I was told by the owner of the Arab grocery where I used to buy a lot of music that after the Gulf War (1991), there was an increased interest in Iraqi music, among Arabs in general (many of whom ordinarily would hardly be listening to any of it). I get the distinct impression that more CDs of Iraqi music are showing up for sale online these days.
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― H (Heruy), Wednesday, 16 July 2003 15:53 (10 years ago) Permalink
I found some things I really liked: Nagat, from Egypt; a great song by Saad Abd el Wahab (who is apparently the brother of Mohammed Abd el Wahab); and songs under the "Aghany Ramadan" section which I believe means Ramadan songs...
― arch Ibog (arch Ibog), Wednesday, 16 July 2003 18:22 (10 years ago) Permalink
arch Ibog, I think mazika.com actually is legitimate, but most of those artists don't interest me much. (Haven't looked recently.)
Nagat has some okay songs. I find the ones I've heard drag a little bit at times though.
I've heard some songs sung by Abdel Wahab that I've really liked, but I've also heard some where his singing wasn't so hot. I've heard contradictory things about his singing, some people saying that after a certain point early in his career his voice was no good; some people saying that his voice came and went; and other people saying that his voice was fine, and what are you talking about?
H, I don't know who that question is directed toward. The stuff I mean is at the top of this page: New releases.
― Rockist Scientist, Wednesday, 16 July 2003 18:58 (10 years ago) Permalink
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There's also a sometimes campy pop singer from the 70's (I assume) named Ramesh who I kind of like.
I may have one or two names to add when I'm at home, but that's it.
― Rockist Scientist, Wednesday, 16 July 2003 19:36 (10 years ago) Permalink
― Al Andalous, Saturday, 19 July 2003 19:54 (10 years ago) Permalink
Can you suggest a different source (in Engl.?)? Or d'you know what kind of a compilation said disc is, as per period and material?(THANX!)
― t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Saturday, 19 July 2003 20:07 (10 years ago) Permalink
I am not familiar with that collection, and can't find anything about it so far. I'm guessing it will be fairly early material, which I find hard to get into, if it's many pieces on one CD (although some of the film songs are fairly short and cover a period that interests me more than the pre-40's stuff).
― Al Andalous, Saturday, 19 July 2003 20:17 (10 years ago) Permalink
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― t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Saturday, 19 July 2003 20:29 (10 years ago) Permalink
SAHRAN LEWAHDE, from about the same year, is also quite good, but I think it's a little more challenging.
A lot of western listeners seem to enjoy the late recording AL ATLAL, which is also very popular with Arabs.
I personally prefer HAZIHI LAYLATY to that, as long as it's the live version. (Don't buy it unless you are sure it is.)
― Al Andalous, Saturday, 19 July 2003 20:32 (10 years ago) Permalink
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― Al Andalous, Saturday, 26 July 2003 18:24 (10 years ago) Permalink
The remix sounds really awful.
― Al Andalous, Saturday, 26 July 2003 19:08 (10 years ago) Permalink
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― H (Heruy), Saturday, 26 July 2003 21:07 (10 years ago) Permalink
But anyway, I just like it in a very immediate way. The organ sounds so cool to me. I like the spaciousness of it. It's got a feel almost like dub, but with very different rhythms and so forth. I just love the sound of doumbeks, in general, too. On a really microscopic level, there's the sound of a person's voice--I think from the audience--during the introduction, and it seems to occur at a perfect place. Some of these organ/synth sounds could either be heard as incredibly corny or as very trippy (not that I really see a contradiction there). Also, some of the melodic lines seemed very familiar to me practically the first time I heard it, and that seemed a little mysterious.
― Al Andalous, Saturday, 26 July 2003 22:34 (10 years ago) Permalink
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― Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Thursday, 11 December 2003 03:06 (10 years ago) Permalink
Nascente has a similar salsa compilation, but if anything there isn't enough junk on it. I mean, it's mostly very propper classic salsa. The newer examples seem to be from people who have some sort of agenda of maintaining the greatness of the past. I am sympathetic up to a point, but there is plenty of salsa aimed at mainstream commercial success (e.g., Grupo Niche or Gilberto Santa Rosa at their best) which is more vital than most of what I've heard from, say, Jimmy Bosch. Still, it's a good looking compilation.
