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Oblomow : Sporen


Snakes In Exile : Second Skin


Sula : Fastland
The music is from the whole north Atlantic area… reels, jigs, hornpipes, polkas, hopsas and powerful songs. Rod Sinclair (Scotland) sings and plays guitar and 5-string banjo. Eskil Romme (Denmark) plays accordion, saxophone and pipes. Erling Olsen (Denmark) is a fiddler in the traditional Nordic style.


various artists : The Real Bahamas, Volume II
The second volume of Seigel and Stecher recordings from the Bahamas, originally released in 1978


Wissam Murad : Min Ba'd
Vocalist, percussionist, oud player (and member of the Palestinian ensemble Sabreen) steps forward with a rich recording of modern songs rooted in tradition, accompanied by an excellent ensemble of ud, bass, percussion, violin, kanoun and cello.


Mad Tea Party : Flying Saucers
True Americana by a quirky crew from North Carolina delve into old blues, hokum and folk tunes, with a touch of coutry pop music from the 20s and such. Ami Worthen (vocals, ukulele), Jason Krekel (vocals, guitar, fiddle, and kazoo) and Lora Pendleton (vocals, bass) recorded this little gem of American roots in their home in North Carolina and the energy and spontaneity overflow in every tune, from the clever novelty of "Flying Suacers" to the warmth of the old country standard, "Walking on the Kings Highway." I was priveleged to have these folks on my radio show in CT in 2005 and fell in love with their personable and witty approach to all kinds of American roots music. Highly recommended.


Jean-Christophe Renault : La est la question
Piano solos of original compositions by the Belgian musician. Listen


The Secret North : LIVE
The Secret North brings together 6 world-class musicians from Scotland, Denmark, Sweden and Ireland: Ailie Robertson on harp; Ale Carr on cittern; Donald Grant on fiddle; Kieran Munnelly on flutes, whistle and bodhran; Niall Vallely on concertina; and Nikolaj Busk on piano and keyboards. The set is 6 long tracks performed and recorded live in Glasgow.


Kristian Blak : Ravnating (studio recording)


Yggdrasil : Duologues
Faroese composer Kristian Blak creates new works with the Danish painter Anders Hjuler. They imagine "duologues' between ancient and modern figures from philosophy and literature (Beatrice and Dante; Munch and Nietzsche; Mandela and Dalia Lama, Lao Tse and Confucius) performed by the reknowned Nordic ensemble Yggdrasil.


Eskil Romme : Himmerlandsmelodier
The Danish saxophone and accordion player, Eskil Romme, is a man of relatively few words, but a lot of idealism. He performs a mix of traditional and contemporary Nordic and Celtic music,a nd with his wife, he also runs an organic farm, so he knows a bit about 'roots.'. The CD features accordion player Karen Tweed (UK), the piano player Peter Rosendal (DK) and the violinist Ditte Fromseier Mortensen (DK). He is also joined by guitarist Morten Alfred Hoirup, who says of Romme, "if you have a listen to the music, I am sure that you'll agree that this is a beautiful and truely original piece of work, one of the kind that stays in your head and makes you wonder."


Fiddling Faroes : Foroysk Log
Poul Bjerager Christiansen and Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen bring two generations of Faroese fiddling together in both traditional and contemporary settings, accompanied by organ, voices and more. Listen | Listen


Tummel : Transit
The Swedes seem to have a new passion for Balkan and other eastern European music, and Tummel present their own brand: tough, raw, often harshly electric, but always soulful and full of the original 'heavy metal' of the European brass band. Klezmer, Balkan dance tunes, Arabic touches and a defiantly original streak define this band's music.


Banda de Armada Portuguesa : Antologia do Centenario 1903-2003
The Portuguese Navy Band is presented in a series of songs dating back to the earliest days of recorded music and coming right up to 2003. Brass bands and vocal groups in true navy band styles and a few surprises.


Kartik Seshadri : Illuminations
Performances of two ragas by Sitar virtuoso Kartik Seshadri, recognized as one of India's outstanding musicians and a student Pandit Ravi Shankar.


Ismael Isaac : Black System
Ivory Coast reggae


Ba Cissoko : Seno
2009 release by Guinean kora player Ba Cissoko and his band. Born in Guinea Bissau, he moved to Guinea Conakry, eventually working with Kourou and Sekou Mbady, who now play bass, kora and electric kora in the ensemble. Hot, hard and defiantly modern. The Guardian writes "This third album takes a step back towards tradition, however. There are still bursts of sonic wizardry - wah wah kora, growling fuzz guitar - but the spirit of change is as much in the use of Latin, funk and reggae flavours."


SHANKAR, DAYA : SHEHNAI


Sarah Aroeste : a la una (in the beginning)
An fine and promising debut release by a young American singer exploring Sephardic music in the modern world. The music ranges from traditional folk forms to jazz, rock and many of the hyphens-in-between, supported by a strong ensemble using traditional and modern instruments.


Pablo Guerrero : Suenos Sencillos
Guerrero's thirteenth Spanish release. Some listeners may recognize his inimitable, understated baritone from A Maria Teresa Vera (Intuition, 1999), the superb tribute to the grand Cuban singer-songwriter. The accompaniment is sparse (acoustic guitar, bass and backing female voices), putting his pensive lyricism up front, a masterful illustration of the artistic virtues of less-is-more. Guerrero is a musician who has made a conscious choice to live at the margins of a music industry whose modus operandi is to homogenize everything in its grasp. Spanish speakers will appreciate the inclusion of the original lyrics. They emanate from the soul of a poet deeply concerned with the relations of power that deform community life on the planet. Guerrero's unassuming philosophical reflections upon mundane experience acknowledge the precious, fleeting character of human existence, the delight to be taken in everyday social relations, and the healing powers of love and a famously unfettered imagination. In the Spanish do


La Bruja Gata : Baile de libelulas
The Dragonfly Dance this band does moves carefully through a compositional bent a la Maria Kalaniemi (who accordionist Javier Palancar can compete with on every level of expertise!), the spirited energy of Kepa Junkera, touches of eastern European darkness and an overarching sense of sheer ebullience. The accordion dominates in this unique Spanish band, driven by percussion, bass and mandola, colored by zanfona, flutes, dulzaina, violin, clarinet and bass clarinet.


Orquestra De Frevo : Vassourinhas De Olinda
Hot brassband dance music from Pernambuco, north-east Brazil


Juan Carranza : Mareas
Costa Rican born guitarist Juan Carranza merges traditional and new flamenco with an undercurrent of Latin and North African rhythms on this collection of ten original songs. This is no slick pastiche a la Gipsy Kings, but rough and ready roots music played with great energy and skill, delivered with passion and creative spark.


Erik Hokkanen and Lumisudet : Cosmic Meltdown Vol. 1
Fiddler and guitarist Hokkanen, Texan of Finnish descent, with Finns Arto Jarvela, mandolinist-guitarist Petri Hakala and bassist Tapani Varis and great guests: Maria Kalaniemi, Timo Alakotila, Mauno Jarvela, Kimmo Pohjonen. It's a bit of Finnish tradition, some old-timey American, Texas swing, Tin Pan Alley and more, played by some of the hottiest musicians around.


Arto Jarvela : Far In!
Arto Jarvela the one-man-band takes a contemporary look at tunes old and new and executes them multi-track style with guitar, mandolin, mandola, kantele, percussion, marimba and of course, fiddle. The adventure continues in 2005.


Arto Jarvela : Soitta Viulna: Arto Jarvela plays fiddle
Yes, he does, in 21 solo works for Finnish folk fiddling.


Lila Downs : La Sandunga
Reissue of the 1997 recording by the Mexican singer and writer.


Bustan Abraham : Fanar
with guests Zakir Hussein and Hariprasad Chaurasia


Oswaldinho : Um Bom Forro
More accordion music from the unique Rio-born Brazilian master


Lars Hollmer : 12 sibiriska cyklar / Vill du hora mer
The Swedish composer, accordionist, and multi-instrumentalist's 1981 and 1982 recordings on one disc.


Dan Gisen Malmquist : Eldringen
Swedish Composer and clarinet player, Dan Gisen Malmquist, has been playing and composing music for the past twenty years. He has his own characteristic tone as a musician and a very distinct feeling for melody as a composer.


Roland Schiltknecht with Alan Koushan : Tunsch
a handsome, impressionistic album of contemporary music making, intuitively informed by myth and the purity of folklife yet it escapes typing or direct comparison with any similar developments elsewhere in Europe. Quite a find. - Steve Taylor, RootsWorld


Monica Salmaso : Trampolim
Brazilian singer Mônica Salmaso's 1998 release included contributions by some of Brazil's great musicians, including Nana Vasconcelos, Teco Cardoso, Paulo Bellinati.


Gacha Empega / Thierry Corrillon and Ensemble en prals : Terres du Sud - Provence Gacha Empega / Thierry Corrillon and Ensemble en prals (2 CDs)


Pino de Vittorio : Neroitalia


Eugenio Bennato : Da lontano
Taranta power returns on this 2005 release by one of Italy's best-known roots innovators. The band is, as always, stellar: Bennato on vocals, mandola and classical guitar with Erasmo Petringa, cello, lute, mandolincello and guitar; M'barka Bentaleb, vocals and percussions; Zaina Chabane, vocals; Roberto Menonna, guitare battente and vocals.


Paris to Kyiv : Fragmenti
The 2005 release by this Canadian based, Ukraine inspired global music ensemble. Marvelous music, a first rate ensemble of Julian Kytasty, Richard Moody, Paul Yee, Christian Dugas, Alan Schroeder and Rodrigo Muñoz and of course, the voice of Alexis Kochan.


Zig Zag Trio : When the bees are gathering honey
The Gypsy wedding music of Bulgaria has been made famous by the likes of Yunakov and Papasov, but this ensemble is every bit their equal as they thunder through Gypsy music, crazy jazz and wild improvisations on accordion, tupan, percussion and guitar. Highly Recommended!


Korova : A Distant Echo
This vocal-tamboura quartet from Bulgaria play authentic folk music from the Rhodope mountains in Bulgaria, with energy and directness. Their performance is captured in their home town setting, without a fancy studio sound or production... you'll hear the listeners join in, you'll hear the trucks drive by.


Bulgara : Bear's Wedding
A raw mix of Bulgarian 'wedding music,' jazz, rock and folk music performed with hyper-energy by seven great musicians on kaval, gayda (bagpipe), gadulka, tambourine, electric bass, drums and percussion.


Joe Townsend and Martin Green : Return to the Woods
Joe Townsend and Martin Green have recorded an album that walks through the hinterland of jazz, folk, and contemporary music on violin, guitar, accordion, and an array of other instruments such as Mongolian cello, octave violin, musical saw and Fender Rhodes piano. They move from the inspiration of Duke Ellington and Romanian Gypsy music, through the minimalism of Adams and Reich and into the darker regions of English folk music. Through imaginative recording techniques such as the placing of tiny microphones inside instruments, playing the accordion through rotating speakers and using vintage keyboards they have produced a unique voice which is constantly changing yet somehow familiar. There's no explaining it; you simply have to listen.


The Clayfoot Strutters : Going Elsewhere
The Clayfoot Strutters are a self-styled 'New England-based Contradance Jam Band' who specialize in fusing the modes and melodies of traditional American immigrant music, progressive pop and modal jazz harmonies with' dance-floor grooves from the Latin, Swing, Afropop and Zydeco/Cajun worlds. Members are fiddler, songwriter, and producer Pete Sutherland, Jeremiah McLane on accordion and keyboards, and drummer, vocalist and guitarist Lee Blackwell. Special guests often include: Peter Davis, who plays clarinet, sax, piano, and guitar, bassist Dave Grant, and banjo and flute player Mark Roberts.


Naftule's Dream : Live in Florence
a live concert performance by one of the most agressive and innovative of the 'new Jewish fringe' bands


Fred Ho : Once upon a time in Chinese America
Combining music, theater and fantastic Chinese martial arts, Once Upon a Time in Chinese America is a heroic 17th Century martial arts legend of the betrayal of the legendary Shaolin Temple by a renegade monk. It is composer Fred Ho's action-adventure music/theater/ballet epic.


Philip Blackburn : Habanera, A Soundwalk Through Old Havana, Cuba
What better way to get to know the intimate details of a culture than through your ears and your shoes? Environmental sound artist Philip Blackburn ambled through Old Havana, a city full of sounds. Blackburn's path takes us past alleys, buildings and streets where you can hear Fidel waffling on and on, cigar black-marketers, flamenco dancers, kids playing, Santeria and Catholic chanting, and the nightly canon fire. Wear headphones for the full binaural effect and turn out the lights (the CD cover glows in the dark) and walk with Blackburn through Havana 2004.


Revolutionary Snake Ensemble : Year of the Snake
Led by saxophonist Ken Field, Revolutionary Snake Ensemble is a costumed funk/street beat improvisational brass band performing a unique blend of original and traditional music.


Cantodiscanto : Medinsud
Already a house favorite, the sinous, slinky Mediterranean sound of this Italian ensemble is rich and personal, with great musicians, great singers and great ideas.


Oxalys and Els van Laethem : Tusschen de Twee
The poetry of Guido Gezelle revisited by Dick Van der Harst has new flavours. Forget the Flemish romantic decorum, those songs travel between the gypsy, flamenco, Brazilian and many more styles. Any cravings for heartwarming melodies or sparkling humour? Take your pick!


Aux âmes etc ... : hip-pop-song-citadine poetry
The stand-out feature of this project is that in a single poetic spirit it brings together younger and older artists whose media for expression are as varied as rap, hip-hop, urban poetry, the written word, pop music and so on. The common denominator is the swing and groove of the lyrics. It's a journey, an invitation to let yourself be carried along in a flow of words as they are spoken, read, sung or shouted, in French or in English, where poetry takes precedence over protest without obscuring the political power of the text: "Poètes, vos papiers!" ("Poets, your papers!") as Leo Ferre once proclaimed. Listen to Narcissus and Transmigrant


Karim Baggili : Lea and Kash
Karim Baggili's fourth album merges together new compositions and unique musical sounds. Music critics have said that his music "is captivating and vivid with precise and elegant arrangements" Listen


Klezmic Zirkus : 13, chemin des mandarines
At 13, Chemin des Mandarines, a poetic song crosses the nearby rue des Pierres. One can hear in the far, the frantic brass of a freylach, the eclectic sounds of Montreal, some ritornellos with their memories still full of eastern Europe. A journey in Klezmic Zirkus 's contrasted world. Here or there. Yesterday or today. Eyes half shut or wide open. It doesn't matter, the intensity does. As years have been passing by, Klezmic Zirkus (Aurelie Charneux : clarinets and compositions, Julien de Borman : accordion, Adrien Lambinet : trombone, Pierre Greco : double-bass and guitar, Wouter Roggemans : drums) has created its own idiom, which has patiently matured during some 150 public performances. Klezmic Zirkus finds its identity between tradition and modernity, structure and improvisation. Its unbridled rythms apeal to the body, its soulfull melodies to the heart, its sometimes elaborated structures to the mind. It's musicians' sincerity and synergy are delightful to see over and over. Listen


Karoline de la Serna : Traduzca
When Karoline expresses herself in writing, she does so in order to liberate herself, release herself, cry, laugh, and quite simply to live. When her words are transformed into music, she opens the heart and mind. It is Karoline's desire to be true to herself through her music. Listen


Tom Theuns : Songs from the river
Belgian singer/songwriter takes a logical creative step after 20 years of collaborations with musicians from throughout the world. Listen


Bradyaga : Promesses
Contemporary roots music from Belgium by Naira Mnoian (composer and pianist), Laurence Waters (voice), Cedric Waterschoot (guitar,bass), Walter Meneghello (clarinet and accordeon), Veronique Decock (violin) and Osvaldo Hernandez (percussion). Listen


Marta Topferova : La Marea
Born in Prague, steeped in both European and Latin American musical traditions, Topferova now lives in New York, where she has forged a strongly European, Latin nuevo-jazz sound. This recording, all sung in Spanish, offers her original sound, and original songs, backed by an ensemble focused around her voice and Edmar Castañeda's South American folk harp, joined by violinist Jenny Scheinman, French horn from Chris Comer, Angus Martin's accordion, flutist Yulia Musayelyan, percussionists Neil Ochoa, Urbano Sanchez and Chris Eddleton and Topferova's own cuatro and guiro.


A.Attia, H.Desarbre : Jewish Liturgies
A special re-issue of Jewish liturgical chant sung by Adolphe Attia, the officiating Prime Minister of the Grande Synagogue de la Victoire in Paris. The role of the officiating minister, the chaliah tsihour, is basic in the synagogue. His song alternates with the rabbi's sermons and teachings. Attia is accompanied by Herve Desarbre, playing the organ of Val-de-Grâce.


Kovács Ferenc : Magony
A solo album by the violin soloist of Djabe, Kalman Balogh's Gypsy Cimbalom Band and Dresh Quartet.


Various : Spring in Niavaran
During May and June 2004, everal concerts in Teheran focused on meetings between Iranian artists and European artists Bazar Bla (Sweden), Hamon Martin Quartet (France), Christophe Joneau Trio (France), Persiano (Iran, Norway). This recording features both indivdual works and jamm-session collaborations among the artists.


Pete Morton : Swarthmoor
All original material, just Pete's vocal and guitar as you hear him in concert.


