Flairck - Live in Amsterdam

Posted By Fido On Thursday, July 28, 2011 0 comments

1-Oost-West Express (Peter Weekers / arr. Flairck)
2-De Stoomwals (Peter Weekers)
3-Aoife (Erik Visser)
4-Reklame (M. de Garriga)
5-De Eerste Dag Na Je Vertrek (Erik Visser / arr. Flairck)
6-April 3rd (Erik Visser / Trad. / arr. Flairck)
7-De Vlinder (Erik Visser / Trad. / arr. Flairck)
8-Voorspel In Sofia (Peter Weekers / Erik Visser)
9-Variates Op En Dame (Erik Visser)

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Nguyên Lê - Miracles

Posted By MiOd On Tuesday, July 26, 2011 0 comments
While his latest release, Homescape (ACT, 2006), is the best example of Lê's integration of technology into his musical landscape, it's a characteristic that's equally clear from the opening notes of the title track to Miracles. While the importance of interplay and interaction within the quartet is a fundamental, Lê is one of only a handful of guitarists who are able organically to incorporate programming, guitar synthesis and sequencing.

Miracles may have been a first meeting between Lê, Lande, Johnson and Erskine, but you'd never know it. The material ranges from the backbeat-driven title track to the swinging "? (Question Mark)," the temporal elasticity of "The Odd Game" and the elegantly melancholic "20 Fingers." The quartet tracks are broken up by occasional duets with Lande, ranging from completely acoustic to heavily layered electronic soundscapes. Lê's ethnic heritage and its influence on his overall musical concept would not become fully realized until Tales From Vietnam, but "Cerf Volant," a miniature featuring Lê on the zither-like danh tranh, and the equally brief "Haïku," are clear harbingers of things to come.

Listening to Lande's work on Miracles, it's unfathomable that he's never achieved more widespread fame. He sticks to acoustic piano on these sessions, but his ability to work comfortably in Lê's more expansive aural framework makes him the perfect choice, though not a surprising one when one considers the stylistic diversity he demonstrated on ECM recordings including Red Lanta (1974), Rubisa Patrol (1976) and Skylight (1982).

There is, in fact, a certain vibe to Miracles that's not out-of-context with the German label's aesthetic. Stylistically broad, sonically diverse and, despite Lê's programming and use of processing, natural and filled with room to breathe, ECM is clearly one component of Lê's musical makeup. With Johnson and Erskine on board, it's hard to miss another reference point for Lê—Bass Desires (ECM, 1986)—especially on tracks like the episodic and multifaceted "Miss One."

Lê's distinctly Fender-ish tone means there's a certain twang evident, even when he adopts a warm and clean tone as he does during the first half of the brooding "Eyeland." But Lê is also capable of an edgier, fusion-like sound. Following Lande's focused and more clearly jazz-centric solo on "? (Question Mark)," Lê takes a rockier stance with a densely overdriven tone that's equal parts space, sustain, bebop language and swooping whammy-bar bends.

That Lê had already assimilated a range of influences—from Allan Holdsworth and Terje Rypdal to Pat Metheny and John Abercrombie—into a recognizable voice so early in his career makes Miracles an album that may have been a beginning, but was hardly a humble one.

(01) [Nguyên Lê] Miracles to Illya
(02) [Nguyên Lê] (Question Mark)
(03) [Nguyên Lê] Willow
(04) [Nguyên Lê] The odd game
(05) [Nguyên Lê] Saari
(06) [Nguyên Lê] 20 Fingers
(07) [Nguyên Lê] Cerf volant
(08) [Nguyên Lê] Miss One
(09) [Nguyên Lê] Pacha
(10) [Nguyên Lê] Haiku to Truong Tang
(11) [Nguyên Lê] Eyeland

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Dave Grusin - Cinemagic Soundtrack

Posted By White Rose On Tuesday, July 26, 2011 0 comments
Dave Grusin has achieved as much renown as a film composer as he has for his skills as a jazz keyboardist, and CINEMAGIC combines both of these aspects of Grusin's talent. Accompanied by no less than the London Symphony Orchestra, Grusin plays some of the themes from the long list of movies he's scored over the years. The results attest to both Grusin's ability on the ivories and his varied compositional talents, as he leads the orchestra through everything from the poignant, reflective theme for ON GOLDEN POND to the jaunty bounce of his music for HEAVEN CAN WAIT. CINEMAGIC might not please those who prefer a jazzier Grusin, but it will appeal to those with an ear for soundtrack music.

