This Sunday at 11pm on our In All Languages show, we shall explore the different musical landscapes of South India. We will start with the Kathakali, a form of popular opera characterized by its use of gigantic masks, in which we shall hear a full performance of the epic Ramayana. Then we will move on to Carnatic devotional vocal music, followed by Carnatic instrumental music, in particular the veena (a plucked string instrument) and the mridangam (a long drum). We will end with a piece that explores the intersection between North and South Indian music.
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.)