This Week’s Six Pillars Radio Show – New Music from Iran VI
Art / Contemporary Music / Music

This Week’s Six Pillars Radio Show – New Music from Iran VI

This week on Six Pillars we’ve commissioned two shows from Tehran-based producer Siavash Amini, aka The Waterfront. This week’s episode looks at new ambient music released from Iran in 2014. Earlier episodes, and this time last year in fact, we heard Amini discuss his methods for composition and research online and about the state of … Continue reading

Remixed in Egypt
Contemporary Music / Music

Remixed in Egypt

Based in Egypt, video remixer and music producer BluFrank is developing his aesthetic based on 80s North African pop culture and early computer programming. Naturally there are elements of Italo disco (check his Imagination Flashback mix below) and Arab pop as well as synth pop and old skool house, but with his work still being … Continue reading

This Week’s Six Pillars Show – Warp and Weft with Kronos Quartet
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This Week’s Six Pillars Show – Warp and Weft with Kronos Quartet

Tar o Pood is Persian for warp and weft, both terms that have some etymology in Old Persian (Pers. baftan “to weave”) probably because, as some Iranian mothers like to point out, the Middle East was weaving silk while Europeans had not evolved beyond pelt. And this is for once not a misquoted affirmation, for … Continue reading

Supremely Far Out – Bill Plummer and the Cosmic Brotherhood
Contemporary Music / Music

Supremely Far Out – Bill Plummer and the Cosmic Brotherhood

Spoken word, acid, jazz, at times leaden sitar the accomplished American jazz bassist Bill Plummer created The Cosmic Brotherhood with a series of whacky releases of with Eastern and psychedelically-charged music that challenged contemporary ideas about jazz in the 1960s and employed some a terrible rhyming scheme for most of the lyrics. The instrumental works … Continue reading

Currently Listening To…Choub
Contemporary Music / Music

Currently Listening To…Choub

Golnar Shahyar uses her voice in a traditional manner of free jazz singing in Persian, adding experimental ornamentation still rooted in vocal traditions linked to jazz. Thus she complements the orchestration as if it were percussion, orchestration that is well performed, have a listen. The Iranian/Austrian quartet also feature Mahan Mirarab on guitar, fretless guitar … Continue reading