From busking on the streets of Santiago Chile to filling stadiums with fans, Nano has been hailed by some as the best Chilean singer/songwriter of his generation. Music ranges from Latin folk-pop to gorgeous romantic ballads. UVM Lane Series performance: Oct 8, 2015 Official website
Trancescapes is an open improvisational musical group with this debut CD from Spring Hill Records. If you need a yoga break this may be the music to play from a group in Edmonton, Canada who believe magic can happen spontaneously using organic instruments, open-minded musicians and a variety of musical influences. Enjoy this meditative experience.
A gorgeous collection of deep, thoughtful, cinematic compositions from this well-known Italian pianist & composer. This project grew out of his directorship of “La Notte della Taranta” music festival in Southern Italy, working with local musicians & notable guests, as well as incorporating influences from Turkey, West Africa, India, & elsewhere. Super!
A beautiful recording that came about thanks to these 3 vocalists participating in a folk festival in the Czech Republic. Jitka Šuranská (Czech) set it up along with Hungarian Irén Lovasz, & Israeli singer of Iranian descent Michal Elia Kamal. Rich!
They’re back with new takes on their masterful blending of kora and cello. The first 5 tracks were recorded late at night on a rooftop in Mali (there is some ambient noise), and the rest in the studio, but they all have the feel of a very successful late night jam session. Introspective & poetic!
Post-modern Spanish guitar compositions weaving flamenco, Armenian folk, & classical threads together in evocative patterns. The artist (“Va-Hogg-Ne”) was born in Armenia, lives in L.A., and spent years studying music in Spain. Original and yet timeless. Enjoy!
CD #8 from this playful six member band from Ottawa, yet again taking a fresh approach to their politically conscious, Afrobeat and tropical-funk infused, horn-driven sound. Enjoy! Official website
A West African youth who moved to Paris years ago, this vocalist, composer, & multi-instrumentalist has created his own sound; a pleasing synergy of traditional African styles, euro-pop, & je ne sais quoi. Try it! Label website with video
This third CD from the well-known Washington, DC “Tropicaliente” collective explores new directions, & trends toward energetic Latin rock with reggae & hip-hop influences.
An aptly named collection of mellow, romantic tunes from bygone times in Cuba, Mexico, and all around South America.
New Songs For The Abenaki is new songs in the old language/original language of N’Dakinna (ancestral homeland of the Abenaki peoples or Vermont). From the strong voices in chorus to the strong lead singers with Drum play all these tracks for an authentic Abenaki Living Culture experience. Heard locally at a Pow Wow near you. […]
Composer/pianist Ludovico Einaudi here blends the traditional south Italian taranta (a hypnotic sort of music/dance said to cure tarantula bites!) with Turkish and North African sounds — really interesting results! Among other guests, Malian kora master Ballake Sissoko makes an appearance. Some tracks are real stompers. If you like, check another Ponderosa taranta-themed release: that by […]
From the purafe.com website we quote Pura Fe who says, ” I found myself the day I was able to reconnect with my Indigenous Roots.” Track 7 and 10, cover classics, gifts us with a deeper appreciation of her voice and the cultural heritage that is expressed in her music and her commitment to accepting […]
Partners in life and in music, Justify is a journey of Love. Remembering those who have inspired from family to friends, Indigie Femme, Tash Terry and Elena Higgins, gift us with their cultural blend of Dine, Maori and Samoa. Track 8 includes words of a Dine sheepherder and is a tribute to a Sacred way […]
Jah9 (Janine Cunningham) grew up as the daughter of a Baptist minister; first in rural Jamaica, and later in the heart of Kingston. Always sensitive to injustice, she gravitated toward the Rastafarians in college. There her talent as a singer & poet merged with a new-found love of roots reggae & dub. The results are […]
On the 4th release from this Colombian band, lead vocalist Li Saumet & multi-instrumentalist Simon Mejia team up with U.S. west coast pop producer Ricky Reed to add new flavors to their electro-tropical vibe. The vocals are super. The fusion is a matter of taste.
Epic recording! This clarinetist & composer attended the New England Conservatory of Music, and then won a grant to go India where he studied under Hindustani flute master Hariprasad Chaurasia. His goal was to seek a place for the clarinet in Indian classical music. He succeeded! His Shrutibox YouTube channel went viral and was widely […]
Title translates as The Queen of All Parties. Having started in Chile as an informal party band, they have achieved wide recognition for their upbeat fusion of cumbia, traditional Chilean tunes, rock, & ska. Recorded in Chile, Mexico, Argentina, & Colombia. Edgy Andean fun!
This quintet of classically trained professional musicians treats us to a collection of hi-brow klezmer-inspired, renaissance & baroque-infused compositions, both original & traditional, along with some Yiddish lyrics, comedy, & poignancy. A real treat for open minds. Official Website
Part of Gillies (j-eye-alls) Peterson’s Havana Cultura initiative celebrating Cuban culture. Daymé is a talented young composer (born 1993) & vocalist influenced by Cuban jazz & Santeria songs, & has a gorgeous and powerful but also relaxed vocal style (she admires Ella Fitzgerald). The band was assembled for this recording & showcases her vocals nicely. […]
Beautiful songs with rattle, voice, and drum. Louie Gonnie is a singer taught by his father and uncles from the age of 5. He is Dine (Navaho) and is well respected for his songs of the Native American Church sung in traditional form.
Rock and Roll Native style with Flute, guitar,bass,drum set and various hand drums. Instrumentals tracks 3,6,7,9,11,13 and track 14 is spoken word with John Densmore. Released in 2006 but still rockin
Songs from various artists taught to them by the “old-timers” for social dances. Done in circle for all ages.
From the Cree Nation and currently living in Quebec, Ca, Mariame is finding the release of this CD, Bloom propelling performances on stage, theatre,music venues and TV. At tender age of 24 she sings of love and challenges of her Aboriginal family and community. Track 4 she shares with rapper Supaman, Native and powerful lyrics. […]