Following is a listing of the musical selections airing
on Echoes for the week of February 7-11, 2005. The dates
on the playlists are the dates the programs are distributed to
stations. Please check the program ID number to verify the
program if your station broadcasts the program on a different
day than it is distributed.
FEATURES FOR THE WEEK
WILL ACKERMAN: GHOSTS RETURNING Will Ackerman is nominated for a Grammy Award this year. He's
best known as a guitarist and founder of Windham Hill Records.
He's released many albums and influenced a generation, launching
a renaissance of finger-style guitar. On his latest CD, RETURNING
(Mary's Tree/Decca), Ackerman returns to favorite songs from across
his career, but at the same time he explores his musical past,
he uncovers his psychological past as well, including sexual abuse
and the suicide of his stepmother. These themes are a subtext
of Ackerman's instrumental music from songs like "The Impending
Death of the Virgin Spirit" to naming his new label, Mary's
Tree, after his mother. We hear ghosts with Will Ackerman.
FEBRUARY CD OF THE MONTH
HAROLD BUDD: AVALON SUTRA Harold Budd is a pioneer of ambient chamber music. He was
already doing it in southern California long before he met Brian
Eno, but his albums with the ambient godfather, PLATEAUX OF MIRROR
and THE PEARL remain signposts of modern music. Now the 68 year
old composer has decided to call it quits and he's released AVALON
SUTRA as his swansong. It's an album of deeply melancholy moods
and pensive atmospheres that would be the highwater mark of most
musicians' careers. It's Echoes February CD of the Month.
COUNTING DOWN TO ZERO ONE Zero One is the recording persona of Kevin Dooley, a reclusive
electronic musician. When we met him in 2001, he was spinning
out ambient designs from an anonymous loft above a car stereo
and alarm installation company in the San Bruno, California. He's
since moved to Arkansas. His latest album, PSY-FI, is another
hypnotic and subtly humorous foray into Kevin's mindstate over
the last few years. We take a seat in his Zero One Earth Headquarters
and lift off.
LOREENA MCKENNITT: A JOURNEY TO SOUND & SOUL Loreena McKennitt is steeped in the story-telling traditions
of folk music, the poetry of Tennyson and W.B. Yeats, and a love
of the Celtic harp. She launched her career in 1985 when she released
a cassette of her songs called ELEMENTAL. Now nearly two decades
along, she's an international artist cited by musicians across
the world stage as an influence. It's been 5 years since McKennitt
made an album, but her entire catalog has recently been re-issued.
We look back with Loreena McKennitt on a music that tracks from
Canada to Ireland to Morocco and beyond.
ECHOES AT THE GRAMMIES The Grammy awards isn't all pop, rock and rap, but you'd never
know that from the Grammy telecast. We hear the ambient side of
the Grammy awards, with artists from the Echoes soundscape who
are nominated in Native American, Soundtrack, Jazz and yes, the
New Age category. It's a Grammy soundscape of the imagination,
Echoes Programs for the week of February7-11, 2005
Click on a program number to see that day's playlist.
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your local station if there is some question about what program
was aired on a specific day.
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approximate beginning of that piece of music, represented in minutes
and seconds after the start of the hour.
There are also links to purchase many of the CDs, clicking
the "buy-it" button will take you to an Amazon.com entry
with more information about the CD. If there is no "buy-it"
button, the CD is not currently carried by Amazon.com.
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