The labyrinth meditation05/02/15
To mark World Labyrinth Day, we explore the spiritual properties of birdsong with Australian composer Corrina Bonshek. Her work Journey to the Centre, written for Sydney's sandstone Labyrinth can be downloaded to a mobile device and listened to while...
Dust to Dust
Singer-songwriter and diplomat Fred Smith reveals the life and death stories behind his cycle of songs Dust of Uruzgan written during his time working alongside the Australian Defence Force in Afghanistan.
The War Chant
What links a 14th-century Italian illuminated manuscript of Gregorian chant known as the Rimini Antiphonal, an English collector of antiquarian Bibles, a military chaplain, and a WW1 hospital for Australian veterans of Gallipoli?
Meet Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller from the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia, one of the heartlands of American roots music where old-time religion and old-time mountain music come together.
Bach's 'St John Passion'
Bach’s first great Passion oratorio, the St John Passion, debuted in Leipzig’s St Nicholas Church on Good Friday 1724. Based on Luther’s German-language translation of the Gospel of John, Bach’s work tells the story of the final days of Jesus through...
London klezmer Calling
What do The Clash, Jewish klezmer music and Skype have in common? They’re all part of the glorious mix making up the London Klezmer Quartet, who join us in the studio to celebrate Pesach, the Jewish festival also known as Passover.
The Buddhist rock star nun
We meet the international singing star, women's rights activist and Buddhist nun, Ani Choying Drolma. Escaping a life of poverty and family abuse in Kathmandu, Ani Choying took refuge at age 13 in a convent in the foothills of the Himalayas where she...
We meet a young singer-songwriter from Perth, Shameem, whose new album of neo-soul The Second City draws musical lessons from Erykah Badu and Alicia Keys, and inspiration from the teachings and poetry of the Baha’i faith. After posting demos on...
We meet Taiwanese-born Australian pianist Katy Tsai, a composer of meditation music and producer of live meditation events, who explains the process of composing mindful music. There's the new album for Australian musician Leo Dale, From Now Om, an...
The singing street preacher
Bob Dylan may be a musical heavyweight, 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 and catalyst for the...
In early 1979 Bob Dylan committed an act that outraged people around the world: he accepted Jesus Christ and became a born-again Christian. Over the next three years Dylan released three albums of gospel-inspired music - Slow Train Coming, Saved and...
The Sikh MC
We meet one of the most passionate rappers in Australian hip-hop, L-FRESH the Lion, a young Sikh MC whose new album of faith-infused hip-hop, One, draws on his Sikh beliefs and Punjabi heritage. Raised in south-west Sydney and now living in Melbourne,...
Zen Sounds of Meditation
Australian musician Bronwyn Kirkpatrick is one of the few women licensed to be a master (shihan) of the Japanese bamboo flute, the shakuhachi. For more than 500 years the shakuhachi has been an instrument for meditation within Zen Buddhism, with a...
The Doina lament
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...
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