Munir Bashir - L'Art du 'Ud (The Art of the Ud)

Posted By MiOd On Sunday, June 26, 2011 0 comments
Oud player Munir Bashir is renowned in the Arab world for his work within the tradition of the Persian taqsim, and his virtuosity on his instrument is possibly unmatched today. But his worldwide fame is a credit to his expansive knowledge of other music from around the world, and an adventurous spirit that is perhaps the most important aspect of a great master of an improvisational music that is nonetheless tied to a strict musical system (maqam). In eight solo works here, Bashir evokes a well of emotion and creates an inspired sense of melody, playing with impeccable skill and understated virtuosity.

1. Taqsim en Maqam: Nahawand-Kabir
2. Taqsim en Maqam: Rast
3. Taqsim en Maqam: Hijaz Kar Kurd
4. Taqsim en Maqam: Awj
5. Taqsim en Maqam: Awshar
6. Taqsim en Maqam: Kurdi
7. Taqsim en Maqam: Lami
8. Taqsim en Maqam: Dasht

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Munir Bashir - Raga Roots

Posted By MiOd On Sunday, June 26, 2011 0 comments
The pieces of music on this CD are inspired by Indian music and were found by Munir Bashir's children after his death in 1997. The oud is used very effectively to mimic some of the sounds of the sitar, and the tracks on this recording anticipate the numerous later collaborations between oud players and Indian musicians.

1. Raga Roots
2. Allah ou Akbar
3. From the Maqam to the Raga

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Munir Bachir - Flamenco Roots

Posted By MiOd On Saturday, June 25, 2011 0 comments
An album full of improvisations that link the current classical oud taqseem, to the Flamenco tradition of Spain.
Munir Bashir was one of the greatest soloists of oud and one of the greatest musicians of the Arab World. Born in the northern Iraq, Munir Bashir belonged to a family of very gifted musicians who have passed on from father to son the noble art of playing the oud (lute). Simon Jargy, a professor at the University of Geneva, writes: "He was but five years old when (together with his brother who also became a well-known lutanist) he was taught the first rudiments of lute playing by his father who had become impregnated with the purest oriental and Arab musical traditions of Baghdad, the old capital of the Abbasid Caliphs. Knowing all the subtleties of Arab music and mastering all the secrets of oud playing, Munir Bashir has rapidly become a great artist and an unrivalled virtuoso, giving back to this instrument the importance it had at the time of the Thousand and One Nights. After World War II, he founded an academy of music in Baghdad with a view of teaching oud playing to talented young people. Then he was appointed as a professor at the Art Academy where he succeeded his master Mohieddine Haïdar. He became also head of the musical program for the Iraqi broadcasting Co. Wanting to widen his knowledge, Munir Bashir went to Budapest where he studied traditional folk song and music. In 1965 he obtained a doctor's degree in Budapest and was appointed there as an assistant lecturer at the Academy of Science in the department of folk art."

1. Flamenco Roots
2. Maqam al-Rast
3. Maqam Huzam
4. Boulbol
5. Khayal

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Musicians of Nile - Charcoal Gypsies

