For the first half of the show, we featured Raagappella, a South Asian fusion a cappella group who came over to our studio for a recording and intervew session.For the second half of the show, we listened to vocal music from the Patiala and Sham Chaurasia gharanas, traditions that both originated from the historical region of Punjab.
Today's program focuses on the traditional folk music of Eastern Europe and the Balkans and the music it has influenced. Our first album "Balastroika" comes from the Russian balalaika-and-domra folk instrumental ensemble, Skaz. Our second album is "The Wild Field" from the Dmitri Pokorovsky Ensemble. It features the songs of Russia's Boyar's Children, Sayan Peasants, Nekrasov Cossacks and Old Believers. Our third album, the eponymous album of the Goran Ivanovic Group, draws its inspiration from the music of the Balkan countries of Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Serbia.