(feedback is welcomed via firstname.lastname@example.org)
Heidi-Jane Schwabe, The Mission, SF
Gosh, Dore, I'm not sure you could possibly even imagine how much all your
hard work and your love of good music is helping the people around you. I
sat listening to your show last night feeling injected with relief. So
much chaos going on around us but, for me, your show - and even more
specifically, your high standards - they're like an oasis, an island of
inspiration. And hope. And sanity.
I'm seriously so grateful. And yeah, Ibrahim Maalouf - that was awesome!
Waz Thomas, Bolinas
30 years (Tangents on air). That is the same length of time that
I have worked at Commonweal coming here and co-founding the Commonweal
Cancer Help Program in which I was yoga teacher, meditation guide - I
led healing writing sessions and facilitated healing circles. During
that time I had an HIV diagnosis ( 1986), a prostate ca diagnosis
(2009) and a stroke, very cool neurological event (April 12, 2015) -
I'm just fine! Through all this and much more listening to Tangents and
Mr. Stein - thank you, thank you, Bro. May you thrive!
It is amazing and inexplicable!
Peace and ease and choons.
Rita K. Cahn, SF
Thank-you for years of awesome programming + for Gaza Corner.
Chris Botsch, SF
I love your program - Recently discovered and have
switched my Saturday night listening from KQED to KALW to hear Tangents
and Gaza Corner.
Kent Khtikian, Bolinas
I appreciate your perspective on Israel. Not simply because it
is rational, but because it is rational and you are Jewish. I
have had arguments with Armenians who take the position that Turks owe
"retribution" to Armenians. While that issue is not nearly as hot
as what you face, the uncomfortableness of facing down my ethnic
fellows and to take an opposing position to them that I believe (or at
least imagine) is rational, permits me some small degree of empathy
with what you do with a harder situation and on a more frequent
If I believed in God, I would say that you are one of her angels.
Ileana Soto, Berkeley
Thanks for your advocacy and courage on behalf of the Palestinians and all those who struggle with such oppression.
Waz Thomas, Bolinas
30 years (Tangents). That is the same length of time that I have worked
at Commonweal coming here and co-founding the Commonweal Cancer Help
Program in which I was yoga teacher, meditation guide - I led healing
writing sessions and facilitated healing circles. During that time I
had an HIV diagnosis ( 1986), a prostate ca diagnosis (2009) and a
stroke, very cool neurological event (April 12, 2015) - I'm just fine!
Through all this and much more listening to Tangents and Mr. Stein -
thank you, thank you, Bro. May you thrive!
It is amazing and inexplicable!
Peace and ease and choons.
Lorraine Cline, Mill Valley
Thanks so much for an amazing show last Saturday on KALW.
I especially liked Tony Joe White and Shelby Lynne. We are so
lucky to have you every Saturday night!
Fernanda Monmany lives SF, from Buenos Aires
I wanted to tell you how much I love the music you play. It takes me places....
I am going to Turkey next Wednesday, and listening to this music right
now makes me fly away and forget all that is to forget. Thank
Buenas noches y gracias por la musica.
Thanks -- just heard the show for the first time tonight (5/23/15) -- fabulous music -- esp Niyaz and Nishtiman!
I'm a big fan of your show, and really appreciate your dedication to it, and your love
of beautiful, challenging music.
Tessa Spargo live in SF, from South Africa
I am a recent but huge fan of the program. So appreciated
poignant hommage to Palmyra this evening. Loved (Anouar) Brahem piece
Dee from Oaktown
So love your selections, quite wonderful!
Thank you for embellishing my world!
Yaya Fanusie, Sierra Leone and SF
Thanks for enriching my Musical Capital. Continue being an Evangelist of the unknown talents(MUSIC) of the WORLD.
Frank Buffum, SF
As a musician, the resource of Tangents opens my musical perspective
into realms I might not otherwise come to hear. Much like the way
KALW functions with its wide range of intelligent programming.
Thanks to Dore, Tangents, and to all the supporters who enable KALW to
keep expanding our perspective.
Jennifer Gampell, Santa Rosa + Thailand
I rely on you for all the latest world music, trenchant commentary on
the latest global egregiousness, and your incredibly energetic on-air
presence. You’re one of a kind and such a shining beacon amidst the
dross that passes as radio today.
