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Saturday, March 22, 2014 Options
Frank London & Lewis Kahn talk Judeo-Latin Music + a visit with Chinese fiddle master Guo Gan

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Lewis Kahn (L), Guo Gan (R).

First, Frank London (Klezmatics, Frank London Klezmer-Brass All Stars, etc.) and Lewis Kahn (Fania All-Stars, Orchestra Harlow, etc.) talk about the long-running love affair between Jewish musicians and Latin music. Lewis is among many special guests participating in Sunday afternoon's big Town Hall concert, "The Klezmatics Present Havana Nagila".

Later, we meet Guo Gan, master of the erhu - the Chinese spike fiddle. Guo plays plenty of traditional music, but he's no purist: He's exploring ways to blend jazz with Chinese traditions. And he has collaborated with everyone from Chinese and Japanese traditional musicians to classical piano great Lang-Lang to French multi-culti jazz players like Ibrahim Maalouf and Nguyen Le and the venerable French world music band Lo'Jo. Guo is in town to perform solo and in yet another cross-genre collaboration - with the Helen Sung Jazz Trio - this Tuesday evening at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall.

Special thanks to our translator, Ruihan Yang, who is also a talented young musician and composer.

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This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Alek et les Japonaises: Tori No Karaage Options / Kokekokko / Alek et les Japonaises / * (0:00:00 )

Rachid Taha: Les Artistes Options / Zoom / Wrasse (0:03:30 )

Ajam Band: Norooz Kani Options / Ajam Band / Bia (0:10:44 )

Ilana Eliya: Nawroz Options / Ilana Eliya / MCI (0:15:40 )

Sharam Nazeri & Ensemble Alizadeh: Nowruz and Kurdish Folksongs Options / Nowruz / Network (0:19:09 )

Machito & His Afro-Cuban Orchestra: Holiday Mambo Options / Mambo Holiday / Harmony (0:34:57 )
(Source song is "Hava Nagila")

Johnny Conquet: Sher Cha Cha Options / Raisins and Almonds Cha Cha Cha & Merengues / RCA (0:45:23 )
Ray Santos, Arranger (The Yiddish source song is "Russian Shers")

Mickey Katz: My Yiddishe Mambo Options / Various Artists: It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba: The Latin-Jewish Musical Story, 1940s-80s / Idelsohn Society / * (0:49:49 )

Juan Calle and his Latin Lantzmen: Mein Shtele Beltz Options / Mazeltov, Mis Amigos / Idelsohn Society (0:56:28 )

Juan Carlos Formell: Las Calles del Paraíso Options / Las Calles del Paraíso / EMI Latin (1:04:41 )

Larry Harlow / Orchesta Harlow: La Cartera Options / Salsa / Fania / 1977 (1:10:09 )

Fania All-Stars: Aquí el que Baila Gana Options / Bravo 97 / Fania (1:18:33 )

Eddie Palmieri: Justicia Options / Justicia / Fania / 1970 (1:25:47 )

Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers: Son Cubano Options / How'm I Doin' / Cannonball / 2000 (1:32:24 )

Kirsty MacColl: Halloween Options / From Croydon to Cuba: An Anthology / EMI (1:42:49 )

Klezmatics: Man in a Hat Options / Jews With Horns / Rounder (1:48:03 )

Tinariwen: Chaghaybou Options / Emmar / Anti / * (1:52:37 )

Guo Gan: The Lantern Festival Options / The Lantern Festival / Felmay / * (2:06:34 )
I intro'd the wrong cd track - sorry about that! This song is actually inspired by the traditional Lantern Festival held at the end of the Chinese New Year festival.

Guo Gan: Horse Race Options / Live at WFMU / Unreleased (2:13:55 )

Guo Gan: Himalaya (Excerpt) Options / Live at WFMU / Unreleased (2:22:30 )

Guo Gan: Picasso's Women (excerpt) + Jazz Improv Options / Live at WFMU / Unreleased (2:31:00 )

Mieko Miyazaki & Guo Gan: Sai Ma Options / Various Artists: Rough Guide to the Music of China / World Music Network (2:35:00 )
Koto, erhu duet

Lingling Yu & Guo Gan: Man Long Hu Dou Options / Yue Luo (Chinese Classic Music / Jiangnan Sizhu Music) / Felmay (2:40:29 )

Ibrahim Maalouf: All the Beautiful Things Options / Diagnostic / M'ister Productions (2:44:11 )
Features Guo Gan (among many others). Ibrahim is one of Guo Gan's musical buddies in Paris.

Listener comments!

Avatar Sat. 3/22/14 6:09pm Whooda:

Looks like another exceptional show ahead DJ Rob Weisberg. Thanks a million in advance.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/22/14 6:16pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob!
Avatar Sat. 3/22/14 6:21pm Rob W:

Hi Bas, Whooda, everyone, thanks for tuning in!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/22/14 6:59pm KK:

i used to think that bad puns justified themselves but now i'm not so sure.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/22/14 7:01pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Seems odd to still have the sun up while TSP is on. And to be above freezing for that matter.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/22/14 7:03pm KK:

still starring everything tho per usual
Avatar Sat. 3/22/14 7:05pm Rob W:

Oh but Ken, Nowruz is here! The birds will be chirping soon enough - though it looks like we're going to have a couple of chilly days early this week here in NY. Ah well...
  Sat. 3/22/14 7:05pm Mdurek:

Nice intro before rob! Anne and I were listening in the car. With family now
Avatar Sat. 3/22/14 7:10pm Rob W:

Thanks Mdurek!
Avatar Sat. 3/22/14 7:29pm Rob W:

Reminder: TICKET GIVEAWAYS are on offer for tomorrow afternoon's "Havana Nagila" concert at Town Hall, Guo Gue Tuesday at Carnegie / Zankel, and Alidu at Ginny's in Harlem on Thurs. Email me (Rob) via the email link on this page, or via robw AT wfmu DOT org, to get in the running. I'll notify winners on Sunday morning.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/22/14 7:38pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Just for funs, here's a Google doodle for Nowruz -
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/22/14 7:51pm KK:

@Ken a friend of mine had a beautiful spread for Nowruz, very cool tradition.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/22/14 8:20pm JakeGould:

Lovely stuff Rob. And hello!
Avatar Sat. 3/22/14 8:21pm Rob W:

Hello and thanks Jake!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/22/14 8:21pm Bas NL:

Is it the we are listening to?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/22/14 8:25pm davex:

Bas, I think it's this:
Avatar Sat. 3/22/14 8:38pm Whooda:

Wow, that is interesting. Guo Gan.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/22/14 8:39pm Bas NL:

Thanks @davex!
  Sat. 3/22/14 8:44pm Mdurek:

My mother in law loves the show now too!
Avatar Sat. 3/22/14 8:45pm Whooda:

Chinese erhu master play music unbecoming of our great leader. Maybe time for 're-education' summer camp for esteemed master of heresy. :)
Avatar Sat. 3/22/14 8:45pm Rob W:

Wish I could say the same for my Mother in Law Mdurek - !
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/22/14 8:59pm Bas NL:

Really enjoyed the show today Rob! Many thanks to the interesting guests.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/22/14 9:00pm davex:

Thanks Rob and guests!
  Sat. 3/22/14 9:05pm slugluv1313:

excellent show, Rob, THANK YOU and your awesome guests!
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