Corby's Orbit

Corby's Orbit
Listening in All the High Places illustration by John Kricfalusi

Friday, January 18, 2019

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Corby`s Orbit Playlist For Show Of 11 January with Jesse Whiteley Michael Garrick and Lindsay Beaver

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby 

( Brought to you by Controlled Calamity, Cultivated Coincidence and Certain Serendipities )

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Canadians in Asterisk’d RED. 

Guests: Jesse Whiteley, Michael Garrick and Lindsay Beaver

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5:00 Flashing Lives

* Tucker Finn ~ Vertical Roadtrip ~  The Cup & The Lip | (It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Tucker Finn (Catherine Doherty) on December 10, 2018.)

* Karen Morand ~ Corin Raymond's That's Life ~ Every Flash Of Light NEW DISK

5:15 Happy Blue Year

* Blue Standard ~ You're Nobody Til Somebody Loves You / Interview with Jesse Whiteley / A Good Thing ~ A Good Thing NEW DISK~ CD Launch @ Jazz Bistro Thursday 17 January

5:30 Language Sandwiches

* Ivana Popovic ~ 45th Parallel ~ Bushes & Bombshelters NEW DISK ~ CD Launch @ Gallery 345 Saturday 10 February

* Ladom Ensemble ~ Radiohead`s Weird Fishes / Arpegii ~The Walls Are Made Of Song NEW DISK  CD Launch @ Lula Lounge Wednesday 16 January 7:30 pm

* Cottage Industry ~ If I Had A Rocket Launcher ~ Kick At The Darkness 

5:45 Reggae Boomtown

Thievery Corporation ~ Amerimacka ~ The Cosmic Game

* House Of David Gang ~ Good Vibration (synapps remix) ~ Single ~ @ Lee's Palace Saturday 9 February for Bob Marley Birthday Tribute

* Michael Garrick & The One Nation Rebels ~ She's So Fine / Mr Pretender Instrumental / Interview with Michael Garrick / Fussing & Fighting Instrumental ~ Fussing & Fighting NEW DISK ~ CD Launch tonight @ Cadillac Lounge / @ Lee's Palace Saturday 9 February for Bob Marley Birthday Tribute

6:00 Archipelagos Of Arpeggios

Mansa Sissoko & Kabarata ~ Bibi ~ N'tomi ~ Recorded in Mali, April, 2004 by Lewis Melville

McCoy Tyner ( 80 years old on 11 / 12 / 2018 ) ~ Blues Waltz ~ Nights Of Ballads And Blues (Impulse 1963)

6:20 Blue Austin Tations

* Layla Zoe ~ The Good Life ~ Gemini NEW DISK

* Lindsay Beaver ~ I Got Love If You Want It  /  Mean To Me  /  You Hurt Me  /  Don`t Be Afraid Of Love ~ Interview Tough As Love  The Blues Summit in the Marriott Courtyard Saturday 2 February 

6:45 Upgrade School

* Kate Weekes ~ The Danes Have Landed ~ Taken By Surprise NEW DISK ~ CD Launch Burdock Monday 31 January

McCoy Tyner ( born 11/12 /1938) ~ Blues Waltz ~ Nights Of Ballads And Blues with Toronto Music Listings

* Faith Walker ~ Head In The Clouds ~ Head In The Clouds 

The James Hunter Six ~ Lennon / McCartney`s It Won`t Be Long ~ We`re With The Beatles (Mojo)

Monday, January 7, 2019

Orbital Advice On Making The Most Of Your Radio Interview


There's an invitation for you to  reach a radio audience through an interested host / producer who has found something worth sharing in your work! 

It may be as publicity for an upcoming event, a launch or a video release or a recent newsworthy story in which you are involved, or a word-of-mouth recommendation, or just the work of some pesky publicist who is trying to get you "out there".

If the interview is scheduled for sooner than later you will likely be more on point. You will definitely be elevating yourself into a better buzz zone than for a chat a month down the line. That one will keep you up nights, drafting quirky-but-viral comments, and then it might catch you over-prepared or uninspired. 