Tradish : Roots and Shoots
Their eclectic approach to Irish music has sent them across Europe touring in recent years. "Roots and Shoots" consists of traditional and new compositions that draw on the energy that flows from the roots of Irish music. It starts with a crazy trip through Galway, and ends up going out to wherever Irish music is loved and nurtured. As part of a living tradition, Tradish are interested in exploring ways to connect the old and the new, the past and the present, respecting the roots yet keeping the music fresh and alive. Every member of Tradish has spent the best part of their lives playing everything from small pub sessions to concert and festival performances, giving Tradish the ability to not only satisfy the hardcore trad. crowd, but also to reach out to a wider audience who might not otherwise listen to traditional music. John Pilkington: vocals, guitar, bouzouki, stepping; Louise Ring Vangsgaard: fiddle, viola, vocals; Brian Woetmann: bodhrán, percussion, vocals, stepping


Elof and Wamberg : 12 'Ornli' syge tracks for'ukulele og kontrabas!
Danish music, jazz and more for upright bass (and occasional violin) and ukelele. That's it. Simple, musical fun by two great musicians.


Dwight Lamb, Jensen and Bugge : Live in Denmark 2010
American one-row accordionist Lamb and Danish duo Mette Kathrine (five-rowed accordion) and Kristian Bugge (fiddle) present more than 100 years of their musical and family history - from Vendsyssel DK to the Northern USA and back again. They are joined on some tracks by Vagn Dahl Hansen (piano) and Karl Skaarup (five-rowed accordion) in a wonderful set of live tunes from the tradition.


Miguel Gil : Eixos
Miquel Gil goes on researching new textures, colors and ways to sing the lyrics written by young poets in Catalan language. This trip includes texts by Enric Casasses, Manel Rodríguez Castello, Feliu Ventura. Guest musicians include Manel Camp, Joan Garriga, David Pastor, Borja Penalba..., and of course Gil's regular band.


La Chicana : Lejos
This Argentine ensemble continues breaking the aesthetic barriers of the vocal tango in 17 songs that span Latin American roots and reframe the metaphysical and philosophical dimension of the tango. The voice of Dolores Solá, more and more seductive, and the compositions of the ingenious and poetic Acho Estol take a turn towards a darker and eclectic strength.


La Camorra : 12 Postales
The Argentine group takes a step away from Piazzolla this time, with a set of their own compositions, that moves between the classic music of cámara, jazz and of course, the omnipresent tango.


Le Trio Joubran : Randana
Palestinian musician and composer Samir Joubran - a master of the ud - is joined in duet and trio arrangements by his brothers Wissam Joubran, 20, and Adnan Joubran, 18.


Flook : Flatfish
uk, celtic, british, english, england, flute, bodrahn


Contradanza : Meridional
The second recording by the Sevillian ensemble seeks to create new folk from Andalusia, balancing their new outlook with respectful approaches to the popular song book and the creative impulse.


The World Mankeri Orchestra : Inky Joy
The Finnish etno-pojat returns with their 2004 release of edgy winds, subtle percussion, bass and strings. Heikki Syrjanen and Pekka Westerholm - winds (including lira and mankeri) and kantele; Olli Penttila - bass; Markku Penttila - percussion and bass; and Petri Pentikainen, percussion and drums.


Stefano Valla, Attilio Rocca, Ettore Losini : Tilion
An uncommon birthday present for a very uncommon person: Attilio Rocca is known as 'Tilion,' one of the fathers and keepers of the folk tradition in the area of the Four Provinces. Young at the age of 70, Tilion has his etrenal friends gather around to celebrate his life with a glass of Gutturnio, a salami of Varzi and plenty of good music to accompany his accordion.


E.Y.F.O. : Enfants terribles
The European Youth Folk Orchestra are the 'Enfants terribles'. This is a live recording of the first European youth orchestra of traditional music.


Domenico Torta e I Musicanti di Riva presso Chieri : Sare l'uss e bute fòra 'l gat!
Following over ten years of activity, here it is at last their maiden-voyage CD: the fruit of one of the most creative Italian folk group astride music and drama well seasoned with humour. Marcette, one-step, fox-trot, waltz, mazurka, polka, brando, curenta, beguine, tango, and popular tunes from the flourishing Italian tradition alternate in a most longed for CD. Leaded by histrionic Domenico "Tasche" Torta, the eight multi-instrument Musicanti are able to studio reproduce the same cheerful but keen atmosphere of their live performances.


Clare Fader and The Vaudevillains : Seventh and Trade
Singer and writer Clare Fader and company are back with their second release, and it is, if anything, weirder, darker and more quirky than the first. It's part cabaret, part Jaques Brel, perhaps a skittering dose of The Doors without the amplifiers and leather. The Vaudevillains: Aaron Bachelder, drums; Andy Mabe, upright bass; Brad Cokendolpher, guitar; and Mary K. Elkins, cello.


Oskorri : The Pub Ibiltaria 10
Continuing its musical adventure, Oskorri presents the live recording of the concert given at Pío Baroja square of Bilbao on 21 December 2005. This is the tenth album that the band dedicates to Basque popular music. As in previous releases, the work includes the lyrics and scores of each song


Oskorri and the Pub Ibiltaria : Pub Ibiltaria 6


Alexander Sopchek : Masks
In the lineage of Sun Ra, Fela and other unclassifiable artists, a musician from Beograd creates his own sonic universe, rooted in the rhythms of Africa and branching out into future jazz. 7 tracks, no pigeonholes.


Various : Cosmic Sounds Remixed
Artists from around the world join forces to pay tribute to the Cosmic Sounds label (Italy, Austria, Croatia, England, Hungary, Australia, Japan and Serbia). Each of them chose one track from the CS catalogue and gave it a fresh touch. 8 remixes of tracks by Arkestra One, SHQ, Jerome Richardson, Dusko Gojkovic and others by DJs from across Europe and Asia.


Elisabeth Engdahl and Thomas Gustafsson : Piece In Peace
Composer, arranger, band leader, saxophonist, keyboardist Elisabeth Engdahl is also a noted player of the church organ. Together with husband Thomas Gustafsson, she performs somewhat sacred music from various sources, classical, jazz as well as their own compositions. Thomas Gustafsson was the first "Swedish National Treasure" awardee, He played in Bitter Funeral Beer Band in the early 80's as well as many others throughout the years. On this album he plays the soprano saxophone exclusively.


Sebastian Aberg : The Sangeet Project
Swedish percussionist and composer is joined by a group of classical Indian and Swedish jazz musicians in a unique contemporary 'raga project' that holds on to the roots of Indian music while becoming completely contemporary. The label says: "Indian Ghazal and modern electronica in groundbreaking new combination." Says Sebastian Åberg: "Two things have been important to me during this process. First, that the origin, the raga, is handled with esteem. Secondly, that the actual musical meeting between east and west actually enhances the musical expression." Recorded in Goa and Stockholm 2004-2006. Indian musicians: Maruti Kurdekar, Pradip Sarmokadam, Shipra Nandy, Vasantrao Kadnekar, Dilip Gadekar, Manab Das. Swedish musicians: Sebastian Åberg, Ismet Demirhan, Tobias Ersson, Viktor Buck, Stefan Lakatos, Stefan Grapenmark, Jan Liljekvist.


Freddy Eichelberger, Michel Godard and Ludus Modalis : Une Messe pour la Saint-Michel et tous les saints anges
This recording recreates the 'Ordinary' of a seventeenth-century Catholic Mass, during which the organ and the choir continuously respond, with parts entirely improvised by the choir as well as the organ.Freddy Eichelberger, orgue; Michel Godard, serpent and the vocal trio Ludus Modalis


Michael Hurley : Down In Dublin
The king of snock, a master of overstated, under-rated, country influenced songwriting is like no one else on the planet, and these sessions from ireland are no exception. Dark, funny, disturbing and romantic, often simultaneously, Hurley is one of the few people out there who merits the accolade of 'one of a kind.'


Schal Sick Brass Band : Maza Meze
The 3rd recording by Schal Sick Brass Band is another carnival of noise from Europe, still strong on the Balkan side, but with other flavors generously added to the mix. Released in 2000 and still as hot now as it was then!


various : für Jose Afonso
Jose Afonso (1929-1987) was a leader in the creation of a political songs (canção de intervenção) movement against the totalitarian regime of Portugal leading up to the 1974 revolution. This collection gathers together an excellent group of artists under the direction of Julio Pereira to pay contemporary tribute to this master of the Portuguese nova canção.


Hot Vultures : Vulturama
Ian Anderson and Maggie Holland offer a uniquely English approach to blues, old-time country and a few choice modern songs assisted by Martin Simpson, Dave Peabody, Simon Mayor, Hilary James, Mike Cooper, Pete Coe, Chris Coe, Al Jones and more.


various : Percussion Rituals of Kerala, Vol. II: Tayambaka
Recordings from the Musee d'ethnographie in Geneva's 'Archives internationales de musiques populaire' series. See the complete series.


Various Artists : Portella della Ginestra 1947-1997
Published on the the 50th anniversary of one of the most bloody massacres of the Italian Republic, this document gives various viewpoints of the event, by a number of composers and performers including Taberna Mylaensis, Pino Veneziano, Francesco Giunta.


Taller de Compás de Almanjáyar : Cale Cale
A marvelous group of seasoned experts and young, energetic newcomers have formed a beautiful ensemble of hard edged, dynamic, voice-and-percussion-driven flamenco.


various : Lesotho Calling: Lesiba and Sekhankula Music
Producer and field recordist Michael Baird has found the lesiba, an odd but entrancing stringed instrument that is blown like a flute -- still played by cattle herders in southern Africa's mountain kingdom in 2006. These are raw, simple songs, pure folk music in the harshest sense, with no fusion or production.


Antonio Paolo Pizzimenti : Adagio
Unlike his previous recordings, which were both sountracks for film or theater works, this is an original work conceived as a multimedia piece (the CD includes a video 'story'). All the music is composed and performed by Pizzimenti, with the voice of Simona Barbero punctuating some of the tracks. It is all stark, moody and cinematic, as Pizzimenti's work always is.


Shahid Parvez : Kushal
The Indian sitarist in a live recording in 2004 at Turin, Italy's Gong Festival. This is a performance of 'Raga Shyam Kalyan' accompanied by Sankha Chatterjee on tabla.


The World Mankeri Orchestra : Valkoista Sukua
Founded in 1984 as Etno-Pojat, the World Mankeri Orchestra is an innovative (and aggressive) 'primitive jazz" ensemble that features hand-made, ancient reeds, horns, and drums and electric bass, and on this recording young Finnish vocalist Meri Titola, who brings a new dynamic to the ensemble's powerful noise.


Isglem : Fire
Isglem is one of Norway´s leading groups working with freely improvised music. This recording is a duo performance by reedist Karl Seglem and percussionist Terje Isungset.


Tromso Kunstforsyning : Tur
Experimental new music from Tromso, Norway performed on cello, trombone, electronics, voice, piano and percussion.


Various artists : World 2003
BBC Radio host Charlie Gillett compiles a 2 CD set of his personal and often quirky choices for the best world music available in 2003.


Various Artists : Mana 689
New Music Indonesia Vol. II (Central Java): Sukerta, Otok Bima Sidarta, I Wayan Sadra and B.Subono from the Central Javanese cities of Surakarta and Yogyakarta, use the Javanese gamelan and other traditional Indonesian instruments to explore new musical ideas and textures.


Apanui : E Tau Nei
fRoots says: 'What we have here is a beautifully subtle, understated (though often powerful, as on the war dance Taku Pu ) and very attractive blend of Maori traditional song forms, rhythms, oratory and harmonies with R and B, reggae, trip hop, garage and a whole mix of recent dance technology. That sounds like a familiar process with equivalents the world over these days, but this one mostly achieves that near-impossible melding where the elements accentuate each other rather than detract...'


Mihaly Borbely Quartet : Meselia Hill
Mihály Borbelyplays clarinet and jazz saxophone as well kaval flute and tárogato (a wooden soprano saxophone) joined by an ensemble of piano, bass and drums with guests Zoltán Lantos (violin) and Miklos Lukács (cimbalom). Says Michael Stone in RootsWorld, "If Bartok played not-so-straight-ahead jazz, it might sound like the Borbely Quartet, combining Serbian, Slovak, Gypsy, Jewish and German folk influences with classical music, shot through with that thing that swings. Roland Kirk would understand."


Sharma, Rahul : Native Signs


Ronu Majumdar : A Sacred Space


Rajan and Sajan Mishra : Sadhana


Peter Stampfel and the Bottlecaps : The Jig Is Up
H.M. Rounder Peter Stampfel is back again, in a series of recordings made 1989–1999 with a host of different musicians, but all pulled together by his insatiable, exploratory lust for good songs, odd ideas and bizarre juxtapositions (and a Quicktime video clip, too!).


Ensemble SON : To hear with the mouth


Nidi d'Arac : Taranta Container
This 2010 release includes 7 songs from previous recordings that have been rearranged and newly recorded with a modern shape and sound much closer to the bands liver performances.The band says, "The best way to make a song live is to play it. Performing since '98, it has become important to us to restyle our old tracks through the interpretation of the musicians and their instruments that over the years have given birth to our concerts in Italy and abroad ." The CD also includes 5 remixes from 5 representative artists, DJs and producers: Gaudi from London, DJ ClicK from Paris, DJ MPS Pilot from Amsterdam, the Portuguese Mr Tos and Piers Faccini, the Italo-English singer and advocate of the music from Salento.


Gabriele Coen and Atlante Sonoro : Alhambra
Gabriele Coen is one of the founders of Klezroym. This is his second solo album with the Atlante Sonoro project.Featuring Pietro Lussu on piano, Marco Loddo on bass and Luca Caponi on drums, Gabriele Coen (soprano and tenor sax and clarinet) is exploring fascinating places the border lands between the sunny landscapes of Mediterranean music and contemporary jazz. This project also includes Lutte Berg on guitar, playing on two different tracks. The different pages of this Atlante Sonoro are Hebrew music from eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, various European jazz traditions and the arabesques of Alhambra.


Various artists : Doc Fest
A tribute to Doc Watson and his musical partners Merle Watson and Jack Lawrence. With Jim Hurst & Missy Raines, Joe Carr & Alan Munde, Steve Kaufman & Roy Curry, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Adam Granger, David Grier, many more.


Revelling Crooks : from heaven into hell
They call it klezmer-country-balkan-folk but the genres hardly do justice to this band of accordion,banjo,mandolin, violin, guitar,bass and drums, as they romp through folk-roots, rock, ska and Balkan sounds with reckless abandon.


Slobo Horo : Divane
The Balkan Finn rock band ride again on this 2001 release of high energy dance and art music.


Kimmo Pohjonen and Eric Echampard : Uumen
Kimmo Pohjonen (accordion)/ Eric Echampard (drums) joined forces in 2001 with the goal to make totally improvised music, live on stage with no rehearsals. They have succeeded in their aim to ride the edge of melody, counterpoint, energy and tension as proven by the enthusiastic audiences at each performance, as well as by the satisfaction and exhilaration of the two players.


Joe Townsend Band : Joe Townsend Band
uk jazz zither accordion balkan


Jaune Toujours : Barricade
Andrew Cronshaw writes in fRoots: ' Led by singer Piet Maris, with his energetically-pumped small accordeon plus a hot rhythm unit of double bass and drums and a wild and incisive trumpets and reeds section, they have a very fully-formed, complete sound and rhythmic approach whose components and inspiration are difficult to pin down. Not like a fusionist thing where now you hear this influence, now another; this is so natural that it feels like it's always been there...'


Wassim Soubra : Sonates orientales
Sonates orientales is an album of instrumental music performed by Lebanese pianist and composer Wassim Soubra. Is it classical music? Jazz? World music? No matter what, it deserves further investigation, for Soubra writes using the grammar of classical music (harmonies, counterpoint) combined with the sounds of his childhood, and the result is a western composition that tells an eastern, Lebanese story.


Trias : Efter Horisonten
Their second release. The band says: Efter Horisonten reflects our maturity which our music not always has been. "Efter Horisonten" has captured the spark of creativity, and together we have created our common expression.' Trias are: Søren Østergaard Pedersen Doublebas, Harmonium; Christoffer Thorhauge Dam Violin, Viola, Harmonium; Rasmus Nielsen Piano, Guitar, Harmonium; Jonas Kongsted Violin, Viola, Mandolin


: TUNISIA. Sufi Songs from Tunis. La Sulâmiyya, Cheikh Abderrahman ben Mahmoud


Music From Vietnam Vol 5 : Minorities of the central highland and coast
These recordings were made with a modern mobile digital studio by Swedish Radio in the Central Highlands and on the coast. The music is primarily vocal, accompanied by drums, flutes, horns, shawms, bamboo and porcelain instruments, with a strong emphasis on gongs handed down through many generations.


Kvarts : self titled first CD
norge, free reed, melodeon, fiddle, dobro, norway norge nordic nordan scandinavia europe, norwegian


Aranis : Roqueforte
The basic Aranis line-up is enriched with percussion. This gives the music a rough edge, but also adds a certain sens of beauty to it all. Dark melodies exchange with threatening rythms, raw solo pieces contrast with complex improvisations. With guest musicians David Kerman (percussion), Stefan Wellens (viola) and Pierre Chevalier (piano). For people who love classical, jazz, folk, world, film and rockmusic and everything in between, this ensemble offers adventure and confusion.


SongJa Chee : Gayageum Sanzo
SongJa Chee (Gayageum) and Man Choi, (Buk). Sanzo (or sanjo) is a style of traditional Korean music, involving an instrumental solo accompanied by a single drum, either the Janggu, an hourglass-shaped drum or the Buk, a barrel drum covered in cowhide. Chee's reconstruction of the Song GeumYeon ryu Sanzo reveals a true masterpiece, expanding and extending the language of the traditional Sanzo with wide-ranging melodies and complex rhythmic patterns - a passionate summation of a life's work.


