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The Reader’s Guide to the World Music Festival Chicago 2010: Wednesday, September 29

Noon | Claudia Cassidy Theater Oreka TX The core sound of this Spanish Basque group comes from an unwieldy traditional percussion instrument called the txalaparta. Built from planks of wood laid across trestles and struck end-on with stout wooden rods, it has a sound a bit sharper and drier than a marimba’s and often idiosyncratic […]

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The Reader’s Guide to the World Music Festival Chicago 2010: Thursday, September 30

Noon | Claudia Cassidy Theater Salil Bhatt & Doug Cox’s Slide to Freedom Ordo Sakhna I sometimes think even midwesterners used to the Great Plains would feel a terrifying agoraphobia if suddenly transplanted to the Central Asian steppes. But their wide-openness seems to inspire a sort of intimacy in the traditional music of the nomadic […]