Author Archives: Jon Kertzer, The Best Ambiance

SIFF ’09 review: Youssou N’dour

Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love directed by Chai Vasarhelyi ( Senegal 2008, 102 minutes) Festival Screenings: June 12, 2009 9:30 PM, Harvard Exit June 14, 2009 1:30 PM, Harvard Exit review and interview by Jon Kertzer This is an extraordinary documentary feature debut by New York director Chai Vasarhelyi. Youssou N’Dour is certainlyRead more…

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KEXP’s Year in Review: Jon Kertzer, the Best Ambiance – Best of 2006

Ali Farka Toure, courtesy of retorta net My Best Ambiance program on Monday night, December 25th, was a special show that focused on my top recordings of 2006, and the final hour featured favorite songs from live in-studios over the past year. Here’s a few comments about the selections. 1) AFEL BOCOUM / Niger /Read more…

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Culture Musical Club, live at KEXP

Culture Musical Club, live at KEXP – 9/25/06 Photo courtesy of Bruce C. Moore KEXP and “The Best Ambiance” were very lucky to host a performance of the veteran “taarab” orchestra from Zanzibar, the Culture Musical Club, while on their very first tour of the United States. They perform “taarab”, an intoxicating blend of ArabicRead more…

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Rodrigo y Gabriela in-studio.

Rodrigo y Gabriela at KEXP, 8/14/06 I really enjoyed the live session on my show last night with Mexican acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. Originally from Mexico City, they met playing in heavy metal bands, and moved to Dublin in 1999 to busk on the streets. They developed a remarkable and original guitar style,Read more…

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