Deirdre Saravia http://tpr.org en Austin Group Atash Brings The Sounds Of The World To Texas http://tpr.org/post/austin-group-atash-brings-sounds-world-texas <p><a href="http://atash.com/" target="_blank">Atash </a>is a multi-cultural band based in Austin, so for them, lodging wasn’t an issue at the jam-packed South By Southwest festival. The members are from Iran, India, West Guinea, Africa, Cuba, Mexico and the United States. We started out talking about the band members, and also got into the subject of Islam and music during our interview.</p><p><strong>Deirdre Saravia: "Mohammad, tell me about yourself, where do you come from?"</strong></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:41:03 +0000 Deirdre Saravia 28613 at http://tpr.org Austin Group Atash Brings The Sounds Of The World To Texas Lo'Jo Celebrates 30 Years Of Peace And Music http://tpr.org/post/lojo-celebrates-30-years-peace-and-music <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The group called <a href="http://www.lojo.org/lojo.php" target="_blank">Lo’Jo </a>was started in 1982 in Angers, France. The founders, Denis Pean and Richard Bourreau, continue to remain actively engaged with Richard playing the violin and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kora_(instrument)" target="_blank">kora </a>and Denis the singer and keyboardist.</span></p><p><strong>Deirdre Saravia: You live as a collective, right? Is that like hippies?</strong></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:44:37 +0000 Deirdre Saravia 28474 at http://tpr.org Lo'Jo Celebrates 30 Years Of Peace And Music Uruguay's Daniel Drexler: "My Records Are My Diary" http://tpr.org/post/uruguays-daniel-drexler-my-records-are-my-diary <p></p><p>Daniel Drexler is Uruguayan artist whose fifth album, ‘<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009Q54PEW/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=211189&amp;creative=373489&amp;creativeASIN=B009Q54PEW&amp;link_code=as3&amp;tag=texaspublicra-20" target="_blank">Mar Abierto</a>,’ is a hit in South America. He performed at this year’s South By Soutwest Music Festival as part of a showcase called the Sounds of Uruguay. Not only is he a musician, but he’s also a physician, specializing in the treatment of tinnitus.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:58:08 +0000 Deirdre Saravia 28463 at http://tpr.org Uruguay's Daniel Drexler: "My Records Are My Diary" Serbian Musician Spikes Old World Music With Rock Sounds http://tpr.org/post/serbian-musician-spikes-old-world-music-rock-sounds <p>I first heard of <a href="http://www.kalband.com/" target="_blank">Kal </a>when they played at the 2008 International Accordion Festival in San Antonio, where they were greeted with wild enthusiasm. Formed in Belgrade in 2001, Kal is led by Dragan Ristic. The objective of the group is to promote the Romany culture, a subject increasingly taught in schools in Europe. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:42:48 +0000 Deirdre Saravia 26615 at http://tpr.org Serbian Musician Spikes Old World Music With Rock Sounds Asgeir Trausti Breaks The "Silence" In English http://tpr.org/post/asgeir-trausti-breaks-silence-english <p>Last year at Austin’s South By Southwest Festival, a muscular, shy young man with a fairly pronounced sunburn arrived for an interview with me.</p><p>Asgeir Trausti had recently arrived from a howling storm in Iceland. He shared a video on his cell which confirmed the conditions-- all dark skies and driving snow. On that same day, Austin was experiencing a fairly typical spring day, with warm temperatures, clear blue skies and gorgeous sunshine. It all went to Asgeir’s head--and his face, and his arms,which were glowing pink!</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:35:02 +0000 Deirdre Saravia 26387 at http://tpr.org Asgeir Trausti Breaks The "Silence" In English Traditional Songs, Jazzed Up By Monsieur Doumani http://tpr.org/post/traditional-songs-jazzed-monsieur-doumani <p><a href="http://monsieurdoumani.com/" target="_blank">Monsieur Doumani</a> is not a single person, but three young men from Cyprus, the island nation in the Mediterranean Sea. Formed in 2011, and coming from different musical backgrounds, they were united by their love for the traditional music of their island home. Antonis Antoniou plays the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tzouras" target="_blank">tzouras</a>, an instrument comparable to the bouzouki, Angelos Ionas is the guitarist, and Demetris Yiasemides plays the wind instruments.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:05:31 +0000 Deirdre Saravia 24871 at http://tpr.org Traditional Songs, Jazzed Up By Monsieur Doumani Goodbye To Winter! (Or So The Swiss Hope) http://tpr.org/post/goodbye-winter-or-so-swiss-hope <p>The Vogel Gryff Festival, held in Switzerland, could be described as wishful thinking, because January 13<sup>th</sup> 2014, is most certainly, not remotely or positively anywhere near the end of winter! But since the 13th century, Swiss folk in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basel" target="_blank">Basel </a>have enjoyed this fun event that aims to chase away the winter, and also mocks the city elite.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 16:26:52 +0000 Deirdre Saravia 24642 at http://tpr.org Goodbye To Winter! (Or So The Swiss Hope) Katy Carr Tells World War II Stories In Song On "Paszport" http://tpr.org/post/katy-carr-tells-world-war-ii-stories-song-paszport <p>As the host of World Music on KSTX, I’m endlessly fascinated by songs in foreign languages and their performers. Though I frequently don’t understand the lyrics, liner notes are occasionally provided in English, or translations can be found on-line. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:30:39 +0000 Deirdre Saravia 24379 at http://tpr.org Katy Carr Tells World War II Stories In Song On "Paszport" The Black And White Carnival http://tpr.org/post/black-and-white-carnival <p>The largest and most impressive festival in southern Colombia begins on January 2, and lasts almost a week. Dating back to antiquity, the “<a href="http://www.colombia.travel/en/international-tourist/sightseeing-what-to-do/history-and-tradition/fairs-and-festivals/january/carnival-of-blacks-and-whites-in-pasto" target="_blank">Black and White Carnival</a>” has adapted and expanded over the centuries. Initially, the local indigenous population, the agrarian Quillacingas, would dance and sing at the end of the harvest to appease and honor the pagan gods. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:43:08 +0000 Deirdre Saravia 24305 at http://tpr.org The Black And White Carnival Radish Art In Oaxaca http://tpr.org/post/radish-art-oaxaca <p>Each week on World Music (Saturday nights at 8:00 on KSTX), we not only hear great music, but I take a look at celebrations happening around the world this week...</p><p><strong>LA NOCHE DE LOS RABANOS</strong></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 14:48:54 +0000 Deirdre Saravia 23883 at http://tpr.org Radish Art In Oaxaca