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Ibrahim Maalouf - 2013 - Illusions

Paris-based Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf learned a Middle Eastern quarter-tone technique from his brass-playing father, started out winning classical competitions, and then taught himself jazz. Following a prestigious classical career sanctioned by several international awards (France, Hungary, Finland, USA), and the diploma of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, Ibrahim became a well-known figure on the music scene thanks to his collaboration with singers such as Sting, Amadou et Mariam, Lhasa de Sela, Matthieu Chédid and many others who wanted to use his sound and his unique playing style to colour their music. Ibrahim was rapidly recognized by the jazz world and his three first albums “Diasporas” (2007), “Diachronism” (2009) and “Diagnostic” (2011) were unanimously acclaimed by the national and international press. His music and his trumpet playing are strongly inspired by his Arabic culture, but the instruments around him (bass, electric guitar, drums, Arabic percussion and vibraphones) and the musicians with whom he performs give a more contemporary rock, electro and jazz-funk flavor to his music. His concerts are generally built around stimulating music that makes people want to get up and dance. But there is always a short, more contemplative, mystical interlude during his concerts, which he calls “a collective universal prayer”. Maalouf gets a lot of his inspiration from his culture of origin. His latest album “Wind” (2012) featuring his New York Quintet: star sidemen Mark Turner (sax) and Clarence Penn (drums), seems certain to broaden his audience. After “Wind”, a purely acoustic jazz album, Ibrahim Maalouf comes back with a more electric album, called “Illusions”, to be released in November.

Musicians:

  • Ibrahim Maalouf: Trumpet, composition & arrangements
  • François Delporte: Guitars
  • Frank Woeste: Keyboards
  • Laurent David: Bass
  • Xaxier Rogé: Drums
  • Youenn Le Cam, Martin Saccardy: Trumpets
  • Yann Martin: Lead Trumpet

TrackList:

  1. Illusions (03:38)
  2. Conspiracy Generation (08:57)
  3. InPressi (04:08)
  4. Nomade Slang (06:05)
  5. Busy (10:24)
  6. If You Wanna Be a Woman (06:42)
  7. Unfaithful (04:26)
  8. True Sorry (04:52)
  9. Illusion (03:20)

Duration : 52:29 | Bitrate : 320 Kbit/s | Year : 2013 | Size : 128 mb

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Dhafer Youssef – 2013 - Birds Requiem

In December 2012, Dhafer Youssef, one of the most highly respected and influential virtuosi of the oud, started to work on his new album Birds Requiem. After recording primarily in Gothenburg, Sweden, with additional recording in Istanbul he finished the album in 2013, but it is still not an easy task for the Tunisian musician to describe Birds Requiem.
“I could talk about what occurred in my private life, about the shock and the tidal wave of emotions. Maybe I could talk about my perception of music, about this desire to reach the limits of what is possibly feasible… or I could describe all the artistic and human encounters which punctuate the album and also about the fact that through some songs reoccurring like leitmotivs, Birds Requiem reminds me of a movie music.”
Birds Requiem is a suite of 11 interconnected compositions, structured around what he has dubbed the “ Birds Requiem” suite, whose four parts (“Birds Canticum,” “Fuga Hirundinum,” “Archaic Feathers” and “Whirling Birds Ceremony”) form the centerpiece of the recording. For Dhafer Youssef, Birds Requiem marks the continuation of a journey into the possibilities of the oud. He could write for hours trying to describe the album and yet not succeed in revealing its essence which can only be felt while listening. His music is in the first place, a communion with the audience. It solicits the senses and it is a perpetual renewal. Describing an album of music will never reveal its essence.
“Why write about this album? Why present it? I am an autodidact and I believe that music is beyond walls, it possess a singularity that makes us feel ourselves, feel the other and feel the music. And I am waiting impatiently for the live performances so I can share these emotions and see this album, like the ones to come, evolve and take shape with the audience.”

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Dhafer (2)

Musicians:

  • Dhafer Youssef (oud, vocals)
  • Hüsnü Şenlendirici (clarinet)
  • Nils Petter Molvær (trumpet)
  • Aytaç Doğan (kanun)
  • Eivind Aarset (electric guitar, electronics, second ear)
  • Kristjan Randalu (piano)
  • Phil Donkin (double bass)
  • Chandler Sardjoe (drums)

TrackList:

  1. Birds Canticum “Birds Requiem” Suite (03:17)
  2. Sweet Blasphemy (06:05)
  3. Blending Souls & Shades (to Shiraz) (09:31)
  4. Ascetic Mood (05:41)
  5. Fuga Hirundinum “Birds Requiem” Suite (04:20)
  6. Khira “Indicium Divinum” Elegy for My Mother (03:56)
  7. 39th Gülay (to Istanbul)  (06:50)
  8. Archaic Feathers “Birds Requiem” Suite (03:01)
  9. Sevdah (to Jon Hassell) (08:02)
  10. Ascetic Journey  (09:02)
  11. Whirling Birds Ceremony “Birds Requiem” Suite (04:47)

Duration : 64:22 | Bitrate : 128 Kbit/s | Year : 2013 | Size : 69 mb

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MAias Alyamani - 2011 - White

MAias Alyamani, violinist and composer, began his professional musical career as a solo violinist in 2000. His performances include the traditional classical repertoire and other musical genres including his personal compositions.

