Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Arhai - Where Light Resides


Jovana Backovic
Jovana Backovic
Adrian Lever

13th March 2019
A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK

Radiant new rays of musical light by Arhai on this A World in London! 

One of our favourite London duos is back with a brand new E.P. called ‘Where Light Resides’ and they’ll be launching it tonight at Library London in Covent Garden! Vocal-sculptor Jovana Backovic and multi-instrumentalist Adrian Lever are the talents behind ArHai, fusing a path between ancient music and digital tech, through electronica, folk and EFX, with tamboura, dulcimer, darbuka, and that most divine instrument of all, Jovana’s pure and powerfully elegant voice. ArHai released their critically acclaimed debut album, Eastern Roads, back in 2013, so we’re all thrilled to welcome in their new material! This fine pair of London musicians explore every nook and cranny of what their instruments are capable of, pushing their boundaries, and as we heard in their live session on AWIL last night, Adrian even squeezes sitar sounds from his tamboura, while Jovana filters her voice through the prism of Ableton, drawing out a magnificent spectrum of rainbow sounds. Lyrically, one of the potent messages from Arhai for our Brexiting  times, was poignantly expressed by Jovana who grew up in Belgrade, former Yugoslavia: ‘I come from a country that was broken, and still is. Music is my way of putting myself back together’. Where the light is, the love resides too – feel it with ArHai! More about Arhai here: www.arhai.com

Adrian Lever
13/3/19 – AWIL 201  Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-13th-march-2019/ Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, artist Alban Low, and Jess Low. Also this week Kurdish-Celtic connections with Peyman and Parastoo Heydarian at SOAS Radio, click: https://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/awil-292-peyman-heydarian/  Next week Branford Marsalis at SOAS Radio and Blue Zoo at Resonance. Download the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 from #Spotify! Top 50 global CDs handpicked by #AWorldinLondon – Click here: https://open.spotify.com/user/34igi7n6p14p56303se0gtkyj/playlist/5hjexMuYohZ6d4zjuoGIfm?si=Gy0ckfI_QaWw4xqKQ-VGhw  #TheSoundofDiverseLondon #ConnectingCulturesThroughMusic – thirteen years - #DJRitu. Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 https://www.resonancefm.com/ & 4pm SOAS Radio https://soasradio.org/  Online worldwide at #Mixcloud  http://www.djritu.com  EqualisingMusic



Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Olcay Bayir - The Voice of Dreams and Harmony

Olcay Bayir
Olcay Bayir
Ignacio Monteverde

6th March 2019
A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK

The voice of harmony & dreams, Olcay Bayir on this A World in London! 

Olcay Bayir’s hotly anticipated second album, Ruya, comes out on March 29th via ARC Music, and it’s a triumph! On this deeply personal CD, Olcay has tuned in to her inner thoughts and dreams, creating songs drawn from her experiences between Antep and London, adding some vivid story-telling, as well as lush instrumentation topped by her gilted, luxurious voice. Olcay is a trained opera soprano with a three-octave range, which we verified in the studio, but she never sat comfortably in the western classical world. Her musical heart lies in the Anatolian region of her childhood, offering up a vast range of material to inspire and challenge, though Olcay skilfully manoeuvres through Maqams and tricky vocal ornamentations that are easy to get wrong but which she gets  absolutely right - making them seem easy. She’s put her new music partner, Ignacio Monteverde, through his paces with complex Arabic time signatures, despite his prowess with flamenco guitar, but he seems to relish the steep learning curves! Other contributors to Ruya include Kefaya’s virtuosic guys Al MacSween and Guilliano Modarelli, so from start to finish this album has been built by an outstanding cast of musicians, led by Olcay herself. When we first met her in 2015, just after her debut album ‘Neva’ was released, we knew she was special, and ‘Ruya’ affirms that initial insight, but also completes our joy in seeing how much she has evolved as a singer AND songwriter, now graduating in the school of stardom, with flying colours. Hear Olcay and Ignacio live on this AWIL, our 200th edition at Resonance FM, and book tickets now for her album launch at St John’s Church, Leytonstone on April 12th! More about Olcay here: www.olcaybayir.com

