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International Airspace

Jonathan May curates a monthly show uncovering cross-cultural and future-thinking sounds from around the world. From regional folk to afrofuturism, International Airspace offers a widened view of local music in a global age.

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Broadcasts from International Airspace:

International Airspace: Last Days of Radiance


It’s August bank holiday weekend, so we’re carving out a space of solitude here in east London with a hazy summer show to soak up the final days of sunshine.

Image: Harvest in Provence – Van Gogh

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Posted on: August 28, 2017

International Airspace: Tribute to John Coltrane


In this month’s International Airspace we pay tribute to the visionary composer, bandleader and musician John Coltrane, who died 50 years ago this week.

Exploring his prolific back-catalogue we listen to some of his most profound works, sounds from the incredible artists closest to him, and the legacy he left behind.

Image by Leigh McCloskey

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Posted on: July 28, 2017

International Airspace: LDN Jazz

This month the show is dedicated to the London Jazz scene, and some of the most exciting artists making music in the UK capital today.

London – second most culturally diverse city in the world and with a legendary bass-heavy club culture – is producing Jazz musicians who are drawing influences from everywhere and filling classic London venues such as Village Underground, XOYO and Scala. From Afro-futurist flare to the darker edges of London’s club scene, we explore the shifting sound of London’s most exciting music scene.

Image: Preparations for Birds, 1963, Joan Miro

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Posted on: February 26, 2017

International Airspace: Winter Blues

It’s the first show 2017 and as we all combat the January blues, and with the infamous Blue Monday right around the corner, this show is dedicated to the stories, sounds and catharsis that only the Blues can offer.

From the banks of the Mississippi River to the deserts of the Sahara, we’re exploring the sounds and influence of Blues music wherever it appears from hard times in the sprawling urban city to the refugee camp.

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Posted on: January 16, 2017

International Airspace: Songs for the Dead

On this month’s show we’re celebrating Mexico’s Día de Muertos with an entire show dedicated to music for the dead. From the funeral dirge to voodou ceremonies, we explore songs and sounds across the world that help us commune with the deceased.

Thanks for Hannah, Dana, Pame, Jimena and my beloved Mexico City family for all the help and inspiration for this month’s show.

Show tip:
The last track, Allen Toussaint’s funeral procession, is an extended field recording for this upload. I suggest listening to this track with headphones on. As the person recording wanders through the second line and the tempo picks up, you can hear various instruments and voices coming in and out of focus. Listen closely and you can really hear each mourner playing their heart out for Mr Toussaint 🙂

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Posted on: November 6, 2016