HFVS Music of the World Episode with Guest DJ, Keith Terry (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Music of the World Episode
with Guest DJ, Keith Terry

Keith Terry from Crosspulse Ensemble is our Guest DJ this week! Keith’s program is about World Music AND Music of the World – not only songs from artists around the planet, but sounds of the planet, itself – from the calls made by insects and birds,  to  atmospheric sounds created by lightening.   Plus some found sound — music created by the sounds we don’t always think of as musical, such as fog horns and trains, even bricks.   Join Keith in this exploration of some new and unusual ways of creating and listening to music. – www.crosspulse.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 4th & 5th, 2016
Original broadcast: 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: Keith Terry, organizer of the International Body Music Festival, stopped by The World studios in Boston to demonstrate the amazing music the human body can make.


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PLAYLIST

  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – “Body Beat” [I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do.]
  • Bayaka Pygmies – “Bayaka Song” [Pulse of the Planet]
  • Ba Benzélé Pygmies – “Unknown” [Anthology of Afro Music – UNESCO]
  • Zap Mamá – “Brrrlak!”  [Divas volume two]
  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – “Cumbe” [I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do]
  • Mangbetu – “Water Drumming” [Pulse of the Planet]
  • Tangle Eye- “Katie Left Memphis with wood chopping” [Alan Lomax’s Roots of the Blues]
  • Unknown- “Bricks” [Unknown]
  • “Postal Workers Cancelling Stamps at the University of Ghana Post Office” [1975 field recording, James Koetting]
  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – “Flores” [I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do]
  • Mayan Marching Band – “Unknown” [Unknown]
  • The Tahitian Choir – “Morotiri Nei” [Rapa Iti]
  • Keith Terry & Crosspulse – “Body Music” [Keith Terry & Crosspulse]
  • Vocal Sampling- “Una Forma Mas” [Una Forma Mas]
  • Barbatuques – “Cneiro verde” [O Seguinte é Esse]OK
  • Ants – “Ants” [Pulse of the Planet]
  • Antonio Carols Jobim – “Foghorn” [original soundtrack from the film Black Orpheus]
  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – “Jalan Jalan” [I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do]]
  • Talab Khan Barna- “Sat Bhayan Ki Ek Behanadli I” [Latcho Drom: Bande Originale Du Film Soundtrack]]
  • Atmospheric Whistlers – “Atmospheric Whistlers” [Pulse of the Planet]
  • Barbatuques – “Respirando” [O Seguinte é Esse]
  • Inuits – “Unuit Throat and Harp Songs”  [Canadian Music Heritage Collection]
  • Sergio Mendez “Fanfarra Despedida” [Brasileiro]

Chinese New Year Brings Opportunities for Cultural Studies

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Music from Around the World with Vieux Farka Touré & Julia Easterlin at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton

Music from Around the World with
Vieux Farka Touré (and band) & Julia Easterlin
Iron Horse Music Hall ♦ Northampton, MA
Friday, September 18th @ 7pm

Enter for a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets we’re giving away to Vieux Farka Touré (and band) & Julia Easterlin at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on Friday, September 18th, 2015, at 7pm. Deadline to enter: 9/13/15. Details below.

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

We are continuing to offer tickets to Dean’s Beans Music from Around the World  concert series! We currently have two pairs of tickets to giveaway to see Vieux Farka Touré (and band) & Julia Easterlin, at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA on Friday, September 18th at 7pm.

Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. This concert series is also a great opportunity to expose older children with audience skills to music from around the world. Deadline to enter to win: 9/13/15 @ 11:59pm (EST). Enter for a chance to win!

ABOUT VIEUX FARKA TOURE & JULIA EASTERLIN

When Vieux Farka Toure (Niafunke, Mali) and Julia Easterlin (Brooklyn, USA) met for the first time for an impromptu studio session as Vieux passed through New York in the summer of 2014, something divine happened, transcending what each was capable of on their own. Thus their collaboration was born and an entire album project entitled TOURISTES conceived; to examine their respective musical roots and passions together and transform what they find into something entirely new and unique.  The album, due September 18, 2015, on Six Degrees Records., features eight original tunes, along with covers of Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War” and Fever Ray’s “I’m Not Done.” Both inspired performers on their own, together Vieux and Julia prove themselves kindred spirits in moments of pure beauty, joy, melancholy and magic.  They create music equal parts modern and ancient, haunting and playful, subtle and visceral. They will be backed by Vieux’s road test banded that has steadily built an energetic and loyal fan base throughout North America and the world.

