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  • Manresa Revisited
  • Kiran Ahluwalia sings “Hayat” at Roulette.
  • Le Vent Du Nord perform “Lanlaire”
  • Redi Hasa and Maria Mazzotta Duo at El Sielu, Manresa
  • Eliseo Parra at the Fira Mediterranea de Manresa 2014
  • Sam Lee sings “Moorlough Maggie” at GlobalFEST
  • Emel Mathlouthi unplugged at GlobalFEST
  • A Carol for Our Times: The Melrose Quartet perform “Sing John Ball”
  • Iberian Variations: Opening Night at WOMEX
  • The Melrose Quartet perform “Wedding Bells”
  • Roots Minimalism: Spiro plays The City and the Stars
  • Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman perform “52 hz” at EFEx
  • James Findlay sings the Dorset version of “Rosebud in June”
  • Leveret plays “Upon A Summer’s Day” and “Abbots Bromley Horndance”
  • Leveret plays at the English Folk Expo and HomeGrown Festival
  • A Clogdancing Horse
  • Faustus Perform “Humpback Whale and 8th of July”
  • The Melrose Quartet: “50 Verses”
  • Show of Hands performs “Be Lucky” at the Homegrown Festival and EFEx
  • THE COLD FURY OF JEALOUSY: Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker At Homegrown Festival and EFEx
  • Show of Hands Perform “The Lads in Their Hundreds”
  • Show of Hands Plays The Best Halloween Song I Have Ever Heard
  • The complete Keynote address at EFEx 2014
  • “L’Amour” played by Clarinet Factory
  • Beata Bocek at the Crossroads Festival, Ostrava Czech Republic
  • Jitka Suranska at Crossroads Festival
  • Bezobratri at the Crossroads Festival
  • Jitka Suranska and Pacora Trio at Crossroads Festival, Ostrava, Czech Republic
  • The Making of: A Lifetime’s Journey Toward Song
  • Prusinowski Trio & Friends live in Izmir, Turkey
  • Small Islands, Big Music: Report from the AME at Cabo Verde
  • Maya Kamaty at the AME: “Vavang”
  • Habib Koite: A West African Fête at the City Winery
  • Song From Another Green Isle: Neuza at SOB’s
  • Music from Fogo (Cape Verde) Neuza at SOBs
  • Magic from Crete: the Stelios Petrakis Quartet at WOMEX 2013
  • Amira Sings Sevdah at WOMEX 2013
  • Canadian Heat: The April Verch band at WOMEX 2013
  • Aysenur at WOMEX
  • Two Harps That Beat As One: Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita
  • Iran Modern at the Asia Society
  • Emily Portman Trio performs “Sunken Bells” at WOMEX
  • Emily Portman Trio at WOMEX
  • Hafez meets ZZ Top at Asia Society
  • Return to Taiwan
  • Prusinowski Trio at DROM
  • Dancing till Dawn in Warsaw
  • The Prusinowski Trio Rocks the Mazurkas of the World Festival
  • Mazurkas of the World Festival: The Finale at the Fortress
  • Kapela Brodow at the Mazurkas of the World Festival
  • Falu at the Highline Ballroom: Ghumar
  • Dancing the Mazurka with the Janusz Prusinowski Trio (plus2)
  • A Catalonian Feast-ival
  • Evo performs at Fira Mediterránia de Manresa
  • Report from Chennai: Independent Music in India and Indian Ocean
  • Violeta Went to Heaven: The mother of Nueva Canción has a film at last
  • Els Laietans at the Fira Mediterrània de Manresa
  • Parvathy Das Baul and Lakshman Das Baul at IndiEarth Xchange
  • Groupa at WOMEX 2012
  • Celina Da Piedade: Do you have time to listen to a beautiful song?
  • Kayhan Kalhor and Erdal Erzincan at GlobalFEST
  • Karthick Iyer plays at IndiEarth Xchange
  • The High Lonesome sound of…Albania
  • The Knights with Wu Man play concerto for Pipa
  • Two Folksongs: Wu Man and the Knights at the Asia Society
  • Lakshman Das Baul sings an Invocation
