April 13 2011
Al Di Meola's career as a pioneering guitar guru is widely celebrated around the world. As a master of electric and acoustic guitar, he fuses elements of jazz, flamenco, Middle Eastern, Brazilian, tango and African into one rich and complex exploration of sound. He's sold more than six million records worldwide, with three of his albums going gold. A man of many collaborative projects, Di Meola has worked with artists such as Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder and Les Paul.
His current project is New World Sinfonia, which has just released a new album, Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody. With the ensemble, Di Meola courses through the same breadth of styles that have defined his career and even throws in covers of The Beatles and the classic tune "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."
Hear Di Meola talk about his newest project and play a Morocco-inspired song titled "Mawazine Part 1 & 2."
This World Cafe Originally Aired April 8, 2011. (link)
Playlist- HOUR ONE
Spring 2011 Fund Drive
Playlist- HOUR TWO
Bob Marley "Sun is Shining" Kaya
The Clash "Hitsville U.K." Sandinista
Kim Weston "Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)" Hitsville
Santagold "Lights Out" Satagold
Patti Smith "Because the Night" Easter
Bright Eyes "Shell Game" The People's Key
Amos Lee "Violin" Mission Bell
Pete Yorn "Life on a Chain" Musisforthemorningafter
David Wax Museum "Born With a Broken Heart" Everything is Saved
Band of Horses "Laredo" Infinite Arms
The Dodos "Black Night" No Color
M. Ward "Rollercoaster" Post-War
The Lightning Seeds "You Showed Me" Austin Powers Soundtrack
Wye Oak "Two Small Deaths" Civilian