Music from the Hills (Music)
With John Uhlemann
Sun Sep 9th 2012 4.00pm–6.00pm
Time zone: central
Maria del Mar Bonet “Sa des cavaller” from Saba de Terrer (Ariola-Eurodisc (LP) 1981) —I played this on my first show 20 years ago, and I still like the sound of this singer's voice. She is singing in Catalán, and was born on MallorcaBuy it!
Mighela Cesari “Quistioni (Questions)” from Di Li Venti, A Rosula (Compass Rose), Mighela Cesari canta Mighele Raffaelli (Chorus/Auvidis 1997) —This Corsican singer showed me there was more to Corsican music than their polyphonic vocal traditionBuy it!
Mighela Cesari “Dimmi (Dis-moi)” from Di Li Venti, A Rosula (Compass Rose), Mighela Cesari canta Mighele Raffaelli (Chorus/Auvidis 1997) —Corsican polyphony was an exclusively male tradition until about 25 years ago when all female and mixed groups like this were formedBuy it!
Varttina “Seelinnikoi” from Seleniko (Green Linnet 1992) —this was my jaw-dropping introduction to the Finnish folk revival, and still this group's best CD before they tried soft rock and new ageBuy it!
Ale Moller, Lena Willemark, Per Gudmundson “Frifot - Sven Marit polskan - I Buder” from Frifot (Caprice 1991) —I found this in a catalogue shortly after starting the show and was astounded. The group came to Focal point twice; the first time the show was sparsely attended, the second time the place was packed.Buy it!
Rasa “Es cigana delins biju” from Musiques des rites solaires (Inedit/Auvidis 1995) —Latvian music - from their folk revival, heavy on the old layer pagan songs that had survived in the rural areas. This group and a few others kept the Latvian national folklore alive during the Soviet period, paving the way for an incredible flowering afBuy it!
Rasa “Engelitis” from Musiques des rites solaires (Inedit/Auvidis 1995) —the featured instrument is the kokles - a sort of table harp found in various forms from Finland all around the Baltic countries and into Russia where it is used for house musicBuy it!
Vujicsics/Marta Sebestyen “Jozo (Ft Márta Sebestyén, Júlia Radó & Antus Vizin)” from Podravina - Croatian Dance Melodies (Periferic Records 2001) —this band set the bar the highest for this repertoire, produced more recordings, and attracted other stars such as, here, Marta SebestyenBuy it!
Merita Halili “Ku T'ka Ala Moj Kumrie” from Unblocked - Music Of Eastern Europe [Disc 3] (Elipsis Arts 1997) —The liquid voice of the incomparable Albanian singer Merita Halili can be heard live every summer at the Balkan Camps run by the EEFC (www.eefc.org)Buy it!
Qirjako, Irini “C'u mbush mali plot me krushq” from Sorke Moj (Elrodi) —Except for her work with the polyphonic group "Ensemble Tirana", I have no recordings of this south Albanian singer in traditional repertoire.Buy it!