Track List
01. On Golden Pond
02. New Hampshire Hornpipe
03. Heaven Can Wait
04. An Actor's Life
05. It Might Be You
06. Fratelli Chase
07. The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
08. Mountain Dance
09. Letting Go - T.J.'s Theme
10. The Champ
11. Condor
12. Goodbye For Kathy
13. Plo Camp Entrance
14. Epilogue

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Ustad Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan - Enchanting Sitar

Posted By White Rose On Saturday, July 23, 2011 0 comments
Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan is an Indian sitar player. Khan received the national awards Padma Shri (1970) and Padma Bhushan (2006) and was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 1987

Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan is the youngest of the 'Sitar Trinity' of India along with Ravi Shankar and Vilayat Khan. He was born in 1929, in Jawra, Madhya Pradesh, as the son of Jaffer Khan, a versatile vocalist, sitarist and beenkar. He hails from the Beenkar Gharana of Indore. He has been a distinguished All India Radio Artiste since the early 1940s. A few years before the Beatles met Ravi Shankar, in 1958, Khan collaborated with jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck. Brubeck who was in Bombay through the state sponsored "jazz diplomacy" - the Jazz Ambassadors Program was impressed by the improvisation in Indian music and said that the experience accompanying Halim Jaffer Khan led him to play in a different way. He says of that meeting, “We understood each other." Khan also performed with the noted English classical guitarist Julian Bream in 1963.

Track List

Side 1 - Raga Aarabi

Side 2 - Raga Multani

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Classic Rock - The Collector's Edition

Posted By White Rose On Saturday, July 23, 2011 0 comments

Track List
01. I Want It All
02. Eternal Flames
03. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
04. Sailing
05. Eloise
06. Smooth Criminal
07. Over Aysgard - In The Air Tonight
08. The First Time
09. Groovy Kind Of Love
10. One Moment In Time
11. The Living Years

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Track List
01. Wind Of Change
02. All Right Now
03. The Rhythm Of My Heart
04. Help
05. Senza Una Donna
06. Word Of Mouth
07. Light My Fire
08. Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting
09. How Am I Supposed To Live Whithout You
10. From A Distance
11. Nessun Dorma

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Track List
01. The Final Countdown
02. You Can Call Me Al
03. Lady In Red
04. Take My Breath Away
05. Separate Lives
06. We Don't Need Another Hero
07. It's A Sin
08. She's Not There
09. Don't Give Up
10. You're The Voice
11. Abbey Road Medley

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Track List
01. Two Tribes/Relax
02. Drive
03. Purple Rain
04. Time After Time
05. I Want To Know What Love Is
06. Born In The USA / Dancing In The Dark
07. The Power Of Love
08. Thriller
09. Total Eclipse Of The Heart
10. Hello
11. Modern Girl

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Mohamed Al Jarrari - Mel Karrita . LP

Posted By White Rose On Thursday, July 21, 2011 0 comments

Track List
01) Mel Karrita
02) Zeyed Zeyed
03) Orgoci Oughanni

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Tyour Gnaoua - Dayem Allah - Avec Abdessalam Allikane

Posted By White Rose On Thursday, July 21, 2011 0 comments

Track List
01 Dayem Allah: Projet Mokhtar Samba
02 Moulay Abdelkader
03 Bouderbala
04 La Laila
05 Samaouin
06 Ladiha
07 Mimouna
08 Lokhmami
09 Sidi Mimoun

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Posted By White Rose On Wednesday, July 20, 2011 0 comments

Track List

Side A

A01 Tindi
A02 Tindi
A03 Tindi
A04 Tindi
A05 Tindi
A06 Tindi
A07 Tazengarat (Appel aux Esprits)

Side B

B01 Ahal
B02 Ahal
B03 Ahal
B04 Ahal
B05 Tindi (Imzad)
B06 Tindi (Imzad)
B07 Chant de Guerre et Tindi
B08 Tindi
B09 Saha (Chant pré-islamique)
B10 Tindi (Cheo Menina)
B11 Tindi (Aicha)
B12 Tindi (Danse des batons)
B13 Tindi des Kel Ajjer

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Munir Bachir - Mesopotamia

Posted By MiOd On Monday, July 18, 2011 1 comments
Munir Bashir 'Musician of Wisdom' - Mesopotamia
A great album from a great master. This album contains some of Munir Bashir's late improvisations as well as some songs and improvisations from earlier periods in his life. Those which belong to the late period are meditative and highly impressive in general. The earlier works are more passionate and emotional. Bashir andoubtedly deserves the name "Musician of Wisdom".

