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Anouar Brahem - 2009 - The Astounding Eyes of Rita

Anouar Brahem was born on October 20, 1957 in the town of Halfaouine in the Medina of Tunis, Tunisia. He is an oud player and composer, who is widely acclaimed as an innovator in his field. Performing primarily for a jazz audience, he fuses Arab classical music, folk music and jazz and has been recording since at least 1991, after becoming prominent in his own country in the late 1980s

Anouar Brahem أنور ابراهيم

The Astounding Eyes of Rita rings to life on four resonant notes from Tunisian oudist Anouar Brahem, joined in short order by the deep, rich tone of Klaus Gesing’s bass clarinet. The music sounds ancient, like something from an old civilization, full of past truths that still hold true.

Manfred Eicher, the man in charge at ECM Records, has been known to inspire, from talented artists, consistently beautiful and sometimes eccentric (American ethno-centricity speaking) music from unusual instrumental combinations. His ECM sound—with notable exceptions including Keith Jarrett’s Standard Trio and Trio Beyond, to name two—leans toward spaciousness and subtlety with an egalitarian chamber music approach.

The Astounding Eyes of Rita fits into that chamber aesthetic, its quartet teaming German bass clarinetist Gesing with Brahem’s Middle Eastern oud, backed by Swedish bassist Bjorn Meyer—known best for his groove-heavy Zen-Funk work in Nik Bartsch’s Ronin—and Lebanese percussionist Khaled Yassine, to make a tranquil world music that embraces the inspired introspection and organic breathing room that has become de rigueur with the German record label.

The oud, the ancestor to the Western lute, is not your everyday jazz instrument. The pear-shaped, big-bodied string instrument that, to the uneducated ear, doesn’t sound hugely different from the acoustic guitar, is sharper in tone, perhaps, and more succinct in its notations. The bass clarinet adds a Western element; introduced to many by Bennie Maupin’s dark wood moaning within the sonic conglomeration of Miles Davis’ Bitch’s Brew (Columbia, 1969), its divine sound, showcased here in a quartet setting, is too seldom heard in jazz. The darbouka—a Middle-Eastern goblet drum with a crisp, resonant pop—bolsters the world music flavor of the set.

“The Lover of Beirut” has a peaceful feeling—restrained, unhurried and spiritual. “Dance With Waves” gives off a glow of peaceful momentum, while “Stopover At Djibouti” evokes images of teaming streets, gregarious interactions and convivial equanimity, the richly mellifluous voice of the bass clarinet punctuated by the concise declarations of the oud and darbouka.

The title tune explores the mysteries and the beauty of “Rita’s” eyes, sounding like a celebration of something holy. Indeed, the quartet’s musical immersion in things revered gives the Astounding Eyes of Rita a feeling of deep spirituality expressed by these serenely gorgeous sounds.

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http://www.anouarbrahem.com

Musicians:

  • Anouar Brahem : Oud
  • Klaus Gesing : Bass Clarinet
  • Björn Meyer : Bass
  • Khaled Yassine : Darbouka, Bendir

 

Track List:

  1. The Lover Of Beirut (07:45)
  2. Dance With Waves (03:57)
  3. Stopover At DJibouti (06:34)
  4. The Astounding Eyes Of Rita (08:42)
  5. Al Birwa (04:52)
  6. Galilee Mon Amour (07:17)
  7. Waking State (07:49)
  8. For No Apparent Reason (06:36)

Duration : 50:30 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 2009 | Size : 129 mb

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Saif karomi der Nachtreisende سيف كرومي - مسافر الليل

هاجر إلى ألمانيا برفقة والده المخرج العراقي الكبير الراحل عوني كرومي , وهو ابن تسع سنوات .

ودرس وتفوق بدراسته في المانيا حتى حصل على شهادة الماجستير في الإدارة والإقتصاد من جامعة “فرانكفورت ام ماين” العام 2009 ويعمل حاليا معيدا فيها, الا انه وكعادة ابناء الفنانيين اكتشف في نفسه موهبة العزف على آلة العود . كانت موهبة ( ربانية) وتلقائية بلا مدرسة ولا معلم.

