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
Israel: Voices from the Desert (Episode #305H)
KQED 9: Sat, Jun 11, 2016 -- 11:30 PM
Host Jacob Edgar travels to Israel to attend a once-in-a-lifetime concert of The Idan Raichel Project at the foot of the magnificent "Solomon's Pillars", a natural rock formation in the Negev Desert near the Red Sea resort city of Eilat. Idan Raichel, an internationally renowned star of the Israeli music scene, serves as his guide. At the technical rehearsals and sound check for the desert concert, Jacob meets the artists featured on stage. Idan performs with Cape Verdean singer Mayra Andrade on the edge of a stunning cliff. Ravid Kahalani performs in an unplugged session with members of his side project Yemen Blues and talks about the unique history and music of the Yemenite community. Cabra Casey, another lead voice in the Idan Raichel Project, introduces the fascinating story of Israel's Ethiopian immigrants. He also meets Palestinian-Israeli singer and television actress Mira Awad, who has recorded with Idan Raichel. She reflects on how artistic collaboration can lead to a hopeful future for Israel and the region. Then, Jacob interviews Idan while floating in the salty waters of the Dead Sea. Next, Idan and Jacob travel to Jerusalem for a visit to the Wailing Wall and a magnificent private home overlooking the Old City. The episode culminates with a song featuring the full project from the live concert in the desert.
- KQED Life: Sun, Jun 12, 2016 -- 5:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sun, Jun 12, 2016 -- 5:30 AM
- KQED Life: Sat, Jun 11, 2016 -- 11:30 PM
Pueblo, Co (Episode #602H)
KQED Plus: Sun, Jun 5, 2016 -- 11:30 PM
The Music Voyager team travels to Pueblo, Colorado to experience the ways in which this industrious city has promoted creative expressions to revitalize the community. Host Jacob Edgar meets Inaiah Lujan, the founder of the band The Haunted Windchimes. Lujan and other local artists and musicians go on a journey across Pueblo, a town blessed with perpetual sunshine, a proud and culturally diverse community, and ample amounts of Pueblo chili peppers. Along the way, they discover that Pueblo embodies the American experience, from the pioneer days to the eras of industrialization and immigration.
- KQED Plus: Mon, Jun 6, 2016 -- 5:30 AM
Tennessee Special - Round (Episode #304H)
KQED 9: Sat, Jun 4, 2016 -- 11:30 PM
The singer-songwriter embodies the unique and profitable symbiotic relationship between the stars of country music and the artists responsible for crafting the words and melodies. Music Voyager invites four of Nashville's most prolific and successful songwriters for an intimate and rare performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Featured artists include revered singer-songwriters Buddy Miller, Darrel Scott, Elizabeth Cook and Guy Clark.
- KQED Life: Sun, Jun 5, 2016 -- 5:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sun, Jun 5, 2016 -- 5:30 AM
- KQED Life: Sat, Jun 4, 2016 -- 11:30 PM