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Ragas Live Festival 2018, a 24 Hour Music Event in New York City

Over 80 musicians will perform at the Ragas Live Festival 2018, including leading-edge projects from Brooklyn Raga Massive, Vijay Iyer, Max ZT & Karsh Kale, and Ganavya Doraiswamy. This year, the festival takes place October 6th starting at 5:00 p.m. to October 7 at 5:00 p.m. at Pioneer Works.

It is produced by Brooklyn Raga Massive, Pioneer Works and the podcast NYC Radio Live, which is releasing a compilation, Ragas Live Retrospective, chronicling its most exciting sets and essential artists.

Vijay Iyer -Photo by Jimmy Katz

The 2018 lineup combines classical masters and innovators. The festival will host the world premiere of Ritual Ensemble of Harvard with Vijay Iyer, Yosvany Terry, Ganavya and Rajna Swaminathan; symphonic explorations from the 20+ members of the Go:Organic Orchestra with Brooklyn Raga Massive; The Arun Ramamurthy Trio and the Coltrane Raga Tribute will show how jazz and classical forms can intertwine and inform one another.

Karavika

Boundary crossing collaborations include dulcimer virtuoso Max ZT and tabla innovator Karsh Kale, a 14th-century Sufi music chamber ensemble (Falsa), a raga-infused chamber project (Trina Basu and Amali Premawardhana’s Karavika), and a Bulgarian trio (Bulgarian Voices) collaborating with a Carnatic (South Indian) choir (Navatman).

Classical lights include sets by Partha Bose and Flute Raman, Samarth Nagarkar, Steve Gorn, and Jay Gandhi.

Notable video artist Nitin Mukul will be presenting the visual element of the experience. The essence of his video pieces, created from melting ice and abstract paintings will intersect with each raga’s specific characteristics and their relationship to the time of day.

Artistic Director Arun Ramamurthy indicates that diversity is the key to the concert experience. “As curators, we honor the ragas’ connections to nature and program classical artists at the opportune times. But what makes this festival so special is that we balance classical sets with innovative raga-inspired projects that interpret traditional material in a highly creative way. This balance over the course of 24 hours allows the listener to traverse a wide spectrum of sound, going deep into traditional ragas while also experiencing more experimental interpretations and reimaginations of the Indian classical form. It’s a cathartic experience.”

There is an incredible synergy between the artists and the audience as we journey through 24 sets of music,” adds associate producer Lauren Crump. “It is a transformative experience for all involved.”

The Full Festival Lineup (subject to change):

5:00 – 6:00 – Pradhanica Dance and Music Company
Michael Lukshis, Jin Wong, Kaumil Shah, Vincent Pierce Smith, Indro Roy Chowdhury

6:00 – 7:00 – V.K. Raman
V.K. Raman (flute), Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Akshay Anantapadmanabhan (mridangam)

7:00 – 8:00 – Mitali Bhawmik
Mitali Bhawmik (vocal), Anirban Chakravarty (harmonium), Dibyarka Chatterjee (tabla)

8:00 – 9:00 – Ganavya
Ganavya (voice), Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam), Max Ridley (bass), Charles Overton (harp)

9:00 – 10:00 – Karavika
Trina Basu (violin), Amali Premawardhana (cello), Perry Wortman (bass), Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam)

10:00 – 11:00 – Aditya Prakash
Aditya Prakash (vocal), Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Abhinav Seetharaman (mridangam)

Anirban Das Gupta

11:00 – 12:00 – Anirban Dasgupta
Anirban Dasgupta (sarod), Mir Naqib Islam (tabla)

12:00 – 1:00 – Samarth Nagarkar –
Samarth Nagarkar (vocal), Rohan Prabhudesai (harmonium), Sandip Ghosh (tabla)

1:00 – 2:00 – Max ZT / Karsh Kale
Max ZT (dulcimer), Karsh Kale (tabla)

2:00 – 3:00 – Arun Ramamurthy Trio
Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Perry Wortman (bass), Sameer Gupta (drumset)

3:00 – 4:00 – Ross Hammond Trio with special guests
Ross Hammond (guitar), Pawan Benjamin (sax/bansuri), Sameer Gupta (drums), Morgan Zwerlein (percussion)

