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Azam Ali & Loga R. Torkian Talk About a Signature CD on Echoes

December 11, 2013

Hear Azam Ali & Loga R. Torkian interviewed tonight on Echoes.

lamentationAn album that is sure to be in the Echoes Top 25 for 2013 is Azam Ali and Loga R. Torkian ‘s Lamentation of Swans, a Journey into Silence.   They used to be in two different bands.  Torkian played guitar in the Persian fusion band, Axiom of Choice and Ali was half of the world fusion duo,  Vas.  They got together romantically and musically and formed the Persian electronica band,  Niyaz.  Now they’re a married couple with a five year old child and they’ve released their first album as a duo.  It’s called Lamentation of Swans, a Journey into Silence. Tonight on Echoes I go quietly with Azam Ali and Loga R. Torkian.

HIGHLIGHTS

Azam Ali on her Iranian roots: Wherever you’re born, that’s where your roots are.  And you can live your whole life in foreign countries, but that connection to where you are will always remain.

Loga R. Torkian on discovering the guitarviol:  As soon as I played the first note I knew this is a magical instrument.  And I told him in 10 minutes, Jonathon [Wilson], can you build one for me?

Azam Ali on her imaginary language:  There is a certain value to making it sound like a language because just the human mouth is capable of so many different kinds of sounds.  And when you add the syllables it changes the texture of a melody.  It breaks the note in a particular way, it affects the kind of ornaments you can use, and in so doing, there are so many emotions that can be experienced.

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Azam Ali & Loga R. Torkian on Echoes Podcast

September 27, 2013

Hear Azam Ali & Loga R. Torkian interviewed on the ECHOES PODCAST

lamentationAzam Ali and Loga R. Torkian used to be in two different bands.  Torkian played guitar in the Persian fusion band, Axiom of Choice and Ali was half of the world fusion duo,  Vas.  They got together romantically and musically and formed the Persian electronica band,  Niyaz.  Now they’re a married couple with a five year old child and they’ve released their first album as a duo.  It’s called Lamentation of Swans, a Journey into Silence. Hear Azam Ali & Loga R. Torkian whisper about music in the Echoes Podcast.

HIGHLIGHTS

Azam Ali on her Iranian roots: Wherever you’re born, that’s where your roots are.  And you can live your whole life in foreign countries, but that connection to where you are will always remain.

Loga R. Torkian on discovering the guitarviol:  As soon as I played the first note I knew this is a magical instrument.  And I told him in 10 minutes, Jonathon [Wilson], can you build one for me?

Azam Ali on her imaginary language:  There is a certain value to making it sound like a language because just the human mouth is capable of so many different kinds of sounds.  And when you add the syllables it changes the texture of a melody.  It breaks the note in a particular way, it affects the kind of ornaments you can use, and in so doing, there are so many emotions that can be experienced.

Hear them talk about their music in the Echoes Podcast.

John Diliberto (((echoes)))

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Persian Fusion Dervishes-Azam Ali & Loga R. Torkian on Echoes

September 23, 2013

Hear Azam Ali & Loga R. Torkian interviewed tonight on Echoes.

lamentationAzam Ali and Loga R. Torkian used to be in two different bands.  Torkian played guitar in the Persian fusion band, Axiom of Choice and Ali was half of the world fusion duo,  Vas.  They got together romantically and musically and formed the Persian electronica band,  Niyaz.  Now they’re a married couple with a five year old child and they’ve released their first album as a duo.  It’s called Lamentation of Swans, a Journey into Silence. Tonight on Echoes I go quietly with Azam Ali and Loga R. Torkian.

HIGHLIGHTS

Azam Ali on her Iranian roots: Wherever you’re born, that’s where your roots are.  And you can live your whole life in foreign countries, but that connection to where you are will always remain.

Loga R. Torkian on discovering the guitarviol:  As soon as I played the first note I knew this is a magical instrument.  And I told him in 10 minutes, Jonathon [Wilson], can you build one for me?

Azam Ali on her imaginary language:  There is a certain value to making it sound like a language because just the human mouth is capable of so many different kinds of sounds.  And when you add the syllables it changes the texture of a melody.  It breaks the note in a particular way, it affects the kind of ornaments you can use, and in so doing, there are so many emotions that can be experienced.

