Saturday, September 29, 2012
Film discovered of Robbie Basho performing "Cathedrals Et Fleur De Lis" and "Kowaka D' Amour" on KQED TV (1971)
Also, the Robbie Basho tribute 'We Are All One, In The Sun' curated and produced by Arborea is now available in a Beautiful 180 gram vinyl edition from alt vinyl. Performances by Meg Baird, Glenn Jones, Helena Espvall, Arborea, Fern Knight, Cian Nugent, Steffen Basho Junghans, and Rahim Alhaj. This is a Limited Edition pressing of only 300 copies Worldwide.
Arborea's NPR Tiny Desk Concert May 21s, 2012: I discovered Arborea amid a sea of 1,300 songs that I heard in preparation for South by Southwest. The music stood out for its calm beauty, its rough edges, and the duo's ability to speak eloquently of life's precious moments, about the sea, and about wonder. Shanti and Buck Curran came to NPR with their two children, their guitars, a harmonium, and a Ban-Jammer — a sweet little hybrid that's part banjo, part mountain dulcimer. And, while their music is clearly rooted in acoustic and folk traditions, Arborea's songs can roar with an electric guitar, sustained indefinitely courtesy of an electromagnetic device known as an EBow. I first heard the duo perform at St. David's Bethel Hall in Austin during this year's South by Southwest music festival. That gorgeous church was the best imaginable place to hear this music, short of a visit to the couple's cabin in the western mountains of Maine. Unfortunately, only a small number of people attended that St. David's show — maybe 40 or so — but a large percentage I recognized as music writers and DJs who were fortunate enough to know not to miss Arborea. It's always special to hear musicians play to the space they're in. The Currans are not only superb players, and Shanti Curran a lovely singer, but, as this Tiny Desk Concert indicates, they're equally good listeners — always in tune with their surroundings. ~Bob Boilen, Host of NPR Music
Friday, September 28, 2012
Here are some photos of Shanti's Stunning new Dismal Ax custom 'Banjimer' made by Tennessee based instrument maker George Downing.
Photo of Shanti © 2012 Buck Curran
The Robbie Basho tribute 'We are all one, In the Sun' released May 11, 2010 available through Important Records. The tribute features Steffen Basho Junghans, Meg Baird, Arborea, Glenn Jones, Fern Knight, Helena Espvall, Cian Nugent, and Rahim Alhaj...with additional digital tracks by Yair Yona, Joseba Irazoki and Cam Deaz. I curated and produced this labour of love between late 2006 until it's release in 2010. The gorgeous Cover Art is by Shanti Curran
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Important Records Basho Tribute The album is also available as a limited 180 gram Vinyl Edition through the UK label alt vinyl The video is one that I created for Arborea's arrangement of the Basho song 'Blue Crystal Fire' that we recorded for 'We Are All One, In the Sun'. The video was shot from the banks of the Androscoggin River in Maine.
Buck's article on Robbie Basho for the Fretboard Journal (Issue 24). Thanks to Glenn Jones and Rich Osborn for sharing their wonderful memories of Robbie.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Mariee Sioux performing 'Swimming Through Stone', a song from her latest album 'Gift of the End'. Produced by Out Of Town Films Shot on location at Rigby Mansion in Philadelphia, Pa September 06, 2012.