This week's program features music from the various folk traditions of Europe, Asia and Ocenia with a lingering focus on Ireland and Siberia. We explored the cultural characteristics of those regions as well as the potential similarities in their folkoric repertoire through popular songs in their original or transformed versions, as well as instrumental pieces.
This week IAL show with chinese classical music through several orchestral pieces. Chinese classical music draws its roots in the music played in royal courts using specific instruments such as the Yangquin or the Shen. Chinese classical music re-emerged in the 20th century after taking on the structure of the Western Orchestra. Most of the pieces evoque a story, often linked to folkolric legends or narrating major historical events.
European folk music, first through an overview of traditional ballads from France and Northern Italy followed by an in-depth look at interpretations of those traditional sounds through original vocal performances in Greece and instrumental pieces in Spain. Finally, a detour in two areas where folk music is still part of the mainstream scene; Hungary and Scotland.
An international program focused on music influenced by Islam, from Iran, Morocco, Algeria, the Sahara and former Yugoslavia. Various genres were explored, including traditional ritual chants and instrumental compositions, street music, modern Kabyle music, and desert blues. (Interested parties should check out the album, Bam! 3 Mustaphas Play Stereo by 3 Mustaphas 3, for more music from the Balkans.)
An exploration of the music of Senegal with its popular singers such as Youssou Ndour and Cheikh Lo, its fusion jazz-traditional music scene with the Royal Band of Thies and Baobab Orchestra and finally it's musical heritage with the griots and the drums.
Looking at fusion music, through the collaboration of artists from different regions of the world bringing together sounds and instruments. - the Touré-Raichel Collective a Israeli-Malian collaboration - Catrin Finch and Sekou Keita bringing the harp and the kora instruments together- Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate, an American-French/Guinean duo- R.A Fish exploring the power of the Dumbek, a small drum from the Middle-East