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A student learning to play the Thana in Mae La refugee camp

Burma Blues for Karen {format} 5:30 Jack Chance

The stories of Burmese refugees, the Karen people, recorded in the camps on the Thailand-Burma border, and in their new American homes. Thru it all their music preserves their culture. More Chance music and pix at Guerilla Ethnomusicology. (With support from KGLT.)

Broadcast: Nov 18 2008 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Music, War

Beach littered with broken buildings

Burma Cyclone {format} 3:30 Jack Chance

Interviews gathered from Mae Sot, Thailand (same town from which all land-transported aid is entering Burma) with medical workers and Burmese migrant laborers who work in Thailand but sleep in Burma).

Broadcast: May 13 2008 on PRI/WGBH/BBC The World Subjects: International, Environment

Rubin Gandharba playing sarangi

Nepali Bob Dylan {format} 2:57 Jack Chance

The Kingdom of Nepal became a democracy this week, holding it's first elections for representatives who will write the new constitution and are likely to abolish the monarchy. We speak with a young musician in Kathmandu, Rubin Gandharba, whose songs (played on the Nepali sarangi) became a rallying cry for the Nepali Democracy Movement.

Broadcast: Apr 17 2008 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Music, Politics

A masters plays the Tibetan Danyen

Song of Tibet {format} 3:30 Jack Chance

There's history and politics hidden in the songs of Tibet, which has been under Chinese control for half a century. A music recordist visits during Losar, the Tibetan New Year, looking for traditional music (produced for KGLT-Bozeman).

Broadcast: Mar 24 2008 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Music, International

Moai stone heads with rainbow

Big Stone Heads {format} {format} {format} {format} {format} 7:45 Jack Chance

A trip to Easter Island to gather recordings of local musicians and theories on who made and moved the "moai," the ilse’s famous stone heads. A mystery of aliens, archeologists; and arboreal emptiness: What happened to all the trees? (Accompanied by Chance’s Easter island photos.)

Broadcast: Jul 23 2007 on HV PODCAST; Mar 14 2007 on HV Webwork; Mar 7 2007 on PRX Nature Stories Podcast; Nov 14 2004 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Music, Historical, International, Native

Manop Thammadoonpinij, music teacher and luthier, specializing in traditional Lanna music, playing the Pin Pia, at the street market in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Pin Pia {format} {format} 2:46 Jack Chance

In a Thailand market, Manop Thammadoonpinij, a music teacher and luthier, performs traditional songs on a haunting little-known ancient stringed instrument, the Pin Pia. (Collected along the travels of the Mountain Music Project). [transcript]

Broadcast: Oct 20 2006 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: World, Travel, Music

Mountain Music Project {format} Jack Chance

HV Producer Jack Chance is off on another guerilla ethnomusicology recording expedition. He's in Thailand, headed for Tibet, starting the Mountain Music Project (blog) (A Musical Odyssey from Appalachia to Himalaya) with sounds, images, and video.

Broadcast: Sep 27 2006Series: Hearing Voices- News Subjects: Blue Grass, Music, Travel, World

Buddha sand drawing

Tibetan Nuns 2:35 Jack Chance

Tibetan nuns at prayer. Recorded February 2002, Ani Sangkhung Nunnery, Lhasa, Tibet, PRC. From the CD Greetings From Elsewhere: An Asian Music Sampler.

Broadcast: Mar 21 2003 on PRI/MPR Savvy Traveler Subjects: International, Music, Religious

Buddhist monks

Khan’s Song {format} Jack Chance

URL linkKHAN’S SONG, Mongol Music– In 2001 Jack Chance set out for a year of recording music, traveling from North Africa to the Himalayas by bus, boat, train, horse, camel, bicycle, and two sore feet. These are the sights, sounds, and stories he found in Mongolia.

Broadcast: Oct 10 2002 on HV Webwork Subjects: Travel, International, Religious, Music, World

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