This week we explore the music of the Roma and Jewish diasporas, and include sounds ranging from Balkan brass to Ladino indie rock. Plus a live interview with Guy Mendilow, who is on tour with his diverse musical ensemble (with members hailing from Israel, Palestine, Argentina, Japan, the UK and the USA) in support of his “Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom” project and CD, a sonic journey from the Balkans to the Mediterranean to Jerusalem.
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Slight change of plans this week. No Top 10 countdown, because our crack team of statisticians were busy making clocks in solidarity with #IStandWithAhmed. So instead, swing tunes from around the world. Plus… born in Romania and now calling Canada home, Lache Cercel and his Roma Swing Ensemble combine the flare and passion of traditional Eastern European melodies with swinging jazz harmonies. Learn about their music in advance of their appearance at DjangoFest NW in a live interview with Cercel.
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This week, a swirl of global Christmas songs, and an interview with Cedric Leonardi of the Gypsy Allstars, who are pushing the bounds of borderless, modern Roma music (and visiting Seattle’s Jazz Alley Dec. 19-22).
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