Iver Kleive : Hyrdenes tilbedelse


Ustad Amjad Ali Khan : Mystic Sarod
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan (sarod) with Sabir Khan (tabla) perform Raga Desh / Durga (Ragamala) - time: 55:00


Tango Negro Trio : La Vuelta del Malon
Conceived by pianist, vocalist and composer Juan Carlos Caceres, with "El Tero" Buschini and Marcelo Russillo, the trio explores an alternative history of tango, a body of work Caceres has been restlessly building since 1968, the year in which he moved from his native Buenos Aires to Paris. In the liner notes, Caceresdeclares that wuth this new recording he wants to update the cultural traditions still present in the region of the Rio De La Plata estuary in Argentina.


Mikata : Ayer y Hoy
Ten new arrangements of salsa dura and Latin jazz classics from the 1960's and '70's to the present day, featuring plenty of brass, percussion and virtuoso solos.


Zulya : Tales of Subliming
Somewhat of a departure from Zulya's previous albums, Zulya revisits the fairytales of her childhood, creating her most adventurous work to date. She explains, "Subliming has two meanings; turning from a solid into a gas instantaneously - like dry ice, or becoming finer, purer. There's often a transformation in fairy stories. They are about our journeys to achieve individuality in a symbolic form. Some say each of us identifies with our own fairy story or with a character from one. Tales of Subliming is a collection of vignettes from these characters' lives, little scenes from their journeys." Her vocals float above a musical backdrop that features brass arrangements (courtesy of newest band member Eamon McNelis); a Tom Waits inspired tuned and mallet percussion; plus newer sounds courtesy of percussion loops, manipulated piano tones and hurdy-gurdy. The end result sees Zulya breaking new sonic ground on her 2010 recording.


Ammasu Akapoma Group : The Music of Ammasu - Brong-Ahafu Ghana 1976
A musical portrait of the Village of Ammasu in the Brong-Ahafu region of Ghana. The Ammasu Akapoma Band is the hottest funeral band in the region and on this album you will find ritual and recreational drumming, singing in sorrow and happiness, children's music, a brass band and more. Includes a 28 page booklet with text and pictures.


Gabor Gado : Modern dances for the advanced in age
Hungarian guitarist Gábor Gadó and his ensemble offer "a tongue-in-cheek sextet rounded out by a pair of saxes, trumpet, trombone, bass and drums... a certain down-at-the-heels dancehall feel: odd time changes, droll, edgy tango, cha cha and calypso, a guitar owing as much to Hendrix, Hawaii and heavy metal as to Wes Montgomery and George Benson, while the spirits of Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini drift by for the album closer, 'Moon River,' a place you've never been but might want to reconnoiter." - RootsWorld


Mihaly Borbely Quartet : Meselia Hill
Mihály Borbélyplays clarinet and jazz saxophone as well kaval flute and tárogató (a wooden soprano saxophone) joined by an ensemble of piano, bass and drums with guests Zoltán Lantos (violin) and Miklós Lukács (cimbalom). Says Michael Stone in RootsWorld, "If Bartók played not-so-straight-ahead jazz, it might sound like the Borbély Quartet, combining Serbian, Slovak, Gypsy, Jewish and German folk influences with classical music, shot through with that thing that swings. Roland Kirk would understand."


Osman, Gubara and Co : In the kingdom of the Lyre


Mose Fan Fan : Bayekeleye
Fine Congo-rumba from the erstwhile O.K. Jazz guitarist. Singers include Josky Kiambukuta, Déese Mukangi and Ballou Canta. A pair of veteran saxophonists swing by too.


various : Next Stop... Soweto Vol. 2: Soultown, R&B, Funk & Psych Sounds From The Townships 1969-76
Second of a 3-part series exploring underground South African music during the late '60s and '70s. Touches on mbaqanga and jazz artists who dabbled with soul and funk fusions during the early '70s: the Mgababa Queens and Mahotella Queens, and great SA jazz combo The Heshoo Beshoo Group, more. 22 tracks.


Tore Bruvoll and Jon Anders Halvorsen : Trillar For To
Norwegian vocalist Halvorsen and guitarist Bruvoll, joined by Christian Svensson, Jorun Marie Kvernberg, Oslo Fagottkor, Sondre Meisfjord


Daniele Sepe : L'uscita dei gladiatori
1997 recording by one of Italy's most aggressively innovative roots musicians.


Andrea Marquee : Zumbi
High-tech Brazilian pop by great singer interpreting contemporary songwriters like Caetano Veloso and Jorge Ben, with a strong African element.


Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare : la voce del grano
This Italian ensemble writes about their work: 'The voice of the grain is the voice of all the spirits and the forces that once populated nature. The popular culture knew how to distinguish the good spirits from the bad ones, knew how to recognize and to deal nature like as one vital individual. Subsequently man, educated with reason and science, has separated the nature of the anima, throwing to the wind the fairies, the spirits, folletti and gnomi that the once populated their dreams. In the end the 'voice of the grain' is a metaphor that it tells the irrenounceable need of man for poetry and fantasy, evoking images and myth, a new sense of natural things.' Instrumentation includes vocals, guitar, violin, lira pontiaca, cajon, bongos, sonagli, piatti, uans, bass, soprano sax and lots of vocals.


Vijana Jazz Band : The Koka Koka Sex Battalion
The 2nd of January 1975 was a Thursday. Sometime that day, members of the Vijana Jazz Band from Tanzania entered the Hi-Fi Studios at Pioneer House on Government Road in Nairobi, Kenya, and recorded 6 tracks under the pseudonym of the Koka Koka Sex Battalion. Along with Rumba, Kamata Sukuma (grab 'n' push), Koka Koka was a style of music, but the band's name was a scam. Painting a picture of the unique energy that was East African rumba in the 1970s the intriguingly titled The koka Koka Sex Battalion includes hits and rarities while standing as the only available album of Vijana Jazz Band, one of the most popular groups of their time. Listen


Nikos Xydakis : Tenedos
The Greek composer, pianist and singer. Born in Cairo,, he immigrated with his family to Greece in 1963. Much of his music has its rooted in the Greek theater. With Dora Masclavanou and Eleftheria Arvanitaki


Iasis : Iasis
Roots meets jazz in this unique Greek ensemble's 1996 work


Joao Afonso : Outra Vida
Portuguese-via-Mozambique artist João Afonso's 2006 release is as warm and occasionally quirky as what I have come to expect from this songwriter and singer. This one has some more Afro-pop inferences than previously, and it is rhythmically solid while still holding on to the subtle and sweet tone that is Afonso's trademark. Comes in a a small hard-cover book, with charming drawings, and lyrics in Portuguese, with Spanish translation.


Gabriel Yacoub : The Simple Things We Said
A collection of songs, including 4 in English, some old and some new, plus some previously unreleased. All are new recordings made in Paris in 2001. The album is all acoustic.


Mahsa Vahdat : A Cappella: The Sun Will Rise
The record is a pilgrimage to a beauty marked by stains of love and dreams. In old churches, castles and halls - in Van, Istanbul, Oslo, Wroclaw, Provence and Alhambra, Mahsa's voice fills rooms of hidden stories and mysteries. Her orchestra is just the echo from walls and vaults, floors and columns in the rooms she and her engineer and producer Erik Hillestad chose for recording the voice-only songs. A RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' recording.


Anima : Espiral do Tempo
"The seven-piece Brazilian consort Anima have been compelled to remember and honor the tattered maps of ancient music while tracing new easements between its many fragmented roads where none were theorized to exist before. They do this by playing an eclectic but appropriate mixture of European early music and an orally-transmitted traditional Brazilian music, side by side. In so doing they have dreamed a landscape only possible today. This soundworld maintains astonishing integrity and cohesion by preserving the instrumentation that performs both. The splendidly selected 'organ' that does this includes Brazilian rabecas (fiddles), the 10-string Brazilian guitar, hand drums from Arabia, an 18th century German-copied harpsichord and Baroque & Renaissance recorders plus feminine Portuguese vocals. With plangent, sun-toned timbres and virtuoso faculty Anima effortlessly blend the rustic with pinnacle refinement. The repertoire has uncommon depth and range, from original homage by the group's fiddler Jose Eduardo ("Ze") Gramani to retooled pieces by 12th-16th century figures like Peire Cardenal, Guillaume de Machaut or Martin Codax, minus any authenticity fuss, to popular domain discoveries from living Brazilian folk." - Steve Taylor, RootsWorld


Andrea Kvintett : Andrea Kvintett
Andrea offers unusual songs with unusual subjects, beautifully crafted and performed by the singer/composer, along with the three young saxophone players Svein Magnus Furu, Harald Lassen, Kim-Erik Pedersen and Christian Meaas Svendsen on bass.


Archimedes Badkar : Tre
Reissue of a 1977 recording by a Swedish jazz-folk-rock fusion outfit that was pretty pioneering for their time, and still sounds fresh all these years later. It combined a raw jazz attitude with a flair for more folky melodies, all twisted around with attitude and energy. Fans of Arbete-Fritid and David Amram will get it right away, but you have to love long jazz solos!


Daniele di Bonaventura and Alfredo Laviano : Transumanza
Daniele di Bonaventura, bandoneon and Alfredo Laviano, percussion


Maria Salgado : Abrecaminos
María Salgado singer returns to her Castillian roots, mixing them with Eastern and Sephardic elements and new compositions in a splendid work of delicate turns and elegant musical arrangements, embossed with the peacfulness of Bierzo.


Miquel Gil : Kata
On Kata this Valencian singer discovers the geological layers of Levante, Andalucía, Mallorca and Catalunya, travelling over these countries and the Spanish Mediterranean seaside to create a unique and personal sound. Rough of voice, but elegant in execution, this recording is one of the more important to come from Spain in 2004.


Aulis Kivinen : Isani poika
Music for kantele and vocals by one of the 'old masters' of the instrument. Includes Finnish traditional and popular songs, plus renditions of 'Love Me Tender and 'In The Mood.'


Aarnio Sisarukset : Hameen Polkka
The Aarnio family band, recorded in Finland in 1936, featured the typical pellimannimusiikki instrumentation of fiddles, kantele, clarinet and also ocarina on some songs


John Delvarre : chant de guerre
The debut recording by a marvelous French champion of la nouvelle chanson francaise, accompanied by a great cast including Gabriel Yacoub (who also produced), Yannick Hardouin, Sylvie Berger and others.


DJ Dolores : Aparelhagem
Aparelhagem literally means 'equipment,' and is the Brazilian slang expression for 'sound system.' It is both the title of the album and the name of DJ Dolores' new live band and features female singer Isaar, a horn section with a distinct Nordeste-cum-reggae flavour, rock guitar, percussion, vintage synths, and DJ Dolores on laptop and turntables.


Arto Jarvela : Cross-Tuned (Avovireessa)
Arto Jarvela Plays Fiddle Vol. 2 prsetns another round of great solo fiddling from the Finnish musician, this time in a set of 'cross tuned' or open-tuning pieces . These include traditional and pieces composed by Jarvela.


Hughes de Courson and Patrick Modiano : fonds de tiroir 1967
These two founding members of Malicorne produced a recording of bitter songs, strange characters, daring and fresh arrangements, with Bruno Coulais as arranger. In 1979 [the year Modiano wins the Prix Goncourt, France's utimate literature prize], the album is released with no succes at all... since then, fonds de tiroir 1967 has been a cult album, much coveted by French musicians, artists and the discerning public alike. Coming in November 2005.


various Artists (soundtrack) : Amnesia (a film by Gabriele Salvatores)
Includes original music for the film by Daniele Sepe, and songs by Macaco, Leonard Cohen, Corporate Avenger and Ojos De Brujo


Wimme : Cugu


Vito Ranucci and Napoli Est : Il giardino delle delizie
Neopolitan arranger, composer and saxophone player Ranucci is joined by the large ensemble Napoli Est for his 2007 work.


Swedish Sax Septet : Riff-Ola
The Swedes have a history of brass instruments in traditional dance music. At the center of the revial maelstrom of the 80s were bands like Filarfolket and Groupa and the brass innovations of Anders Rosen, Sten Kallman and Thomas Ringdahl. Here they are joined by four other equally well travelled horn players to form an unusual all-brass ensemble that uses ancient folk, European classical music and a bit of jazz and pop-rock to create a sound both funky and formal.


Lena Willemark : Blaferdi (Blue Journey)
Features songs and lyrics, composed by Lena, sung in the Elfdalian language of her home region of Avdalen, Sweden. Program notes and lyrics are translated to Swedish and English in the booklet. It's performed with voice, strings and percussion supplied by Lena, Mia Marin, Emma Reid, Mikael Marin, Leo Sander and Tina Quartey. (Quite a cast!) It is, I think, one of her best (and that goes a long way, I think), so this comes with my biggest "highly recommended" gold star on it


Guiseppe Cusumano : Sciallaba


Enzo Favata Tentetto (featuring Tenores di Bitti) : The New Village
Sardinian musician and composer Favata has been roiling the roots-jazz of Italy for decades now, recording Cds and playing more than 2,000 concertsaround the world. He fuses tradition with a contemporary sense, forging a new music form folk, jazz and avant garde elements that are strictly original. He has studied classical and jazz saxophone, plays the soprano, sopranino and tenor sax, and the bass clarinet, as well as other ethnic wind instruments from Sardinia and elsewhere. Adding Latin, African and middle eastern influences, he has come up with a creative and original new sound that pays homage to the jazz greats while being beholden to no one. This recording features the incredible Tenores di Bitti, who offer not only their voices, but the inspiration of their melodies that are infused into the very core of Favata's new compositions.


Jonas Knutsson and Horn Please : Horn Please!
Swedish folk and horn music on six saxophones, bass and percussion.Led by saxophonist/composer/arranger Jonas Knutsson, some of the prominent younger Swedish folk musicians are presented in music that goes from the traditional to the newly composed, and from the strictly arranged to the wildly improvised. The horn players: Alexandra Sarström, Å sa Johansson, Hanna Wiskari, Klas Toresson, Daniel Carlsson; plus Bengt Jonasson and Petter Berndalen on bass and percussion. Compositions by Knutsson and traditional music from different parts of Sweden and South India. Highly recommended


Pancho Amat : De S. Antonio a Maisi


Berger Knutsson Spering : Up Close
Swedish musicians Bengt Berger, drums Jonas Knutsson, saxophones Christian Spering, bass recorded this set of songs at Studios La Buissonne in Provence. It includes original works, an interpretation of a South Indian piece, trad/arrs of some Swedish polskas as well as Paul Motians 'It should have happened a long time ago' and Ellington's 'In A Sentimental Mood.' Jazz as only the Scandinavians play it.


Berger, Knutsson, Spering, Cherry, Cherry : See You In A Minute
Bengt Berger, Jonas Knutsson, Christian Spering, Eagle-Eye Cherry and Neneh Cherry in an international homage to the late, great Don Cherry


S. Naimpalli and M.Balvally : Live At Trinity Club, Bombay 1967
A tabla duet in trital, with harmonium by Lehra and recitations by Pandit Taranth (who has never been heard on record before), recorded live in Bombay, 1967. Remastered for CD in 2005.


Nigun : KlezJazz
This Hungarian bands mixes Jewish music (folk, klezmer, Sephardic, and sacred) with jazz and free-improvisative elements. This music is characterized by both the melodic turns of Jewish music and improvisational elements. The aim of Nigun is not only preserving heritage but creating new values.


Eletfa : Gyokereink (Our Roots)
US based Hungarian band preserves the roots for a new generation, bringing the music, stories and dances of eastern Europe to life


Dallam-Dougou : New Destiny
A unique ensemble of African and European-American musicians, who merge the dougou (place) of west African with the dallam (melody) of Hungary to create a new musical sound completely imaginary and completely original.


Imaginary Homeland : Jump for George
This is one of those 'what can you say?' sort of recordings. Composer, saxophonist, and percussionist David Rogers, percussionist Mark Stone, violinist Marlene Rice and funky bassist Matt Pavolka have found the non-existant link between Appalachian string bands, Ghanian percussion, downtown jazz and host of other unrelated ideas that miraculously fit together as if they had the deepest of ethnomusical roots.


Bernard Woma : ..in Concert
Master Ghanaian xylophonist Bernard Woma captivates audiences through his performance of traditional Dagara Gyil music and inventive original compositions. A highly energetic and virtuosic live performance together with Mark Stone (percussion) and Kofi Ameyaw (xylophone, percussion).


Kiss Ferenc : Sounds of seven towers
Features the a decade-plus of programme music pieces composed by Ferenc Kiss. Among others we can hear the world-famous composition written for the Hungarian Pavilion, which was designed by Imre Makovecz for the Expo 1992 in Seville; the accompanying music written for the folk-dance gala programme at the Szeged Open Air Festival; some music excerpts to the dance choreographies by Jolán Foltin and other rarities.


Monsieur Doumani : Angathin (The Thorn)
This trio was founded in 2011 in Nicosia, Cyprus by Antonis Antoniou (tzouras), Angelos Ionas (guitar) and Demetris Yiasemides (trombone, flute). They turn Cypriot folk music inside out, add poetry and politics, and on their third album, they have ceated what I think is a masterwork of nearly-all-acoutic folk, rock and roots.


Annea Lockwood : Thousand Year Dreaming


Stephen Mosko : Indigenous Music


Song and Turner : Love and Fear
Vocals and kayagum performances from Jeff Song, and celli performances by Matt Turner. The CD was taped live in a recording studio with each piece a complete improvisatory effort.