6/3/19 – AWIL 200  Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-6th-march-2019/ Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, and artist Alban Low. Also this week Luganda nursery rhymes with Diana Lwanga at SOAS Radio, click: https://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/awil-291-diana-lwanga/  Next week Peyman Heydarian at SOAS Radio and Arhai at Resonance. Download the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 from #Spotify! Top 50 global CDs handpicked by #AWorldinLondon – Click here: https://open.spotify.com/user/34igi7n6p14p56303se0gtkyj/playlist/5hjexMuYohZ6d4zjuoGIfm?si=Gy0ckfI_QaWw4xqKQ-VGhw  #TheSoundofDiverseLondon #ConnectingCulturesThroughMusic – thirteen years - #DJRitu. Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 https://www.resonancefm.com/ & 4pm SOAS Radio https://soasradio.org/  Online worldwide at #Mixcloud  http://www.djritu.com #InternationalWomensDay #WomensHistoryMonth #WomenInMusic #EqualisingMusic

Monday, 4 March 2019

Mieko Shimizu & Keiko Kitamura - A World in London

Mieko Shimizu

27th February 2017
A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK

The soul of Japan from the heart of London with Mieko & Keiko on this A World in London! 

Next week a sea of women will march through our capital’s streets with Million Women Rise and connect with sister events globally on the one day of the year when 52% of the population is fully acknowledged and prioritised. There will be showcases everywhere spotlighting the wealth of female musical talent that is too often marginalised in our festivals & live music scene, and one of these is at The London Jukebox in Islington on Thursday MARCH 7th. On the EVE of International Women’s Day AWIL has programmed a perfect line-up that includes this week’s radio guests Mieko Shimizu & Keiko Kitamura - two of London’s finest musicians with a unique sound bridging this city with Japan. Their music is built around Mieko’s latest album, ‘I Bloom’, which juxtapositions electronica and left field neo classical elements with Keiko’s traditional 13 string Koto. Mieko is the vocalist in this sumptuous duo with a voice you can float away in, to a higher state of consciousness, and maybe to the edge of Mount Fuji where she spent her childhood. Her lyrics come from dreams and nightmares, oscillating between the real and surreal and last year reality struck big time when Mieko became ill and nearly met her maker twice. They say that life is never the same after a near-death experience, and perhaps ‘I Bloom’ is even richer as a result. Certainly the bond between Mieko & Keiko as artists which was instant and has been constant since they first met in 2012 has deepened, synchronising them into one of the most special musical duos ever created.

I’ve been lucky to receive many beautiful gifts from guests on AWIL but – ha! – never dog biscuits for my birthday girl Rottweiler. Keiko remembered because she shares the same Earthday! So while my dogs greedily devour their new treats, I’ll savour every musical note by Mieko & Keiko, and so should you when ‘I Bloom’ is released in June on Street Furniture Records. Meanwhile, catch Mieko & Keiko live at The London Jukebox on March 7th for A Women’s World in London alongside Nina Miranda, Luzmira Zerpa, Marina Deligianni. Sofia Pechlivani, Garance, and me! Mieko Shimizu’s website: www.miekoshimizu.com Keiko Kitamura’s website: www.keikokitamura.com

Keiko Kitamura
27/2/19 – AWIL 199  Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-27th-february-2019/ Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, and artist Alban Low. Also this week global music mix at SOAS Radio, click: https://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/awil-290-winter-summer/  Next week Diana Lwanga at SOAS Radio and Olcay Bayir at Resonance. Download the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 from #Spotify! Top 50 global CDs handpicked by #AWorldinLondon – Click here: https://open.spotify.com/user/34igi7n6p14p56303se0gtkyj/playlist/5hjexMuYohZ6d4zjuoGIfm?si=Gy0ckfI_QaWw4xqKQ-VGhw  #TheSoundofDiverseLondon #ConnectingCulturesThroughMusic – thirteen years - #DJRitu. Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 https://www.resonancefm.com/ & 4pm SOAS Radio https://soasradio.org/  Online worldwide at #Mixcloud  http://www.djritu.com #InternationalWomensDay #WomensHistoryMonth #WomenInMusic #EqualisingMusic

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

SOAS Klezmer Band - The party is ON


Laura Thomlinson
SOAS Klezmer Band
Clayton Dahm
Rachel Sears
John MacNaughton
Laura Thomlinson
Kieran Hagan
Vivi Lachs
John MacNaughton
Four weddings & no funeral with the SOAS Klezmer Band on this A World in London! 