4:00 – 5:00 – Unstruck Sound
Eric Fraser (bansuri), Neel Murgai (throat singing/daf/sitar/electronics), Aaron Shragge (trumpet, shakhuhachi, electronics)

5:00 – 6:00 – Steve Gorn
Steve Gorn (bansuri), Shiva Ghoshal (tabla)

Abhik Mukherjee

6:00 – 7:00 – Abhik Mukherjee –
Abhik Mukherjee (sitar) Shiva Ghoshal (tabla)

7:00 – 8:00 – Jay Gandhi
Jay Gandhi (bansuri), Ehren Hanson (tabla)

8:00 – 9:00 – Andrew Shantz
Andrew Shantz (vocal), Roshni Samlal (tabla)

9:00 – 10:00 – Rajeswari Satish –
Rajeswari Satish (vocal), Radhika Mani (violin), Bala Skandan (mridangam)

10:00 – 11:00 – Partha Bose
Partha Bose (sitar), Aditya Narayan Banerjee (tabla)

11:00 – 12:00 Go: Organic Orchestra with Brooklyn Raga Massive
Improvisationally conducted by Adam Rudolph Arun Ramamurthy – violin; Jay Gandhi – bansuri, Neel Murgai – sitar; Charles Burnham – violin; Trina Basu – violin; Swaminathan Selvaganesh – kanjeera; Sameer Gupta – Tabla; David Ellenbogen – guitar; Mari Tanaka – Tanpura; Michel Gentile – c and alto flute, bamboo flutes; Sylvain Leroux – tambin, flute, bamboo flutes; Ze Luis – c and alto flute, bamboo flutes; Steve Gorn – bansuri flute, hichiriki; Sean Sonderegger – contrabass clarinet; Sara Schoenbeck – bassoon, sona; Julianne Carney-Chung – violin; Sana Nagano – violin; Sarah Bernstein – violin; Richard Carr – violin; Stephanie Griffin – viola; Gwen Laster – viola; Jake Carkey – cello; Leco Reis – contrabass; Kenny Wessel – electric guitar; Alexis Marcelo – electric keyboards; Damon Banks – electric bass; Dan Kurfirst – cajon, frame drums, percussion Rogerio Boccato – pandero, zabumba, percussion; Joe Hertenstein- tiny kit percussion

12:00 – 1:00 – Navatman Music Collective & Bulgarian Voices Trio –
Roopa Mahadevan, Preetha Raghu, Vlada Tomova, Shelley Thomas

1:00 – 2:00 – Falsa

2:00 – 3:00 – Nitin Mitta & Suryaksha Deshpande
Nitin Mitta (tabla), Suryaksha Deshpande (tabla), Andrew Shantz (harmonium)

3:00 – 4:00 – Ritual Ensemble of Harvard
Vijay Iyer (piano), Yosvany Terry (saxophone), Ganavya (vocal), Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam)

4:00 – 5:00 – Coltrane Raga Tribute
Sameer Gupta (drums), Jay Gandhi (bansuri), Trina Basu (violin), Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Brandee Younger (harp), Marc Cary (piano), Rashaan Carter (bass), Abhik Mukherjee (sitar)

More at www.ragaslive.org

headline photo: Unstruck Sound – Neel Murgai

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Altogether Satisfying and Exotic Istikrarli Hayal Hakikattir

Gaye Su Akyol – Istikrarli Hayal Hakikattir (Glitterbeat, 2018)

For the most part we humans like knowing what to expect. We prefer the predictable. We like the safe. We want what we want when we want it. That’s an impossible order when faced with the veritable avalanche of world music out there. I have to admit that I occasionally feel like the well-meaning parent standing with hands on hips over the obstinate child facing an unknown vegetable asking, “How do you know you won’t like it? Have you tried it?”

To brag a bit, I think that the standard World Music Central follower is smarter than the average bear. We have followers who want to know when their favorite Cuban is coming to town, or what’s the latest in music from Mali, or perhaps visit to learn a bit about the heavy hitters in Indian classical music. Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop my incessant need to get you readers to try something new and exciting. It’s a good thing I don’t know where you live because I’m fairly certain I would be sitting on your bed in the middle of the night shoving a set of headphones at you and forcing you to listen to track 4 because it’s amazing.