Exquisite Corpses : Exquisite Corpses From Ps 122


Peter Garland : Border Music


Eleanor Hovda : Ariadne Music


Electroacoustic Arists from Latin America : From The Other Side


Tom Guralnick : Broken Dances


Orlando Jacinto Garcia : Celestial Voices


Annea Lockwood : Thousand Year Dreaming


Jerry Hunt : Haramand Plane


Steve Peters : Emanations


Eve Beglarian : Overstepping


Stuart Saunders Smith : Wind In The Channel


Fred Ho and the Afro Asian Music Ensemble : Turn Pain Into Power


Tom Hamilton : Off-Hour Wait State


Bailey and Bendian : Banter
Pioneering guitarist Derek Bailey and percussionist Gregg Bendian in a lively game of musical ping pong. It startles and plays with sound images that are so alive they walk into the room and announce themselves. They don't take off their hats. They don't bother to sit down. They just appear--with an attitude.


Jerry Hunt : Ground


Jin Hi Kim and Joseph Celli : No World Improvisations
Korean-American composer/performer Jin Hi Kim and composer/double reed virtuoso Joseph Celli in five works that seem to cross the borders between new, experimental and world music.


Sabreen : Ala Fein
arab, palestine, palastine, arabic,holy land, holyand, jerusalem,


Zara Tellander : Himmelens hatt (Heaven´s Hat)
The Swedish singer (member of the folk ensemble Envisa and recently touring with Cirque de Solieil) explores folk music, jazz and improvisation on her new work, joined by Johan Björklund (drums), Jacob Karlzon (piano), Johannes Lundberg (bass), and Lisen Rylander (saxophone).


SOS : Cammenann
They blend Mediterranean sound and Neapolitan lyrics, and as they put it, 'contaminations melt down to create a half-caste and strange rock.' They start the journey in a Naple's neighbourhood, taking inspiration by the' 'Neapolitan Sound' of the 80's (Pino Daniele, Avitabile, Senese, E' Zezi and Almamegretta) and add Egyptian, Nigerian, Senegalese and Algerian influences to make a melting pot of styles, races, cultures and traditions.


Various : From Sweden to America
Swedish Emigrant Songs: Amerikavisor - Historic recordings from Sweden and the US about emigrants and immigration. All are vocal works, folks songs about the joys and hardships


Elise Einarsdotter and Lennart Hellsing : Rosenang
One of Cliff's quirky choices... This is vocal pop music from Sweden, performed by pianist/composer Einarsdotter and singer Hellsing, and a small jazz ensemble and some of Sweden's most interesting singers including Lena Willemark, Olle Persson and the Voice Boys. File under 'other?'


Various : Music from Vietnam 3
The different ethnic groups living in various parts of the country, all have their own languages, religions, customs - and music. This CD includes several examples of the rhythmic music played on a tuned gong, plus love songs, instrumental music and religious vocal music.


Birgitta Ulfsson : Levda Teatervisor
Birgitta Ulfsson has collected 15 songs from 50 years on the theater and cabaret stages in Finland and Sweden. She has added a few short poems, as she usually does in her frequent performances around Sweden and Finland, together with pianist Lowe Pettersson. Here's an unusual art-music experience for those interested in the flow of the language as well as the melody.


Elmer Balasz Group : Around the world
The Hungarian drummer and his ensemble of piano, bass, guitar and percussion in a set of jazz based on Hungarian roots, with Mihály Dresch on flute, David Yengibarjan on accordion, and vocalists Gábor Winand and Henriett Czerovszky.


Moncef Ghachem, Biagio Guerrera and Pocket Poetry Orchestra : Quelli che bruciano la frontiera
Those who burn the border is a recording of extraordinary news, dedicated to the plight of North African immigrants who seek their fortune on the coasts of Sicily, the crossroads of a revolution that will leave an indelible mark in the history of the Mediterranean. Refined work, constantly torn between reading literature and music, poetry and civil protest songs. A sea, two great poets and a musical ensemble of exceptional quality make a recording of great depth.


A3 : Trasudando
This work has roots deep in the tradition, in the culture where women and men, elders and children, briganti and cumpari have all told their stories. This band from the Province of Bari, with their maiden discographic voyage, sails along the infamous A3, the motorway connecting Salerno and Reggio Calabria, one of the most conspicuous symbols of a cultural and territorial panorama that clashes with the pride and the desire for redemption of southern Italy.


Ensemble Sinigaglia : La crava mangia ij more
Enrico Negro, Mario Cosco, and Ignazio Viola are three skilled guitarists from Turin, already known by classical-music enthusiasts as Trio Vivaldi. But since music has no strict borders, it was not difficult for themn to trespas into the folk repertoire. Their guitars' melodies intertwine with Paola Lombardo's perfect voice to pay tribute to Leone Sinigaglia, the great father of the traditional Piedmontese patrimony of songs.


Sol De Nit : B-91 00-SNspain catalan catalunya


Werner Larsen : Aleina pa ei naken jord
Blusey folk singer from Norway, kind of in the vein of Berthold Brecht and Tom Waits at times, more American country at others, and occasional traditionally Norwegian. Here's a sampling.


Henricksen, Isungset, Seglem : Daa
Three of the more adventurous musicians in Norway team up to create bold new music with some deep roots but ultimately with an unswerving sense of innovation and a passion for the new.


Tromso Kunstforsyning : Tur
Øystein Blix, Trombone; Bernt Simen Lund, Cello, Electronics; with guests: Sizzle Othaka, Vocal, Nasra Ali Omar, Percussion, Electronics, Havard Graff, Piano, Trond Sverre Hansen, Drums. Taking improvisation and free forms in art and music as its starting point, the ensemble has collaborated with musicians from a variety of genres in developing its concept further. Several of these musicians appear as guests on this recording. This work of Tromso Kunstforsyning (TK), founded in 1999, presents a broad cross-section of the ensemble's intriguing soundscape. It is TK's first CD, and gives the listener an idea of what improvised music can sound like at 70° north.


Yuri Yunakov Ensemble : New Colors in Bulgarian Wedding Music


Camilla Granlien : Begjaer
On Begjaer the Norwegian singer offers a gorgeous a capella performance of traditional folk songs


Hwang Byung-ki : Kayagum Masterpieces Vol 3 (The Labyrinth)
Korea's foremost composer and kayagum (6-string zither) master performing new works on this ancient instrument that crosses centuries, cultures and traditions. ...lyrical, picturesque, meditative and brief authoritatively produced and performed. FANFARE Magazine (Korean Import)


Hwang Byung-ki : Kayagum Masterpieces Vol 1
Korea's foremost composer and kayagum (6-string zither) master performing new works on this ancient instrument that crosses centuries, cultures and traditions. ...lyrical, picturesque, meditative and brief authoritatively produced and performed. FANFARE Magazine (Korean Import)


Boris Kovac : The Mask
Theater works by Serbian composer Boris Kovač in a wide range of styles and perfomances, edited and published by the artist.


Luis diMatteo : Candombe Uruquayo
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Sondre Bratland : Den Bla Gleda
The Norwegian singer is joined by Roar Engelberg (pan flute), Iver Kleive (organ), Malgorzata Mulewska Sundberg (harp).


Stephen Brandt-Hansen : I Julens Lys
Popular and esoteric Jule songs by the Norwegian singer and a small ensemble with Iver Kleive on piano, plus harmonica, keyboards and a choral group.


Kari Bremnes : LY
LY (Shelter) features 11new songs spanning a wide range of ideas, visions and musical temperament. Bremnes looks into the nooks and crannies of life, writing about how she sees the world through her eyes, the ugly and beautiful, light and dark,anger and love, about dancing, death, the fate of a strong woman on the polar island of Svalbard, and about finding warmth. In short, about seeking shelter. (In Norwegian)


Lars Bremnes : Stayer


Elin Furubotn : Det Som E Na (What is now)


Andrew Cronshaw : The Unbroken Surface of Snow
British musician and composer Andrew Cronshaw is joined by a global enseble of Tigran Aleksanyan, Ian Blake, Sanna Kurki-Suonio.


Carlo Salemi : A sud dell'anima
Salemi's 2002 recording, Hybla, was centered on his virtuosity on friscalettu. 2005 is time for a more complete work, emphasizing the versatility of this great Sicilian artist. Here Salemi proves himself not only to be a gifted musician but also a composer, a singer and a refined arranger.


Milann and Laloy : La Marquise
Belgian duo of voice, guitar and diatonic accordion, along with friends on bass, drums and percussion.


Solju : Odda Aigodat (New Times)
Ulla Pirttijarvi is familiar to many who follow the music of this part of the world, having forged a long career in both folk and art music circles, bringing the voice of the Sapmi people to the world. Her daughter adds a more contemporary voice to the mix on this new album, Odda Aigodat (New Times), where they are also joined on some tracks by throat singers, percussionists, cello, bass and some keyboards, and members of the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. At the heart of it is always the sound of the unique and mesmerizing vocal technique called joik and songs in the Sapmi language. They present raw, primal folk chants, gorgeous folk songs and some outer-fringe new sounds throughout the recording.st-wamato


Darshan : Raza
A RootsWorld Music of the Month selection. Inspired by the mystical poetry and songs of Judaism, Brooklyn based Darshan breathes new life into ancient Hebrew and Aramaic texts. With a deep interest in the connection between music, poetry and their own religious experiences, rapper Eden Pearlstein (ePRHYME) and singer Basya Schechter (Pharoah's Daughter), joined by a stellar ensemble, turn classic texts and traditional prayers into contemporary arrangements that reach into the past and pull it into a world of pop, folk and jazz. (Read more and listen here)


Tim Sparks : At the Rebbe's Table
Guitarist Tim Sparks chooses a surprising program of Jewish music from around the world. Lilting melodies to tickle the soul. Harmonies and rhythm to make you dance. Special guests Marc Ribot and Erik Friedlander join Tim’s trio from Tanz for some intimate duets and complex band arrangements. Radical Jewish Culture series.


Abdou Diop : Nootee
(price reduced) Although the well-spring of Abdou's music lies in the Casamance region south of Senegal, in, among other traditions, the melodies of wandering shepherds or the music that accompanies wrestling competitions, his travelling and contact with other musicians has given him a unique sound and a fierce desire to record it. Acoustic in texture, it expresses values that are dear to rural life in the Casamance so that today, with his mottos of hard work, love and peace, Abdou has become a musical ambassador for that region. Welcome to his world. Listen


Julius Winger : Kjaerlighet og andre misforstaelser
Love and other misunderstandings' is 9 tracks of down to earth and direct philosophizing on the small and big issues in life, particularly love. The musicians include Andreas Utnem, piano, Mads Eliertsen, bass, Mathias Eick, trumpet, Halvor Lillesund, accordion, Frode Barth, guitar, Trygve Seim, saxophone, Øyvind Braekke, trombone, Jan Erik Kongshaug, guitar, Lars Andreas Haug, tuba, Johannes Martens, cello, Kristine Martens, cello, Pia Tjelta, Andrea Braein Hovig and Silje Lundblad, vocals. The song "Hovedoen" features guest artist Kari Diesen.


Leieboerne : Folg oss hjem, Ole Paus
Leieboerne (The Tenants) take a selection of songs by a legendary Norwegian songwriter, add a classic 70s folk-rock sound and ask Folg oss hjem, Ole Paus (Take us home, Ole Paus). The band says 'If you are a tenant you rent, you don't own. The nice thing about renting is that you can rearrange the furniture a bit and then pretend that you own... Renting from Ole Paus brings you into a fascinatingly huge house full of cellars and attics... But we do want to mention all the fabulous stuff we found in the attic that we dragged down into the living-room, that's why there are many songs from Oles earliest period.'


Henning Sommerro : Sullabullyam
Pianist and vocalist Henning Sommerro sings and plays his own original songs, with lyrics by Edvard Hoem. Since the 1970s Sommerro and Hoem have been collaborating on hymns and songs from Biblical sources to comment on the contemporary world. Hans Fredrik Jacobsen plays flutes and Edvard Hoem recites the lyrics on one track.


various : En Hildringstime (a tribute to Erik Bye)
A group of Norway's foremost pop artists got together in 2004 on a Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation studio to pay tribute to Erik Bye who had recently passed away. Here the concert is finally released on CD, and on "En Hildringstime" (Magic Twilight) we include a rare gem, the bonus track "Drom" (Dream), the last song recorded by Erik Bye before he died, and which is a key part of the movie about him ¿ "Giganten" (The Giant).


Ole Paus : Sanger Fra Et Hvitmalt Gjerde I Sjelen
Norwegian contemporary songs. Ole Paus' lyrics tell stories of seduction, vanity, indifference and intimacy, with an ironic twist and a serious tone. The listener might think of the songs as preludes in a minor key to the inevitability and perhaps necessity of a doomsday. Then again, one may also regard them as entertaining or poetically innocuous small sketches of life. From this unique duality comes the power to move the soul, hence the working title's metamorphosis into "Songs from the whitewashed fence of the soul", opening for a much broader and richer interpretation of the songs. 2005 release


Iver Kleive : Juleevangeliet


Tone Hulbaekmo and Hans Fredrik Jacobsen : Langt nord I skogen
These selections are for children, as well as adults who remember the advice and wisdom of their grandmother. Tone Hulbaekmo plays Norwegian harp, Hans Fredrik Jacobsen plays various flutes and reeds, and Celio de Carvalho on rhythm instruments are the core ensemble, joined by accordion, pump organ, guitar, bass and more in both Norwegian folks songs and influences from around the world.


Tri a Tolia : Zumurrude
Turkish voice - Iraqi qanun - Belgian cello. One language. The songs are composed by Melike and Osama. Osama also arranged the music, together with one of Belgium's finest cellists, Lode Vercampt, who has put his own stamp on this originally eastern music.


Ostad Elahi : The Paths of Divine Love


Simona Barbera : Mirto
A powerful and inspired Italian singer, born in Genoa and residing in Sicily, Barbera offers a daring reinvention of 'an imaginary Sicily' that is rich in tradition but far from traditional. Performed a capella or accompanied primarily by percussion or piano, these songs lit, roar and shreik across the imagined landscape, reinventing old themes as contemporary art.


Valkyrien Allstars : Valkyrien Allstars
Three Norwegian fiddlers join forces to bring the tradition to life - Ola Hilmen, Tuva Livsdatter Syvertsen and Erik Sollid, joined by a full band, push the music into pop, rock, jazz and even some traditional folk songs. Listen and Listen


Malicorne : En Public


Hughes de Courson and Patrick Modiano : fonds de tiroir [1967]
These two founding members of the seminal French folk-rock band Malicorne produced a recording of bitter songs with strange characters and daring, fresh arrangements by Bruno Coulais. In 1979 [the year Modiano wins the Prix Goncourt, France's utimate literature prize], the album is released with no succes at all... since then, fonds de tiroir 1967 has been a cult album, much coveted by French musicians, artists and the discerning public alike. Now it's here, and its quirky nature is yours to hear. .


Teresa De Sio : Villanelle popolaresche del '500'
1978 recording of traditional songs by the Italian singer, directed by Eugenio Bennato


Jonas Knutsson and Mats Oberg : Live
Saxophone maestro Jonas Knutsson and the keyboard genius Mats Oberg have played together since childhood and know each other inside out. The is a recording of a concert in Stockholm, February 2008.


Jan-Olof Andersson : En Ruben Nilson-kvall
Ruben Nilson (1893-1971) was a Swedish song writer, painter and craftsman. This is a tribute to his music by contemporary Swedish musicians Jan-Olof Andersson, Christer Karlberg and Olle Anderson


Various artists : Music from Guatemala Volume 2: Garifuna Music
The Garifunas live along the eastern coast of Central America. This music vibrates with old African and Caribbean cultural roots and historic past. Includes several varieties of the music of the Garifuna minority of Guatemala - from the traditional to the modern.


Serguei : Revolucion Tanguero
Born in Buenos Aries and now living in Paris, Serguei is both a gifted tanguisto and an illustrator for the world's number one French language newspaper, Le Monde. He brings his music and vision together in this unique graphic package, Revolucion Tanguero.


Topic World Series : Healing Feasting and Magical Ritual: Papua New Guinea
Songs and dances of hunting, war, work, totemistic ritual, cannibalism, myth, initiation, courtship, rain-making, funerals, magical healing, shark catching and marathon feasting, recorded in remote coastal and inland villages in five far-flung regions of Papua New Guinea, to the north of Australia.


Skogumsbrorne : Slattespel fra Gudbrandsdalen
Norwegian ensemble Skogumsbrorne revives the music of some classic regional fiddle styles by the brothers Skogum on Slattespel fra Gudbrandsdalen.


Isglem : Null G
Norwegians Terje Isunset (percussion, voice, drums) and Karl Seglem (saxophone, goat horm voice) in a 1993 recording of new routes in Norwegian rhythm and noise.


Monsieur Doumani : Grippy Grappa
This Cypriot band Monsieur Doumani has been making quite a name for itself both at home and abroad in the last 6 months. They take the sounds of their native Cyprus and put it through a blender - making the music both more accessible to a new audience, while also respecting the roots, keeping them healthy and growing. They blend a serious sense of tradition with a cutting social satire and a playful wit. Antonis Antoniou (tzouras), Angelos Ionas (guitar) and Demetris Yiasemides (wind instruments) are musical bandits steal whatever they can and forge it into something all their own, enveloped in a smoky haze of poetry and sharp musical arrangements. The purchase of this CD is for a donation to support RootsWorld, the magazine and radio show of the world's music.


Anna Saeki : Tango clásico y moderno
I was dubious, too. A Japanese tango singer.. surely a gimmick. But her 20 years of singing experience, and her wise selection of orchestras and small ensembles make these recordings a nice little addition ot a complete tango collection, an acknowledgement of the international influence that Argentine music has had. To be sure, she sings these classica nd modern songs like no one else, and there is a distinctive sound to it all, and perhaps that is why I was most attracted to it.


