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Playlist: Background Music for November

Compiled By: Joan VanBuskirk

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Feast for the Ears -- PRX Picks
North African Music

A Feast for the Ears

From WGUC/ WVXU | 01:56:31

A Feast for the Ears celebrates Thanksgiving with music that sets the atmosphere and reflections that provide deeper meaning to the holiday. A two-hour program.

Default-piece-image-2 As families come together and give thanks, A Feast for the Ears helps set the atmosphere and provide deeper meaning to the Thanksgiving holiday. A two-hour program, A Feast for the Ears reflects on the rich history and traditions of this well-loved American holiday and highlights music by American composers such as Aaron Copeland, Virgil Thomson, William Billings and Charles Ives, along with some undiscovered treasures by Rick Sowash and Mark O?Connor. Host Mark Perzel presents a melodic and intriguing exploration of Thanksgiving history, lore and roots in early European harvest festivals, as well as a thoughtful examination of the holiday's evolution and contemporary traditions.

Music Styles of the Arab World

From Richard Paul | 14:42

Musicians from across the Arab World join Georges Collinet to demonstrate musical culture of diverse Arabic nations.

Moroccan_small Musicians from across the Arab World join Georges Collinet to discuss and demonstrate the diverse musical culture of diverse Arabic nations, their common musical roots, and where they believe Arabic music is headed.

Instruments and Rhythms of the Arab World

From Richard Paul | 13:31

Georges Collinet on the instruments and rhythms of the Arab World

Violin_small Host Georges Collinet (Afropop Worldwide) explores the fascinating history and sounds of musical instruments of the Arab World, many of which are direct ancestors of modern Western musical instruments.

What Makes Arabic Music Unique?

From Richard Paul | 12:07

Georges Collinet on the unique elements of Arabic musical culture

Horsemen_w-swords_small Georges Collinet is joined by scholars and musicians to explore unique elements of Arabic musical culture, including improvisation, ornamentation, audience participation, and the state of "musical ecstasy."