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Al Turath Ensemble ‎– 1997 - La Musica De Al-Alndalus La Muwassaha

فرقة التراث من أعرق الفرق السورية التي تؤدي الغناء التراثي بشكله التقليدي وبأصوله في الالتزام والارتجال.أسسها رائد الطرب الأصيل “صبري مدلل” في بداية الخمسينيات فأحدث فرقة للمدائح النبوية ، وكان أول من أدخل الإيقاع “الدف” على الإنشاد ، وقد أخذت الفرقة شكلها الحالي عام 1975 بعد أن رافقتها الفرقة الموسيقية في عملها.

كانت القفزة النوعية للفرقة عام 1985 عندما استلم ادارتها الفنان “محمد حمادية” ، حيث طورها وأدخل عليها مختلف ألوان الفنون الغنائية والتعبيرية والتراثية الموسيقية.وشاركت الفرقة في العديد من المهرجانات والتظاهرات الفنية العربية والعالمية حيث أحيت عدة حفلات في معظم بلدان الوطن العربي وبعض الدول الأجنبية كفرنسا وألمانيا وبريطانيا وسويسرا والنمسا وهولندا وبلجيكا واسبانيا واليونان وهونغ كونغ وغيرها وكانت في كل حفلاتها ترفع شعار “الفن للفن”.

وتساهم بنشر رسالتها الفنية التراثية في جميع أنحاء العالم ، ما أكسبها الشهرة العالمية وجعلها محط اعجاب الجمهور والنقاد في كل لون تؤديه.
فرقة التراث هي فرقة جامعة شاملة تجتمع فيها كل ألوان الفنون الحلبية من مدائح نبوية وغناء صوفي وديني ورقص شعبي وطرب وغير ذلك.
– المزيد من المعلومات في الكتيّب المرفق.

The Al Turath Ensemble  is a Syrian classical Arabic musical ensemble founded in 1954 by Sabri Mudallal. Leadership passed to Mohammed Hammadye in 1985 who added instrumentalists to what had previously been only a vocal ensemble. The term al turath means “heritage.”

TrackList:

  1. Sama’i (07:07) سماعي
  2. Muwashshah: Ya Ghysayna-L-Bani (03:18) موشح: ياغصن البان
  3. Muwashshah: Ma-Hityali (05:38) موشح: ما احتيالي
  4. Muwashshah: Hajarni Habibi (01:40) موشح: هجرني حبيبي
  5. Muwashshah: Ya Fatina-L-Ghuzlan (04:33) موشح: فاتن الغزلان
  6. Muwashshah: ‘Unqu-L-Malih (03:45) موشح: عنق المليح
  7. Dulab (02:50) دولاب
  8. Taqsim (01:49) تقسيم
  9. Layali (05:25) ليالي
  10. Quasidah (08:26) قصيدة: ياواردة عالعين
  11. Qad: Ya Mayilah ‘Ala-L-Ghusun ‘Ayni (06:09) قد: يامايله عالغصون
  12. Mawwal (04:40) موال
  13. Qad: Fuq An-Nakhil (04:49) قد: فوق النخل
  14. Qad: Al (Bulbul Nagha a Ghusni-L-Full) (04:50) قد: البلبل ناغى ع غصن الفل
  15. Qad: Qadduka-L-Mayyas Ya ‘Umri (06:59) قد: قدك المياس
  16. Qad: Bini W-Binak Haru-L-Awazil (02:55) قد: بيني وبينك حاروا العوازل

Duration : 74:53 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 1997 | Size :200 mb

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Ibrahim Maalouf - 2011 - Diagnostic

The Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf sometimes performs completely solo, but this album explores the epic side of his compositional output. Even though this might be the case, much of the recording involves the layering of his multi-instrumental prowess. Besides employing a four-valve horn variant, this adopted Frenchman has built up these pieces with piano, percussion and electronics, as well as inviting occasional guests to add guitar, violin, tuba, accordion and harmonica.
Everything has been hurled into the trans global pot, and the results are stylistically unbound. The main characteristic of this hour-plus work is an oscillation between ruminative calm and torrid marching. Maalouf opens with some thoughtful piano, with Lily merging into Will Soon Be a Woman, which inhabits the realms of an imaginary French movie soundtrack. Café serenading melds with gentle gypsy, the powdery softness of Maalouf’s tone dominating the foreground. It’s similar to the romantically tinkering world inhabited by Yann Tiersen.
Maalouf roves from France through Eastern Europe to the Middle East; or maybe he’s moving in the opposite direction. Each piece is dedicated to a member of his family, and the final tune is dedicated to the Lebanese family at large. As the third and fourth pieces develop, there are already frissons from the Andes and the Bronxian salsa tenements, overlaying a We Will Rock You drum-crash. Everything or Nothing invokes another filmic master, this time sounding akin to the epic work of Goran Bregović: crashing war-drums, massed choirs, cutting to just trumpet and piano.
There’s even more mashing to come. Never Serious is Balkan Led Zep, whilst Michael Jackson’s They Don’t Care About Us theme is used on We’ll Always Care About You, the result like a Balkan Slayer interpretation. The two extended pieces arrive towards the close, All the Beautiful Things featuring prominent Chinese erhu (two-stringed fiddle), and Beirut is also tranquil and spacious, the closest piece to a jazz ballad; throughout, the dispersed elements just about manage to cohere. Maalouf’s trumpet always has an Arabic tinge, but it’s as if he wants it to be a softer flugelhorn, as if Jon Hassell were meeting Kenny Wheeler.

TrackList:

  1. Lily (is 2) (02:08)
  2. Will Soon Be a Woman (05:31)
  3. Intro (01:20)
  4. Maeva in the Wonderland (06:47)
  5. Your Soul (02:23)
  6. Everything or Nothing (07:05)
  7. Never Serious (04:25)
  8. We’ll Always Care About You (04:26)
  9. Douce (feat. Oxmo Puccino) (05:45)
  10. All the Beautiful Things (11:01)
  11. Diagnostic (02:55)
  12. Beirut (10:43)

Duration : 64:29 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 2011 | Size :170 mb

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Marcel Khalifé - 2007 - Sharq (Live at Piacenza Theatre) مارسيل خليفة – شرق

Live at Piacenza Theatre with the Italian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Choir of Piacenza performing music by Marcel Khalifé.

Conductor: Karl Martin, Chorus Master: Corado Casati.

The live recording of Marcel Khalife’s latest composition “Sharq”. A fusion of East and West, old and new, Sharq (Orient) is the placement of Eastern melody and its unique expressiveness in a new context that propels it forward as a complete medium of expression. Combining elements of mawwal, tarab, muwashah, samai, qadd, longa, and sufi, this concert recording is a unique musical biography.

Duration : 47:07 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 2007 | Size :110 mb

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Anouar Brahem - 1998 - Thimar

The oud is an ancient short-necked, plucked Arabic instrument. On Thimar, East meets West with oud instrumentalist Anouar Brahem along with jazz masters, saxophonist/bass clarinetist John Surman and bassist Dave Holland. The opener, “Badhra,” commences with Surman’s light as a feather soprano work while Holland and Brahem successively join the festivities as if they were doing one of those “let’s introduce the band” exercises. “Taiwin” leans toward the Arabic end of the spectrum as Holland and Brahem perform Middle Eastern unison lines. Holland’s rich, exuberant sound provides a huge bottom for Surman and Brahem while also providing tonal color and rhythmic balance. This attribute serves as an interesting contrast to Brahem’s oud. “Mazad” features some extended ensemble work from the Trio. The muscular rhythmic pulse is provided by Holland and Brahem while Surman develops attractive themes with his fluid and crystal clear soprano work. Here, Surman’s phrasing and nimble tone seems angelic and my! stical.