The Aliya Cycon Project Trio opens the show

Inspired by Arabic instruments, melodies, rhythms and people, ACP was formed by Aliya Cycon at Berklee College of Music with fellow Berklee students and denizens of Arabic culture. Cycon uses her highest reverence for the Arabic tradition to expose her own unique voice in her compositions and performance. Her compositions salute the Arabic tradition, as well as to step just outside of its mellifluous frontiers.

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HFVS: Music of the World Episode with Guest DJ, Keith Terry (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Music of the World Episode with Guest DJ, Keith Terry

Listen to Podcast:

Keith Terry from Crosspulse Ensemble is our Guest DJ this week! Keith’s program is about World Music AND Music of the World – not only songs from artists around the planet, but sounds of the planet, itself – from the calls made by insects and birds,  to  atmospheric sounds created by lightening.  Plus some found sound — music created by the sounds we don’t always think of as musical, such as fog horns and trains, even bricks.  Join Keith in this exploration of some new and unusual ways of creating and listening to music.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 14th & 15th, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: Keith Terry, organizer of the International Body Music Festival, stopped by The World studios in Boston to demonstrate the amazing music the human body can make. – www.crosspulse.com


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PLAYLIST

  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – Body Beat – I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do.
  • Bayaka Pygmies – Bayaka Song – Pulse of the Planet
  • Ba Benzélé Pygmies – Unknown – Anthology of Afro Music – UNESCO
  • Zap Mamá – Brrrlak! –  Divas volume two
  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – Cumbe – I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do
  • Mangbetu – Water Drumming – Pulse of the Planet
  • Tangle Eye – Katie Left Memphis with wood chopping – Alan Lomax’s Roots of the Blues
  • Unknown – Bricks – Unknown
  • Postal Workers Cancelling Stamps at the University of Ghana Post Office – 1975 field recording, James Koetting
  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – Flores – I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do
  • Mayan Marching Band – Unknown – Unknown
  • The Tahitian Choir – Morotiri Nei – Rapa Iti
  • Keith Terry & Crosspulse – Body Music – Keith Terry & Crosspulse
  • Vocal Sampling – Una Forma Mas – Una Forma Mas
  • Barbatuques – Cneiro verde – O Seguinte é Esse
  • Ants – Ants – Pulse of the Planet
  • Antonio Carols Jobim – Foghorn – original soundtrack from the film Black Orpheus
  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – Jalan Jalan – I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do
  • Talab Khan Barna – Sat Bhayan Ki Ek Behanadli I – Latcho Drom: Bande Originale Du Film Soundtrack
  • Atmospheric Whistlers – Atmospheric Whistlers – Pulse of the Planet
  • Barbatuques – Respirando – O Seguinte é Esse
  • Inuits – Unuit Throat and Harp Songs – Canadian Music Heritage Collection
  • Sergio Mendez – Fanfarra Despedida – Brasileiro

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Music from Around the World with Zvuloon Dub System at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton

Music from Around the World with
Zvuloon Dub System
Iron Horse Music Hall ♦ Northampton, MA
Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 @ 8:30pm

ZVyloon Dub System

Enter for a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets we’re giving away to Zvuloon Dub System at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 at 8:30pm. Deadline to enter: 6/8/14. Details below.

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

We are continuing to offer tickets to Dean’s Beans Music from Around the World monthly concert series at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA. For June we have two pairs of tickets to giveaway to see Zvuloon Dub System, Israel’s leading World-Reggae band, at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA on Wednesday, June 11th at 8:30pm. Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. These concerts are also a great opportunity to expose older children with audience skills to music from around the world. Deadline to enter to win: 06/08 @ 11:59pm (EST). Enter for a chance to win!

