Joining us in performance and conversation are five members of the award-winning Austin-based World Music band, Atash.
Voted Best World Music Band at the prestigious Austin Music Awards for six years running, Atash combines master musicians from around the globe who create a powerful original sound. Their professed goal is to spread peace and love around the world with their music.
The band takes its name from a Farsi word for fire, and “Everything is Music,” the title of their last album, comes from a poem by 13th century Persian poet and Sufi mystic, Rumi. Members of the band who perform on this episode of Rag Radio are Executive Director John Moon (violin); Musical Director Roberto Riggio (‘oud); Singer-Songwriter, and Poet Mohammad Firoozi (vocals, percussion); Chris Hausler (drums); Dylan Jones (upright bass).
Rag Radio Host and Producer Thorne Dreyer was a pioneer of the ’60s underground press movement and a leader in SDS and the New Left, and managed Pacifica Radio’s KPFT-FM in Houston. Dreyer edits The Rag Blog, an Internet news magazine with an international following, and is a director of the New Journalism Project. Rag Radio engineer and associate producer is Tracey Schulz.
Rag Radio is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The syndicated show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (CDT) on KOOP, and is later rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., on Houston Pacifica’s KPFT HD-3 90.1, and by KKRN, 88.5-FM in Round Mountain, CA — and as a featured podcast at Veterans Today. Contact: [email protected].