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Saturday, May 11, 2019 Options
Mari Kalkun: New Music From Estonia, Rooted in Tradition

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Mari Kalkun is a gifted singer and composer from Estonia. She plays (among other things) the kannel, a traditional box zither. Her original songs, both solo (as on her recent album Ilmamõtsan) and with her band Runorun, are inspired by nature, Estonian poetry and traditional music.

She's coming our way for two free concerts: At Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave between 37th & 38th Streets in midtown Manhattan this Tuesday night (May 14th, 7 pm), RSVP here for free tickets; and as one of several performers at the weekly Roots and Ruckus night at Jalopy, 315 Columbia Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn on Wednesday night (May 15th, 9 pm). Before all that she joins us live on WFMU!

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Mari Kalkun's latest solo album Ilmamõtsan:

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Photo above by Matti Komulainen. Massive thanks to listener David Sassian, Mari's manager Marili Jõgi, Jaanika Peerna at the Estonian Consulate in NY and our illustrious engineer, Mark Koch!

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Les Abranis: Atheggaeledh Options / 7" / Oasis (0:00:00 Pop‑up)

Luther Allison: Low Down and Dirty Options / Reckless / Alligator Records (0:04:54 Pop‑up)

uKanDanZ : Ashkaru Options / Yeketelale / Buda Musique / * (0:07:59 Pop‑up)
I believe this is a cover of a Walias Band song

Gili Yalo: Sew Lesew Options / Made in Amharica EP / Dead Sea Recordings / * (0:12:22 Pop‑up)
GIG: Tonight, 9:15 pm, Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2

Mulatu Astatqé : Yèkatit (February) Options / Éthiopiques Volume 4 - Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentale 1969-1974 / Buda Musique (0:16:49 Pop‑up)
GIGs: Friday and Saturday night May 17-18 @ Le Poisson Rouge

Áššu: Vulle Mihkku Options / Áššu / Bafe's Factory / * (0:25:11 Pop‑up)

Vassvik: Dudinka Options / Gákti / Heilo / * (0:29:03 Pop‑up)

Nine Treasures: Wisdom Eyes Options / Wisdom Eyes / Pilot Music & Tech (0:34:02 Pop‑up)

Mdou Moctar : Kamane Tarhanin Options / Ilana: The Creator / Sahel Sounds / * (0:37:25 Pop‑up)
GIG: WFMU's Monty Hall Wed June 26!

Mary Ann Kennedy: Margadh an tSalainn Options / Glaschu - Songs Of The Glasgow Gàidhealtachd / ARC Music / * (0:45:11 Pop‑up)

David Munnelly : Corizon Options / Aonair / Appel Rekords / * (0:49:48 Pop‑up)
From Utrecht, Netherlands home of Listener Bas!

Väsen: Typhoon Nozaki Options / Rule of 3 / Northside / * (0:54:06 Pop‑up)

Mara Aranda: Las Bodas de la Pulga i el Piojo Options / Sefarad en el Corazón de Turquía / Mara Aranda / * (0:59:50 Pop‑up)
The title means something along the lines of "The Wedding of the Flea and the Louse"

Gaiteiros de Lisboa : Roncos do Diabo Options / Bestiário / Uguru / * (1:03:58 Pop‑up)

Projekt Iljada: Teshkoto Options / Eksperiment / Slushaj Records / * (1:08:35 Pop‑up)

Chitinskaya Sloboda Ensemble: Away from Wattle Fence Options / Songs of Russian People (Cossacks Songs, Old Believers and Transbaikalien Cossacks Songs) / Sketis Music (1:13:34 Pop‑up)

ZeMe: Bumbulēt Options / Various Artists: Folk And Great Tunes From Latvia / CPL-Music (1:16:26 Pop‑up)

Söndörgő: Parsley Bride Options / Nyolc 8 Nyolc / SNDRG / * (1:19:12 Pop‑up)

Čendeš : Bandurist Options / Cossack Attack / Môlča / * (1:21:20 Pop‑up)

Jabklon: Mountain Options / Machalaj / Indies (1:25:40 Pop‑up)

Džambo Aguševi Orchestra: Boom Options / Brass Like It Hot / ARC Music / * (1:31:14 Pop‑up)
GIG: Tomorrow night (Sunday May 12) starting with a discussion at 6 pm, dance lesson at 7, show at 7:30 at Hungarian House

Sezen Aksu with Goran Bregovic: Kalašnjikov Options / Düğün Ve Cenaze (The Wedding and the Funeral) / Sezen Aksu with Goran Bregovic (1:34:13 Pop‑up)

