Banjo. Lavta. Tamborello. Already a collection of instruments that don’t seem to go together at first glance. But Rhiannon Giddens wants you to know that they do. And as she says, “that’s the point of the whole thing.”
Giddens has always leaned into the hidden history and uncovered connections between styles of music and the people who created them. And the result of this work shines in There is no Other, her recent album with percussionist, early music specialist and jazz musician Francesco Turrisi.
Listen to the full episode for exclusive insight into the album, including which of the tracks they recorded in only one take, with no rehearsal beforehand. And in the attached video, see their collaboration in action.