لذا أحببت كثيرا أن التقي بسيف كرومي 27 سنة بعد ان سمعت عن موهبته الكثير وانه أحيا وسيحيي الكثير من الإمسيات الثقافية العربية والالمانية, أضافة الى مهرجانات وامسيات في دول أوربية عديدة , و أصدر ثلاث ألبومات موسيقية . سيف كرومي وحوار لإيلاف:

بدأ حبي للعزف على آلة العود وعمري 23 عاما , حيث اكتشفت انني أؤلف معزوفات وقطع موسيقية مع أني لا اعرف شيئا عن النوتة الموسيقة , ولا اي شئ عن الموسيقى عموما في حياتي .وكان هذا بالنسبة لي أامرا روحيا (يريحيني نفسيا) وكنت أحلم أحلام يقظة أنني ستكون لي معزوفاتي وقطعي الخاصة وأشعر أن الموسيقى التي تدور برأسي متأتية من طفولتي التي عشتها في العراق والتي سمعت مايشبهها في بلدي الأم , وكثيرا ما اشعر ان آلة العود تتعلق تعلقا جينيا بنا حيث تربينا ونشأنا على سماعه , كما اشعر أننا نكمل مسيرة موسيقيينا الكبار, و ربما أرواحهم تسكننا.

هل أدرك والدك الراحل موهبتك هذه؟ وماذا نصحك بشأنها؟

حين كنت صغيرا كنت أرافق والدي في جولاته الفنية واحضر الكثير من عروضه المسرحية لذا نشأ بداخلي حب الفن والإحساس بكل ماهو فن , وحين استمع إلي والدي مرة وانا اعزف , اعجب بعزفي واندهش بآن واحد ونصحني بأن أقرأ كتب تعليم (العزف على العود بدون معلم) التي جلبها لي مع آلة العود من دول الشرق .

لذا استمريت في القراءة عن آلة العود والاستماع الى مدارس شرقية كبيرة وموسيقيين كبار مثل منير بشير, ونصير شمه ومع اني احب عزف عمر بشير الا انني تعلقت بروحانية والده الفنان الراحل منير بشير.

كيف تطور الأمر معك حتى صرت تعزف في الأمسيات والمهرجانات الثقافية وتوجه لك الدعوات العامة؟

بداية كنت اعزف في مدارس اللغات أو في دور الكتب ثم صرت افتتح المهرجانات الثقافية الشرقية.

هل عزفت كذلك في امسيات ومهرجانات المانية؟

نعم في الجامعة حيث كنت ادرس , وشاركت في مهرجانات صيفية تقيمها الجامعة لكل الطلبة من مختلف الجنسيات, وانجزت ثلاث البومات موسيقية الأول بعنوان (من النهرين الى النهرين) عام 2006, والثاني ( أحلام سومرية ) عام 2008, وهذا العام انجزت البوم (مسافر الليل) أهديته لروح والدي عوني كرومي تيمنا بآخر مسرحية اخرجها حملت نفس العنوان

هل ستتوقف عند تعلم الموسيقى ذاتيا؟ أم إن طموحا ت اخرى تراودك؟

الموسيقى سوف تبقى هواية بالنسبة لي وغذاءا روحيا , وهي سبيلي للإتصال بجذوري العراقية وبرأيي أن الموسيقى تدرس لكنها في الأساس احساس وموهبة من الله, وهناك الكثير من الأمثلة مثل الموسيقار الشهير موزارت, والبيتلز ,عازفين أخرين كثر لم يدرسوا الموسيقى ومع ذلك قدموا روائع الأعمال الموسيقة التي مانزال نستمتع بها ونتذوقها حتى يومنا هذا اقصد بكلامي هذا ان الأمر يحدث والموهبة تفرض نفسها على من يحملها

اثار اعجابك العازف نصير شمه .هل التقيت به؟

بل تربطني بالأستاذ نصير شمه علاقة صداقة والعود الذي اعزف عليه كان هدية منه, كما اني أحبه كإنسان وليس فقط كعازف والتقيت به خلال وجودي في القاهرة ، كما أني أسافر إلى المدن الألمانية التي يقيم فيها حفلاته الموسيقية ومؤخرا أحيا حفلات في آسن ونورد فستفاليا

أنت معيد في جامعة فرانكفورت ومديرا لمشروع في شركة خاصة للتعمير؟ومشاغل اخرى كثيرة . كيف تجد وقتا للعزف واحياء الأمسيات الثقافية؟

كما يقول المثل الألماني ليس صحيحا اننا لانملك وقتا نستغله بل الصحيح هو عدم استغلالنا للوقت بالشكل الصحيح,وانا أحاول جاهدا الإستفادة من وقتي قدر المستطاع لأشباع هوايتي في العزف وهوايات اخرى مثل القراءة والرياضة والسفر.