Posted By MiOd On Saturday, June 25, 2011 0 comments
This disc documents masters of Egyptian spiritual music traditions. The Musicians of the Nile have been known worldwide for two decades. Liner notes go into detail on the group's history and three of the musicians. The music features mesmerizing trills coaxed from a bizarre horsehair- and coconut-stringed instrument by the "Jimi Hendrix of the East," Metqal Qenawi Metqal.
CHARCOAL GYPSIES is the latest release from Egyptian luminaries The Musicians of the Nile, a soaring, intoxicating, hypnotic effort incorporating wailing vocal ululations, dramatic percussion and the alternate trills and drones of the rabbabah. According to music magazine, Mojo, it's "One hundred years of Egyptian spirituality in one neat package", and we at Real World reckon it a natural progression on a discography that will knock your socks clean off.
Originating from the Sudan, for four generations the Mataqil have cultivated alliances with Gypsy families specialized in the art of singing. Taking this tradition as its premise, CHARCOAL GYPSIES fuses the ancient and modern with startling savoir faire. The two-stringed rabbabah assaults the senses with ear-fluttering twills as the djallabiyah-dressed, handlebar-moustachioed trio - "Hendrix of the East": Metqal Qenawi Metqal, Shamandi Tewfiq Metqal and Yussef 'ali Bakash - sing of nomadic exploits and tales seemingly straight from the pages of A Thousand and One Nights.
Frequently imitated and sometimes plagiarized, The Musicians of the Nile - lauded by the likes of Sun Ra and Keith Jarrett - have, for the last two decades, carried their majestic ancestral dream across the globe. The first "Arab music" group to win universal acclaim, Les Musiciens Du Nil (their original name, the other being for promotional convenience) have been seducing audiences since being discovered in 1975 by Alain Weber, a man who has acted as their manager ever since. Luxor to Isna
Wooing the world with concerts comprising deep gusts of spontaneity interspersed with percussive flourishes, The Musicians - true to their origins - have wandered from Paris to New York, Berlin to Stockholm and London to Montreal. They made their presence felt at 1991's Gypsy Festival of Florence and 1995's Gypsy Festival of Lucerne, and they're proud to have been part of the original WOMAD in 1983 - a debut which led to collaboration with Peter Gabriel on his PASSION album.
After albums such as MUSIC OF THE NILE VALLEY, Les Musiciens Du Nil, Real World Record's Passion Sources and From Luxor To Isna, Charcoal Gypsies continues to fuse the Saiyidi folk music tradition of the Upper Nile Valley with the force of Africa while sounding like just the sort of thing you'd hear during the wee hours of a quality rave.

1. Bitnadini Tani Lih (Why Are You Calling Me Again?)
Composed by Yunis Al-Hilali
2. Eb'at Djawaben (I Sent You a Letter, Why Haven't You Answered?)
Composed by Shamandi Tewfig
3. Suq Al-Manadil (The Handerchiefs Market)
Composed by Mohamed Magally
4. Mawwal-Doha/Rais Al-Bahr (The Captain of the Boat Is Led by the Curre)
5. Al-Ward Al-Foll (The Perfume of the Rose)
6. Ramla (Sand Dollar Mix)
7. Salamat (I Wish You Good Health)
8. Walla Zaman (It's Been So Long!)

Musicians Of The Nile: Metqal Qenawi Metqal, Shamandi Twefiq Metqal (vocals, rababah); Yussef 'Ali Bakash (vocals); Mohamed Murad Mejali (rababah, suffara, background vocals); Yunis Al-Hilali (rababah); Mustafa 'Abd Al'-Aziz (arghul); Qenawi Bakhit Qenawi, Ramadan Atta Muhammad (mizmar); Hanafi Mohamed 'Ali (tabla); Jadd Al-Rabb Mahmud (tabl baladi).

Additional personnel: Bunduq Khan Langa (vocals); Habib Khan Langa (safara); Salama Abdel Rahman (reqq); John Boswell (duf); Arach Khalatbari (daff).

Option (5-6/97, pp.117-118) - "...melodies that alternate between epic and sentimental, with an emphasis on elliptically metaphoric love songs....beautifully orchestrated--hypnotic, luscious, virtuosic....stands with the best in all the world."
The Beat (V.16 #2 1997, pp.70-71) - "...Of the many releases which the Musicians of the Nile have issued...CHARCOAL GYPSIES is the title most likely to induce its audience to crumple, smiling all the while."

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The Essential Guide To Arabia

Posted By MiOd On Friday, June 24, 2011 0 comments
From the most famous artists with their passionate voices and sweeping orchestral soundscapes, through the raw roots of Raï from the streets of Algeria, to today's glossily confident power-Pop and cutting-edge Dance – The Essential Guide To Arabia, over 3CDs, takes you by the ear and leads you into the heart of Arabic music.

Rather splendid 3 CD set compiled by Phil Meadley. CD1 is ‘Legends’ and features 12 tracks from artists including Lili Boniche, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Dahmane El Harrachi and my stand out track by Oum Kalsoum. CD2 is ‘Rebels’ so we get Khaled, Cheb Mami amongst 11 tracks with my pick here going to Rasto and a deep mix of rai & reggae. CD3 is ‘Pop & Beyond and includes tracks from Hanino, Kadim Al Sahir and Azzddine with the mighty Bill Laswell. Great collection.