MAias has a master degree from Vienna University of Music, majoring in violin performance with special focus on Composition. During his studies he won the Competition of  Vienna University of Music and participated in the international Paganini Competition in Italy. He was the only Arab ever to participate in these competitions.

He was a member of Südbahnhof Band in Vienna. The band is still performing in Europe and it was a finalist and won the Audience prize at the World Music Awards which took place in Vienna 2006.  In 2006 MAias established the ensemble MAqam in Vienna, specializing in classical Arabic music. The ensemble is a big success in Austria and neighboring countries. He is also a member of the Damascus Festival Chamber Players ensemble, which focuses on contemporary Arabic music. He made a large number of solo recordings for film, music bands, live theatre and TV-show soundtracks.

He has five albums:

  • White” with Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Live at Aspire Hall” with MAqam
  • Blended Cultures” with Opec Orchestra for Solo Violin and Orchestra
  • Syrian Contemporary Chamber Music” chamber music album with DFCP
  • Offstagewith Qatar Philharmonic Strings

TrackList:

  1. Memories of Syria: “Dominoes 2011” (07:18)
  2. Memories of Syria: “Caucasian Dance” (04:03)
  3. Memories of Syria: “0+ Tango” (04:55)
  4. Memories of Syria: “Sea Waves” (07:43)
  5. Oriental Dances: “Zigan” (05:27)
  6. Oriental Dances: “Longa Nahawand” (02:55)

Duration : 32:17 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 2011 | Size : 87 mb

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Keyvan Chemirani & Dorsaf Hamdani & En Chordais & Juan Carmona - 2012 - Melos (Mediterranean Songs)

The band project Melos was organized and brought together by Iranian born percussionist Keyvan Chemirani who invited a meeting point for traditional music for some Tunisian, Greek and also a few flamenco musicians. While all three groups have the Mediterranean seas in between them, their musical sensibilities and traditions still differ a lot.

For Keyvan he sees the meeting points in a much wider area and context, in this project is not simply looked for the gypsy trails, brought over from India over Persia towards the Middle East, Northern Africa and Spain, this world of traditions taken is from much later contexts. It only became like another reconsideration of confrontation between these worlds starting from what has been remembered for each group and territory as a basic sensibility of foundations in rhythm and melody without all the complexity of bigger structures or contexts. This meeting point is made much more direct with each conditioned voice, as to meet again in a new common place for recognition with all these basic elements gathered and having become one with them. Each voice is left to show its own language in its own minimized form. Certain areas are more easy to start from to adapt to with the other musicians to sing or interpret in their own style, to feel the rhythms in their own way and to play the tunes as they themselves understand it. This sort of meeting point is very direct, as something that should be experienced live, where you can see how an Arab voice isn’t really too different in essence from a Greek or flamenco voice, and how certain rhythms can be embedded into one another.

There are common keys and modes possible, and there are even worlds of ideas that have a couple of foundations in common. There has not really been created a new fusion or a crossover world, this is only a meeting point of basics of traditions. Perhaps only the Spanish flavors are most contrasting, as they are well adapted to the new whole. I think the video introduction shows the band’s idea and meeting point with its effect to the listeners best.

درصاف الحمداني مغنية تونسية تمتلك صوتا عذبا ، قوي نقيٌ ممتلئ بالقدرةِ المتكاملة لأداء أصعب الألحان والقصائد والتي تصعب على الكثير من مغني هذا الزمن، تُصرّ على الغناء للكبار الذين مروا على الساحةِ الغنائية العربية في فترتها الذهبية لتحافظَ على تواجدهم ولترد الجميلَ لما قدموه من الفن الراقي، لها تجاربُ عديدة في الغناء أمام الجمهورِ بأشكالهِ الكلاسيكية والطربية والمسرحِ الغنائي والإنشاد الصوفي، فرضت نفسَها على المشهد الغنائي العربي كفنانةٍ تُقدمُ الأصالة َ والرقي..
وهي باحثة في علوم الموسيقى ومطربة غنت التراث التونسي والفن العربي الأصيل في مناسبات عديدة في تونس و خارجها (مصر، اسبانيا، فرنسا، اليونان، هولندا، الكندا، لبنان وغيرها).
درصاف ترنو دائما الى الغناء للكبار فقط و الموشحات و الأغاني الصوفية التي يصعب غنائها

