Deirdre Saravia

Cultural Content Producer

Deirdre as born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and her first paid work was at the age of 10 with the BBC as an actress on "Children's Hour." She continued to perform regularly on radio and stage for the next eight years, at which point she was informed by her parents that theater was not an option and she needed "real" work.

So Deirdre left the flashy life of entertainment and trained as a registered nurse in Ireland, continuing to London. Her nursing experiences allowed her to travel and work abroad in Europe and Africa, and while working in London for British Petroleum, she met her husband, Dr. Jorge Saravia. They moved to Mexico City where she managed his private practice while learning Spanish.

During her time in Mexico City, she worked as an extra on the movie "Lucky Lady," starring Gene Hackman, Liza Minelli and Burt Reynolds. You can see her fox-trotting in a night club scene, but you have to watch very closely.

After the Saravia family moved to San Antonio, Deirdre volunteered at KRTU 91.7 FM and hosted a World Music program while continuing to work in nursing at Santa Rosa Children's Hospital and University hospital.

Deirdre joined TPR serendipitously, when one evening Thistle and Shamrock failed to air on KSTX. Having just produced an Irish music show for KRTU, she quickly gathered her gear and substituted for Fiona Richie.

Deirdre produces World Music with Deirdre Saravia, which airs Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. on KSTX.

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World Music
11:40 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Rockets For Easter, Snakes In Italy

The village of Cocullo in Abruzzo, Italy.
Ra Boe Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week, rockets blaze for the risen Christ in Greece, and Indiana Jones would never want to find himself in Abruzzo next week. Snakes!  

LA FESTA DEI SERPARI

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World Music
5:07 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Miao Girls Festival

Miao girls.
L-Bit (Kia Ora) Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week, learn about the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day. 

SISTERS MEAL FESTIVAL

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World Music Pick
3:19 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Get Friendly With Los Amigos Invisibles "Repeat After Me"

Nacional Records

In the early 1990s in Venezuela, a group of young musicians decided to compose and play music unlike any thing they heard in the clubs of Caracas.

Los Amigos' style is described as disco/funk and is definitely dance music. Amazingly, the original line up is unchanged over their twenty years of playing together.

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KPAC Blog
6:24 am
Tue April 16, 2013

The Violin "a la Francaise" With Maria Bachmann

Trio Solisti
Courtesy of the artist

Maria Bachmann's latest CD, "French Fantasy," featuring pianist Adam Nieman, pays tribute to those lyrical and dramatic French composers  Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Saens, and Cesar Franck, whose sonata she considers the "heart" of her latest album.

Deirdre Saravia spoke with her recently about her career and this latest solo release. 

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World Music
9:05 pm
Sat April 13, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Angola Prison Rodeo

Angola Prison Rodeo, 2009.
Frank McMains www.frankmcmains.com

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week, learn about the original gated community. 

ANGOLA PRISON RODEO

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World Music
5:03 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

World Music Celebrations: An Arid Desert Race, A Soaking New Year

People in a tuk-tuk get targeted during the Songkran festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Takeaway Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week, you can run for miles in the sun, or then get doused with water for the Cambodian New Year! 

MARATHON DES SABLES

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World Music Pick
4:06 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Paris Combo: Building A Relationship With Listeners On "5"

TaDah Records

It is difficult to describe the Paris Combo sound--it encompasses everything from cabaret to Middle Eastern and a whole lot in between, but they are comfortable with the 'World Music' description. Formed in Paris in the mid nineties, they released their first album, 'Paris Combo,' in 1997. Much of their success comes from their vocalist, the irrepressible Belle Du Berry, who also writes the witty lyrics. The guitarist who goes by one name, Potzi, plays Django Rheinhardt style.

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World Music
10:23 am
Thu March 28, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Easter

Hanácké kraslice, a traditional way of decorating Easter eggs with straw in the region of Haná, the Czech Republic.
Jan Kameníček Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This weekend, Christians around the world celebrate Easter as a sacred Holy Day as well as with a little fun. 

BUNNY HOPPING 

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World Music At SXSW
12:43 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Kao=S Mixes Traditional & Modern Japan To Make Music & Visual Art

Kao=S busks on Rainey Street on Saturday night, giving passers by something different from the contemporary sounds pouring out of the bars.
Chris Eudaily TPR

Tokyo-based Kao=S (pronounced 'kaus' - like house) mixes modern acoustic rock guitar riffs with the tsugaru syamisen - a traditional Japanese string  instrument - accompanied by the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) and Japanese sword performance.

The band is made up of Kaori (vocal/sword performance), Shuji (guitar/vocal), Jack (tsugaru syamisen and Daisuke (shakuhachi).

"Me and Jack played together in a different [group] and I met Shuji [when] I went to Shuji's live show and I talked to him [and said], 'Let's play together,'" Kaori said.

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World Music At SXSW
10:02 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Japan's Shugo Tokumaru Is In Control And 'In Focus'

Shugo said Tokyo audiences have been noticably resistance to his musical charms.
Chris Eudaily TPR

For his latest album, "In Focus?," Shugo Tokumaru maintained complete control over the creative process and played all the instruments on the recorded disk. In order to perform live, however, he needed some help, and had his band to back him up.

While the band delivered the songs with energy, complete with the subtle textural nuances that give Shugo's songs a little something special, he was visibly focused on the other two musicians during their performance the afternoon of March 14.

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