Music from the US/ Armenia – Ryan Weber

Ryan Weber starting his own solo project “REW<<” is best known for beeing part of Eric & Magill, where he wrote some pieces, e.g. ‘All those I know’. Born in Wisconsin, US, he grew up and started playing some music with friends there. He’s a part armenian and was traveling around the world for some years, getting influenced by different music styles as Lingala and Tarab music from Kenya. While he wrote REW<< , he was traveling back to the United States after living in Kenya for two years. He describes this record as his emotions he felt while traveling and ending a chapter in his life. Ryan Weber wrote and recorded in hotel rooms in Kenya, India, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia. He describes this in this way: ‘I think rather than being influenced by genre, I’m influenced by my surrounding, music is a component of surrounding, but not the whole, as am I, thus I try to channel what I’m feeling in that setting.’ Listen to “Departeueres“, an amazing collection of records, fitting perfectly here. Thanks Ryan Weber for these amazing sounds!

“While listening to Ryan Weber’s album “Departeueres” you could really chill down and enjoy these amazing soft dream pop melodies”

Music from Russia/ Israel – Eugene Berger

Eugene Berger is a professional progressive rock, fusion and funk guitarist. He also works as a  studio and recording artist, as a composer, as a song arranger, as a music producer and as a guitar teacher. He was born in St. Petersburg and moved to Tel Aviv in 1992. Listen to his piece “Triple Core”:

Music from Japan – Kodo

Kodo is a japanese Taiko Drum ensemble, founded 1976 under the name Sado non Kuni – Ondekoza , they gave their debut under the new  name 1981 on the Berlin Festival. Kodo means “Children of Drums ” or in another meaning “Heartbeat”, the band consists of 24 artists

Here is their sample “Spirit of Taiko “

 

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Music from Iran/Sweden – Arash

Arash, born in 1978 in Tehran is an irianian singer who’s living in Sweden since his childhood. Listen to his nice song “Pure Love” featuring Helena Josefsson:

Music from Mongolia – Sa Dingding

Sa Dingding (born December 23, 1983 in Inner Mongolia) is a singer and composer from China. Her  ethnicity is Mongolian.Sa Dingding soon came into contact with music. Until she was six years old she lived among nomads in the Mongolian grasslands. There she was influenced by, among other things, the music of the horse-head fiddle and the Guzheng. 2006 a trendscout found her demotape .2007 she released her first album , which has been sold over 2 million times in China.

Here is her song “The coming Ones “

Music from Israel/the US – Balkan Beat Box

Balkan Beat Box is a world music group that was founded 2003 by Ori Kaplan, Tamir Muskat and Tomer Yosef.

Co-founders Ori Kaplan and Tamir Muskat both met in Brooklyn, New York City, New York as teenagers.( in the german wiki they say they both grew up in Israel and first met in Brooklyn )  Both had grown up with music; Kaplan had been a klezmer clarinetist (Gogol Bordello ) , while Muskat was a drummer in a punk rock band.. They established their own unique sound by fusing the musical styles of Mediterranean and Balkan traditions with hip hop and dancehall beats.

Here is their song “Bulgarian Chicks “

(thx to Peter Glaser http://glaserei.blog.nzz.ch/)

here is the original song , it´s based on a bulgarian folk song called “Ladunyo”

and a live clip from the band

 

Their song “hermético” was sampled by Jason Derulo for the song “Talk Dirty”.

 

 

Music from Pakistan – Badar Ali Khan

Badar Miandad (17 February 1962 – 2 March 2007), also known as Badar Ali Khan, was a Pakistani singer and Qawwal. He released 22 albums in Pakistan. Several albums were also released under U.K. and Indian labels.

The cousin of late qawwali legend Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Badar Ali Khan kept the family musical tradition alive in the wake of the former’s death. His recordings include 1997′s Lost in Qawwali and the following year’s sequel. A third volume followed in 2001.The song, Black Night, was featured on his third album, Lost in Qawwali III and was featured in hit AMC series Breaking Bad (Season 3, Episode 7)