قلت لي ان لك اهداف كبيرة في مجال العمل حققت بعضها , فما هي اهدافك في العزف والموسيقى؟

انا بنيت حياتي كلها على الأحلام, والحمد لله حققت منها ما بوسعي وانا احلم بمشاريع للمستقبل لن اتكلم عنها الآن حتى تنضج وتظهر لوحدها اما الموسيقى فهي لغة القلوب والله حين خلق الأنسان اعطاه الموسيقى كلغة للحب والقلب وهي لغة التواصل بيننا وبين الشعوب والمجتمعات الأخرى , وهي التي ستعرفهم على كنوزنا وحضارتنا في العراق لأننا نرى كنوزهم وحضاراتهم عن طريق السفر.

أود لو تخبرني لماذا آلة العود ومالذي يميزها؟

العود والبيانو آلتين موسيقيتين تعتمدان  اعتمادا كليا على احساس العازف , وكذلك طبعا باقي آلات العزف المنفرد كما ان للعود عبق سحري يحمل لي ذكريات من الطفولة بل حتى روائح تذكرني بالأماكن التي زرتها ومشيت فيها في بغداد.

المصدر إيلاف – عبير حميد مناجد

saif karomi سيف كرومي

Track List:

  1. Memories in Fragments (هشيم الذكريات (04:13
  2. Poet’s poetry (ثرثرة شاعر (08:10
  3. Soul With Lines (أخاديد الروح (04:55
  4. Sufi love (عشق صوفي (07:42
  5. Der Nachtreisende (مسافر الليل (04:42
  6. Attracting (إغواء (04:36
  7. Hadieth al Rouh (حوار الروح (04:47
  8. Stages of Life (إرتقاء (04:55
  9. Assiel (الأصيل (09:43
  10. Folk dancing (فولكلور (06:45

Duration : 60:23 | Bitarte : 192 kBit/s | Year : 2009 | Size : 86 mb

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Ralph Towner - Paolo Fresu - 2009 - Chiaroscuro

Since moving to Italy over a decade ago, guitarist/pianist Ralph Towner’s output as a leader has been woefully infrequent, with only two discs released this decade—2001’s Anthem and 2006’s Time Line, both on the label that’s been his home for over 35 years, ECM. It’s not that he hasn’t been busy; he continues to work and record regularly with Oregon, the group that he co-founded nearly 40 years ago, heard most recently on the Grammy Award-nominated 1000 Kilometers (Cam Jazz, 2007), and on From a Dream (Material, 2009), in a stellar guitar trio with Wolfgang Muthspiel and Slava Grigoryan.

If his solo albums are too few and far between, even scarcer are Towner-led albums in collaboration with others—his last one over a decade ago, the sublime A Closer View (ECM, 1998), in duet with bassist Gary Peacock. All of which makes Chiaroscuro a cause for celebration. It’s always a good time for a new Towner record; but here, in duet with rising Italian trumpet star Paolo Fresu, Towner delivers a welcome set of largely original material—some new, some revisited—one standard and a couple of brief but compositionally focused in-the-moment creations.

As has been the case for the last 15 years, Towner focuses strictly on guitar, but this time adds baritone guitar to his arsenal of classical and 12-string acoustic guitars. The lower register instrument is featured on “Sacred Ground,” a majestic solo piece that, with a brief reprise in duet with Fresu, bookends three tunes demonstrative of Towner’s range. He’s covered Miles Davis/Bill Evans’ classic “Blue in Green” before, with vibraphonist Gary Burton on Slide Show (ECM, 1986); here it’s an even freer interpretation, as Towner (on classical guitar) liberally stretches and compresses time while Fresu’s muted trumpet is as spare as the late trumpet icon’s, but with a lithe playfulness that’s all his own.

Doubled Up” is a new Towner composition, his baritone guitar creating an even richer landscape. His distinctive voicings—and a unique ability to be both implicit and direct with time, accompaniment, and counterpoint—support and interact deeply with Fresu’s muted horn. The guitarist’s ability to alternate between upper and lower registers, with passing chords suggestive of greater movement, creates an orchestral breadth that’s deceptive and remarkable for an instrument with only six strings.

Zephyr,” first recorded with Oregon on Ecotopia (ECM, 1987), demonstrates how Towner can deconstruct music written as a solo vehicle into a multi-part arrangement, this time delegating the lyrical melody to Fresu, who sounds not unlike another trumpeter with whom the guitarist has collaborated, Kenny Wheeler on Old Friends, New Friends (ECM, 1979).