Always appreciative of what you give us over the airwaves.
I love your show each week. If I don't catch it all on Saturday
night I tune into the archive in the week that follows. Love the
good music and surprises. I renewed my membership tonight.
Ted Rucker, Castro Valley
Met the love of my life, Mayona, at a Tangents party.
Thomas Anderson, Berkeley
Tangents is one of my favorite shows on the radio. The quality and variety of music and news is excellent.
Brenda Cravens, SF
Dore's a San Francisco treasure. I'm happy to have the good luck to find Tangents.
Ileana Soto, Berkeley
Thank-you for advocacy for human rights.
Siobhan LaRue, Oakland
Tangents helps to inspire my cooking. Helps me spice thinks up in the kitchen.
Roxanne Avey, SF
Love the variety and Dore's travels and the music he brings back.
Randy Fincher, Phoenix
Tangents is a cool drink of water in the desert.
Nick Winkworth, Palo Alto
A huge thank-you to Dore Stein for nurturing a wonderful community of like-minded, intelligent and fascinating people.
David Airey, Petaluma
The best music show on radio buttons by one of the best guys on radio.
Barbra Paschk, SF
Never know what you're going to hear
Jennifer Gately, Bolinas
Tangential radio rocks. I love how eclectic, worldly and intelligent this show is.
Donald Fortescue, Oakland
Addicted to Tangents
Sandy Sonnenfelt, Oakland
I'd like to thank Dore for great ear candy. He has introduced me to a lot of music I would not otherwise have found.
Karen Merigo, SF
Tangents is a great program. Reminds me of radio in Italy in old days when it was real!
The world is a better place with Tangents.
Just discovered Tangents tonight for first time. It made a boring evening of painting into an outstanding night.
Eclectic doesn't begin to describe you.
I just wanted you to know how much I am enjoying your
show tonight. I always dig the music you play, but your guests
tonight added an extra dimension that I really appreciated.
It was wonderful to listen to your guest describe
what happened in Greece. It gave me a sense of context as well as
a personal view of what the Greek people experienced. Otherwise,
the Greek revolution would've remained just one of many events
concentrated in those years to me. Instead, I have a more detailed
idea of what it was like for them, thanks to you.
Now you are playing FANTASTIC Iranian music. Truly a great show, Dore. Thank you so, so much for doing
this every Saturday night.
As usual, I'm painting while I listen to the show.
3/29/1962 - 7/25/13
Tuva's Music Ambassador to the world
Tangents Community Responds to the passing of Kongar-ool Ondar
in memory of Kongar-ol Ondar
by Clara Hsu
the udder is filling
a distant thunder
like rain it comes
like rain it drops
fast and furious
O skin O supple boundary
kumiss, my life
my blood my milk
heavy are the lungs
heavy are the veins
O skin O supple boundary
a horse is galloping
a bird screeches
cannot be held
cannot be drunk
Kumiss, my throat is parched
take all you want
my eyes are burning
the seams are breaking
Could I make tongue say more than tongue could utter! Could I make
brain grasp more than brain could think! Could I weave into immortal
denseness some small brede of words, pluck out of sunken depths the
roots of living, some hundred thousand magic words that were as great
as all my hunger, and hurl the sum of all my living out upon three
hundred pages—then death could take my life, for I had lived it ere he
took it: I had slain hunger, beaten death!
Kongar-ol Ondar (1962-2013) was a master Tuvan throat singer.
Kumiss is fermented mare’s milk. A Tuvan drink.
Kargyraa is a deep sounding style of Tuvan throat singing.
“Could I make tongue...” passage by Thomas Wolfe, The Web and The Rock.
Emails from Tangents listeners on learning of Kongar-ool's passing:
Ted J. Rucker
Thanks so much for sharing the sad news that the great Ondar has
passed. I was there that magical night at Castro Theater. He, Ondar was
amazing, he had a presence you could feel form a distance. It was
through you and Tangents that I really came to love and understand
Tuvan throat singing. He lives on in his own words... throat singing...
"the immortal part of ourselves."
Please share the dates of the fund raiser. I will share this email and
others with my friends. Perhaps we could ask for donations as well from
those who cannot attend.
May his body rest in peace as his sweet soul rises.
Music is the magic.
