NPR really has been impressing me with some of their out of left-field picks for their critically acclaimed Tiny Desk Concert series, particularly that of French/Lebanese multi-instrumentalist Abaji and Columbian jazz harpist Edmar Castaneda.
I couldn’t find an embeddable video of Abaji’s performance at music guru Bob Boilen’s desk (for that, you’ll have to go directly to the source — and trust me, you’ll want to do it), however, here is him performing “Desert to Desert” off his most recent LP entitled Origine Orients. This really is mind-blowing stuff.
As for Edmar Castaneda, check out his amazing fifteen-minute performance showcasing his killer harp skills that would even leave Joanna Newsom’s mouth agape:
I couldn’t find any freely downloadable mp3s of either one, but thankfully there is a wealth of videos uploaded on youtube displaying their amazing talent, so check them out!