Clayton Dahm
We had a fabulous  dance - tanz fest on this AWIL as the SOAS Klezmer Band whirled us around the studio with their mix of traditional  Eastern European sounds & Yiddish songs! SKB is the only university group in our capital dedicated to preserving this Jewish music tradition and its current members include brilliant musicians like Clayton Dahm, Rachel Sears, John MacNaughton, Laura Thomlinson, Kieran Hagan, and the ubiquitous dance caller & ‘Whitechapel Noise’ author Vivi Lachs. SKB was created just at the turn of this century by founding members like Merlin Shepherd and its offshoots include groups like She’koyokh, Don Kipper, and Oysland. Anyone can join the SOAS Klezmer Band so what are you waiting for? The party is ON! Find out more via their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SOASKlezmer/

Kieran Hagan
20/2/19 – AWIL 198  Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-20th-february-2019/ Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, and artist Alban Low. Also this week Polish & Indonesian folk with Aga Ujma at SOAS Radio, click: https://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/awil-289-aga-ujma/  

Rachel Sears
Next week global music at SOAS Radio and Peyman Heydarian at Resonance. Download the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 from #Spotify! Top 50 global CDs handpicked by #AWorldinLondon – Click here: https://open.spotify.com/user/34igi7n6p14p56303se0gtkyj/playlist/5hjexMuYohZ6d4zjuoGIfm?si=Gy0ckfI_QaWw4xqKQ-VGhw  #TheSoundofDiverseLondon #ConnectingCulturesThroughMusic – thirteen years - #DJRitu. Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 https://www.resonancefm.com/ & 4pm SOAS Radio https://soasradio.org/  Online worldwide at #Mixcloud  http://www.djritu.com
Vivi Lachs


Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Amira Kheir - Defining the African narrative


Amira Kheir
Nadir Ramzy
Tal Janes
Mikele Montolli
Leandro Mancini 

13th February 2019
A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK
Leandro Mancini 
Defining the African narrative, gifted singer songwriter Amira Kheir on this A World in London! Click to listen: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-13th-february-2019/

This weekend there’s a chance to see Amira Kheir at the Ahbab Festival in Cambridge, and after meeting her on AWIL, we know she’s going to be magnificent! One broadcaster has dubbed her the‘Diva of the Sudanese Desert’ which seems like a lazy definition when describing such a serious & skilled singer who is anything but a diva. Amira is soulful and heritage conscious, asking searching questions about life and identity through her music, plus her voice is exceptional no matter which genre someone tries to pigeon hole it into. She sings with grace as well as authority, and her vocals ebb & flow like a river, especially when accompanied by droplets of notes played by Nadir Ramzy on oud. Nadir is the only other Sudanese member of Amira’s close-knit band yet everyone is joyfully unanimous in the music-making and Arabic choruses. Regardless of whether we all understand all the lyrics, mystic powers combine with answers & truths to create a binding journey that transcends language & borders. With Tal Janes on guitar, Mikele Montolli on bass, and Leandro Mancini on drums, a beautiful energy of love and mutual respect was apparent in the studio. The band sailed through pentatonic scales and East African polyrhythms, embracing Amira’s elaborate phrasing and ornamentation that goes with traditional Sudanese vocal style, whilst also infusing a generous amount of Jazz, Blues, and Soul into Nubian melodies & ancient forms. 

Mikele Montolli
Amira grew up in Turin and also spent much time in Khartoum where she always ‘eating up music’, but it was her move to London in 2003 that liberated her identity as a professional musician. Amira has released three acclaimed albums showcasing her unique sound & the opportunity to fully `tap into the power of the beautiful gift of heritage'. You can too by hearing her excellent latest CD ‘Mystic Dance’ and listening to this World Radio Day edition of A World in London! http://amirakheir.com/


Tal Janes
13/2/19 – AWIL 197  Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-13th-february-2019/ Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, and artist Alban Low. Also this week Japanese music legend Joji Hirota at SOAS Radio, click: https://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/awil-288-joji-hirota/ Next week Aga Ujma at SOAS Radio and SOAS Klezmer Band at Resonance. Download the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 from #Spotify! Top 50 global CDs handpicked by #AWorldinLondon – Click here: https://open.spotify.com/user/34igi7n6p14p56303se0gtkyj/playlist/5hjexMuYohZ6d4zjuoGIfm?si=Gy0ckfI_QaWw4xqKQ-VGhw  #TheSoundofDiverseLondon #ConnectingCulturesThroughMusic – thirteen years - #DJRitu. Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 https://www.resonancefm.com/ & 4pm SOAS Radio https://soasradio.org/  Online worldwide at #Mixcloud  http://www.djritu.com

