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Chicago World Music Festival To Broadcast Radio Interviews And Performances On Local Radio
Published August 31, 2006

Intimate interviews and performances by Sara Tavares, Otto, Paul Brody's Sadawi, Rob Curto's Forro for All, Slonovski Bal, Natacha Atlas, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Debashish Bhattacharya to air on WLUW and WNUR.

As part of the eighth annual multi-venue World Music Festival: Chicago 2006, the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, will host live broadcast radio interviews weekdays in the Claudia Cassidy Theater from September 14 - 21.

Intimate interviews and performances by festival musicians including Radio Maqam, Erkan Ogur, Hu Vibrational, Sara Tavares, Otto, Paul Brody's Sadawi, Rob Curto's Forro for All, Slonovski Bal, Natacha Atlas, Born Into Brothels Ensemble, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Descemer Bueno, Fiamma Fumana, KAL, Aurelio Martinez: Garifuna Soul, Curumin, Gjallarhorn, Aza, and Debashish Bhattacharya with Subhasis and Sutapa Bhattacharya are scheduled weekdays at either 11 am (broadcast live on the world music show "The Mosaic Program" on WLUW 88.7 FM) or at 12:30 pm (broadcast live on Northwestern University's world music program "Continental Drift" on WNUR 89.3 FM).

Organized by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the weeklong World Music Festival showcases both traditional and contemporary music from many of the world's diverse cultures.  Festival events include a mix of free and ticketed concerts, live radio broadcasts and educational workshops presented in museums, parks, cultural centers, plazas, theaters, bookstores, clubs and other venues throughout Chicago.

World Music Festival: Chicago 2006 is made possible with generous support from the Chicago Office of Tourism; The Boeing Company; The Comer Science & Education Foundation; a grant from the Governor's International Arts Exchange Program of the Illinois Arts Council; United Airlines "Chicago's Hometown Airline," the official airline sponsor; and Chicago Public Radio WBEZ 91.5 FM, official radio sponsor.  Additional support provided by from Borders Books & Music and Lonely Planet.

Call the World Music Festival: Chicago 2006 hotline at 312.742.1938 or visit for more information and a complete festival schedule.


Thursday, September 14, 11 am - noon (WLUW 88.7 FM): Radio Maqam
Chicago-based group, Radio Maqam, focuses on studying and performing maqam (traditionally formed by Arabic scales) music. From the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara to the Arabian Gulf and the banks of the Euphrates to Greece and parts of Eastern Europe, musicians have adapted the maqam system to fit their own regional and traditional musical criterion and taste. Radio Maqam tracks and performs those musical traditions while raising the work to its highest artistic potential.
Thursday, September 14, 12:30 pm - 2 pm (WNUR 89.3 FM): Erkan Ogur
Hailing from Elazig, East Anatolia, Turkey, Erkan Ogur learned violin as a child and cumbus (a small fretless lute), from local musicians playing traditional dances at weddings. He plays in …ztŸrk's brilliant Bengi saz Trio. His group, Telvin Trio, delivers concentrated and freewheeling improvisations, in the spirit of jazz greats John Coltrane and Bill Evans, based on the traditional maqam (formed by Arabic scales) system.

Friday, September 15, 11 am - noon (WLUW 88.7 FM): Hu Vibrational / Sara Tavares
Hu Vibrational consists of renowned percussionist Adam Rudolph and celebrated modern jazz drummer Hamid Drake, both were also founding members of Chicago's Mandingo Griot Society. Rudolph and Drake perform music on a variety of ethnic percussion including kalimba, cajon, Udu drum, qarqarba, slit drum, gimbre, Dusu'ngoni, talking drum, surdo and even bamboo flutes. They will be joined by Ammoncontact, who will add electronic beats, and texture to the organic rhythms of Hu Vibrational.

At 16, Sara Tavares won two of Portugal's most prestigious TV music contests. The daughter of second-generation Cape Verdian immigrants, Sara grew up between the culture of Africa and Portugal. Initiall