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Ep #34 with Erik Lawrence, sax and flute player

Ep #34 with Erik Lawrence, sax and flute player. Erik Lawrence has played with many great jazz and pop luminaries in his career including a long stint with Levon Helm, former singer and drummer for The Band. Erik was performing with him one evening and experienced the onstage miracle of Levon suddenly regaining his singing voice after a long time of not being able to sing due to throat cancer. Erik is an old friend and plays on many of my CDs. A Worldsoul Records production...


Love's Tearing Me Apart

Heartbreak song.


Ep #33 with Mac Ritchey, composer, oud player and producer

Ep #33 with Mac Ritchey, composer, oud player and producer. Mac Ritchey plays the oud, a Middle Eastern lute, and writes music that fuses funk, blues, rock as well as Arabic music. He is an excellent improviser and composer. We do a live music piece at the end of the show where he plays the curved didgeridoo that's tons of fun. A Worldsoul Records production See all the previous episodes of the TV show on Facebook at...


Ep #32 with Elsa Nilsson, composer and flute player

Ep #32 with Elsa Nilsson, composer and flute player. Born in Sweden and coming to the US as a teen to study music, Elsa brings together Swedish, Brazilian and jazz in her compositions. Her ongoing mission is to find the commonality between cultures. We are joined for the live music jamming at the end of the show by percussionist Cody Rahn. A Worldsoul Records production To watch the TV show go to Facebook:...


Ep #31 with Siselabonga - World Fusion trio

Ep #31 of The World Fusion Show features the World Fusion trio Siselabonga. With a Senegalese kora player, an Italian guitarist and a Swiss percussionist, they create music that seamlessly brings together their cultures. Shot in Senegal by Craig Norton and guest hosted by percussionist Tony Vacca. Nyo ko bok! ("We share it!) A Worldsoul Records production Catch up on all our previous TV shows on Facebook or on our YouTube channel where you can subscribe. Tell your friends...


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

Ep #21 - Abiodun Oyewole is a founding member of The Last Poets considered by many to be the first rap group, starting in 1968 in Harlem, NYC when he was 19. This year marks the 50th anniversary of their performing together. He is a songwriter and a hard-hitting spoken word artist. He is also a great lover of humanity. This episode (Part 1) includes his deeply moving song "Pelorinho," shot on Goree Island, the ancient slave port in Senegal, West Africa. A Worldsoul Records production...


Ep #20 Jeff Greene, composer and multi-instrumentalist

Ep #20 with Jeff Greene, composer and multi-instrumentalist. Jeff has traveled the world for decades and everywhere he goes he brings back musical instruments. He is the co-founder of Tribecastan, a band specializing in World Fusion music. We interview him via Skype from his music room in NYC, surrounded by hundreds of his cool and unusual instruments, which he demonstrates for our audience. A Worldsoul Records production To watch the TV show for this episode and all the...


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 #17 with Jim Matus, composer and laoutar player

Ep #17 with Jim Matus, composer and laoutar player. Jim plays the laoutar, an electrified Greek Lute, which has an amazing sound. He is the third member of my World Fusion power trio Impulse Ensemble along with Tony Vacca. I accompany him on some unusual instruments for the live music segment: the Javanese bonang - a set of 10 nipple gongs and the khaen - a Thai mouth organ. A Worldsoul Records production To watch the TV show go to Facebook or YouTube and do a search for The...


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. Massamba Diop's tama is featured in the new Black Panther film. He is all over the soundtrack from start to finish! I have been very fortunate to play with him many times in the US and in Senegal. Tony Vacca joins us on percussion for...


Ep #13 with Stephen Katz, composer and cellist

Episode #13 with Stephen Katz , composer, cellist and visionary musician. He began his musical journey as a classical cellist but has a true gift for improvising. Stephen developed his own technique for plucking the strings which he calls "Flying Pizzicato" and has played music for dancers for many years with a special interest in Contact Improvisation. For our live music pieces I accompany him with udu and autoharp. A Worldsoul Records production To see the TV show go to FaceBook or...


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 #11 with Bideew Bou Bess, superstars from Senegal

Episode #11 with Bideew Bou Bess, a singing trio of brothers from Senegal who write songs of love and deep spirituality. They have been performing together for 20 years and they were just in the US on a seven city tour. As well as being superstars in Senegal they are wonderful people. Bringing together many influences in their music from Reggae to Hip-hop and even some American pop, they sing in English, French, Wolof and Fulani. A Worldsoul Records production To watch the...


Ep #10 with Aliya Cycon, composer and oud player

Aliya Cycon has a passion for Arabic music and recently graduated from The Berklee School Of Music where she studied with Simon Shaheen. She is a singer-songwriter and arranger and has just released a CD of her original music and arrangements including strings, horns and a full rhythm section. A Worldsoul Records production To watch the video version of the show go to FaceBook or YouTube and do a search for The World Fusion Show To support The World Fusion Show and to make...


Ep #14 Sampler #1

Ep #14 - The World Fusion Show Sampler #1 - featuring new and unreleased live in the studio performances by seven of our very talented guests - Eugene Friesen, Cafe da Silva and Yaniel Matos, John Hughes, Tony Vacca, Aliya Cycon and Bideew Bou Bess. This is a great way to get a taste of the wide range of World Fusion musicians that we present on the show. A Worldsoul Records production You can watch the video version of the show by going to FaceBook or YouTube and...


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: