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.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #289

12-28-17  Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #289 at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, MA and features the songs of Mariam Massaro and exciting¸ dynamic improvisations from the Gaea Star Band.  Today we welcome special guest Bobby D from Chicopee, a folk singer and guitarist who bring some of his original songs to the show today.  We begin with Bobby’s folk song “Blue Cotton Quilt”, a fine number dressed up with congas from Craig Harris, barrelhouse piano from Bob Sherwood and celtic harp, native flute and background vocals from Mariam.  “We’re Changing Red To Blue” is a fine song of hope from Mariam with a sweeping, epic vibe built around Mariam’s celtic harp.  Interesting directions abound in this multi-movement piece.  We return to Bobby D with the excellent “Just In Case Jesus”, a fine, sardonic folk song in the Dylan tradition.  Next up, Mariam plays piano on her gospel-tinged “Down To The Sea” backed by Bob and Bobby on acoustic guitars and Craig on congas.  We return to Bobby D’s bag of tunes one last time for the bluesy folk ballad “Hoping” before closing with Mariam’s mysterious, gypsy-jazz rocker “The Sandman Is Coming”.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #288

12-21-17  Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #288 at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts and features the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, acoustic guitar and ukulele, Craig Harris on congas and balaphone and Bob Sherwood on piano.  Today’s opener is Mariam’s charming study in nostalgia“I Wanna Go Back To That Way” featuring her acoustic guitar, rock-steady conga work from Craig and racing, minimalist piano from Bob.  A second, statelier iteration expands the narrative both lyrically and musically.  “Concentration Leads To Liberation” is an elemental piece with evocative words from Mariam and swirling, hypnotic accompaniment from the band.  Soaring native flute opens the next piece, the ravishing ballad “Let’s All Just Settle Down” featuring a narrative between Mariam’s questing, inspiring lyric and her native flute.  This beautiful and sprawling piece weaves through a series of movements and variations where the only constant is the expression of love.  Mariam picks up her ukelele for the jazzy waltz “Magnificent Moonlight” which features bursts of blues and modern classical piano from Bob supported by the driving, solid rhythm section of congas and uke.  Mariam’s beautiful and mysterious raga “Do You Hear The Whisper Of The Forest” flows in the lush languor of Mariam’s ukulele, Craig’s very cool balaphone track and interstellar piano from Bob.  “Just Drifting Away” and “Are We Ever Going To Grow Up” close the show with languid vocals and vast, open piano figures.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #287

12-14-17 Today on Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #287 we welcome special guests Fuse featuring Greg Fortier and Joe Carvallo on electric guitars along to make some great, energized improvisatory music with the Gaea Star Band- Mariam Massaro on vocals, acoustic guitar, native flute, percussion, ukulele and dulcimer, Craig Harris on drums and congas and Bob Sherwood on piano.  Today’s show begins with the Mariam’s lush, unhurried “Acceptance Of Love”.  Beautiful lead work from Joe Carvallo decorates this cascading, pretty piece as Mariam weaves her inspirational lyric.  “Niashiyana” is a mystical, floating song driven by Mariam’s shimmering acoustic guitar, blues piano from Bob and driving congas from Craig.  Clean, sharp rhythm guitar from Greg and jazzy leads from Joe complete the picture.  Today’s five-piece guitar-soaked combo creates an improvised rock masterpiece with the breathless, heavy “Grateful For The Magnificence”, a relentless and innovative piece with driving, impassioned vocals from Mariam.  “Smile” and “Standing Ones Of Piece” are old favorites from Mariam’s songbook and here they are delivered with punch, imagination and sympathetic guitar work from Greg and Joe.