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Saturday, January 31, 2009 Options
Bea Palya and friends

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Hungary has a vibrant scene of musicians who use traditional music as the springboard for their own original contemporary music. Singer Bea Palya is one of the brightest new stars on this neo-traditional scene, interpreting traditional songs - and sometimes poetry - and writing original songs; merging Hungarian roots with Roma music, jazz, rock and global influences.

Bea Palya. Photo: Róbert Révész.

Fresh from their triumphant NYC debut at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall on Friday January 30 (part of the year-long Extremely Hungary festival), Palya, percussionist András Dés and woodwind player Balázs Szokolay Dongó join Rob for some informal performance and to talk about the music and what's happening in Hungary.

Style note: The Hungarian custom when writing full proper names is to write the family name first - that is, "Palya Bea" rather than Bea Palya. However on this page we have ordered all Hungarian names in the American style, with family name last. What can I say, I guess I'm a bit provincial after all...

Special thanks to Ágnes Gál of Juventus Productions, Budapest and to Terre T for hospitality assistance!

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Convergence Options / Kinsmen / Pi Recordings / *

Bea Palya: Hoppa Options / Adieu Les Complexes / Naive

Bea Palya: Hold Options / Adieu Les Complexes / Naive

Bea Palya:
Live at WFMU, with András Dés and Balázs Szokolay Dongó.

Bea Palya: Venus es Mars Options / Weores Sandor: Psyche / Gryllus
Musical settings of the poems of the great Hungarian poet Sandor Weores (1913-1989).

Rokia Traore: Koronoko Options / Tchamantche / Nonesuch / *

Rokia Traore: Dounia Options / Tchamantche / Nonesuch / *

Terakaft: Arghane Manine Options / Akh Issudar / World Village / *

Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara: Ngamen Options / Soul Science / World Village

Dry Branch Fire Squad: (You Better Pray to the Lord) When You See Those Flying Saucers Options / Echoes of the Mountains / Rounder / *

Charlie Louvin: Wreck of the Old 97 Options / Sings Murder Ballads and Disaster Songs / Tompkins Square / *

Sky Steele Quintet: Monkey See Options / Late Bloomer / *

Jonathan Richman: El Joven Se Estremece Options / A Que Venimos Sino A Caer / Munster / *

Amanaz: Making the Scene Options / Africa

Baris Manco: Derule Options / Dunden Bugune / *
New Reissue (gray market?)

Uncredited: Track 3 Options / Various Artists: Khmer Rocks #40 / / *

Kishore Kumar: Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Options / Various Artists: Bombay Connection Volume 2 / Normal
Music by R. D. Burman

Burnt Sugar: Making Love to the Dark Ages Options / Making Love to the Dark Ages / Live Wired / *

Kasbah Rockers: Bledstyle Options / Kasbah Rockers / Barbarity / *

Thierry Robin: Bichu Rap Remix Options / Alezane

Watcha Clan: Balkan Qoulou Options / Diaspora Hi-Fi / Piranha

Amsterdam Klezmer Band: Zlabya Options / Zaraza / Essay Recordings / *

Metropolitan Klezmer: Uskudar Taxim / Terk in Amerike Options / Traveling Show / RMR

Beirut: The Shrew Options / March of the Zapotec / Pompeii / *

Madera Limpia: La Lenta Options / La Corona / Out Here / *

Listener comments!

  Sat. 1/31/09 6:50pm Swami:

This is awe inspiring!
  Sat. 1/31/09 6:58pm Swami:

I'm sorry i don't feedback more often! I'm a fan, and the music you offer helps a great deal, in respect to "locking" me in, and allowing me to get alot of onerous schoolwork done. Fabulous show, always top notch, and greatly appreciated Rob.
  Sat. 1/31/09 7:08pm Mitten John:

Indeed. Great show and Beata & friends are marvelous!
  Sat. 1/31/09 7:19pm Your DJ:

  Sat. 1/31/09 7:36pm Parq:

Yes, Rob, Bea and gang were great. Dinnertime now, but you show is staying on.
  Sat. 1/31/09 7:39pm Rachel:

Spectacular voice and overall sound! Wish I understood the poetry. Please keep the Hungarian coming - I can't get enough.
  Sat. 1/31/09 8:21pm Parq:

Rob, you've added drop-ins to the mix. Very snappy.
  Sat. 1/31/09 8:23pm Your DJ:

Full disclosure Parq - that last drop-in wasn't mine! (It was on the cd). But the "no other record like that" drop-in earlier (from Ghostworld) was mine...
  Sat. 1/31/09 8:40pm Mac:

Big fan of your show and 'World' music. Only problem is I listen mostly when I am working (and yes, I am working right now). You know the group Pagol? Thanks and you will get my Fund Monies if you put out another CD as good as last years.
  Sat. 1/31/09 8:47pm Your DJ:

Thanks Mac. I don't know Pagol. I will google them after the show - thanks for the tip! And I sure hope I can fulfill your Marathon CD needs - I will certainly do my best!
  Sat. 3/14/09 8:30pm Michael:

I only recently discovered that this show had been archived, and I'm pleased I got to finally hear it today via RealPlayer. Thanks for having Bea and her wonderful musicians on. This was a real treat to hear... keep up the fine work and great music!
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