01-13-22 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #475 is an hour of visionary improvisational acoustic music played by Mariam Massaro and Bob Sherwood of The Gaea Star Band. Recorded live at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts, with Mariam on vocals, Native flute, schruti box, Celtic harp, acoustic 12-string guitar and 4- and 8-string ukuleles, and Bob on piano and bongos. Today’s first number is the deeply mystical, ethereal “Praise For The Rain” a lush tone poem as Mariam’s Celtic harp runs coalesce into Bob’s rich, evocative tapestry. We bring in an extended flute and piano exposition for the second half featuring virtuosic playing from both Mariam and Bob. Acoustic open-tuned !2-string forms the drone for “The Voice Of Creation”, a patient, slowly opening raga with a questing, deeply spiritual vocal from Mariam. Mariam plays the open drone of the schruti box and Bob accompanies on percussion for the lush, subcontinental “Slip Through The Portal Of Light”. A shift to piano leads to a mystical exploration that races through Western and Eastern modes to an extended flute coda. “Oh Mother (Oh Madre)” is a glorious, chiming folk song made even more energized and rocking by Mariam’s dancing 8-string uke. Today’s show concludes with evocative takes of Mariam’s “We Call In The Elements” and “Oh Holy Ground”, the first a driving, fundamental jam with fine vocals, the second a steady, prayerful minor blues ballad.
Learn more about Mariam here: http://www.mariammassaro.com