Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #270

07-13-17  Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #270 is an hour of lively, imaginative and striking acoustic-based musical improv featuring the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, ukulele, dulcimer and acoustic guitar, Craig Harris on congas and percussion and Bob Sherwood on piano.  Today we feature several of Mariam’s songs and improvised pieces led by her visionary vocals, beginning with the dulcimer-driven celebration of life that is “Happy I Am”, an elegant waltz with a delicate, spiraling vocal from Mariam over a waltzing rhythm section of dulcimer, piano and congas.  “Smile” is another drone-based dulcimer number that evokes the forest in the summer with soaring native flute from Mariam and ever-shifting piano textures from Bob.  “Yemanja” honors the Yoruban Goddess of the Oceans as Mariam delivers a mystical vocal over minor ukulele and alternating swells of jazzy and elemental piano and conga grooves.  A sweeping coda opens up with washes of echo, waves of pure rhythm and insistent, evocative native flute from Mariam.  “Let’s Get It Right” is a beautiful, peaceful ballad with a striking vocal from Mariam built on sheets of chiming acoustic guitar, piano and congas and “Following The Trail Of Light” is pure, stately folk with lush chords and a series of dreamy motifs.  We finish the show today with the haunting, gypsy ballad “How Friends Come And Go”, a midnight evocation of friendship and connection.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #269

07-06-17  Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #269 was recorded on a late June afternoon at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts and features the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, percussion, 12-string acoustic guitar, ukulele and celtic harp, Craig Harris on congas and balaphone and Bob Sherwood on piano.  Today’s first number is Mariam’s beautiful “Let Love Bloom”, a spacious, folk-flavored ballad featuring chiming 12-string Martin guitar and a sweet melody from Mariam.  “Reaching For The Sky” is a minimalist, classically-inflected piece with a soaring melody and ambitious piano from Bob.  “Rain Lullaby” is a little swiss watch of a song from Mariam that blooms into a stately operatic ballad in the hands of the Gaea Star Band with sprightly balaphone from Craig and pretty ukulele from Mariam.  Mariam plays entrancing, far-flung native flute to a dramatic backing of piano and swelling drums on the elementally jazzy “Hiya Maheyo”, a dreamlike prayer to all of life’s journeys.  For the celtic harp-led “Oh The Wind She Loves To Dance”, Mariam plays her harp and records her vocal and flute outside with the sounds of the summer evening accompanying this trancelike, dreamlike song.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #269

06-29-17  Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #269 was recorded on a late June afternoon at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts and features the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, percussion, 12-string acoustic guitar, ukulele and celtic harp, Craig Harris on congas and balaphone and Bob Sherwood on piano.  Today’s first number is Mariam’s beautiful “Let Love Bloom”, a spacious, folk-flavored ballad featuring chiming 12-string Martin guitar and a sweet melody from Mariam.  “Reaching For The Sky” is a minimalist, classically-inflected piece with a soaring melody and ambitious piano from Bob.  “Rain Lullaby” is a little swiss watch of a song from Mariam that blooms into a stately operatic ballad in the hands of the Gaea Star Band with sprightly balaphone from Craig and pretty ukulele from Mariam.  Mariam plays entrancing, far-flung native flute to a dramatic backing of piano and swelling drums on the elementally jazzy “Hiya Maheyo”, a dreamlike prayer to all of life’s journeys.  For the celtic harp-led “Oh The Wind She Loves To Dance”, Mariam plays her harp and records her vocal and flute outside with the sounds of the summer evening accompanying this trancelike, dreamlike song.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #267

06-22-17  Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #267 is an hour of improvised acoustic music and songs by Mariam Massaro, played live by the Gaea Star Band with Mariam on vocals, celtic harp, native flute, acoustic guitar and ukulele, Craig Harris on congas, drums and balaphone and Bob Sherwood on piano.  Today’s show begins with the folk strains of “Heyo To The Golden Summer”, a blissful evocation of summer featuring an inspired visionary lyric from Mariam and sprightly rhythm from Craig and Bob.  The lush, contemplative “Tupalsan Heyo” is a deeply mystical and beautiful evocation of the morning punctuated by Mariam’s evocative native flute.  The band steers directly into the jazzy and rhythmically inventive “Rise Above”, slowly arriving at a driving climax before drifting away in clouds of piano and flute.  Following the break is a stately, spacious take of “Spirit Of Fire” a lovely track from Mariam’s “Vision Quest” album.  From here we drift straight into the atmospheric ballad “Memories” and finally to a dreamy interpretation of the lovely “Sail On”, another track from “Vision Quest”.