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.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #291

01-11-18  Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour  #291 on a cold January night at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts.  This hour we feature Mariam Massaro and Bob Sherwood of the Gaea Star Band and special guest, dynamic violinist Jennifer Leight.  Mariam sings and plays native flute, acoustic guitar, ukulele and dulcimer and Bob plays piano and congas.  We begin today with the mystical sweep of “Oh, Swing Wide”, a gorgeous song from Mariam draped in lovely violin accompaniment from Jennifer and gorgeous native flute lines from Mariam.  “Tendrils Of Love” follows and is a lush ballad that melds a native melody to a soul chord progression from Bob and soars on wings of violin and native flute.  “Another Cycle Has Begun (Tamaki Yaio)” is a Polynesian gypsy groove with grooving ukulele from Mariam and a fine conga backbeat from Bob.  “Festival Of Lights” is a folk ballad built around Mariam’s chiming acoustic guitar and Jennifer’s circling violin.  The mysterious “12 Roses At My Bedside” hovers around imaginative piano from Bob and questing violin from Jennifer and “The Way You Hold Me, Dear” is an eastern mountain groove propelled by Mariam’s dulcimer.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #290

01-04-18  Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #290 on a freezing late December day at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts and features songs by Mariam Massaro and improvisations by the Gaea Star Band with special featured guests Dagen Julty on flute, Arol Hill on acoustic guitar and vocals, Jennifer Leight on violin and Bri and Wakinyan Elizabeth on vocals.  Today’s first song is the upbeat, jazzy, bright “Just Be Free” with Mariam Massaro on vocals and a driving rhythm section of Craig Harris on congas and Bob Sherwood on piano.  Flute from Dagen and violin improv from Jennifer make this a sprightly, lyrical excursion.  Next up guest vocalist guitarist Arol Hill unleashes the driving blues of “He Once Told Me” which dissolves pleasingly into Mariam’s “Once Again Tali Sin”, a mystical meditation featuring call-and-response flute and violin from Dagen and Jennifer.  “Little By Little” begins and ends as an attempt to build a composition from a single note and flourishes in a creative exercise at once lush, aching and minimal.  “May We All Feel Freedom” is gorgeous eastern European jazz featuring soaring, klezmeresque violin from Jennifer and an unfurling chordal journey from Bob.  Today we finish with the hard driving gypsy groove of “Into The Forest Of Ancient Ones” led by Mariam’s powerful acoustic guitar and mystical vocal.