CD1: Legends
1. Mokhtar Al Said & El Ferka El Masaya – Enta Omri A famous tune originally written by legendary Arabic arranger Mohamed Abdel Wahab for Egyptian diva Oum Kulthum, and is reinterpreted here by accordionist Mokhtar Al Saïd under the keen tutelage of ‘raks sharki’ expert Jalilah, and captures the original’s gravitas perfectly.

2. Hassan Houssini – Eleil Eleil By Moroccan raï legend Hassan Houssini, this track is classic gutsy gnawa with archetypal call-and-response choruses underpinned by a driving rhythm on darbuka.

3. Ilham Al Madfai – Mohamad Bouya Mohamad (Dear Beloved) One of Iraq’s greatest musicians, Ilham Al Madfai fled his homeland under Saddam Hussein’s regime, but has now returned and is helping rebuild an international reputation for Iraqi music. His repertoire includes mixing traditional Arabic music with elements of jazz, pop, and flamenco, but here he evokes the timeless allure of ancient Baghdad.

4. Simon Shaheen & Qantara – Fantasie For Oud & String Quartet Israeli born musician Simon Shaheen is a master oud player, and this wonderful track is a reinterpretation of Mohamed Abdel Wahab’s ‘Min Gheir Leh’ mixed with four original variations featuring guest violinist Mark Peskanov.

5. Lili Boniche – Ana Fil Houb Algerian-Jewish singer/guitarist Lil Boniche was re-discovered at the age of 78 playing in a Paris Café. His penchant for mixing up languages (he sings in French as well as Arabic) and styles (flamenco, jazz, traditional) has made him a cult hero, and this remains one of his best-loved songs.

6. Dahmane El Harrachi - Hakhra Fayelle Probably best known through Rachid Taha’s searing cover of ‘Ya Rayah’, Harrachi was one of Algeria’s greatest singers of shaabi (Arab street music). Born the son of a religious dignitary, El Harrachi became famous for his songs about life as a North African immigrant living in France. If you want to discover who influenced Taha’s vocal style then look no further …

7. Nass El Ghiwane – Salif Albattar Uncompromising Moroccan legends Nass El Ghiwane deliver a repertoire of traditional Moroccan music with a rock n’ roll aesthetic. Salif Albattar (also known as The Reaper) is a song about death and how it affects each and every one of us.

8. Najat Aatabou – LM Ouima Discovered after secretly being recorded singing at a family party, Najat Aatabou became a popular, but controversial singer of contemporary Moroccan, Berber, and Arabic songs. Known more recently through a sample of her song ‘Just Tell Me The Truth’ on the Chemical Brothers recent hit ‘Galvanize’, ‘LM Quima’ shows her at her most impassioned.

9. Jil Jilala – Baba Aadi Similar to the rivalry between the Beatles and the Stones, Jil Jilala and Nas El Ghiwane spilt the adoration of the Moroccan public. A far politer alternative to their more rebellious contemporaries, they were founded in Marrakech in 1973 and soon sent the country alight with songs such as ‘Laayoune Ayniya’ (which became an unofficial national anthem) and this track.

10. Omar Faruk Tekbilek (with Steve Shehan) – Dulger One of the Middle East’s most popular multi-instrumentalists, Tekbilek first came to prominence on the soundtrack to ‘Suleyman The Magnificent’ directed by Suzanne Bauman. This moody slice of Turkish/Egyptian opulence carves a direct route back to his earliest influences.

11. Fairuz – Sallimleh Alayh Only one woman has come close to the great Oum Kalsoum in terms of adoration across the Middle East, and she is the Lebanese diva Fairuz. The title of this song translates as ‘Give Him My Regards’ and speaks of the love-torn anguish of a cast aside suitor.

12. Oum Kalsoum – Ala Balad El Mahboub Born in 1904, Oum Kalsoum was the ‘voice of Egypt’ until her death in 1975. Beloved of President Nasser (who never missed her Cairo performance every first Thursday of the month), her impassioned, and hugely theatrical delivery left audiences spellbound. This 1936 recording was taken from the soundtrack to her first (and most famous) movie ‘Wedad’.

CD2: RaI Rebels
1. Hamid Bouchenak – A Shebba Although it’s agreed that Oran in Algeria is the birthplace of Raï, the Moroccan city of Oujda could almost come a close second, and resident Hamid Bouchnak is revered in the Maghreb for his dynamic mix of pop, Raï, gnawa, jazz, and reggae. A Shebba shows an abundance of all these elements.

