Tuesday, April 8, 2014


August 2, 1951 – June 3, 2011

Offbeat presenter Karishmeh Felfeli remembers Andrew Gold, one of the most innovative, prodigious talents of popular music and shares some of her favourite songs from his extraordinary legacy on this edition of the program. In this program, Karishmeh reveals just what it was that made Gold such a rare talent in popular music. From his gifts as a singer/songwriter, to his incredible abilities as a multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer, the program features some of his most well known songs, as well as some lesser known gems, including the incredible "Crawl into the Light", from one of his last albums. Instead of his work as a song-writer for other artists, this edition of Offbeat features Gold singing and playing his own music. A deeply personal tribute program, and a celebration of a wonderful musician. 

In past seasons, Offbeat has featured a mixture of legendary classical, world and contemporary artists (Leon Fleisher, Marni Nixon, Dave Davies, Zakir Hussain, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Byron Janis) with writers (Jaishree Misra), composers (David Carbonara of Mad Men fame) and the occasional program about nature, animals and compassionate living. Apart from the weekly eclectic mix of music and conversation, all chosen by pianist/singer Karishmeh Felfeli, the program has also featured specials on a range of subjects -  from "Bollywood" to "Electronica" and "Americana" to "Fantasia". The next season of the program returns at the usual time of 9.00 p.m. GMT on Saturdays, and repeats on Tuesdays at 11.00 a.m. and features a typically unpredictable mix of documentaries, features, interviews and music specials. Here's some of what you can look forward to in August 2011.

"Andrew Gold (1951 - 2011) - Lonely Boy" - A Musical tribute to one of popular music's most brilliant minds and underappreciated talents.

"On pianists and musical mavericks" - Kevin Bazzana, author of the definitive biography of Glenn Gould, and the remarkable biography of  forgotten genius Ervin Nyíregyházi, discusses the golden age of piano playing, the subjects of his two biographies, and much more.

"Adventures in Iran" - Nicholas Jubber shares his experiences about travelling and living in contemporary Iran, being immersed in Ferdowsi's poetry, and Karishmeh Felfeli features some of the greatest historic and contemporary music from Iran.

ALSO IN SEPTEMBER - An actor from HBO's "The Wire", a legendary Goan musician, a French film-maker renowned for his films about great classical musicians, a Hollywood film composer, plus some of Ireland's most exciting young artists, musicians and performers.

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