Musicians:

  • Keyvan Chemirani (France/ Iran) : direction musicale et percussions
  • Dorsaf Hamdani (Tunisie) : chant
  • Mohammed Rochdi M’farredj (Maroc) : kanun
  • Mohamed Lassoued (Tunisie) : violon
  • Drossos Koutsokostas (Grèce) : chant
  • Kyriakos Kalaitzidis (Grèce) : oud
  • Kyriakos Petras (Grèce) : violon
  • Periklis Papapetropoulos (Grèce) : saz, bulgari
  • Juan Carmona (Espagne) : guitare
  • El Kiki (Espagne) : chant
  • Bandolero (Espagne) : percussions

TrackList:

  1. Ouverture (07:03)
  2. Une Histoire de l’Exil (08:01)
  3. Namas (06:50)
  4. Karsilamas (04:34)
  5. Hommage a Ibn Arabi (05:36)
  6. Louanges (04:37)
  7. Turkish Melos (04:31)
  8. Suite Tunisienne (08:14)
  9. Gallop (07:44)
  10. Ta Poulia (05:29)

Duration : 62:36 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 2012 | Size : 186 mb

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Le Trio Joubran - 2012 - A l'ombre des mots

في ظل الكلام: حلم طويل لا ينتهي! على ذلك المسرح.. استعادت كل الأشياء نبضها، لا شيء مفتعل، توحدٌ تام مع الذاكرة التي تحرس الحلم. لم تكن كأي مرة.. ذات الموسيقى ربما، ولكن هذه المرة بجرعة ألم زائدة، لا حد للموسيقى، لا حواجز، تتعالى بهم موسيقاهم إلى أقصى حالات النشوة.. ثم تسكن فجأة، رحمةً منهم لأرواحهم المهاجرة، ولذاك الجسد المثقل بعبء الذكرى؛ ذكرى من قاسموه أجمل موسيقى.. وقاسمهم شعره، ليصبحوا بعد ذلك جسداً واحداً. عندما يعيدون عزف موسيقاهم بصحبة الشعر،ينصت كل الوجود لتعبهم الذي لا يزول، ويدخل المرء لحالة من العجز التام، عجز عن التعبير، عن الحراك، ويرتعش البدن من وطأة نبرة درويش ورنة العود المتعِّبة. أسماء المقطوعات الجديدة: سراب، فراديس، وليتـك؛ تلك التي يبدؤون بها حلمهم الطويل. هي وإن إنتهت لا تنتهي، لا تزول.. لأنها تحمل ذكرى شاعر أحب الأرض، واستحقت لأجله الحياة. أما “سراب” التي يبدؤ معها السفر، لا تلبث أن تقتلك بمراحلها الأربعة مع حساب الصمت؛ يبدؤها سمير، يكملها وسام بالنوح المعتق، ويتعالى بنوحه ليجتمع الثلاثة في عزفه، فتصل لذروتها ثم تهدؤ هدوءاً رحيماً قبل أن تنفجر بصحبة عدنان ليستعيد كل الذاكرة في ثوانٍ.. وبعدها، ترجع الأعواد الثلاثة لتتحاور بهدوء، كأنها تعبت من المشي خلف سرابها البعيد.

تتحايل الموسيقى على الشعر، تتيح له الفراغ لتخصب الروح تارةً، وتنتزع منه كلامه تارةً أخرى كي “تسيّج هذا الرحيل”، تهدؤ حين يهدأ، وتعلو حينما يعلو، تقاسمه الحياة برديفها، وبتناصها المتكرر تعيد كتابتها بكل فصل من فصولها. وحينما ينتهي، يترك لها حيزاً لتعيش ذروة جنونها وارتجالها وحوارها الأبدي الذي لا ينتهي.. تلك هي فراديس

أمل

Musicians:

  • Samir Joubran, oud
  • Wissam Joubran, oud
  • Adnan Joubran, oud
  • Youssef Hbeisch, percussions
  • feat. Mahmoud Darwich, voice

TrackList:

  1. Asfar
  2. Masar
  3. Shajan
  4. Zawaj El Yamam
  5. Faraadees
  6. Sama-Sounounou
  7. Saraab + Safar
  8. Sama Cordoba

MPEG-4 AVC (1920X1080) 2000 Kbps | Mp3 128 Kbps vbr | Duration : 59m 12s | Size : 909 MB

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