John Diliberto (((echoes)))

Little_Things_CoverSign up for Echoes CD of the Month Club.   CD of the Month Club members will be getting Darshan Ambient’s Little Things 10 days before its released.  Follow the link to the Echoes CD of the Month Club and see what you’ve been missing.

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Think of the great artists you love on Echoes. Think of the informative interviews and exclusive live performances. Then, think of a world without Echoes. You can make sure that never happens by becoming a member of the Echoes Sound Circle.

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New Music: Azam Ali and Loga R. Torkian & Roger Eno

July 17, 2013

Hear new music from Azam Ali & Loga R. Torkian tonight on Echoes

Azam Ali & Loga R. Torkian, both play in the Persian Electronica band Niyaz, but you may also remember them from Ali’s group, Vas, and Torkian’s band, Axiom of Choice.  They’ve just released a new CD called Lamentation of Swans: A Journey Toward Silence that takes a more contemplative approach to their music. We’ll also hear new music by Roger Eno.  The pianist and one of the earliest Ambient Chamber Plumbline-ConcreteMusic composers teams up with Plumbline, an English electronic band on the album Endless City/Concrete Jungle.

Here’s a beautifully produced video of  Azam Ali & Loga R. Torkain’s for “Oceans” that puts together a smorgasbord of New Age mysticism.  The woman in the video is not Azam Ali.

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Echoes July CD of the Month: Carmen Rizzo’s Looking Through Leaves.

July 1, 2010

Studio savant Carmen Rizzo crafts an album of electro-dream pop:  Looking Through Leaves

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You’ve heard Carmen Rizzo a lot on Echoes, you probably just didn’t realize it.  He’s a member of the Persian fusion group, Niyaz, produced Israeli singer Inbar Bakal and collaborated with the Tuvan throat singing group, Huun-Huur-Tu.  He’s also a producer, programmer and keyboard player who has worked on dozens of recordings for people like Seal, BT, Alannis Morrisette and Michael Nyman.  He’s a behind the scenes player there, but even on his own albums, he stays in the background, writing music for a cast of great singers. He does that again on his third album of seductive songs called Looking Through Leaves.     It’s a mix of the sensual and the contemplative, a meeting of club music, electronica, and torch song ballads that are shaken and stirred into an intoxicating brew.

Rizzo has a penchant for sultry female vocalists. Shana Halligan from The Supreme Beings of Leisure and Bitter:Sweet, sings of haunted love on “Until You Find Another,” with a hint of Billie Holiday in her aching voice.  That jazz reference is amplified by Gabriel Johnson who adds a moody, Mark Isham-style trumpet solo.  Over a percolating electronic back-beat and surging textures, January Thompson’s voice echoes through a song of lost love and promise while Norway’s Kate Havnevik takes a dance floor beat and does a diva turn on “This Life.”

The most uplifting song may be “Bring the Mountain Down” with Grant-Lee Phillips, a singer-songwriter who Rizzo produced. He has a meditative take on a song that takes lyric inspiration from the story of Hanuman, the Hindu Monkey God. But with Phillips’ soulful vocal rendition over Rizzo’s lush lounge moods, it comes off sensual as much as spiritual.

Looking Through Leaves is rounded out by three electronic instrumentals that are a mixture of New Romantic moods and edgy angst.  That balance is perfectly matched on the opening track, “Through the Storm” which serves as an album prelude, the drifting ambiences of “Strada” and the albums closer, a Blade Runner homage called “Element of Hope.”

Most of the time, an Echoes CD of the Month is made for low lights and internal ruminations.  Looking Through Leaves is contemplative as well, as long as your doing it driving down the highway with the windows open and the stereo cranked.  Looking Through Leaves is the Echoes CD of the Month for July.

The Echoes program featuring Carmen Rizzo’s Looking Through Leaves will run on Echoes Weekend stations Saturday, July 10 and Sunday July 11.  Echoes On-Line subscribers can listen at any time.

John Diliberto ((( echoes )))

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John Diliberto’s Top 10 CDs for 2008

November 28, 2008

From Digitonal to the Dandy Warhols, John Diliberto’s Top Ten CDs for 2008.