ABOUT ZVULOON DUB SYSTEM

 Zvuloon Dub System, Israel’s leading World-Reggae band, emerges from a multicultural middle-eastern music scene, singing in English and Amharic. ‘Anbessa Dub,’, the new Zvuloon Dub System project blends roots reggae within the context of the unique vibration of Ethiopian culture offering fresh versions of famous songs from the golden age of modern Ethiopian music together with original songs written by the members of the band. The project features several artists from the ‘BetaIsrael’ community (the Jewish Ethiopian community that immigrated to Israel during the 80’s and the 90’s) playing the music they grew up with, in their mother tongue. — www.zvuloondub.com

“Zvuloon Dub System prove that great roots music today finds some of its finest expressions outside its Jamaican homeland. Touching on many of the major themes of conscious reggae with authentic rhythms and tasty lead vocals, Zvuloon deserves a wide international audience.” Roger Steffens, Founding Chairman, Reggae Grammy Committee.

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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Music from Around the World with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton

Music from Around the World with
Sierra Leone‘s Refugee All Stars
Iron Horse Music Hall ♦ Northampton, MA
Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 @ 7pm

Tix Promo: Sierra Leones

Enter for a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets we’re giving away to see Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 7pm. Deadline to enter: 4/6/14. Details below.

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

We are continuing to offer tickets to Dean’s Beans Music from Around the World monthly concert series at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA. For April we have two pairs of tickets to giveaway to see Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, a musical group formed in West African refugee camps, at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA on Wednesday, April 9th at 7pm. Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. These concerts are also a great opportunity to expose older children with audience skills to music from around the world. Deadline to enter to win: 04/06 @ 11:59pm (EST). Enter for a chance to win!

ABOUT SIERRA LEONE’S REFUGEE ALL STARS

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of war and inflamed the passions of fans across the globe with their uplifting songs of hope, faith and joy. The band is a potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere through unimaginable hardship and emerge with optimism intact. From their humble beginnings in West African refugee camps Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have performed on some of the worlds most prestigious stages and matured into one of Africa’s top touring and recording bands. — www.refugeeallstars.org

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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Music from Around the World with Tinariwen at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton

Music from Around the World with
Tinariwen
Iron Horse Music Hall ♦ Northampton, MA
Thursday, March 27th, 2014 @ 7pm

From the Sahara Desert in northern Mali comes the Tuareg band of musicians known as Tinariwen, one of the most popular and best-selling African groups on the planet. Formed in 1979, the band has lived a story of rebellion, war, travel and triumph, as it became an internationally renowned touring act in the early 2000s. Rooted in the sounds of West Africa, Tinariwen mixes Western instruments with Tuareg rhythms and timbres. The power of their poetry makes for an intense and intimate live experience. – Enter for a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets we’re giving away to see Tinariwen at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on Thursday, March 27th, 2014 at 7pm. Deadline to enter: 3/24/14. Details below.

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

We’re excited to continue offering tickets to Dean’s Beans Music from Around the World monthly concert series at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA. Each month this fabulous world music concert series features a wide variety of the world’s premier international performers. Check with us each month for an opportunity to win a pair of tickets to see these world class acts happening right here in our region!

For March we have two pairs of tickets to giveaway to see the Tuareg band of musicians known as Tinariwen at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA on Thursday, March 27th at 7pm. Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. These concerts are also a great opportunity to expose older children with audience skills to music from around the world. Deadline to enter to win: 03/24 @ 11:59pm (EST). Enter for a chance to win!

ABOUT TINARIWEN

Tinariwen are poet-guitarists and soul rebels from the Southern Sahara desert. Their music expresses the aspirations of their people, the Kel Tamashek or Touareg of the southern Sahara desert. The guitar is their weapon. Simplicity is Freedom. Tinariwen are often associated with just one image: that of Touareg rebels leading the charge, machine gun in hand and electric guitar slung over the shoulder but the founding members abandoned their weapons long ago and have since engineered a minor aesthetic revolution by setting the electric guitar  the instrument which became their mascot and made them famous  to one side and giving pride of place to acoustic sounds. The desert is the landscape of their existence, the cradle of their culture and the source of their inspiration. They’ve recently collaborated with members of TV On The Radio, Nels Cline (Wilcos guitarist) and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.- tinariwen.com

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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Music from Around the World with Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton

Music from Around the World with
Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi
Iron Horse Music Hall ♦ Northampton, MA
Thursday, March 6th, 2014 @ 7pm

Enter for a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets we’re giving away to see Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on Thursday, March 6th, 2014 at 7pm. Deadline to enter: 3/3/14. Details below.

