Berlin big band blows folks out of their seats

B-FLAT JAZZ CLUB, BERLIN — When you can hear a band playing from a block away, you know you’re in for body-shaking evening. And this band was playing in a basement! In the winter. The Open Source Orchestra blows listeners away not only with their big sound but also with their joie de vivre — they…

Indian slum, or Gaana, music is as intense as the setting

CHENNAI, INDIA — Nothing can possibly prepare a Westerner for the sights, sounds, smells, and citizens of the slums of Chennai. It is all a completely overwhelming, fascinating, intense, absorbing, totally out-of-our-background experience in every possible way. First of all, the people of Chennai are among the most welcoming in the world. They start with…