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Ep #29 Pablo DeReyes, singer-songwriter and guitarist

Ep #29 with Pablo DeReyes, singer-songwriter and guitarist. This week on The World Fusion Show we feature Pablo DeReyes who was born in Mexico and grew up in Brazil. He writes stunningly beautiful songs and has a very unique style. He is a visionary artist with a poetic sensibility and we had a great time playing together. A Worldsoul Records production To see all the previous episodes of The World Fusion Show go to the YouTube channel...


Ep #28 The World Fusion Show Sampler 2

Ep #28 The World Fusion Show Sampler #2 featuring six of our previous guests doing live in the studio music, most of which was never aired before today. No interviews. Massamba Diop, superstar from Senegal on tama (with Tony Vacca also on tama), Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets doing his trademark fiery spoken word (also with Tony supporting), Jed Blume on handpan, Jim Matus on laoutar, Emily Lanxner on steel pan joined by Maestro Renald on hand drum and Stephen Katz on cello and shaker....


Ep #27 - Eugene Uman, composer and pianist

Ep #27 with Eugene Uman, composer and pianist. Eugene is the director of The Vermont Jazz Center in Brattleboro, VT. He is deeply inspired by the music of Colombia where he has spent a lot of time teaching and performing. A wonderful improviser, he writes very memorable compositions, some of which are featured in this episode. A Worldsoul Records Production All of the previous TV episodes of The World Fusion Show can be found on the YouTube channel at...


Ep #26 Emily Lanxner, steel pan player and composer

Ep #26 with Emily Lanxner, composer and steel pan player. Emily lives in Hardwick, VT and is a virtuoso steel pan player. She performs a Bach Prelude in this episode along with a song by Cesária Évora. As an environmental activist she uses her music to bring attention to honey bees and the current concern with colony collapse disorder. For the live music we are also joined by Haitian drummer Maestro Renald and play a rousing Rara piece with the Koné horns. A Worldsoul Records production...


Ep #25 with Abiodun Oyewole Part 2

Ep #25 with Abiodun Oyewole (Part 2). Abiodun is an original member of The Last Poets, considered by many to be the first rap group, starting in Harlem NY in 1968. He is a hard-hitting spoken word artist and singer-songwriter. In this episode our song "Sobobade" is featured as well as live versions of his spoken word pieces "If We Only Knew" and "My People." Dun tells the story of how he spent 3 years in prison for stealing money from the KKK in North Carolina when he was younger and how...


Ep #24 with royal hartigan and Wes Brown

Ep #24 with royal hartigan and Wes Brown. royal hartigan is a drummer, ethno-musicologist and teacher. He has traveled to Ghana, The Phillipines, China and more to study and share his music. Wes Brown is a bass player and is interested in many kinds of World Music. They have worked together for decades and have a group called Blood Drum Spirit. A Worldsoul Records production You can see the TV version of all previous episodes of The World Fusion Show by going to the...


Ep #23 with Dale Stuckenbruck, multi-instrumentalist

Ep #23 with Dale Stuckenbruck, multi-instrumentalist. Dale comes from a musical family, growing up in Germany where he started playing the violin and musical saw. After getting his doctorate in the violin in NYC he traveled to Taiwan and was exposed to the erhu (Chinese fiddle) and the dan bao (a Vietnamese monochord). He also plays theremin, mandolin and sitar. Maybe his most unusual instruments are the ones that he carves from vegetables. He was recently a guest on The Conan O'Brien Show...


Ep #22 with Pape Sakho, kora player and singer

Ep #22 with Pape Sakho, kora player and singer. This is our second "on location" show from Sobobade in Senegal, West Africa with our guest host Tony Vacca. Pape Sakho comes from a traditional line of kora players but has gone beyond his roots doing collaborations with Kanako from Japan, myself and others. We get to see his video with Kanako and hear his original song "Sakho Dougou" from his CD "Kora From Sobobade" that includes me playing the electric violin. A Worldsoul Records production...


Ep #21 with Abiodun Oyewole, songwriter and spoken word artist

Abiodun Oyewole is a founding member of The Last Poets considered by many to be the first rap group, starting in Harlem NYC in 1968. This year marks their 50th anniversary of performing together. He is a songwriter and a revolutionary and hard hitting spoken word artist. He is also a great lover of humanity. This episode is Part 1 of his guest appearance on The World Fusion Show. The show includes his deeply moving song "Pelorinho," shot on Goree Island in Senegal, West Africa.


