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Saturday, February 3, 2018 Favoriting
Klezmer fiddle luminary Alicia Svigals with pianist Ulli Geissendoerfer

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Alicia Svigals, co-founder of the Klezmatics, is one of the best klezmer fiddlers in the world. Alicia has had a lively and varied post-Klezmatics career - but her new album, Beregovski Suite (just released on keyboardist Ulli Geissendoerfer’s Vegas Records label) is her first in two decades. On the album, Alicia and Uli re-imagine some of the 2,000 songs ethnomusicologist Moshe Beregovski recorded (on cylinders) and transcribed, collecting them in Ukrainian-Jewish shtetls between 1929 and 1947. Geissendoerfer’s archives are a unique treasure trove of East European Jewish music documentation - there’s nothing else like it.

Alicia and Uli have a big record release show Sunday night (February 4th) at 7 at Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St in lower Manhattan - and they stop by to chat and perform a few pieces from the album tonight on WFMU.

Big thanks to our illustrious engineer Mark Koch!

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TICKET GIVEAWAY TONIGHT to see the the globalFEST New Golden Age Of Latin Music Tour featuring Las Cafeteras + Orkesta Mendoza

Sunday night (February 11,) at 8 pm at B.B. King Blues, 237 West 42 St in Manhattan.

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To get in the running for a pair of tickets: Email me, Rob W, here, and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line. (Two pairs of tickets available.) Deadline to enter is midnight Sunday. Winners will be notified by Monday.

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About the artists: Alternative Chicano band Las Cafeteras recreate traditional Afro-Caribbean Son Jarocho music in a wildy vibrant style. Their rousing socially conscious messages, in English and Spanglish, tell stories of a community that is looking for love and fighting for justice in the concrete jungle of East LA. • The infectious indie mambo band Orkesta Mendoza mix a multitude of Latin styles like cumbia, merengue and ranchera through a psychedelic mambo and post-punk prism. Bandleader, keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist Sergio Mendoza (who has long collaborated with Calexico and Devotchka) leads a powerhouse band fronted by the rich baritone of vocalist and dancer Salvador Duran.

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To get in the running for a pair of tickets: Email me, Rob W, here, and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line. (Two pairs of tickets available.) Deadline to enter is midnight Sunday. Winners will be notified by Monday.

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This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Smash: Tangos de Ketama Favoriting / Todas Sus Grabaciones / Rama Lama Music (0:00:00 Pop-up)

Los Candelos: Bailen Me Rumba Favoriting / Various Artists: Rumbita Buena / Pharaway Sounds / * (0:04:23 Pop-up)
New comp

Los Chichos: Ni Mas Ni Menos Favoriting / Los Grandes Exitos / Divucsa (0:06:49 Pop-up)

Dolores Vargas: Oh La La Favoriting / Anana Funk Hip 1970-1975 / Pharaway Sounds / * (0:11:15 Pop-up)
New Anthology

Morena y Clara: Deje Me Quererte Favoriting / No Llores Mas / Pharaway Sounds (0:12:29 Pop-up)

Los Amaya: Bailen Mi Rumbita Favoriting / A Nadie Le Importa / Odeon (0:15:56 Pop-up)

Orkesta Mendoza: Caramelos Favoriting / ¡Vamos A Guarachar! / SGR (0:25:21 Pop-up)
GIG / GIVEAWAY: Sunday night Feb 11 @ BB King;'s w/ Las Cafeteras - enter to win tickets by following the instructions on this page

Fania All Stars: Ahora Vengo Yo Favoriting / Live At The Cheetah Vol. 2 / Fania (0:29:50 Pop-up)
Featuring Bobby Cruz, Richie Ray

Amadou Balaké: Whisky et Coca-Cola Favoriting / Various Artists: The Original Sound of Burkina Faso / Mr Bongo (0:37:32 Pop-up)

Bopol Mansiamina and Syran Mbenza: Sambela Favoriting / Sambela / Production Guerry Alain (0:42:16 Pop-up)

The Bombay Royale: Bhediya Favoriting / Run Kitty Run / Hope Street (0:50:58 Pop-up)