While you’re pondering the Echoes 2008 Listener Poll, I’ve already been solicited for a few year-end lists. I usually give a different list to different outlets. My (uncredited) Amazon.com list is pretty strictly New Age and limited to  titles that are actually on Amazon.com, although as you’ll see, I stretch the definition of New Age quite a bit. The 25 Essential Echoes CDs for 2008 is limited to what I play on Echoes (Look for that in a week or so). But when WXPN solicited lists for my 10 Top CDs and songs for 2008, there were no limitations. So there are a couple of things here that I wouldn’t be playing on Echoes. This is my personal Top Ten.  

A lot of my top ten albums will be appearing right on top of the 25 Essential Echoes CDs for 2008. I’ve written about many of them already. Digitonal’s Save Your Light For Darker Days remains my favorite disc of the year and I say why in my  September CD of the Month review. Sumner McKane’s right up there and my paean to his psychamericana on What A Great Place to Be is in my October CD of the Month review. Saul Stokes’ entrancing electronic cycles on Villa Galaxia probably should have been a CD of the Month. I wrote about that in an Echo Location. The Persian fusion group, Niyaz  topped their debut with the double CD, Nine Heavens.  It could’ve been a CD of the month as well, but it came out in the midst of CDs we’d already selected by Jamshied Sharifi and Biomusique with similar exotic female singers.   We try and spread a little variety among CD of the Month Selections.  But I am intoxicated by Azam Ali’s  voice which taps into something beyond this world, while still living sensually in this world. Alu is a relatively new singer who made me think of early Kate Bush with her electronica cabaret on Lobotomy Sessions. I wrote about her in an Echo Location. Nik Bärtch’s Ronin has been making a cerebral brand of minimalist jazz for years and Holon spins like a melodic meeting of Dave Brubeck and Steve Reich. Lights Out Asia orchestrated a perfect mix of shoegazer rock and ambient electronics but on an epic scale on their enigmatically titled CD, Eyes Like Brontide.   You can also read about them and hear their music in an Echo Location.  Now we get to the two non-Echoes titles here. Beck‘s Modern Guilt, is another great album of insightfully poetic and ironic lyrics set in new variations of organic quirk, much of it provided by Danger Mouse from Gnarls Barkley who made my Top Ten Songs.    Earth to the Dandy Warhols is a brilliant pastiche of styles from jive-talking  jump-blues to Can, all distilled through their psychedelic sensibilities.   The German group, Qntal rounds out the list with Lucidia, a definitive example of their Medieval Electronica fronted by the haunting, imperious voice of Sigrid Hausen. The Top Ten list is below. I’ll have My Top Ten songs later, or you can just go to WXPN and see it there, sans sage commentary. While you’re in the neighborhood , vote in their year end poll, but while you’re here, vote in ours, The Echoes 2008 Listener Poll.  You might even win the Top 25 Echoes CDs for 2008.
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John Diliberto’s Top 10

TOP 10 ALBUMS
  FIRST-LAST/GROUP NAME ALBUM NAME SOURCES
1 Digitonal Save Your Light for Darker Days
2 Sumner McKane What A Great Place to Be
3 Saul Stokes Villa Galaxia
4 Niyaz Nine Heavens
5 Alu Lobotomy Sessions
6 Nik Bartsch’s Ronin Holon
7 Lights Out Asia Eyes Like Brontide

8 Beck Modern Guilt
9 Dandy Warhols Earth to Dandy Warhols

10 Qntal Qntal VI: Translucida

Echoes Top 25 For August: Ottmar Liebert Leads and Electronica Returns

August 28, 2008

Ottmar Liebert’s The Scent of Light, our August CD of the Month tops the Echoes Top 25 for August, but electronica and ambient music make a comeback after a few months off. They include Marconi Union who repeats their Top 5 performance with A Lost Connection, a download only release.  Joining them are Klaus Schulze and Lisa Gerrard’s Farscape, Darshan Ambient’s obviously ambient From Pale Hands to Weary Eyes and Sumner McKane’s What A Great Place to Be, are all electric/electronically based albums that debut in the Top Ten this month.   There are nine new entries this month in the Top 25.  Go to the Echoes Blog to read reviews and hear audio reviews of many of these recordings, including Marconi Union, Klaus Schulze & Lisa Gerrard, Biomusique, California Guitar Trio, Sacred Earth and David Pritchard.

