This music and travel TV series invites viewers to discover the exciting sounds of the planet. Host Jacob Edgar is an explorer who does not search for lost cities or ancient ruins. He's on the quest for a different kind of treasure music. As an ethnomusicologist and world music record producer, Edgar travels the globe hunting for the best songs the world has to offer, and he suffers through some of the worst so you don't have to. Along the way, he's rewarded with a backstage pass to concert halls, street festivals, recording studios and rehearsal rooms. With local musicians as his guide, Edgar tastes exotic and occasionally ghastly food, visits off-the-beaten path attractions and parties the night away to amazing concerts at hidden venues that only the locals know.
Music Voyager Previous Broadcasts
Tohoku: Japan Rising (Episode #502H)
KQED Plus: Sun, Sep 28, 2014 -- 11:30 PM
From bedazzling Tokyo, host Jacob Edgar journeys to the region of Tohoku, an area devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Yoshihide Otomo and Riuchi Sakamoto, two of Japan's most respected and cutting-edge composers, invite Jacob to experience a concert for healing and hope featuring an ensemble of local high-school students. Later, he explores the coastline near Sendai, visiting with fisherman, students, musicians and even local surfers, whose words of resilience and optimism offers inspiration and confirms the indomitable spirit of the Japanese people.
- KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 29, 2014 -- 5:30 AM
Miami: The Magic City (Episode #503H)
KQED Life: Mon, Sep 22, 2014 -- 10:30 PM
Everyone recognizes Miami's neon glow, golden-sand beaches ad art deco hotels, but few truly know the vibrant multi-cultural communities that call this city home. Host Jacob Edgar explores the fiery sounds of Miami's electronic dance music scene, as well as its Latin and Haitian grooves, with Afrobeta, The Spam All Stars, T-Vice and Locos Por Juana. Jacob gets buzzed on Cuban coffee, tours the colorful mural district by bike and takes on the daunting Colombian hot dog, enjoying the spontaneous creativity and color that keeps the city pulsing day and night.
- KQED Life: Tue, Sep 23, 2014 -- 4:30 AM
Florida: The Other Hollywood (Episode #404H)
KQED Life: Mon, Sep 1, 2014 -- 5:30 AM
Hollywood, Florida often is overshadowed by its California namesake and its flashier neighbor to the south, Miami Beach. However, a little digging in this coastal community yields a bounty of musical riches. Host Jacob Edgar's adventures in Hollywood, Florida include a conversation and performance with Spanish superstar Antonio Carmona, in town for the Viva Florida 500 concert commemorating the arrival of Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon. Then, Jacob chats with renowned music-inspired muralist and painter Lebo, enjoys a Cuban cigar bar escapade with local musician Eddie Balzola and visits Resurrection Drums, one of the country's premier drum shops. Along the way, he discovers Hollywood's cuisine, beaches and thriving nightlife.