Echoes of Ireland

mournful uilleann pipes drift down from misty mountains rain and tradition Kim M. Russell, 20th August 2018 My response to Carpe Diem #1500 Where the rivers flow, Irish folkmusic In today’s journey on the folk music quest, we are travelling to Ireland, where I lived at the beginning of the 1980s and where my daughter […]

The Music of Bengal

lilting Tagore songs sparkle with a strange beauty hot Bengali nights Kim M. Russell, 14th August 2018 My response to Carpe Diem #1496 Rabindra Sangeet, the music of Bengal Another episode in India brings us to Bengal and a kind of music that has only words written by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), music known as Rabindra […]

Gagaku

Imperial Court bowing to wind, string and drum butterflies take flight Kim M. Russell, 9th August 2018 My response to Carpe Diem #1494 Gagaku, the traditional music of the Japanese Court We are still in Japan and exploring the oldest known traditional Japanese music, Gagaku, which is s court music, and includes songs, dances, and […]