ECHOES TOP 25 FOR AUGUST 2008

1. Ottmar Liebert The Scent of Light Spiral Subwave Records Int’l Read the Review!
2. Jami Sieber Unspoken: The Music of Only Breath Out Front Music CDBaby
3. Marconi Union A Lost Connection MU Transmissions
4. Don Peyote Peyote Dreaming Don Peyote Recordings/Interchill
5. Gerry O’Beirne The Bog Bodies and Other Stories Self Released
6. Joe Euro Souvenir Joe Euro Music Buy From CDBaby
7. Klaus Schulze & Lisa Gerrard Farscape SPV Recordings
8. Darshan Ambient From Pale Hands to Weary Eyes Lotuspike

9. Biomusique The 10,000 Steps Kosmic Music

10. Sumner McKane What A Great Place to Be Don’t Hit Your Sister Records
11. California Guitar Trio Echoes Inner Knot
12 Kevin Bartlett Glow in the Dark Aural Gratification
13. Sacred Earth Wind of the East Red Feather Music

14. Rodrigo Rodriguez Beyond the Times KZN Records
15. V/A Perceived Distances Dataobscura
16. Steve Roach Empetus Projekt
17. Ronn McFarlane Indigo Road Dorian
18. Hans-Jaochim Roedelius & Tim Story Inlandish High Wire Records

19. David Cullen Guitar Travels Solid Air
20. David Arkenstone Echoes of Light and Shadow Gemini Sun Records
21. David Pritchard Vertical Eden Morphic Resonance Music
22. Niyaz Nine Heavens Six Degrees
23. Joan Jeanrenaud Strange Toys Talking House Records
24. Forastiere Why Not? Candyrat Records
25. Fernwood Almeria Self Released
Ottmar Liebert’sThe Scent of Light

was the Echoes CD of the Month
for August 2008

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

Echoes Top 25 for July: Marconi Union first Download recording to crack Top 5

August 5, 2008

Ambient chamber music still dominates the Echoes Top 25 for August, but for the first time, a download only album cracks the the Echoes Top 5. That CD is the purely ambient A Lost Connection by Marconi Union. Their album, Distance, from 3 years ago was among our favorite CDs that year, and A Lost Connection was definitely worth the wait. The album is full of plaintive electric guitar lines draped across a mesh of subtle, insinuating beats, synth pads full of melancholy and glitchy effects dropping in from the fringes. This album is more poetic and almost classical in spots compared to their first two albums. The mellotron-like flutes of the “Endless Winter” lend a somnolent chamber music sound across the insistent, but downtempo bass thud. Expect to hear that  song frequently on Echoes Winter Solstices to come and A Lost Connection frequently on Echoes. Right now, the only place to get A Lost Connection is from the Marconi Union website.

To my ears, there’s a very short distance between the classical Ahn Trio and the ambient Marconi Union.  In that light, ambient chamber music remains strong, although only 10 out of 25 discs fit broadly into that camp, compared to 14 last month. The Ahn Trio, Ronn McFarlane, and Jami Sieber remained important players this month.  Ottmar Liebert’s The Scent of Light made an impressive debut at #14. Look for that to be number 1 for August since it’s our CD of the Month.   You can read a Print Review  here, including an Audio Review with music.  Over all, there was a 50% turn-over in the Top 25 for August.

