Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #275

08-24-17  Today on Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #275 we present an our of improvised music and songs by Mariam Massaro played live at Singing Brook Studio with special guests Gabriel Howearth on rattles and shakers and Dave Davenport on percussion and fretless bass.  The Gaea Star Band are Mariam Massaro on vocals, acoustic guitar, celtic harp, native flute, ukulele and harmonica, Bob Sherwood on piano and Craig Harris on congas and drums.  We begin with the summery, expansive “Rising Into Life” which features Mariam’s percussive ukulele and interesting chordal hooks from Bob on piano.  “Oh The Rain’s Soaking” is an ode to 2017’s rainy summer, and is a lovely, meditative piece with deep drum pulses from Craig and a fine vocal from Mariam.  “Moon Mistress Of The Night” is a lush, peaceful midnight ode with gorgeous native flute interjections from Mariam and a driving pulse from Craig on congas.  We conclude the show with two of Mariam’s songs, the inspiring, elegiac “Freedom” and the folk singalong “Sing Down The Walls”.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio #274

08-17-17  Gaea Star Crystal Radio #274 features songs and acoustic improvisations from The Gaea Star Band as well as special guests Gino Cicchetti on mandolin, flute and 12-string guitar and Gabriel Howearth on shakers and rattles.  Recorded live at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Mass on a hot July day, Mariam Massaro is featured on vocals, kalimba, celtic harp, acoustic guitar, native flute and chorango, Craig Harris on congas and balaphone and Bob Sherwood on piano.  Today we begin with the lovely, lazy summer ode “Sweet Summertime” which floats in on waves of harp and kalimba from Mariam and expressive slide mandolin from Gino.  “Guided By The Truth Of Love” is a folky ballad with a rich arrangement featuring balaphone from Craig and a gorgeous melody from Mariam.  “This Time” is a beautiful, lilting piece with a characteristically lovely, visionary vocal from Mariam, lithe piano from Bob and swells of slide mandolin from Gino.  A blues vibe forms the framework for the rocking “Growing Into Wonder”, characterizes by driving, strumming rhythm work from Mariam on acoustic guitar and Gino on mandolin,  “I Am The Future” features an interesting arrangement from the band with Gino unleashing jazzy licks from his flute as Mariam drives the rhythm with her lustrous, chugging chorango.  “Rainbows Across The Sky” is introduced by a lone chorango from Mariam, quickly joined by Gino on 12-string over an elemental, steady conga groove from Craig.  The stately minor-leaning piece carries hints of Indian music and drifts unhurriedly away into the mist of the summer evening.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #273

08-03-17  Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #273 was recorded on a warm, rainy day at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington MA and features the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, chorango, acoustic guitar and ukulele, Craig Harris on congas and Bob Sherwood on piano.  Guests today include Sondra Lewis on vocals and Dave Davenport on fretless bass.  We begin with the languid “Oh The Rain”, a three-way conversation between Mariam, Sondra and Mariam’s lyrical native flute.  “Bring In The Beauty” features Mariam’s chiming acoustic guitar and fine rhythm from Craig with Sondra on shaker and “Have You Ever Wondered” is a meditative ballad with visionary lyrics from Mariam and lovely harmonic interjections from Sondra.  “Carry Me Inside You Heart” is a sweeping, romantic improvisation with an impassioned vocal from Mariam and lyrical fretless from Dave.  “Alohahey” and “Pele” are gems from the Hawaiian Islands with fine vocal work from Mariam and Sondra.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #272

07-27-17  Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #272 was recorded live at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, MA and features the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, acoustic guitar, ukulele, native flute and dulcimer, Craig Harris on congas and balaphone and Bob Sherwood on piano.  Today’s first piece is the sprightly, modal tone poem “Boomerang” which sports an descending-ascending chordal figure that plays on the title, as well as a bluesy vocal from Mariam.  “The Sound Of Sweetness” is an outgrowth of the first piece that gradually widens in scope and solidifies the various movements of “Boomerang”.  “Freedom Within” is a delicate, floating piece built around Mariam’s gospel ukulele chords and an elegiac, gradually transforming piano motif from Bob.  “Blessed By Our Life” is a reboot of the same track from 2012’s “The Best Of The Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour”, given a driving rhythm section by Mariam’s chiming dulcimer and steady, energized congas from Craig.  “Hold Me” and “Twin Flames” are both new takes of tracks from Mariam’s “Smooth Sailin’ Love Songs” the former taken as an acoustic-guitar led ballad and the second maintaining the dramatic waltz arrangement of the original.