Goodbye, The Real Deep Throat. KOL was a big-hearted, generous
man and so good to Paul Pena. The standards of friendship are set
by people like him
This was a sad surprise for me. I've seen Kongar-ool Ondar and the
others many times; and I felt his was the most pure expression of joy
and delight. Just looking at his smiling face was all you needed.
I'll share this little memory, from a performance by Kongar-ool Ondar
and his band at Noe Valley Ministry. "This song is about a horse," he'd
say; followed by "here's a song about a horse that's running." Then
again, "this is a song about a herd of horses." And then, finally,
"this song is about a pretty girl… … … and her horse!"
He could barely contain his laughter.
and one more from Mimi:
A lot of my friends are sharing thoughts on the passing of Kongar-ool Ondar, and one pointed me to this: overtone music played on tuba. (I suppose you could call it "tuba throat singing"??) Enjoy.
Paul and I send our deep love and condolence for KO's passing. Paul and
I were blessed to be a part of that early experience of them, and we
were blessed to have been there the night they arrived in California-
at Ralph Leighton's wife's sisters house - and at the art museum. I
remember they arrived late after Ralph had taken them to the hot
tubs! What a beautiful funny and very real soul he was and what
beautiful times. His voice and spirit live on. Thanks Dore!
Thank you so much for your recent hour on Kongar-ol Ondar. What a wonderful tribute to such a beautiful being.
Your, Lemon's and Seth's love for Kongar-ol was palpable. What an irreplaceable treasure he was.
Lemon's recording was jewel-like in its perfection.
And was it Seth who said, "When he smiled, it was like they turned the stadium lights on!"?
While it seems fitting for the recording to disappear from the KALW
archive site in a few days, I'm writing to ask if there is any
possibility that it could remain available for listening or
downloading. On the Tangents website, perhaps? Or as a podcast?
On the other hand, Kongar-ol's departure is also a lesson in
impermanence. If it isn't possible to hear the tribute after Saturday,
I will hold the precious memory in my heart.
Thank you for your dedication to your listeners and the musicians of the world.
I was really bummed to hear about Kongar. I think I won tickets from you to see the screening of Genghis Blues
at the Castro where he performed. Above and beyond his musical
talent, he had such an amazing aura about him. Just his smile was
electrifying in a calming and disarming way, even from way across the
room. It made me very sad to know that the world is without that
Thank you Dore. Although the news is bad. What a wonderful man he was.
Sad news. He was way too young to go.
I love your story about that first call from Paul Pena.
I trust you'll keep us posted about the film screening.
How may I donate to Kongar's memory?
Thank you for sending this announcement - I doubt I would have seen it
otherwise. I was in the audience when he performed at the Asian
Art Museum in the '90's and was blown away. I had no idea what to
expect and my attempts to describe it to friends afterwards were
completely inadequate. It saddened me to learn he was only 51
when he died. He had such a sweet demeanor. I've also seen
Genghis Blues and if there's a memorial screening I'll definitely
I won't be home to hear your program this evening - at least not the 9
o'clock hour - but I got my Echoes of Tuva CD out and will play
it and remember a unique and special experience.
Please let me know if there are plans for a screening of Genghis Blues or other form of benefit
to raise funds for Kongar-ool's children.
If they would like music at the event I would be happy to organize something.
I think that the benefit for Paul Pena- may be the first time we met and I still remember it fondly.
Oh that is sad. Once he came to a Haunted by Waters rehearsal, it
was REALLY fun!!...he did throat singing on one of the more
gaelic-sounding songs...i.i have a cassette somewhere but who can play
such things anymore.
as the yout say: OMG!
This is a hard one.. I met Kongar at the asian & the next time over , he brought his son. He is not very old !
A totally cool guy and path finder for TIvan music into the "west". I didn't know he was called "KO" in musical circles!
I am not a CD buyer, not in my budget, but I have a few I will have to pull out and indulge now/
OH! my heart!
I am sure he is out there, in tune with the cosmos..... at one w/the hearts he touched through his singing!
That’s sad news. He was a shining light.
OK is a great ambassador for world music - he lives on in song and sound.
Dore, thank you for this heartfelt tribute to an exceptional artist,
one the world was honored to hold and will never forget. Thank
you for your part in his western presence. with love,
Sorry to learn, just now, of Kongar-ool Ondar's passing...a unique voice and remarkable spirit.