Nadir Ramzy


Tuesday, 12 February 2019

The Gillies - A World in London


Mark 'Gilly' Evans
Susan Turner
Mark 'Gilly' Evans

6th February 2019
A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK

Worries Fold Up Their Wings with The Gillies on this A World in London! 
Acoustic Americana duo, The Gillies, nipped over to our studio en route to their gig in Blackheath, which by all accounts went rather well. It’s a sure bet that the audience down the road from us were equally impressed by what this amazing husband and wife team can do with a pair of guitars and Susan’s gorgeous, warm & unique voice. When you hear it, together with some beautiful finger-picking harmonies, your cares float away and the world seems just that little bit brighter. Behind the effortless, easy-listening sound conjured up by Susan & Gilly, there’s actually much hard work that goes into their songs. Their self-perception is still of themselves as art students and not professional musicians, so they strive, texture, multi-layer, and keep returning to each piece of work until it’s coloured and crafted exactly to sound carefree and ‘natural’. There’s a refreshing honesty and unpretentious approach to everything that they do, and this, plus the special chemistry only romantic couples share on stage is infused into their music-making with clever wordplay and harmonies of the sweetest kind. A third album is being processed by Gillies right now and it'll be dedicated to London, their adopted home after Norfolk, but meanwhile find their excellent other CDs now, and get yourself a whole heap of outstanding songwriting on Back Porch Recordings – ‘Worries Fold Up Their Wings’ and ‘No Hiding Place’. www.thegilliesmusic.com
Susan Turner
Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, and artist Alban Low. Also this week author/singer Vivi Lachs at SOAS Radio, click: https://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/awil-287-vivi-lachs/ Next week global music at SOAS Radio and Amira Kheir at Resonance. Download the AWIL Album Wonderland 2018 from #Spotify! Top 50 global CDs handpicked by #AWorldinLondon – Click here: https://open.spotify.com/…/34igi7n6p14p56303se0gtkyj/playli…
#TheSoundofDiverseLondon #ConnectingCulturesThroughMusic – thirteen years - #DJRitu. Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 https://www.resonancefm.com/ & 4pm SOAS Radio https://soasradio.org/ Online worldwide at #Mixcloud http://www.djritu.com
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Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Rad Orchestra - A World in London

Max André Rademacher

Amy Jane Hosken: Viola
Louise Gibbens: Violin
James Gavin: Violin, Mandolin , Guitar
Max André Rademacher: Vocals, Guitar, Ngoni

The Rad Orchestra joined us this week's at A World In London on Resonance 104.4fm. With two violins, viola, guitar and n'goni they treated us to a unique live set, combining harmonies, driving riffs and rhythms. They call their music “hypnotic tunes with strings” I'll add “folk soul”.

Amy Jane Hosken
Hear their studio session and interview with Norman Druker (sitting in for DJ Ritu): https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-23rd-january-2019/
James Gavin
The Rad Orchestra sing and play hypnotic tunes on guitar, ngoni, viola, violin, fiddle, bass and percussion. They take inspiration from time- honoured song writers,  minimalism, global Folk, Blues & Soul.  Amy Jane Hosken: Viola / Louise Gibbens: Violin / James Gavin: Violin, Mandolin , Guitar / Paul Greenstein: Guitar (via Australia) / Duncan Noble: Bass /Max André Rademacher: Vocals, Guitar, Ngoni / Renu: Percussion / Lawrence Hill: Percussion / Richie Stevens: Drums.

Max 
André
 Rademacher
 was
 born 
in 
Hamburg,
 German 
and 
has
 been 
living 
in 
London 
for 
over 
30
 years.
 He 
emerged
 from 
the
 70’s
 New
 Wave
 scene 
in
 Paris
 and 
New 
York 
and 
has 
worked 
in 
New
Orleans 
with
 legendary 
Funk
 and
 Soul
 producer
 Allen 
Toussaint. The ochestra 
band 
members 
have 
been
 playing 
in
 countless 
folk
 sessions
 and
 performed
 Handel’s 
Messiah 
in 
Addis 
Ababa 
and
Azerbaijani
 orchestral
 music 
in
 Baku 
and 
London.

Louise Gibbens