If there is time, start Tweeting and Facebook-ing immediately and find cyber buds who will retweet; e-mail friends and help share the good news. Use whatever advance promo that the hosting media platform provides: schedules, "bumper" pages, or previews and run them through all your social and personal conduits - ALMOST - but not quite - until people are sick of hearing about it. Or get your publicist to do it for you.

On the day of the interview, send out one more energizing alert across all media with a teaser line if possible. "I'm going to talk about what really happened when..." for instance.
If it's a phoner, listen to the station early, so you can slide into their style and continuum when the time comes. Be excruciatingly prompt and available as the time approaches. Meditate, work out, or review your recent work before the call. Listen carefully to the interests of the interviewer. If you are blindsided by an inquiry, have a pivotal topic ready to divert any discomfort or embarrassment. Always express gratitude to radio, even if they NEVER PLAY YOUR MUSIC. Smile when you say it. Audiences can hear smiles.

If it's an in-person appearance, dress up. Be aware that someone is going to take your picture. If you have posters, cards , buttons, or other swag, bring a few along. NOT a bag full. Bring physical copies of your work. The station library or a fellow programmer may be interested in having a copy. Ask for water, if none is offered. Discuss your talking points with the host but don't "play your hand" by going into the details before the mic is on, or you will sound rehearsed when you try to recreate your earlier, fresher comments and attitudes. Listen to your music as it is played. Let the host make the comments. Explore those nuances that occur to you off-mic when you're on the air.  Mention everybody by name. A lot of your team will be listening in. Find out about podcasts and post show coverage before you go. Hug and pose for anyone who will let you. If you can't be sincere, be quiet. Instagram and Tweet as you go.It sounds obvious, but it is important that you take time to remember to take all your stuff, phone, water bottle, or daytimer when you leave. Nothing impresses like a clean getaway. 

When you get home, post, tweet, respond and praise the opportunity and follow up the next day with everyone who helped to create the magic of the day. Amplify any and all positive responses from friends and fans by asking the complimenting individual to e-mail  their impressions to the station.

These radio moments sometimes develop a life of their own, and you are wise going in to think of creating a lasting, radiant event, instead of an ephemeral flash.

And please, do get in touch with me me when you're ready.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Travelling By Ear - This Year's World Group Nominations at The Canadian Folk Music Awards

While handling the enormous task of curating the musical treasures of the entire country, the annual Canadian Folk Music Awards,  held in Calgary on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 this year, also encourages submissions “separate and apart from the dominant ethnicities within Canada … demonstrating a ‘world perspective’ … from recent immigrant cultures.”
The jurors again selected five nominees to vie for World Music Group of the Year award – though when it comes to nomenclature, “world music” is widely regarded as an under-stuffed comforter, as far as blanket terms go.
In combining them with the nominees, in a separate category for World Solo Artist of the Year, the CFMA’s serve annually to showcase ten facets of Canadian-based international musical culture.
Many significant globally-inspired artists in Canada fail to feel the warmth of inclusion however, political policy speeches and the corporate fetish for exoticism notwithstanding. None of the chosen entries this year are Caribbean-, African, or Latin- based, although last year`s trophies were taken by the West Indian-flavoured ensemble Kobo Town (also Juno champs) and Portuguese-Canadian multi-instrumentalist Louis Simao.
Two of the World Solo Artist noms this year work and create within Québecois musical traditions, and Buffy Sainte-Marie’s inclusion here arguably stretches the parameters of the criteria for eligibility into the ephemeral. Of the five group noms, four are based in Toronto, and one in Montréal, demonstrating the necessary symbiosis between the development of group artistic expression and large urban populations.
Near East is an instrumental trio, which nonetheless manages a thick and rich impasto of sound because of the expansive creative spectrum of the three musicians involved: Ravi Naimpally is a prolific tabla performer and teacher. (One of his other projects, So Long Seven, is also nominated in the Instrumental Group of the Year division). Demetrios Petsalakis elevates his virtuosic chordal and improvisatory string skills to an orchestral magnitude on the oud, lyra and tampouras. And Ernie Tollar, a widely curious jazz musician who has travelled into distant realms of tradition to enrich his vocabulary of scales and phrasing, displays the results of these nutritive supplements on sax, bansuri and ney. Their eponymous first album reflects alternate moods of meditation and dance, and occasionally recalls Paul Horn`s pioneering “Inside” series of Canadian world music recordings.