Asha Bhosle & Pancham: Duniya Mein Logo Ko Favoriting / Apna Desh (Bollywood OST) / Odeon (0:54:20 Pop-up)
Music Director: R.D. Burman

Alicia Svigals and Uli Geissendoerfer: Winter Dance (Live on WFMU) Favoriting / Unreleased / N/A (1:05:53 Pop-up)
GIG: Alicia and Uli's album release show is tomorrow night (Sun Feb 4) at 7 at Joe's Pub / Alicia and Lauren Brody also perform a live soundtrack to the film the Yellow Ticket at National Sawdust on Saturday night, May 19

Alicia Svigals and Uli Geissendoerfer: Interview Favoriting / Live / N/A (1:10:31 Pop-up)

Women singing, in a village in Ukraine: Traditional Song Favoriting / Beregovski Cylinder Recording / Unreleased (1:14:31 Pop-up)

Alicia Svigals and Uli Geissendoerfer: Pashtants (Live on WFMU) Favoriting / Unreleased / N/A (1:19:22 Pop-up)

Alicia Svigals and Uli Geissendoerfer: Fugue for B (Live on WFMU) Favoriting / Unreleased / N/A (1:28:43 Pop-up)

Alicia Svigals and Uli Geissendoerfer: Lovers' Dance (Live on WFMU) Favoriting / Unreleased / N/A (1:33:36 Pop-up)

Alicia Svigals and Uli Geissendoerfer: Iliyad Favoriting / Beregovski Suite / Vegas / * (1:43:50 Pop-up)
Featuring Iliya Magalnyk

Alicia Svigals and Uli Geissendoerfer: Lightning Favoriting / Beregovski Suite / Vegas / * (1:49:26 Pop-up)
Featuring Iliya Magalnyk

Hilja Grönfors & Latso Dzinta: Gudujensa Kamajensa Favoriting / Kai Tu Džaha? / Global Music Centre (1:55:03 Pop-up)

Kapela Andrzeja Obrochty Bartusia: Kiebyk Wiedziol Ze Nie Zgine Favoriting / W Karcmie / F.F. Folk (1:58:30 Pop-up)

Holny: Track 4 Favoriting / Zakopane / Gamma (2:03:02 Pop-up)

Kapela Andrzeja Obrochty Bartusia: Matyjowo Favoriting / Nuty Moje Nuty / Wszystkie Prawa (2:05:50 Pop-up)

Kapela Józefa Gąsienicy Brzegi: Wy Moje Koniusie Favoriting / Dyć Se Zokopane / F.F. Folk (2:08:27 Pop-up)

Trebunie Tutki & Urmuli Quintet: W Lesie Favoriting / The Spirit of the Mountains / Unzipped Fly (2:11:32 Pop-up)

Zedashe: Agzevani Favoriting / Intangible Pearls [Ancient Polyphony from The Republic of Georgia] / Electric Cowbell / * (2:14:57 Pop-up)

Iberi: Tamar Dedoplis Sadidebeli (Praising Chant for the Queen Tamar) Favoriting / First / Elwood Muusik (2:17:36 Pop-up)

Rafiki Jazz: Sunno Favoriting / Har Dam Sahara / Riverboat (2:23:31 Pop-up)

Katayoun Goudarzi, Shujaat Hussain Khan and Friends: Quiet Turbulance Favoriting / Will You? / Saffron (2:27:18 Pop-up)

Lee Go Woon: Jeju-Notae for Haegum Orchestra Favoriting / Lee Gowoon's First Piece / Leegowoon / * (2:30:25 Pop-up)

Jambinai: Time of Extinction Favoriting / Various Artists: Into the Light VI / MCST (2:35:59 Pop-up)

Wardruna: Fehu Favoriting / Runaljod – Yggdrasil / Red Distribution (2:39:20 Pop-up)

Sandcatchers: Both Sun and Rumble Favoriting / What We Found Along the Way / Chant Records / * (2:46:04 Pop-up)

Spanglish Fly: La Clave 'e Mi Bugalu Favoriting / Ay Que Boogaloo! / Chaco / * (2:53:20 Pop-up)
GIG: Thurs night (Feb 8) @ Highline Ballroom w/ Joe Bataan

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Organizations supporting the rights of immigrants and refugees:

(For more suggestions see

National Immigration Law Center: Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.