Towner’s distinctively pianistic 12-string guitar is rarely used these days, making the dark improvisations that close the disc, “Two Miniatures” and “Postlude,” all the more welcome. Towner may collaborate rarely, but his choices in partners have always been beyond astute, and with the intimate Chiaroscuro he introduces a new partner who, hopefully, will remain an active one on future recordings.

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Paolo Fresu

Paolo Fresu (born February 10, 1961) is a trumpet and flugelhorn jazz player, as well as an arranger of music, and music composer. Fresu was born in Berchidda, Sardinia. He picked up the trumpet at the age of 11, and played in the band Bernardo de Muro in his home town Berchidda .  Fresu graduated from the Conservatory of Cagliari in 1984, in trumpet studies under Enzo Morandini, and attended the University of Musical and performing arts in Bologna

Fresu currently teaches at the Siena Jazz National Seminars, as well as jazz university courses in Terni, and is the director of Nuoro Jazz Seminars in Nuoro, Italy.

http://www.paolofresu.it/

Ralph Towner

Ralph Towner (b. Chehalis, Washington, March 1, 1940) is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and bandleader. He plays the twelve-string guitar, classical guitar, piano, synthesizer, percussion and trumpet.

http://www.ralphtowner.com/

Musicians:

  • Ralph Towner: classical, 12-string and baritone guitars;
  • Paolo Fresu: trumpet, flugelhorn.

Track List:

  1. Wistful Thinking (04:20)
  2. Punta Giara (06:21)
  3. Chiaroscuro (06:31)
  4. Sacred Place (04:13)
  5. Blue In Green (05:45)
  6. Doubled Up (04:56)
  7. Zephyr (07:29)
  8. Sacred Place (reprise) (01:59)
  9. Two Miniatures (02:39)
  10. Postlude (02:31)

Duration : 46:43 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 2009 | Size : 116 mb

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Husnu Senlendirici & Laco Tayfa - 2000 - Bergama Gaydasi

Laço Tayfa is a Turkish musical ensemble led by clarinetist Hüsnü Şenlendirici. They combine Turkish folk music with jazz, improvisational styles, and other traditions of world music (including Indian, North African, and Middle Eastern styles).

Musicians:

  • Hüsnü Şenlendirici Clarinet
  • Nurhat Şensesli Bass guitar
  • Volkan Öktem Drums
  • Mehmet Akatay Percussion
  • Nuri Lekesizgöz Kanun
  • Ergun Hepbildik Violin
  • Özkan Alıcı Bağlama
  • Caner Tepecik Keyboard

Track List:

  1. Fidayda (04:50)
  2. Onbeşli (03:50)
  3. Çiftetelli (05:30)
  4. Bazalika (03:31)
  5. Harmandali (07:10)
  6. Malatya (02:40)
  7. Ay Gız (06:34)
  8. Bergama Gaydasi (03:43)
  9. Izmir’in Kavaklari (07:38)
  10. Ramize (Deryalar) (03:23)
  11. Gökte Yildiz Ay musun – Tabancamin Sapi (02:21)

Length : 51:09 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 2000 | Size : 98 mb

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Hüsnü Şenlendirici – 2005 - Hüsn-ü Klarnet (The Joy of the Clarinet)

The clarinet – intense, soaring, yearning. And no one plays it quite like Hüsnü Şenlendirici, whose gypsy name means “the one who brings joy”. This is music that, long before we started to use the word chillout, soothed troubled gypsy souls in the twilight with its plaintive song; this is music that expresses hopes and yearnings; this is music that today fills the evening streets of old Istanbul with its evocative and enticing sounds.

Brought to Turkey from Europe, the clarinet’s expressive qualities soon found a home amongst classical and gypsy musicians. Playing snaking eastern melodies with lavish ornamentation or wild improvisations against complex drummed rhythms and with a sound so close to the human voice, the clarinet has become a much-loved part of Turkish musical culture. The clarinet on this CD is no less than the voice of one of Turkey’s great musicians Hüsnü Şenlendirici, and is at the same time his dear friend and his passion.

Hüsnü Şenlendirici حسنو سنليندرسي

Hüsnü Şenlendirici was born on 12 July 1976, in Bergama, a small town in the Aegean region. Coming from a family deeply rooted in musical traditions (his grandfather, Hüsnü Şenlendirici, used to play the clarinet and trumpet; his other grandfather, Fahrettin Kofeci, the clarinet; and his recently deceased father, Ergun Senlendirici, the trumpet), he immediately became fascinated by music and started playing the clarinet when he was only five. After taking off to a musical journey where he was introduced to various cultures in Anatolia, and particularly to his Aegean homeland musical traditions. He attended the Turkish Music State Conservatory at Istanbul Technical University in 1988 to study music. But Senlendirici didn’t spend much time there and dropped out after 4 years of education.

