Music from Germany – Nils Frahm

Nils Frahm (born 20 September 1982) is a German musician and composer. He performs as a solo artist under his own name and has worked with several musicians, such as Anne Müller, Ólafur Arnalds and F.S. Blumm, worked. He lives and works in Berlin.

Experimental music with pianos , here is his song “Toilet Brushes ” , an unsusal listening experience

Music from the US – Terry Callier

R.I.P Terry Callier (born 24 May 1945 in Chicago, Illinois, † 28 October 2012 ) was an American jazz, soul and folk guitarist, singer and composer. He died at the age of 67 two days ago .

Here is his song “Paris Blues “

Music from Austria – Udo Jürgens

This one is for my blonde friend who turned 17 today :) “17 Jahr, blondes Haar” (“17 years, blonde hair”) ;)
Udo Jürgens is an Austrian composer and singer. He is one of the most popular musicians in the German speaking area.

Music from the US – Armen Hambar

Armen Hambar is an US-american future world music composer. I’m impressed. World Music on its highest levels. Dramatical. Relaxed. New experiments with music. All this is Armen Hambar.

Listen to “Anthem of the world”:

Listen to his song “New Beginnings”:

Music from Iran/Armenia – Hossein Alizadeh & Djivan Gasparyan

Hossein Alizadeh  is an Iranian composer, radif-preserver, researcher, teacher, and tar and setar instrumentalist and improviser, described by Allmusic as a leading Iranian classical composer and musician.

Djivan Gasparyan (var. Jivan Gasparyan;born October 12, 1928) is an Armenian musician and composer. He plays the duduk, a double reed woodwind instrument related to the orchestral oboe. Gasparyan is known as the Master of the duduk.

I´ve heard this today , a music proposal of Antje at the network Diaspora , while reading different postings and i was really impressed , thought immediately should share it with you , really a masterpiece of asian music .(Thanks to Antje :-) )

 

Music from Paraguay – Agustin Barrios Mangore

Agustín Pío Barrios (also known as Agustín Barrios Mangoré, May 5, 1885 – August 7, 1944), was a Paraguayan classical guitarist and composer. He wrote this song “Choro de Saudade ” a song about a word that only exists in the portugese language “Saudade ” There is a poem about this word : ” Saudades, só portugueses Conseguem senti-las bem. Porque têm essa palavra , para dizer que as têm.”

That means translated : Saudades – only Portuguesecan know that feeling. Because only they have this word, make it really to name.(google translator öhm :-)) perhaps Marilia can translate it better , im not sure wheather it expresses the real meaning in english , but  i love these background stories ^^

 

Music from the US – Moondog

Moondog, born Louis Thomas Hardin (May 26, 1916 – September 8, 1999), was a blind American composer, musician, poet and inventor of several musical instruments. Moving to New York as a young man, Moondog made a deliberate decision to make his home on the streets there, where he spent approximately twenty of the thirty years he lived in the city. Most days he could be found in his chosen part of town wearing clothes he had created based on his own interpretation of the Norse god Odin.Thanks to his unconventional outfits and lifestyle, he was known for much of his life as “The Viking of 6th Avenue”. (wiki)

One of my favourite songs , can´t get enough from it : “The only one who knows this ounce of words is just a token, is he who has a ton to tell that must remain unspoken.”

Music from Chile – Violetta Parra

Violeta del Carmen Parra Sandoval (4 October 1917 – 5 February 1967) was a Chilean composer, songwriter, folklorist, ethnomusicologist and visual artist.

Here is her song ” Las Tes pollas negras “