The Doina lament12/27/14
A musical lament from Romania and its surrounding regions, the doina over the centuries has been adopted by Jewish klezmer musicians throughout Eastern Europe. Telling the story of the doina is Australian violinist Moshlo, whose Polish-Jewish heritage...
The Christmas Truce
We remember the WW1 Christmas Truce with the help of British singer-songwriter, Fiona Bevan, who wanted to bring this remarkable story to the YouTube generation. Fiona co-wrote the song 'Little Things' with Ed Sheeran which was a No 1 single for One...
A Love Supreme
We celebrate the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane’s ‘humble offering’ to God, his jazz suite, A Love Supreme. Recognised as a jazz classic, and a spiritual declaration of great intensity, A Love Supreme has inspired music lovers around the world...
The Labyrinth Meditation
We meet the young Australian composer Corrina Bonshek with her new work, Journey to the Centre, written for the newly-opened Labyrinth in Sydney’s Centennial Park. A deeply meditative piece drawing on the birdsong recordings of Marc Anderson’s Wild...
Rumba: Cuban Heartbeat
We explore the fascinating world of traditional Cuban music and religion with acclaimed percussionist Justo Pelladito, a founding member of the prestigious Conjunto Folclorico Nacional de Cuba in Havana. A rumbero or master musician steeped in the...
British Gospel: Black Voices
How do you go from backing singer for 80s pop bands like Fine Young Cannibals and UB40 to touring the world with your own vocal group? Carol Pemberton made this dream a reality with the UK’s leading female gospel-inspired vocal group, Black Voices,...
Gospel Roots: Marcus Mosely of The Sojourners
We travel the gospel highway with Marcus Mosely, a former missionary now singing with Vancouver’s roots gospel trio The Sojourners. This is gospel music ‘that can take a punch and remain standing’, drawing on the legacy ofgospel quartets like the...
Leonard Cohen: Tower of Song
He may be 80 years old with a new studio album, Popular Problems, but Leonard Cohen continues, as he says, to pay his rent every day in the Tower of Song. Celebrated music journalist Sylvie Simmons, author I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen,...
Divine Mirror: The Iraqi Maqam
We meet the Iraqi-born musician, Nawres Al-Freh, who will reveal the hidden beauties of the maqam, a musical style that travelled the Silk Road out of the Middle East and into Central Asia centuries ago. Part of the classical music heritage of the...
The singing street preacher
Bob Dylan may be the musical heavyweight champion of the world, but even legends have to learn their trade from someone. In Dylan’s case one of his influences was the blind ragtime & gospel musician, the Reverend Gary Davis, a singing street preacher...
Western suburbs sacred
We preview the 2014 Sydney Sacred Music Festival with founder and director Richard Petkovic, and Asim Gorashi, an acclaimed Sufi musician from Sudan now living in Australia, who performs a traditional Sufi chant in the studio. A powerful singer, a...
In Alice Springs in July, the acclaimed Soweto Gospel Choir, singing their South African gospel songs in Sotho, Zulu and English, were joined on stage by the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir, performing psalms and hymns in Western Arrarnta...
Music for self-transformation this week with a live set of new mantra songs from the young Australian singer-songwriters and spiritual seekers Edo & Jo, part of the Yoga Music scene sweeping the world, whose new album Bliss has just been released.
In early 1979 Bob Dylan committed an act that outraged people around the world: the bar mitzvahed protest singer, the hipster rebel, the Rolling Thunder rock star, had accepted Jesus Christ and became a born-again Christian. Over the next three years...
The War Chant
What could bring together a 14th century Italian illuminated manuscript of Gregorian chant known as the Rimini Antiphonal, an English collector of rare Bibles, a WW1 hospital for Australian veterans of Gallipoli in the south of England, an Australian...
The red priest
He’s revered today as the man who wrote The Four Seasons, but until the 1950s the Italian Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi's huge output of sacred and secular music was largely forgotten. On the eve of a concert series featuring Vivaldi’s violin...
Frank Yamma: Countryman
We celebrate NAIDOC Week with one of Australia’s finest singer-songwriters Frank Yamma, a Pitjantjatjara man from the central desert whose songs of love and loss, respect for the old law and the healing power of country are delivered with a rare rich...
Church singing is at the heart of the Soweto Gospel Choir, and as they begin their 2014 Australian tour we hear the choir performing, and reflecting on, their unique combination of Protestant hymns and African tribal traditions. Joining us is bass...
The religious concept of sanctuary, offering refuge to strangers in crisis, is given a contemporary musical focus with three young Melbourne-based artists joining forces for World Refugee Week. In an exclusive live recording, we’ll hear the ambient...
This week, a story of family tragedy and of renewed hope through friendship and music told by two of Australia’s finest musicians, singer-songwriter Lior and composer Nigel Westlake, who have collaborated on a new song cycle for voice and orchestra...
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