Very sad news, Dore. "Genghis Blues" is one of my favorite films,
even more for the people in it than for the story. And it's a wonderful
story. My sincere empathy and best wishes for all of Kongar-ool's
family, and for everybody who knew him personally or even felt that
they knew him through his wonderful openness in "Genghis Blues".
We get older, and one by one we lose family, friends, and people
we love and admire. It's never fair, only inevitable. Even so, I feel
that I'm a better person for having heard some of Kongar-ool's music,
for having seen a bit into his friendship with Paul Pena, and in general
for the gifts of his talents and his humanity, all of which made the world
a better place.
I'm glad you'll be paying tribute to him - it'll be good to hear his voice once again.
So sad - please let me know when the memorial screening is scheduled.
Sad indeed, I still listen to my "KO" CD's and i still remember
meeting Paul at a Tangents Party in Radio Valencia, that was the first
time I heard of Tuva and it was a very memorable evening.
Another very memorable evening was in the church in the Presidio, music that made the hairs atand up on the back of my neck.
Even though I have a copy of Genghis Blues I would love to see it again on the big screen especially in the Castro..
Keep us posted.
I will hoist one in Kongar-ool's memory this evening.
sad to hear. would be happy to see Genghis Blues again.
Thank you for this sad news....I too remember his singing at the Castro for Genghis Blues -- so sorry. A loss, indeed.
General Tangential Feedback
Julia Gilden, Oakland
I was listening to Tangents last
night, very much enjoying the music. I just returned from a
couple months in Israel. Just like all the music - beautiful,
creative, tense, anxious -- anyway, I would love to get a copy of
Kinan Asme's piece you played.
Rita Karuna Cahn, San Francisco
Thanks for your show & especially for "Gaza Corner!"
Guitarist Cenk Erdogan, Istanbul, Turkey
You are very important in my life Dore. You have a vision of future and you know how to rotate people and I love it :)
Guitarist Danny Heines, San Francisco
You play the best fucking music!!!! Week after week.
I learn about new music or am otherwise inspired every time I listen.
Keep up the good work!!
Tim Isom, Outer Richmond (SF)
I have the most creative burst listening to your show - multitasking like a banchee as we speak!
Jackson Nichols, Fremont
tune into Tangents every Saturday night. I am a film photographer
(black and white) and your program is perfect for working in the
Keep stretching my boundaries.
Jane Phillips, Berkeley: I
happened to tune into Tangents last Saturday, while you were playing
that cut by Dhafer Youssef and Paolo Fresu from the Belgrade festival,
and I was stopped dead in my tracks. That was amazing. I
did not want to move, so as not to miss a note. I'm so sorry it
isn't commercially available; perhaps you can urge somebody to produce
it -- and more of their collaborations.
I'm emailing to ask if there's any possibility that you can play it again on Tangents --
and if so, could you please let me know when, not only for my own
listening experience, but I want to let other people know about it, in
particular, Rachid and Adil, the owners of Mo'Joe Cafe -- perhaps you
know them; they're both from Morocco, run a very cozy coffee shop at
the corner of Sacramento and Blake in Berkeley, and are deeply devoted
the arts. They have occasional concerts (not just of Middle Eastern music, but all kinds
of music, art exhibits, and readings. I'm sure that they'd be
very interested in hearing this. Tangents is a wonderful program.
Arabella Dorth, San Francisco:
Great music programming and appreciate the playlist - you've introduced
me to some fantastic artists, whose music I carry with me on my iPhone.
Don Coolidge, Palo Alto: Whenever
I go to bed on Saturdays, I make sure that my clock radio's sleep
function will keep Tangents playing until midnight, even if I fall
asleep earlier. A few weeks ago I did fall asleep, but for some reason
woke up shortly before midnight while you were playing Brian Eno's 1/1
from "Music For Airports". I woke up with the most profound sense of
peace and well-being imaginable, and it only
increased as the song continued. It's so much like a Zen mantra, except
that it never repeats quite exactly, and both the piano and the
background sounds were so
calming, so expansively celestial, and so simple and right, that I was left
with the deepest sense of peace and happiness I've had for as far back
as I can remember.
