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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
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.
Thanks RR, good evening everyone!
listener james from westwood:
WFMU classic right here!
Flash and Gary did great tributes to Charanjit Singh this week on the GTDS stream.
I'm in awe, and I've never heard of him until last year, either through you or Jesse from GTDS.
Amazing! I love this show.
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.