Ep #19 with Stefanie Sylla, composer and violinist

Ep #19 with Stefanie Sylla, composer, violinist, singer and visionary musician. Born in Germany, Stefanie has traveled to India and Senegal to experience a deeper connection with the music of other cultures. Tony Vacca is our guest host for this one - the first in a series of on location shows shot in Senegal in Jan 2018. Video and sound recorded by Craig Norton. A Worldsoul Records production You can watch the TV show on YouTube:


Ep #18 Eshagh Shaoul, Iranian composer and violinist

Ep #18 with Eshagh Shaoul, Iranian composer and violinist. Eshagh Shaoul was born in Teheran and was drawn to music from a very young age. He went to Columbia University to study atomic physics and returned to Iran where he was asked by the government to build nuclear weapons. He refused and went to Julliard instead to study music. He has traveled all over the world working in international finance and playing music in every country he has lived in. A Worldsoul Records production...


Ep #16 Massamba Diop, master tama drummer from Senegal

Ep #16 with Massamba Diop, master tama drummer from Senegal. Massamba has played tama (aka talking drum) with Baaba Maal for 40 years in almost every country in the world. He is a superstar in Africa and one of the most dynamic performers you will ever see. I have been very fortunate to play with him many times in the US and in Senegal. Tony Vacca joins us on percussion for the live in the studio music at the end of the show. A Worldsoul Records production To watch the TV...


Ep #15 with Jed Blume, composer, handpan and tabla player

Jed has traveled to India to deepen his study of tabla and also to Italy to find the perfect handpan. He is a very active musician on the Brattleboro, VT music scene and works with the acoustic/electronic duo Deep Seize with Wyatt Andrews. He also plays with Anders Burrows in the duo Aura Shards. He began his musical study at a young age on the drum set but felt the strong urge to develop his skills in melody and composition and was drawn to the handpan, a relatively new instrument...


Ep #12 with your host Derrik Jordan

Episode #12 with host Derrik Jordan. Derrik gives a little insight into his composing process and we get to hear three of his world fusion pieces that were inspired by African and Balinese music: Fulani Bounce, Baka Bachianas and Five Gamelans for Brass Quintet. He reveals his favorite pentatonic scales from around the world. Music performed by The Kyōdai Brass Quintet, Erik Lawrence, Elsa Nilsson, Massamba Diop, Barou Sall and Sarra Ba (on Fula flute). The video for Baka Bachianas (for...


Ep #9 with Todd Roach, composer and percussionist

Episode #9 of The World Fusion Show with Todd Roach, composer and percussionist. Todd plays frame drums and multi-drum kit. He has studied Middle Eastern and Indian music and has worked with Paul Winter Consort and his group Dunham Shoe Factory. On the show he demonstrates some frame drumming techniques and talks about growing up in the Midwest playing college football and every other sport before finding his musical passion. A Worldsoul Records production You can...


Ep #8 with Julian Gerstin, composer and percussionist

Ep #8 with Julian Gerstin, composer and percussionist. Your host Derrik Jordan brings you the leading innovators of world fusion. Produced in Brattleboro, VT and featuring interviews, video clips and live in the studio playing with some fantastic musicians and composers. A Worldsoul Records Production Julian Gerstin is a composer and percussionist. He blends latin music and jazz in his compositions and has studied the music of Martinique extensively. He leads the...


Ep #7 John Hughes, kora player and composer

Ep #7 of The World Fusion Show with John Hughes, composer and kora player, The kora is a 21 stringed harp that is common throughout West Africa. John builds his own koras employing his background as a sculptor and visual artist. A Worldsoul Records Production. Check out the video version on FaceBook: Or on YouTube:


Ep 6 with Natural History

Natural History is host Derrik Jordan's spontaneous World Fusion trio with Jared Shapiro and Barry Hyman. We've been playing and singing together since 1973 when we met at Bennington College and were inspired by our mentor Milford Graves. Our music is created in the moment with no preconceived material. Pure and free improvisation. Enjoy! A Worldsoul Records production Check out the video version on FaceBook: Or on YouTube:...


Ep 5 with Cafe da Silva and Yaniel Matos

Cafe da Silva and Yaniel Matos. Cafe is a singer, songwriter, and percussionist from Brazil who has played with many people including Djavan and Stevie Winwood. Yaniel Matos is a composer, cellist and pianist from Cuba but is now living in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Some cool live in the studio improvising and they talk about their work and what it means to be a musician. A Worldsoul Records production To support The World Fusion Show and to help make more shows possible go to...


Ep 3 with Eugene Friesen

Eugene Friesen is a composer, virtuoso cellist and teacher at The Berklee School of Music. He leads the Berklee World Strings who play a wide variety of world music styles. Eugene is best know for his work with The Paul Winter Consort but is also a member of Trio Globo with Howard Levy and Glen Velez. His wonderful World Fusion string quartet "Maracaibo" is featured on this episode as well as his dazzling pizzicato playing.