― Rockist Scientist, Thursday, 11 December 2003 03:31 (10 years ago) Permalink
01 Farid El Atrache - Hebeena Hebeena
(Somewhat cheesy Farid, but popular, and I like it, but still, there is harder edged stuff that might have more appeal.)
02 Nagat - Sa'al Feya
(Don't know this song by name.)
03 Talal El Madaah - Maza Aqool Wa Qad Himt
04 Talal El Madaah - Maza Aqool Wa Qad Himt
05 Sabah - Ala Eyni Talabatak
(Don't know track by name. Sabah is pretty much old-school in style, but not as classically oriented as Oum Kalthoum.)
06 Ahmad Fat'hi - Shaqek El Ward
07 Oum Kalthoum - Ala Balad El Mahboub
08 Abdallah Balkheir - Leilah
09 Fairuz - Inshallah Ma Bu Shi
(Don't know this song. It will probably either be very good or very bad, though her voice will be fine either way.)
10 Majida El Roumi - Ana Am Bihlam
(I am not into her, though she is pretty well regarded, espcially in her home, Lebanon, I think.)
11 George Wassouf - Tabib Garah
(This is not a bad song from George Wassouf's relatively recent output.)
12 Samira Tawfic - - Ballaa Tsoubou Hal Kahwa
(Samira Tewfic has recorded some fantastic songs. I have no idea which one this is.)
13 Amr Diab - Rajeen
(With Kazem el Saher, probably one of the two biggest Arab pop singers. Zzzzz.)
14 Ilham Al Madfai - Khuttar
(An Iraqi who does an odd mix of Arab and western jazz/rock whatever. I haven't heard much by him.)
15 Nawal El Zoughbi - El Layali
16 Aamer Muneeb - Hikayatak Eih
17 Dania - Afrahou Gannouh
18 Assi Al Hilani - Ater Al Mahabah
19 Yuri Mrakidi - Takoulin
20 Elissa - Hilm Al Ahlam
21 Hisham Abbas - Habibi Dah (Nari Narien)
22 Howayda - Aghrab
23 George Al Rassy - Min Ghadr El Hob
24 The 1001 Nights Project Feat Dania [Lebanon] (Transglobal Underground Mix
25 Kareem Al Iraqi - Al Ghurbeh
26 Hasna - Gibran's Wisdom
27 Guy Manoukian - Yasmina
28 Mai & Waheed - Laish Laish Ya Jara
29 Oryx - Awakenings
30 Rida Al Abdallah - Baghdad
31 Yasser Habeeb - Elama
32 Fayez El Saeed - Baleini
33 Ilham Al Madfai - El Tufah (original mix)
34 Jawed Al Ali - El Shoug
35 The R.E.G. Project - Harem
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― H (Heruy), Friday, 12 December 2003 08:57 (10 years ago) Permalink
No. I was running behind in the afternoon, and then I wanted to eat something before I went, and then it was raining and I walked all over trying to hail a cab, dodging completely homicidal drivers in the process. I got sick of it all and decided to go home. I wish I had planned it better though, because I could have made it. The more I thought of it though, the more I didn't like the idea of his being given a limited time slot. (There was another artist on the program, and these programs definitely end at a certain time, whereas when I've seen him before, he's had the time to stretch out. Well, not in Moroccan terms, but comparatively.) Still I should have gone, but I bet nobody went into a trance; nobody ever goes into a trance at Philadelphia shows, except the occasional performer from Baluchistan.
― Rockist Scientist, Friday, 12 December 2003 15:35 (10 years ago) Permalink
re trances: when he played toronto this past summer, the reports I got were that were going into full trances and actually passing out!
― H (Heruy), Saturday, 13 December 2003 12:49 (9 years ago) Permalink
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― Rockist Scientist (rockistscientist), Thursday, 25 December 2003 01:48 (9 years ago) Permalink
Very interesting new instrumental album from Marcel Khalife. He's mixing jazz elements with Arab music, not an original idea I realize, but I like what he's doing here more than I like just about any other combination of Arab music with jazz that I've heard. I'm glad he is getting away from the big orchestral works which all sounded the same to me, and which I didn't like to begin with. The personnel includes his sons (I assume): Rami and Bachar Khalife, Peter Herbert (who typically plays with jazz musicians) on bass, and a cameo appearance by violinist Omar Guey (soloing). The first three or four tracks flow together quite nicely, but the fifth--what is this--this thing? I heard something very similar in a song on an older Khalife album. It's like an extended Chopinesque version of "Happy Birthday To You!" Unbelievably sacharine. I have no idea what he is trying to do here. Nothing else on the CD is like that one track, although I'm not crazy about his son Rami's piano playing in some cases. A little too influenced by Romantic era classical piano. (Both his sons are trained in European classical music.) Overall, I like it quite a bit. The use of vibraphones (played by Bachar) adds an unexpected color, which works extremely well with Arab rhythms. The second track has an odd disjunctive sort of rhythm that seems to borrow from free jazz. (It's not Arab, I'm sure, and it's not a straightahead jazz rhythm.) Also, the audio quality is very high. I hope this Khalife CD gets some press. (I hope the label is sending out review copies, and not just to "world music" magazines, but to other places where it might have a chance of being covered.)
― Rockist Scientist (rockistscientist), Wednesday, 31 December 2003 01:22 (9 years ago) Permalink
― Rockist Scientist (rockistscientist), Sunday, 29 February 2004 21:14 (9 years ago) Permalink
Jaz Coleman & Anne Dudley's Songs from the Victorious City.
I'm finally getting around to listening to this again (after not hearing it for a long time). I don't really understand why they import non-Arab rhythms into this. The rhythmic resources in Arabic music are very rich.
― Rockist Scientist (rockistscientist), Sunday, 23 May 2004 20:43 (9 years ago) Permalink
I'm amazed Natacha Atlas hasn't been mentioned in this thread. Highlights are Disapora, Gedida, and parts of Ayeshteni. Despite being largely Belgian/Moroccan/British, her artistic leanings are toward Egypt, and it really shows.
In the interest of variety, Mezdeke's a good example of Turkish rhythms, and exemplifies just how broad Arabic music can be. The CDs can be hard to pick up though; you'd do well to try your local Lebanese bakery.
Amr Diab? Meh. Doesn't do anything for me. Habibi's the obvious number [everyone's heard it at least once].
― You're the Wish You Are I Almanac (Autumn Almanac), Sunday, 23 May 2004 22:55 (9 years ago) Permalink
I don't like it (the Dudley/Coleman thing). It starts off okay, but a lot of what they do rhythmically on that recording is kind of weak compared to what is possible using Arab rhythms (to repeat myself). Also, they draw excessively on the biggest cliches of the big Egyptian string section sound. I like the way the album starts off, but by the time it hits the "It could just go on forever" segment, the best part of it is over.
Atlas is interesting in spots, but I'm not into her.
― Rockist Scientist (rockistscientist), Sunday, 23 May 2004 23:01 (9 years ago) Permalink
What did Coleman contribute? It just all sounds like Dudley's work to me.
― You're the Wish You Are I Almanac (Autumn Almanac), Sunday, 23 May 2004 23:04 (9 years ago) Permalink
― Rockist Scientist (rockistscientist), Sunday, 23 May 2004 23:05 (9 years ago) Permalink
RAHIM ALHAJ Iraqi Music in a Time of War (Voxlox)
Last February, mild-mannered Iraqi matinee idol Kazem al-Sahir played a sparsely populated Beacon. His 17-piece orchestra was exotically anodyne to me, painfully nostalgic to the attendant Iraqis. But either way it was steeped in denial. Recorded April 5 at Manhattan's Sufi Books, with Baghdad under attack, this solo oud recital is the opposite. The conservatory-trained AlHaj is a Saddam torture victim who escaped in 1991. Yet he is appalled by the destruction of his homeland. And yet again he betrays no rage: however uninspired as "concepts," the "compassion, love, and peace" he preaches are courageous as music. With little knowledge of oud or taste for classical guitar, I'm struck by how unexotic he seems—how his sound, melodicism, and note values bridge East and West while remaining Iraqi. I'm impressed by how modest virtuosity can be in a classical tradition that honors simplicity. And I'm drawn in by the historical context, which implicates me in that tradition. B PLUS
― Rockist Scientist, Tuesday, 25 May 2004 18:53 (9 years ago) Permalink
The audio quality is poor, but it's good enough for me. I like the sound of the instrumentalists accompanying him. This music avoids some of the excesses of the old Egyptian popular music arrangments. I like the fact that there is practically always a guttering ney playing along the lines he is singing. (As I typed that, the ney and just about everything else dropped away to make room for a kanun solo. I like that too.)
