The Kyoto Nohgaku Kai - Japanese Noh Music

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The Kyoto Nohgaku Kai
Japanese Noh Music, 1993
Ghosts of warriors and noble ladies, demons, deities, passion and insanity - these are the subjects of the famed Noh plays of Japan. Rarely heard in the west, this collection, produced and recorded in Japan by Kasumasa Takasago, captures Noh drama at its most compelling - moving, unsettling and unforgettable.

1. Deha
2. Nakairiraigyo
3. Jo No Mai
4. Otokomai
5. Sagariha
6. Kammai
7. Gaku
8. Kagura
9. Hagoromo

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Tu Yin - Ramble in Kyoto

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Track Listings
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[01].Snow Drop 3000 homes
[02].Capriccio ancient capital
[03].Exile spent
[04].Philosophy Road
[05].Spent feast
[06].Ministry of purple
[07].Nezaki hearts
[08].Qi Park twilight
[09].Yanwei Die
[10].Arashiyama Yebo
[11].Yuye Nan Chansi
[12].Nights Sakura

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Philip Glass - Les Animaux Amoureux

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Philip Glass' original motion picture score to the French film "Les Animaux Amoureux" (Animals in Love).

[01].L Envol Des Cygnes
[02].La Toilette
[03].Les Regards Les Flairs
[04].Les Combats
[05].Le Ballet Des Oiseaux
[06].La Naissance Du Faon
[07].La Paon Et Les Grues Japonaises
[08].La Course Sur L Eau Des Grebes
[09].Les Kangourous
[10].Des Insectes Aux Baleines
[11].Les Couples Heureux
[12].Les Orangs Outans Et Les Petits Canards
[13].Des Gazelles Aux Kangourous
[14].Le Retour Des Animaux
[15].Les Cygnes Reviennent

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Ustad Bismillah Khan - Live at the Conway Hall

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Ustad Bismillah Khan
Live at the Conway Hall, London
(The Essential Collection)
Just as we cannot think of Michaelangelo without thinking of the city Of Florence, we cannot think of Ustad Bismillah Khan, without thinking of the ancient city of Varanasi, situated on the banks of the holy Ganges, Ustad Bismillah Khan was born on March 21, 1916 in Dumraon, in the state of Bihar in India. It was at the age of seven that he has lived in this holiestof holy cities all his life. Al the men in his family were players of Shehnai, a kind of double-reeded oboe, which in those days was considered an instrument of minor importance in the hierarchy of Indian musical instruments. His uncle played the Shehnai in the most important temple in the city, the temple of Kashi Vishwanath, and young Bismillah Khan joined him as an accompanist. The Shehnai was an instrument of festivity, heralding all auspicious moments, used to unify worshippers in a temple, to welcome a bride to her home, to celebrate the birth of a son or the attainment by a man of the age of sixty. It was rarely considered at that time as an instrument that was capable of producing the subtle and delicate cadences of classical Raga music. Young Bismillah Khan changed all that.

The Raga in Indian classical music is a melodic theme with a formalised grammer. This incipient melodic idea elaborated to develop aesthetic potential, the omprovisation necessarily conforming to the grammer and syntax of the Raga. But most important, the exercise evokes in listeners a specified state of mind, a Rasa of which there are nine basic ones defined as love, valour, pathos, wonder, fear, humor, disgust, fury and serenity.

With precocity and musical inventiveness, Bismillah Khan gave to Shehnai a sound that paralleled the human voice, both in passion and integrity.

His technique of interpretation was as good as that of any singing voice. Under his fingers, the Shehnai grew to equal established concert instruments. Audiences listened with attention and absorption to his various Ragas.

The Shehnai ad arrived in Indian classical music and its one and only maestro was Bismillah Khan. He has a style that had a provocative purity of intonation. His musical expertise was immense, his elaboration of a Raga meticulous in detail and structure. The Bismillah Meend, a kind of portamento which included in its transit all the intermediate frequencies between each note, became a signature of his instrument. A delicacy of touch, a gentleness that is almost healing, a warmth that have the hallmarks of his style.

