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David Dalle
The differences found in music and common threads which bind cultures and traditions together.
Hosted by: David Dalle
Airs: Every Thursday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Come to enjoy and understand the multitude of different musical responses to this shared experience of life, which binds us all together. Expect music from every continent and almost every tradition which exists in sound recordings, played uncut, in their entirety.

David Dalle

Date Host Highlight On Demand
Jun. 20, 2019 David Dalle Kayhan Kalhor's latest cross-cultural collaboration with the Dutch Rembrandt Frerichs jazz trio. Cosmic jazz, Cuban beauty and Peruvian psychedelic Cumbia.
Jun. 13, 2019 David Dalle Electric Guitars Over Africa: electric guitar-driven music from west and central Africa, Niger, Mali, Senegal, Mauritania, the Congo and elsewhere.
Jun. 6, 2019 David Dalle The 6th of 12 exceptional concert recordings for 2019: One of the final recordings from the great Astor Piazzolla. The new album from Kamancello. Music for D-Day.
May. 30, 2019 David Dalle Kamancello returns! Kamancello will be performing live in-studio!
May. 23, 2019 Steve Kirkland Shakti live in 1997 and 1999. Then traditional folk, classical, neo-classical and experimental musics from Sweden, from mid-1950s to 1980.
May. 16, 2019 David Dalle Mahler's most enigmatic symphony, his 7th, in a new recording with Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra will be performing Mahler's 7th in Ottawa on May 22nd. Youssou N'Dour's brand new album.

"We all give meaning to all music we listen. Part of the creativity is in the listening. And I think listeners often forget that, that listening is a creative experience." -Eddie Prévost

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25 years on-air at CKCU!! I have been hosting a weekly show on CKCU FM since 1994 and the Thursday afternoon time slot since 1995.  Over this time the foundation of this program has remained the same: this show is based on the ideal of maximum diversity and an all-encompassing love of music. I firmly believe it is the difference between people and cultures which provides the necessary richness to life. I believe that through examining the apparent differences found in music by highlighting the salient aspects of a piece or a tradition, it is possible to discover common threads which bind disparate cultures and traditions together. (For example, discovering the similar effects achieved through different means by an unaccompanied violin sonata by Bach and a Baluchistani Sufi trance piece played on Sorud). Music is not a universal language, but it is universal. It is my hope that through exposure to the world of music, the listener can come to enjoy and understand the multitude of different musical responses to this shared experience of life, which binds us all together.

The show does have a few dominant trends:  Persian, Arabic, Indian, and Central-Asian traditions feature prominently, as well as Roma music from throughout Europe, and the astonishing diversity and richness from all over Africa.  The European Classical tradition also takes a significant place in my show. Most prominently is my love for the piano. I have built up a significant collection of piano recordings and you will probably hear something every week.  Featuring particularly an extensive interest in the music of Franz Liszt, as well as programming rarely heard repertoire and obscure composers of piano music from the 18th century to the present day. In 2011 the music of Liszt was explored extensively into very rare reaches of his enormous repertoire in celebration of the bicentenniel of his birth. Starting in 2011 with exceptional and historic recordings of the 9 symphonies of Gustav Mahler, I try to program a symphonic cycle each year. 2012 had the 7 symphonies of Jean Sibelius, 2013 the 9 symphonies of Alfred Schnittke, 2016 the 6 symphonies of Krystopf Penderecki, 2017/8 had the 15 symphonies of Dmitri Shostakovich.

Another important feature is to note that excerpts are rarely heard on this show. Pieces are always played uncut, in their entirety, whether this may mean a 45 minute piano concerto, 70 minute Indian raga, or a 2 hour Sufi ceremony. Live releases, whatever the tradition, are often presented as complete concerts.

In-depth interviews with many first class national and international musicians are also a regular feature. interviews have included Pejman Hadadi, Mehmet Sanlikol, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Christina Petrowska Quilico, Giora Fiedman, Ba Cissoko, Shujaat Hussein Khan, Vine Bhide, Christos Hatzis, Lilya Zilberstein, Daniel Gordon, Marco Parisotti, Constantine Caravassilis, Matt Haimovitz, Brave Old World, Houshang Kamkar, Kayhan Kalhor, and many others.

There is music featured from every continent and almost every tradition which exists in sound recordings, and I try to squeeze in as much as I can. Over 2 years of programs are always available to listen on-demand!

The opening theme is "Arbos for brass and percussion" (1986) by Estonian composer Arvo Part, from an ECM recording of the same name performed by Brass Ensemble Staatsorchester Stuttgart recorded 1987.