Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #295

02-08-18  Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #295 at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, MA in early February and features the Gaea Star Band recording visionary acoustic improvisations and songs by Mariam Massaro.  We are joined today by very special guest Gino Cicchetti on mandolin, flute and acoustic 12-string guitar.  Today’s first piece is “Let’s Climb The Mountains of Love” and features Mariam Massaro on sitar, native flute and vocals, Craig Harris on congas, Bob Sherwood on piano and Gino on 12-string guitar.  This lush raga hold a hypnotic drone to support Mariam’s lush, evocative lyric and is followed by “May We Take All Life In”.  For this piece we are accompanied by the Damanhurian plant-activated music system whereby biorhythmic impulses from a plant drive a MIDI controller connected to a sound module.  A lush, dramatic slice of plant-accompanied improvisation ensues with Mariam on vocals, native flute and percussion, Bob on piano, Craig on native drums and Gino accompanying lyrically on his flute.  “Melody Of Life” also features plant music as well as Gino’s aching mandolin and harmonica from Mariam.  “Down By The River” is a minor folk ballad from Mariam, and to close the hour we feature another piece from last week’s show featuring Joe Carvallo, the darkly rocking “You Hold So Strong Part Two”.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #294

02-01-18  Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #294 is an hour of visionary improvisational music and songs by Mariam Massaro and features the Gaea Star Band with Mariam on vocals, native flute, ukulele, kalimba, percussion and celtic harp, Craig Harris on congas and drums and Bob Sherwood on piano.  Today we feature special guest Joe Carvallo on electric guitar.  Today’s first piece is the gorgeous folk epic “Hold Onto Your Dreams”, a swirling, romantic song pinned to an evocative piano motif from Bob and an inspired vocal from Mariam.  “Fanfare” is a lush, mystical waltz built again around the foundation of a mutating piano ostinato and features another fine lyric from Mariam and colorful electric guitar from Joe.  Mariam’s visionary “Tall Trees Singing” recounts a mystical experience in the forest and receives a hypnotic rhythm track from the band to support Mariam’s poetry about nature and connecting with the forest.  “The Faeries Are Laughing” is a swirling, evocative piece underpinned by powerful native drumming from Craig and Mariam’s metronomic kalimba and “You Hold So Strong” is a taut piece of jazz rock that features fine guitar work from Joe.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #293

01-25-18  Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #293 on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 15 2018 at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts.  The Gaea Star Band are featured, with Mariam Massaro on vocals, acoustic guitar, celtic harp, native flute and percussion, Craig Harris on congas and drums and Bob Sherwood on piano.  Today’s first number is Mariam’s lustrous, operatic “Life In The Beauty”, a song of looking within that features wide-ranging piano motifs from Bob above a metronomic acoustic guitar and conga groove.  “Holding On To Nothing” showcases Mariam’s lush, evocative native flute and lovely vocals over a wide-ranging series of chordal motifs that shift uneasily amidst electronic washes and pretty native flute excursions.  “Castles in The Sky” begins in abstraction with waves of Celtic harp and treated vocals from Mariam before settling into an unhurried epic of expression and minimalism.  “Calling In Peace” climaxes the show today in a brief, mystical coda that wraps up today’s themes of spiritual aspiration and simple gratitude.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #292

01-18-18 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #292 in early January at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts and features the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro, Craig Harris and Bob Sherwood as well as special guest Dagen Julty on flute, bass guitar and piano. Today’s’ first piece is Mariam’s “Sing Down The Walls” from her 2009 CD “Gaea Star Crystal: Awakening The Tribes Of Light” and is rendered operatically with a Verdiesque rhythm. “Sunny Day Sweet” begins as a duo between Mariam and Dagen’s flutes and develops into an intriguing, fast-moving ode to finer weather featuring Celtic harp from Mariam and racing Balaphone from Craig. “Model For Life” is a somber, lovely ballad featuring fine flute playing from Dagen and compelling piano motifs from Bob. “So Many To The Story” is a fine folk-inflected ballad driven by Mariam’s ukulele and again carrying a Verdian rhythm that skips along with more pretty flute work from Dagen. “Oya Thunderqueen” hails from Mariam’s 2012 “Gaea Star Goddesses” CD and “Circling Back Around closes the show with a psychedelic, intense vibe supported by bass guitar from Dagen beneath Mariam’s insistent acoustic guitar.