Basco : Interesting Times
Basco tell stories. Their music is complex and varied, from hard hitting, high-speed reels through sweet and melancholy tunes that tell of loves won and lost, fitful fever-dreams and songs that when you come down to it, are really just about sex.Basco's material is nearly all original, stealing shamelessly and frivolously from Nordic, English, Celtic and American idioms.


Habadekuk : Mollevit
Here's the 10th Anniversary recording from one of Denmark's best folk big-bands, pulling out the stops on traditional Danish fiddle tunes arranged for fiddles, brass, percussion, keyboards, bass and accordion.


Sabil : Zabad, l'ecume des nuits (Twilight Tide)
The duo Sabil is Ahmad Al Khatib ('ud) and Youssef Hbeisch (percussion). On this album, they are joined by Elie Khoury on bouzouki and Hubert Dupont on acoustic bass in an exploration of Arabic music and modern composition and improvisation. This was a RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' recording in 2017. These CDs were donated by the artists and record label, and all proceeds go to support the magazine and radio program.


Fendika : BiraBiro
I am pleased to offer this recording from Ethiopia, by a troupe of musicians, singers and dancers based at a night club in Addis Ababa that bears the name Fendika. The ensemble is led by Melaku Belay, who fashions new music from the traditional roots of many different regions of Ethiopia. Nardos Tesfaw - vocals Endris Hassen - masenko Misale Legesse - kobero Melaku Belay - dance, backing vocals, claps Zenash Tsegaye - dance, backing vocals, claps These CDs were donated by Terp Records, so all proceeds go to support the magazine and radio program. We thank them for their generous support.


V.A. : Batonga Across the Waters
The Music of the Batonga of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The first album ever of the beautiful music of the forgotten Batonga people of Zambia and Zimbabwe, who were forced to move by the rising waters of Lake Kariba in 1958. Recorded in the Zambezi valley in 1996. Listen


Peregoyo y su combo Vacana : El Rey del Currulao
For the first time in more than thirty years, Peregoyo y su Combo Vacaná have returned to the international arena with a new recording and with the same musical force that made them famous. The new record is a testament to the musical prowess of this giant of Colombian rhythms with a seminal influence on the history of its music.


Trio Tekke and Dave De Rose : Zivo
The trio bring along a percussionist for their third recording. Formed in London in November 2005 by Antonis Antoniou (tzouras, vocals, and a member of Monsieuer Doumani), Lefteris Moumtzis (guitar, vocals) and Colin Somervell (double bass), the band experiments with a raw, acoustic reinvention of the rebetiko of Greece and beyond.


Zenobia : Blot En Ild
The 2017 release by this Danish trio of women is an elegant set of 16 instrumental compositons and lyrical songs, some from classical texts, all original music set for accordion, piano and voices. The booklet contains full lyrics in Danish, and a synopsis of each song in English.


Mynsterland : Mynsterland
A young group of Danish string players, singers and a clarinetist tackle a wide-ranging set of songs and tunes from Back to Nickel Creek on fiddles, cello, reeds, guitar and bass.


Berit Opheim, Nils Okland and Bjorn Kjellemyr : BNB - ein song fra dei utsungne stunder
Berit Opheim, Nils Økland and Bjorn Kjellemyr are inspired by a wide variet y of classic styles but find common ground in the field of improvisation.Berit Opheim has won the traditional Landskappleiken with her shining vocal. Nils Økland is an extraordinary music who plays fiddle, hardanger fiddle and viola d ’amore. Bjorn Kjellemyr's double bass and his recent fondness of the colascione, a bass lute from the Renaissance, adds the appropriate gravity to this recording, performed live in the Ullensvang church in Norway. There is a deep tradition here, but also an untamed avant garde, and together they make BNB a highly recommended CD.


Dalava : The Book of Transfigurations
Guitarist Aram Bajakian and vocalist Julia Ulehla’s Dálava project is an homage to traditional Moravian folk music, taking melodies transcribed over 100 years ago by Ulehla’s great-grandfather, and reinventing them in stirring, sometimes avant-garde musical language.It delves into deep territory; conjuring ancestors, animating spirits, and crafting musical microcosms around the gem-like folk melodies. This fractured village music channels the voices of a bygone era. Their first album was a RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' pick, and this one is equally engaging.


uKanDanZ : Awo
They describe the sound as 'Ethio-Crunch' and it's clear from their sound and lineup - guitar, bass, drums and sax - that they're heavily inspired by Getatchew Mekuria's skronky improvisational work with The Ex. Awo is the group's second recording, after their 2012 debut Yetchalal, and it's heavy listening. Guilhem Meier's thunderous drumming, Benoit Lecomte's rattling bass, and Damien Cluzel's metallic guitarwork churn out a surprisingly nimble post-rock groove that begins somewhere between System of a Down and vintage Black Sabbath, and ends up in a much, much weirder place. But the real stars here are Lionel Martin's agitated sax improvisations and Guebreyes's plaintive Amharic vocals.


Phillip Peris : Digeridoo
solo performances on digeridoo - 5 tracks, 68 minutes


Ye Lassina Coulibaly : Djembe Du Burkina Faso
Dancer and drummer from Burkina Faso presents a solo set of performances on the goblet-shaped, Mandinkan djembe drum, showing its spiritual side as a healing as well as percussive instrument.


Paras Nath : Flute bansuri
Bansuri flute of northern India - Paras Nath is from a family of flautists dedicated to the art going back four centuries. The CD opens with the Raga Megh which is played during the monsoon season. 8 tracks, 70 minutes.


ba.fnu and Yann-Fanch Kemener : YFK-2016
Czech band meets legendary Breton singer Yann-Fañch Kemener. The Czechs have an affinity for both Czech and other European styles, but especially Breton fest-noz tunes. Yann-Fañch Kemener supplies the Breton vocals distinguished by a call-and-response pattern, that accompanies dancing. The musicians largely work with tracks that Kemener collected, while three of the tracks feature modern lyrics. The whole work is conceived as a 'calendar' with songs and recitations for each month. (A RootsWorld selection)


Dulce Pontes : Momentos (Live, 2 CDs)
A live concert set on 2 CDs by one of Portugals great artists. Moments of intimacy, frantic moments, unexpected, islands of sound, forged by the singer and her accompanists, including George Dalaras, José Carreras, Stefanos Korkolis and Pedro Santos.


Aziatic : Most Wanted
Garifuna roots with rock, hip-hop and pop influences: they call it punta rock. Belizian dance music with a heavy beat. Guests include Andy Palacio, Jenko and Spyce and Lloyd Augustine.


Dobet Gnahore : Na Afriki
Ivory Coast singer addresses social and political issues in Africa: the struggles of women in African society, the exploitation of children, and the impact of greed and violence on the family. She calls upon Africa to seek solutions from within and draw upon its own vast resources to create a better future. She sings of love and loss, as well as joy and celebration, using a wide variety of rhythms and styles that reflect her pan-African approach.


Dawda Jobarteh : Transitional Times
Dawda Jobarteh was born in Gambia, part of a family of hereditary musicians, including his grandfather, the legendary Alhaji Bai Konte. His new CD is a blend of tradition remembered and an immigrant's vision of new worlds. The music swerves from pure solo strings to jarring, modern motifs. He plays with pop and jazz idioms, but it always feels very rooted in the old world. This is a RootsWorld CD choice. These CDs are donated byt eh labels and artists to help RootsWorld raise money to remain online and on the air. All of your purchase gos to support those efforts.


Bragr : Danmarkar'n
A trio of strings and percussion, Bragr features Swedish guitarist and nyckelharpa player Perry Stenbäck, and two Danes - percussionist Christine Dueholm and Jesper Frost Bylling on acoustic bass. All provide vocals on some tracks. They blend tradtional music from regions in both countries, and make them personal and unique.


Pixvae : Colombian Crunch Music
The label promo: As the hybrid peach palm from which it borrows its name, this unusual group is the result of cross origins, a space where the warm melodies of the Afro-Colombian music meet the energy of rock and eclectic jazz culture. Confronting the worlds, merging traditions, PIXVAE embodies an unsuspected alchemy between jazzcore and currulao: a direction that shakes the perception, upsets the entrails and awakens the imagination. Here, electrical power accompanies sublime trance...


Javier Ruibal : las dramas primero
Javier Ruibal is surely one of Cadiz' greatest hidden treasures. A singer and guitarist of immense talent and diversity, a man of warmth and charm with a mischievous twinkle in his eye, Ruibal's sound is one which gorges itself on cultures and traditions, sampling and tasting and spinning a web that is entirely contemporary and idiosyncratic.' - RootsWorld


Kristian Blak : Fuglar, Fiskar & Folk
Faroese artist Kritian Blak has composed and performed a suite of short piano studies based on folk songs and tales of the title subjects, 'birds, fish and people.'


Kwartet Jorgi : Muzyka na trabke gitare i flet
Music for trumpet, guitar and flute, by one of Poland's most repsected modern music ensembles.


Fionia Stringband : Rat for usodet / Rough N' Ready
Rustic and lively folk music including everything from polkas to lyrical tunes to warm-hearted waltzes. The music is handpicked mainly from the Danish and Scandinavian repertoire with links to Québec and Cape Breton. The band is a meeting between two generations of folk musicians based on a shared passion for traditional melodies. The members consists of three of Denmark's best traditional musicians, fiddlers Michael Graubæk and Jes Kroman and pianist Theis Langlands.


Bellemou : The Father of Rai
The Algerian classic is available again, with the master musican of rai in some of his best recordings.


Fermin Muguruza : Brigadistak Sound System
From The Basque Country to Havana, Caracas, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Rom, Barcelona and Back Euskera, the language of the Basque people, is unique in Europe and so is Fermin Muguruza. A traveller in the name of culture, politics and global resistance he voyaged across the seas to record this album with the International Sound Brigades incl. Manu Chao, Desorden Público, Todos Tus Muertos and many more.


Munir Bashir : ...and the Iraqi Traditional Music Ensemble


Florida Memory : 3 CDs of Florida folklife
Three CDs of blues, folk and gospel from the Florida Folklife Collection.
Tell The Truth: Blues and Gospel
Shall We Gather at the River
Where the Palm Trees Shake at Night
This set of CDs was donated by State Library & Archives of Florida in support of RootsWorld. All proceeds go to support the magazine and radio program.


Meta Meta : MM3
'With MM3, this Sao Paolo-based trio, active since 2008, are joined once again by a bassist and drummer for spastic, genre-defying blasts that place them in the center of a vibrant Brazilian music scene. The record skitters between post-punk, gruff, avant sax flutters, raw guitar pulsations, and an ability to shift tempo that's military precise. For those who hear Brazil and think samba, candomble, or Tropicalia's freakier moments, this record might come as a surprise. From experimental synth to Favela proibidao rap, Metá Metá are one more component of a scene that's at least partially a reaction to the chaos and breakdowns pervading their city.' - Bruce Miller in RootsWorld


Groupa : Kind of folk - vol. 1 Sweden
The 2016 release by one of the most important and revolutionary groups in the Nordic roots movement. Terje Isungset, drums, perc, mouth harp; Mats Eden fiddle, viola d'amore, accordion; Jonas Simonson, flutes, bass clarinet.


Gunnell Mauritzson : Ater
Gunnel Mauritzson 'Åter' One of Sweden's very best folk singers with a band consisting of some of the most interesting musicians within the new Swedish folk music.


various artists : Stilling Time: Traditional musics of Vietnam
American musician Philip Blackburn travelled to Vietnam in late 1993 to record the village music of the nation and came home with a remarkable portrait of a culture both deeply reverential of the past and yet still dynamic and growing.


Peeni Waali and Schildpatt : Sha
The 2006 brainchild of the amazing Fizze of Switzerland. He says: 'Sound-stalking through Alpine and Persian inflections, drum n' bass oriental improvisations, remixes, dubs, ambiances,collages and genuine creations...' Features santur master Alan Kushan.


Sidestepper : Supernatural Love
A band who pioneeered electro-Cumbia and other Colombian sounds released this album in 2016 to great acclaim. This time out, it's full of deep acoustic sounds and instruments, recorded in the Colombia countryside. This is a RootsWorld CD choice. These CDs are donated by the labels and artists to help RootsWorld raise money to remain online and on the air. All of your purchase goes to support those efforts.


Nelson Angelo : Caterete
Composer, musican and singer Nelson Angelo is joined by many of Brazil's most wanted musicians including Edison Machado, Dom um Romão, Novelli and many others. With his deep knowledge of Brazilian harmonies and his unique way of arranging and performing, this makes for a highly interesting release.


Mallebrok : Levende Brav
They say they are 'crossing new borders between folk music, experimental electronica, jazz inspirations and pop.' Founded in 2014, he band consists of experienced musicians from folk music, medieval music, electronica and big band jazz, so they have grounds for their appraisa This is not medieval music with electronics nor Scandinavian folk music with eastern hand drums and trombone. It is something that is quite different.


Norstrand : Norstrand
This jazz inflected quintet from Denmark interprets the old folk songs of Inger Lauritzen from the village of Lonstrup. Led by vocalist Mathilde Faldborg Sorensen, the ensemble plays violin, saxophone, piano and bass.


Asif Ali Khan and Party : Mazarana
A promising singer from Pakistan, who studied with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, comes from a long line of qawwals and is a grandson of the legendary Santoo Khan. The clarity of his voice and his authentic sincerity to the Sufi tradition mark him out as a valuable new name in Qawwali, whhile hsi inventive approach makes him a name to watch for.


Arto Jarvela : On the Coast (Arto Plays the fiddle, Vol. 3)
The thrid in Arto Jarvela's series of fiddle solo recordings tracing the history of the music in Finland. 19 more tunes by the master musician. Notes in English as well as Finnish.


Paul Raackow : Mi Refugio
new tangos for solo musician, from this Berlin based bandoneon (accordion) player


Various Artsists : Travellin' Companion 3: A Musical Journey to Germany
A collection of new and unexpected roots music from Germany includes ULMAN, Schal Sick Brass band, Di Grine Kuzine, Jams and a dozen more.


Lakis and Achwach : Xenos
Austria-based Greek musician Lakis Jordanopoulos´ songs are about uprooting and exile, like the songs of the Greek Rembetes, who learned to laugh and cry at the same time. The music he creates with the ensemble Achwach is the neo-Rembetiko of a Vienna-based international band, a music about happiness and sadness, love, loneliness and despair.


Vlada Kanic : En passent med aksent
Born in Belgrade and now living in Norway, songwriter and singer Kanic has made truly local music: he has taken his songs of war and peace in the Balkans and presented them to a Norwegian audience, in his adopted language. It's a bold move for an immigrant, but the songs carry a potency and the music accompanying them is superb. The Norwegian press has responded positively and so have audiences. Balkan music fans will find plenty to love in the musical accompaniment, too, with it's great sonic mix from a band of accordions, bass, guitars, cimbalom, violins and more.


Various Artists : Stjerner Lyser Hvite: The Songs of Jens Gunderssen
This double CD release marks the 100 years since the actor, director, theater manager, composer, singer and poet Jens Gunderssen was born. Jens Gunderssen became nationally known through radio, phonograph, live events and tours. His soft-spoken, warm and melodic folk songs, often to his own guitar or lute accompaniment, represented an almost separate genre when he came on the phonograph market in the 1940s.


Sexteto Mayor : Passion du Tango
To celebrate the group's 30th anniversary, a double album charting their unparalleled career, including 13 new tracks recorded exclusively for this anthology. Instrumental pieces are included alongside sung tangos featuring Adriana Varela, whose smoky voice and emotive power have made her one of Argentina's leading vocalists. The set's broad repertoire ranges from the early classics of Carlos Gardel to the music of revolutionary innovator Astor Piazzolla. One of the CDs is designed specifically for tango dancing.


Halfdan Kjerulf : Songs From Norway
Maria Lindberg-Kransmo, vocalist and Stephanie A. Freeman, pianist.


Miquel Gil with Savinna Yannatou : En Concert (CD and DVD)
An epic event: the meeting of two great European singers, and backed by an incredible ensemble made of Primavera en Salonico and Orqestra Arabe de Barcelona. CD and DVD (PAL format, playable on computers and most DVD players). Highly recommended.


Tafiychuk Family : Hutsulshchyna No 2
Volume two of the music by this family from the Hutsul village of Bukovets, between Kosiv and Verkhovyna in the Ukrainian part of the Carpathian Mountains focuses on songs and improvisations of traditional melodies performed on violin and instruments such as sopilka, floiara, telenka among others. As with all Koka Records, this is beautifully packaged, and annotated in English.


Mateja Gorjup : IJEKARU
This completely unique Slovenian vocalist and composer presents original and traditional songs with minimalist accompaniment on small instruments and simple electronics. It's impossible to describe, so best that you simply listen.


Mamak Khadem : The Road
Iranian born singer and composer Mamak Khadem and an ensemble that include Jorge Strunz, Ardeshir Farah, Mino Cinelu and a Balkan brass band, continues her search for new and innovative settings for the poetry of Rumi. This is a RootsWorld music choice, and all of your purchase price goes to supporting the magazine and radio programs.


Knut Reiersrud : Klapp
The Norwegian guitarist and writer continued his exploration of new musical borders in 1995 with music dedicated to yet another overlooked instrument, tha hand of man.


Brice Duisit : La Passion de Clermont: Hora vos dic vera raizun
The turn of the first millennium was experienced by people of that time not with fear that the world was coming to an end, but rather with hope that the world would be renewed, as 'the promise of a new Spring'. Thus, Christ's Passion came to symbolise the resurrection of the Church; a great reformation began. Seen in that context the lyric poem La Passion de Clermont takes on its full meaning. Brice Duisit performs vocals and vièle a archet.


