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Saturday, April 13, 2019 Options
Wu Man, Pipa Superstar

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Wu Man is a master of the pipa, a pear-shaped four-string lute that is considered to be the definitive Chinese folk instrument. Search "P-I-P-A" on YouTube and Wu Man dominates the results.

Not surprisingly she's in high demand - as a performer and as a composer too: On Saturday April 27th, her longtime collaborators Kronos Quartet will perform one of her compositions at NY's Town Hall. (It's part of their live music and film performance, A Thousand Thoughts.)

Meanwhile in California, she joins another longtime collaborator, Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, for several concerts starting April 26th.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. She has many more musical projects, and a slew of albums to her credit - including her latest, Fingertip Carnival - a collaboration with son jarocho ensemble Son de San Diego.

We’re honored that Wu Man will take time from her busy schedule to join us on WFMU!

Photo of Wu Man above by Stephen Kahn. Massive thanks to Lisa Jaehnig of Shuman Associates for making it all happen, and to Mark Koch for his illustrious engineering in the friendly confines of WFMU Studio C!

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Ziad Rahbani: Sayidi Aatina Options / Kyrie Eleison (0:00:00 Pop‑up)

Attarazat Addahabia: Unknown Options / Various Artists: Habibi Funk: An Eclectic Selection of Music from the Arab World / Habibi Funk (0:03:57 Pop‑up)

Asmahan: Ya Habibi Ta'ala Options / Various Artists: Oriental Party / Wagram (0:08:06 Pop‑up)

Ali Hassan Kuban: Sukkar Sukkar Sukkar Options / From Nubia To Cairo / Piranha (0:13:38 Pop‑up)

Kamal Keila: Al Asafir Options / Various Artists: Habibi Funk: An Eclectic Selection of Music from the Arab World / Habibi Funk (0:20:29 Pop‑up)

uKanDanZ: Gedawo Options / Yeketelale / Buda Musique / * (0:27:43 Pop‑up)

Ayaléw Mèsfin & Black Lion Band: Gedawo Options / Various Artists: Ethiopiques, Vol. 13: The Golden Seventies (Ethiopian Groove) / Buda Musique (0:32:49 Pop‑up)

Oratnitza: Ethiopa Options / Alter Ethno / Fusion Embassy / * (0:36:52 Pop‑up)

Transglobal Underground: Isis K Options / Impossible Broadcasting / Mule Satellite Records (0:43:32 Pop‑up)
Featuring Trio Bulgarka

Rodopi Ensemble: Roman Havasi Options / Thraki – Thrace – the Paths of Dionysus / ARC Music / * (0:50:05 Pop‑up)

Söndörgö: Merakolo Options / Nyolc 8 Nyolc / * (0:54:57 Pop‑up)
GIG: Saturday, April 20 @ Drom, 85 Ave A (presented by World Music Institute)

Wu Man: Interview Options (1:03:20 Pop‑up)

Wu Man and Son de San Diego: Dance in the Sunshine Options / Fingertip Carnival / Wind Music (1:10:37 Pop‑up)

Wu Man: Flute and Drum Music at Sunset (Live on WFMU) Options (1:17:57 Pop‑up)

Wu Man: The Round Sun And Crescent Moon in the Sky Options / Immeasurable Light / Traditional Crossroads (1:23:59 Pop‑up)
Featuring Kronos Quartet

Silk Road Ensemble: Ritmos Anchinos: II: Charangos de Chincha Options / Off the Map / World Village (1:28:26 Pop‑up)
Composed by Gabriela Lena Frank

Silk Road Ensemble: Green (Vincent’s Tune) Options / Sing Me Home / Sony Masterworks (1:34:27 Pop‑up)
Composed by Wu Man; featuring Roomful of Teeth

Wu Man and Master Musicians from the Silk Route: Kurt Naxshisi (Song of the Kurds) Options / Borderlands (CD + DVD) / Smithsonian Folkways (1:41:32 Pop‑up)
Featuring Sanubar Tursun and Hesenjan Tursin

