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Janissary Stomp" Duo w/ Chipper Thompson
"Taking their inspiration from Celtic,
Spanish, Greek, Turkish, Arabic, Breton, African, Appalachian,
Mexican, Medieval European and Gypsy music, as well as Swamp
Blues, Napoleonic ballads and the American Civil War, Landes
and Thompson range through a selection of original and traditional pieces,
each with its own unique story – a journey through a richly
varied soundscape, like an exhibition of 'sound paintings' or
a series of short films only the ear can 'see.' "
Homer St. John Yoknapatawpha
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Free Bassanda!" w/ Chipper
Thompson & Ben Wright
Music from the Balkans, Middle East and Mediterranean
in quartet format, consisting of plucked and bowed
strings with percussion and double bass.
Roger Landes—plucking (oud, lavta,
laouto, buzuq, Irish bouzouki, Greek trixordo bouzouki,
cümbüs, saz, sintir)
(zarb, dumbeq, darabukka, bendir, doira)
Repertoire ranges from medieval European instrumental
works to traditional and classical material from
North Africa, the Middle East and Balkans, including
new compositions drawn on the various modal traditions
within those regions.
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Each of these
solo programs can be either a recital, lecture/demonstration
or a combination of the two. Roger often conducts pre-concert
talks or post-concert Q&A sessions, depending on the needs
of presenters. Some blending of the usual roles of performer
and instructor is encouraged as it particularly suits Roger’s
capabilities and enhances the audience’s experience
to learn about the music and its instruments, history and personalities.
it a Lash!" - Recital of
Irish traditional dance music, airs & song on
bouzouki, mandolin, guitar, mandocello, tenor banjo, bodhran,
whistle, and voice.
of Roses" - Solo recital of music and poetry from the Balkans,
Middle East and Mediterranean on various plucked and bowed string
instruments, percussion and voice.
"Answer the (Chordo)phone!" -
of string instruments (chordophones) from five continents. Most
suitable for college level music and humanities students but
easily adaptable for middle and high school programs. Special
grade school programs are available. Roger is happy to
provide a listening guide for classroom use prior to his performance.
Irish bouzouki, mandolin, mandocello and tenor banjo
Greek trixordo bouzouki
Arabic ‘ud and buzuq
Turkish cümbüs, tanbur cümbüs, baglama saz,
and cura saz
African/American fretless gourd banjo
5 string banjo
yayli banza (bowed gourd banjo designed by Roger Landes)