Rahim Alhaj - 2006 - When The Soul Is Settled. Music of Iraq

Rahim Alhaj was raised in Baghdad, Iraq, and began studying the oud when he was nine years old and gave solo concerts from age fourteen. He attended the prestigious Baghdad Conservatory of Fine Arts, (comparable to Julliard School of Music in the US), studying under Munir Bashir and Salim Abdul Kareem, whence he graduated from the six-year program with honors in 1990. He left Iraq the next year under pressure from Saddam Hussein’s government including imprisonment and torture due to artistic resistance to the regime. Rahim lived in Jordan and later in Syria until 2000, when he was granted political refugee status and moved to the US, where he resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico. An improviser and composer, he has performed in hundreds of solo concerts throughout the Near East, Europe and across North America. He performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in June 2006 for this CD release tour. Rahim also teaches a Middle East Music History and Ensemble class at the University of New Mexico. His website is www.rahimalhaj.com.

As received from his teachers, Rahim Alhaj carries the Iraqi musical tradition, yet he has moved it along toward the next generations in his own way, in his own time. Souhail Kaspar is a master percussionist, born in Lebanon and trained at the Conservatory of Traditional Arabic Music (Nadi al-Funun al-Arabiyya) in Aleppo, Syria. He lives in Los Angeles, but travels worldwide to work, in constant demand for performances, recording sessions and teaching engagements. For online information, see www.neareastmusic.com.

Track List:

1Taqsim Maqam Ajam
تقاسيم مقام عجم.
2 Taqsim Maqam Mukhalif
تقاسيم مقام مخالف.
3 Taqsim Maqam Sika
تقاسيم مقام سيكاه.
4 Taqsim Maqam Kurd
تقاسيم مقام كرد.
5 Taqsim Maqam Bayyat Husayni
تقاسيم مقام بيات حسيني.
6 Taqsim Maqam Hijaz
تقاسيم مقام حجاز.
7 Taqsim Maqam Lami
تقاسيم مقام لامي.
8 Taqsim Maqam Sharqi Rast
تقاسيم مقام شرقي رست.
9 Taqsim Maqam Saba
. تقاسيم مقام صبا

Duration : 73:29 | Bitarte :  320 kBit/s | Year : 2006 | Size :  176 mb

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Artist: Naseer Shamma نصير شما
Album: The Baghdad Lute عود من بغداد
Country: Irag العراق


Naseer Shamma (Arabic: نصير شمه‎) is a renowned Arab 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 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 House of Oud (بيت العود العربي) 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 was originally invented by Salim Abdulkarim, so that children and soldiers injured during the Gulf War could play and enjoy the oud.

Track List:

1 Min adh-Dhâkira \\ Mémoires
1 – من الذاكرة
2 Qissat hubb sharqiyya \\ Une histoire d’amour orientale
2 – قصة حب شرقية
3 Nasamât ‘adhba \\ Douces brises
3 – نسمات عذبة
4 Sukûn al-Layl fî Baghdad \\ Nuit calme à Bagdad
4 – سكون الليل في بغداد
5 Min Ashûr ila Ishbîliyya \\ D’Assur à Séville
5 – من آشور إلى إشبيلية
6 Salât bâbiliyya \\ Prière babylonnienne
6 – صلاة بابلية
7 Ughniya ‘irâqiyya \\ Chanson irakienne
7 – أغنية عراقية
8 Hiwâr bayn al-Mutanabbi was-Sayyâb \\ Dialogue entre deux poètes
8 – حوار بين المتنبي والسيّاب
9 Al-‘Amiriyya \\L’abri d’al-‘Amiriyya
9 – العامرية

Duration : 72:50 | Bitarte : 192 kBit/s | Year : 1994 | Size : 103 mb

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Jahida Wehbe - 2006 - Katabtany

Artist: Jahida Wehbé جاهدة وهبة
Album: Katabtany كتبتني
Country: Lebanon

Track list:
1 – My Empty Shoes (Gunter Grass)
1 – أحذيتي الفارغة (كلمات غونتر غراس)
2 – Don’t Look Back (Gunter Grass)
2 – لا تلتفت إلى الوراء(كلمات غونتر غراس)
3 – Words (Ahlam Mosteghanemi)
3 – كتبتني (كلمات أحلام مستغانمي)
4 – Towards Each Other (Onsi El Hajj)
4 – لندع تلاقينا (كلمات أنسي الحاج)
5 – Wishing (Talal Haidar)
5 – ياريت فيي إنهدى(كلمات طلال حيدر)
6 – Reborne (one take) (Ahlam Mosteghanemi)
6 – أنجبني (كلمات أحلام مستغانمي)
7 – If Only (Abu Firas Al Hamadani)
7 – فليتك تحلو(كلمات أبوفراس الحمداني)
8 – If You Leave (Al Hallaj)
8 – إذا هجرت (كلمات الحلاج)
9 – Oh! Tigris (Amal Al Juboury)
9 – يا دجلة الذكريات (كلمات أمل الجبوري)
10 – Bewildered (Ahlam Mosteghanemi)
10 – مذهول به التراب (كلمات أحلام مستغانمي)
11 – Beirut (Lamiaa Abbas Amara)
11 – (بيروت (كلمات لميعة عباس عمارة)

Mike Massy – Piano (track #6)
Claude Chalhoub – Violin
Gilbert Yammen – kanoun
Ali El Khatib – Riq
Ali El Mazbouh – Nay
Nicholas Nakhleh – Oud
Rami Hanna – Guitar
Robert Kfoury – Cello (track #6)

Duration : 51:50 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 2006 | Size : 123 mb

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dhafer youssef - cully 08 f

Album: Live at Cully Jazz Festival
Artist: Dhafer Youssed
Country: Tunisia

Dhafer Youssef (born 1967 in Teboulba, Tunisia) is a composer, vocalist, and oud player. He has been living and working in various European countries since 1990. During this time he had the opportunity to perform his music on stages in Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland, the UK and other countries as well as his native Tunisia (where he started singing in the Islamic tradition  at age 5 ).

Dhafer Youssef’s music is rooted in the Sufi tradition and other mystical music but has always been wide open to ideas from any other musical culture as well as the jazz scene. With his poetic approach on the oud (the Arabic lute), his complex Arab-colored compositions and especially his deeply affecting singing when humming along with his melodies, Dhafer Youssef is one of the most impressive voices to emerge in this musical field in many years. Testifying a wide range of sound colors, stylistic facets and musical ingredients, his 1999 ENJA release “Malak” (ENJ-9367 2) is a thrilling statement incorporating Arabic lyricism, rhythmic power, visionary strength, multi-cultural influences and jazz-oriented improvisation. Dhafer Youssef opens the way to a new definition of East-Western crossover.


Dhafer Youssef

1 – Diaphanes (13:12)
2 – Wind And Shadows (07:29)
3 – Aya 1984 (09:18)
4 – Soupirs Eternels (07:06)
5 – Solo Bass (05:39)
6 – 11th Stone (06:12)
7 – Yasamy (07:36)
8 – Odd Poetry (10:02)
9 – Seventh Heaven (05:51)

Dhafer Youssef – oud, vocal
Eivind Aarset – Guitar
Audun Erlien – Bass
Rune Rrnesen – Drums

Duration : 01:12:17 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 2008 | Size : 170 mb

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