Blarvuster featured on John Schaefer’s New Sounds on WNYC

Blarvuster was featured heavily on WNYC’s New Sounds with John Schaefer

PROGRAM #3146, Traditional Blend (First aired on 12/07/2010) — follow the link above!

Program notes:

Hear unexpected blends of traditional music on this edition of New Sounds. We’ll listen to selections from bagpiper/composer Matthew Welch’s band Blarvuster, an outfit that somehow pulls in Balinese/Indonesian gamelan, Celtic influences, minimalist licks, and a rock attitude to emerge with irresitible and unusual textures, both traditional and non.

Plus, we’ll hear from QQQ, a band who use the traditional Norwegian hardingfele (like a violin, but with twice as many strings and thinner wood.) Then there’s also music from Hemispheres, featuring vocals in the Persian tradition, along with music from Michael O’Neill, a Canadian bagpiper. His work that we’ll hear pulls in Australian digeridoo and percussion with those pipes. All that, and more.

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