X-RAYS AND ASH TREES – FOR RUSSIA WITH LOVE

It has been quite a start to the year. In the old, cold war days it might even have been said that we were furthering the cause of detente!
Our X-Ray Audio project was featured on BBC Russia and BBC World News and yesterday on NPR’s All Things Considered program in an extended interview I did with Michel Martin. The piece which was produced by Phil Harrell featured several pieces of Bone music and interview excerpts from our forthcoming X-Ray Audio documentary.

You can listen to it HERE

If you love this stuff as I do, check out our book ‘X-Ray Audio: The Strange Story of Soviet Music on the Bone’

And then to top it all off, we were featured on Ludmilla Osipova’s end of year show on Russia Radio dedicated to the genius film composer Mikael Tariverdiev. We have recorded a version of Tariverdiev’s wonderful song “I Asked the Ash Tree’ – one of several we prepared for our Russian tour last year. What an honour.

You can listen to it HERE or just the track below

It capped off an amazing Russian year – the Tariverdiev Film Music collection which we helped to release has got rave reviews across the board. Long may it continue – I love Russia and Russian musical culture.