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Saturday, July 11, 2015
Remembering Charanjit Singh, Bollywood Synth Guru and Unlikely Acid Jazz Pioneer
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Charanjit Singh was a Bollywood-veteran keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist, not a dance club DJ. But he has been called an “acid jazz pioneer” for his early 80s electronic transformation of Indian classical music, the LP Synthesizing - Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat.
Sadly, Singh passed away this past Sunday. On this week's show we'll hear an interview recorded last summer with Charanjit Singh and Dutch DJ and Producer Thee J Johanz, Singh's collaborator on recent live performances. And we'll enjoy highlights from their July 27th, 2014 Lincoln Center Out of Doors performance.
This Week's Playlist:(* = new)
Snowgoose: Crawl Out Your Window / Harmony Springs (0:00:00 Pop‑up)
Anna & Elizabeth:
/ Anna & Elizabeth
GIG: The Living Room, 134 Metropolitan Ave, 8 pm.
Indang Pariaman (orig by Samsimar from Sumatra)
/ Strange Maine
GIG: Saturday July 25th, 8:30 pm at WFMU's Monty Hall, 43 Montgomery St. Jersey City NJ w/ Human Adult Band, Picastro. Note - this and many other Big Blood albums are available free from WFMU's Free Music Archive.
Lala Mira Legnawia
GIGs: w/ Innove Gnawa at Littlefield, DeGraw St. in Brooklyn this WED and free at Lincoln Center Rubinstein Atrium, Broadway and 63rd St. this THURS
Lo Que Mas Quiero
/ Grandes Exitos
GIG: Thursday July 22, free concert outdoors at Lincoln Harbor, Weekhawken NJ waterfront, 7 pm.
/ Various Artists: Bollywood Steel Guitar
/ Subliem Frequencies
Instrumental cover version of a song originally in the 1973 Bollywood film Bandhe Haath
Kalyanji Virji Shah (of Kalyanji Anandji):
Features the clavioline
Koi Ladki Koi Ladka
/ Instrumental Film Tunes
Instrumental cover version of a song originally in the 1972 Bollywood comedy Seeta Aur Geeta - features the clavioline
Asha Bhosle: Dum Maro Dum / Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971 Bollywood Soundtrack) / Odeon (0:50:38 Pop‑up)
Charanjit Singh with Thee j Johanz: Recorded live at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Sunday July 27, 2014 (1:03:27 Pop‑up)
Charanjit Singh with Thee j Johanz:
Raga Bupali - Recorded live at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Sunday July 27, 2014
A couple of times during this raga you hear Charanjit drop in a little vocal excerpt from the song "Sayonara" (from the film Love in Tokyo, 1966) - you also hear him quote it instrumentally in the next raga.
Charanjit Singh with Thee j Johanz: Raga Yaman - Recorded live at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Sunday July 27, 2014 (1:34:39 Pop‑up)
Charanjit Singh with Thee j Johanz: Raga Kalavati - Recorded live at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Sunday July 27, 2014 (1:50:38 Pop‑up)
Charanjit Singh with Thee j Johanz: Raga Bairagi - Recorded live at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Sunday July 27, 2014 (2:02:44 Pop‑up)
/ Sony Music Latin
GIG: Highline Ballroom, w/ Mitú, 431 W 16th St, Fri July 24, 7 pm.
Systema Solar: El Boton del Pantalon / La Revancha del Burro (2:18:42 Pop‑up)
Khaleba: Marary Fo (Heartbroken) / Various Artists: Feedback Madagascar / ARC Music (2:24:25 Pop‑up)
Las Alegres Ambulancias: La Cosita / Chimakongo / Om Producciones (2:28:30 Pop‑up)
Los Gaiteros De San Jacinto:
/ Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto
GIG: July 11 (Sat) The Wick, 260 Meserole St., Brooklyn: Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto + El Caribefunk + Que Bajo feat Uproot Andy & Geko Jones. Late show: 11 pm. PLUS - Loa Gaiteros play Terraza 7, 40-19 Gleane St., Elmhurst, Queens, Thursday (July 16) at 8 pm.
Meridian Brothers: El Festival Vallenato / Salvadora Robot (2:38:37 Pop‑up)
Titi Robin and Mehdi Nassouli: Flamenhijaz (2:44:26 Pop‑up)
Vieux Farka Touré :
/ Mon Pays
GIG: Thurs @ Prospect Park Banshell, Celebrate Brooklyn w/ Tamikrest
Same as above
Sat. 7/11/15 6:36pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:
Hullo Rob! I will be unfashionably 1st to say the program's always both an adventure & a familiar comfort & it is appreciated.
Sat. 7/11/15 6:38pm
Thanks RR, good evening everyone!
Sat. 7/11/15 6:53pm
listener james from westwood:
WFMU classic right here!
Sat. 7/11/15 6:54pm
Flash and Gary did great tributes to Charanjit Singh this week on the GTDS stream.
Sat. 7/11/15 7:15pm
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Sat. 7/11/15 7:53pm
I'm in awe, and I've never heard of him until last year, either through you or Jesse from GTDS.
Sat. 7/11/15 7:55pm
Sat. 7/11/15 8:01pm
Amazing! I love this show.
Sat. 7/11/15 8:35pm
Hey! @Ike: Went to that Jersey City St. Anthony’s fest. The food wasn’t bad, the potato pancakes and pierogi tasted no better/no worse than the same stuff you can get elsewhere. So hey.