Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #314

07-12-18 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #314 features the Gaea Star Band with special guest Joe Carvallo.  An hour of live acoustic improv from Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts, the show was taped on a hot July Day in 2018 with Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, acoustic guitar, celtic harp and ukulele, Craig Harris on congas and Bob Sherwood on piano.  Today’s first piece is the sultry, expansive “Summertime Stories”, a steady climb of a song built on mesmeric piano passages from Bob and metronomic, minimalist electric guitar from Joe.  Mariam’s inspired lyric embodies peace, praise and gratitude and her soaring native flute takes wing over a jazz-rock odyssey.  “There’s a Reason I Live In Worthington”  is a hometown folk ballad with evocative electric guitar from Joe, woven into Mariam’s lovely, plaintive melody.  “We’ll Hold You All The Time” grows into a beautiful jazz waltz with an aching piano figure from Bob over Craig’s grooving congas.  “Ode To The Strawberry Moon” is a flamenco-inspired summer song that grows in intensity to a Spanish piano tour-de-force from Bob.  “Gather Together” is a wistful, powerful, modal take on Mariam’s song from her 2009 CD “Gaea Star Crystal:  Awakening The Tribes Of Light, again in waltz time, and features a winding, insistent rhythm section.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #313

07-05-18 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #313 was recorded at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts and features songs by Mariam Massaro and improvisation by the Gaea Star Band with Mariam on vocals, ukulele, acoustic guitar, kalimba, native flute and zither, Bob Sherwood on piano and Craig Harris on congas and drums.  Tracked live on a gorgeous June afternoon, today’s show begins with “Situtu Chanayo” Mariam’s epic tale of an African elephant in captivity and his ultimate attainment of freedom.  “Taking Their Chances At The Border” is a soulful song in solidarity with immigrants in a trying social climate and “Big Black Bear” is a swirling, dramatic piece centered around Mariam’s lyric about a meeting with a bear.  “Moon Delight” is a lush ballad with elegiac gospel piano from Bob and a compelling vocal from Mariam that eases into “Portulaea Diyo”, driven by Mariam’s thumb piano.  We finish this afternoon with the gorgeous, mystical “Calling Us Home”, a driving darkling ballad that features an ever-more-driving rhythm section of congas, piano and ukulele and a powerful vocal from Mariam.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #312

06-28-18 Today on Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #312 we welcome special guests bassist Gustavo Altiplano and Bill Sherman on shakers.  Recorded at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts on a warm mid-June day, today’s show also features the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, acoustic guitar, harp and native flute, Craig Harris on congas and Bob Sherwood on piano.  We begin with Mariam’s summer theme “Summer Solstice Sunshine”, a galloping, jazzy piece with fine bass from Gustavo.  “Fireflies” is a lush, elegiac piece with a gospel piano motif from Bob to support Mariam’s evocative lyric.  “May Great Fortune Bestow You” is a compelling, grooving song with imaginative walking bass from Carlos, a fine vocal from Mariam and intricate, basket-weaving piano from Bob.  “Remembering Your Journey To Paradise” is a driving, native groove led by Mariam’s native flute and Carlos’ innovative bass work, and “Welcome Enoah In The Forest” commemorates Mariam’s midwifery at an outdoor birth in the forest with a lush, gentle sway.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #311

06-21-18 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #311 is an hour-long live music show featuring imaginative and visionary improvisation from the Gaea Star Band.  Recorded at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts, today we feature Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, harp, ukulele and acoustic guitar, Craig Harris on congas and native drums and Bob Sherwood on piano.  Today we also feature the lovely vocals of Sondra Lewis.  Today’s first song is the mystical “Are We Ready To Go Beyond?”, an imaginative rock song featuring great, weaving vocals from Mariam and Sondra and a driving rhythm section from Bob and Craig.  From a minimal beginning of drums and native flute, the elegant, lush “Moon Beams” is Beatlesque in the best possible way, featuring a mesmerizing chord sequence and a hypnotic, unwavering structure with a gorgeous lyric from Mariam.  “Round and Round We Go” is led by Mariam’s chiming eight-string ukulele and evokes a summer morning with rich piano figures from Bob and a fine melody from Mariam.  “Shamiyaya” is a Hawaiian prayer by Mariam with steady, conscious ensemble playing and “Pacha Mama” is a take of Mariam’s classic with weaving vocals from Mariam and Sondra and a dense, chord-rich piano part from Bob.  Dedicated to Craig’s mother who passed on this week, the pretty, evocative “Passing” is built around Mariam’s acoustic guitar and reflective lyrics.