― Rockist Scientist (rockistscientist), Thursday, 27 May 2004 23:00 (9 years ago) Permalink
And I like it
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 13 February 2011 00:26 (2 years ago) Permalink
I'm really enjoying the two albums by Al-Yaman, a Prague band fronted by Yemeni expat Ashwaq Abdulla Kulaib. Discovered them via an "Electric Arabia" user list on emusic, and they really hit the spot occupied by Natacha Atlas (or her collaborations with Transglobal Underground, who are pals of Al-Yaman) of Arabic folk dressed up with a electronic gloss. Authenticity fetishists probably need not apply.
Al-Yaman - HurriyaAl-Yaman - Saraab
― Competent Person Statement (Sanpaku), Monday, 7 March 2011 00:59 (2 years ago) Permalink
I guess this will fit the image of "authenticity fetishist," but it makes me said when people do Arab music with the Arab rhythms replaced by something else, when there are such amazing Arab rhythms to work with.
― _Rudipherous_, Monday, 7 March 2011 04:27 (2 years ago) Permalink
DJ Rupture in Morocco talking about music he saw and bought and listened to on the radio
― curmudgeon, Friday, 25 March 2011 06:20 (2 years ago) Permalink
I'm increasingly sick of the chaabi infatuation with mind-swirling synth trumpets and strings, it's fun for a little while and then just becomes indistinct. Of course these songs aren't really intended for youtube or stereo listening.
Recently I haven't been able to get the song Crossroads مفترق الطرق, as performed by Majida al-Roumi, out of my head.
― Ivor, Friday, 25 March 2011 14:40 (2 years ago) Permalink
For the most part I've never been able to get into Majida al-Roumi.
I have yet to get any response to this, so I'm posting it again, because I think it's some premium stuff:
― degrading the enemy narrative (_Rudipherous_), Friday, 25 March 2011 17:55 (2 years ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Monday, 4 April 2011 03:13 (2 years ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Friday, 24 June 2011 20:04 (2 years ago) Permalink
Thanks, that last track has some freshness to it (I like the backing vocals in particular), to my ears anyway. I don't keep up with North Africa. Also, that accompanying photo is great. Most of the vinyl on the look looks to be Warda albums.
― _Rudipherous_, Saturday, 25 June 2011 16:07 (2 years ago) Permalink
I am expecting changes in the popular music in the Arab world proper in the next decade. Something has to shift with so much social and political upheaval, I think, especially since Egypt is part of that political change (since Egypt tends to set musical trends for the Arab world in general).
― _Rudipherous_, Saturday, 25 June 2011 16:26 (2 years ago) Permalink
The Afropop Worldwide website and podcast folks (writer Banning Eyre and others) are heading off to Egypt shortly to research and do a focus on Egyptian sounds. While his background is more in Malian and other African countries that are not quite North African, hopefully they will prepare some interesting coverage
― curmudgeon, Monday, 27 June 2011 13:47 (2 years ago) Permalink
The NY Times and this Seattle paper (see below) love the new ECM label album Arco Irisfrom Moroccan vocalist Amina Alaoui who performs old Andalusian compositions here. I haven't heard it but I am intrigued. Ilxer Sanpaku liked the Jon Balke & Amina Alaoui album Siwan that came out on ECM a year or 2 back.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 14:10 (2 years ago) Permalink
I see from her world music central dot org bio that she is a prominent exponent of the ancient music style gharnati and has worked with musicians from medieval, Persian, and flamenco musical backgrounds. Gharnati (Arabic for Granada), the bio says, is one of the major Andalusian musical styles, migrated from Granada, Spain, to Morocco in the 15th century.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 14:16 (2 years ago) Permalink
Still need to listen to her.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 7 July 2011 19:29 (2 years ago) Permalink
Briefly listened to Amina Alaoui. Wow, what a voice. Interestingly, it kind of reminds me in its somber voice-only mode on the first cut of some Jewish cantors and vocalists I have heard over the years. Other songs feature oud and flamenco guitar and more. Woefully few reviews online of the album so far.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 12 July 2011 15:47 (2 years ago) Permalink
I wonder if Rudiph likes her or would if he heard her?