John Diliberto ((( echoes )))

ECHOES TOP 25 FOR JULY Wind of the East 1 – Sacred Earth (Peter Kater, Joseph Fire Crow, Arvel Bird) – Wind of the East (Print Review or Audio Review)

 Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac 2 – Ahn Trio – Lullaby For My Favorite Insomniac <Listen>

Marconic Usnion Lost 3 – Marconi Union – A Lost Connection

The 10,000 Steps 4 – Biomusique – The 10000 Steps <Read Review or Listen>
Guitar Travels5 – David Cullen – Guitar Travels 

Echoes of Light and Shadow 6 – David Arkenstone – Echoes of Light and Shadow

Glow In The Dark 7 – Kevin Bartlett – Glow in the Dark

Indigo Road 8 – Ronn McFarlane – Indigo Road

Traces (Music for films & documentaries)9 – Michel Banabila – Traces
Unspoken 10 – Jami Sieber – Unspoken < Listen>

lidor11 – Eldad Lidor – Closer
Inlandish12 – Hans-Joachim roedelius & Tim Story – Inlandish

Echoes 13 – California Guitar Trio – Echoes (Read Article)
The Scent of Light14 – Ottmar Liebert – The Scent of Light (Print Review or Audio Review)

15 – Skala – Tundra
Dreaming of Revenge16 – Kaki King – Dreaming of Revenge
Rivers Arms17 – Balmorhea – Rivers Arms

UTTR18 – Under the Radar – I Was There But I Can’t Remember When
Maybe They Will Sing for Us Tomorrow 19 – Hammock – Maybe They Will Sing for Us Tomorrow
20 – William Ackerman – Meditations

Nine Heavens 21 – Niyaz – Nine Heavens
22 – Fernwood – Almeria
Vertical Eden23 – David Pritchard – Vertical Eden
Strange Toys24 – Joan Jeanrenaud – Strange Toys

Peyote Dreaming 25 – Don Peyote – Peyote Dreaming

Ambient Chamber Music Reigns on Echoes Top 25 for June

July 5, 2008

Ambient Chamber music dominates top airplay at Echoes in June.
We’ve been tracking ambient chamber music since the beginning of Echoes when it was mostly Tim Story, David Darling and Kevin Keller, but the subgenre has exploded, in an ambient chamber music way, that is, gently and without many people noticing, partly because it falls in between genres from the ambient chamber world music of Biomusique and Jami Sieber to the Euro-minimalist classical of Ludovico Einaudi and Ronn McFarlane to the folk chamber music of William Ackerman and Gerry O’Beirne. Nine of the Top 10 albums fall into the category and 14 of the Top 25.  When I hear 20-somthing bands like Balmorhea citing 50-something composers like Ludovico Einaudi or the venerable Arvo Part, that tells me that something is happening.  This is another ebb and flow in the evolution of Echoes which has seen influxes of Celtic, space music, electronica and world fusion over the years.  There’s still plenty of electronica, world fusion and unclassifiable music that makes up the Echoes soundscape. Here’s the Top 25 with a few links to reviews.

ECHOES TOP 25 FOR JUNE

The 10,000 Steps 1 – Biomusique – The 10000 Steps  <Listen>
Unspoken 2 – Jami Sieber – Unspoken  <Listen>
3 – William Ackerman – Meditations
Indigo Road 4 – Ronn McFarlane – Indigo Road
5 – Fernwood – Almeria
Echoes 6 – California Guitar Trio – Echoes
Divenire 7 – Ludovico Einaudi – Divenire
Nine Heavens 8 – Niyaz – Nine Heavens
9 – Eldad Lidor – Closer
10 – Gerry O’Beirne – The Bog Bodies and Other Stories <Listen>
Translucida 11 – Qntal – Translucida
Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac 12 – Ahn Trio – Lullaby For My Favorite Insomniac <Listen>
Peyote Dreaming 13 – Don Peyote – Peyote Dreaming
Short Waves (soundtrack to the DVD) 14 – Richard Bone – Short Waves
Sleepwalking 15 – Christopher Young – Sleepwalking
Future Memories 16 – v/a – Future Memories (v/a)
17 – Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter – Two Worlds One
React 18 – Robert Rich & Ian Boddy – React
The Dream 19 – The Orb – The Dream  <Listen>
 Traces (Music for films & documentaries)20 – Michel Banabila – Traces
History, Mystery 21 – Bill Frisell – History Mystery
22 – Deobrat Mishra & David Michael – Himilayan Crossroad
Glow In The Dark 23 – Kevin Bartlett – Glow in the Dark
Echoes of Light and Shadow 24 – David Arkenstone – Echoes of Light and Shadow
The Language of Spirits 25 – Rudy Perrone – The Language of Spirits


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