Wu Man: Collage (Live on WFMU) Options (1:52:19 Pop‑up)
Improvisation on Traditional Themes

Wu Man: I'm Going Back to North Carolina Options / Wu Man and Friends / Traditional Crossroads (1:56:33 Pop‑up)
Featuring Lee Knight

Wu Man: Nandere Options / Wu Man and Friends / Traditional Crossroads (1:58:26 Pop‑up)
Featuring James Makubuya

Wu Man: Night Thoughts (Live on WFMU) Options (2:02:54 Pop‑up)

Wu Man: Lou Harrison: Pipa Concerto: I. Allegro Options / Traditions and Transformations: Sounds of Silk Road Chicago (2:07:23 Pop‑up)
With the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Lee Go Woon: Mongyudowondo for Korean Traditional Orchestra Options / Leegowoon's First Piece (2:12:15 Pop‑up)

Zakir Hussain With Vikku Vinayakram and others: Misra Chapu: Mridangam, Kanjira, Ghatam, Tabla Options / Super Percussion Of India / King Records World Music Library (2:23:13 Pop‑up)
GIG / Giveaway: World Music Institute presents Zakir Hussain 's Masters of Percussion on Wednesday night, April 24th at 7:30 pm at Town Hall, 123 W 43rd St, in Manhattan. To get in the running for a pair of tickets to this show OR our other giveaway tonight Email me, Rob W, here, please specify first and if possible second choice choice and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line. The deadline to enter is tonight at midnight; winners will be notified by Monday.

Stephane Wrembel: Petriarka Options / The Django Experiment IV (2:27:58 Pop‑up)
GIG / Giveaway: Django A Go Go 2019 featuring French guitarists Stephane Wrembel + Simba Baumgartner (Django Reinhardt’s great grandson), Raphael Fays, Serge Krief, David Gastine, Ezeckiel Krief and Lior Krief and more, Saturday night April 27th at 8 pm at Town Hall, 123 W 43rd St, in Manhattan. To get in the running for a pair of tickets to this show OR our other giveaway tonight Email me, Rob W, here, please specify first and if possible second choice choice and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line. The deadline to enter is tonight at midnight; winners will be notified by Monday.

Cimbaliband: Vagy Options / Balkan Projekt / Fonó Budai Zeneház (2:32:44 Pop‑up)

Džambo Aguševi Orkestar: Roundabout Strumica Options / Brass - Like it Hot / ARC Music (2:37:29 Pop‑up)
GIG: Sunday evening May 12th @ Hungarian House 213 E 82nd St (Manhattan)

Kutsi Merki: Surf Bulgare Options / Dobrostan (2:42:39 Pop‑up)

Songhoy Blues: Soubour + Irganda Options / Music in Exile / Transgressive Records (2:50:14 Pop‑up)
GIGs: The next two Wednesday nights at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn (April 17 & 24)

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Listener comments!

Avatar 6:01pm medow:

omg I was at that Sonic Youth show in Rome in ‘93
Avatar 6:06pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:07pm chresti:

Hi Rob and TSP!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:08pm Rob W:

Hi Bas and chresti and everyone! I wasn't at the Sonic Youth show in Rome by the way... but I did see Sonic Youth and Swans play for about a dozen people in Ann Arbor MI circa 1982... if video of that one turned up I'd be truly impressed!
  Swag For Life Member 6:33pm Flowers_For_Bokonon:

Hi Rob! Hello fellow world travelers!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:34pm Rob W:

Hello Flowers_For_Bokonon
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:50pm maestroso:

Hi Rob! Listening in Tokyo
Avatar 6:50pm βrian:

I was in A² in 1982! I don't recall that, though.
Avatar 6:53pm northguineahills:

Don't tell the Greeks, but they're in Eastern Europe (just don't say they're in the Balkan peninsula).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:53pm Rob W:

βrian: They played at Joe's Star Lounge - I remember putting up a lot of fliers - it didn't help much! Here's a photo of the flier:
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:55pm Rob W:

Fair enough northguineahills! Plus this track is from Thrace so I suppose it's the most Eastern-Europey you can get in Greece... but yes, these matters can be very touchy. Just ask the folks in Northern Macedonia!
Avatar 6:56pm βrian:

Thanks, Rob. Loved Joe's!
Avatar 7:07pm northguineahills:

lultz, Rob, oh my I have some old Greek friends that take umbrage over that...!
Avatar 7:14pm northguineahills:

Good to hear another pipa virtuoso, the only other one I know off the top of my head is Mia Xia-Fen.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:18pm Franco Twinkie:

Where in the L.A. Area? Any place in the SGV?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:23pm Franco Twinkie:

I see Pasadena...In November. Great!
Avatar 7:24pm northguineahills:

I still barely speak English, and it's my first language!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:25pm Rob:

Franco Twinkie: Actually there's a performance by Silk Road Ensemble featuring Wu Man (among many others) Sun April 28, 7 pm @ Great Hall at CSU Northridge, CA - info here:
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:27pm Rob W:

It's kinda east coast west coast ngh! Wu Man is based in San Diego and Min Xiao-Fen is based here in NYC. They are really the two prominent pipa players in North America.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:28pm Franco Twinkie:

Thanks Rob! Northridge is practically on the moon for us folks on the East side.
Avatar 7:35pm northguineahills:

@Rob W: In the beforetime, I saw Min Xiao-Fen play w/ Derek Bailey's Company at Tonic. I got some good albums that night. Thanks as per usual!
Avatar 7:38pm northguineahills:

(Dan Bodah-like programming detected,....)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:47pm Franco Twinkie:

I will say this, and then let it go: Wu Man would go over like gang busters at the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium. It is one of the most beautiful historic venues in So. Cal. Plus, a hugely supportive Chinese community. And I can walk there...Ha!
Avatar 7:49pm TDK60:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:49pm Smilty69:

Good evening, Rob & friends! Excellent show for this gorgeous night!
  7:53pm Carmichael:

Heya Rob and TSPers.
  7:54pm Carmichael:

Come to Sacramento!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:55pm radioronan:

Wow - Rock N Roll pipa. Wu Man is fantastic!
Avatar 7:56pm TDK60:

Rob W, did you make/hang flyers in '80s Ann Arbor?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:58pm chresti:

Avatar 7:59pm northguineahills:

Ok, going back to NC is amazing!
  8:01pm Steve:

I was in Dublin when Will Man played with Yo Yo Ma at the Philharmonic always 2 or 3 things going on at the same time it’s frustrating
  8:02pm Steve:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:02pm chresti:

NC has a growing music-arts community, I believe?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:03pm chresti:

Jeeps! That was fantastic!
Avatar 8:05pm TDK60:

Jeeps too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:07pm chresti:

Avatar 8:20pm northguineahills:

Stepped out and missed a Lou Harrison piece, arghhhh!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:22pm chresti:
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:24pm coelacanth∅:

greetings Rob & Paradisios
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:25pm Rob W:

Greetings everyone who I haven't greeted!
Avatar 8:27pm TDK60:

chresti: the inside of the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse is handsome, looks southwestern/Mexican..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:27pm chresti:

Nice vocal improvisation, at the start of the music, Rob
  8:30pm Carmichael:

By chance, I saw Bireli Legrene and a bunch of Django tribute guitarists. Gorgeous evening.
Avatar 8:33pm northguineahills:

Wow, thought it was Django, nice approximation!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:47pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hi, Rob and friends.
Avatar 8:52pm northguineahills:

gracias, Rob, always a pleasure!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:54pm Franco Twinkie:

TDK, Sometimes they have silent movies with some old coot playing the pipe organ. I like that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:59pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Rob!
Avatar 9:01pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:04pm chresti:

Thanks mucho, Rob!
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