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Introduction to Ustad Amir Khan


On Whole World Music on January 11, 2009, Craig Burk gave this introduction to raga Marwa, sung  by Ustad Amir Khan.

About Craig Burk


Craig Burk began hosting shows on KBOO in June 2007. His very eclectic approach to radio programming reflects more than 25 years of presenting his own uncompromising music in New York City, Europe, and Portland.

Pulse of the Blue Planet to spotlight Rebeca Matta of Brazil on Sunday, March 23, 8 to 10 pm


Rebeca Matta holds a special place in the Brazilian contemporary musical scenario. The composer reveals
in her work a singular opening to different rhythms and musical influences, such as trip-hop, rock, industrial
pop and MPB (Brazilian Popular Music). In 1998, her first record was introduced, “Tantas Coisas”, which
rendered her the prize of revelation singer from the Association of Art Critics of São Paulo (APCA).
The CD “Tantas Coisas” was an independent production, totally recorded in Salvador, and had significant
importance in the affirmation and incentive of the independent music production setting, in a city which is

Craig Burk hosts Program of Music from India and Pakistan, November 4, 2007


On November 4, 2007, Craig hosted a Program of Music from India and Pakistan. To see the playlist, click here.


Craig Burk hosts Portland Yiddish Hour on October 14, 2007


On October 14, 2007, Craig Burk was guest host of the Portland Yiddish Hour.  To see the show's playlist, click here.

Craig Burk hosts Italian Hour, October 14, 2007


On October 14, 2007, Craig Burk was the guest host for the Italian Hour.

To see, Craig's playlist. Click here.

Whole World Music, Sept 21, 2007 - text to "Only" (Feldman/Rilke)


Whole World Music of September 21, 2007 included a song entitled Only, performed by Joan La Barbara and written by American composer Morton Feldman. The composer based his song on a translation of a poem from Sonnets to Orpheus Part I, No. 23 (Feb. 1922) by Rainer Maria Rilke. Here is the translation from Rilke's original German text.

Only when flight shall soar
not for its own sake only
up into heaven’s lonely
silence, and be no more

Musicians wrestle everywhere

As part of the Whole Whole Music program of September 7, 2007, I played a song by Elliott Carter based on a poem by Emily Dickinson. Here is that poem.

Musicians wrestle everywhere
(Emily Dickinson, c. 1860)

Craig Burk hosts Tribute to Jewish American Songwriters


Craig Burk hosts Tribute to Great Jewish-American Songwriters, September 2, 2007

On September 2, I presented a Tribute to the Great Jewish-American Songwriters as an alternate program to the Yiddish Hour. The playlist for that program may be found by clicking here

During my program, I gave a short overview on  composer Harold Arlen, drawing mostly from a New Yorker article written by John Lahr. 

The entirety of that article may be read by clicking here





Craig Burk hosts Italian Hour, September 2, 2007


Craig Burk hosts the Italian Hour, September 2, 2007

I was guest host on the Italian Hour on September 2, 2007.  To see my  playlist, click here

During his program, I singled out the great singer-songwriter Fabrizio De Andre for special praise. To learn more about this legendary artist,  click here

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