Originally published on Thu April 19, 2012 9:52 am
When I first saw Cat Martino, she was in Sufjan Stevens' band, performing in what is honestly the best concert of my life. I was with a bunch of friends that knew her and her music and there they were shouting her name at the top of their lungs. I later saw her as a one person band in Washington, D.C., looping and singing her own quieter songs.
Plenty of Deadheads will argue that the Grateful Dead tapped into the unknowable mysteries of the cosmos with its music. And, at its most exploratory and improvisatory, the band came as close as musicians could to doing just that, even if you weren't chemically altered while listening. On his latest solo album, former Dead drummer Mickey Hart takes that concept one extraterrestrial step further.
Anoushka Shankar is the daughter and protege of the renowned Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar, who is credited with introducing Indian classical music to Western audiences. Now, Anoushka Shankar carries on this tradition in more ways than one. On her new album, Traveller, she goes back in time to make the connections between India and Spain.
We explore a distinctive blend of Celtic and Baroque music this week, largely sourced from 18th century collections of Scottish airs and dance tunes. It comes to us from Ferintosh (cellist Abby Newton, harper Kim Robertson, fiddler David Greenberg) who join host Fiona Ritchie to chat about their musical inspirations and journeys.