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Transpacific Sound Paradise
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Live from Barbes: Conj. Guantanamo, Nikolay Kolev, Brazilian Brass, Gaida, Diabetela
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Rob Weisberg and guest co-host / tech guru Irene Trudel broadcast live from Barbes, 376 9th Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Three hours of live music from five bands / artists - and this time around, a thoroughly mixed bag: Pure Cuban roots a la Beny More and Arsenio Rodriguez with Conjunto Guantanamo (who will also play after the broadcast); virtuosic Bulgarian gadulka - fiddle - from Nikolay Kolev, a member of the wonderful ensemble Bulgarika; Arabic songs from Gaida - speech pathologist by day, singer by night who's worked with many bands on the local Arabic scene as well as exploring other musical routes with people like Gillian Welch and Alejandro Escovedo.
Plus a couple of groups new to the local scene: A new still-unnamed Brazilian-style brass band under the guidance of drummer Scott Kettner, who also leads New York's ultra-dynamic electro-Pernambuco-style band Nation Beat, and Diabetela, a talented griot duo - kora and percussion - from Burkina Faso that has toured extensively in Europe.
Big thanks to our volunteer crew and co-conspirators: Irene Trudel, Glenn Luttman, Katie Gentile, Lamin Fofana, Mark Triant, Tony Bonczkowski, Scott Williams and our Barbes collaborationist Olivier Conan. And of course all the musicians...
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