Abrahamic Music

For this New Sounds, listen to music that celebrates the common roots of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Listen to a tune called Children of Abraham, and perhaps some more soul-bop-klezmer-boogie from Paul Shapiro, from a recent record called “It's in the Twilight.” There’s also music from Osvaldo Golijov’s latest, “Ayre” – an ingenious cycle of prayers, folk songs and lullabies which crosses Christian, Jewish, and Arab cultures. Hear harmonic chanting by David Hykes incorporating sacred words common to Christianity, Judaism and Islam based on the art of those three religions. Rounding out the show is musical mix of Moorish, Sephardic songs, Indian gypsy and Flamenco musical styles by Juan Martin.

PROGRAM # 2524, “3 Children of Abraham” (First aired on 3/20/06)





Paul Shapiro

It’s In the Twilight

Children of Abraham [7:00]

Tzadik #8107

Osvaldo Golijov


Wa Habibi [6:00]

Deutsche Grammophon #B0004782 www.universalclassics.com*

The Spinozas

Private MP3

No Me Mordas, Habibi [4:30]

Can be heard online at www.mulatta.org

Radio Tarifa


Cancion Sefardi [4:00]

Nonesuch #79499** www.nonesuch.com*

Juan Martin

Musica Alhambra

Yo me Enamore de un Aire [2:30]

Flamenco Vision #FV04 www.flamencovision.com

The Renaissance Players

Of Numbers And Miracles: Selected Cantigas de Santa Maria

Rosa Das Rosas [5:30]

Celestial Harmonies #13091 www.harmonies.com*

David Hykes & The Harmonic Choir

Harmonic Meetings

Hallelujah [7:00]

Celestial Harmonies #13013/14

Osvaldo Golijov


Ariadne In Her Labyrinth, excerpt [5:00]

See above.

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