February 26, 2016
Friday night live at Transistor: folk & jazz from Ana Munteanu and Afro-folk-pop from Liberian singer-songwriter Abraham Mellish. Sound by Jon Monteverde.
Ana Munteanu, born in Republic of Moldova, is a singer who combines the lyricism of French music, the sensuality of Latin music, the freedom of jazz. As she says of herself: “My work is inspired by singers and poets I love. It reflects me and my life. I’m fascinated by the human voice, and feel very fortunate to be singing myself. I like exploring musical terrain, finding pieces of music that create moods and carry a message that resonates with other people.”
For this Transistor set, Ana Munteanu was accompanied by Alex Brescanu on bass guitar. They played songs composed by Manuel de Falla, Caetano Veloso, Duke Ellington, Jose Maria Contursi, and traditional Romanian songs.
Also check out Ana’s interview on Transistor Radio’s Depth of Field (episode #12)!
Abraham Mellish’s life journey has spanned the globe, which is evident in his sound. At his core, Abraham is a storyteller in the folk tradition, with a lyrical breadth that fully encompasses a universal human experience steeped in Liberian roots. Driving bass notes juxtaposed with intricate finger picking establishes an African tinged rhythm that serves as a vehicle for Abraham’s message of oneness, reflection and peace. His utilization of the full dynamic sound spectrum takes listeners on an enthralling journey culminating with instantly recognizable hooks and melodies, placing Abraham in the direct lineage of the great pop musicians of the last 50 years.
Abraham’s Transistor set consisted mainly of original songs, with a smattering of choice covers.
Visit Abraham Mellish’s Soundcloud page.
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