| Aug 12, 2001

Take time to stop and hear the music

by Paul Fisher

As your Music Nomad is wandering back to the U.K., this will be my last column. Thanks for taking the trouble to read it over the years; hopefully some of you have enjoyed seeing the concerts recommended. Taraf de Haidouks (top), Esma (middle) and Kocani ...

| Jul 8, 2001

Where Nas is coming from

by Paul Fisher

One of the most unlikely roots music success stories of recent years has been Olu Dara's 1998 album, "In the World: From Natchez to New York." Even more surprising than the spontaneous ease with which he combined blues, folk, Afro and Caribbean styles, or ...

| May 13, 2001

Lonesome Strings come out of the shadows

by Paul Fisher

Like anyone who's really good at something, Yoshiki Sakurai makes it look easy. On stage, as he lets fly with complicated riffs and rhythms in any variety of styles, he stands expressionless. Lonesome Strings: (l to r) Genichi Tamura, Satoshi Hara, Yoshiki Sakurai and Takayoshi ...

| Apr 8, 2001

Moreno comes of age

by Paul Fisher

Escaping paternal shadows can be tricky for a musician, especially if that musician's name happens to be Lennon, Marley or Dylan. Brazil's Moreno Veloso, however, probably shares more in common with Nigeria's Femi Kuti. Both are sons of superstars in their native countries who ...

| Mar 27, 2001

Tradition and innovation in modern Celtic music

by Paul Fisher

Julie Murphy and Sharon Shannon are two of the most talented, forward-looking and musically challenging women in Celtic music. Both have captured the spirit of the times, setting a benchmark for a new generation of musicians in their respective traditions. They will soon be ...

| Mar 13, 2001

Checkered history lives in a motley crew

by Paul Fisher

Chindon-ya (brass, wind and percussion bands peddling goods or services on the streets) might not immediately spring to mind as a part of Japanese musical "tradition." Indeed, chindon has never been fully recognized as even a legitimate form of music. Cicala Mvta's Wataru Ohkuma on ...

| Feb 27, 2001

Making music in no-man's land

by Paul Fisher

Through my work in the music industry, I have secured record deals with local labels for foreign musicians and have organized releases and tours overseas. As a columnist and DJ, I've been sent CDs from countless bands seeking promotion. I know there is no ...

| Feb 12, 2001

Getting back on the right track

by Paul Fisher

In all walks of life, those who make successful comebacks have always been admired. They become figures of resilience with a commendable never-say-die attitude; think Muhammad Ali or even Bill Clinton. Two American singer/songwriter/guitarists have recently made impressive comebacks. Dan Hicks and Geoff Muldaur have ...

| Jan 9, 2001

Hitting the high notes of jazz

by Paul Fisher

At the age of 5 or 6, Cassandra Wilson recalls hearing the music of Miles Davis for the first time. "Sketches of Spain" was part of her father's record collection, himself a jazz musician and was one of the records he would often play ...