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Project Trio, Lisa Hannigan & Yasmin Levy

Posted at 6:00 AM on November 14, 2009 by Dale Connelly (8 Comments)

It's a busy, genre-bending night from 9 to 11 on Radio Heartland on Minnesota Public Radio News stations.

In the first hour, another amazing You Tube sensation - the classical crossover ensemble Project Trio. Greg Patillo plays the flute like a hip hop artist does beatbox, all percussion and energy, driven forward by Peter Seymour's bass and Eric Stephenson's cello.

In the second hour, Irish singer Lisa Hannigan. Lisa might have the most gentle voice of any lead singer in music today, though an early influence was opera singer Maria Callas.
Lisa's first solo recording, Sea Sew, and another You Tube appearance led her to score a rare promotional plum for any musician - an appearance on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report.

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And also in hour two, we'll hear Israeli singer Yasmin Levy, whose father died when she was just one year old. With her mother's help, Yasmin managed to pick up her father's love for the music of the Sephardic Jews - people exiled from Spain in 1492. She travels the world sharing this Spanish flavored music and preserving the culture while singing in a disappearing language, Ladino.

Yasmin Levy, Lisa Hannigan and Project Trio, tonight on Radio Heartland.

The program is repeated on the Radio Heartland stream and on digital radio in the Twin Cities at noon on Sunday and 6 pm on Monday.

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