Disc: 1
1. Improvisations an Iraqi Maqams
2. Taqsim from Maqam Segah
3. Hanan
4. Taratil

Disc: 2
1. Sillam Maqam el Hikmah Al Kebir
2. Nesemat
3. Nakhil
4. Arabesque

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Naseer Shamma - Le luth de Baghdad

Posted By MiOd On Sunday, July 17, 2011 0 comments
Naseer Shamma - Maqamat Ziryáb
Naseer Shamma - Ishraq
Naseer Shamma - Meditation 'Halet Wujd'
Naseer Shamma - The Moon Fades

A work, without a doubt, that shows to the exquisite maturity and sensitivity reached about this so special musician.

Naseer Shamma is a renowned Iraqi musician and oud player.
He was born in 1963 in Kut, a village on the Tigris River. He began studying the oud at the age of 12 in Baghdad, following in the footsteps of Jamil and Munir Bashir. When he was 11-years old, Shamma saw an oud for the first time, in the hands of a stylish music teacher. Although Shamma's father, a shop owner, was religiously conservative, he did not object to his son's artistic ambitions. In 1985, Shamma played his own compositions at his first concert, attended by several renowned Iraqi artists. At the time, he worked closely with "the emir of the oud," the late Iraqi master Munir Bashir. But Shamma wanted to blaze his own path. Master Munir invented the technique of contemplation with oud, but Shamma wanted his music to carry content, an idea or image that is shocking. He received his diploma from the Baghdad Academy of Music in 1987. He began to teach oud after three years at the academy, as well as continuing his own studies. Shamma has composed music for films, plays and television. Between 1993 and 1998 he taught oud the Higher Institute of Music in Tunisia, and in 1999 he took the post of Director of the Arab Centre for the Oud in Cairo. He performs on the oud in a manner which combines traditional methods with his own modern compositions. Naseer Shamma has also created an eight-string oud or lute following the manuscript of the 9th-century music theorist Al-Farabi. This new design (eight instead of six strings) expanded the musical range of the oud and gave it a distinct tonality. His innovations also include a new method of playing the oud with only one hand, which he invented so that children and soldiers injured during the Gulf War could play and enjoy the oud.

Naseer Shamma (Arranger), Naseer Shamma (Main Performer), Naseer Shamma (Interpretation), Rabah Mezouane (Coordination), Cécile Boquien (Coordination), Saïda Fellache (Coordination), Farida Mekki (Coordination), Mohamed Métalsi (Series Concept), Christine Rinieri (Coordination), Dorothée Engel (Coordination)

Naseer Shamma "A Singing Hand"

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[01]. Min Adh-Dhâkira, Mémoires
[02]. Qissat Hubb Sharkiyya, Une Histoire d'Amour Orientale
[03]. Nasamat 'Adhba, Douces Brises
[04]. Sukûn Al-Layl Fî Baghdad, Nuit Calme à Baghdad
[05]. Min Ashur Ila Ishbiliya [From Assur to Seville]
[06]. Salât Bâbiliyya, Prière Babulonienne
[07]. Ughniya'irâqiyya, Chanson Irakienne
[08]. Hiwâr Bayn Al-Mutanabbi Was -Sayyâb, Dialoque Entre Deux Poètes
[09]. Al-Amiriyya, L'Abri d'Al-Amiriyya


Nariman Shahbuzlu - Ipek Yolu (Silk Road)

Posted By MiOd On Saturday, July 16, 2011 0 comments
Nariman Shahbuzlu - Ipek Yolu (Silk Road) Solo instrumental music using azeri national instument - zurna (Flute)~

[01].Play It Master
[03].Silk Road
[04].Look At The Boy
[05].Duy Duy
[06].Hey My Love
[09].Old Qazagi
[10].Azafli Duybeti
[12].Our Village
[15].Apardi Seller Sarani

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Hossam Ramzy - Introduction to Egyptian Dance Rhythms

Posted By MiOd On Friday, July 15, 2011 0 comments
This is an education in Egyptian Dance rhythms.. Hossam invites you to join a workshop about the rhythms of Egypt. First he explains the instruments used for the rhythms; Tabla, Darbouka, Mazhar, Doff, etc. Hossam also explains how to play them. Then he explains the rhythms themselves: Masmoudi, Maqsoum, Malfuf..