2. Khaled – Le Camel La Camel is from a period of his career that established Khaled as one of Algeria’s greatest voices. Recorded not long after he moved to France but before he began a hugely successful international career, it’s not hard to hear what drew the major companies to his door in this infectious slice of eighties power pop.

3. Cheb Mami – Madiriche Aliya The Prince of Raï is known to many Westerners as the guy who dueted with Sting on ‘Desert Rose’ but he’s far better known in North Africa for a string of infectious Arabic pop songs, which fully capitalise on his soulful Algerian ululations. A true North African star, this catches him early in his career and shows glimpses of what lay ahead.

4. Rasto – Wach Darou Fina Raï and reggae have long been comfortable bedfellows, and Algerian singer Rasto certainly takes his Jamaican influences seriously. His particular blend of Raï owes as much to Bob Marley as it does to Oran.

5. Haim – Hibina / Linda Linda / Hamouda Better known in recent times as a live favourite of raï rocker Rachid Taha, this song originally featured in ‘Lahn al Khouloud’, a 1952 film by Henry Barakat, and was written by Farid El Atrache. This far poppier rendition is by new Moroccan Raï sensation Haim.

6. Hanino – Douar Zine Moroccan Raï sensation Hanino was born in Oudja but moved to Lille in the early nineties. He started his career singing at weddings, but got his first break in rap-raï group Oxygène. Since then he’s become better known for mixing up raï, reggae and chaabi in an easily accessible style.

7. Cheb Aïssa – Nouara Perhaps better known as the protégé of the great Cheb Mami, Cheb Aissa was born in Saïda (as was his mentor) 200 km from Oran in the west of Algeria. He’s become famous for helping modernise ‘trab’ – a rural style of Raï linked to the gasba flute, and often featuring “risqué lyrics and sexual allusions”.

8. Malik – After RaI Responsible for an Arabic version of ‘Shaft’, which appeared on the first Buddha Bar compilation, Malik Adouane has a reputation for mixing his Saharan roots with a variety of club styles. This is taken from ‘Daïmen’, which attempted put Raï on a more Ibiza orientated trajectory.

9. Cheikh Djelloul Remchaoui – Adieu A master of Moroccan Trab music, Cheikh Djelloul Remchaoui draws the listener back to the earliest days of Raï with his haunting desert blues sound and gruff, earthy vocal style.

10. Cheikha Remitti – C’est Fini, J’en Ai Marre From the ‘grandmother of Raï’, and still a huge influence to many contemporary Raï singers, this song has a typically defiant title which translates as “I’ve finished, I’ve had enough”. Trademark pummelling guellal drums and omnipresent gasba flute make this a particularly fine example of her work.

11. Cheikh Meftah – Consulat It’s only recently that artists such as Cheikh Meftah and Cheikha Remitti have come to the attention of music lovers outside of Algeria. Their earthy ‘trab’ music style is as old as the Atlas Mountains and just as timeless.

CD3: Pop & beyond
1. Hakim & Olga Ta??n – Ya Albi Egyptian shaabi superstar Hakim hooked up with Puerto Rican Queen of Merengue Olga Tanon in a chateau in France at the behest of music mogul Miles Copeland. Latin-American hip-hop star Kemo (Delinquent Habits) joined the party and this fabulously infectious hit single was the result.

2. Cheikh DB Mix – Allaoui & Reggada Allaoui is a type of dance from West Algeria used exclusively in Oran and Oujda, and Reggada is a particular vocal style from the same region. This is a cool fusion of both from the unlikely named Cheikh DB Mix.

3. Hanino – Cuite Ni Hanino first came to prominence collaborating with the Bouchenak Brothers on his debut album ‘Al Bardia’. Since then the Moroccan heartthrob has made countless albums drawing on elements of raï, shaabi, and reggada amongst others. This track is perfect slice of North African pop.

4. Nancy – Akhasmak Ah (We Might Quarrel) Born in Asrafiyeh, Lebanon, in 1983, Nancy Ajram started her career by covering the songs of Fairuz and Oum Kalsoum, before releasing a debut album in her early teens. The title translates as “I’d get upset from you”, and propelled her into superstardom plus a lucrative deal with Coca Cola.

