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Saturday, September 27, 2008 Options
Electric Kulintang

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Electric Kulintang at WOMEX, Sevilla, Spain, Oct. 31, 2007. Photos: Carlos Mendes Pereira.

As Electric Kulintang (EK), multi-talented percussionists Susie Ibarra and Roberto Rodriguez explore Susie's Filipino roots. Kulintang is the name for a melodic/percussive tradition from the Philippines with some similarity to Indonesian gamelan. It's also the name of the multi-gong instrument used to play the music. EK's music re-imagines kulintang. It's experimental and electronic, but there are also strong connections to the roots.

On this show, Susie gives us some background on the tradition as well as how EK uses it as a springboard for something entirely new and original. And she and Roberto play a few short unplugged live improvs. We also hear a recorded excerpt from the yet-to-be-released piece War Horses, one of several collaborations EK has undertaken with poets. And we hear field recordings Susie and Roberto recently made in the far reaches of the Phillipines in conjunction with an ambitious work-in-progress: a film about an endangered indigenous eagle, and similarly endangered musical and cultural traditions in the Phillipines.

Electric Kulintang performs at Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St. near Astor Place in lower Manhattan on Saturday Oct. 4, 7:30pm.

Many thanks to our illustrious engineer Bil Bowen.

WANTED: Obama Songs in multi-culti styles for our pre-election show!

We are putting together as many world music and / or non-English Obama songs as possible for the last show before the election on Saturday, November 1 and for a special one hour program during WFMU's special election day webstream on election day, November 4.

If you have suggestions for songs to play or want to offer your own creation, original song or mash-up please email your host Rob Weisberg via this g-mail address: r.l.weisberg AT gmail DOT com.


This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

World Kulintang Institute: Duyug I Options / Kulintang: Ancient gong/drum music from the Southern Philippines / World Kulintang Records
1994 recording by California-based ensemble.

Electric Kulintang: Improvisation: Sinulog 1 Options
Live at WFMU

Electric Kulintang: Improvisation: Sinulog 2 Options
Live at WFMU

Electric Kulintang: Anitos Options / Dialects / Plastic Records

Electric Kulintang: War Horses (excerpt) Options / Unreleased

Susie Ibarra / Roberto Rodriguez / Various Artists: Field Recordings from Phillipines Options

Electric Kulintang: Improvisation Options
Live at WFMU

Electric Kulintang: Dialects II Options / Dialects / Plastic Records

Niyaz: Beni Beni Options / Nine Heavens / Six Degrees / *

Mamak Khadem: Avareh Options / Jostojoo / *

Kal: Djelem, Djelem Options / Kal / Asphalt Tango

Polka Madre: Karjalainen Tanssi Options / Casa Donde / Intolerancia / *

Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars: Pantagruel, Shiker Hindert Prozent Options / Carnival Conspiracy / Piranha

Watcha Clan: Goumari Options / Diaspora Hi-Fi / Piranha / *

Oumou Sangare: Ya La Options / Oumou / World Circuit

Bio Ritmo: A La Cha Options / Bionico / Locutor / *

Rafeal Cortijo y su Bonche: Boogaloo pa los Pollos Options / Sorongo / Fania / *
New Reissue

Victor Uwaifo: Osalabua Rekpama Options / Guitar-Boy Superstar 1970-1976 / Soundway / *

Joshua Sithole: Sedlini Thina Options / Various Artists: Zulu Jive / Earthworks

Natacha Atlas: Beny Ou Benak Eih Options / Ana Hina / World Village / *

Sanda Weigl: Ciuleandra Options / Gypsy Killer / Knitting Factory

Boom Pam: Boom Pam Options / Puerto Rican Nights / Essay Recordings / *

NY Gypsy All Stars: Caje Sukarije Options

La Troba Kung-Fu: La Cancion del Lladre Options / Clavell Morenet / K-Industria / *

Red Baraat Festival: Chunnari Chunnari Options

Listener comments!

  Sat. 9/27/08 7:37pm Pedro:

Very very good stuff as usuall Rob, keep going with it.
Hugs from Buenos aires
  Sat. 9/27/08 7:47pm Your DJ:

Thanks Pedro, wish I was there!
  Sat. 9/27/08 7:57pm Pedro:

whenever u want to come you are welcome Rob, here as in new york you can find interesting music, food and women......u wont regret
  Sun. 2/15/09 12:23am alvin:

Nice one!
"kulintang is a native music instrument of the philippines.
online kulintang hehe! wak na piano!

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