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

We’re excited to continue offering tickets to Dean’s Beans Music from Around the World monthly concert series at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA. Each month this fabulous world music concert series features a wide variety of the world’s premier international performers. Check with us each month for an opportunity to win a pair of tickets to see these world class acts happening right here in our region!

For March we have two pairs of tickets to giveaway to see Zimbabwean musician, Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA on Thursday, March 6th at 7pm. Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. These concerts are also a great opportunity to expose older children with audience skills to music from around the world. Deadline to enter to win: 03/03 @ 11:59pm (EST). Enter for a chance to win!

ABOUT OLIVER MTUKUDZI

 Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi is arguably the most powerful creative force to emerge from Zimbabwe in 30 years, (along with Angelique Kidjo, Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo). Balancing compelling rhythms and accessible melodies with insightful lyrics, Tuku has built a vast body of work that is politically and socially relevant and accessible to a worldwide audience. Throughout a career that spans more than 45 recordings and virtually every corner of the globe, he and his band, The Black Spirits, continually play to enthusiastic audiences in even the most remote regions. — www.tukumusik.com

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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Music from Around the World with Habib Koité at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton

Music from Around the World with Habib Koité
Iron Horse Music Hall ♦ Northampton, MA
Sunday, Feb 16th, 2014 @ 7pm

Enter for a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets we’re giving away to see Habib Koité at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on Sunday, Feb 16th, 2014 at 7pm. Deadline to enter: 2/11/14. Details below.

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

We’re excited to announce that we will be offering tickets to Dean’s Beans Music from Around the World monthly concert series taking place at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA, over the months to come! Each month this fabulous world music concert series features a wide variety of the world’s premier international performers. Check with us each month for an opportunity to win a pair of tickets to see  these world class acts happening right here in our region!

For February we have two pairs of tickets to giveaway to see Malian guitarist, Habib Koité, one of Africa’s most popular and recognized musicians, at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA on Sunday, February 16th at 7pm. Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. These concerts are also a great opportunity to expose older children with audience skills to music from around the world. Deadline to enter to win: 02/11 @ 11:59pm (EST). Enter for a chance to win!

ABOUT HABIB KOITE

While many Malian guitarists are known for their mastery of their tribes strumming vernacular, Habib Koité has become adept at a number of styles. For him, the common thread is the sound of traditional Malian stringed instruments. Koit seeks to capture those warm sonics on his guitar via the pentatonic scale, and by utilizing open tunings. Whether one understands what hes doing technically, theres no denying the beauty in how his guitar notes and vocals interact with the lush sounds of the xylophone-like balafon and the insistent pulse of his groups rhythm section. – www.habibkoite.com

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HFVS Music of the World Episode with Guest DJ, Keith Terry (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Music of the World Episode
with Guest DJ, Keith Terry

Listen to Podcast:

Keith Terry from Crosspulse Ensemble is our Guest DJ this week! Keith’s program is about World Music AND Music of the World – not only songs from artists around the planet, but sounds of the planet, itself – from the calls made by insects and birds,  to  atmospheric sounds created by lightening.   Plus some found sound — music created by the sounds we don’t always think of as musical, such as fog horns and trains, even bricks.   Join Keith in this exploration of some new and unusual ways of creating and listening to music.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 29th & 30th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: Keith Terry, organizer of the International Body Music Festival, stopped by The World studios in Boston to demonstrate the amazing music the human body can make. – www.crosspulse.com


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PLAYLIST

  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – “Body Beat” [I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do.]
  • Bayaka Pygmies – “Bayaka Song” [Pulse of the Planet]
  • Ba Benzélé Pygmies – “Unknown” [Anthology of Afro Music – UNESCO]
  • Zap Mamá – “Brrrlak!”  [Divas volume two]
  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – “Cumbe” [I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do]
  • Mangbetu – “Water Drumming” [Pulse of the Planet]
  • Tangle Eye- “Katie Left Memphis with wood chopping” [Alan Lomax’s Roots of the Blues]
  • Unknown- “Bricks” [Unknown]
  • “Postal Workers Cancelling Stamps at the University of Ghana Post Office” [1975 field recording, James Koetting]
  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – “Flores” [I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do]
  • Mayan Marching Band – “Unknown” [Unknown]
  • The Tahitian Choir – “Morotiri Nei” [Rapa Iti]
  • Keith Terry & Crosspulse – “Body Music” [Keith Terry & Crosspulse]
  • Vocal Sampling- “Una Forma Mas” [Una Forma Mas]
  • Barbatuques – “Cneiro verde” [O Seguinte é Esse]
  • Ants – “Ants” [Pulse of the Planet]
  • Antonio Carols Jobim – “Foghorn” [original soundtrack from the film Black Orpheus]
  • Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – “Jalan Jalan” [I Like Everything About You, Yes I Do]]
  • Talab Khan Barna- “Sat Bhayan Ki Ek Behanadli I” [Latcho Drom: Bande Originale Du Film Soundtrack]]
  • Atmospheric Whistlers – “Atmospheric Whistlers” [Pulse of the Planet]
  • Barbatuques – “Respirando” [O Seguinte é Esse]
  • Inuits – “Unuit Throat and Harp Songs”  [Canadian Music Heritage Collection]
  • Sergio Mendez “Fanfarra Despedida” [Brasileiro]