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 12 July 2011 16:20 (2 years ago) Permalink
Met a guy who plays in some Arabic orchestra in NYC. May try to go to free show in Damrosch Park.
― Twenty Flight Rickroll (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 12 July 2011 16:22 (2 years ago) Permalink
Some of the Amina Alaoui album is a little too samey--melancholy nearly fado-like vocals and minimalist flamenco guitar strumming, but on other cuts her voice is exquisite and the instrumental work just lively enough.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 14 July 2011 13:12 (2 years ago) Permalink
I see that Banning Eyre liked Amina Alaoui on NPR
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 16 July 2011 13:08 (2 years ago) Permalink
Someone e-mailed me the below but I can't find anything on youtube or elsewhere about the performers-
Flamenco Compas, brother and sister dancers from the Salman family of Damascus,Syria
will be performing at :
the Black Fox Lounge, downstairs, 1723 Conn Ave nw, just north of Dupont Circle.
Wednesday July 20 th 9pmAlso on stage are Torcuato Zamora on guitar, Joe Darensbosurg singing and Steve Bloom on cajon! Dancer Audrey Elizabeth joins in Zambra.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 19:33 (2 years ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 24 July 2011 19:14 (2 years ago) Permalink
Not the sort of thing I had in mind when starting this thread, but this is pretty good:
Decent vocals for "alternative rock."
― _Rudipherous_, Sunday, 31 July 2011 15:38 (2 years ago) Permalink
That's how I see them described anyway.
More rocking, not so slow-paced:
I do get the sense from what little I've read (which is mostly Wikipedia and youtube comments) that the interest here mostly revolves around the lyrics.
― _Rudipherous_, Sunday, 31 July 2011 15:47 (2 years ago) Permalink
Show this show back in June. Just saw this youtube video and thought it might be up your street, _Rudipherous_:
― Scharlach Sometimes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 9 August 2011 17:41 (2 years ago) Permalink
I'm still liking the 2011 Amina Alaoui album even if sometimes she sound like she's in need of anti-depressants
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:12 (2 years ago) Permalink
This is not bad. The synth squiggles seem very Arabic to me, playing off much more mainstream sorts of Arabic music, but maybe from a while back. This is kind of trip-hoppy, if you're wondering whether or not to click on it:
― Cal Jeddah (_Rudipherous_), Wednesday, 26 October 2011 05:08 (2 years ago) Permalink
The multi-volume Best of Oldies series on Spotify is recommended. The emphasis is on khaleeji, with occasional surprises from outside the Gulf.
― John Gaw Meme (_Rudipherous_), Saturday, 21 January 2012 17:35 (1 year ago) Permalink
Search (on Spotify): Hanan - Rayka
one of my favorite new sound (or as I used to call it "clap clap") songs. Now quite dated sounding, of course, though new sound was born a bit dated sounding. I particularly like the false start. The opening sounds like a very cheap attempt at a Philly Sound soul hit from the 70s.
I could make a playlist, but listening is too unfocused and unvaried to work on something like that these days.
― _Rudipherous_, Saturday, 10 March 2012 20:30 (1 year ago) Permalink
I always imagine a video for some of these songs with little clapping hand-puppet "Arabs."
― _Rudipherous_, Saturday, 10 March 2012 20:40 (1 year ago) Permalink
― _Rudipherous_, Saturday, 2 June 2012 20:09 (1 year ago) Permalink
I don't know if I've linked to this one before, but this is great. However, this is from around the same era as another song I am still hoping to find, with spring-time electric guitar.
