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12-24-20 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #423 Part Two was recorded on a snowy December day at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts, and is an hour of visionary improv music featuring the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, ukulele and 6- and 12-string acoustic guitars, Bob Sherwood on piano, Robin Rooney on vocals, djimbe and percussion and Craig Harris on congas and native drums.  Today’s show begins with the mystical raga “Into The Boundless Beauty”, a lush and swirling piece held aloft by Mariam’s DADGAD tuned, modal 12-string acoustic guitar.  Following this hypnotic epic is the skipping folk ballad “Brightly Does It Shine” featuring Mariam’s chiming 8-string ukulele.  This upbeat piece features 2 further movements, a funky Afrocuban workout with excellent flute from Mariam and a final sparse, lovely celebration of winter held aloft on Bob’s classical piano figures.  “Many Seeds Have Fallen” is a track from Mariam’s “For The Children Album”, here given a deep and varied improvisatory treatment before it segues seamlessly into the “Vision Quest” track “Spirit Of Water”.  We finish today with another medley of Mariam songs, the driving Andean folk of “Pachamama” and a dark, funky jazzed-up take of Mariam’s tribute to a mystical cave in Cuzco, Peru, “Amaru Machay”.

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