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Mumbai (Episode #101)

KQED Life: Wed, Jan 2, 2013 -- 4:30 AM

Edgar visits Mumbai, the capital of India's entertainment industry, where he meets two of Indian pop music's biggest stars, Kailash Kher and Sona Mohapatra. Along the way, Edgar learns the secrets of Bollywood, explores ancient Buddhist caves, eats some death-defying street food and tries his hand at cricket. With live performances and insightful conversation, Kailash Kher and Sona reveal what lies at the soul of their sound, while giving Edgar an eye-opening tour of the city and its surroundings.

Israel: Tel Aviv - Rocking Israel (Episode #307H)

KQED Life: Wed, Jan 2, 2013 -- 4:00 AM

Tel Aviv, Israel's biggest city, is a vibrant and striking blend of old and new. From the ancient port of Jaffa to modern skyscrapers and trendy nightclubs, Tel Aviv is the epicenter of Israel's arts scene and most of the country's top musicians live in and around the city. Music Voyager host Jacob Edgar meets Ehud Banai, the revered singer-songwriter who hails from one of Israel's most important musical families. Ehud invites Jacob to a mountaintop park overlooking the Tel Aviv skyline, where he performs his song "Caananite Blues." We then meet Karolina, a hip and popular singer with an outstanding head of hair and a voice to match. Karolina takes Jacob around the artistic and picturesque Neve Tzedek neighborhood, culminating in an intimate performance in her living room. He visits musician, producer and remixer Kutiman, who reveals the secrets of his famous YouTube mashups. Jacob's quest for the best hummus in Israel ends at Tel Aviv's legendary Abu Hassan restaurant, where hungry throngs assemble for a taste of their beguiling garbanzos. Finally, he joins quirky Balkan surf-rock band Boom Pam in the recording studio before hitting the clubs of Tel Aviv as they bands show off some of their favorite nightlife spots.

Israel: Songs from the Holy Land (Episode #306H)

KQED Life: Wed, Jan 2, 2013 -- 3:30 AM

Music Voyager host Jacob Edgar travels to Jerusalem and northern Israel to discover the sights and sounds of a region rich with ancient history and religious significance. Israel is a land of contrasts and conflicts: between tradition and modernity, war and peace, spirituality and secularism. The popular band Hadag Nahash blends hip-hop, funk and soul with politically expedient Hebrew lyrics to draw attention to the complex issues facing Israeli society. The band gives a stripped-down performance at the picturesque Mahane Yehuda market in Jersualem, then invites Jacob for drinks and conversation at the lead singer's pub. He visits leading Shephardic singer Yasmin Levy at her home on the outskirts of the city, where she performs songs in the Spanish-derived Ladino language. Leading singer-songwriter David Broza invites Jacob to visit a village devoted to peace between Arabs and Jews. Broza performs amidst the vines of his family winery then takes Jacob to an informal jam session with Palestinian musicians in East Jerusalem. He travels to the Galilee region of northern Israel for a visit to Tzfat, an epicenter of the mystical Kaballah and the world's largest klezmer music festival. Next, Jacob journeys to the ancient and scenic port of Akko, before meeting up with Israeli star Mosh Ben-Ari for an unplugged performance in the magnificent Roman Theater at Caesarea. Mosh takes Jacob to his home and farm where he learns of his love for the land and the importance of agriculture in the history and identity of Israelis.

Israel: Voices from the Desert (Episode #305H)

KQED Life: Wed, Jan 2, 2013 -- 3:00 AM

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.

Tennessee Special - Round (Episode #304H)

KQED Life: Wed, Jan 2, 2013 -- 2:30 AM

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.

Nashville: Music City (Episode #303H)

KQED Life: Wed, Jan 2, 2013 -- 2:00 AM

Known as the capital of country music, Nashville also is home to some of the world's top singer-songwriters and rock and pop bands. Host Jacob Edgar receives a personal tour of Nashville's iconic Grand Ole Opry by country superstar Vince Gill. Then, he sees Elizabeth Miller perform at a funky bar in East Nashville, the bohemian district home to many of the city's musicians. He checks out Music Row, the epicenter of Nashville's music business, to visit Compass Records and then tour Gruhn Guitars, which supplies vintage gear to the world's top musicians. He hears virtuoso banjo player Alison Brown demonstrate her musical talents and then visits the legendary Bluebird Cafe, where Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift started their careers. Then, he stops in at the home of Jamie Johnson from the bluegrass band The Grascals for a moving performance of their hit song "I Am Strong". And finally, local songwriters Gabe Dixon and Casey Wasner, contemporary blues singer Keb Mo' and indie rock band Those Darlins prove there is much more to the Nashville scene then country music.

