Music from the US – Aradhna

Aradhna is a band that fuses traditional Indian devotional music (bhajans) with Christ-centered themes, composed primarily in the Hindi language, in addition to Bihari, Bhojpuri and Braj Basha languages.The band members include Chris Hale (lead vocals, sitar), Peter Hicks (acoustic guitar, sitar) and Travis McAfee (bass). Tabla Player Jim Fiest regularly plays with the band. (wiki)

Here is their songt “Mukteshwar”

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 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 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 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)

Music from the US – Steve Gorn

Steve Gorn (* in New York City) is an American jazz and world musician (soprano saxophone, flutes).
Gorn studied composition at the Pennsylvania State University. Under the influence of musicians such as Bismallah Khan, Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan, his interest in Eastern music was born. In 1969 he went to Benares, where he met the Sarangimaster Gopal Misra and then in Calcuttahe was  student of Bansurimaster  Gour Goswami

Music from South Corea – Youn Sun Nah

Youn Sun Nah (born 28 August 1969 in Seoul, South Korea) is a South Korean jazz singer and songwriter. With 23 years she startet her carreer with the Orchestra of South Corea . Later in 1995 she studied Music  in Paris at the CIM , one of the oldest Jazz High Schools in the World . Later she played in several clubs as mamber of a Jazz Quintet and won a lot of prizes . Her is her cover version of Metallica´s “Enter Sandman” and of the Johnny Cash (Nine Inch Nail ) song “Hurt “

If you wann read more about the song “Hurt ” have a look on my blog from yesterday : http://dinnerfornoone.wordpress.com/2013/09/09/hurt/

Music from Armenia – Avyun

Avyun is a Folk Art Rock Band from Armenia .

Here is their song “Fairy Tale ” Sorry found no further information ;_(

Edit – received a message from the band – see what they wrote to me :

Աւիւն – avyun Avyun was founded in 2013. Musicians are all from a small town in Armenia Vanadzor, famous for its’ rock-culture, as many bands have come out of there. Avyun members are: Davit Galstyan-bass guitars, Davit Grigoryan-guitars (and they paralelly play in another ethnic new metal band Vordan Karmir), Edgar Sargsyan-guitars and Christine Kolyan-vocals. The home-page is not ready yet. Avyun in Armenian means ” the movement of desire”. Thank you for your appreciation

Music from Lebanon – Fasateen

From their Facebook Page : Born of a nocturnal encounter at the American University of Beirut in 2008, Mashrou’ Leila is a six-member band that fuses the craftiness of a music workshop with the punch of stadium rock. With their distinct approach to storytelling and orchestration, they have crafted some of the most melancholic ballads and raucous anthems in contemporary alternative Arabic music, and went on to perform them live at sold-out venues in Lebanon, Cairo, Amman, Istanbul, Dubai, Tunis, Paris, Amsterdam, Montreal, Geneva, Serbia and international festivals such as Byblos, Baalbeck, BabelMed, Paleo and Exit.

Their eponymous debut album and the 7al Romacy EP unfold like cinematographic fictions starring lovesick characters in desolate motels or wandering insomniacs in ghostly cities. At times quirky and playful, at others bitter and somber, the songs demonstrate the band’s great versatility in dealing with musical form, narrative, and social issues.

Their third album, recorded at Hotel2Tango Studios in Montreal will be released in 2013.

Here is their song – Mashrou Leila