Music of Week

M,W,F 5:50 PM T, Thur 8:21 AM

In ancient times the Vikings sailed, battled, and traded their way through Europe, the Mediterranean, and the New World. Their influence on western technology and culture is immeasurable. La Mandragore is a historical music ensemble which brings to life the lost music of the Vikings. Playing historical instruments, and singing in four languages including Old Norse, with the help of Viking scholars La Mandragore brings the voice of an ancient culture to modern ears. The album is called Midgard, the track we’re hearing is Kassias Saga.

Film star and comedian Bill Murray has just released an album with acclaimed Cellist Jan Vogler. The album is called New Worlds and explores the intersection of classical music and American literature. Murray's narration and singing is dispersed throughout the music and reflects many aspects of American culture including the experiences of African Americans and immigrants. The album illuminates literary and musical mastery in a new way and is unprecedented among artists of this prestige. The album is called New Worlds, the track we’re hearing is The Swan/Blessing of the Boats.

Multi-national New York based gypsy punks Gogol Bordello have just released their first album in four years called Seekers and Finders. Frontman Eugene Hutz, a self proclaimed immigrant punk who has been leading the group for nearly two decades says the album is personal, “It's high-energy, it's storytelling, it's expressive on all topics. I think the value of experience driven art is increasing because, due to technology, we are having fewer real life experiences”.

Republique Amazone is the first album from the all female West African music collective known as Les Amazones d'Afrique, or The Amazons of Africa. The Group uses their music to campaign for gender equality and address beliefs that perpetuate disempowerment and violence against women. They take their name from the Dahomey Amazons, Women warriors who roamed Benin for 200 years. Their sound is the sound of the diaspora of African music returning home, reclaiming traditional sounds outside of genre and time.