Memphis: Memphis Mojo (Episode #302H)

KQED Life: Wed, Jan 2, 2013 -- 1:30 AM

Memphis has played an important role in the history of blues, rock and roll and soul music. Host Jacob Edgar witnesses the meeting of young and old when blues veteran Bobby "Blue" Bland jams with 17-year-old guitar wizard Will Tucker. The elder statesman schools the young Tucker in the finer points of the blues, before a scorching performance at the B.B. King nightclub on Memphis's famous Beale Street. Brandon Bailey's unique blend of harmonica with beat boxing illustrates blues' new directions while blues-rockers North Mississippi All Stars jam at one of Memphis' hippest record stores. Jacob arrives in Memphis during "Elvis Week", an annual remembrance of the "King of Rock and Roll" centered on the anniversary of his death. He visits Sun Studios, where Elvis made his first recordings, and discovers the Bluff City Backsliders, the band of the studio's current sound engineer. He attends the candlelight vigil in front of Graceland, interviews some of Elvis' most devoted fans and enjoys a gospel tribute by the Spirit of Memphis Gospel Ensemble. Later, he explores the sound of Memphis soul music with The Bo-Keys and a visit to the Stax Museum. Young singer-songwriter Amy Lavere demonstrates the diversity of the contemporary Memphis music scene, while up-and-coming hip-hop stars Freesol, recently signed to Memphis-native Justin Timberlake's label, discuss the local urban sound.

Eastern Tennessee: Cradle of Country Music (Episode #301H)

KQED Life: Wed, Jan 2, 2013 -- 1:00 AM

Host Jacob Edgar begins his Tennessee journey in Bristol, the city in the northeast corner of the state that proudly calls itself the birthplace of country music. He visits 96-year-old Georgia Warren, the last surviving participant of the legendary "Bristol Sessions" of 1927, which introduced the sounds of Appalachia to a wide audience. While in Bristol, he catches a street performance by musical nomads Megan Jean & the KFB and checks out Knoxville-based The Black Lillies performing at one of Bristol's many outdoor concerts. Jacob also explores the Bristol Motor Speedway, where he tests out a pace car on one of NASCAR's most exciting tracks. From Bristol, Jacob heads to Knoxville for a visit to the legendary "Blue Plate Special", a live radio program featuring the best in local music. Singer-songwriters Scott Miller and R.B. Morris show Jacob around their hometown. He also learns more about the evolution of Appalachian music through an unplugged performance by up-and-coming country stars The Roys. Finally, he passes through the revitalized city of Chattanooga, home to the New Binkley Brothers, and meets local dulcimer wizard Dan Landrum, who performs with the country rock band Yarn.

Mumbai (Episode #101)

KQED Life: Tue, Jan 1, 2013 -- 10:30 PM

Edgar visits Mumbai, the capital of India's entertainment industry, where he meets two of Indian pop music's biggest stars, Kailash Kher and Sona Mohapatra. Along the way, Edgar learns the secrets of Bollywood, explores ancient Buddhist caves, eats some death-defying street food and tries his hand at cricket. With live performances and insightful conversation, Kailash Kher and Sona reveal what lies at the soul of their sound, while giving Edgar an eye-opening tour of the city and its surroundings.

Israel: Tel Aviv - Rocking Israel (Episode #307H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jan 1, 2013 -- 10:00 PM

Tel Aviv, Israel's biggest city, is a vibrant and striking blend of old and new. From the ancient port of Jaffa to modern skyscrapers and trendy nightclubs, Tel Aviv is the epicenter of Israel's arts scene and most of the country's top musicians live in and around the city. Music Voyager host Jacob Edgar meets Ehud Banai, the revered singer-songwriter who hails from one of Israel's most important musical families. Ehud invites Jacob to a mountaintop park overlooking the Tel Aviv skyline, where he performs his song "Caananite Blues." We then meet Karolina, a hip and popular singer with an outstanding head of hair and a voice to match. Karolina takes Jacob around the artistic and picturesque Neve Tzedek neighborhood, culminating in an intimate performance in her living room. He visits musician, producer and remixer Kutiman, who reveals the secrets of his famous YouTube mashups. Jacob's quest for the best hummus in Israel ends at Tel Aviv's legendary Abu Hassan restaurant, where hungry throngs assemble for a taste of their beguiling garbanzos. Finally, he joins quirky Balkan surf-rock band Boom Pam in the recording studio before hitting the clubs of Tel Aviv as they bands show off some of their favorite nightlife spots.

