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Worlds Collide

This episode looks at the collision/fusion/embrace between American Jazz and the established musical traditions of India and Africa. Though not without its share of orientalist and other slightly problematic implications, this early borrowing and collision had a deep impact on many musicians on both sides of the genre-meld. We’ll hear from Alice Coltrane, Don Cherry, Kadri Gopalnath, Shankar Jaikishan, Archie Shepp and more!





A show dedicated to the ephemeral: improvised music throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, particularly the outer edges of the spectrum. Visions--spectral, cosmic, worldly and solitary--provide the musical inspiration for so many musicians, and improvisation has proved an excellent means of communication. This show will draw on several musical traditions, including Jazz, Western composition, and others from around the world to explore how improvisation functions, communicates, and generally kicks ass.