Every time I think I’ve grown tired of gimmicky global music pairings—klezmer meets calypso! chanting monks go techno!—I run into another combination that suggests there’s some deep universal taproot of musical expression. The latest strange bedfellows I’ve come across: Appalachian and Nepalese music. The musicians behind the documentary The Mountain Music Project—A Musical Odyssey from Appalachia to Himalaya set out in search of threads between the two traditions, and from the looks (and sounds) of this trailer they found plenty:
The Bluegrass Blog reports that the film has been nominated for best music feature in the World Music and Independent Film Festival.