Qvale's Ensemble : Gronn
An unusual pop recording from Norway features a unique singer backed by an adventurous ensemble, and produced by Farmers Market legend Stian Carstensen.


Mats Eden (composer) : Apple Blossom
An album that focuses on Mats Eden as composer, with 16 performances of his pieces played by a variety of artists in a number of styles from folk to classical to contemporary art music.


De-Alfoldi Saxophone Ensemble : Totagas
When Hungarians want to say that too many cooks spoil the broth, they say that 'two pipers in the same inn are one too many.' Yet these three pipers (saxophonists) get on like a house on fire. They are: Bela Agoston, Bela Burány and Balázs Szokolay. Joined by Robert Benko on double bass and Tamás Geröly Sándor on drums, they cook up a storm of reeds both rattling and sublime.


Gabor Gado : Modern dances for the advanced in age
Hungarian guitarist Gábor Gado and his ensemble offer "a tongue-in-cheek sextet rounded out by a pair of saxes, trumpet, trombone, bass and drums... a certain down-at-the-heels dancehall feel: odd time changes, droll, edgy tango, cha cha and calypso, a guitar owing as much to Hendrix, Hawaii and heavy metal as to Wes Montgomery and George Benson, while the spirits of Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini drift by for the album closer, 'Moon River,' a place you've never been but might want to reconnoiter." - RootsWorld


Lakou Mizik : Wa Di Yo
The band was formed by musicians young and old from Jacamel, Haiti after the earthquake of 2010. Their brand new recording is titled Wa Wi Do 'You Tell Them - We Are Still Here.' Says band member Steeve Valcourt: “We have nearly lost everything - but we’ll never lose our culture.” This is a RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' selection for 2016, donated by the record label to support the magazine. (The bar code has a small mark over it to indicate it was donated.)


RAM : Ram 6: Manman M Se Ginen
These rhythms don't walk alone. They come with melodies and songs and spirits and knowledge. They come with rituals. says Richard Morse, leader of the Port au Prince band RAM. The Haitian ensembles 6th album is a fine piece of work, fusing local instruments and rhythms with contemporary enrgey and politics. This is a RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' selection.


Ponk : Postfolklor
This trio brings together Czech, Slovak and Moravian folk lore with a contemporary acoustic touch. At the heart of the band is the hammered dulcimer or zither known as the cimbalom, a tool common to many eastern European traditions. But musician Eduard Tomastík pushes the instrument into a new range of more modern sounds, carried by the vocals, bass and violin of bandmates Michal Krystynek and Jakub Nozicka. This is a RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' selection, and helps support the radio program and magazine.


Cheikh M.Al-Halbawi : Sufi Chants from Cairo. La Confrerie Chadhiliyya. Cheikh M.Al-Halbawi


The Aissawa of Fes : MOROCCO. Trance Ritual. The Aissawa of Fes


Topic World Series : Islam Strings - Flutes and Trumpets
Two of the original Tangent 'Music In The World Of Islam' albums on one CD. Intriguing and beautiful music from parts of Africa, Europe and Asia which are, or have been, Islamic. Recorded at weddings, religious festivals


Tandarandan : Adalgisiana
The return of Tandarandan, two years after their marvelous 'Epata, music of the seasons' and focused on music for dancing in an homage to all the old musicians who they have met along the way.


Karl Seglem : Laerad
This is Karl's first goat horn (only) album, recorded over three years with a host of artists accompanying him on everything from ancient instruments to modern electronics.


Unaja (Jutta Rahmel and Maija Pokela) : Unaja
Rahmel and Pokela play the kantele, the Finnish folk zither than has over the years expanded into a large instrument for playing all kinds of music from classical to jazz as well as folk. Both women are members of the ensemble Kardemimmit, and this is their first CD as a duo. Most of these 10 tracks are voice and kantele, with occasional additional guests adding throat singing on one track, and percussion on 2 others.


Frigg : Frigg
A few more are back in stock! Composer Antti Jarvela and a marvelous Finnish and Norwegian ensemble if fiddles, harmonium, dobro (yes!) and more.


Monsieur Doumani : Sikoses
The stunning second release by this Cypriot trio is as punchy and political as the first. A brilliant mix of acoustic folk music and modern sensibilities, peppered with musical and lyrical humor. This is RootsWorld's 'Music of the Month' selection for June, 2015 and your full purchase goes to support the magazine and radio program.


Spillemand! : musik fra Carl Nielsens barndom
Danish fiddlers Christoffer Thorhauge Dam and Nikolaj Forskov play tunes and songs associated with the childhood of Carl Nielsen, one of Denmark's most noted composers to celebrate his 150th birthday.


Perry Stenback & Dekadansorkestern : Cornelius och Andra Visor (Live at Buzz's Farm, Denmark)
Danish guitarist Perry Stenback and his Dekadansorkestern play the "Danish Songbook," of composers like Cornelis Vreeswijk, Evert Taube, Dan Andersson, Myhre / Hovland as well as Stenback's original songs (and one by Chico Buarque). It's a Danish take on blues and jazz. DVD film, recorded live in Aro, Denmark.


The Henrys : Quiet Industry
The 2015 release by Toronto legends, The Henrys. Led by kona-guitarist Don Rooke, with Hugh Marsh (violin), John Sheard (pump and electric organs), Andrew Dowling (acoustic bass), David Di Renzo (percussion) and vocalists Gregory Hoskins and Tara Dunphy. This one is heavy on lyrics and introduces a great new singer to the band. Highly recommended.


Guldmus : Hvid Nat
Spanish guitar, cello and Danish lyrics are the audial pillars of the debut album Hvid Nat ("White Night"). The lyrics of Morten Musicus, vocalised by Mia Guldhammer, contain more light than darkness despite being centered around death and fear through 10 quiet, but swinging songs.Mia Guldhammer and Morten Musicus are both veterans in playing medieval music and folk songs, but this time they're exploring new paths - albeit their roots in the folk music of old are still present.Accompanying them is Swedish cellist Thommy Andersson, who has been a part of, among others, the New Jungle Orchestra for many years. Andersson contributes a mix of edge and presence to the album that compliments the duo particularly well.


Kiran Ahluwalia : Sanata : Stillness
In stillness, movement is not only possible, it is a promise. Indeed, Kiran Ahluwalia's new offering, Sanata: Stillness, is nothing short of a musical roadmap to personal and global transformation. At once contemplative and rockin', traditional and innovative, Kiran's hybrid of Indian and Pakistani grooves, Saharan blues and Western Jazz shows us that borders are meaningless in one's heart and on the world stage. Born in Patna, India, Kiran's parents survived the strife of political upheaval between India and Pakistan during partition, escaping the riots and warring factions to ultimately settle in Toronto where young Kiran was raised. Living proof that the heart can indeed show us the way, she met NYC-based Pakistani-American guitarist and arranger Rez Abbasi - a musical and marital partnership that transcends place, position, and politics. This CD was donated by the artist as generous support of RootsWorld.


Joao Afonso : Zanzibar
A prime mover in the new folk scene in Portugal, this singer with east African heritage mixes worldly roots with a world-wise lyricism.


Alfred and Mattias Bismo : Fele
The twin brothers Bismo were born in 1918 in Bismo, Skjak, Norway. This CD includes 27 tunes recorded by NRK (Norwegian national radio) in the 1970s and 80s.


Kristian P. Åsmundstad : a synge gamalt
Recordings by the Norwegian folk-singing legend made in 1937,1954 and 1959 by NRK (Norwegian national radio). He was one of the most significant singers from Gudbrandsdalen, Norway and has had an impact a lot of contemporary young performers of the tradition.


Fridtjof Erneshagen : hardingfele


Furnes, Holsen and Sandal : Hardingfele
Archival recordings of three oldtime fiddlers from Norway - Nils Furnes (1901-1990), Johannes Holsen (1910-1992) and Knut Sandal (1913-1964) - recorded by Norwegian national radio NRK.


VA : Ghana Soundz: Afro-Beat, Funk and Fusion in 70's Ghana
14 rare and unreleased tracks from Sweet Talks, African brothers, Black Star Sound, Ebo Taylor, and many others. Ghana Soundz is a painstakingly assembled collection of Afro-beat and Afro Funk, most of which has never been released outside of Africa and some of which is unreleased anywhere. This package will also appeal to collectors as it includes a full 16 page booklet highlighting the history of the Ghana recording industry and reproductions of original LP sleeves


various- Norway : Havardspel - Slattar Etter Havard Giboen
The music of the old Norwegian master performed by Gunleik Smedal, Hoye Kvale, Trygve O. Vagen, Eivind Mo, Olav S. Londal, Olav K. Øyaland, Olav K. Øyaland and many other.


Kjetil Londal : Londalsspel II
The Londal style represents a unique branch of Norwegian traditional music, distinguished by what Tuddal writer O.J. Rui called "its supple, clean playing style and effortless fingerings." Numerous fiddlers have seen the Londal style as an ideal and emulated its characteristic, lyrical sound. There's hardly a fiddler in Telemark that hasn't been influenced by the Londal style, and this is true for a number of other districts as well.


Ole Olsen Fykse : Religiose folketonar
Born in 1879 in Fykse, Kvam on the north side of the Hardanger fjord in Norway. This is a collection of religious songs, sung a capella by Fyske in various locations, that exemplify the church music of the region form the early part of the 20th century. Excellent nots in English and Norwegian.


Leif Aasane : Bygutt
From Kongsberg in Buskerud, he had his roots in the municipality of Flesberg, Numedal. Leif's father played the hardanger fiddle, too, so he was steeped in the round dance tradition from an early age, and became a fiddler through the influence of Ole Naerlieie (1887–1955). This is a collection of recordings made by NRK (Norwegian national radio).


Aditya Verma : Sarod Traditional Music from India
Distinguished sarod player Aditya Verma, accompanied by Vineet Vyas on tabla, performs two dynamic evening ragas. This digitally recorded disc contains a 16-page booklet.


Cihat Askin : The Desperate
The soundtrack to the movie Umutsuz (The Desperate) features the great Turkish violinist on original compositions, Azeri and Armenian folk songs and pieces from Tchaikovsky and Rahmaninof.


Nohavica, Kocko, Putzlacher, Lipus : Tešínske Niebo / Cieszynskie Nebe
A Czech ensemble with singer Jaromír Nohavica, poet Renata Putzlacher, musician Tomáš Ko and #269;ko and director Radovan Lipus, artists who have a close relationship to Tešínske Slezsko region of the Czech Republic - stage a performance with actors of the Czech and Polish Tešínský Theatre based on the songs of Jaromír Nohavica. Accompanied by a small theater orchestra (piano, accordion, guitar, reeds and strings)


Various Artists : Carohrani - Z korenu moravskeho folkloru
Carohraní - Z korenu moravskeho folkloru (Magic Playing: Music from the roots of Moravian folklore) presents 13 ensembles and artists on 22 tracks. Good notes on the songs in English, France, German, Czech.


Conjunto Joao Domingos : Ao Vivo em Macau (Live in Macau)
After a career spanning more than four decades in the music of Mozambique, this African musician and his band have finally made their first recording on CD, produced in Macau during the Portugal Day celebrations on 10 June 1995. It's raw, gritty and full of soul. Electric guitars, bass and drums are pumped up by a rugged horn section, keyboards and singers.


Sukke : Introducing Sukke
A nicely priced introduction to the klezmer music of Dutch accordionist Sanne Möricke, English clarinetist Merlin Shepherd, and German bassist Heiko Lehmann. Solid playing, no surprises and a traditionalist presentation.


Hwang Byung-ki : Kayagum Masterpieces Vol 4 (Sounds of the Night)
Korea's foremost composer and kayagum (6-string zither) master performing new works on this ancient instrument that crosses centuries, cultures and traditions. '...lyrical, picturesque, meditative and brief.... authoritatively produced and performed.' FANFARE Magazine (Korean Import)


Le Nozze di Carlo : Le Nozze di Carlo
Their premise is that they make 'ethnic and psuedo-ethnic music.' Perhaps, but then, we all take ourselves too seriously, so why not? This quartet from New York plays accordion, bass, sax and guitar, they all sing, they have a good time playing old Italian folk songs, modern Italian pops, Irish and pseudo-Irish ballads, polkas, sea chanteys, jazz odysseys, mini-operas, and 'the occasional game of croquet.' Relax and enjoy.


Various Artists : All Children in School
A benefit for the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund and UNICEF's global schooling project features 15 tracks by Ani di Franco, Susheela Raman, Luigi Cinque, Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare, Gabin Dabire, Dulce Pontes, Uxía, Marlevar, Omara Portuondo, Susana Baca, Sainkho, a duet by Teresa Salgueiro and Caetano Veloso, and others


Theodosii Spassov : Welkya
The kaval master and a small ensemble merge Bulgarian folk, jazz and a general spirit of enthusiasm and creativity. Written and arranged by Theodosii Spassov - kaval, vocals, bagpipe with Yanka Rupkina - vocals, Boika Velkova - recitatives, Georgi Petrov - gadoulka, Valentin Yankov - tamboura, Georgi Donchev - bass, Stoyan Yankulov - percussions.


Either/Orchestra : Ethiopiques 20: Live in Addis (2 CDs)
The 10-piece jazz orchestra from Boston, in a 2 CD set recorded live in Addis with a number of great Ethiopian performers including vocalists Bahta Gebre-Heywet, Michael Belayheh and Tsedenia Gebre-Marqos, saxophonist Getatchew Mekurya and percussionist Mulatu Astatqe. Inspired by the great Ethiopian pop and jazz of the '60s and '70s, they bring a full array of modern jazz and Afro-Cuban innovations to an Ethiopian repertoire. Unusual, to say the least.


Sacha Silva : Anatomy of a Coup
An unusual ensemble mixes flamenco, Indian classical and modern music with heady questions of personal and political issues, music, as the band says, 'that reads the newspaper.' An original sound, adventurous but rooted in traditions from around the world, and not a hint of "world-beat' or 'world fusion.' Highly recommended


Warren Storm, Willie T and Cypress : Cypress


Piirpauke : Ikiliikkuja-Perpetuum mobile
The Very Best of Piirpauke


Kimmo Pohjonen : Kluster
2002 release from this Finnish accordion innovator


Piirpauke / Kalevala Spirit : In the spirit of Kalevala Finland
A reissue and more, this CD includes the 1985 Piirpauke album Wild East, plus 5 more tracks from 1997 with a somewhat different sextet under the name Kalevala Spirit.


Jabier Muguruza : Enegarren postala
This pop recording from Basque Spain sits on the border between folk-ballad and schmaltz, I know, but this is just such a great voice that I am willing to forgive the sometimes overly-lush production just a bit. Muguruza has been described as 'a cantautor of infinite gentleness' by El Periodico. El País de las Tentaciones says he has a tenuous voice that modulates with subtlety and the lyrics fly with the fine irony of the mundane. And El Pais says 'it is an ironic, subtle and intensely poetic vision.'


Gerardo Nunez and Perico Sambeat : Cruce de Caminos (jazz viene del sur)
New jazz-flamenco routes, without the usual new-agey nonesense... solid musicianship and great vocals.


Dou Dou M'Diaye M'Bengue : Thiato Thiate


Milquinhento '1500' and Conjunto Popombo De Nampula and Conjunto Nimala : ¡Saba Saba!
recorded live in a local cinema and while different in instrumentation, they share a stripped down scratch band sound. Mil-Quinhento '1500' furiously strums a zither called a pankwe, a flat board with a tin can and a gourd for resonators. The band adds shakers, a bell-toned brake shoe, voices and nlapa, a tea chest with a gut string much like a wash tub bass. What makes Conjunto Popombo distinctive is the vocal work. A rapid fire call and response between the singers overlaps the syllables until they seem to be a single, unsingable torrent notes.


Yannis Aggelakas : O Hamenos Ta Pairnei Ola
Soundtrack from the Greek film 'Loser Takes All' by Nikos Nikolaides, made by one of the countries leading rock-pop writers and an artist who has crossed all genre-boundaries in the last few years, both solo and with his band Trypes.


Betagarri : Basque Fire
Basque ensemble performs an energetic, regional version of ska, punk, rock.


Giovanni Nuti and Co : les voix des femmes
A song-cycle focused on the voices of Lucia Lippi, Rossella Ruini and Emanuela Berti and arranged by Riccardo Galardini. Nuti has merged classical, popular, jazz and traditional vocal styles in a set of songs, accompanied by guitar, charango, mandolin, acoustic bass, flutes and violins.


Leo : Crossing the strings
Second solo album is a trip to 'Melodyland.' It all begins with a voice, a guitar and a songwriter - Belgian artist Leo. Steel strings, nylon strings, vocal cords...plain and simple songs at the crossroads of folk, blues and pop. Melody is the mainline. Songs about love, life and death, hometown, laziness and childhood days. Some tunes are low-key, in a 'close to the bone' form, others offer subtle arrangements with a little choir, cello, violin, flute, mandolin, double bass or drums


63 Strings, feat. Manomanouche : 63 Strings
A group of Italian musicians executes a musical raid into French Gypsy Jazz territory, joined by the well known Italian Gypsy ensemble Manomanouche and American harpist Park Stcikney. Nunzio Barbieri (acoustic guitar), Dino Contenti (upright bass) and Luca Enipeo (acoustic guitar) take on the obvious (Django Reinhardt) and some less well known turns as well (Domenico Modugno, Romane).


