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.
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Istanbul Crossroads (Episode #401H)
KQED Plus: Tue, Feb 18, 2014 -- 11:30 PM
At the crossroads of the Bosphorous strait sits the sprawling metropolis of Istanbul, which has nurtured a variety of religions, cultures, languages, cuisines and, of course, music. In this episode, host Jacob Edgar checks out some of the sights and sounds found in "The City of the World's Desire." Turkish op star Nil Karaibrahimgil takes Jacob to her favorite trendy boutique, treats him to unplugged performances of some her best-known songs and provides an exclusive look at her private residence. He goes backstage with rock legend Sebnem Ferah, who shows off her shredding skills in front of 20,000 screaming fans. And famed clarinetist Husnu Senlendirici invites Jacob to picturesque Maiden's Island for a jam session by the sea. The episode concludes as Jacob toasts Istanbul's past and future with a hearty glass of raki, the famed Turkish liqueur, while serenaded by street musicians at a traditional Istanbul cafe.
- KQED Plus: Wed, Feb 19, 2014 -- 5:30 AM