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09-08-23 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #541 is an hour of improvised visionary music played live by The Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, Native flute, dulcimer, mandolin, shruti box, Celtic harp, piano and 6- and 12-string acoustic guitars, Bob Sherwood on piano and acoustic guitar, Craig Harris on Native drums and congas and today’s special guest Cevher Demirel on hand pan, flute and djembe.  Today’s show was taped at Singing Brook Studio on Worthington, Massachusetts at the end of August 2023 and begins with the meditative, hallucinatory “May We All Heal”, a sweeping, drifting piece underpinned by Cevher’s mystical hand pan work.  “Blessed By Our Lives” is a gorgeous, open song sung beautifully by Mariam in conversation with Cevher’s jazzy flute above a rhythm section of Mariam’s dulcimer and Bob and Craig on piano and congas.  “Dancing With The Goddess” is an exuberant race of mandolin, flute, congas and tense, suspended piano and “Feel It In The Wind (Hallelujah)” is a gorgeous, timeless raga embraced by Mariam’s alternate-tuned Martin 12-string a Cevher’s shaded, evocative hand pan rhythms that evolves and spirals through ever more energized iterations until it settles, at length, into a bittersweet rock groove build around Bob’s aching, obsessive piano figure.  “Purple Fairy Mermaid Princess” is an enigmatic, minimalist groove scattered with shimmering Celtic harp runs from Mariam and “Fire In Our Bellies” is a “Vision Quest” track rendered as a gorgeous minor blues filled with longing, featuring Mariam’s powerful vocal and racing, virtuosic flute from Cevher.  Today’s show wraps with the bracing rock workout “In The Darkness” with Bob on acoustic guitar and Mariam on piano.

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