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Program 357

A very atmospheric program, specifically to evade the commercialised Christian festivities rammed down our throats at this time every year. Australia is a country of many faiths. I most certainly recognise that many of you are not interested in Christmas, and perhaps indulge only through family obligation. Whenever and whatever you celebrate, I hope you enjoy it.


ARTIST ... Origin
Title  Duration
(Album) [Label]

PHONG Nguyen .... Vietnam / USA
Improvisation in Sa Mac mode 4'06
(Eternal Voices) [New Alliance]
Played on the Vietnamese zither, the dan tranh. The sa mac scale is D - F# - G - A - C - D.

Omar Faruk TEKBILEK .... Turkey / USA
Whirling 10'30
(Whirling) [Celestial Harmonies]
The more I listen to this disc, the more impressed I become.

Dunya YUNIS .... Lebanon
Abu Zeluf 3'02
(Human Voice / Lutes in the World of Islam) [Topic]
David BYRNE & Brian ENO used slabs of this very performance in two pieces on their seminal album "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts".

EREVAN Ensemble .... Armenia
Folk Dance Melodies 4'05
(Kalaschjan) [Haus Der Kulturen Der Weld]
A concert recording from Berlin 1991.

Ensemble TRAKIA .... Bulgaria
Kaval Sriri 2'10
(The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voice Vol.2) [Disque Cellier]

Djivan GASPARYAN .... Armenia
Lovely Spring 4'22
(Moon Shines At Night) [All Saints]

Song to the Siren 3'29
(It'll End In Tears) [4AD]
Featuring Elizabeth FRASER & Robin GUTHRIE.

Havet Stomar 5'53
(Songs From The Cold Seas) [Columbia]

Satsuki SHIBANO & Yoshio OJIMA .... Japan
(a) Caresse Part 3 5'20
(Caresse) [Newsic]
(b) Caresse Part 2 5'20
(Document #2 - "Sine") [Dorobo]
The second part of Caresse is probably the most captivating, and you can see above, is also available on the excellent Dorobo compilation that specifically explores Japanese ambience.

Satsuki ODAMURA & Reilly LEE .... Australia
The Hour of the Horse 12'32
(Matsuri) [Celestial Harmonies]
Although not on this particular piece, this fine disc features the Sydney-based percussion ensemble SYNERGY.

Raga Kirvani - alapana 8'05
(The Violin of Southern India) [Ocora]
This piece (Karnatic) and the one that follows (Hindustani) compares music from the South and North respectively.

Lakshmi SHANKAR .... India
Bhajan - Sai Bina 5'33
(Songs of Devotion) [Auvidis Ethnic]

Wasimxzama Khan NASERI .... India
Kavali 4'33
(Human Voice / Lutes in the World of Islam) [Topic]