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TARANAKI WOMAD 2016: THE ARTISTS' LINE-UP

TARANAKI WOMAD 2016: THE ARTISTS' LINE-UP

Regular Elsewhere followers will know how keen we are on world music -- we dedicate a whole area of the site to coverage -- which means Womad is always high on our agenda. In the past we have always given a very through overview of the acts coming to a Womad (and of course done interviews in advance and over the weekend of music, see here...

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Tulegur

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Tulegur

They call their music “mongolian grunge” or “nomad rock”, and they seem fair description for a duo which brings together traditional Mongolian throat-singing (called khoomei) with elelctric guitar and thumping percussion. Tulegur are guitarist/singer Gangzi (who moved from Mongolia to Beijing then back) and...

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: John Convertino of Calexico

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: John Convertino of Calexico

Elsewhere has interviewed Joey Burns of Tucson's Calexico previously, but now with the band coming to this year's Womad (see dates below) we thought it timely to flick our Famous Elsewhere World Music Questionnaire to John Covertino, the other permanent member of this flexible ensemble. Calexico marry the sound of borderland Spanish horns...

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE:  Wade Schuman of Hazmat Modine

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Wade Schuman of Hazmat Modine

Of their unusual name, lead singer Wade Schuman says “HAZMAT is an American English word for Hazardous Materials, AKA dangerous materials, you see it on the sides of trucks or special trashcans. "MODINE is the brand name for an industrial forced air heater unit, the kind that hangs down in garages and artists’ lofts...

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE:  John Psathas

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: John Psathas

New Zealand classical composer and musical everyman John Psathas should be well known, his work roams from the strictly classical worlds and across to electronic influenced sounds. He has appeared at Elsewhere a number of times, but a new project No Man's Land finds him in different territory yet again. This ambitious work is a...

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE:  Tiny Ruins

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Tiny Ruins

The New Zealand singer-songwriter Tiny Ruins – aka Holly Fullbrook – has appeared frequently at Elsewhere because her mature, thoughtful and folk-framed albums have always found favour . . . and increasingly so in the wider world we are pleased to report. At Elsewhere she has been interviewed and reviewed, but she has never...

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Jane Harbour of Spiro

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Jane Harbour of Spiro

The English folk group Spiro have been credited with redefining the genre by deftly incorporating contemporary elements from Steve Reich and Philip Glass, according to Peter Gabriel who has signed them to his Real World label. Guitarist in the band Jon Hunt agrees: "We've got more to do minimalist classical and dance music than we have...

THE TIMETABLE FOR WOMAD TARANAKI 2016

THE TIMETABLE FOR WOMAD TARANAKI 2016

The annual Womad festival in New Plymouth is one of the high points in New Zealand's musical calendar because, if for no other reason, it brings musicians from all over the world into our sight lines and ears, most of them artists who couldn't support a show here under their own name. But add them all together, factor in a great site, good...

Spiro: Welcome Joy and Welcome Sorrow (Real World/Southbound)

Spiro: Welcome Joy and Welcome Sorrow (Real World/Southbound)

Given the similarity of the styles – repetition, if nothing else – it should come as little surprise that some instrumental folk music can be alarmingly close to the minimalism of Philip Glass, Steve Reich et al. This British quartet – violin/viola, mandolin, piano and guitar/cello – undertake a number of...

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