Well, here we are again. So, be good, open wide and take a sip of Turkey’s singer, songwriter, producer and audio/visual conceptionalist Gaye Su Akyol’s Istikrarli Hayal Hakikattir. You’ll like it.

Translated the title Istikrarli Hayal Hakikattir means Consistent Fantasy is Reality. Ms. Su Akyol says of the recording, “In terms of its philosophy, lyrics, music and motto, this album is the dream of pure freedom, of showing the courage to be yourself, of looking at the culture I was born into without alienation, a ‘dreaming practice’ propounded into a country and world that is increasingly turning inward and becoming a concervatized prison.”

Following up on previous recordings Hologram Imparatorlugu and Develerle Yasiyorum, Ms. Su Akyol’s latest hits the streets November 1st on the Glitterbeat label. Beyond her own vocals, playing percussion and adding electronics, Ms. Su Akyol is joined by co-producer, electric and acoustic guitarist Ali Guclu Simsek; bassist, acoustic guitarist and keyboardist Gorkem Karabudak; drummer Ediz Hafizoglu, saxophonist Ihan Ersahin, classical guitarist Barlas Tan Ozemek; violinist, oud, electro saz and cumbush player Ahmet Ayzit, percussionist Ismail Darici and trumpeter Oguz Bilgin.

Istikrarli Hayal Hakikattir is edgy, moody and wholly satisfying. It’s deliciously exotic, stunningly kickass and delectably dense. Melding the sinuous lines of Turkish classical musical traditions with the sharp edges of Anatolian rock and Western rock turns Istikrarli Hayal Hakikattir into something fresh and extraordinary.

Ms. Su Akyol explains, “Musically the album combines influences from the Anatolian pop/Anatolian rock genre that emerged in Turkey during the ‘60s and the ‘70s with Turkish classical music scales and vocal aesthetics, and various subgenres of rock (psychedelic, post-punk, surf) bringing together strong ballads, Turkish folk tunes, the conventional guitar-bass-drums trio with percussion, joined by violin, oud, cumbush, and – as new additions that the previous albums did not have – baglama (Turkish native instrument), all together making up a very rich instrumental palette.”

Opening with some electronica “İstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir” takes on weight with Ms. Su Akyol’s vocals, throaty guitar lines and satisfying bass and percussion. It comes across as a fresh take on the Turkish brand of rock, replete with male vocals to round out the sound.

If you don’t simply fall for Ms. Su Akyol’s right out on the sultry “Bağrımızda Taş,” there’s plenty to wrap your musical soul around like ramped up surf feel of “Laziko” or the subterranean goodness of “Gölgenle Bir Başıma” or the brass, electronica and guitar laced gritty powerhouse “Meftunum Sana.”

There’s also goodies like “Şahmeran,” “Bir Yaralı Kuştum” and the intensely lush closing track “Halimiz İtten.”

Try Istikrarli Hayal Hakikattir, you’ll like it. Don’t make me come to your house.

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Eme Alfonso Releases “Oroko” Single and Music Video

Eme Alfonso, one of Cuba’s most captivating young artists, has a new music video titled “Oroko”.

Oroko is a song dedicated to Oshún, the goddess of the Yoruba pantheon. Eme moves forward the family tradition. Her parents were the founders of one of cuba’s greatest bands, Síntesis. Eme combines Afro-Cuban music with other genres.

The track includes an arrangement performed by Harold López-Nussa and vocals by Sintesis.

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The Irresistible Grooves of Dur-Dur Band

Dur-Dur Band – Dur-Dur of Somalia: Volume 1, Volume 2 (Analog Africa, 2018)

The Analog Africa label is well known for its remarkable collections of African recordings from across the African continent. This time, they focus on one of the greatest bands form 1980s Somalia: Dur-Dur Band.

Dur-Dur of Somalia: Volume 1, Volume 2 & Previously Unreleased Tracks contains alluring dance songs where Somali rhythms like banaadiri and dhaanto, were mixed with powerful funk, rock, disco, and reggae. The instrumentation includes great wah wah guitar, groovy electric organ and a powerful rhythm section along with highly charismatic singers.