5. Hasna – Marsoul Il Hob (Object Of My Affection) With an intro hugely reminiscent of Panjabi MC’s ‘Mundian To Bach Ke’, this is sensuous Arabic pop by beautiful Moroccan singer Hasna. A huge hit across the Middle East, it was written by Moroccan musician Abdel Wahab el-Doukali.

6. Najwa Karam – Bara’ah Najwa Karam helped put Lebanese pop music on the map in the 1990’s. A philosophy graduate, she released her first album ‘Ya Hahayec’ in 1989, and has since won many admirers and countless awards, making her one of the Arabic world’s best loved divas.

7. Yuri Mrakadi – Arabyon Ana (Circus mix) One of the biggest stars of the moment, Lebanese singer Yuri Mrakadi hit the ground running with the release of his debut album in 2001. Frequently used by big multi-national corporations to help endorse their products, his voice and looks mark him out as a very gifted - and corporate savvy - performer.

8. Beirut Biloma – Take Me To Beirut Originally a huge club anthem entitled ‘Drive me to Beirut’ this remake appeared on the debut album of Lebanese producer Mohamed Kebbe’s current project Beirut Biloma. Arabic dance isn’t usually faceless, but Kebbe relies on a host of singers and rappers to help front his expansive productions.

9. Kadim Al Sahir – Baghdad (Kathora Al Hadeeth) (Transglobal Underground alternative mix) Iraqi heartthrob Kadim Al Sahir has often courted controversy. At the start of his career he refused to sell out by singing manufactured pop, and his first hit ‘Ladghat El Hayya’ in 1987 was a thinly veiled critique of the recent Iran-Iraq conflict. Having studied traditional Arabic music at Baghdad Music Academy his contemporary compositions have more depth than most, as this rare Transgloblal Underground remix testifies.

10. Dar Beida 04 feat. Amina Annabi – Fet Li Fet A studio collaboration between Swiss producer Pat Jabbar and Moroccan artist Ahderrahim Akkaoui, Dar Beida (the Arabic name for Casablanca) mixed trance, dub and chill-out sounds with traditional Moroccan music and raï. On this track Tunisian chanteuse Amina Annabi sings of peaceful support for Palestine.

11. Azzddine with Bill Laswell - Srir F’al Houbb Azzddine Ouhnine is a blind Oud player and composer from Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Here he collaborates with various members of his orchestra, alongside esteemed bass player Bill Laswell, to produce a fine fusion of Moroccan dub and swooping Arabic strings.

12. Aisha Kandisha’s Jarring Effects - Lahbab Underground Moroccan trance collective, Aisha Kandisha’s Jarring Effects, were named after a mythical enchantress/she-devil and in the early 90’s developed a considerable following in Europe. This track sees them at the height of their powers, taken from the cult album ‘Shabeesation’ which also featured Bill Laswell, Umar Bin Hassan of the Last Poets, and P-Funk keyboardist Bernie Worrell. Compilation and notes by Phil Meadley

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Baghdad Blues

Posted By MiOd On Friday, June 17, 2011 0 comments

This compilation presents a series of classic cuts, some remixed suitable for the lounge, car or living room..belly trance to baghdad blues...Relax,,drink turkish coffee, you will cry joyful tears... such fine music for serious arabian blues.

1. Mesopotamia [Babylon Is Burning Mix] - Omar Bashir, Mesopotamix
2. "Cradle" Sound of Civilization - Omar Bashir
3. Baghdad (Kathura Al Hadeeth) ... [Transglobal Underground Mixes] - Kazem Al Saher
4. Baghdad (Kathura Al Hadeeth) [Main Mix] - Kazem Al Saher
5. Mohamed Bouya Mohamed - Ilham Al Madfai
6. Milih Wil Zaad (Baghdad) - Rida AlAbdallah
7. Khaleeha Ala Allah - Sadoun El Jaber
8. Ghahwitak Azawi - Sons Of Mesopotamia
9. Poetic Justice - Kareem Al Iraqi
10. Baghdad (& Poets) - Fairuz

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Omar Faruk Tekbilek - Whirling

Posted By MiOd On Wednesday, June 15, 2011 0 comments
Omar Faruk Tekbilek, born in Turkey, has lived and worked in the New York area since 1976. He is a virtuoso on several Middle Eastern instruments and is a capable performer on dozens more. Tekbilek became familiar to many listeners through his work on Brian Keane's soundtrack to Suleyman the Magnificent and subsequently through two additional collaborations, Fire Dance and Beyond the Sky, that combined the sounds of the Middle East with Western synthesizers and guitar. He has appeared at the Kool Jazz Festival and the New Sounds Live Concert Series, and has performed with Don Cherry, Ginger Baker, and many others.

