Friday, April 06, 2007

John McLaughlin, Dominique di Piazza and Trilok Gurtu - Que Alegria

Joe Zawinul and Trilok Gurtu - Orient Express

Part 1

Part 2

GRP All-Star Big Band - Blue Train

Personnel: John Patitucci, Dave Weckl, Russell Ferrante, Arturo Sandoval, Randy Brecker, Chuck Findley, Byron Stripling, George Bohanon, Eric Marienthal, Nelson Rangel, Ernie Watts, Bob Mintzer, Tom Scott, Dave Grusin, Gary Burton, Eddie Daniels, Phillip Bent.

Charles Lloyd's trio Sangam

"Multi-reedist, percussionist, and pianist Charles Lloyd, Zakir Hussain (tablas/sufi vocals) and Eric Harland (drums/percussion/piano) form Sangam - a trio meshing the sensibilities of world music and open-minded jazz to form a confluence of sounds."

Part 1 - Dancing On One Foot

Part 2 - Nataraj

The Marx Brothers - Animal Crackers (1930)

Levent Altındağ (flute) with Passiflora - Rio Ancho (Paco De Lucia)

Levent Altındağ on MySpace

Vladiswar Nadishana's Music instruments (Siberia, Russia)

Vladiswar Nadishana on MySpace

Global Warming

TEDTalks, Helen Fisher - Why we love... and why we cheat. The science.

"Anthropologist Helen Fisher explains the bio-chemical foundations of love (and lust), explaining why we commit and why we cheat. She also delivers a grave warning about anti-depressants and the way they tamper with the natural course of love. Fisher is an anthropologist with Rutgers University, specializing in gender differences and the evolution of human emotions. Her most recent book is "Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love." (Recorded February 2006 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 24:13)"

The Human Sexes - Part Six - The Gender Wars

"Written and presented by Desmond Morris (1997). Do you know what side of the Battle Of The Sexes you're on? You might be stunned by this eye-opening look at the recent struggle for equality between the sexes. Originally, there was a primitive balance between the sexes, but when people left the village for the city, the natural balance disappeared. Find out the origins of honeymoons and other tools of male dominance like wedding rings and female circumcision. Travel to Finland for the annual wife-carrying contest celebrating the capture of women from other villages. follow the rise of feminism, from turn-of-the-century suffragettes to the National Organization for Women. Visit the front lines of the gender wars with female stock traders and female firefighters who parachute into blazing California forests. Pay attention: what you learn here may just help you survive The Gender Wars."

Arundhati Roy - We

"In 1997 Arundhati Roy won the Booker Prize for her novel "The God of Small Things". In 2004 she was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize.

"The film examines the widely unregarded worlds of Anthropology and Geopolitics in a very dynamic manner, and is probably stylistically quite unlike any documentary that you have previously seen.

"It covers the world politics of power, war, corporations, deception and exploitation. It is particularly hard hitting when it comes to the United States and western powers in general.

"Its unconventional style has proven to be very successful in engaging younger viewers - many of whom find more traditional content dealing with these subjects quite dry and uninteresting. It is almost in the style of a music video, featuring contemporary music (lush, curve, love & rockets, boards of canada, nine inch nails, dead can dance, amon tobin, massive attack, totoise, telepop, placebo and faith less) overlaid with the words of Arundhati Roy, and images of humanity and the world we live in today."

TEDTalks - Explorer Wade Davis on our amazing "ethnosphere"

"In this stunning talk, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the world's indigenous cultures, many of which are disappearing, as ancestral land is lost and languages die. (50 percent of the world's 6000 languages are no longer taught to children.) Against a backdrop of extraordinary photos and stories that ignite the imagination, Davis argues that we should be concerned not only for preserving the biosphere, but also the "ethnosphere," which he describes as "the sum total of all thoughts and dreams, myths, ideas, inspirations, intuitions brought into being by the human imagination since the dawn of consciousness." An anthropologist and botanist by training, Davis has traveled the world, living among indigenous cultures. He's written several books, including The Serpent and the Rainbow and Light at the Edge of the World. (Recorded February 2003 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 22:44)"

The Sumerian Origin Of Humans

"Do you believe that humanity could have sprung from ancient astronauts? Is it possible that ancient Sumerian tablets clearly contain an illustration of our solar system? Is there even the slightest possibility that Stargate was based on a true story?

"Evidence of a civilization ruled by emissaries from another world are revealed in the ancient tablets of man. Historian and Archeologist Zecharia Sitien uncovers the lost and hidden archives of the Annunaki: Extra-planetary visitors who over 6,000 years ago inspired what is thought to be the earliest civilization known to man; Sumeria. From the sacred stone tablets of this culture, many of the teachings of the earliest inventors, philosophers and biblical scholars once thought mythical, are now known to be true. Where did these Anunaki come from? Sitien says and NASA scientists concur, that there may be a mysterious 10th member to our solar system: The planet the Sumerians called, Nibiru."