Artist profiles: Hejira

Hejira features original compositions by Don Baragiano representing an eclectic musical blend which bridges diverse cultures from; Middle Eastern, Russian, African, Eastern European and other ethnic styles to classical and jazz … mix in a bit of blues, rock, and flamenco … all on top of a strong multinational earthy beat.

Instrumentation includes guitar, violin, balalaika, African Talking Drum, dumbek, jembe, zils, calabash (gourd), bass, keyboards, digital guitar synthesizer & more.

Don Baragiano’s musical influences include The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Leo Kottke, the Who, Ravi Shankar, etc. After many guitar lessons and high school music theory classes Don studied Classical/Jazz guitar at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music & at Northern Kentucky University’s Music Department. While working for the US Treasury Department in Saudi Arabia on a 2 year assignment he was granted a private audience with their top musician Hamzah Mohammed Al Bashir. Don’s musical training and life-love of ethnic cultures have resulted in this enticing World Music fusion project Hejira, founded in seattle in 2001. He later moved to the Ithaca, New York area.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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