This talented 11th generation Sufi singer followed custom and tradition; he was trained at a young age by his father. After working with many different musicians while touring around the world, Ali Khan has skillfully blended Western influences into his traditional Sufi and classical Hindustani training. Now embarking upon his Bay Area Laaj Tour, Ali Khan will be at The 418 Project in downtown Santa Cruz Saturday, November 16th at 7 pm. If you are an alert KZSC world music show listener, you might just win a pair of tickets…stay tuned!
As we welcome back new and returning banana slugs for the school year, we here at The Great 88 would like to take the time to remember a very special member of our KZSC family who is missed very, very much.
This fall quarter, Annais Rittenberg would have been completing her senior year at UC Santa Cruz. She joined KZSC as a freshman and hosted shows such as Gypsy Caravan, Cajun Spice, and most recently, Global Grooves. Her passion for diverse sounds from various cultures also led to her serving a term as World Music Director.
I was lucky enough to know Annais and briefly interned with her in the world music department. From the moment my intimidated, silent freshman self met her she was incredibly outgoing and kind, and full of joy unlike anyone I have met to this day. Her passion for life and for those around her was very clear, from sharing her vast knowledge of music over the airwaves to excitedly talking about upcoming travel plans, to being genuinely interested in hearing about whatever minor things I had been up to. Annais’s pure enthusiasm was quite contagious and always spread to me whenever I got to see her. But of course, I am far from the only one who has been, and continues to be greatly influenced by her radiant spirit.
“Twenty-one is way too young to die.
An act of random cruelty stole Annais Rittenberg’s life and robbed the
world of someone special.
I have no plans to forgive the natural forces responsible for her death.
But now that Annais is gone, I am grateful that I had the privilege of
Annais was a free spirit and very easy to like. Her love for animals
testifies to the purity of her heart. Her subtle smile always reassured
the recipient: “We are friends.”
I read that more than 600 people attended the memorial for Annais in
Berkeley. Evidently, she spent her whole life making friends. Her untimely death leaves many admirers deeply saddened.
We miss her. We miss her a lot.”
– Arthur O’Sullivan
“Annais, Valerie Ross (last year’s station manager), Tyler Wardwell (the first program director), and I went to CMJ October 2011 in New York City. I was stoked. Annais grew up there, and showed us around the city. It was amazing, our little KZSC ragtag team, taking on the big apple, with a local on our side. I’ll never forget, Valerie, Annais, and I, we ate french fries on some stoop in Manhattan. We had a KZSC sticker, the little pink radio monster one. And we tagged the lamp post where we ate our fries. I hope to return to nyc one day, and find that sticker.
She is an amazing person with the only smile I know to make the sun jealous.
I love you Annais. RIP.”
- Jacqueline Culas
”A memorial service for Annais was held at Burning Man 2013 by Annais’ friends from UC Santa Cruz and Camp Tawonga. Loved ones wrote messages for Annais on this memorial piece in the Temple of Whollyness, a sacred space where festival-goers honor deceased loved ones. On the last night of Burning Man the Temple is burned in a cathartic and beautiful ceremony.”
- Julia Fogelson
“Annais was such a beautiful person, and so full of life. Her personality was so infectious it was impossible not to have a smile on your face when talking to her.”
- Lauren Bell
“Whenever I saw Annais around campus, she would always come up to me with a huge smile and act so glad to see me. She always made time to hear about what I’d been up to and you could always tell she was genuinely interested in what I had to say, too. She was probably one of the top 5 nicest and sincere people I’ve ever met, and it seemed like no matter what, everyday was the best day ever for her. And she smelled nice.” - Cody Delaney
“Love is a place
& through this place of
(with brightness of peace)
yes is a world
& in this world of yes live
- e.e. cummings (sent by Alison Irwin)
“Annais shared the microphone with me for Global Grooves this past school year. No matter how much work we were swamped with, we always were excited to get on the airwaves and have a blast every show, even if it was Sunday, a night usually reserved for last minute cramming for us collegiate types. Through our two hour set we explored cultures far different from our own on the radio; and off the air we learned more about each other both as DJs and friends. Annais made every single minute memorable on the airwaves, whether it was her giggly disposition or rather enlightening philosophies of life. She showed me so much music that not even KZSC legend David Anton Savage himself would know, and I returned the favor; thus we entered into a fruitful relationship as friends, but with a deeper musical connection. Annais would always catch certain things about songs I would never even consider, and compared them to textures or colors. To her, music painted a picture and she was able to convey this to me and give me a whole different perspective on music from what I had always been taught as a musician myself. Both Annais and I went to an arts high school, so we connected on so many levels besides music that sometimes it just felt unreal. Annais is one of my greatest friends, and I think that in her absence it is important to appreciate her attitude in life to help make us all better people. She was always joyful, radiant, effervescent, kind, loving, and peaceful. Annais appreciated all those around her, whether people, animals, or trees. We need to live like she did and always have a look on the lighter side of things, while living life in the moment and with extreme compassion and love towards all things.”