The entire recording is amiable, wonderfully produced and absorbing. The ever present Middle Eastern feel is always an underlying factor; however, Holland did his homework to devise and implement the unorthodox pulse required to pull this off. Surman rides the top and provides the nuance and thematic movements. The entire project is captivating yet at times seems innocent and humble as if this were a spiritual exercise. Either way you look at it Thimar is entertaining and impressive. There’s a lot going on here. Recommended.

Personnel:

  • Anouar Brahem: Oud.
  • John Surman: Soprano Sax, Bass Clarinet.
  • Dave Holland: Double-Bass.

TrackList:

  1. Badhra (08:29)
  2. Kashf (05:22)
  3. Houdouth (05:35)
  4. Talwin (04:16)
  5. Waqt (02:31)
  6. Uns (04:48)
  7. Al Hizam Al Dhahbi (05:40)
  8. Qurb (05:14)
  9. Mazad (05:03)
  10. Kernow (05:09)
  11. Hulmu Rabia (02:14)

Duration : 54:21 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 1998 | Size :141 mb

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Marcel Khalifé - 2007–Taqasim مارسيل خليفة - تقاسيم

Before discussing the extraordinarily beautiful and uplifting music on Taqasim, a last minute, odds-on favourite for the best of 2006 lists, a little background on the oud, taqasim and oud player Marcel Khalife (you can hit fast forward if you know it).

Born in Lebanon in 1950 but now living in exile in Paris, Khalife’s work is shaped by both classical Arab court music, of which he is a master, and today’s Palestinian diaspora. In the 1970s, moved by the Palestinian refugee camps around Beirut, he became an eloquent supporter of the nationalist movement. Much of his work has since been inspired by the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. Meanwhile, fundamentalist zealots have three times tried to have Khalife imprisoned on the charge of “degrading Islam” (for including a couplet from the Koran in one of his songs). There’s much more to his brave and principled story. In 2005 he was named a UNESCO Artist For Peace, but it’s no longer safe for him to live in his own country.

The oud, from which the European lute derives, is an eleven-stringed instrument with a Rubenesque, pear-shaped body. Crucially, the curves produce a richly resonant sound box. The oud’s fretless neck allows the player to use the slides and microtones also found in Indian sitar music. At the top end, it is pretty and filigreed; in its sturdy middle and bass registers, the beating heart of the instrument, it can be intensely driving and mesmeric.

There are raga connections too in taqasim, a complex, precisely detailed framework for improvisation. In a taqasim, a musician plays a series of improvisations, separated by moments of silence, on different aspects of an opening modal theme, to which he periodically returns.

Which brings us to Taqasim. There are three taqasims on the album, each lasting about twenty minutes, and each offering a musical cosmos to get lost in. Moods and colours evolve, but the underlying effect of the first is beatific, the second darker, and the third urgent and visceral. In each, the oud’s lyricism flows like a river. The improvisations are as architectural and expressive as those in elite Indian raga.

Whilst not ignoring the crystalline upper reaches of the oud, Khalife concentrates on the middle and bass registers, supported by Peter Herbert’s sonorous bass, in a stream of gorgeously melodic, melismatic improvisations. Sometimes the music sounds characteristically Middle Eastern, at others unexpected cross-cultural influences take hold. The oud, by turns, takes on the guise of a sitar, a Spanish guitar, a lute, a bouzouki, even a drum.

Taqasim is music of the most elevated, Sufic complexion, transporting and cleansing, delighting and reviving, and a hotline to something beyond words, something unmistakably higher.

Track Listing: Part One; Part Two; Part Three.

Personnel: Marcel Khalife: oud; Peter Herbert: double bass; Bachar Khalife: percussion.

http://www.marcelkhalife.com

TrackList:

  1. Part One (19:40)
  2. Part Two (20:34)
  3. Part Three (20:45)

Duration : 61:00 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s  | Year : 2007 | Size : 143 mb

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