― _Rudipherous_, Friday, 15 June 2012 22:40 (1 year ago) Permalink
Nice voice and nicely mixed instrumentation. The dancing is so folky. So she's Lebanese but first had success in Jordan, if the bio I read is correct.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 15 June 2012 23:03 (1 year ago) Permalink
I have not listened to these NPR news reports or the mix of Arabic and Western (but heard there) songs on the playlist
― curmudgeon, Friday, 15 June 2012 23:06 (1 year ago) Permalink
I suggested that perhaps Umm Kathoum was the Bruce Springsteen of classic Egyptian music. This proposal was neither accepted nor rejected.
Bruce Springsteen? Way to insult the woman. (From that NPR link.) Bruce Springsteen?
I was sitting in a library Friday, attempting to rip cassettes to music CDRs. I only came away with one, unfortunately, so I'll have to try to figure out what is causing things not to take. However, sitting there listening to some of my favorite music with head phones, I was often swept away. Isn't ecstasy what I most want from music, most of the time?
It seems "my music" (as in my favorite music, the music that matters to me most) is scattered around the world like fragments of the divine in a Kabbalistic universe.
What thou lovest well remains, the rest is dross.
― _Rudipherous_, Monday, 24 December 2012 17:27 (11 months ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 25 April 2013 13:49 (7 months ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 7 July 2013 17:34 (5 months ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 7 July 2013 17:41 (5 months ago) Permalink
still need to check out youtubes of Sadat and others identified with "mahraganat"
― curmudgeon, Monday, 8 July 2013 13:51 (5 months ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 9 July 2013 04:38 (5 months ago) Permalink
When I read about some music, it always sounds more exciting than when I finally hear it. Oh well.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 9 July 2013 14:09 (5 months ago) Permalink
Tues., Aug. 6Eisenhower Theater of the Kennedy Center 6 pm El Gusto, an Algerian orchestra consisting of the students of the first music class led by the founder of chaabi music—El Anka, reunites after 50 years of separation for a U.S. tour that will invite Americans into the world of chaabi music, the passion and soul of the Algerian Casbah.
Kennedy Center press release
― curmudgeon, Friday, 19 July 2013 18:46 (4 months ago) Permalink
― _Rudipherous_, Friday, 19 July 2013 18:47 (4 months ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Friday, 19 July 2013 18:53 (4 months ago) Permalink
It doesn't all sound like that though Curmudgeon, it's pretty varied.
Check this mix Joost from Incubate in his Cairo Liberation Front guise did for us.
Also you might enjoy new wave Chaabi better than the electro 'Chaa3i' stuff.
Islam Chipsy for example:
― Doran, Friday, 19 July 2013 20:23 (4 months ago) Permalink
RIP Warda, 1939-2012. I'm a little sad I'm only finding out now that she is deceased. For old school singers dressed in "new sound" (c. the 90s I think) wrappings, this works fairly well:
An excerpt from Esmaouni (music by Baligh Hamdi, to whom she was married for a time). Picks up a bit after about two minutes, if anyone gets impatient:
There was a time when I played her songs nearly every day.
― _Rudipherous_, Saturday, 12 October 2013 16:43 (2 months ago) Permalink
a strong voice. I like this style too
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 13 October 2013 23:17 (1 month ago) Permalink
I'm usually reticent about posting my stuff on ILX unless I think the piece is so marginal that it might be of interest to certain people. I hope this is one of those pieces.
Remembering Syria: Mark Gergis Of Sublime Frequencies interviewed about dabke, choubi and how the Middle East is viewed in the West
― Doran, Thursday, 17 October 2013 09:44 (1 month ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 October 2013 15:24 (1 month ago) Permalink
Haven't heard this, but here's a pr email excerpt
Sound: the Encounter (December 2013 Tour: NYC, Washington DC and Houston TX dates) brings together adventurous musicians from Iran and Syria who seek to reassemble diverse expressions of a shared musical heritage in contemporary forms. The result is a collection of newly-developed and arranged musical pieces inspired by the millennium-old musical legacy of the ancient Silk Route that are rooted in classical and folk traditional musical forms and re-imagined within a new artistic frame.
Ancient instruments (bagpipes, flutes and drums) take on new contemporary identities in the hands of award-winning Syrian composer and saxophonist Basel Rajoub, acclaimed Iranian musician and dancer Saeid Shanbezadeh, and up-and-coming Iranian virtuoso percussionist Naghib Shanbezadeh
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 20 November 2013 19:20 (3 weeks ago) Permalink