music http://kalw.org en Bay Area Beats: The SHE'S http://kalw.org/post/bay-area-beats-shes <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You've probably been seeing this next band around town for a while, on line-ups at clubs like Bottom of the Hill and The Independent. They've been playing the show circuit for over four years and have a following that stretches as far as London, England.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:01:09 +0000 Alyssa Kapnik 23787 at http://kalw.org Bay Area Beats: The SHE'S Egyptian crooner sounds like home to local Arab Americans http://kalw.org/post/egyptian-crooner-sounds-home-local-arab-americans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The late&nbsp;Abdelhalim&nbsp;Hafez&nbsp;is an icon of&nbsp;mid-20th&nbsp;century Arabic music. Like Elvis in the United States, Hafez has accrued a massive following of fans in Egypt and abroad, with fans affectionately referring to him under the one word moniker&nbsp;“Halim.”&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 19:40:50 +0000 Hana Baba 39236 at http://kalw.org Egyptian crooner sounds like home to local Arab Americans Aswat Ensemble performs songs from the Arab world with a multicultural twist http://kalw.org/post/aswat-ensemble-performs-songs-arab-world-multicultural-twist <p></p><p>The Arabic music ensemble Aswat is based in the Bay Area and plays classical Arab standards in concerts throughout the Bay Area. But you don't have to know the language to participate.</p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:31:32 +0000 Hana Baba 38386 at http://kalw.org Aswat Ensemble performs songs from the Arab world with a multicultural twist A visit with the string whisperer http://kalw.org/post/visit-string-whisperer <p></p><p></p><p><em>Note: This piece loses much of its music in written form. Click the audio player above to get the full effect.<font color="#333333" face="Arial" size="2"><span style="line-height: 17px; white-space: pre-wrap;">&nbsp;</span></font></em></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.35;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:11pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-3bb8c4a1-fe0f-6610-c09d-173baa663d3c"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Roland Feller is responsible for the well-being of many of the city's stringed instruments. When you imagine him working on a violin, picture him seated at a tiny old fashioned desk littered with tools and wood shavings, in a room piled with sheet music, billing forms...and violins. Violins hanging on the walls and from the ceiling; violins leaning against the table legs on the floor.</span></span></p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 01:44:45 +0000 Ninna Gaensler-Debs 37253 at http://kalw.org A visit with the string whisperer San Francisco's own brand of Northern Soul: An hour-long special http://kalw.org/post/san-franciscos-own-brand-northern-soul-hour-long-special <p><em>Click the "play" button above to listen to the entire show.</em><br /><br />40 years ago, in small town bars across the U.K., you could find party goers spinning, twirling and pumping their legs to the fast sounds of American soul music. But, it wasn’t the top 40 Motown sound you’d usually hear, in fact, by that time in the 1970’s, Funk and Disco had already taken over the charts. These kids craved Soul they hadn’t heard yet--rare B sides, and small label releases that were overlooked in the surplus of American-produced Soul music in the 1960’s. DJs in the U.K. began collecting Soul records that were off the beaten track, and often impossible to find again. That specific sound of Soul, and the night-life culture that erupted around it, was branded "Northern Soul." Thu, 12 Dec 2013 06:00:00 +0000 Ashleyanne Krigbaum 37034 at http://kalw.org San Francisco's own brand of Northern Soul: An hour-long special