(01). Masmoudi
(02). Maqsoum
(03). Saaidi
(04). Fallahi
(05). Zaar
(06). Malfuf
(07). Karachi
(08). Elzaffa
(09). Three Four Time
(10). Samaai
(11). Abu el Khamsa

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Hossam Ramzy - Baladi Plus: Egyptian Dance Music

Posted By MiOd On Thursday, July 14, 2011 0 comments
Baladi is the true dance of Egypt. The word means: "of the country, my country, urbanised folk music, the dance of Egypt." On this album Hossam captured many styles of urbanised folklore. He plays pieces that will help you practising the dance. Baladi Plus was put together as a follow- up to "Introduction to Egyptian Dance Rhythms" with music added, as well as some new ideas that comprise Baladi ... plus.

1.Night Foal
2.Arabian Knights
4.Alla Hai
5.Baladi we Hetta (Baladi Plus)
6.Wahda We Bas
7.Malfuf Ala Westi (Wrapped around my hip)
8.Roah Albi (Soul of my heart)

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Omar Bashir - Ashwak

Posted By MiOd On Friday, July 08, 2011 0 comments
Omar Bashir's fourth album contains three extended pieces of music, one taqsim and two sama'is composed by Bashir himself. The sound engineer on this recording is Munir Bashir himself. This is a beautifully presented CD by a modern master of the oud.

1. Maqam Hijaz Kar
2. Sama'i Layali Baghdad (Omar Bashir)
3. Sama'i Ashwak (Omar Bashir)


Omar Bashir - To My Father

Posted By MiOd On Friday, July 08, 2011 0 comments
Omar Bashir presents a selection of taqasim and melodies composed by his father Munir Bashir.

1. Takassim 'Makam Rast' (Iraqi Folk)
2. Takassim 'Makam Nahawand' (Turkish Folk)
3. Takassim 'Makam Ajam'/'Tala min Beit abouha' (Iraqi Folk)
4. Improvisation/'Oum el Rouba' (Munir Bashir)
5. 'Ichbilia'-'Nareen' (Munir Bashir)

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Omar Bashir - Latin Oud

Posted By MiOd On Thursday, July 07, 2011 0 comments
Imagine people without music, language, writing and all art in general, an empty shell with no pearl. Now imagine blending 2 different styles of traditional music, Arabic & Latin, on one CD…This CD is a tribute to these 2 rich cultures, their people and artists. Their voices will be with us forever with a fresh remix of timeless classical songs on the Oud. Omar is a rising star in the world of Arabic music in general and the Oud in particular; he has an extensive resume of live performances in Europe and the Middle East. Oud playing is at its best…beautiful musical dialogues… extremely innovative approach… ecstatic sound! Bashir is a powerful ambassador of Arabic music heritage!

1. Bint Al Chalabia "Lebanese Folklore"
2. Dharon "Crispy Kings"
3. Fantasy "Omar Bashir"
4. Longa "Turkish Folklore"
5. To My Mother "Omar Bashir"
6. Granada "Omar Bashir / Mounir Bashir"
7. Irak "Iraki Folklore"
8. Layal "Omar Bashir / Turkish Folklore"

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Omar Bashir - Baghdadiyat: Featuring Sahar Taha

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[01]. Haleila Hilwa
[02]. Salam A'alaya
[03]. Che Mali Wali
[04]. A'ami Ya Baya'a El Warid
[05]. Yalli Nesetouna
[06]. Marena Beikum Hamad
[07]. Ya Um El Oyoun El Soud
[08]. Qul Le Ya Hilou
[09]. Mayhana Mayhana
[10]. Mini Shbitha Wu Tathini

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Omar Bashir - Al Andalous

Posted By MiOd On Thursday, July 07, 2011 1 comments
This excellent album features Omar Bashir on oud together with Turo Andras and Balint Petz on Spanish guitar. The interplay between the two instruments is very effective, and the CD even includes a piece written by Jamil Bashir called "My Favourite Dance"

1. Moliendo Cafe Traditional Spanish (Omar Bashir)
2. Improvisation and Lunga (Omar Bashir)
3. Andalus (Omar Bashir)
4. My Favourite Dance (Jamil Bashir)
5. Improvisation and Ishtar (Omar Bashir)

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Munir Bachir - Oud around arab world

Posted By MiOd On Thursday, July 07, 2011 0 comments
Collection of popular folk and classical pieces, played with traditional small orchestra.
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."

