Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #279

10-12-17  Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #279 features live acoustic songs and improvisations by Mariam Massaro and the Gaea Star Band with Mariam on vocals, native flute, dulcimer and 12-string acoustic guitar, Bob Sherwood on piano and Craig Harris on congas and percussion.  Recorded live at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts, today’s show begins with the contemplative, native-inflected “Home Is Where We Feel Love”, a piece that rises in intensity to a raga-like coda.  “Sir Prince Rupert Turquesa” is a story of a long journey of good fortune that floats on clouds of piano arpeggios and a lovely, languid melody from Mariam.  “Nothing Stays The Same” is an understated ballad, an ode to summer’s end, melancholy and bittersweet, featuring Mariam’s acoustic 12-string guitar, and “We Are Truly One Within” is a classically toned prayer featuring a sweeping lead vocal from Mariam.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #278

09-28-17  Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #278 was recorded on a warm fall day at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts and features songs and improves by the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, tuning forks, dulcimer, acoustic guitar and sitar, Craig Harris on congas, drums and balaphone and Bob Sherwood on bass guitar, tabla and piano.  Our first piece today is a driving African-influenced pop-folk song called “May We Light The Candle Of Our Dreams” with smooth harmony vocals and native flute from Mariam and a lovely expanding structure.  “Oh I Greet The Morning’s Creation” is a kinetic, mystical jam with busy, funky bass guitar from Bob against a backing of driving congas from Craig and Mariam’s sparkling dulcimer and native flute.  “Come Pick A Flower In My Garden” is a pretty, classic pop ballad with a lovely lyric and melody from Mariam and gorgeous, floating acoustic guitar and piano interplay.  “Kashinaiyo” is an exotic, driving minor improvisation with a hip vocal from Mariam and bluesy, busy piano from Bob.  Mariam takes up her sitar for the eastern raga of “Shiva’s Rising Above The Precipice” to a rhythm of tabla from Bob and congas from Craig and Bob add modal piano accompaniment to “Rukimini Bayo Water Bearer”.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #277

09-21-17  Today on Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #277 we bring you four lushly mystical pieces from Mariam Massaro and the Gaea Star Band featuring Mariam on native flute, vocals, percussion, acoustic guitar and chorango, Bob Sherwood on piano and Craig Harris on congas and drums.  Recorded at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts on a warm late summer day, Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour 277 begins with “Barduka Bayo”, a tale of precious art, a beautiful, intelligent dog named Shayani and hidden treasure found, featuring compelling storytelling from Mariam told in visionary melody and featuring evocative, sweeping piano figures from Bob and Craig’s sensitive congas.  Another visionary story from Mariam follows, this one about a musician called Dimitri Konanstasis who plays music with his many friends in his grandfather’s blessed olive orchard.  Mariam accompanies herself on lustrous chorango, weaving through a mesmerizing rhythm of piano and congas.  Mariam wields her acoustic guitar for the storm-song “She’s Coming Stronger”, a turbulent song that grows in intensity like Hurricane Irma, unsettled, swirling and touched by the blues.  Today’s final inspired improvisation is “Deep Down I Feel So Alive”.  A beautiful soul-influenced piece, “Deep Down” features a lovely melody from Mariam, curtains of sparkling chimes and alternately light and driving piano figurations from Bob.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #276

09-14-17 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #276 was taped live at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts and features songs by Mariam Massaro and improvisations from the Gaea Star Band with Mariam on vocals, acoustic guitar, native flute and ukulele, Craig Harris on congas, drums and balaphone and Bob Sherwood on piano. Today’s first piece is the stately, reflective “Do You Ever Wonder Where You Go?”, a showcase for Mariam’s visionary improvised melody and lyrics. A shift in tempo brings us without pause to the minimalist, autumnal “Oh The Symphony Of Life”, a piece that culminates in a bluesy and pleasantly dissonant conversation between Bob’s Gershwinesque piano figure and Mariam’s soaring native flute. “Farewell To Summer” brings more autumn into the music with a slow, hypnotic groove from a rhythm section featuring Mariam’s acoustic guitar, steady, driving congas from Craig and Bob’s ever-searching piano. “Stay Ahead Of The Game Of Life” is today’s final piece, an elegiac, native-inflected improv which provides a showcase for Mariam’s lyrical native flute and evocative nature imagery.