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Croatia

After several days searching, I thought was going to get nowhere with Croatia. This tour began as an exploration of the coasts of the countries that are washed by the Med, but for this next section of the journey I am taking music from anywhere in the country I am exploring.  I was just about ready to give up when I remembered the most underused resource in this journey – Ethnocloud.

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Slovenia

So far … so good, but time to review the rules. To this point, the Mediterranean make-believe expedition has concentrated on coastal towns and regions. I don’t know whether I will be quite so strict for the second part of the trip beginning here in Slovenia where there is more to music than Laibach. A small country, but a big diversity of music.

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All the way to Venice (and Trieste)

Almost the last part of the of the Italian leg (sorry!) of this imaginary Mediterranean journey. Leaving Apulia and moving north, the plan now is to add “all of the rest” of the music that I have left behind so far, or can’t get a fix on exactly where musicians are from.  The playlist is varied and draws mainly from the north east of Italy, but a few additions picked up along the way.

Eventually, Southern Italy, but not just now

It’s always the same. When I get excited about music I want to share it immediately. Even though, on this invented trip around the Med., I still have to pass through Rome and Italy, I’ve already discovered some of the music of Southern Italy. It is the most exciting I have heard on this voyage of the imagination. And I have to share some of it with you now.

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Italy – North West – Nord Ovest

Leaving Monaco with an Italian novel in my hand (set in Monaco) heading for North West Italy and music from Liguria, Lombardy,  Piedmont, Milan and Bologna.

Mediterranean France

My imaginary Mediterranean music tour continues. It was music from this region that twanged my interest in the search-the-Med-for-music trip. I have no idea how or when I came across them. The first is Dupain. who led me to La Mal Coiffée a book called Total Chaos and another band IAM. Here’s the story and the music.

Adéu a Catalunya, Adiós España

I have tried very hard to trim down the playlists from Mediterranean Spain. I was aiming for 20. The final list has 50 and there were more I wanted to include. It is almost three hours long. I won’t be doing the same on YouTube.

The book for this first section is Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones. Marvellous. A challenging 700+ pages, but a beautiful read.

Mediterranean Music – Catalonia

Catalonia, do you have a lot of music; and even more diversity than I was expecting, and a lot of protest which I suppose I was expecting. And there is Arabic, African, Chanteuse, Jazz (of many types), electro, experimental, early medieval European and some decidedly uncharacteristically odd without category. And a 3 hour playlist.

Mediterranean Music – Valencia

So far the best discovery of all the music in Valencia is the preservation and performance of early Spanish Music. The key figures seem to be based around one band, L’Ham de Foc and one individual in particular, Efrén López, who links to music well beyond Spain, into Persian, Ottoman genres. Also on the early music list are Mara Aranda and Capella de Ministrers.

Mediterranean Music – Andalusia Part 1

In the last post my imaginary journey was a walk through the border between Gibraltar and Spain. My intention was first to travel east exploring the sounds of Andalusia. And I will. But just as I was leaving the Rock, I read about Gibraltar Productions who run the Gibraltar World Music Festival. One of the artists that they represent is Jose Carlos Gomez. He is from Algeciras 20 kilometers on the other side of the Bay of Gibraltar.

Exploring the music of the Mediterranean

This will be a tour I would love to take in real time; I doubt if I ever will. Our starting point and finish line are The Pillars of Hercules. The route is Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Libya, Malta, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. I have all the time in the world.

Music: Jupiter Okwess

Three years ago, when he released his international debut album Hotel Univers, it seemed that Jupiter Bokondji would be the new hero of the African music scene. Here, after all, was a Kinshasa veteran with a real sense of danger in his singing, who had proved equally exhilarating playing live. Now, at last, comes the follow-up, and though it’s a six-track mini-album.

Free Music Archive

  Lets talk about Music In this edition of Podcasting For I’m talking to Cheyenne Hohman, the Managing Director of the Free Music Archive When I started planning this Podcasting For podcast, I searched around the Internet to find music I could use. I knew expensive licences were needed for using commercial music. Read about Read more about Free Music Archive[…]

off topic podcast

Brexit and the Creative Industries: a perspective from Ireland

I don’t intend discussing Brexit, but I offer this link to anyone interested in listening. How might musicians and Film and TV makers be affected by Brexit as seen from Dublin? It is a podcast from the Irish Times. “The Brexit effect seems to have cast a shadow of confusion and foreboding over most industries Read more about Brexit and the Creative Industries: a perspective from Ireland[…]

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Patetico: from Slovenia and cooler than the Sava during the spring thaw

I found this band and album by jumping from link to link, suggestion to suggestion. starting with Laibach, through to Melodrom and the next step was Patetico. It looks like the album “Vse je v redu z mojo dušo” (Everything in my soul is good) is their first, but I can’t find out much on this Read more about Patetico: from Slovenia and cooler than the Sava during the spring thaw[…]

Dupain: From Marseilles, “Occitan” and “Celtique” music mixed with electronics and noise

It is not easy to find information (in English) about Dupain. In my continuing search to find really interesting music that I’ve not heard before, this Occitan band is my next stop, and I might hang around here for a while. Since their reformation in 2011 they have been experimenting with electronic, jazz and experimental noise. The most recent studio album is La Sòrga which I have been listening to over the last few days.