[01]. Halam Ya Eid
[02]. Ya Hnayyina
[03]. Sanabel,
[04]. Zourouni
[05]. Babel, Nareyn
[06]. Hala La Layya
[07]. Shiwan
[08]. Akafeekum
[09]. Johnny Guitar
[10]. Tali'a Min Beyt Abuha
[11]. Um el-Khelkhal
[12]. Chima Li Wali
[13]. el-Bint el-Shalabiyya
[14]. Basra [15]. Beyn el-D
[16]. Himali wali
[17]. Hhoutwa baad mountassaf el leil
[18]. Hourmane


Munir Bashir - L'Art du 'Ud

Posted By MiOd On Wednesday, July 06, 2011 0 comments
Munir Bashir - L'Art du 'Ud (The Art of the Ud)
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 & Omar Bashir - Duo de 'Ud

Posted By MiOd On Monday, July 04, 2011 0 comments
Munir Bashir: Messenger of Iraqi music
In 1973 the Iraqi ministery of information appointed Bashir to its culture committee; the regime of the Baath party was not well established at that time and made Bashir to a cultural figure of integration of the Christian minority. Also because of his international popularity, Bashir, who rather presented himself apolitical, seemed to be a suited personality for representing the different ethnic, religious, and political groups of his home country. In 1981 - Saddam Hussein was already in power and the actual forces passing over to the Sunnites – the regime also supports the formation of Bashir’s Iraqi Traditional Music Group that dedicates itself to the diversity of the Iraqi culture. In 1987 – during the First Gulf War – Bashir succeeded in realising a long-cherished project: For the first time the Babylon International Festival of dance, music, and theatre, which Bashir was leading for several years, took place. But Bashir himself rarely spent his time in Baghdad and finally left the country after the Second Gulf War in 1991. Guest performances mainly in Europe offered him a big open-minded audience, and therefore an excellent platform for the presentation of his meanwhile very original and mature style of improvisation and composition. Most of his records were also recorded in Europe. In his last years he aimed at making his son Omar to his musical successor. A duo-recording of Bashir and Omar made in Februar 1994 is considered to be a classic of Bashir’s Œuvre, because of its exemplary combination of traditional - mainly folk - material with most artful technique of improvisation. Munir Bashir died of heart failure in 1997 in Budapest, a short time before his planned departure to his Mexican tour. Honours Bashir, especially in his latter years, received international honours for his musical opus and his engagement for the dialog of cultures. Amongst others he was vice president of the UNESCO International Music Council, knight of the French Legion of Honour, and secretary general of the Arabian music academy in Baghdad.

This pairing of Munir Bashir with his son Omar features a selection of Arab urban songs (baladi) . The second oud is used within each piece to provide a 'dialogue' and echo of the first.

[01]. Fôg el-Nakhel (Above the Palm Trees)
[02]. Pastâ Baghdadiyya [Popular Iraqi Tune]
[03]. Hanân (Tenderness)
[04]. Dabka (Iraqi Dance)
[05]. Ishtâr (Assyrian-Babylonian Goddess of Fertility)
[06]. Al-Amira Al-Andaluciyya (The Andalusian Princess)

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Asia Drums Of The Earth 2

Posted By White Rose On Sunday, July 03, 2011 0 comments
Drums Of The Earth 2 Asia (Tambours De La Terre 2 Asie)

Track List
01 Tshobi - Dance Rhythm (Irak -Traditional Percussions)
02 Iqa'at - Rhytmic Group Improvisation (Irak -Traditional Percussions)
03 Dabka - Men's Dance (Irak -Traditional Percussions)
04 Haft Zarbi - Zarb Duet (Iran - Zarb Duet)
05 Dyahlaygu (Nepal - Newar Drums From Bhaktapur)
06 Kvakh (Nepal - Newar Drums From Bhaktapur)
07 Partal (Nepal - Newar Drums From Bhaktapur)
08 Tintal (India - Tabla Duet)

