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Saturday, December 22, 2007
Arctic Andalucia III: Svang at WOMEX + Global Xmas Faves
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Arctic Andalucia: Wintry sounds from summery Sevilla at WOMEX 2007 pt 3 of 3: Harmonica show-and-tell with Finland's Svang harmonica quartet!
We cap off our WOMEX 2007 sessions by visiting with the engaging Finnish harmonica ensemble Svang. Svang formed as part of an exam project at the Sibelius Academy and couldn't stop playing after that. The group plays not just typical chromatic and blues harps but also exotic variations such as the Harmonetta (a curious combination of the accordion and the harmonica).
Svang will demonstrate the various typical and unusual harmonicas they play, and you can see their companion web page with images and descriptions of the harps here: http://www.svang.fi/en/harput.html
This Week's Playlist:(* = new)
Sat. 12/22/07 7:56pm
Enjoying the show from Chicago!
Sat. 12/22/07 7:59pm
Great show tonight, Rob. Loved the session with the Finnish musicians. Did a gig in November 1993 in Helsinki, loved the city and the people but didn't see or hear much local music (didn't know where to look). Hope to go back there in summer soon.
Sat. 12/22/07 8:44pm
ah - i thought you'd never play yr trad okinwan kurisumasu track! omedetou!
Sun. 12/23/07 4:43am
missed Svang (was in transit) but will listen on archives -- but i did hear those amazing "seasonal" tunes . . . nah, i don't think you are "selling out" -- i say celebrate 'em all . . . and on THAT note: Happy Kwanzaa! Eid Mubarak! Happy Chanukah! Happy Solstice! ¡Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año! etc. etc. etc. . . . !!! (p. s. -- Yomo Toro is awesome, believe it or not, i saw him play here in Hoboken a few years ago at the Puerto Rican Festival)