Mogadishu-based Dur-Dur Band included band founder and keyboardist Isse Dahir, jazz-trained bassist Ujeeri, drummer Handal (Bakaka Band), Isse’s younger brothers Abukar Dahir Qassin on lead guitar, and Ahmed Dahir Qassin as permanent sound engineer. On their first two albums, Volume 1 and Volume 2, three different singers provided lead-vocal duties: Shimaali (Bakaka Band), Sahra Dawo (Waaberi Band) and Baastow (Waaberi Band).

The Analog Africa team located the music from various sources and the songs were remastered and housed is special packages: a double-CD and triple-LP with lengthy liner notes, including interviews with original band members.

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Egyptian and Ukrainian Artists to Perform in the USA through Center Stage

Some of the greatest performers and creative innovators from Egypt and Ukraine will be traveling to the United States in September-November 2018. The music and theater artists were selected through the Center Stage cultural exchange program initiated by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and produced by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA).

The performers include Dina Elwedidi (Egypt), Kurbasy (Ukraine), Mohamed Abozekry and Karkadé (Egypt), Teatr-Pralnia with CCA Dakh (Ukraine), and Youssra El Hawary (Egypt). The tours include performances, hundreds of residency activities, classroom visits, workshops, artist-to-artist exchange, and community gatherings.

Venues will include major performing arts centers such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC as well as universities, cultural and community centers, festivals, contemporary art venues, music clubs, and artist-run spaces. The program will bring one independent journalist from both Egypt and Ukraine to travel to the United States to report on the tours. Tour details and experiences will also be featured on the Center Stage website and through U.S. Department of State social media.

The Artists of Center Stage Season 4

 

Dina Elwedidi – photo by James Duncan Davidson

 

Dina Elwedidi (Giza, Egypt)
A sophisticated musical innovator, Elwedidi ravels the personal threads of Egyptian heritage and contemporary identity.
U.S. tour: September 14-October 18. Tour cities include Washington DC, Richmond VA, Boston MA, New York City, Austin TX, and West Palm Beach FL.

 

Kurbasy – Photo by Olia Dmytriv

 

Kurbasy (Lviv, Ukraine/U.S. debut)
Tight vocal harmonies, resonant lyrics, and phantasmagoric imagery from the Carpathian Mountains.
U.S. tour: October 21-November 18. Tour cities include Washington DC, Hartford CT, Memphis TN, Rohnert Park, CA, Albuquerque and Santa Fe NM, and Seattle WA.

 

Mohamed Abozekry – Photo by Nada Elissa

 

Mohamed Abozekry & Karkadé (Cairo, Egypt/U.S. debut)
Virtuoso oud prodigy convenes Egypt’s popular and classical music traditions, Sufi calls, and secular poetry with a new instrumental project.

U.S. tour: September 6-30. Tour cities include Washington DC, New York City, Lewisburg and Philadelphia PA, Burlington VT, and West Claremont NH.

 

Teatr-Pralnia by Zhenya Lulko

Teatr-Pralnia with CCA Dakh (Kyiv, Ukraine/U.S. debut)
A rambunctious and audacious supercharged puppet cabaret asks ‘TseSho?/What’s That?”
U.S. tour: September 28-November 4. Tour cities include Gainesville FL, Allentown and Pittsburgh PA, Portland OR, and Albuquerque NM.

 

Youssra El Hawary – Photo by Khaled Marzouk

Youssra El Hawary (Cairo, Egypt/U.S. debut)
A musical bellwether of everyday life, El Hawary’s indie sound captures the stories of Cairo and the alchemy of the Mediterranean basin.
U.S. tour: September 9-October 13. Tour cities include Richmond VA, Washington DC, Lyons NE, Raleigh NC, Kittery ME, West Claremont and Lebanon NH, Albuquerque NM, and New York City.

About Center Stage 4:

Ensembles travel to the U.S. from around the world and enhance the cultural vibrancy of our nation, while promoting economic opportunities in American communities,” said Cathy Edwards, Executive Director of the New England Foundation for the Arts. “Arts delegations cultivate the mutual respect and appreciation that is the essence of cultural diplomacy”.

Center Stage was launched by the Department of State to bring international performing artists from select countries to the United States for professional growth and touring, supporting foreign policy, deepening our relationships with foreign publics, and strengthening the U.S. creative economy. The visiting artists learn from their U.S. tours and share their experiences in their home communities, where they serve as role models and opinion leaders. To date, 24 ensembles from seven nations have toured the United States through Center Stage, reaching tens of thousands of Americans directly and millions of international fans through media and social media.

