“Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders,” produced by Steve Talbot ’70, will premier this Friday, 10/5/12, on PBS at 9 p.m. (check local listings). Two years ago, KQED aired the pilot; the SF Chronicle notes further development on a fine product, calling it a “thoughtful and probing documentary.”
“It’s taken a long time for the Bay Area’s Talbot Players and producer Steve Talbot to get the new music documentary series “Sound Tracks” on the air, but as the show’s Friday premiere shows, it was well worth the wait.
“Two years ago, KQED aired an early pilot of the show, whose subtitle remains ‘Music Without Borders,’ then featuring segments on Fela Kuti, Portuguese singer Mariza, the Russian pop hit ‘A Man Like Putin’ and the music of Kazakhstan. The pilot had a lot going for it, but felt a bit rough in places.
“The series premiere shows what a difference two years of careful development and work can produce. Hosted by Public Radio International’s Marco Werman, Friday’s show begins with a fascinating profile of Julie Fowlis, a young singer who lives on a remote island off the coast of Scotland where the inhabitants are among the 60,000 people left in the world who speak the ancient Scottish Gaelic tongue.”
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