Indonesia folk music. The Tanjidor of the Betawi people of Jakarta, which is mostly played on European brass instruments, but based on Indonesian rhythmic structures. The gambang kromong, which started out as music accompanying festivities in rich Chinese Indonesian households, before the genre was democratized. We also explore the various incarnations of guitar music around the islands of Indonesia.
Guitarist and composer Rez Abbasi and his trio (John Hebert, bass; Satoshi Takeishi, drums) joined us live in the studio around 6:15pm to play two tunes from their new release, Continuous Beat, on Enja.
Interview with multi-instrumentalist Bassam Saba, artistic director of the New York Arabic Orchestra, who will be performing at a concert at Miller Theater, Columbia University on Oct 24th, 2012, at 8 pm.