Ian Nagoski is a music researcher and record producer.
His label, Canary Records, has an astounding discography. It is free to listen, easy to support; most albums only cost a few dollars & include a full booklet of notes. There is a wealth of Ottoman-American Diaspora music, but all kinds of other forgotten treasures as well. Music from across space and time.
There is so much, in fact, that the catalog can be overwhelming. Below are a few of my recommendations.
Huge thanks to John Devecka and WLOY for engineering the interview and making this episode possible!
The perfect place to start.
To What Strange Place: The Music of the Ottoman-American Diaspora is the album that turned me on to this whole scene. The compilation contains many of the tracks featured in the episode.
The Further the Flame, the Worse it Burns Me
An album of Marika Papagika at her best, including the spine-chilling Smyrneiko Minore.
I Am Servant of Your Voice
A full album of Zabelle Panosian’s sublime, haunting singing, including multiple takes of ‘Groung (Crane).’