Various artists : Arran: cultura de resistencia 2 (2CD set)
A 2 CD set with 41 tracks by a wild assortment of Spanish bands and artists. Rock en espanol by Banda Bassotti Fermin Muguruza - Pirat's Sound Sistema - Gadegang - Net Flanders - Malos Vicios - Skarnio - - La Caixa Fosca and more.


Het Brabants Volksorkest : Flemish Folk Music - Volume 1 and 2
The Brabant Traditional Music Band of Belgium presents Flemish folk dance music in a formal 'chamber' style


Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies : Honesty Box
12 songs featuring Jez with Bad Pennies: Judy Dinning, Simon Haworth and Kate Bramley as well as special guests: Sam Pirt, Andy May and Jeff Armstrong. All of the songs are Jez Lowe originals with Track 1, Skin Too Thin, a co-wrrite with former Bad Penny, Bev Sanders. Jez Lowe is one of England's finest writers, an artist with the rare talent to write songs about specific Northeast English characters and situations, while applying universal truths which strike chords of familiarity the world over.


Sergei Sverev : Olonkho Doidutui Toiyuga
Sergei Afanas'evich Zverev (1900-1973), also known as Kyyl Uola, is considered by many to be one of the greatest Sakha musicians of this century. This is a restored and re-mastered edition of his first recording, made in 1951.


Di Grine Kuzine : Berlin Wedding
More klezmer intuitions from the Germany-based ensemble, firmly rooted, decidedly modern and wildly energetic. Great musicianship and vocals by a wonderful group of artists. 2006 release.


Brian Peters : Lines
UK england english europe


QQQ : Unpacking The Trailer
QQQ unspools folk music from a place where bluegrass, Norwegian wedding marches, progressive rock, and post-minimalism have merged into a funky, engaging hybrid. Dan Trueman plays the Hardanger fiddle, Monica Mugan is on classical guitar, Beth Meyers on viola and Jason Treuting does the drums and percussion.It is a wild and decidedly non-traditional mix, yet the music still sounds ancient and rooted.


Ingrid Bjone, Dr. Jonas Fjeld, Ola B. Johannesen : Neonlys pa Wergeland
Neon Light on Wergeland' presents the Norwegian poet and nationalist in an unusual musical light.


Les Ballets C. De La B. : Import Export
This is a live recording of the songs and music as they are performed this theater production directed by Koen Augustijnen. With Steve Dugardin (altus) and the Kirke String Quartet.


Di Grine Kuzine : Feribot


Jan Eggum : Hjertnuser
Norwegian singer-songwriter is known as "the face of the melancholy" with songs of lovelorn lives, loneliness and sorrow, and occasionally a social critic. Accompanied by a small ensemble of percussion, bass, occasional horns, he can move run from raw to schmaltzy, from pop rock to jazz. (Songs sung in Norwegian)


Pete Morton : Mad World Blues


Toba Seydou Traore : Toba Seydou Traore
Lo-fi but immensely interesting recordings from Mali's Malinke hunters. Toba Seydou Traore is from Bougouni in southwest Mali, and his voice soars over rattles, shakers and the strings of a 'hunter's harp.' Listen


Afro-Semitic Experience : The Road That heals the Splintered Soul
The Afro-Semitic Experience is a six piece group with a jazz and world music sound. Their music is a merging of the many elements of their cultures. Much of what they play has a strong spiritual center to it - their repertoire contains a heavy dose of music from the Jewish synagogue and the African-American church. This new work is an exploration of the deep well of myths, epics and stories that unite all cultures.


Chevan, Nizrahi and Afro-Semitic Experience : Yizkor: Music of memory
Composer and bassist David Chevan's Afro-Semitic Experience is joined by Jewish cantor Alberto Nizrahi for a contemporary look at Yizkor, a memorial service when sinners seek atonement, remember those who have passed before and contemplate the the transience of life. Carefully fusing modern American jazz, older American roots and ancient Hebrew traditions is no easy task, but Chevan and company prove more than up to the task on this 2008 exploration of modern American spiritually and musical experimentation.


various : Music of the American Indian - Northwest (Puget Sound)
Library of Congress #AAFS L34 - One LP with brochure, packed in a full box. Recorded in 1940-52 by Willard Rhodes, wjho also edited the brochure. Issued in 1954, this revised edition is 1984. Brand new, still sealed


Tom Ellis : Southern Exposure


Liam Bailey : Flesh and Armor
Pure pop with American roots - not my usual catalog addition, but I make exceptions for musicians with a wry outlook, an unusual voice and a certain sense of production restraint. Liam and his team of musicians have all of this working for them, so if you have the occasional, selective soft spot for intelligent pop music like I do, you might want to give this one a listen.


Van-Anh Vanessa Vo : Three-Mountain Pass
The Vietnamese artist performs her own compositions plus works by Erik Satie and Kim Sinh; and some Vietnamese traditional songs. Van-Anh Vanessa Vo devotes her life-long passion and mastery of the dan tranh (zither) to the creation of distinctive music blended with a cultural essence that she expands outside of the tradition to new fields. This recording features Kronos Quartet as guest artists.


Duo Bertrand en Cie : Couleurs Racines
French traditional and new compositions from Brittany


Livio Guardi and Wilson Montuori : Diomedee
Guitar and vocal duo from Florence mixes Tuscan roots with many contemporary guitar styles, accompanied on some tracks by percussion, flute, bass, harmonica, mandolin and bouzouki


Kimiz : zee van azov
Johan de Baedts (Percussion), Myriam Fuks (Vocals), Christel Berghlevens (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet), Roman Korolik (Bass, Fretless Bass), Dirk Van Esbroeck (Vocals, Guitar), Jean-Michel Alexandre (Viol), Filip Vermeert (Guitar, Oud)


Balladeus : het meisje aan de toog


Jaques Vandevelde : Charmes


Sexteto Tanguedia : Sara VersoIl Matino


Shantalla : Shantalla 1


Yggdrasil : Den Yderste O


Holger Laumann and Plumm : Aller Aettir
Plúmm emerged as a band of very young and talented jazz musicians at the Havnar Jazzfelag (Torshavn Jazz Club) in the early eighties. This CD they recorded with Danish saxophone player and composer Holger Laumann.


various : Harmonikutururin 10 ár
Harmonikutúrurin is a result of an accordion trip with the passenger ship Norrona. For several years this special music and dancing tour of the islands has been very popular among the passengers, and this CD gves you a bit of the feel of this Faroese ocean voyage, without the beer or the swells.


Kristian Blak et al : Klaemint
Klæmint is a suite by Kristian Blak composed to be played in a grotto - Klæmintsgjógv - on the coast of Hestur, Faroe Islands. The music is recorded on location May-August 1998. Klæmint is a common man's name on the island of Hestur, originating from the latin Clemens - 'mild, gentle'.


Spaelimenninir i Hoydolum : A Ferd
On A Ferð, the Faroese-American band Spaelimenninir í Hoydolum are captured in live recordings from USA, Scotland, Orkney and the Faroes. Originally released in 1984, reissued on CD.


Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies : Doolally
studio album from Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies, released July 2004. It features 12 new Jez Lowe songs, arranged by the band, Jez Lowe, Kate Bramley, Andy May and Sean Taylor.


Wimme : Wimme


Zmiros Project (Frank London, Lorin Sklamberg and Rob Schwimmer) : Zmiros Project
Klezmatics founders Frank London and Lorin Sklamberg, and pianist Rob Schwimmer present the mystical repertoire of Jewish 'zmiros' singing.


Camilla Granlien Band : Jarnnetter
Two great poets from Lom: Tor Jonsson (1916–1951) and Olav Aukrust (1883–1929). Though their views of rural life were far apart, it held a great influence on them both. Tor Jonsson faced much hardship in his youth and came to be critical of the closely-knit rural society, while Olav Aukrust, a champion of religious and national causes, held a more positive view of rural communities, people and lifestyles. Differences notwithstanding, it is obvious from the titles and form of their poems that both drew inspiration from traditional music. We have set some of their poems to traditional tunes both old and recent, and included a few songs they might have heard at home.


various : Accordeon: Nostalgic Poet of Paris
Recordings from 1928 to 1944 by some of the greats of the romantic cafe accordion era includes performances by Maurice Alexander, Edith Piaf, Emile Vacher, Louis Vola, Fredo Gardoni and others


The Solidarity Singers : Solidarity, It Can't Be Beat
In the economic and political times that are on the horizon, it's probably more important than ever that the average folks stick together and sing. That's what The Solidarity Singers of the New Jersey Industrial Union Choir are doing, adapting classic songs of labor and liberation to the new times; the age old folk-process in action. It's neither slick nor what you'd call professional, but homespun, genuine and personal.


Starostin and Mario : Proshche Prostogo
Well known Russian vocalist Sergey Starostin (vocals, rojok [Russian horn], prosvirelka, gusli (Russian zither) teams with the inventive musician Mario (ceramic percussion, barabanka [shepherds' signal], darbuk, cowbell and drum set) to explore traditional works (instrumental and lyrical) in a very new and expansive light.


Manuel Luna y La Cuadrilla Maquisera : Romper El Baile
Cantabrian singer and folk arranger.. click and listen!


World Mankeri Orchestra : Thauma
Unique avant garde folk music from Finland. 'The mankeri is the perfect counterpoint to the liru; like Djivan's sublime duduk offsetting Pharoah's reedy rhaita or Don Byron's thoughtful clarinet vs. Bird's frenetic alto. It adds a warm, introspective side that contributes to what is overall an enjoyably challenging, remarkably consistent and utterly original recording.' - RootsWorld


Various artists : Ehtoota!
Concert performances recorded in the Etno-Pojat theater in Finland (home of the World Mankeri Orchestra), includes songs by American Cafe Orchestra, Pinnin Pojat, Tallari, Nikolai Blad, Heikki Laitinen and more.


Helene Blum : Linden Sol
Helene Blum, the Danish singer and fiddler is joined by the Harald Haugaard Ensemble (octave mandolin, fiddle, guitar, cello, Jew's harp, double bass, flugelhorn, and percussion) in a follow-up to her marvelous 2008 holiday recording, En Sod Og Liflig Klang. Liden Sol, (Little Sun) offers both traditional songs of the Yuletide, as well as a few original songs, all done with grace and musicianship.


Pham Duc Thanh : Vietnamese Traditional Music
Experience the diverse traditional sounds of Vietnam as performed by multi-instrumentalist Pham Duc Thanh and singer Lieu Nguyet Lan.


Eralio Gill : The Art of the Paraguayan Harp
Steeped in the rich tradition of the Paraguayan harp masters, Eralio Gill's seductive style highlights the beauty of this distinct sounding instrument. This remarkable collection of original and adapted compositions evokes vivid images of Paraguay.


Juan Jose Carranza : Flamenco de la Costa
Juan Jose Carranza performs his Flamenco compositions with an earthy vocal style and an innovative percussive right-hand guitar technique layered with new world rhythms. This collection of 11 original pieces includes two songs with words written by acclaimed Spanish writer Federico Garcia Lorca.


Ben Canar : Nedudai
Ben-Canar lives in the ancient city of Safed, the cradle of Cabala, on the Israeli-Syrian border. However, he can trace both Polish and Russian elements through his ancestry.


Peter Garcia and The Garcia Brothers : Songs of my People
From San Juan Pueblo, in Northern New Mexico, comes a sound rich with history and honor for the living Earth. San Juan has been an active ceremonial center for seven hundred years and Songs Of My People is a collection of music to accompany ceremonial dances. The solo and group songs are sung by men with deep, penetrating voices and the instrumentation consists mainly of double-sided drums and gourd rattles.


Draghici, Damian : Românian Gypsy Panflute Virtuoso
The great Românian prodigy redefines the art of the panpipe. Joined here by renowned Turkish multi-instrumentalist Omar Faruk and world percussionist and producer Randy Crafton, Draghici plays traditional Românian Gypsy, Greek and Turkish tunes


V.Poulsens Kapel : Fanden er los
The 2005 release of Fanden er los celebrates the 25th anniversary of this marvelous traditional ensemble of piano, fiddle, mundharpe and accordion. Simple, straightforward dance tunes from Denmark are the order of the day, with a side of Quebec and Cape Breton to keep it sprightly. Un-affected folk music for dancing and listening by the trio of Valdenar Poulsen (aka Jes Kroman), Vagn Poulsen (aka Sonnich Lydom) and Vera Poulsen (aka Malene Daniel Beck).


Uhrbrand-Lydom-Cahill : Spring, with Mats Vingin and Peter Rosendal
Originally formed as a trio in 1998. Peter Uhrbrand, Sonnich Lydom and Sèamus Cahill has now been joined by two outstanding jazz musicians Mads Vinding (bass) and Peter Rosendal (piano) in what can only be described as a rare meeting of musical genres, that of folk and jazz. In a sense Spring is not only a meeting of different musical styles, but also a meeting of the great traditions of Nordic and Celtic music. One of the band members is an Irishman now settled in Denmark and so it seemed natural that songs from the Irish tradition should also be included on this CD. ULC's choice of material blends beautifully together.


Tumult : Aldrig far jeg fred
The Third recording by the Danish folk-rock ensemble is by far the most broad in scope, and complete in execution. From hard rockers to folk ballads, their never miss a beat as they forge ahead.


Tumult : Kvaern
Kvaern is the 2004 release by this Danish band known for their agressive mix of ancient ballads and tunes with contemporary energy and instrumentation.


Stine Michel : Frejas Viser
Singer Michel is joined by a fine band of Danish folk and modern musicians: Gustaf Ljungren: mandolin, clarinet, tenor guitar; Perry Stenback: guitar, nyckelharpa, dobro; Nikolaj Busk:keyboards, accordions, harmonium; Hal Parfitt-Murray: violin, cello, bratsch, mandola; Morten Lundsby:bass; Jesper Uno Kofoed: drums and percussion


Harald Haugaard and Anders Mogensen : Spirits
Haugaard seeks new ground in this fusion of Danish folk music and jazz-rock sensibilities. Jazz percussion, guitar and bass by Anders Mogensen, Krister Jonsson and Jonas Westergard bring new ideas to the Danish folk dance tunes they grab and reinvent. It's aggressive but never distorted, and the power of Haugaard's fiddling is never overcome by the strength of Mogensen's drum kit.


Serras : Second Hand
This is the second recording by the Danish fusion-folk ensemble Serras, whose members span the Danish folk music scene as players in bands like Puls, Haugaard and Hoirup, Sorten Muld and many others.


Rannok : Rannok
Energetic polkas and atmospheric ballads hand-picked from the Danish repertoire as well as a few original compositions. Rannok delivers rustic and lively folk music, including everything from simple polka just like mamma played it to warm-hearted waltzes With a shared passion for traditional melodies, they offer a new take on their ancestors' music: contemporary interpretations interspersed with original tunes written with respect for the folk tradition. Traditional fiddler Michael Graubaek, and pianist Theis Juul Langlands (who plays a variety of musical styles and adds a modern approach to the traditional tunes) approach their music with an open mind to allow for lively, organic interplay.


Phonix : Live
The Danish folk-rock and jazz ensemble recorded live


Phonix : Collage
The Danish quartet returns from their 2004 tour with 13 songs recorded live in Brussels, Chicago, New York City, Bielefeld, Montreal, Toronto and several places in Denmark. Some new pieces, some Phonix favorites, all done with new energy by vocalist Karen Mose, accordionist Jesper Vinther Petersen, clarinet and bass clarinetist Anja Praest Mikkelsen and percussionist Jesper Falch.


Poul Lendal : Onskebarn
Poul Lendal has been at the center of the Danish folk music scene for 35 years and is often called The Godfather of Danish Folk. And yet it is 2005 and he is only now presenting his first solo recording, Ønskebarn, with 23 of his musician and singer friends joining him on 22 tracks.


Moving Cloud : Sweet Nyaa
w guest Donal Lunny on 11 of the 13 tracks


Morild : Dromte mig en drom
On Dromte mig en drom Morild present Danish songs in new wrapping. In a blend of folk, jazz and modern grooves, the trio of musicians playing drums, bass, saxophone and keyboards (with guest fiddler Makiko Hirabayashi) interpret traditional songs - tales of faith, hope, love, life and death. This may be pretty smooth for the more 'folk' listener, but their mix of sharp instrumental skills and a fantastic lead singer, Anne Duehoim, help keep this recording from falling into a mainstream jazz trap.


Mette Kathrine : Ojeblikke
Øjeblikke is the Solo debut by the fine Danish accordionist from Kvasir.


Soren Krogh : Krogh synger Aakjaer
Danish guitarist, singer and songwriter accompanied by a small ensemble of accordion, violins, mandolin, etc. The songs are based on the history and writings of 19th Century Danish agrarian and political rabble-rouser Jeppe Aakaer. His songs are much in the same spirit of his hero, poet Robert Burns, writing of country life and the comman worker with grit, melancholy and humor. (And FYI: the songs are all sung in Danish.)


Soren Korshoj : Naermest naesten nogen
The Danish singer and songwriter Soren Korshoj has released his solo album Naermest naesten nogen (Almost Naked) 12 songs composed by Soren Korshoj; guitar and vocals in Danish. Soren is also know as one of the members of the Danish folkband Instinkt.


Kasir : Reel Irish
Irish reels in Denmark


Kaetter Quartet : Den sidste schottish - Live
The Danish folk, jazz and rock ensemble recorded live at the Tarm Festival


Henrik Jansberg : Omnivor
The young Danish fiddler comes to 2007 with a full band and an insatiable appetite for new musical idea. Joined by his own tourning band of violin, viola, guitars, mandolins, banjo, drums, percussion, nyckelharpa, dobro and doublebass with guests Christopher Davis Maack on violin and Sonnich Lydom playing harmonica and diatonic accordion.


