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08-17-23 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #538 is an hour of compelling, visionary acoustic improvised music featuring Mariam Massaro and Bob Sherwood from The Gaea Star Band with Mariam on vocals, shruti box, acoustic guitar, mandolin, Celtic harp, Native flute and ukulele and Bob on piano, with special guest percussionist Nina Rossi featured on djembe.  Recorded live at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts at the end of July, 2023, today’s show begins with the hypnotic raga “Orange Rays” featuring an evocative vocal from Mariam over Nina’s powerful djembe groove and Bob’s impassioned piano.  “Like A Sweet One” is a beautiful, acoustic guitar-led pop-folk journey and “A Brand New Day” is a beautiful, aching, 50s-style ballad with a gorgeous vocal from Mariam.  “There’s Only One Way” is an expansive, pretty tune with fine vocals from Mariam who leads on her chiming mandolin and “Oh Mana Kiya Hey” is a breathless, spiritual ballad with fine contributions from all the players and a gorgeous Native flute coda from Mariam.  “Ryalia” is a driving, mystical song from the “Release” album given an energized performance here suspended over Nina’s syncopated, imaginative djembe groove.  “Rail Train To Heaven” is a beautiful echo of “Ryalia”’s driving minor sensibility with an aching, emotional vocal from Mariam and we wind up today’s show with Mariam’s charming, swaying waltz “Rays Of Light”.

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