18 Aug 2005, 06:15
So for the past few months, I've been on a large world music kick. Specifically Brazilian and Balkan music.Dave Douglas
talked a lot about his involvement with Balkan music with his group, the Tiny Bell Trio. He lectured on the technical aspects of the music and also gave us a list of stuff to check out. One he emphasized was the first edition of Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares
. There are many albums from this women's choir, but the first one is the best. I checked it out recently, and it is beautiful. The vocal harmonies are stunning. I also just took out a compilation of folkloric songs and dances as played by the group Varna
. It's a strange concept for us Westerners to think that people can dance to meters of 7, 9, 11 or 13, but the music is sublime.
The Brazilian thing's been going on for a while, but a friend I met in Banff was quite knowledgeable about Brazilian music and told me about Djavan
who I'd never heard of before. The library happened to have a twofer CD of his…