Monday, August 13, 2007

Episode 036 - feat. Skye Steele Quintet, Band'o, Tarana, Vanessa Van Spall (w. Eric Golub)

Skye Steele Quintet - "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair"
Band'o - "Siskot"
Tarana - "Labakashar"
Vanessa Van Spall (w. Eric Golub) - "Rapture"

Hey! I am happy to report a couple reviews of the show. Bowed Radio got a review in the spring issue of Teen Strings magazine: the first time in glossy print.

The other comes from a new online resource fos string players called Doublestop Magazine. They've just gotten started and it aims to be a great resource.

So thanks for the shout out!

So here's what's up for this show:

I had the pleasure of catching a really great group recently at the Cleveland Ingenuity Festival called Nation Beat. I ran up and introduced myself to their violinist, a guy named Skye Steele. Some Nation Beat work will be coming on the show here in the coming months, but I am proud to present some cuts from the latest release of The Skye Steele Quintet, a jazzy world-fusion group that he leads out of NYC.

Band'o is a folk fiddle group from Finland led by sisters Jemina and Selina Sillanpää. Their work spans from guitar-based vocal tunes to fiddle-based instrumentals. For the purposes of this show obviously I am focusing on their fiddle work, but their work is a delightful mix of sounds that goes far beyonf their fiddle work.

Tarana is the front name for British violinist and improvisor Rob Tarana. His performances utilize looped improvised violin lines with improvised nonsense syllables over the top -- sometimes solo, sometimes with a full band, and sometimes with more gadgets than person. Fiercely prolific artist -- he recently recorded his 77th album live on stage on 07-07-07, which happens to be his birthday. And no, he didn't turn 77 that day. His work is gentle yet nightmarish.

And closing out the show is San Francisco singer songwriter Vanessa van Spall. Her ensemble sound utilizes the work of violist Eric Golub, whose work appeared on Episode 002 of this program. Eric's solo work explores a lot of Asian stylings based on his work in Indonesia and other parts of the world. With Vanessa, he uses his viola in the role usually assigned to a lead guitarist. Great stuff.

Thanks for listening!

Mark Allender, producer-host
phone: 330-781-4387
skype: mark.allender

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