1 Giant Leap: What About Me? (Border)

 |   |  <1 min read

1 Giant Leap: Each Step Moves Us On (with Zap Mama and Speech)
1 Giant Leap: What About Me? (Border)

Last year Elsewhere presented a lengthy interview with Duncan Bridgman who is half of this multi-media world music project with Jamie Catto. In that free-ranging conversation he outlined the background to this music-cum-philosophy project which took the pair across the planet to perform with and record people in small and often remote villages, or getting alongside big name players such as kd lang, Lila Downs, Daniel Lanois, Michael Stipe of REM and many others.

The result was a fascinating DVD film/series/etc called What About Me? -- and now comes the double disc CD set which may seem rather two dimensional after the film, but stands on its own wayward merits as a world music/pop/philosophical construct which will keep you guessing as a brusque flute from India cuts across African singers and percussion or someone with pop chops from the West appears to sing the chorus.

Very different, in a good way. Check out the interview with Duncan, it'll make more (or less) sense. There are also interesting and different video clips at both the interview and the DVD review.

Take your time, it's kinda cool.

 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   World Music from Elsewhere articles index

Sari Gelin Ensemble: Music of Azerbaijan (Elite)

Sari Gelin Ensemble: Music of Azerbaijan (Elite)

The music of Central Asia has featured on Elsewhere previously, notably with the excellent Smithsonian Folkways series (see tags) which come with fascinating DVD mini-films. This is can be... > Read more

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Sufi Music (World Music Network/Southbound)

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Sufi Music (World Music Network/Southbound)

When a musical genre loses its figurehead -- as reggae did with the passing of Bob Marley and Sufi music did with the death of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, both of whom had taken their music to a... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

SOPHIA SCARLET AND OTHER PACIFIC WRITINGS BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON reviewed (2008)

SOPHIA SCARLET AND OTHER PACIFIC WRITINGS BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON reviewed (2008)

When Robert Louis Stevenson died at 44 in his Samoan home, half a world away from his birthplace of Edinburgh, he left a remarkably diverse body of work. In fewer than two decades he turned out... > Read more

CHRISTIAN SCOTT INTERVIEWED (2010): The navigator in difficult waters

CHRISTIAN SCOTT INTERVIEWED (2010): The navigator in difficult waters

Trumpeter Christian Scott out of New Orleans is a hot property in jazz these days. He has received considerable critical acclaim for his unique tone (he plays a specially made trumpet) and the... > Read more