Henrik Jansberg : Signatur
This is the debut CD by the young Danish violin virtuoso, presenting both traditional and contemporary music with sensitivity and swing. Tracks are solo or lighly accompanied by some of Denmark's best young musicians on violins, bass, concertina, guitar and percussion.


Gunner Friis : Kalejdoskop
Gunner Friis is considered a pearl among pearls of Danish folk musicians, a fiddler who still regularly plays traditional music for dances around the country. Kaleidoscope presents a series of recordings, some solo, most with some of the musicians who hold him in high esteem. The CD was created as a gift to Gunner Friis on his 60th birthday in 2005.


Fenja Menja : Katten i Saekken
The affinity of the Celtic and Scandinavian musical traditions has frequently been demonstrated, not least by the transnational band Swap. Danish quintet Fenja Menja also take up this theme on their second release, uneven not so much in musicianship as in aspiration. Is this band, named for twin ogresses of legend, a world-jazz act, a rock band, or new Scandinavian traditionalists?... Katten i Saekken" may leave you scratching your head a bit over placing its musical intent, but most of it will leave you in little doubt as to its success." - Jim Foley, RootsWorld


Fenja Menja : Fenja Menja
Contemporary, original folk rock, rising from the roots of Nordic mythology and mysticism, combined with the seductiveness of the folk tradition. Fenja Menja's music lures the listener with wondrous notes from the depths of the ancient woods, until, suddenly, the rude awakening by the singeing stench of brimstone from guileful farting trolls. The band: Katja Mikkelsen, fiddle, bagpipes, flutes, Kenneth Hermansen, electric guitar, vocal, Morten Lolk Rasch, piano, Johan Ahrenfeldt, electric bass, Soren Andersen, drums


Drones and Bellows - Dragseth Duo : Hiimstoun
The Danish folk ensemble is joined by Scots musician Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band)


Fin Alfred : Sange fra min vandring
Songs from my Travels: 60 years of singing traditional Danish songs and ballads" is a wonderful presentation of classic folk songs from Denmark. In 2009 Fin Alfred is celebrating his 60th anniversary as a traditional singer by releasing his 20th album and by touring in Denmark with his son, guitarist Morten Alfred Hoirup. They are accompanied on the CD by Anders Hofset (bass) and Claus Fossing (drums).


Carl Erik Lundgaard : To-rader pa Dansk (Two Row Danish)
At the age of 14, Carl Erik Lundgaard started his professional career as a musician. 35 years later Carl Erik is still going strong, giving a special priority to his solo career on the diatonic accordion. Carl Erik´s repertoire consists of traditional Danish folkmusic from the last several centuries as well as originally composed contemporary folk music.


Fin Alfred : Handvoerkersange og Skoemteviser
Fin Alfred has been working with labor songs, old folk songs and the songs of the travelling people, since he was a young man in the years after the 2nd World War. On his travels he met and exchanged songs with craftspeople and travellers from all over Europe and the Nordic countries. With Claus Fossing (drums), Morten Alfred Hoirup (guitar) and Anders Hofset (bass)


Abild : Methea
Methea (Mette Marie Jacobsen) was the daughter of a Danish businessman in the 1760s. For her 16th birthday, her father has a musician from odense make her a music book. Abild has taken the music from that book and recreated it for a modern folk quartet of violins, keyboards, accordions, mandolin, guitar and bratsch.


Zephyr : October Ocean
From the review in RootsWorld: 'Görån Mansson, Jonas Simonson (from Groupa), and Richard Ekre Suzzi utilize a variety of wind instruments from Sweden and afar, such as the bamboo Bansuri flute. An all-flute trio can certainly have an ethereal sound, as the band demonstrates but Zephyr go well beyond such stereotyping and they construct compositions that indulge in world music influences. They are also a remarkably percussive group, the melodic washes are undergirded by deep tones that, combined, lend a slightly Asian air. Zephyr make a compelling and intriguing showcase for the power and universality of, and experimentation possible with, wind instruments.'


Trio THG : Tungen ud af vinduet
The trio of Andreas Tophoj on violin, Sigurd Hockings on guitar, and Michael Graubaek on violin stick their "Tongue Out of the Window" on this excellent new folk disc from Denmark.


Kefir Kvartet : Kefir
Unusual new music produced in a folk-rooted tradition, but a full out experiment in mixing unique new sounds with the old. Instruments include bouzouki (Greek and irish), guitar, percussion, violin, melodica, cittern and bass. Highly recommended for the adventurous ear.


Karl Skaarup with Kristian Bugge : Musiker/Musician
Traditional Danish folk music presented by an 85 year old master on the accordion, accompanied by fiddle


Carl Erik Lundgaard : Yderland
Danish diatonic accordionist joined by a wide ranging ensemble of tradtional and modern musicians including Harald Haugaard, Mads Riishede, Christoffer S. Moller and many others. Yderland consists of primarily new material from accordionist Carl Erik Lundgaard, arranged and produced in cooperation with bassist Mads Riishede. The music is expressive, and has stories to tell, both serious and humorous.


Demko Kurtov's Zourna Group : Zourna
A programe of instrumental melodies and horo dances from Southwest Bulgaria. The zurna is a wooden flute with cane reed and oboe-like sound, very important in traditional Bulgarian music.


La Chicana : Cancion Llorada
This Argentine ensemble, a vanguard of the new 'new tango,' is a house favorite at cdRoots. Cancion Llorada is part retrospective, part compilation. It includes unreleased tracks as well as songs fro their previous recordings. Even if you already have their wonderful Tango Agazapado, this one is a must-have.


Natas Mirkovic and Nenad Vasilic : Soulmotion
Unique interpretations of famous Yugoslavian pop/rock classics from '70s and '80s, featuring solo voice and double bass by Bosnian singer Natas Mirkovic´ and Serbian bassist Nenad Vasilic.


Simon Simonsson : Livets Lat
Swedish fiddler Simon Simonsson is an important link with the older generation of Swedish folk musicians. Simon (born 1945) has met and played with many legendary old fiddle players, especially in the provinces of Jamtland, Dalarna and Uppland.


Boda spelmanslag : Latar pa Bodamal
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Boda Spelmanslag in 2003. In addition to the tracks which were on the first edition there are another ten fantastic Boda tunes which were recorded at the time of the 1979 LP but and are now available for all to hear.


Ferenc Kiss : Cigany Torveny / Romani Kris (Gypsy Law)
Music from the film by Bence Gyongyossy


Dresch Dudas Mihaly Quartet : Reveszem, Reveszem
Jazz quartet explores Hungarian folk themes


Chalaban : Al Baraka
Starting with what they refer to as Arabian music, the band then diverges down their own pathusing instruments like Brazilian birimbau, Gypsy cymbalom, Bulgarian gadulka and modern DJ tools to formulate their vision.


Budapest Klezmer Band : Train 7.40
Besides traditional Jewish compositions, the album contains pieces from the Budapest production of'Fiddler on the roof'.


various Basque melodeons : Triki 1: Diatonic Dynamite
The names you know: Kepa Junkera, Tapia and Leturia, Zabaleta and Gozategi, plus more triki duos you haven't heard of yet.


Tapia eta Leturia : Ero
Tapia and Leturia are among the best known bands from the region. They are highly repesected as great traditional players, but when they perform as "The Band" they present a contemporary pop sound that still incorporates their Basque roots into a highly modern style.


Oskorri and the Pub Ibiltaria : the Pub Ibiltaria 7
The 2003 production of this well-loved sing-along series of Basque music


David Chevan w/ Afro-Semitic Experience and Frank London : Days of Awe
David Chevan and The Afro-Semitic Experience has been amazing audiences all over Connecticut and the northeast for a number of years (and lately, also around the world). Trumpeter Frank London joins the ensemble on this 2003 release that reinterprets 'meditations for Selichot, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.' It's an astounding work of musical art, innovative, spiritual and musically adept at merging tradition and innovation, ancient melodies and jazz.


Mad Sensi : Power Plant
A new double CD project by members of the Spanish reggae-band Canaman.


Agujetas : el rey del cante gitano
The real deal: flamenco without the fluff by the brusque voice of Manuel Agujetas and the impeccable giutar of Curro de Jerez in a a pure flamenco session in the Cava del Agujetas of the La Soleá tavern. There they performed in classic improvisational style the fandangos, seguiriyas and bulerías that are the soul of Jerez.


Antonello Paliotti : Coppola Rosso
The Red Cap is, as the artist puts it, "an autobiographic record which takes its name fron a theatre play with the same title. The play represent the world to which I have been a witness: the world I inherited from my ancestors, the world of war and poverty as experienced at home - unbelievable as it may seem - of those wanting to live and who found the strenght to laugh without second thoughts. Technically, Coppola Rossa is a study of the song as a musical form. It can be interpreted from at least two viewpoints: at first hearing, that of folk tunes, traditional or not. At a second, more in-depht approach, that of the classical processing of material taken from the popular tradition, or at least from my personal tradition: that of somebody in his forties, who grew up with Schoenberg, The Beatles, Debussy, Canfora, Mingus, Berg, Mina, Rota, Chaplin, Satie, Iviani, Brecht.... And so, Coppola Rossa is a tribute to these monuments, which, although intheir death throes, I still feel alive."


Antonello Paliotti : Musica Obliqua
As the artist writes, this is "a record that presents the peaceful (and sometimes less peaceful) coexistence of my musical thoughts about ballet, cinema or simply about dreams." Performed by the Orchestra Collegium Philarmonicum directed by Gennaro Cappabianca.


Trio Fratres : Pictures at an Exhibition
A Finnish accordion trio of Raimo Vertainen, Heikki Jokiaho and Toni Hamalainen tackles the classic Mussorgsky work, plus some piece by Tchaikovsky and Jokiaho. A must have for anyone interested in the extremes of the accordion!


Frigg : Keidas - Aase - Oasis
The Finnish/Norway collective returns with their 2005 (and second) release.


ZetaBoo : OuterRail
ZetaBoo arrives for a second round with this down to earth CD, a unique blend of pop, jazz and folk-roots. Composer Jarmo Saari offers songs that are melodic and folky, spontaneous and intuitive. Marko Timonen provides the swinging percussion that is at the heart of this new recording, driving a more relaxed band of vocals, accordion, keyboards, guitars, cavaquinho, trombone, lapsteel, keyboards, citara, and bass (Pekka Lehti) , a bit more subtle than their previous releases. The theme of the disc is the outer rail and homesickness. Says Saari: 'This is like a series of traveller's landscapes. The journey is more important than arriving. The traveller prefers to follow a flitting butterfly or the advice of a stranger than a tourist map. Boldness and spontaneity are rewarded.'


Pekka Lehti and Outo Voima : Sohjo
The latest from the Finnish bass player expands his last Outo Voima project by creating a more solid ensemble approach, a larger, deeper sound and an unabashed sense of playful energy and dark wit. Pekka Lehti - double bass; Marko Timonen - percussion; Jouko Kyhala - harmonium, harmonicas, melodica, claviola, overtone singing and kantele


Ruthie Dornfeld, Joel Bernstein, Keith Murphy : Ways of the World
Folk tunes from Appalachia and Texas played by Ruthie Dornfeld -fiddle, viola; Joel Bernstein -harmonica, banjo; Keith Murphy -guitar, vocals


Skip Gorman and the Waddie Pals : Dogie Music
Old timey music from the American west by Skip Gorman and pals Ruthie Dornfeld on fiddle, Mary Burdette on bass, Tom Sauber on banjo, fiddle and mandolin and Patrick Sauber on accordion and mando. Sweet old tunes familiar and un, played with love and spirit.


Vicente Soto : eStar Alegre
The Spanish singer performs his own interpretations of alegrías, bulerías and tangos, what he calls 'the most extroverted side of flamenco.'


Miquel Gil : Organic
After his long career as a musician in legendary bands like Al Tall or Terminal Sur, the Valencian singer Miquel Gil has released his second solo album, combining Mediterranean music with ethnic rock and other contemporary twists. This is powerful vocal work from Spain.


Alan Klitgaard : Regnens Harpe (The poetry of Halfdan Rasmussen and Ib Spang Olsens)
The Rain Harp' is not intended as songs but as poetry with the quite deliberate changes of rhythm and meter along the way that makes them alive and dynamic. Halfdan Rasmussen is not only a great poet, he is also an excellent craftsman. Musically these should be thought of as Danish, but that could very well be related to the songs and colors of Ireland, a theme or just an interval taken from the Irish musical tradition. Regnens Harpe is not folk music, and certainly not traditional music, but Alan has worked with the songs, as the traditional singer does: the song rather than the singer. Musicians are Rasmus Zeeberg (guitar, tenor guitar, mandolin), Palle Hjorth (piano, horgan), Steffan S. Sorensen (bas, violin), with many guests including Andy May, Dick Gaughan, Sonnich Lydom, Rosamelia Avila Andersen and many others.


Tumult : Den Bagvendte
Their fourth CD, in their usual great style, the band invites everybody to join them in a party and in a moment of reflection. Hip, Danish folk music from the musical underground, where diverse genres float naturally together. Tumult's contagious joy and dedication lead the way in a number of fresh songs. The band has also dusted off a couple of old folk songs, which are revived and breathe the characteristic twist of Tumult.


Habadekuk : Kaffepunch
The second recording by this dynamic Danish roots mini-big band follows up their epic Hopsadaddy rather brilliantly, with more great brass, strings and reeds, some new attitude and solid musicianship, as expected.


Dwight Lamb, Jensen and Bugge : Live in Denmark 2013 (Part Two)
Since their first CD in 2010 the fairytale with Dwight Lamb has continued and has taken trio trio far and wide. Jensen & Bugge went to Quebec to play at a festival and at a restaurant in town Mette started talking to a Scottish accordion player. He started telling her a story that he had heard at a festival in California: two young Scandinavian musicians found an old forgotten treasure of a folk music repertoire out on the Midwest prairie.


Prism Quartet : The Singing Gobi Desert
Partnering here with the ensemble Music from China, PRISM presents works by four Chinese-born American composers. The Singing Gobi Desert reveals that saxophones and Chinese instruments have a natural, if unexpected, affinity. For nearly 30 years, PRISM has stood at the vanguard of new music ensembles, commissioning works across a broad spectrum of styles, and demonstrating the saxophone's versatility.


Kristian Blak / Birgittet Schnakenburg : Amaldus '12 klaverstykki' for solo piano
Faroese composer Kristian Blak presents 12 pieces for piano solo performed by Birgittet Schnakenburg


Bengt Berger : Beches Brew Big
The quintet from Bengt Berger's much praised last album Beches Brew has grown to nine members in this live recording from two nights in Stockholm and Gothenburg, likewise the music has grown in depth, power and expression. The mix of tradition and new modes of expression as well as the impulses from some of the great traditions of the world and the collective approach to ensembles and solo work shows a strong relationship to Charles Mingus way of making music. Some of the best and most personal musicians in Sweden are necessary for this: Violinist Livet Nord; saxophonists Thomas Gustafsson, Jonas Knutsson and Sir Thomas Jaderlund; Keyboard genius Mats Oberg; Göran Klinghagen and Max Schultz on banjos and guitars; Stefan Bellnas, bass and Bengt Berger on drums.


Africando : Viva Africando
Africando's 8th studio album, this is the first not recorded primarily in New York. This time the Africando masterminds, producer Ibrahima Sylla and arranger Boncana Maiga, bring New York's top Latin musicians, led by pianist Oscar Hernandez, to Paris. There they reunite with the group's vocal stars, Medoune Diallo, Sekouba Bambino, Amadou Ballake and Shoubou, along with distinguished guest singers from diverse African and American countries, singing, all told, in 10 different languages.


Banda Brisca : Io ballo brisco
The first official CD by an Italian dance band that has been out there for 15 years, a live CD by a band whose mission is to play live and let people dance, everywhere they go.


Kvarts and Kringkastingsorkestret : Folkemusikk I Symfoni


Souad Massi : Mesk Elil
2005 release by the much-reviewed Algerian songwriter and singer. With a larger band including musicians from Europe and Africa (Djely Moussa Kouyate from Salif Keita's band and rising star Daby Toure), she is pulling for that international stardom so often sought after and rarely achieved.


Meikenut : Rev
A great new band that mixes tradition and innovation. The record presents Piedmontese traditional melodies in new arrangements


Raffaella De Vita and Roberto Cognazzo : Macario, Parole E Musica
Macario, Words and Music presents the comic music of Turin-born singer Macario, called 'the comic who fell from the Moon.' These are songs taken from stage revues and films from 1938-1954, performed by vocalist De Vita and pianist Cognazzo, accompanied on some songs by guitarist Silvano Biolatti.


Dembo Konte, Kausu Kuyateh and The Jali Roll Orchestra : Jali Roll +1
Gambia's Dembo Konte and Senegal's Kausu Kuyateh are joined by various Mustaphas and friends for a roaring experiment in Brit roots and west African soul. Completely unique stuff!


Raimonds Tiguls : 4 Veji


Various Faroese : Tradarbokin
Traðarbokin - Jogvan og Leifur Trondarson is a 2 CD collection of field recordings of traditional Faroese music sung by brothers Jogvan and Leifur Trondarson, recorded in the 1970s.


Kristian Blak and Yggdrasil : Ravnating (Konsert)


Klakki : Lemon River
Jazz and folk influenced pop music from Faroe Islands


Enekk : Fyra naetur fyri jol


Kristian Blak and Yggdrasil : The Four Towers and Heygar of Dreygar
Two suites composed in 1983 and 1985 by Faroese artist Blak and perfoemed by his ensemble.


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