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Umrao Jaan Soundtrack

Posted By White Rose On Saturday, July 02, 2011 0 comments
Umrao Jaan was released in 1981 to great critical acclaim but lukewarm public response. No doubt its literate script, nafees Urdu and historical setting was beyond the appreciation levels of the average punter. But in the 30 intervening years, Asha Bhosle’s singing and Rekha’s dancing have only grown in stature. Buy any collection of Asha’s amazing career of hits and you’ll find every song she sang in Umrao Jaan. They are still considered the absolute peak of her grace and creativity. Rekha, known more for her racy roles before Umrao danced and acted her way to the 1981 Best Actress Award and then went on to seal her status as a serious artiste.

The soundtrack is the most complete expression of music, lyric, emotion and drama Bollywood has ever produced. The director, Muzzafar Ali, was at pains to recreate mid 19th century society of the tawwaif (courtesan) with as close to perfect verisimilitude as possible. And so elaborate costumes were sewn, the most evocative havelis (manors) used as sets, elegant refined Urdu was spoken and of course authentic period music played throughout. And to bring all of this to life he employed the best artists and craftsmen. The lyrics were written by the accomplished Urdu poet (and professor at Aligarh Muslim University) Shahyar and the music composed by the equally brilliant Khayyam. Together they created a musical and lyrical atmosphere that leaves the listener weak at the knees with the beauty of it all. Not just the stunning gems of Dil Cheez Kya Hai and In Aakhon ki Masti and Justuju Jis ki Thi and Yeh Kya Jagah Hai, Dosto. These masterpieces are supported by classical ragas, folk music and ghazals that paint a comprehensive picture of the musical landscape that was kingdom of Avadh (Lucknow). Alert readers of the Washerman’s Dog will remember that the instrument, the sarangi, rose to its preeminent place in Hindustani music as an accompanist to the courtesans of the 18th and 19th century such as Umrao Jaan. You will hear lots of sarangi on this soundtrack.

Track List
01 Dil Cheez Kya Hai
02 Justuju Jis Ki Thi
03 Kahe ko Byahi Bides
04 Pratham Dhar Dhyan (Raga Mala)
05 In Aankhon ki Masti
06 Zindagi Jab Bhi
07 Yeh Kya Jagah Hai Dosto
08 Jab Bhi Milti Hai
09 Jhoola Kinne Dala


Traditional Arts Of The Sultanate Of Oman

Posted By White Rose On Saturday, July 02, 2011 0 comments
This disc is a field recording from the Sultanate of Oman. Oman is a small Muslim country on the southern part of the Arabian peninsula. Oman's history and geography give it a strong African influence (plus a weaker Pakistani influence). The music typically consists of somewhat ragged choruses plus some drums playing fairly complex rhythms. There may or may not be a solo accompanying instrument, like an oboe or a lyre, and it may or may not be audible.
According to the liner notes, no recording can convey the full experience of the performances. Omanese music is not "art music" meant to be listened to apart from any other activity. Instead, it is fully integrated into the life and activities of the community. Since listeners cannot see the costumes, follow the moves, smell the incense, or appreciate the rituals, they are missing out. Too bad. Some of the tracks just sound "primitive," and are primarily of anthropological interest. Although most of the cuts have some rhythmic appeal, one in particular has a very attractive groove: the fast-paced "Haryabuh," a brisk and bouncy plea to a saint for the safe return of travelers, which sounds like the African roots of gospel music

Track List
01. Taghrud
02. Azi
03. Razhah Qasafiya
04. Wahhabiyah
05. Lewah
06. Malid
07. Tamburah
08. Shubani
09. Haryabuh
10. Sharh
11. Bar'ah

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Ozan Firat - Turkey Music Of The Troubadors

