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09.11.2014 | 6 days ago | Posted at 03:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly cultural talk show with Ryan Schleicher, Matt Wild and I, we're joined by Alverno Presents Director David Ravel, who previews Saturday's free Global Union world music festival in Humboldt Park. He shares the unique back stories behind this year's headliners, explains Global Union's booking philosophy, and joins us in a conversation about what, if anything...
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Off The Cuff with Marcus Doucette

 Marcus Doucette is the on-air host of the “Sound Travels” world music program, on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, weekdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., as
08.13.2013 | | Posted at 12:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
There aren't many music festivals that pride themselves on booking artists you haven't heard of, but Alverno Presents' Global Union festival in Bay View's Humboldt Park is an exception. Each year, the event prides itself in booking semi-obscure acts from around the world that fuse the sounds of their native lands with unlikely sounds seldom associated with those countries. Some of these acts are e...
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Intangible Pearls (Multiflora/Electric Cowbell)

 The Republic of Georgia, tucked into the Caucasus Mountains along the Black Sea, is an ancient land whose musical heritage receded under Soviet rule and is threatened by the global culture of now. Formed after the USSR’s collapse
Thursday, April 4, 2013

Isle of Magic (Agogo Records)

 Congas, shakers, marimbas, udu drums, something called a karkabou, something else called a bendir—all populate the world music, Afrobeat and spacey postmodern grooves of Mop Mop. But any disc that even moderately features
Monday, June 25, 2012

Arabadub (Wonderwheel)

World music can sometimes resemble fusion cuisine, becoming a contrived novelty whose appeal is paper-thin. However, disparate ingredients can sometimes produce a pleasing dish. In the case of music, The Spy From Cairo pulls off a coup on its latest CD...
Monday, June 4, 2012

Boxes, Bagels & Elephants

The port of Marseille has always been a magnet for many nations, and like New York nowadays, it's also become a high-speed cultural blender. The French Mediterranean city is home to Kabbalah, whose new CD often sounds like an Orthodox...
Friday, May 18, 2012

Sumud (Six Degrees)

“World music” is often a catchphrase for exotic mediocrity. Niyaz is among the great exceptions, a trio in cosmopolitan exile, retaining their Iranian roots but seamlessly fusing the quiet ecstasy of age-old melodies and rhythms with contemporary...
Monday, April 9, 2012

Vol. 1 (ESL Music)

Congo Sanchez has been an active contributor to Funk Ark and other dance bands in Washington, D.C. With Vol. 1, the multi-instrumentalist steps into his own thing: supple grooves rooted in rock and soul (and with more ancient echoes)...

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