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jziegler
2014-04-02, 10:31
I've been trying to incorporate food from different cuisines into my cooking recently, and I'd like to have some dinner music to match the food. I've been trying the explore world section of the internet radio menu, but I haven't been finding what I'm looking for. Most of what I've tried is either the latest top 40 type pop from that country or classical music (and I already have a large classical library of that locally, so internet radio isn't really needed for that). So, what I'm looking for is suggestions for more traditional/folk music from various countries. Or "oldies" type going up through the '50s or so. I just don't like the modern pop, no matter what language it's in. It all sounds pretty much the same to me.

Anyway, here are some of the countires that I'm specifically interested in, others are welcome too:

France
Germany
Italy
Greece
China

Stations in the squeezebox menus, or URLs that I can enter are fine. Free stations are preferred, I don't subscribe to any of the premium services.

jimbobvfr400
2014-04-02, 16:57
David Hasselhoff is very popular in Germany or so I've heard, might put you off your dinner mind you

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jziegler
2014-04-02, 17:53
David Hasselhoff is very popular in Germany or so I've heard, might put you off your dinner mind you

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Yes, but it's also more modern than I'm looking for. Top 40 here would put me off my dinner too...

RonM
2014-04-03, 12:45
It's not in your country list, but I really like the music of Lenka Lichtenberg - http://www.lenkalichtenberg.com/ - Canadian, but performs mainly Yiddish language but some English and Hebrew (and probably other languages) songs. Has recorded in historical (mainly abandoned) synagogues throughout Europe. Klezmer influenced, but not so bouncy, strong middle-eastern feel as well. Her work can be downloaded from her site, older albums in WAV, newer ones in 320. Hers is a very passionate and personal music.

Silk Road - http://silkroadmusic.ca/ - are also Canada-based, but are a very pure expression of Asian, especially Chinese, musical tradition. Some of it is more than a little "foreign" even to my fairly permissive ears, but I do really like them.

I've enjoyed the music of Kaliscema - http://www.kalascima.it/en/band/ - a southern Italy folk band, but be warned it's pretty high energy. Most definitely not restful or introspective.

R.

kesey
2014-04-04, 05:16
Stations in the squeezebox menus, or URLs that I can enter are fine. Free stations are preferred, I don't subscribe to any of the premium services.

jziegler, there are some great radio stations (jazz, classical, general) in my favorites list attached. You could have a look and keep any you find interesting.

SlimChances
2014-04-04, 05:43
It's not in your country list, but I really like the music of Lenka Lichtenberg - http://www.lenkalichtenberg.com/ - Canadian, but performs mainly Yiddish language but some English and Hebrew (and probably other languages) songs. Has recorded in historical (mainly abandoned) synagogues throughout Europe. Klezmer influenced, but not so bouncy, strong middle-eastern feel as well. Her work can be downloaded from her site, older albums in WAV, newer ones in 320. Hers is a very passionate and personal music.

Silk Road - http://silkroadmusic.ca/ - are also Canada-based, but are a very pure expression of Asian, especially Chinese, musical tradition. Some of it is more than a little "foreign" even to my fairly permissive ears, but I do really like them.

I've enjoyed the music of Kaliscema - http://www.kalascima.it/en/band/ - a southern Italy folk band, but be warned it's pretty high energy. Most definitely not restful or introspective.

R.

Just checked out Lenka Lichtenberg and I am most grateful for your recommendation. Beautiful music.

RonM
2014-04-04, 06:12
Silk Road - http://silkroadmusic.ca/ - are also Canada-based, but are a very pure expression of Asian, especially Chinese, musical tradition. Some of it is more than a little "foreign" even to my fairly permissive ears, but I do really like them.

R.

Although I like Silk Road, I was actually thinking of a different group when I made the comment above. That was Orchid Ensemble - http://www.orchidensemble.com/ - also from Vancouver and also doing a kind of amalgam of Chinese music with other cultures. Their most recent album, Life Death Tears Dream, has references to several cultures, but features Chinese poetry in translation. Very engaging, just a bit challenging.

There is another group, perhaps more traditionally Chinese, also in Vancouver (or the vicinity), Red Chamber - http://www.mei-han.com/redchamber.html. More traditional in some ways, but also mindful of the connections between traditional Chinese "plucked" music and some western traditions -- such as the bluegrass idiom and instruments like the banjo. You see the same connections being made by musicians like Abigail Washburn (USA, ex of bluegrass band Uncle Earl, maker of beautiful intriguing music).

jziegler
2014-04-04, 11:32
Thanks for the suggestions so far. I'll check them out this weekend.

reinholdk
2014-04-05, 14:21
David Hasselhoff is very popular in Germany or so I've heard

Where did you here that? I'm horrified! Well, I've no idea whether this is true. Don't listen to top-40 music myself.

Actually I have many albums of German artists but they all make very international music. Usually I don't like bands singing in German.

But there is one band I'd like to recommend: the "17 Hippies".
They sing many songs in German or English, also a few in French. And they're playing on a great variety of acoustic instruments, like fiddle, accordion, guitar, banjo, clarinet, trumpet and much more. Parts of their music is influenced by Eastern European music, some are French chansons, others American ballads...
Especially their live shows are really great events and provide a lot of fun. I'll definitely visit their CD release tour in May.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzeGu8lW71g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OK31WxWiiQE (A nice French one.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4cbZZr1DW0 (This is a funny song in German, but even in Germany very few will understand the language.)

So they provide a tasty stew of more traditional European music.

jimbobvfr400
2014-04-05, 14:46
Not entirely accurate if I'm honest, he's had number a number 1 album and single in Germany according to Wikipedia but it was back in 1989, also popular in Austria and Switzerland apparently.

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