Brian Keane is a talented composer and performer whose credits include many solo guitar and small ensemble recordings and a large number of soundtracks. He is also sought after as a producer, and has worked with Tibetan Bells II artists, Henry Wolff & Nancy Hennings.

Oud or lute virtuoso, Ara Dinkjian, and renowned percussionist, Arto Tuncboyaciyan, are both members of the popular band, Night Ark, which combines Western and Near Eastern musical forms. Hassan Isikkut is a composer and virtuoso on the Arabian kanun, or classical zither.

The great musical traditions of the Middle East include serene, meditative courtly works; and the continually building, relentlessly propellant music that drives the famed Whirling Dervishes to spiritual ecstasy. These haunting, timeless sounds still echo through the years, and those echoes have now reached the United States. Whirling is Omar Faruk Tekbilek's first recording as a soloist. Here, Tekbilek presents a full range of traditional and contemporary Middle Eastern music that will appeal to Western listeners and fans of the early Celestial Harmonies recordings. Whirling's diverse music includes new compositions by Tekbilek and Brian Keane, and also features a beautiful new version of an early work by Deuter, the contemplative La Ilaha Il Allah. The recording begins with a traditional Sufi work associated with the Mevlevi or Whirling Dervishes.

Tekbilek, plays an impressive array of instruments on Whirling, including the instruments he is most often associated with, the ney flute and the lute known as baglama. Tekbilek's arsenal also includes lesser known instruments like the Arabian clarinet and Turkish oboe, as well as a battery of jar drums and frame drums, and the Western accordion. Guest musician, Brian Keane, contributes atmospheric washes of guitar and synthesizer, and a small but select ensemble of Middle Eastern musicians round out the sound with Arabian lutes, zither, and percussion.

(01). Whirling Dervish
(02). Gawazi
(03). Love Respect Truth
(04). Old Man's Dance
(05). Long Wait
(06). Moment of Doubt
(07). Caspian Winds
(08). Fly Away
(09). La Ilaha il Allah
(10). Sultan of the Hearts

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İbrahim Tatlıses - Mavi Mavi

Posted By White Rose On Monday, June 13, 2011 1 comments

Track List
01. Mavi Mavi
02. Sevmek
03. Yalnizim
04. Birakin Gitsin
05. Gelde Yasa
06. Leylim Ley
07. Yallah Sofor
08. Dere kenarindan gectim
09. Evlerinin onu
10. Eli develi
11. Ask kalbimde yer almis

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Mohamed Abdel Wahab - Onchoudat El Fan

Posted By White Rose On Monday, June 13, 2011 0 comments

Track List
01 Onchoudat El Fan
02 El Sabre Wel Imane
03 Ya Rafie El Taj
04 Makanach Al Baal
05 Yalli Nawet Techghelni
06 Modnaka Gafahou

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Ensemble Morkos - Cedre - Arabo-Andalusian Muwashshah

Posted By Fido On Friday, June 10, 2011 1 comments

L’ensemble Morkos
Imad MORKOS : qânûn (cithare & chant)
Ousama HANTIRA : kamanja (violon)
Aad MORKOS : riqq (tambourin ),
Youssef MORKOS : chant
Bernadette YAMMÎNe-MORKOS : chant
Kamâl MORKOS : °ûd (luth) & chant

1 - Bashraf «Bulbul’ al’-Afrâh» (le rossignol des liesses), ouverture instrumentale anonyme Aqsâq (9/8)
2 - Muwashshah «Jalla man qad sâgha badran fî hulä insân» (Gloire à Celui qui créa ton éclat), Nawakht (7/4)
3 - Muwashshah : «Tarraza r-rayhânu hullata l-wardi» (le basilic a brodé les parures de roses), Samâ°î Thaqîl (10/8), solo chanté par Imad Morkos
4 - Taqsîm, Improvisation sur le °ûd par Kamâl Morkos
5 - Muwashshah : «Qâtilî bi-ghunji l-kahali» (Toi qui me fais mourir d’amour avec les caprices de tes yeux noirs), Warashân °Arabî (32/4)

