Burkina Electric are a very interesting Burkinabé avant-pop featuring drummer, percussionist and composer Lukas Ligeti. Burkina Faso must have quite a few hidden treasures worth hunting for.
Slovakia’s Adam Kvasnica produces my favorite serious of podcasts. He’s a crate diver par excellence. Consider following him if you want to be exposed to all sorts of strange finds.
The Amadinda Percussion Group does honor to this Lukas Ligeti composition. For more on Lukas, read this New York Times writeup here.
Garth Knox’s name is very familiar to me, as he was a member of the Arditti Quartet, whose interpretations of contemporary classical composers are flawless. Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh is a new name, as is the instrument he’s performing on, the hardanger d’amore.
What a disheartening thought… Thanks to my Galician brother, Andres, for sending me this link from NPR.
Santiago Fradejas’ album came as quite a surprise, not only to me, but to him. He’s a friend to this blog, and in my estimation, is among the most important young composers of the 21st Century, as well as being one hell of a fine guitarist. This new album came from an explosion of creativity …
Csarnogurszky István is a guitarist out of Hungary whose work simply leaves you in a state of floating mellowness. This release is a compilation of some of the projects he works on, under various guises.
Guy Segers was a member of the Belgian Rock-In-Opposition outfit Univers Zero, as well as their predecessor, Necronomicon. If you check out his CV, you’ll see he’s worked with some of the greatest musicians in all of progressive rock and its offshoots. Check out his Bandcamp site. He still releases music frequently, and offers title …
A very pleasant surprise from our friend and colleague, Vincent Moon, who churns out stream of startlingly beautiful compilations from places off the beaten path (Ossetia, Chechnya, etc). His label, Collection Petites Planètes, presents a compilation done with the assistance of Fatime Kosumi, a Kosovar singer of Albanian heritage, covering folk tunes for female choir. …
Omar Metioui is a Moroccan classical musician who was born in 1962. In this album, Metioui collaborates with Mohamed Mehdi Temsamani in their interpretation influenced by the Andalusian poet Al-Shustari.