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 At SXSW
12:44 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Marianne Dissard's Latest, 'The Cat, Not Me,' A "Strange Album"

From left to right: Andrew Joslyn, Josh Karp (Budo), and Marianne Dissard.
Chris Eudaily TPR

Marianne Dissard is an artist in every sense of the word.

She is a filmmaker, a poet, a singer, and not a single word or movement is wasted. When she plays live, all these elements combine on stage to deliver a story of depression, exhaustion, frustration, intrigue and joy.

The Tucson Music Factory showcase on March 12 at SXSW was the debut of her live collaboration with Budo, a Seattle-based producer and multi-instrumentalist who is known more for his work in Hip Hop circles than World Music.

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World Music (& Film) At SXSW
3:50 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Award-Winning Documentary Takes A Punk Rock Look At Intellectual Disabilities

Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät starts their set at Headhunters on Red River Street.

Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät (Pertti Kurikka's Name Day), a punk band from Finland, is the subject of the documentary "The Punk Syndrome," which won the SXGlobal Audience Award at this year's SXSW Film Festival.

The documentary provides a sincere and honest look at the lives of the four band members, who are all adults living with varying degrees of mental intellectual disabilities.

The band is made up of Pertti Kurikka (guitar), Kari Aalito (vocals), Sami Helle (bass) and Toni Välitalo (drums).

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World Music At SXSW
11:21 am
Fri March 22, 2013

The Drifting, Laid-Back Sway Of Bordeaux's Alba Lua

Benoit (left) and Clement talk about life in Bordeaux and the difference between French and American men.
Chris Eudaily TPR

Clément, the lead singer of Paris-based French band Alba Lua, still calls Bordeaux his hometown and loves to talk about life in southwest France. Though they are proudly French, the name of the band is actually a mixture of Spanish and Portugese.

"Alba is the dawn (in Spanish), and Lua is the moon in Portugese... I like the association of the two words and sometimes you can see the moon in the daylight and it has always been beautiful to me."

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World Music At SXSW
3:25 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

The Meteoric One-Year Rise Of Iceland's Asgeir Trausti

Ásgeir Trausti has a bright future with his English language album a few months from release.
Chris Eudaily TPR

Iceland's Ásgeir Trausti has taken the music charts in his native country by storm since his debut album, "Dyrd I Daudathogn," came out in September of last year. The presale of his album broke records on Icelandicmusic.com, reached gold sales in six weeks and has since gone platinum.

While some of the musical backing in his songs may sound familiar, the vocal stylings in his native Icelandic make the vocal feel more like a participating instrument than a means to deliver the lyrics.

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World Music At SXSW
12:07 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

An Independent Musical Voice From Chile: Diego Peralta

Diego Peralta was in the U.S. for the first time at this year's SXSW.
Chris Eudaily TPR

With undisputable pop leanings and an ear for a sweet vocal melody, Diego Peralta is one of the leading independent voices on the Chilean music scene in his hometown of Valparaiso.

Diego was one of only a few musicians representing Chile at this year's South By Southwest Music Festival (SXSW), and this was his first time in the United States.

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World Music At SXSW
11:08 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Lisa LeBlanc And Her French-Canadian "Folk Trash"

Lisa Leblanc is from Rosaireville, a town of 49 people in New Brunswick, Canada
Lisa Leblanc facebook photo

Lisa LeBlanc's musical idols are from the world of classic rock and metal. They're big rock stars with charisma, many of them men. Her approach to folk music is bold and confrontational, a style that she has deemed "folk trash."

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World Music Pick
1:57 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Bajofondo: South American Landscapes

Sony Masterworks

Bajofondo started as a loose collective of musicians from Argentina and Uruguay, but over time formed a solid core of players that have since become a cohesive band. Their latest release, "Presente," consists of twenty one tracks and has a massive sound.

For this CD the group augmented their sound with an enormous orchestral section, giving each of their songs a full and well-rounded sound.

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SXSW Music Festival
1:36 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Look & Listen: World Music At SXSW 2013

Gonzalo Deniz goes by the stage name Franny Glass and tunes up his guitar at the Uruguay Music Showcase at the Speakeasy on Wednesday night.
Chris Eudaily TPR

With so many music groups in Austin for SXSW it is easy for any of them to get drowned out by all the noise, but luckily for World Music artists, their foreign musical stylings give them a uniqueness that audiences tend to stop and pay attention to.

The language barrier doesn't seem to matter

Many world groups sing in English in order to tap into the English-speaking market, but there is still a healthy demand for music sung in foreign languages.

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World Music
1:47 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

World Music Celebrations: St. Patrick's Day

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, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated not just in Ireland, but now around the world. 

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World Music
9:06 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Honoring A Saint, Banishing Spirits

Falla del Pilar, 2007
Chosovi Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at festivals happening around the world along with the music of the cultures they represent. This week, we’re ridding the land of evil spirits in Japan, and celebrating St. Joseph in Spain.  

LAS FALLAS

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