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globalFEST
11:00 am
Wed January 16, 2013

A Tribe Called Red: globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 2:03 pm

The night ended with bumping beats down at Webster Hall's Studio space with the Ottawa-based Native collective A Tribe Called Red. The group calls its style "pow wow step" — an imaginative and dance-floor-ready blend of beats, aboriginal singing and dancing, and visuals and audio samples that turn "Indian" stereotypes on their heads. But the most memorable moments in the set come when A Tribe Called Red invites a dancer out to perform a traditional hoop dance, twisting and turning hoops into elegant and beautiful figures.

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  • "Wird"
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globalFEST
10:59 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Lo'Jo: globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 9:54 am

The French group Lo'Jo is something of a throwback: For 30 years, it's made world music best described as "worldbeat," a melange of a little of this (French chanson) and a little of that (dollops of North and West African colors and textures) within a musical community that tends to prize strongly rooted tradition. With Denis Péan's gravelly vocals complemented by the Berber singing sisters Yamina and Nadia Nid El Mourid, the band circumnavigates the globe — often within the confines of a single song.

Set List

  • "Magnetik"
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globalFEST
10:59 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Christine Salem: globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 12:25 pm

  • Christine Salem Live From Webster Hall (full concert audio)

As the globalFEST evening wound down, much of the buzz about the biggest finds of the year centered on a seemingly unlikely figure: the vocalist Christine Salem, who made her New York City debut in this performance. Often, it's the artists who make 21st-century, Internet-ready musical hybrids that become the most talked-about GlobalFEST artists, but Salem presents the exact opposite model.

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globalFEST
10:59 am
Wed January 16, 2013

La Shica: globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 2:02 pm

Do you think flamenco can only be danced by someone wearing a frilly, fire-engine-red dress? Elsa Rovayo, frontwoman of Madrid's La Shica ("The Girl"), begs to differ. She performed at New York City's globalFEST in stretch leggings and a studded jacket, singing and dancing to her signature blend of flamenco and indie rock in a combination of original compositions and traditional flamenco tunes.

Set List

  • "Limosna De Amores"
  • "Sevillanas De Lebrina"
  • "Muveres"
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globalFEST
10:57 am
Wed January 16, 2013

The Stooges Brass Band: globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 8:28 am

  • The Stooges Brass Band Live From Webster Hall (full concert audio)

Though it's the year's premier "world music" event, GlobalFEST embraces many homegrown sounds — and the 2013 roster was full of North American artists. A case in point: The Stooges Brass Band, a New Orleans brass band for the 21st century. It's got that unmistakeable sound of its hometown, but hip-hop, funk, R&B and soul are all in the group's DNA.

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All Songs Considered
10:47 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Discoveries From globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 2:35 pm

Every January for the past decade a dozen or more bands from around the world have gathered in New York City for globalFEST - one long, frenzied night of live music showcasing the diverse cultures, histories and numerous sonic branches of "World Music." This year's lineup included Zimbabwe legend Oliver Mtukudzi and his band The Black Spirits, Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, Chicago's wildly exuberant marching band Mucca Pazza, and much, much more.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:45 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Andras Schiff's 'Well-Tempered' Guide To Bach

Andras Schiff plays Bach for about an hour every morning. "There is something very pure about it," the pianist says.
Nadia F. Romanini ECM records

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 11:54 am

When he was a boy, Andras Schiff labored over the tedious, repetitive finger studies that are universally loathed by aspiring pianists. He thought they were like spinach: yucky, but good for you if you want to grow up to be big and strong ... on the piano keyboard.

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A Blog Supreme
4:36 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Winter Jazzfest 2013: Sounds Of Surprise When You're Already Expecting Everything

John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 10:04 am

The Winter Jazzfest turned nine this year, and it's matured into a known quantity, a New York cultural landmark. Its variety of routines have worn in enough to develop some comforting predictability. For such a scrappy, low-to-the-ground happening designed around emerging artists and new repertoires, that's an achievement.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:38 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Classical Lost and Found: The Lighter Side Of Vissarion Shebalin

Vissarion Shebalin's music, like that of his compatriots Shostakovich and Prokoviev, was denounced by Soviet officials.
Toccata Classics

Except perhaps for dedicated Russophiles, composer Vissarion Shebalin will most likely be a welcome new discovery. He was a student of Nikolay Myaskovsky, highly respected by Prokofiev and a close friend of Shostakovich.

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World Cafe
4:50 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Next: Star & Micey

The Memphis folk-pop band Star & Micey.
Courtesy of the artist

Hailing from Memphis, Tenn., Joshua Cosby, Geoff Smith and Nick Redmond make up the folk-pop trio Star & Micey.

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