#3897: Music Rooted in the Near East and North Africa

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For this New Sounds, explore music with roots in both the west and the Near East and North Africa which draws from the Arab classical tradition, from flamenco, South American, European jazz and early Western classical music. 

Hear brand-new music from the British-German-Iraqi trio Sawa, treatments of folk music featuring Arabic female vocals of composer Alya Al-Sultani, and the clusters and space of composer/pianist Clemens Christian Poetzsch and improvising cellist Shirley Smart. Together, they touch on music from North Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans, South America, and jazz.

Then, listen to the intersection of Andalusian and Baroque music in “Itimad” from Norwegian pianist Jon Balke and Moroccan-born singer Amina Alaoui, supported by Algerian violinist Kheir Eddine M’Kachiche, trumpeter Jon Hassell and the Norwegian violinist Bjarte Eike’s period group Barokksolistene.

Amina Alaoui

 

Music from the English vocal ensemble King’s Singers and the German instrumental band Sarband broadens the overlap of cultures and religions, in music from the Polish/Turkish composer Ali Ufki and French composer Goudimel and their setting of Psalm 5. Listen to more music from Amina Alaoui, evoking the spirit of Moorish Spain from her record, Arco Iris – which means “rainbow.”

There’s also music from a collaboration between Brazilian pianist Benjamim Taubkin and Moroccan musicians, Al Qantara/The Bridge. Plus, hear a traditional composition by Sheikh Omar Al Batsh (Aleppo, 1885-1950) arranged by Syrian composer and saxophonist Basel Rajoub, a celebration of his heritage and an homage to his homeland from the record, The Queen of Turquoise - part of his “Soriana Project.”

PROGRAM #3897, Music Rooted in the Near East and North Africa (First Aired 09-08-2016)   

ARTIST: The King's Singers / Sarband
WORK: Ali Ufki/Claude Goudimel: Psalm 5, excerpt [1:20]
RECORDING: Sacred Bridges
SOURCE: Signum Records 
INFO: Available at Amazon.co.uk

ARTIST: Sawa (Alya Al-Sultani, Clemens Christian Poetzsch, and Shirley Smart)
WORK: Bahlam Beek [4:34]
RECORDING: Sawa
SOURCE/INFO:  http://tworiversrecords.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Jon Balke feat. Amina Alaoui
WORK: Itimad [6:43]
RECORDING: SIWAN
SOURCE: ECM Records # 2042
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: The King's Singers / Sarband
WORK: Ali Ufki/Claude Goudimel: Psalm 5, excerpt [6:16]
RECORDING: Sacred Bridges
SOURCE: Signum Records 
INFO: Available at Amazon.co.uk

ARTIST: Faran Ensemble
WORK: Rain [8:40]
RECORDING: The Rough Guide To The Best Arabic Music You've Never Heard
SOURCE: Rough Guide 1339
INFO: worldmusic.net

ARTIST: Amina Alaoui
WORK:  Las Morillas de Jaen [7:06]
RECORDING: Arco Iris
SOURCE: ECM 2180
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: Benjamim Taubkin 
WORK: Salsabile (Farid El Foulahi) [4:15]
RECORDING: Al Qantara /The Bridge
SOURCE: Adventure Music AM1087
INFO: CDbaby.com 

ARTIST: Basel Rajoub 
WORK: Ya Tha Elqawam [6:00]
RECORDING: The Queen of Turquoise
SOURCE: JazzVillage
INFO:  sorianaproject.com; Available on Spotify and iTunes

ARTIST: Jordi Savall & Hesperion XXI, Montserrat Figueras
WORK: Ghazali (en arabe, grec & hébreu), excerpt [2:03]
RECORDING: Jérusalem, La Ville
SOURCE: Alia Vox AVSA 9863 A+B
INFO: alia-vox.com