6 - Samâ°î, intermède instrumental composé par le violoniste libanais Iskandar Shalfûn (1881/1934) Samâ°î Thaqîl (10/8)
7 - Qasîda, improvisation vocale mesurée en solo (Bernadette Yammîne Morkos) : «Yâ malîha l-lamä wa-hulwa t-tathannî» (Toi dont les lèvres sont de miel et l’apparition superbe), poème anonyme ancien, composition par l’égyptien Sayid al-Saftî (1867-1939), Wahda (2/4) avec improvisation rythmée finale de Kamâl Morkos en Bamb (8/8)
8 - Muwashshah : chant arabo-andalou «Rashîqa l-qaddi»» (Toi dont la taille est svelte), samâ°î Thaqîl (10/8):
9 - Taqsîm sur le violon par Usâma Hantîra
10 - Qasîda mursala, improvisation vocale «Lî habîbun maqâmuhu fawqa ra’sî» (J’ai un amour que je place au-dessus de tout), par Youssef Morkos, poème anonyme ancien, composition de Kamâl Morkos
11 - Muwashshah : «Hal °alä l’-astâri hatkun» (Les voiles de la bien-aimée seront-ils déchirés?), Muhajjar (14/4)
12 - Extrait du Bashraf al-Sipahr, pièce instrumentale anonyme ancienne, rythmes Maqsûm (2/4) et Wahda (2/4)
13 - Taqsîm sur le qânûm par °Imâd Morkos
14 - Tahmîla, pièce instrumentale avec improvisation anonyme ancienne, Maqsûm (2/4), Masmûdî Saghîr (2/4) et Dûyek (2/4)
15 - Muwashshah «Yâ sâkinan bi-fu’âdî» (Toi qui demeures dans mon cœur), Nîm Uyûn Hawâsî (11/8)
16 - Muwashshah «Ilä kam dhâ t-tamâdî» (jusqu’à quand ces atermoiements ?), Yûrûk Samâ°î (6/8)
17 - Muwashshah «Wa-l-Ladhî wallâka qalbî» (Au nom de Celui qui t’a fait régner sur mon coeur), Zarafât (13/8)

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Munir Bashir - Luth Solo Oud (LP)

Posted By White Rose On Friday, June 10, 2011 0 comments

Track List
01 Maqam Nahawend
02 Maqam Rast
03 Maqam Kourdi
04 Maqam Hidjaz Kar
05 La Voix De L'Orient (The Voice Of The Orient)
06 Le Oud Fou (The Mad Oud)
07 Hayra (Ziriab D'Hier Et D'Aujourd'hui)
08 L'Orient En Andalousie (Sources De La Musique Espagnole)

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Kadri Gopalnath & Ronu Mazumdar - Jugal Bandi

Posted By MiOd On Tuesday, June 07, 2011 1 comments
A jugalbandi or jugalbandhi is a performance in Indian classical music that features a duet of two solo musicians. The word jugalbandi means, literally, "entwined twins." The duet can be either vocal or instrumental.

Often, the musicians will play different instruments, as for example the famous duets between sitarist Ravi Shankar and sarod player Ali Akbar Khan, who played the format since the 1940s. More rarely, the musicians (either vocalists or instrumentalists) may be from different traditions (i.e. Carnatic and Hindustani). What defines jugalbandi is that the two soloists be on an equal footing. While any Indian music performance may feature two musicians, a performance can only be deemed a jugalbandi if neither is clearly the soloist and neither clearly an accompanist. In jugalbandi, both musicians act as lead players, and a playful competition often ensues between the two performers.

