated album, titled Shankill Butchers, a song she covered from The Decemberists. All the other tracks she wrote herself. Great to hear this new young talent.

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My addition to ’50 Great Moments in World Music History’, published in Songlines no.51 (April/May 2008)

In March 2008¬†the renowned¬†world music magazine ‘Songlines’¬†celebrated its 50th issue.¬†Alongside¬†the regular articles and reviews there were some special features, one of them¬†a list of ’50 Great Moments in World Music’, covering some remarkable musical¬†happenings¬†from evry corner of our planet over the past 7000 years.

Songlines 50th issue - March 2008 

cover of Songlines, 50th edition (March 2008)

At the bottom of the list the editors humbly added¬†that the Songlines-list just appears to be ‘a snapshot’ of all the numerous¬†great moments in the history of world music. Therefore Songlines invited¬†readers to write¬†about¬†other great musical moments,¬†‘missing links’, that also deserve to be mentioned. Since I like to see things listed and could easily sum up some other¬†‘Great Moments’¬†I wrote to Songlines and¬†suggested 5 more ‘key moments’ in recent world music history, from the world¬†premiere of Colin McPhee’s ‘Tabuh-Tabuhan’ in 1936, to the remarkable success of the overtone record¬†‘Hearing solar winds’. In Songlines¬†no. 51 -the April/May 2008-issue- my letter¬†-see and click on the picture below-¬†was published.¬†Big fun!
5 more great moments in world music history

my letter in Songlines no.51 (April/May 2008)


Songlines no.51 - April/May 2008

the cover of Songlines no.51 (April/May 2008)

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Kala Ramnath receives prestigious ‘Kumar Gandharva Award’ in April 2008

Kala Ramnath in concert(Kala Ramnath in Concert / photo: Pieter de Rooij)

Violinist Kala Ramnath, who will be featured in¬†my programme Gharana¬†on the 29th of February, will be¬†the next¬†recipient of the ‘Kumar Gandharva Award’,¬†India’s most prestigious national award¬†for the best musician under forty-five years of age. Kala will¬†receive the award¬†on April¬†8th, 2008. Furthermore, Kala’s album ‘Kala’¬†-released in 2004- is chosen¬†as one of the 50 Best¬†Top of the World albums in¬†world music magazine Songlines‘ March 2008-issue, its 50th ‘collector’s edition’. And last but not least, in the same issue¬†Kala is also chosen as a member of ‘the Songlines 50 Allstars Orchestra’, a selection of the world’s greatest instrumentalists to form a world music super-group. Considering¬†all these impressive facts,¬†I guess world music lovers¬†can’t really afford to¬†skip a beat of my upcoming¬†programme on Kala by the end of this month!

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