National Immigration Forum: The National Immigration Forum is one of the leading immigrant advocacy organizations in the country, with a mission to advocate for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.

New York Immigration Coalition: The New York Immigration Coalition aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all. The NYIC promotes immigrants’ full civic participation, fosters their leadership, and provides a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.

Arab American Family Support Center (New York City): The Arab-American Family Support Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-sectarian organization that provides culturally and linguistically sensitive services to immigrant communities throughout New York City.

Action NYC: ActionNYC connects New Yorkers to free, safe immigration legal help. You can make an appointment to learn your immigration legal options and get immigration application assistance. There are ActionNYC sites in all five boroughs. Appointments are required. Your appointment will be in your language.

Immigration Equality is the leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization in the country. It provide s advice and legal services to thousands of LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants seeking refuge, fair treatment, and freedom in the United States. The work is truly lifesaving because there are nearly 80 countries around the world where it is a crime to be LGBTQ, with consequences up to and including the death penalty. For this reason, Immigration Equality fights to obtain asylum in the United States for LGBTQ and HIV-positive refugees - with a remarkable 99% win rate.

International Refugee Assistance Project: The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid and systemic policy advocacy, IRAP serves the world’s most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.

International Rescue Committee: The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF): AALDEF is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans by combining litigation, advocacy, education, and community organizing. Issues / focus include immigrant rights, civic participation and voting rights, economic justice for workers, language access to services, educational equity, housing and environmental justice, and the elimination of anti-Asian violence, police misconduct, and human trafficking.

Make the Road New York (MRNY): MRNY builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.

Make the Road New Jersey (MRNJ): Make the Road New Jersey builds the power of immigrant and working class communities in New Jersey to achieve dignity and justice through community organizing, legal and support services, transformative education and policy innovation.

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Listener comments!

Avatar 🌍 6:04pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:41pm Rob W:

Good evening Bas and everyone in Radioland!
  6:45pm Marc Grobman:

Loved the pre-boogaloo number (with the flute)! The other stuff too. Thanks Rob!
  6:48pm el Garee Rayo le Bee~:

Hi Rob- Long time... Some years past but good to hear U doing what we both totally love. New and great things going on in Fla. Gary B
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:55pm Rob W:

Thanks Marc and Hi Gary B, yes, still kicking!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:03pm katie:

Can't wait to hear Alicia!
  7:18pm JakeGould:

This is so great! Sorry to sound like an “old guy” lecturing, but you know all that B.S. that is happening in the Ukraine nowadays? You can trace a direct line from the Stalinist purges/pogroms of the past—and even earlier—to the stuff happening now.

The Ukrainian Jewish culture is pretty much the solid Soviet Jewish culture the schmucks over there wanted to oppress.
  7:38pm el Garee Rayo le Bee~:

I would suggest that this anapolitical forum for music. That, other constructs and respect are what will bridge us and our deep passions.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:41pm Rob W:

I do like to let the music do the talking, as noted philosopher Joe Perry once said...
  7:44pm JakeGould:

“I would suggest that this an apolitical forum…” Music and art is inherently political. I do not plan to fan any flames of anything here. Rob is indeed letting the art speak for itself.

But—you know—if someone is going to play music that is rare to hear from an era when artists were murdered ignoring the politics is childish and silly.

This a great show.
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 7:44pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks, Rob and Alicia and Uli. Very nice performance.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:45pm Rob W:

Thanks Ken!
  7:45pm paul:

Thought that was Clay Pigeon hasting.
  7:45pm paul:

  7:46pm el Garee Rayo le Bee~:

Right. And "accordion' music cranks! Great live set. G~
Avatar 🌍 7:58pm Bas NL:

Thanks Alicia and Uli!
  8:49pm JakeGould:

  8:55pm upstate sean:

Hey Rob
Awesome show dude
Avatar 🌍 8:55pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob!
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