Friday, 4 April 2014

Jan Garbarek - In Praise Of Dreams




Jan Garbarek (1947) is a Norwegian tenor and soprano saxophonist, active in the jazz, classical, and world music genres. Garbarek was born in Norway, his father was a former Polish prisoner of war. Although he is closely associated with Norwegian folk music, he is open to new experience and he is well-known for his excursions into African and Asian music cultures. 

"The sources of my music? - The North and nature, song and mystery. And I can say that by chance I live in spiritual unity with people from all over the world."

garbarek.com






Sunday, 16 February 2014

Hamlet Gonashvili-Orovela, Georgian traditional song.










Hamlet Gonashvili - 1928 - 1985, was a Georgian singer (tenor), influential teacher, and performer of traditional Georgian music. Gonashvili was born in  the small village of Anaga in eastern Georgia and is considered the best interpreter of songs from the Kartli and Kakheti regions.


More about Hamlet Gonashvili










Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Tah's Theme - In Motion Collective




In Motion Collective’s sound reflects a myriad of influence, drawing inspiration from West African Arobeat pioneers Fela Kuti and Tony Allen, to Ethiojazz legends Mulatu Astatke and Mahmoud Ahmed, as well as U.S. funk icons such as the JBs and The Meters.


Joe Harrison - Tenor Saxophone
Piano Jesse Audelo - Baritone Saxophone
Billy Edwall - Trumpet
Michael Armstrong - Trombone
Dillon Casey - Guitar
Louis Valenzuela - Guitar
David Castañeda - Congas, Shekere, Woodblock
Tim McNalley - Bass
Julien Cantelm - Drums

www.inmotioncollective.com









Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Vidya and Vandana Iyer - Munbe Vaa, India.




Vidya & Vandana Iyer - vocals
Utsav Lal - piano
Sandip Bhattacharya - tabla

Vidya and Vandana started to learn classical Indian music at a very young age with D.K. Nagarajan, brother of D.K. Pattammal. Under his teaching and guidance, their passion for music grew throughout the years.

vidyavandanamusic.com






Monday, 23 December 2013

Jordi Savall, Hesperrion - Armenian Spirit, Kani vur djan im.








Jordi Savall - conductor, rebec
David Mayroal - percussion: darbuka, doira
Haïg Sarikouyoumdjian - duduk
Viva Biancaluna Biffi - bowed vielle






Monday, 18 November 2013

L'Alba - Sta Mane, Corsica.







Built around a polyphonic base, the music of Alba breaks rules and reinvents, introducing sounds from India, North Africa and the wider Mediterranean. In this leading group of Corsica, stage instruments and voices harmonize.

Realisation: Paul Rognoni mareterraniu.com

l-alba.com









Thursday, 31 October 2013

Dr. Lonnie Smith's Yuga Adi trio performing 'Jungle Soul'.










Dr. Lonnie Smith - Hammond B-3 organ 
Neel Murgai - sitar
Sameer Gupta - drums, tabla

An authentic master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ for over five decades, Dr. Lonnie Smith has been featured on over seventy albums.
Yuga adi (beginning of a new age) is a traditional Hindi expression and it’s a fitting name for this unique Indian–influenced trio combining Hammond B-3 with sitar, tabla, and frame drum.

Produced by Deep in the Pocket, Harlem, New York.





Friday, 25 October 2013

Białystok majn hejm from Mordechaj Gebirtig by Karolina Cicha.




Białystok majn hejm (Białystok My Home) from Karolina Cicha's CD 9 languages.
Song's lyrics were written in 1939 by poet Mordechaj Gebirtig, just after the German soldiers captured the city.

vocals, accordeon, sampler - Karolina Cicha
electric cello - Bart Pałyga
oud - Mateusz Szemraj
voice - Ewa Wroczyńska
mixed & mastered by Mario & Smoku - Studio AS ONE

film by Armand Urbaniak





Friday, 18 October 2013

The Kamkars ( Kamkaran, کامکارها ) with Omar Khayyam's 'Rubaiyat' by Cognitive Domain.




