The 3rd annual Seabright Stringfest is a cavalcade of continuous acoustic music. This FREE event features 10 bands: Earl, Adrienne, Myles (oldtime rags); The Wakerobins (Americana/oldtimey); Theo and Dave (traditional Irish); Happy Chappies (traditional world music); The Percolators (Quebecois, oldtimey and traditional world music); Ragged But Right (oldtimey); Suzanne and Jim (traditional Americana roots); Redwood Ramblers (oldtimey); Earl White Stringband (oldtimey) and Bean Creek (bluegrass). The Seabright Stringfest takes place his Saturday, April 19th from 11 am-10 pm on the Seabright Brewery/Java Junction Patio in Santa Cruz.
Top 40 radio played the instrumental “Grazing in the Grass” to death in 1968. Many adventurous music fans got to see South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela the year before right here. Masekela and his band were featured performers at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. He also provided the trumpet solo for The Byrds’ “So You Want To Be A Rock & Roll Star”. Fast forward to an incredibly diverse career – helping to free Nelson Mandela, joining Paul Simon on the breakthrough world music of “Graceland”, working on the Broadway musical “Sarafina”, writing his biography – and you begin to see what a treasure Hugh Masekela has been to the world of music and South African culture. Join his 75th Birthday Celebration at the intimate Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz Monday, March 24th. Showtimes are 7 and 9 pm; best get tickets in advance for this birthday party.
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
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