  • Medieval Songs of Sex, from Catalonia: Els Berros de la Cort
  • Tsuumi Sound System at WOMEX 2012, Thessaloniki
  • The Janusz Prusinowski Trio at WOMEX 2012
  • Gaiteros de San Jacinto at Terraza
  • The Fearless Lieder of the David Kweksilber Big Band (Video)
  • Carlos Nuñez and the Celtic Music of Spain
  • Selda Bagçan at IstanbuLive 4, Lincoln Center Out of Doors
  • Wonderland performs at IstanbuLive IV, at Lincoln Center’s “Out of Doors”
  • IstanbuLive IV presents The Secret Trio at Lincoln Center Out of Doors
  • Ragnhild Furebotten and Never On A Sunday at the Førde Festival
  • From All Points: Uzbekistan, the Asrlar Sadosi Festival
  • Consider the Source plays at the Jazz Journalists Awards, The Blue Note, NYC
  • Renata Rosa at the Førde Festival
  • Calexico Live
  • Embroidery techniques in Uzbekistan
  • A Bakhshi in Central Asia
  • Paulette McWilliams Sings at the Jazz Journalists Association Awards Gala
  • Organ Monk plays Monk at the Blue Note
  • A Taste of the Førde Festival, The Musicians of the Nile
  • Griot Summit at Wave Hill
  • Benyoro
  • Harmonia Performs at the Ukrainian Restaurant, NYC
  • Frank London fills me in on the current klezmer scene…
  • Sufi Pop Rocks the Asia Society: Arif Lohar performs “Alif Allah Chambey Di Booti” (edited)
  • East meets Lower East Side: Shanren play mountain music at Pianos.
  • Choro Trio in NYC
  • Discovering the Atrium at Lincoln Center
  • Skaran plays “Hoppa Kajak”
  • Svetlana Spajic sings an Ode to Nikola Tesla
  • Sweet Swedish Sounds of Irmelin
  • Svetlana Spajic sings “Solitary Song”
  • Ffynnon sings “Ffoles Llantrisant”
  • Zaz at GlobalFest
  • Oran Etkin and Kelenia at APAP
  • TriBeCaStan: Downtown meets World
  • Setting Kafavi to Music
  • TriBeCaStan plays “Jovanka” a tango
  • Talilema: 2 people can make a LOT of music!
  • Blitz the Ambassador at WOMEX:”Akwaaba” Means Welcome”
  • Mohammad Reza Mortazavi
  • Ibrahim Maalouf plays “Beirut” (edited) at WOMEX 2011
  • Kiran Ahluwalia sings “Saffar” at Drom
  • Grandfather, Grandson, Grand masters
  • Tükrös Plays Opening Night at WOMEX 2011
  • Ambient Music for the Latvian Kokle
  • Ozlem Taner at WOMEX
  • Ffynnon performs “Hiraeth am Feirion”
  • Siberian showstoppers at WOMEX 2011
  • “Up the Spout” with thanks to Occupy Wall Street
  • Aboubacar “Badian” Diabate: Malian Guitar Master
  • Maria Pomianowska plays the Suka
  • JADU in Samarkand “Kabir’s Song”
  • The Black Earth Boys at Lincoln Center
  • Pistolera -Taking Life by the Teeth
  • Claudia Acuna gives a Chilean Classic a Jazz Infusion
  • The New York Griot Summit at Wave Hill
  • Are the Grammys Racist?
  • The New York Griot Summit: Trio in the Arbor
  • The First Casualty is Always Art
  • Neil Pearlman Finds the Clavé in a Scottish Jig
  • Neil Pearlman plays “Alison House.”
  • An Environmental Experience: Electric Kulintang at The Atrium
  • Brazilliance, Part Two: MPB with Verônica Ferriani and Douglas Lora (Video)
  • Brazilliance, Part One: The Choro Music of Dudu Maia and Douglas Lora
  • Thollem McDonas Plays the Old Reliable Kurtzmann
  • Malika Zarra Takes a Berber Taxi to the Jazz Standard
  • Meklit Hadero: a Diva in the Works
  • “Magla Padnala”
  • Loibner and Mirkovic-DeRo: Two Songs From Winterreise
  • Simon Barker plays a tribute to Kim Seok Chul
  • Yemen Blues performs “Eli”
  • Yemen Blues at Le Poisson Rouge, “Um Min Al Yaman”
  • António Zambujo Sings Some Very Special Fado
  • Gnawa
  • Yoducha
