#3662: Music With Echoes of the Near East

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For this New Sounds show, listen to music redolent of the near East, with echoes of Turkey, Israel, Armenia, Persia and Egypt. Hear music from the French-born Klezmer clarinetist Yom, and his record “Silence of the Exodus.” The music tells the story of the departure of the Jews from Egypt by way of the sounds of Iranian percussion, the double bass and the clarinet, and modal cellos. 

Also, listen to Montreal-based chamber post-rock band Esmerine, which includes the likes of Sarah Neufeld (of Arcade Fire), members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and a quartet of Turkish musicians. Hear music from the Moroccan-born Israeli cantor Emil Zrihan, and the Iranian-American trio Niyaz, featuring vocalist Azam Ali. Plus, there’s music from the Touré-Raichel Collective, a collaboration between Malian musician Vieux Farka Touré and Israeli producer/keyboardist Idan Raichel.

PROGRAM #3662 Music With Echoes of the Near East (First aired on 11/18/2014)  

ARTIST: Esmerine
WORK: Lost River Blues I [7:26]
RECORDING: Dalmak
SOURCE: Constellation Records 096
INFO: cstrecords.com

ARTIST: Yom
WORK: Silence Exode 12 (Silence) [5:52]
RECORDING: Le Silence de l'Exode
SOURCE: Buda Musique / Festival d’Ile de France
INFO: budamusique.com

ARTIST: Emil Zrihan
WORK: Maka Shelishit [7:30]
RECORDING: Ashkelon
SOURCE: Piranha #1260
INFO: piranha.de

ARTIST: Natacha Atlas & the Mazeeka Ensemble
WORK: El Nowm (Sleep) [5:49]
RECORDING: Ana Hina
SOURCE: World Village 450005
INFO: worldvillagemusic.com

ARTIST: Niyaz
WORK: Arzusun [6:24]
RECORDING: Sumud (Alevi-Bektashi poet Ashik Dertli)
SOURCE: Six Degrees 657036 1187 2
INFO: sixdegreesrecords.com

ARTIST: Yom
WORK: Silence Exode 2 (Rouge) [7:21]
RECORDING: Le Silence de l'Exode
SOURCE: Buda Musique / Festival d’Ile de France
INFO: budamusique.com

ARTIST: Toure-Raichel Collective
WORK: Azawade [8:11]
RECORDING: The Tel Aviv Session
SOURCE: Cumbancha CMB CD 22
INFO: cumbancha.com | toureraichel.com