The program also affects the lives and professions of the visiting artists. “Center Stage is a program aimed at cultural exchange, but for our band, it also tapped into something much deeper,” says Center Stage Season 2 artist Sparlay Rawail, of Pakistan’s Khumariyaan. “We learned what being working musicians is all about and how to communicate. We now have a deeper sense of our own culture through the eyes and ears of others — from the outside in. But above all, this tour opened our minds as human beings and made our art that much more sincere.”

More information at centerstageus.org

headline photo: Kurbasy – Photo by Olia Dmytriv

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New Life for the Best of Sudanese Music

Various Artists – Two Niles to Sing a Melody: The Violins & Synths of Sudan (Ostinato Records, 2018)

Two Niles to Sing a Melody – The Violins & Synths of Sudan is a superb collection of music produced during the golden age of modern music Sudanese in the country’s capital Khartoum, in the 1970s and 1980s.

The anthology begins with the charming violin and accordion-fueled orchestral music of the 1970s that brought together Arabic influences and seductive African rhythms.

With the arrival of electronic instruments, the Sudanese musicians started using synthesizers and drum machines in the 1980s, mixing tradition with western influences.

In the mid-1980s, the increasing influence of Turabi Islamists led to crackdowns on alcohol consumption, burnings of records and the banning of songs about women. A brutal military coup in the late 1980s brought religious Turabi extremists to power and they increased the attacks on musicians. Some were tortured and many fled the country or were silenced.

Two Niles to Sing a Melody: The Violins & Synths of Sudan features essential artists such as Abdel El Aziz Al Mubar and Mohammed Wardi and many other outstanding musicians as well.

Finding the original recordings in Sudan was a difficult task. Thankfully, the influence of Sudanese music across the Sahara region was widespread in the 70s and 80s. Ostinato’s producers traveled to neighboring Ethiopia, Somalia, Jibuti, and Egypt in search of cassette tape and vinyl recordings.

With assistance from Sudanese associate and co-compiler Tamador Sheikh Eldin Gibreel, a once famous poet and actress in 1970s Khartoum, the Ostinato crew restored and remastered the music and has released it in various formats.

The CD version of the compilation contains two discs and is beautifully-packaged in a hard cover book that provides a historical overview of how the music thrived across Sudan and later died because of political and religious factors, as hardline Islamists targeted and persecuted musicians. The liner notes are written by Vik Sohonie and edited by Manish Melwan.

 

 

Two Niles to Sing a Melody: The Violins & Synths of Sudan is also available as a triple LP gatefold set.

 

The Ostinato team and their collaborators have done an outstanding job, giving life once more to some of the jewels of Sudanese music.

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The Rich Tonality of Sondeseu Folk Orchestra

Sondeseu – Beiralua (Altafonte, 2018)

Beiralua is the fifth album from Sondeseu, one of the great folk music orchestras in Europe. The large ensemble from Spain’s Galicia region celebrates traditional music and new works by Galician composers such as Rodrigo Romaní, Xosé Luis Romero, Quico Comesaña, Luis Emilio Batallán, Pedro Lamas and Anxo Pintos.

SonDeSeu’s sections include bagpipes, percussion, zanfonas (hurdy gurdies), fiddles, requintas (Galician wooden flutes), vocals, harps and plucked strings (bouzoukis). It’s a charming and beautiful sound that highlights unconventional instruments like the zanfona, bagpipes and other instruments in an orchestral context.

Guests include acclaimed vocalist Rosa Cedrón, the Treixadura Orfeón, piper Susana Seivane and orchestra founder Rodrigo Romaní.

SonDeSeu was founded in 2001 by Rodrigo Romaní in the former department of Traditional Music of the School of Arts and Crafts (today E-Trad), at the current Municipal School of Folk and Traditional Music of Vigo.

Previous recording include Mar de Vigo (2004), Trastempo (2007), Barlovento (2010), and Danzas Brancas (2013).

Beiralua is a finely-crafted orchestral folk music album based on Galician musical traditions.