Israel: Songs from the Holy Land (Episode #306H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jan 1, 2013 -- 9:30 PM

Music Voyager host Jacob Edgar travels to Jerusalem and northern Israel to discover the sights and sounds of a region rich with ancient history and religious significance. Israel is a land of contrasts and conflicts: between tradition and modernity, war and peace, spirituality and secularism. The popular band Hadag Nahash blends hip-hop, funk and soul with politically expedient Hebrew lyrics to draw attention to the complex issues facing Israeli society. The band gives a stripped-down performance at the picturesque Mahane Yehuda market in Jersualem, then invites Jacob for drinks and conversation at the lead singer's pub. He visits leading Shephardic singer Yasmin Levy at her home on the outskirts of the city, where she performs songs in the Spanish-derived Ladino language. Leading singer-songwriter David Broza invites Jacob to visit a village devoted to peace between Arabs and Jews. Broza performs amidst the vines of his family winery then takes Jacob to an informal jam session with Palestinian musicians in East Jerusalem. He travels to the Galilee region of northern Israel for a visit to Tzfat, an epicenter of the mystical Kaballah and the world's largest klezmer music festival. Next, Jacob journeys to the ancient and scenic port of Akko, before meeting up with Israeli star Mosh Ben-Ari for an unplugged performance in the magnificent Roman Theater at Caesarea. Mosh takes Jacob to his home and farm where he learns of his love for the land and the importance of agriculture in the history and identity of Israelis.

Israel: Voices from the Desert (Episode #305H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jan 1, 2013 -- 9:00 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.

Tennessee Special - Round (Episode #304H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jan 1, 2013 -- 8:30 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.

Nashville: Music City (Episode #303H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jan 1, 2013 -- 8:00 PM

Known as the capital of country music, Nashville also is home to some of the world's top singer-songwriters and rock and pop bands. Host Jacob Edgar receives a personal tour of Nashville's iconic Grand Ole Opry by country superstar Vince Gill. Then, he sees Elizabeth Miller perform at a funky bar in East Nashville, the bohemian district home to many of the city's musicians. He checks out Music Row, the epicenter of Nashville's music business, to visit Compass Records and then tour Gruhn Guitars, which supplies vintage gear to the world's top musicians. He hears virtuoso banjo player Alison Brown demonstrate her musical talents and then visits the legendary Bluebird Cafe, where Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift started their careers. Then, he stops in at the home of Jamie Johnson from the bluegrass band The Grascals for a moving performance of their hit song "I Am Strong". And finally, local songwriters Gabe Dixon and Casey Wasner, contemporary blues singer Keb Mo' and indie rock band Those Darlins prove there is much more to the Nashville scene then country music.

Memphis: Memphis Mojo (Episode #302H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jan 1, 2013 -- 7:30 PM

Memphis has played an important role in the history of blues, rock and roll and soul music. Host Jacob Edgar witnesses the meeting of young and old when blues veteran Bobby "Blue" Bland jams with 17-year-old guitar wizard Will Tucker. The elder statesman schools the young Tucker in the finer points of the blues, before a scorching performance at the B.B. King nightclub on Memphis's famous Beale Street. Brandon Bailey's unique blend of harmonica with beat boxing illustrates blues' new directions while blues-rockers North Mississippi All Stars jam at one of Memphis' hippest record stores. Jacob arrives in Memphis during "Elvis Week", an annual remembrance of the "King of Rock and Roll" centered on the anniversary of his death. He visits Sun Studios, where Elvis made his first recordings, and discovers the Bluff City Backsliders, the band of the studio's current sound engineer. He attends the candlelight vigil in front of Graceland, interviews some of Elvis' most devoted fans and enjoys a gospel tribute by the Spirit of Memphis Gospel Ensemble. Later, he explores the sound of Memphis soul music with The Bo-Keys and a visit to the Stax Museum. Young singer-songwriter Amy Lavere demonstrates the diversity of the contemporary Memphis music scene, while up-and-coming hip-hop stars Freesol, recently signed to Memphis-native Justin Timberlake's label, discuss the local urban sound.

Eastern Tennessee: Cradle of Country Music (Episode #301H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jan 1, 2013 -- 7:00 PM

Host Jacob Edgar begins his Tennessee journey in Bristol, the city in the northeast corner of the state that proudly calls itself the birthplace of country music. He visits 96-year-old Georgia Warren, the last surviving participant of the legendary "Bristol Sessions" of 1927, which introduced the sounds of Appalachia to a wide audience. While in Bristol, he catches a street performance by musical nomads Megan Jean & the KFB and checks out Knoxville-based The Black Lillies performing at one of Bristol's many outdoor concerts. Jacob also explores the Bristol Motor Speedway, where he tests out a pace car on one of NASCAR's most exciting tracks. From Bristol, Jacob heads to Knoxville for a visit to the legendary "Blue Plate Special", a live radio program featuring the best in local music. Singer-songwriters Scott Miller and R.B. Morris show Jacob around their hometown. He also learns more about the evolution of Appalachian music through an unplugged performance by up-and-coming country stars The Roys. Finally, he passes through the revitalized city of Chattanooga, home to the New Binkley Brothers, and meets local dulcimer wizard Dan Landrum, who performs with the country rock band Yarn.

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