Mari Kalkun: Keelega-Meelega / With Tongue And Heart Options / Live on WFMU / N/A (1:45:53 Pop‑up)

Mari Kalkun: Mõtsvele Mäng / The Forest Brother Game Options / Live on WFMU / N/A (2:02:07 Pop‑up)

Mari Kalkun: Linda Linda Options / Ilmamõtsan / Nordic Notes (2:08:33 Pop‑up)

Mari Kalkun: Laul Kahele / A Song For Two Options / Live on WFMU / N/A (2:17:57 Pop‑up)

Mari Kalkun: Läbi Katsa Kalamere / Across The Seven Seas Options / Live on WFMU / N/A (2:24:05 Pop‑up)

Runorun: Unetu Options / Til Ilo / Rockadillo (2:33:52 Pop‑up)

Mari Kalkun: Sula / Thaw Options / Live on WFMU / N/A (2:37:52 Pop‑up)

Andy Statman: Old East River Road Options / Monroe Bus / Shefa / * (2:43:04 Pop‑up)

Che Apalache: Maria Options / Latin Grass / Che Apalache (2:45:43 Pop‑up)

SVER: Batch 15 Options / Reverie / Folkhall Records / * (2:51:02 Pop‑up)

Yale Strom's Broken Consort: Ma'oz Tzur Options / Shimmering Lights / ARC Music / * (2:56:55 Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:02pm chresti:

Hello sound paradise!
Avatar 6:03pm Snortley:

Sounds like something's out of phase; only sounding right in stereo on the airwave broadcast, but terrible in mono.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:03pm Rob W:

Oops - thanks Snortley - should be OK now hopefully... - R
Avatar 6:04pm northguineahills:

ohhhh, I love that kannel (something else to add to my queue of instruments I can't afford)!
Avatar 6:04pm Snortley:

This cut is sounding OK now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:05pm Rob W:

Thanks Snortley - I will re-rip the first track for the future!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:14pm DouglasInDallas:

That "Ashkaru" by uKanDanZ was amazeballs! Keep em coming!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:16pm Rob W:

Thanks Douglas!
  6:24pm yippie:

wow a yoik
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:27pm maestroso:

Wow, this Áššu is amazing! Hi Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:31pm Rob Weisberg:

Hi and thanks maestroso!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:39pm Smilty69:

Good evening, Rob and friends!
Avatar 6:44pm katie:

Hotel Vegas is in Austin, not New Orleans. amazing anywhere though.
  6:48pm Listener Robert:

This must be the only clean version of these lyrics in existence.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:50pm Rob W:

You can count on us to keep it clean!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:51pm Rob W:

Oops yes thanks Katie, Hotel Vegas in Austin is where we saw Mdou Moctar and his band of course!
Avatar 6:59pm slugluv1313:

hi Rob and everyone!
looking forward to music from ESTONIA! ahhh those Baltic states . . .
and hoping to catch Mdou Moctor -- he sounds incredible!!!
@ northguineahills -- right?! all these instruments that are so wondrous! (and in my case, not only not affordable, no TIME to learn how to play them!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:01pm maestroso:

That Väsen was great. Rob, have you heard Jaerv? A similar band from Sweden with some great vocals and instrumentals. I saw them at Scanfest in Budd Lake a couple of years ago.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:11pm Rob W:

maestroso, I don't know Jaerv, thanks for the tip!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:15pm chresti:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:15pm maestroso:
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:23pm maestroso:

Wow. Čendeš.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:24pm Franco Twinkie:

Rob and Co.- Hey!
Avatar 7:49pm slugluv1313:

thank-you, Rob, for bringing Mari Kalkun to the WFMU airwaves!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:51pm maestroso:

Yes. Quite beautiful.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:26pm Granny Spicy Tuna:

this is marvelous
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:29pm Granny Spicy Tuna:

yes, more, please
  8:29pm zpulpa:

His is sounding wonderful in this rainy evening, helping release the tension in my heart.
  8:29pm zpulpa:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:36pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks, Rob and Mari. Outstanding!
  8:38pm katharsis:

kathartic spring
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:56pm chresti:

Thanks Rob and Mari!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:57pm Rob W:

Thanks Chresti and everyone, have a good evening!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:57pm Granny Spicy Tuna:

Thanks for another excellent program
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:57pm maestroso:

Great show Rob! Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:57pm chresti:

Avatar 9:01pm slugluv1313:

wonderful show, Rob -- thanks again!
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