Music Trekking: The Russian Guitar

Discovering The Balalaika

If you’re watching someone “rock out” in the USA, chances are they are playing a guitar. It might be a bass guitar, an electric guitar, an acoustic guitar or maybe even a 12 string guitar, but it probably is some kind of guitar. Along with the banjo and the fiddle, it’s one of our country’s “stringed instruments of choice.” Now if you were to travel almost halfway around the world to countries like Russia or the Ukraine, you’d also see some pretty amazing musicians and musical groups. But instead of the familiar guitar, they might be making their own musical magic with a triangular-shaped instrument called a balalaika.

Unlike the guitar, the balalaika is actually a family of instruments with a variety of sizes from the smaller, mandolin-sized prima balalaika to a huge contrabass balalaika which is so large that it needs wooden legs to support it as it stands on the floor. And the contra bass is so large that it is played with a pick made from a large piece of leather or even a boot heel – wow!

If you’d like to see a balalaika, check out this video in Yiddish and English called Tum Balalaika:

This folksong from Eastern Europe is actually a riddle song. In the original Yiddish, a boy is seeking a lovely girl who is as pretty as she is smart. So he stays up all night and devises a series of riddles that are questions for her. The chorus of the song: “tum bala, tum bala, tum, balalaika” imitates the strum of the balalaika. If you’d like to see some of the riddles he poses, there’s an English translation below.

Because I often sing for audiences that speak mainly English, I sing the original verse in Yiddish and then add new verses in English that tell the story. The girl is as clever (or more clever) then the boy. She answers all his questions then asks him to be her beau. It’s a perfect ending since the young lady also wanted a boyfriend as clever as he might be handsome!

If you’d like to see and hear an actual balalaika, check out this balalaika orchestra:

You’ll see a group of boys and men of various ages playing the Beatles Song “Yesterday” on their balalaikas. Notice the different sizes and shapes working together to create the beautiful melody.

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Music Trekking: The Chinese New Year

Happy New Year and Happy Chinese New Year!

Along with the January 1st ringing in of the new year, there are several other types of new year celebrations that are marked by different cultures, countries and other religions. For instance, on January 23rd, Chinese New Year celebrates the arrival of a new year – the year of the Dragon!

What’s a Chinese New Year celebration like? Great fun and lots of festivities. I’ve chosen this video from Sydney, Australia’s Chinese New Year celebration because they’ve boiled a huge amount of the city’s activities into a short video. Take a look and you’ll see awesome parades, music, martial arts, dragon boat races, and much more — plus they’ve even added some of their own Australian Aboriginal music. In this video, you can see a short segment of people playing the didgeridoo and the bilma (Australian clapsticks) making it a truly multicultural celebration:

What is Chinese music like when a big celebration is not in full swing? Check out this video of a popular group of traditional musicians from China called the 12 Girls Band (女子十二乐坊). In this video you can see them playing some really unique instruments such as a Chinese fiddle called an erhu, a pear shaped lute called a pipa, a hammered dulcimer as well as several types of flutes and zithers. Although this group was formed to play Chinese folk music, they also do some amazing versions of folksongs from other cultures such as “El Condor Pasa” and even versions of songs written by modern artists such as Coldplay and Enya. I chose this video because it allows you to get a close look at the 12 girls in the band and the instruments that they play:

Until next month … Happy New Year(s) to you!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Award-winning children’s performer, DARIA (Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou) has created 7 cd’s that have won national honors. She has the most awesome job of traveling the world to sing for kids and peace. Her “world music for kids” website, www.dariamusic.com, was given a 2009 Parents Choice Award for its musical and cultural content.  She has also created a multicultural kids video site as well as My Favorite Multicultural Books.

