08-24-23 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #539 is an hour of improvised, acoustic visionary music featuring the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, Native flute, shruti box, Celtic harp, ukulele and acoustic guitar, Bob Sherwood on piano, Craig Harris on Native drums and congas and special guest percussionist Nina Rossi on djembe. Today’s show was recorded live in August of 2023 at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts and begins with the stately minor folk song “You May Touch Someone’s Soul”, featuring a powerful vocal from Mariam, before flowing into “Somaiyana, Rains Filling Up The Rivers”, a mesmerizing, mystical song of praise to the rain, powerful with Nina and Craig’s fundamental rhythm and Mariam’s soaring Native flute. “Between The Earth And The Sky” is a beautiful, gospel-tinged minor ballad filled with wonder and reverence and featuring a smooth, sedate vocal from Mariam. “Weave A Sweet Life” arrives as a coda of the prior piece as the band drops in to a sparse, swinging groove to support a powerful conversation between Mariam’s vocal and her Native flute. “If Only” is a lush, meditative raga built on Mariam’s shruti box drone and a driving rhythm section of djembe, Native drum and bass-heavy piano and the beautiful, floating “Life Is Just Right” closes today’s show with imaginative, open piano fanfares from Bob and chiming mandolin from Mariam.
Learn more about Mariam here: http://www.mariammassaro.com