As I spent Chinese New Year’s Eve in the company of a friend and watched in amazement as to how empty my part of town was, I decided to call it a night and spent a bit of time enjoying some music. This was the first result of a healthy list of music I indulged in. This was my first exposure to the Abdel Karim Ensemble. I’m looking forward to finding more albums, as they play great traditional music from Syria, Egypt, Morocco and pre-Reconquista Spain. Magnificent listening.
[Music] Daiqing Tana – Ongmanibamai
Daiqing Tana is the lead singer of the band HAYA (哈雅樂團 in pinyin), a New Age band who meld Chinese and Mongolian music into an East Asian fusion rock. Extremely pleasant listening.
[Music] Mahavishnu Orchestra – Live on BBC TV – Paris Theatre (1972)
Thanks to ProJazz.net for posting this amazing set from the Mahavishnu Orchestra.
[Music] Red Baraat: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Red Baraat bring their raucous stage show, one of the most energetic things I’ve ever enjoyed, to NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. It’s a miracle the place didn’t explode!
[Music] Don Cherry – Live At Café Montmartre 1966 Volume Two (full album)
Expect us to drop a score of old classic albums onto your collective laps.
Don Cherry was in fine form throughout the 1960’s, and this album catches him peaking. Go enjoy yourselves with this disc to burn up your earphones.
[Music] U2 – New Year’s Day / Welcome to 2020!
Remember when U2 weren’t such a bore? May this fresh new decade bring us equally fresh, vibrant music!
[Music] Eastern Orthodox Christmas Nativity Chant
And finally, a bit of actual Christmas music from the Greek Orthodox Church.
[Music] Nat ‘King’ Cole – The Christmas Song
A perfect Christmas tune with Nat ‘King’ Cole.
[Music] Bing Crosby – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (1942)
Christmas in Beijing is currently 62 minutes away. We celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, and celebrate with Bing Crosby. Expect a few chestnuts today.
[Music] Robert Goulet – Do You Hear What I Hear
As I prepare to spend Christmas alone in Beijing, it’s nice to be able to enjoy the dulcet sounds of the King of the Cameo, Robert Goulet.