Ivan Tucakov & TR @ JAZZ.FM91 – Identities: The Documentary Series

Ivan Tucakov, Alan Lysaght and Paul McGrathTwo award winning film-makers, Alan Lysaght and Paul McGrath spent last two years traveling around Canada interviewing a handful of world musicians for the Toronto based radio station Jazz FM91. The Maytree foundation asked them to research and find people who moved away from their homes, found a new home in Canada and established themselves with a new community and continued developing their art and music in the new environment. I was one of them.

We spent a couple of days together basically hanging out and recording a few hours of informal interviews. The experience was remarkable, we shared a variety of life stories back and forth. I surely was as interested in their life stories as much as they were in mine. They even told me about their experience at John & Yoko’s “Bed-ins for Peace” in ’69. On the last day of their visit, they attended one of Tambura Rasa concerts, interviewed some of the band members and they even requested to chat to some of my close friends for many years.

The series is finally ready and is about to start airing next week. The line up of musicians is phenomenal and I am honored to share this documentary series with all these world class artists. You can tune in at JAZZ.FM91’s “Documentary Sundays” at 4:00 pm EST (1:00pm PST) on the dates below.

A big thank you to Jazz FM and all the fans for the years of support that enabled me to be in this program. Enjoy listening to the series and see you at a show soon! 🙂


Sunday, October 6, Robi Botos
Sunday, October 13, Sophie Milman
Sunday, October 20, Qiu Xia He
Sunday, October 27, Waleed Abdulhamid
Sunday, November 3, Anwar Khurshid
Sunday, November 10, Roberto Lopez / Ivan Tucakov

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