It's become my salvation whenever I'm in especially stressful commute-time
traffic, and I play it on a lot of other occasions as well. I'm not usually an
ambient-music sort, despite liking "Music From the Hearts Of Space", so
this is highly unusual behavior on my part. And once again I must thank you
for introducing me to music I'd never heard before, that I now own and love.
It was also fine to once again hear the Trey Gunn piece "Into The Wood"
last Saturday, another of my favorites that I own and that you play a few times
I know that when I comment on things I've liked about Tangents broadcasts, I
usually mention only artists I either own works by or am about to (lots of those,
for sure), and hardly ever talk about the other numbers you play, rarely talking
about the world music segments (not never, but rarely). Just need to say that
I enjoy those tremendously as well, and that they, too, have frequently led to
increases in my music library's depth and breadth. So, once again, thanks.
Thomas Bruder, West Hollywood: Wonderful show last week:
from Machito to Dr John, Mahmoud Ahmed, Keyvan Chemirini and so many
other great tracks. I think Mahwash has made some of the most
beautiful music I’ve ever heard—hope you play more of her!
I’m from Florida by way of Tennessee. I was a student of foreign
languages, and became addicted to internet radio from France and
Germany to train my ear for language. One station I listened to all the
time was Multikulti before they shut it down—such a shame! But of
course they still have multikulti.fm. I came across your show through
Multikulti, if you can believe it. I immediately started listening
directly from your website after I discovered it. I *love* middle
eastern music, particularly Turkish, Israeli, and Iranian music, and
others, and also love Indian classical and folk music. Your show has
introduced me to so many great performers, and also a broad,
complementary mix of other music from other cultures.
My wife and I moved to California recently, and I am preparing for the
California bar exam next week. Your show has been the soundtrack to my
I just want to say how fabulous Tangents is.
I've grown up listening to flamenco (Manitas de Plata when I was a mere 7 years old),
John McLaughlin and all that jazz and Tangents is right in my groove; a
continual delight. I'll never forget hearing Derek Trucks playing
Sahib Terri Bandi for the first time on the radio in my kitchen.
Keep it up man, I so appreciate what you're doing (not to mention
sticking up bravely for the Palestinians). Many, many thanks!
Lou Winant, Seattle, WA: " I spent an entire undergraduate career
staying up late to listen to Tangents. These were heady days of massive
musical exposure--Rabih Abou-Khalil (learning what an 'oud' is!), Ali
Farka Toure (when his catalog was still on Mango and relatively
unknown), Michael Hedges (RIP), Mouth Music (well before ethno-techno
was big). This was my soundtrack to education and an education in
Since then...my own chance to explore live on radio via a world music
show on KCBX (San Luis Obispo)...deciding that I had to further with
this thing and entering an ethnomusicology program in Seattle...and now
almost done with a Masters.
Thanks for broadening my perspective and even giving me a path to
follow. Three cheers for musical diversity. La "Tangents" viva!
Mary Connors, SF: Dore Stein has been gifted with a vision. And,
because I live in the Bay Area, I am one of the fortunate recipients.
Long before there was so much discussion about the healing force of
music, Dore was choosing pieces that dipped into the well of our
hearts, stirred our imaginations, expanded our sensitivity and
knowledge of other cultures, and last but certainly not least,
excavated our passion. In just one evening, I can experience the spirit
of Finland, the journeying of Tuvans, the innocence of Estonia. My only
wish at this time would be for Tangents to be available nationally for
all of my friends and family to partake. I have sent tape recordings
across the country but they don't add up to Tangents live and so fully
Jeffrey Porter, SF: "Your show is the only music show I tune into on a
regular basis on the radio. There is nothing like it! The abundant
information, resources and education regarding music not typically
heard on the airwaves is so rich. It is one of the high-points of
living in the Bay Area. KALW is permanently dialed into my car radio
because of programs like Tangents!"
Louisa Spier, Oakland: "An exquisite blend of genres"
Todd Semo, SF: "Thank-you for an eye-opening show."
Chris Matzner, Berkeley: "I really enjoy Tangents -- it's a great way
to find out about music that I'd have no exposure to otherwise."
Lynda "Lulu" Winslow, Berkeley: "Thank-you for such a quantum leap in understanding different types of music."