  • Daorum at the Atrium, NYC Part 1
  • Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys at Connolly’s
  • Verônica Ferriani and Douglas Lora Sing One by Chico Buarque
  • Yemen Blues at Le Poisson Rouge: Trape La Verite
  • RAM’s Carnival Spirit
  • Timbila with Poet Bob Holman at Bowery Electric
  • Daorum Part 3
  • Daorum at the Atrium Part 2
  • Natasa Mirkovic-DeRo sings “Noches, Noches”
  • An Interview with Matthias Loibner, Hurdy-Gurdy Virtuoso
  • Sweet Dissonance and Korean Buddhist Chant: Be-Being
  • Timbila Live at Bowery Electric
  • Dance Like an Indian: Red Baraat at The Hiro Ballroom
  • The Seductions of Soukous
  • Have You Heard Huun-Huur-Tu?
  • A Colombian Heritage Transcendent: Lucia Pulido at the Hiro Ballroom
  • Punk Meets World: The Ex
  • Dmitri Vietze hosts a World Music conference at APAP
  • More from Lilian Vieira and Rogério Bicudo
  • A Snowy Night with Warm Music from Brazil
  • A Winter Diversion: The Snow Maiden
  • The Arabic-Anatolian-Balkan Ambiance of Arifa
  • The Artvark Saxophone Quartet Plays a Gospel Song
  • Catrin Finch plays “Watching the Wheat”
  • From WOMEX: The Kids Are Alright…in Wales
  • The Visceral Glory of Home-Made Music: De Temps Antan
  • New York Gypsy Allstars and Selim Sesler at Drom
  • De Temps Antan: Full live performance at WOMEX
  • They Don’t Call Him Papa Wemba For Nothing!
  • Two from the Ploctones
  • From WOMEX: Accordion Meditations of Danças Ocultas
  • A One Man Meditation Band: Wang Li
  • Fun With Fado? Deolinda at Joe’s Pub
  • Barbara Furtuna at St. Peter’s church, NYC
  • Khaira Arby at the Bowery Poetry Club
  • The Diva from Timbuktu
  • The International Body Music Festival
  • Intimate Inuits
  • Garikayi plays with the Mbira inside the Deze
  • The Good News From Zimbabwe: Healing Music of the Mbira
  • Fes Festival, Part 3: Different Drummers
  • Fes Festival Part 2: Taarab Music from Shakila and Rajab Suleiman Trio
  • A Day in the Life of the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music
  • Songs of Scythian Stones: Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine & Rites of Passage
  • Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine & Rites of Passage: Songs of Scythian Stones
  • Jair Oliveira Sings One for the World Cup
  • New York Gypsy Allstars play “Tamer’s 9″ at Drom (Full performance)
  • In and Out of Africa Part 2: Banning, Nora and Timbila
  • Mariachi Meets Tom Waits: The Music of Rana Santacruz
  • Sudanese Elections: Music & the Vote with NasJota and Girifna
  • World Music From the USA: The Cajun Fiddles of David Greely and Joel Savoy
  • Taiwan Journey Part 6: A Meditative Farewell
  • Taiwan Journey Part 5: Pushing the Envelope
  • Taiwan Journey Part 4: Aboriginal Sounds in Taiwan with Inka Mbing and Totem
  • Two Serbian Wedding Songs: Svetlana Spajic Group
  • Garikayi: Tunings and teaching of the mbira
  • Taiwan Journey Part 3: Some Jazz from Sizhukong
  • Yasmin Levy’s Ladino-Flamenco Fusion
  • Taiwan Journey Part 2: Lin Sheng Xiang, The Woody Guthrie of Taiwan?
  • Taiwan Journey Part One: Nanguan music with Wu Hsin-fei
  • Harmen Fraanje Avalonia Trio
  • From WOMEX: The Quebecois of Yves Lambert
  • From WOMEX 2009, a Real Hang
  • Interview with Tanya Tagaq
  • Anatolian Melodies, Pop Sensibilities
  • The Continuing Adventures of Nation Beat
  • Rhythms of Cape Verde, with Lura
  • Tamer Pinarbasi plays the Qanun (Kanun)
  • Julian Kytasty Plays the Bandura, Part One
  • Most Recent Posts:


    Manresa Revisited from Michal Shapiro on Vimeo.

    This year’s report on the Fira Mediterrània de Manresa finds me once again trying to capture the torrent of events and concerts that make up this city-wide festival. My last report was concert-centric, but this time around, I decided to cover a bit more of the culinary and street life.

    Although it has its charming old section, Manresa’s main attraction year round is the monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat, carved out of the mountain that overlooks the city, affording a remarkable vista of Catalonia. But I’ve yet to visit the monastery because the festival keeps me hopping; there is something interesting happening somewhere, all the time. With over 300 events to coordinate, I imagine that the staff of the Fira has only about two weeks rest after the dust settles before they are back to work for the next one.

    That is not to say there is no time for a visitor to just sit and relax…With its broad avenues, quiet plazas and narrow side streets, Manresa is sprinkled with restaurants and wine bars, where one can always choose to slow down with something savory, be it liquid or solid. During the festival there is an entire avenue set aside for dining al fresco, and one can also stroll at a leisurely pace, sampling from the local food booths.

    The festival brings in all kinds of talent — for example Toumani and Sidiki Diabate of Mali were there to enchant with the rippling sounds of their kora duets — but there is a definite emphasis on Catalan and Iberian culture. There is music, dance, theater, and all kinds of street entertainment. There was a beatbox concert with full orchestra backup, and a lyrical choreographed dance piece performed by elderly women. There were rides and entertainment just for kids, and I found myself consistently surprised and entertained by it all.

    This is a not a festival set up in a field somewhere with tents and bandstands. The old town is the setting for this celebration, and the locals most definitely participate spiritedly. It is a civilized and happy efflorescence of culture and fellow-feeling, and with Barcelona only 50 kilometers away, it is an event worth planning a trip around.


    Kiran Ahluwalia: "Hayat" from Michal Shapiro on Vimeo.

    The night was blizzardy, and the going was rough by car or by foot. This did not keep anyone away, and the house was packed. Kiran opened up this concert with the first song from her latest album, “Sanata” (stillness)

    Lyrics & Music: Kiran Ahluwalia
    Arrangement: Rez Abbasi

    Life drifts in its own shadow.
    Dragging along lounging sighs, life o life.

    Those who speak my tongue are unevenly scattered.
    Still, I collect conversations. I may run into someone.
    I’ve been your refugee, life o life.

    It’s wasting away, chasing ideas of love, my friend.
    Those first sighs, that first story, life o life.

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    Le Vent Du Nord perform "Lanlaire" from Michal Shapiro on Vimeo.

    Le Vent du Nord (The North Wind) is one of Quebecois’ premiere exponents, and they performed a rousing set at Roulette as part of a “French Connection” series presented by Robert Browning Associates. They are innovators in the tradition, who as one might say, “know the rules, then break them.” The setting of “Lanlaire” combines a straightforward singing of the song with the expected foot stomping, with an arrangement of subtle sophistication.
    My apologies up front for shaky camera work- when a band has complex arrangements, is spread out on a stage, and every member sings and plays, it is quite a task to second guess who is going to be singing or soloing, and where to focus. My monopod and I were doing quite a dance throughout!

    from La Part du Feu

    Did you know Lanlaire, whose death we’re mourning
    Others like him we rarely see, we don’t see at all
    Barely out of the womb, instead of crying and moaning
    He was already making rounds, singing in every hall
    Go Lanlaire yourself, so much people called him

    Lanlaire Lonla, go Lanlaire yourself, Lonla you!

    He was sent to college to learn Latin
    He was sacrilegious and libertine
    And whenever the stern master condemned him to old bread
    His usual meal, he would tell him in Greek
    Go Lanlaire yourself – that’s all he knew

    He was told to leave or stay, the life of a soldier is too frugal
    A doctor too modest, a merchant too loyal
    So you’d rather be a notary, but it’s a costly position
    Since you have no skills, be a lawyer, a stockbroker
    Go Lanlaire yourself, the Devil was there

    His wisdom he put only in allowed pleasures
    Often with a new mistress but never changing friends
    He was offered an agreeable wife with a sizeable dowry
    Me, I’d go sell myself and be an idiot tomorrow, said he
    And go Lanlaire myself, how do you call that

    He did nothing of his life, so he did no evil
    He was an envy-less poor, he lived on his native soil
    He stayed single and didn’t even have children
    If you think you’ll find countless heirs of his on this earth
    Go Lanlaire yourself, they don’t make ‘em like him anymore.

    from La Part du Feu, released 06 October 2009

    The members of Le Vent Du Nord are: Nicolas Boulerice, Simon Beaudry, Olivier Demers and Réjean Brunet.


    Here’s where you’ll find my weekly original world music video blogs that appear on Huffington Post, as well as an archive starting in April of 2009.

    This is also the place where you will find video that is exclusive to my site. I’ve traveled to places like Uzbekistan, Morocco, and Taiwan and no matter where I go I have found amazingly talented and creative people working in every genre from the deepest traditions to the cutting edge.

    It’s been incredibly rewarding to interview them and to capture some of what they do on video. Enjoy what you see and hear, and let me know what you think. I welcome your feedback.