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A Sun Ra Centennial Birthday Celebration, a visit to Brazil and many more birthdays

Monday May 19

Tonight in the Global Village, Indian world fusion – from the groundbreaking work of John McLaughlin with Shakti, to Tim Ries Indian/jazz reworking of music from the Rolling Stones, to music from the contemporary group Re-Orient. Plus Joni Mitchell, American Afrobeat group Antibalas, and the offbeat world sounds of the group TriBeCaStan.

Tuesday May 20

Global Village marks birthdays of singer Carmen Souza, legendary jazz bagpiper Rufus Harley, and, in conjunction with the May Global Squeezebox feature, bandoneon master Dino Saluzzi. Plus a meeting of classical and world musics from acclaimed classical mandolinist Avi Avital, and the latest from Celtic piper Carlos Nuñez.

Wednesday May 21

Global Village celebrates birthdays of influential English folk and folk rock artist Martin Carthy, and acclaimed guitarist Marc Ribot. Plus more accordions for the May feature – from avant klezmer group, the Bester Quartet, and Basque accordionist Kepa Junkera.

Thursday May 22

Global Village celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sun Ra, the philosopher, interstellar traveler and electronic, multi-media performance and free jazz pioneer – focusing particularly on the avant-exotica that was a central part of his music during his time in Chicago. We’ll also highlight music from related artists, projects and tributes – including music from Mongo Santamaria, Olatunji, Mulatu Astakte, and Michael Ray.

(Strange Currency and Night Train will also feature Sun Ra tonight)

Friday May 23

Global Village travels to Brazil for a variety of styles and artists. Among the highlights, tropicalia great Caetano Veloso’s Latin Grammy winning album, Abracaco (just released in North America), new neo-tropicalia from Garotas Suecas, a new compilation of music from Brazilian bass culture, the new project from the Afro-Brazilian inspired duo of Da Lata, Nilson Matta’s re-working of the music from the classic Black Orpheus, and Brazilian jazz percussion great, Airto.