- Nikki Mokover
”You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.”
- Mary Oliver (sent by Alison Irwin)
The last week of August’s new world, yo! Chico Trujillo and Gogol Bordello getting the top spots, Femi Kuti still a fav!
1 CHICO TRUJILLO Gran Pecador Barbes
2 GOGOL BORDELLO Pura Vida Conspiracy ATO
3 FEMI KUTI No Place For My Dream Knitting Factory
4 VIEUX FARKA TOURE Mon Pays Six Degrees
5 BOMBINO Nomad Nonesuch
6 GEOFF BERNER When DD gets her Donkey
7 PSOY KOROLENKO & OY DIVISION Dicunt
8 RED BARAAT Big Talk Sinj
9 EMPRESARIOS El Sonido Magico Fort Knox
10 ZAZ Recto Verso
Adds: Alex Cuba with new album “Ruido En El Sistema / Static In The System”
Fanfare Ciocarlia – whose name translates as “lark’s song”, are from the village of Zece Prajini in north eastern Romania. With humble beginnings as musicians performing at local weddings, this group is full of vigor and daring. They are known for such idiosyncrasies as their well worn instruments, impromptu blasts from horns and clarinets, and going sheet music-less. A great driving, staccato and high energy style, they bring to all their music and interpretations. Fanfare Ciocarlia makes their Santa Cruz debut ”for a Saturday night Balkan Brass dance party” at Moe’s Alley Saturday, July 20th. Doors open at 7:30; music at 8:30 pm.
here, is Fanfare Ciocarlia’s special twist on the “007″ James Bond theme
The Summer Equinox approaches. What better way to bring in the season than to make some music? Matthew Montfort of the world music group Ancient Future and author of “Ancient Traditions: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India” will present a world rhythm workshop Saturday afternoon June 22nd at Gryphon Strings. His book, which is the basis for this workshop, received rave reviews. Seats are limited; to reserve a space call Gryphon at 650-493-2131. Gryphon Strings is located at 211 Lambert Avenue in Palo Alto. More details can be found on Facebook
Here’s Montfort’s contemplations on Jimi Hendrix and the classical Indian tradition of the Raga.
Have you ever played the board game ‘Risk’? It’s actually pretty fun. This game, invented by French film director Albert Lamorisse, was originally released as La Conquête du Monde in 1957, and it is one of the longest board game you will ever play. Monopoly might also take a pretty long time to finish, but I wouldn’t know.
(Seeing as I’ve never had the patience to finish a game.)
A simple Google search will show you how the list of the longest play time board games all circle around themes that have engulfed humanity for years, and we’ve yet to win the game. Namely, that of gaining power; as we can see in the war theme of Risk, or Axis and Allies, and the economic theme of Monopoly.
It’s been these struggles and flows that have pushed new forms in shaping us. We have the power to turn obstacles into feats.
The music of the world-music; our most creative form of self and collective expression-is hugely reflective of these pressures and radical shifts in our world’s being. I am particularly fond of music from the Caribbean and the Bahamas. The strange and beautiful complexities of a world soup with a flavor absolutely unique to it. Location and history have given development to music with Latin, European, African, and some Native influences. The recent task of organizing our world music collection brought with it the controversies and questions of…”what goes where?” Where can you make the separations so that it is accurately reflective of the music, and also easy to understand (without needing extensive knowledge of history and geography). The world then isn’t what the world is now. It’s always a “what if” world of possibilities. What if Columbus had better known what he was doing? What if the Taíno people of the Bahamas had a stronger population today? What myriad of styles would could be united? It’s just like when you consider who you are as a person. What if you weren’t ever bullied? What if you hadn’t gone through that “emo” phase? What if your parents had decided not to move into the city after all? What if you hadn’t taken the spontaneous decision to talk to that strange kid from your core class? What if you hadn’t gotten lost and discovered that beautiful park, or that awesome record store? You never know. You can just push through and continue to develop.
Today, the trend towards communication globalization and the spread of the internet means new information and advances can spread fast. “World Music” isn’t just music from different parts of the world, but the world exploring itself through music. Here at KZSC, we might receive music from a French Jazz artist who has been able to explore African and Latin aspects, fallen in love with this artist or style, – which she might not have ever been able to hear about in a different time- delve into the richness of it, and use it to influence her artistic work. And think of the worldwide society of different tinkerers throughout time! From Ben Franklin’s first work on electricity, russian inventor Leon Theremin’s instrument, and Daphne Oram’s new methods of composition… As well as creating a whole new genre of music, technology has led to interesting electronic takes on traditional folk music. And who takes credit for this? No one country can precisely claim the electronic movement.
Risk, with a world reflection reminiscent of that from George Orwell’s 1984, is a game where players attempt to grab,separate, and hold the world. The power of music seeks to stand tall in its original context, and yet be shared.
As the world changes and struggles; so too it can learn and grow.