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Found Sound Nation Announces 2018 OneBeat Artists’ Residency

The Found Sound Nation OneBeat music residency will take place in September and October 2018. The project will bring together 25 international artists from 18 countries for 1 intense month to collaboratively create musical performances, installations, pop-up events and workshops in U.S. communities. The artists will later take their work back to their home countries. Also this September, Found Sound Nation (FSN) will reimagine the children’s game “Telephone” as a new online music collaboration experience called Telephenesis.

In addition, FSN’s collaboration with Symphony for a Broken Orchestra will go digital with the launch of an online tool giving the world access to an intelligent sound-typewriter — Broken Orchestra Remixed. It uses the sampled sounds of over 800 broken instruments to create original pieces by simply typing a message, poem or set of words.

OneBeat, a public-private initiative of Found Sound Nation, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Bang on a Can, employs collaborative original music as a new form of cultural diplomacy. Now in its 7th year, the program will illustrate the transformative power of music-making to bring people together to develop more peaceful, prosperous and harmonious societies around the world.

This year’s residency will also explore themes of communication inspired by NASA’s 1977 Voyager Golden Records. It begins by bringing together emerging artists from around the world to the United States to work with American peers and master artists to stage a multi-state tour that supports community engagement, arts entrepreneurship and develops a global network of civically engaged initiatives. FSN OneBeat’s musicians also set out their plans for the future, developing projects in their home countries linked to a global network of music-driven social enterprises and over 175 fellows. The Fellows will create a time capsule of original work to synthesize past, present, and future modes of human creative potential, showcasing music’s potential to build, maintain and repair relationships across borders. This work will be presented during a U.S. tour as a series of live performances, youth workshops and a culminating album.

OneBeat 2018 Tour Dates:

09/14/2018 – Timucua White House | Orlando, FL
09/28/2018 – Atlantic Center for The Arts, FL
10/02/2018 – Circular Church | Charleston, SC
10/03/2018 – Redux | Charleston, SC
10/05/2018 – Creative Alliance | Baltimore, MD
10/06/2018 – Eubie Blake Cultural Center, MD
10/11/2018 – Bronx Museum, NY
10/12/2018 – Queens Museum | Queens, NY
10/13/2018 – Murmrr | Brooklyn, NY

For additional information:
www.foundsoundnation.org
1beat.org
symphonyforabrokenorchestra.org

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The Music of Southern and Northern Laos

The Akuphone label has put together a collection of recordings of several musical styles from the Laotian provinces of Champasak, Attapeu, Sekong, Saravan, Luang Namtha and Phongsaly in the compilation titled The Music of Southern and Northern Laos.

These recording feature the traditional music of South Laos minority groups. Popular modern music is widely spread but visitors are barely ever exposed to ancient acoustic practices from villages.
Mouth organs of various sizes exist among the Hmong and Bit as well as remarkable vocal techniques among the Lantene, Ahka, or Khmu who combine simultaneous singing and flute notes.

This collection also includes the Brao gongs, the Triang bamboo flutes, the Lao, Ta Oy, Alak, OI, Pacoh, or Nyaheun mouth organs as well as the powerful singing accompanying these instruments.
These performances were collected between 2006 and 2013 by Laurent Jeanneau, aka Kink Gong. A self-taught ethnologist, Laurent Jeanneau has gradually become one of the specialists of the field, building up a comprehensive sound archive.

The CD version gathers both Music of Southern Laos and Music of Northern Laos in a single disc. It contains liner notes in English, French, and Japanese and a download code.

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Sean Ardoin’s Louisiana Creole Music Innovation and Passion

Sean Ardoin – Kreole Rock and Soul (Louisiana Red Hot Records/Zydekool Records, 2018)

Although accordion virtuoso and vocalist Sean Ardoin comes from a well-known Creole musician family in Louisiana, his new album Kreole Rock and Soul takes the music beyond traditional Zydeco roots music to a fascinating new realm.

Sean Ardoin grew up immersed in Creole tradition, but he also listened to all types of music, from Earth Wind and Fire and Kiss to Fishbone and Bob Marley. He injects fiery rock, irresistible funk, engaging pop and soul hooks, reggae and remarkable accordion solos.

Sean Ardoin

This successful, modernized form of Creole music features all lyrics in English to reach a wider audience.

Kreole Rock and Soul preserves the family tradition while at the same time takes Creole music to a new level, making it highly attractive to new audiences.

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