"Don't pursue happiness! Life is as short as a sigh.
The dust of people that were once famous

Turn with the reddish clay on the wheel you are looking at.
The universe ia a fata morgana; life is a dream."


from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam




The Kamkars, a Kurdish family of seven brothers and a sister, all from the city of Sanandaj, are one of the leading musical ensembles in Kurdistan and Iran today. The repertoire of Kurdish music is richly diverse and deeply-rooted in the ancient history and culture of its proud and passionate people. It speaks of epic tales and wars, romantic love, and recounts ancient myths and stories of national and religious heroes, some of which date back to thousands of years to the time of the ancient Medes (the ancestors of the Kurds).

Omar Khayyám was a Persian polymath, philosopher, mathematician, astronomer and poet who lived from 1048–1131. Outside Iran and Persian speaking countries, Khayyám has had an impact on literature and societies through the translation of his works. The greatest such impact was in English-speaking countries; the English scholar Thomas Hyde (1636–1703) was the first non-Persian to study him. The most influential was Edward FitzGerald (1809–83), through his translation and adaptations of Khayyám's rather small number of quatrains (Persian: رباعیات‎ rubāʿiyāt) in the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

kamkars.net






Sunday, 13 October 2013

Mulatu Astatke - ሙላቱ አስታጥቄ - the god father of Ethio Jazz.


ሙላቱ
 አስታጥቄ 











Born in the western Ethiopian city of Jimma, Mulatu was musically trained in London, New York City, and Boston where he combined his jazz and Latin music interests with traditional Ethiopian music.

Shot by B+, Edited by Michael O'Sullivan For Choice Cuts

Documentary about the origins of Tezeta music and culture:





Saturday, 12 October 2013

Avishai Cohen & Lionel Loueke - After the Big Rain


Avishai Cohen is a New York City-based jazz musician originally from Tel Aviv, Israel. Lionel Loueke is a Jazz guitarist and vocalist born in Benin, West Africa who moved to Ivory Coast, France and the U.S.A. to study music.

avishaicohenmusic.com

lionelloueke.com








Friday, 11 October 2013

Anouar Brahem - The Astounding Eyes Of Rita




Between Rita and my eyes 
There is a rifle 
And whoever knows Rita 
Kneels and prays 
To the divinity in those honey-colored eyes

Mahmoud Darwish




Anouar Brahem, The Astounding Eyes Of Rita (2009 - full album)
Oud player and composer, born on October 20, 1957 in Halfaouine, Tunisia, he fuses Arab classical music, folk music and jazz.The role of  the oud, has been revolutionalized through the playing of Anouar Brahem. While used in the past to accompany vocalists, the oud is used by Brahem as an imaginative solo instrument.

Anouar Brahem - oud 
Klaus Gesing - bass clarinet 
Björn Meyer - bass 
Khaled Yassine - darbouka, bendir

anouarbrahem.com






Thursday, 10 October 2013

Omar Hakim's jazz project: The Trio of OZ - Det tar tid.







Omar Hakim - drums
Rachel Z - piano
Solomon Dorsey - double bass

Live at Bravo Caffè, Bologna (Italy), Produced by Soundchess TV.





Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Montserrat Figueras - El Canto de la Sibilla II - Iudicii Signum




Musica Antiqua, 12th century Renaissance.
Montserrat Figueras (Soprano), Tina Aagaard (Soprano), Arianna Savall (Soprano).

allmusic.com





Monday, 7 October 2013

Erik Satie by Ako Taher on Piano and Monir Goran on Oud.





Ako Tahir is a refugee from Irak, he studied piano in Bagdad and now lives in the Netherlands.
Monir Goran was born in Kirkuk, Irak. Since childhood he plays guitar and oud and has always been interested in world music. He grew up with Kurdish music (oud and guitar) and studied music in Bagdad.

Monir Goran: "Erik Satie loved Eastern music, the roots of this piece are based on the two Eastern Maqam: Nahawd and Hijaz."

monirgoran.nl




Thursday, 3 October 2013

The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble & Levon Eskenian - Assyrian women mourners





Levon Eskenian & The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble - Assyrian women mourners.
Music by Georges I. Gurdjieff.

George Ivanovich Gurdjieff (Russian: Гео́ргий Ива́нович Гурджи́ев, Greek: Γεώργιος Γεωργιάδης, Armenian: Գեորգի Գյուրջիև) was a mystical spiritual teacher and composer of the early to mid-20th century who taught that most humans live their lives in a state of hypnotic "waking sleep", but that it is possible to transcend to a higher state of consciousness and achieve full human potential.