It took Kadri Gopalnath (born: Kalaimamani Kadri Gopalnath) nearly twenty years to adapt the saxophone to the intricacies of Indian classical music, but, his acclaim has continued to grow. In a review of a concert by Gopalnath, The London Times wrote, "(Gopalnath's) soft, legato, flurries meshed perfectly in an unusual grouping of violin, Jew's harp and mridangam drum". The Illustrated Weekly Of India took a similar view, claiming "(Gopalnath's) music would make a stone melt". Born into a musical family, Gopalnath initially followed his father's footsteps and played the nadhaswaram, an Indian instrument similar to the clarinet. He also studied vocal music for five years in Mangalore. A turning point in Gopalnath's musical development came when he attended a concert by a brass band at a place in Mysore. Fascinated by the group's saxophone player, he swore to learn the instrument. With his father's encouragement, he began studying with the band's saxophonist, Lakshi Narasimhaiah. Relocating to Madras, in 1975, he continued to study the saxophone under T.V. Gopalakrishnan. Within two years, he was proficient enough on the instrument to perform his debut concert. Gopalnath's first major break came when he was invited to compose and perform on the soundtrack of a highly successful film, Duet. Attracting international attention, he began to tour throughout the world, performing at jazz festivals in Berlin, Prague, France and Mexico. In 1994, Gopalnath became the first South Indian classical musician to perform in the BBC Promenade concert.

1. Vaathaapi (Pallavi Only)
2. Naadha Inbame
3. Raagam Thanam Pallavi In Raga Charukesi

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Cristina Branco - O Descobridor

Posted By Fido On Monday, June 06, 2011 0 comments

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1. Os Solitarios
2. O Descobridor
3. O Enjeitado Ii
4. Chegada
5. Aspiracao
6. Vida Triste
7. Auma Princesa Distante
8. Fado
9. Angustia
10. Mulher A Janela
11. Saudade
12. O Enjeitado

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Raúl Di Blasio - Collected from many CDs

Posted By Fido On Friday, June 03, 2011 1 comments

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2-Chiquitita-Alrededor del mundo
3-Corazon, Corazon-Alrededor del mundo
4-Despues de Ti Que(with Cristian Castro)-Lo Mejor de Mi
5-El Condor pasa-El piano de América
6-La leyenda del beso-El piano de América
7-Luna de Paris-La historia del piano de América Los éxitos
8-Malagueña-Piano De America2
9-Piano-La historia del piano de América Los éxitos
10-Solo-La historia del piano de América Los éxitos
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Tomoko Sunazaki - Tegoto (Japanese Koto Music)

Posted By MiOd On Thursday, June 02, 2011 1 comments
This splendid collection of recordings covers a wide spectrum of Japanese koto music; the compositions span three centuries, from ancient traditional to modern Western influenced pieces. Undoubtedly, the most impressive element of the releases is the artist herself, the world renowned Tomoko Sunazaki. She is internationally recognized as a master of the Japanese koto. From the age of six, Sunazaki was trained in the direct lineage of the famous koto performer and composer, Michio Miyagi. At the age of 14, she had already earned her teacher's license in koto from the Ikuta School. Later she earned her Bachelor and Master degrees at the Tokyo University of Fine Art, and subsequently joined the faculty there. In 1981, Madame Sunazaki was awarded a teaching degree from the Miyagi Koto school, which is a rare honor.

Michio Miyagi's works are an integral part of each of the releases in this collection, performed with respect and devotion. Miyagi was one of the first to integrate Western inspiration into koto music, an aspect Madame Sunazaki found especially important. By recording traditional Japanese music, Western classics, and the delicate blend of both, she hoped to expand the perceived limitations of the koto.

Drawing from Sound of Silk Strings (1984), Spring Night (1984) and Moon at Dawn (1986) this compilation CD presents a delicious sampling of Sunuzaki's most elegant and most exciting performances.

Special note should be taken of the beautiful release Tegoto: Japanese Koto Music. From the stunning rice paper booklet to the choice of titles, this compilation is clearly an artistic masterpiece. This sampling of Madame Sunazaki's most elegant and exciting performances is the perfect choice for the audiophile interested in koto music.

This 60-minute CD-only release is a compilation from Mme. Sunazaki's tapes, plus one cut from Moon at Dawn (her duet with M. Koga). Ms. Sunazaki is a master of the koto, and the music is graceful and serene. ~ Backroads Music/Heartbeats

Personnel: Tomoko Sunazaki (koto).

Recording information: Chiku-Shin Studios, Navarro, CA.

1. Sea of Spring
2. London no Yoru no Ame
3. Shinsencho Bukyoku
4. Koto Tanshishu
5. Tegoto
6. Mittsu no Dansho
7. Kamimu
8. Midare

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