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Checkout Sesh (Almost Lost): Knower's Genevieve Artadi & Nay Flutist Faris Ishaq

The Checkout 20210923
Faris Ishaq (Courtesy of artist) and Genevieve Artadi (Daniel Sunshine)
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Faris Ishaq and Genevieve Artadi

We are in the midst of The Checkout’s fundraising efforts. So we wanted to bring you something special. Here are two interview sessions, almost lost, and rehabilitated for the occasion. The two phenomenal guests: Knower's Genevieve Artadi and jazz nay flutist, Faris Ishaq.

First, Artadi speaks with me (onstage from Jazz Middelheim in Belgium in 2019) about her brilliant creative partnership with Louis Cole, her labelmate on the Brainfeeder label. She provides insight into what makes their art so potent, and the genesis moment that sparked their viral activity online, including the amusing backstory behind their first video, "Like A Storm," made over a decade ago.

It should be noted that Artadi continues to make compellingly eccentric films with or without Cole. She routinely ropes in another core collaborator, Pedro Martins. Here’s a concert film in celebration of her solo recording debut, A Dizzy Strange Summer. She dubs it a Racecar Bed Mini-Set.

Then, on another edition of My Music, Berklee Global Jazz Institute’s Faris Ishaq tells his fascinating story being the world's first self-proclaimed jazz nay flute artist. Growing up in Palestine, he was introduced to the ancient flute by his uncle after being stung by a bee. As a precocious 12-year-old, he describes being able to make sound on the difficult and arcane woodwind. From that moment, he says the instrument "chose him." He guides us on his debut recording journey in Tripolarity. It's a mystical-sounding album that combines his nay flute mastery with his other vocation: music therapy. Watch him perform solo nay flute and percussion on "Thoth's Messengers."

For more than 15 years, Simon Rentner has worked as a host, producer, broadcaster, web journalist, and music presenter in New York City. His career gives him the opportunity to cover a wide spectrum of topics including, history, culture, and, most importantly, his true passion of music from faraway places such as Europe, South America, and Africa.