Stretching without sounding repetitious is challenging, and yet acoustics meets physiology here, for what is yoga but devotedly returning to silence to create space? For many of us, a soundtrack is required. These three albums are permanent members of that club.
Watching John Martyn on his epic folk journey, "Small Hours," you recognize that this man was way ahead of his time, implementing electronics in his genre the way Dylan ripped through electric guitar riffs.
Mixing musical cultures is easy. Doing it well is an entirely different matter. The Lincoln Center's "Afro Blues in the 21st Century" provides valuable insight not only into what works, but also what does not.
Classically trained musician Fared Shafinury grew up in Corpus Christi, went to college at the University of Texas, and yet somehow always felt too Iranian for South Texas. So the American singer-songwriter moved to Iran.
In an office nestled among garment, jewelry and perfume wholesalers a few blocks south of Herald Square in NYC, a small music production and publishing company is making waves as far away as Tehran, Iran and Freetown, Sierra Leone.