In those years, he started playing with the famous Magnetic Band, a band put together by the master percussionist Okay Temiz, appearing in hundreds of festivals and becoming a musical ambassador of his country. He took part in the recordings of internationally known band, Embrio and went on tours together. In the meantime, he performed in outstanding festivals abroad with his father’s sextet, Laco. After quitting school, he accompanied various leading Turkish artists both on stage and during recordings. He played with distinguished Turkish musicians and bands including Ozdemir Erdogan, Muazzez Abaci, Bulent Ersoy, Muslum Gurses, Kibariye, Fatih Kisaparmak, Zara, Kubat, Kayahan, Seda Sayan, Emel Sayin, Adnan Senses, Zerrin Ozer, Cengiz Kurtoglu, Candan Ercetin, Fatih Erkoc, Serdar Ortac, Athena, Izel, Ayna, Hande Yener, Hasan Cihat Orter, Ilhan Ersahin, Mercan Dede and many others.

Following a proposal he received from Pozitif while still serving in the military, Senlendirici formed his present band, Laco Tayfa and collaborated with the famous American ensemble, Brooklyn Funk Essentials, for an album and a concert project. The resulting album, “In the Buzbag”, was highly acclaimed by critics. Right after this success, the group originally consisting of 13 members was reduced to an octette and their first solo album “Bergama Gaydasi” was released in 2000 by Doublemoon Records. This album was also published worldwide by the famous ethnic music record company, Traditional Crossroads. Then came a series of concerts, both at home and abroad.

Hüsnü Şenlendirici also founded a quintet called “Husnu Senlendirici and Friends” in order to carry Turkish music to wider audiences. He performed in numerous concerts with both of his groups within and outside Turkey. These included concerts like EXPO-2001 in Germany, supported by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism; New York, Central Park concert within the framework of Mayfest festival 2002; and the concerts he gave, in July 2002, with his 35 member Laco Tayfa Big Band during Istanbul Jazz Festival…

In the meanwhile, Senlendirici and his group Laco Tayfa released his new album “Hicaz Dolap” in October 2002. He also composed and arranged the tracks of a TV serial still being shot by Yavuz Turgul and Mustafa Oguz.

Hüsnü Şenlendirici accompanied Kubat and Belkis Akkale within the framework of “Anatolian Sun” which was financed by the Turkish Prime Ministry Promotion Fund and the Ministry of Culture. He also performed at the St. Irene Museum together with the Cemal Resit Rey and the Adana Symphony orchestras. In July 2004,  Husnu Senlendirici has performed at Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theatre with Laco Tayfa & Vassilis Saleas.

Musicians:

  • Hüsnü Şenlendirici – Clarinet, Trumpet, Zurna, Keyboard, Turk Hung Drum
  • Gültekin Kaçar – Elektric guitar
  • Orhan Şallıel – Piano
  • Erdinç Şenyaylar – Elektric guitar
  • İsmail Tunçbilek – Baglama
  • Serhan Yasdıman – Jazz guitar
  • Ozan Musluoğlu – Kontrbass
  • Gündem Stringed Groups – Stringed Music İnstrument
  • Umut Sel – Kontrbass
  • Ceyhun Çelikten – Keyboard, akordeon
  • Murat Aydemir – Tanbur
  • Tarık Ceran – Nature Sound
  • Orhan Osman – Buzuki
  • Cem Bergamalı – Turk Hang Drum
  • Aytaç Doğan – Kanun
  • Mehmet Akatay – Percussion
  • Nuri Lekesizgöz – Kanun
  • Hasan Gözetlik – Trombone
  • Yıldıray Güz – Ud

Track List:

  1. Oyun Havası/Dance Mood (04:26)
  2. Çiğ/Avalianche (04:39)
  3. Fla-Mango/Fla-Mango (03:56)
  4. İstanbul İstanbul Olalı/Since Istanbul Has Been (04:52)
  5. Şina Narı (03:12)
  6. Leylim Ley (04:37)
  7. Bülbülüm Altın Kafeste/My Golden-Caged Nightingale (06:08)
  8. Kumsalda/On the Shore (04:50)
  9. Kimseye Etmem Şikayet/I Won’t Complain (04:16)
  10. Tatlı Dillim/Sweet Talker (05:00)
  11. Dört Zeybek/Four Zeybek (06:08)

Length : 52:04 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 2005 | Size : 114 mb

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