Posted By White Rose On Friday, July 01, 2011 0 comments
Kurd by his mother, Ozan Firat is originating in a village of the area of Sivas in Anatolia. He had to leave school early for keeping the herds of his father. He saysthat it was to give himself courage and to move away the bears that it y exerca his voice to length day. By listening to his large-brother,he will be initiated with the music. Sensitive to his interest for the music, his father then sold one of his weapons to buy a saz to him, the traditional lute with length stick which accompanies the songs by the ozan.
At fourteen years, he made like many others and left its village to go to work at the city. he found a place of server assistance in a cabaret of Ankara. Attending the musical performences, he will not be long in being pointed out by musicians for his voice and succeeds in being made engage in another cabaret where he started to live from his music.
In the Seventies, Turkey knows turbid and agitated hours. The confrontations between extremists are violent and Ozan Firat has more and more evil to exerce his art. It is following rioting that it makes the decision to leave for Europe. It shares there its life between uses of workman in the North-East of France and that of singer in a Turkish restaurant of Paris.
With the title of "Ozan", meaning "troubadour", Ozan Firat selected to join "Firat" referring to the river passing close to its village,Euphrate.
The life and the art of Ozan Firat are basically marked by the alévi cultural heritage . The alévis constitute most of the population in Anatolia. They are Shiite and practical an Islam of opening which east impresses pre-Islamic elements resulting from the asian shamanism.
If they do not attend the mosques, do not recite the prayers, they make neither ablutions nor the ritual fast and the principal pilgrimage which they carry out is that of Hacibektas, in August, they meet and sing the epic alévie there. This " not very orthodoxe " Islam, is worth to them to be strongly scorned by the sunnite majority of the country. The expression and the clearness of the heart are more significant than the rites. The alévis are deeply humanistic and soutenèrent Ataturk in its company of modernization and laicization of the state.
The music, of oral tradition, holds a dominating place in the rites alévis and the transmission of the epic of the martyrs and the saints. It is regarded as a means of spiritual rise very as much as a means of expression for their dispute and their sorrows.
Ozan Firat inherits this tradition and the kneaded collective memory of rejection of the capacity and the memory of persecutions. This heritage is rich texts and transmitted accounts from generation to generation, like those of the large poet Pir Sultan Abdal (XVIè century). Those, using a required language which shackles the image and the double direction, form today still part of the repertory of the bards alévis. With this revolt, Ozan Firat will add its nostalgia and the sorrow of the exile. The songs of exile are an old tradition and the current waves of immigration made only revive it.

If Ozan Firat is before a whole singer, he is also a virtuoso of the saz. Its technique of accompaniment is with the service of its song, introducing it, supporting it and answering him with smoothness and discretion.
The saz or better the " baglama ", is the instrument of predilection of the bards alévis. This lute with length handle was born thinks your, in the Western Semites of current Syria. Its origin must however be required in Central Asia. Associated with the bards alévis, the saz always had a connotation of instrument protestor related to the memory of the troubadours turkmenes in revolt against the central capacity ottoman.
There are various sizes, going from 47 to 106 cm. Bards choosing the type of saz of which they play according to tessiture of their voice. Its case of resonance is generally made in mulberry tree and its sounding board in conifer. It includes/understands three series of double cords or triple. One generally plays about it with a plectre, but the mountain dwellers turkmenes of Taurus prefer to do it with the fingers, like the majority of the players of lute of Central Asia. Its handle long and fine is delimited by mobile nylon hoops, which makes it possible to obtain all the intervals of the Turkish musical system. One finds in certain songs the expression of a symbolism attached to the various elements of the instruments: the body is Ali and the cord engraves Muhammed; in some saz the 12 cords represent the 12 imams and the handle, the sword of Ali.
The repertory of Ozan Firat is shared between the sacred music and the profane music expressing the revolt and nostalgia without forgetting some light song and dance tunes, because the alévis do not live only of pain. Its voice and its songs make us travel in the heart landscapes anatoliens with emotion, force and conviction.
Ozan Firat is accompanied by Mahmut Demir on the saw and Ozcan Dursun on the saz.

Track List
01. Bu sene (This Year)
02. Kirmizi Gullerinde (Red Roses)
03. Traditional Kurd Chant
04. Otme Bulbul (Do not sing nightingale)
05. Ben oldum (It's me once more)
06. Nesi tatli (Nothing but misery)
07. Bu daglar bizim (Here are our mountains)
08. Gurbet eller ne yaptiniz (You have left me alone)
09. Uslamadim benim benim (My heart is mad)
10. Karsidan karsiya (Our eyes meet)
11. Gelele gelele (Return to the village)
12. Kar yagiyor yagiyor (The snow is falling)
13. Seher yeli (The wind of dawn)

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