Carla Power, SF: "The first time I heard Tangents I was immediately
drawn to it. When Tangents ends I begrudgingly turn off my radio and
return to the same cd's I always hear. That is why I love the radio -
it is something new to listen to that you don't own."
(Carla has since passed away and is deeply missed.)
Dan Ciccaroni, SF: "I was mesmermized."
Mimi Heft, SF: "You have the record collection of my dreams, and I
think Tangents is the very best there is on the radio. Thank you so
much for providing all of us--musicians and listeners alike--with
exposure that would otherwise be unavailable."
Pamela Stagnaro, Alameda: "It is very important to me to have a station
that plays eclectic, multicultural music. I look so forward to the
show. I am not aware of any other show in the area that compares (when
I travel to LA I catch "The Other Side" on KCRW out of Santa Monica).
Anything you can do to keep Tangents on the air is greatly appreciated."
David Swope, Marin: "I don't think I can live without Dore Stein's
Tangents show. There's no other program that gives us such variety,
depth and special attention to world music and to all the eclectic
musical tastes of San Franciscans."
Bob Bogard: "Tangents is such an amazing show -- you have a truly
excellent talent for finding really stunning pieces and choosing songs
from all cultures and music styles that fit together nicely."
Peter Scott: "You are a music mixing maestro. You care about the music
you play and their combinations are great and sometimes bordering on
the sublime. But hush now. One should stand back and become more
objective in praise and appraisal. But the man can put some shit
T.H. (SF): "Boadens my horizons"
Amy Hanks, Petaluma: "The shrinking of boundaries between nations and
ethnicities which is so important for peace in the next century
necessitates learning about many aspects of other cultures. Mediums
such as music that allow us direct access to the hearts and
sensibilities of other peoples are an invaluable part of this process,
and Dore does an admirable job of selecting works of this nature that
are both interesting and enjoyable. I am also consistently impressed by
his ability to accentuate the synthesis of cultures that has already
taken place in some musical circles thrugh his selection of works by
artists in the West that incorporate ideas, sounds, and rhythms from
Lilinah Biti-Anat, Oakland: "Thank you for your wonderful shows. Even
better than Free Form Radio of the '70's. Your shows are truly unique
(although i realize this word is much abused and misused)."
Stewart Caskin, Sausalito: "Tangents is a holiday in my heart everytime I hear it."
Suzanne Ayriss, SF: "I must say, I really do love your show and your hard work."
Mary Small, Corte Madera: "Everytime I turn on the radio I wish it was Tangents. It's one of the best things in my life"
Bethany Richardson, Fairfax : "I've never heard anything like it."
Hanafi Russell: "Dore creates a feeling in his listeners of their being
part of an exciting, elite community. He brings us along on the quest
for the kind of new music that is welling up between cultures just like
the volcanoes that form where the continental plates meet. New
technology is allowing different musics to ricochet off all sorts of
aesthetic surfaces, each time taking on new spins and going off on new
tangents. We are both being exposed to many kinds of indigenous music
that are just now being made available and hearing new blends and
mergings that are forming where they meet western culture. This is an
exciting time, and Dore is there tracking and bringing it to us.
Dore does not just spin the music. He cares about the musicians and his
listeners. He informs us about the musicians, promotes worthwhile local
events, and carries on a lively connection with us listeners through
concert giveaways and amusing contests. I once responded to a contest
question when Dore was asking for an obscure word beginning with "e"
and meaning "warm praise." The word I thought of, eulogy, was not the
one that he was thinking of, encomium, but he said he "would put it to
the judges" in the studio. It was that kind of good spirit that makes
the show a lot of fun."
Cheryl Cohen, SF: "You have great musical antennae."
Cici Kinsman, Oakland: "World's best radio is Tangents!"
Kendall Hoffman, SF: "I love this show because it feeds my soul."
Bruce Averill, Petaluma: "Intellectually and in my heart I'm loving it."
G.S.: "Thanks for a consistently enjoyable show: thanks for playing a
track from Eno and Byrne's "My Life In the Bush of Ghosts on Saturday
(?) I remember buying that album (vinyl) at Rasputin's in Berkeley a
looooong time ago. Keep up the good work. Your show is invariably
interesting and challenging and I appreciate the fact that it features
stuff I've never heard next to stuff I haven't heard in a long time."
Rashmi: "Penetrating my cloud and making me clear inside."
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