Autorickshaw`s fourth album, Meter took the award this year. Also nominated for a Juno, it has a more intimate and gregarious sound, perhaps because it is the only entry with songs sung primarily in English. Exploring percussive vocal pyrotechnics and lush layers of electronic embellishment, Autorickshaw presents a soulfully satisfying blend of tradition and innovation, and the versatility of Suba Sankaran`s splendid voice has a universal appeal. There is even a Top 40 cover tune.

Minor Empire, who won the award in 2011 for its first record, Second Nature, has returned with Uprooted, a thematic musical statement, which sympathetically explores the issue of forced migration impacting large sections of the human community. Using original compositions interspersed with traditional Turkish melodies, chief conceptualists Ozgu Ozman and Ozan Boz, who have themselves become estranged émigres, create a communal hallucination of fractal seraglios, electronic calligraphy and extra sensual perceptions. In fact, Ozan Boz`s spectacular production values have given him a shot at being named Producer of the Year as well. Kanun player Tamer Pinarbasi, who also appears on the Near East album, adds some particular dimensions of reverberating delicacy that add to the dark depth of the disc.

2015 CFMA winners the Lemon Bucket Orkestra have opted to charge their music with an even stronger political concept on their 2017 release If I Had the Strength. Reaching outward from their guerilla-Klezmer fan base, the members propose a pathway anchored to the inspiration of future freedoms, tessellated with martial, choral and mariachi elements. The orchestra is augmented by the starring talents of Measha Brueggergosman, Choir! Choir! Choir! and musician/rapper Boogat, who add original vignettes to the band`s famously theatrical sonic staging.

Another Juno nominee, Montréal`s Oktopus infiltrates their European musical influences by injecting humour, caprice and rampaging clarinets into the traditional stateliness of compositions by Jorane, Felix Leclerc and Johannes Brahms. There is even a drum solo. Their singular Hapax album is flush with a delighted energy that balances insouciance and virtuosity, powerfully befitting these ambassadors of both the Balkan and Québecois musical traditions.

The notion that world music is still considered a risk investment by old school publicists and venues has been pro-actively addressed this year by several progressive initiatives in Toronto (see features on the Small World Festival and the Global Toronto Conference in RMC passim) and n November at Mundial Montréal. And yet, the secret taint of whispered words like “foreign,” “immigrant” and “minority,” now perfumed over by P.C. propriety, attach themselves to the underbelly of media coverage and programming budgets, obfuscated by the odious catch-all term, “multicultural.” Exposure to the potential breadth of talent available to the Canadian listening public may often, to this day, be still intrinsically limited by provincialism and old-fashioned thinking. Certainly, thought should be given at this point in the maturing marketplace, to a new awards vehicle dedicated to seeking out the best in globally derived musicianship, with a change of gatekeepers and fresh stakeholders, as has been proposed several times in the past. Between the CFMA’s and the Junos, however, broader audiences are still allowed a chance to glimpse the effervescence of a few of the unique hives of communal creativity enriching the landscape of Canadian folk.
Originally published at Roots Music Canada
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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Favourite New Songs of 2018

Ever notice that after the morning coffee and the emails, it sometimes still takes a good piece of music to actually wake you up? Weaving through the day, I will find myself with that deep luxurious wave that a good song provides rolling in my throat at the curve the bow takes against the fiddle, or at the way that song-lady intends some gracious word or thought to be taken.
Here are a few such memorable moments from my past year.

Jadea Kelly I Beauty co-write with Peter Katz

Big Little Lions ~ Alive and Well 

Kids On The Run   Kalle Mattson  from   Youth 

Work It Out   single  by   The Memberz 

A Universe  by  Chloe Watkinson

Roi  by  Georgian Bay  from Soleil

Bad Bad News   by  Leon Bridges  from Good Thing

Song Of The Mournful World   by   Jon Brooks  from No One Travels Alone

Do Whatever The Heck You Want  by  Rae Spoon from bodiesofwater

She Gets Her Courage From Alcohol  from Wilderness Years by Jory Nash

Bedouin by Romina Di Gasbarro from Risorgimento

Send Your Angels Down by Jenie Thai from Night On Fire