A free copy of this month’s song can be downloaded on Daria’s Monthly Song Page.

If you’d like to check out more about instruments from this region of the world, Daria will be sharing Chinese New Year customs, the Tibetan Singing Bowl and a “Make-Your-Own” Chinese Gong craft this month at Making Multicultural.

Music Trekking: Games and Music for Hanukkah

Watch a Little Dreydl Spin!

December is such an exciting time of year as folks prepare for holidays such as Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. For those who are celebrating Hanukkah or the Festival of Lights, there are goodies to prepare, a menorah to light with it’s eight special candles, relatives to greet and a wonderful little game to play based on a top that spins, called the dreydl (or dreidel).

So why is it called a dreydyl? The word “dreyen” in Yiddish means “to spin” so the name makes perfect sense. The dreydyl song talks about a toy made out of clay and it is certain that the first dreydls were made this way. If you have one today – it is probably made from either wood or plastic. And it will have four Hebrew letters on it. What does each letter mean? Well, it tells the tale behind Hanukkah, how a very small bit of oil that should have lasted only a short time was miraculously able to burn in the Temple for 8 days! It spoke volumes to the Jewish people about how God was able to provide for those who were faithful. If you watch the video, the letters will appear and you can see their meaning as well as how they relate to playing the game.

If you’d like to play the dreydl game at home, you’ll need a pile of goodies. You can use walnuts, candies, pennies or special chocolate coins called Hanukkah gelt (literally, Hanukkah money). Everyone takes a turn spinning the top and they either pass their turn, add a treat to the pot, take half of the pot or take it all. What fun!

Is this a custom your family does around the holidays? If so, why not share it with some friends and teach them about the things you do. If not, what are the special customs that mean the most to your loved ones? Can you share them with your neighbors or friends so they can enjoy them as well.

Whatever holidays you celebrate – may they be bright, beautiful and full of love!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Award-winning children’s performer, DARIA (Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou) has created 7 cd’s that have won national honors. She has the most awesome job of traveling the world to sing for kids and peace. Her “world music for kids” website, www.dariamusic.com, was given a 2009 Parents Choice Award for its musical and cultural content.  She has also created a multicultural kids video site as well as My Favorite Multicultural Books.

A free copy of this month’s song can be downloaded on Daria’s Monthly Song Page.

Musical Diversity at the Hilltown Spring Festival!

Celebrate Music Diversity at the Hilltown Spring Festival

Mark Your Calendars for the Hilltown Spring Festival on May 15th at the Cummington Fairgrounds in Cummington, MA!

This year at the Hilltown Spring Festival, the Hilltown CDC will be featuring 15 bands on 2 stages! Musical offerings at the Festival will range from the jazz saxophone of Charles Neville to the Scottish pipes of Dan Houghton and will include special musical jam sessions and hands-on demonstrations throughout the day. Also on the bill are the local psychedelic Dixieland band, The Primate Fiasco, alt-jazz from Swing Caravan, Celtic fiddler Katherine First and student choirs and musical groups from Hilltown-area schools.

Among the 15 acts scheduled to perform are Gaia Roots & the Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra:

  • Gaia Roots
    The women of Gaia Roots blend vocal harmonies with percussion rhythms creating a unique weave of traditional music and original creations. Their influences and instrumentation draw on traditions from Europe, Native America, Israel, Macedonia, South Africa, India, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Haiti. Their new CD, Mother Drum, was just released last month in Northampton. This is Amiee, Shanti and the rest first appearance at the festival and they’ll be playing at 3PM.
  • Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra
    The Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra is a rare treat for irreverent unplugged fans across the country. Formed in 1994, the members now include songwriter and educator Bernice Lewis, composer and arranger Cathy Schane-Lydon and artist Sarah McNair. Close-cropped harmonies and unrestrained ukulele strumming produce a highly original sound, as the Ladies propel themselves through a set peppered with familiar classics alongside lesser-known gems. Nothing is sacred in the Ladies’ quest for suitable material. Expected and surprising genres are equally lavished with attention to harmony, humor and originality.

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