Near East New Music

For this edition of New Sounds, sample some music from the Near East. We’ll hear music from composer and master of the oud, Marcel Khalife. His latest, “Taqasim,” a three-part work, is an instrumental tribute to the the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. Khalife, with these wordless improvisations, takes the lower register of the oud and Peter Herbert's upright bass and brings Darwish's world of the Palestinian people's dispossession and exile to all, reaching for a place where devilish subtleties lie, and where speech is limited. Also on the program, there’s music from Abed Azrie, an Iranian native now residing in Paris who sets to music Arabian poems with strong mystical leanings. Plus, there’s unaccompanied solo flute music (Turkish ney, North Indian bansuri) by Huzur Nawaz, who has played for and directed music for the Mevlevi dervishes. And lots more.

PROGRAM # 2618, New Music (Mostly) From the Near East (First aired on 12/14/06)





Abed Azrie


Laughing [4:30]

Nonesuch #79241

Marcel Khalife


Part one, Finale [8:30]

Connecting Cultures #50034

Abed Azrie


Murmur Of The Breeze [5:00]

See above.

Sheik Ahmad Al-Tuni

Live, Fez Festival, 2001

Song to Sidi Aboul Hassan, excerpt [13:00]

This performance not available but Al-Tuni's CD "Sultan of All Munshidin" is available online through*

Huzur Nawaz

Inner Steps

Yearning [3:00]

Available at OR

Hamza El Din


Your Love Is ever young, excerpt [11:00]

Rykodisc #10103*