He has travelled widely all over the world, played at the Edinburgh Festival, at the Philharmonic Hall, London Centre in New York, the Barbican Centre, and the Commonwealth Arts Festival in London, and many other prestigious concert halls. Wherever the sound of his Shehnai has been heard, Ustad Bismillah Khan has been hailed as one of the greatest musicians of India. In April 1956 he was awarded the Sangeet Natak Award for Hindustani Instrumental Music (The National Academy of Arts, Music and Dance), and was also honoured by the Goverment of India with three of its most prestigious titles, the Padma Shree (1961), the Padma Bhushan (1968), and the most coveted of them all, the Padma Vibhushan (Lotus Adroned) in 1980. The Madhya pradesh Government also honoured him with the Tansen Award in 1980 (Tansen was one of the greatest musicians at the court of Akbar in the 16th century, and is buired in city of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, India).

Vol.1: Ustad Bismillah Khan & Party
1. Raga Kedar
2. Raga Rageshwari

Vol.2: Ustad Bismillah Khan & Party
The Essential Collection

1. RAGA MALKAUNS
2. Dhun - Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram
3. Dhun - Gunj Uthi Shehnai

The Group:
Bayyer Hussain, Nizam Hussain, Mumtaz Hussain, Zamin Hussain, Mazahir Hussain, Sayed Abbas & Murtaza Shamshi.

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Syria: WASLA OF ALEPPO, Sabri Mudallal and his Ensemble

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Syria: WASLA OF ALEPPO, Sabri Mudallal and his Ensemble
The classical tradition from Aleppo, by one of the last great masters. The wasla is a vocal and instrumental suite composed of an instrumental introduction (sama'i), several vocal compositions (muwashshahat), vocal improvisations (layali) and instrumental improvisations (taqasim), 19th century songs (adwar) and finishing on lively dancing songs (qudud) typical of Aleppo tradition.

The Syrian region of Aleppo, which has traditionally produced numerous talented singers and musicians, lost one of its best on 20 August 2006 with the death of Sabri Mudallal (other forms: Moudallal or al-Mudallal) who, for a long time, was little known outside the city limits. Born in 1918, Mudallal was an accomplished singer with wonderful warmth in his voice and personality and was considered one of the few remaining old-school artists. His uniqueness, however, goes beyond the generational difference; he was one of the few singers to capably straddle two apparently-incompatible worlds: religious chanting and secular singing. This Shaykh of Tarab was indeed conflicted between these two worlds for a period of his career but, in typical Sufi manner, grew comfortable in harmoniously producing his fantastically beautiful style with a large following.

(01). Sama'l Nahawand
(02). Mouachah '' Soubhana Man''
(03). Mouachah '' Qultu Lamma''
(04). Mouachah '' Min Yum Habbeit''
(05). Taqsim
(06). Layali
(07). Dor ''Yalli Tichki''
(08). Antal Moudallal Ya Qamar
(09). Alyana Alyana
(10). Ya Man Djafa Wama Rahim

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Songs from the Steppes: Kazakh Music Today

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Recorded mainly during a competition of traditional Kazakhstani musicians singing folk tunes and strumming the dombra or bowing the qyl-kobuz, this collection of many short pieces presents a good survey of the folk pieces of this large Central Asian nation, where the nomadic culture and the herding of horses, cattle, sheep, and camel still dominate. A few tracks were recorded with the Folk Ensemble of the Presidenital Orchestra. Additional instruments heard are the violin-like kobuz, a zhetygen zither, another lute called the sherter, a botton accordian, a flute, a jews' harp, and an ocarina. Thus, for 71 minutes and with 27 examples, our musical tour is extensive. Ballads, gentle melodies, epic anthems, and rapid vivacious instrumentals are of many styles and feelings. Kazakhstan and next door Kyrgystan share a heritage, and singing style are much alike. These young musicians are excellent in their performances. Despite being recorded almost serendipitously on a DAT recorder under field conditions, the sound is very good. This album helps fill a gap in the available recordings of Central Asian musics.

(01). Ardak Balazhanova - Kara Kozim & Folk Ensemble Of The Presidential Orchestra
(02). Kongil ashar - Anar Muzdakhanova & Zhanar Zhetpisova
(03). Kara Kemir - Kunduz Kalambaeva
(04). Zhez kiik - Kunduz Kalambaeva
(05). Saulem-ai - Elmire Zhanabergenova
(06). Guldariga - Ikilas Ozkhai
(07). Dolana - Bayan Musaeva
(08). Ak kaiin - Kurmash Ibishev
(09). Buldirgen - Folk Ensemble Of The Presidential Orchestra
(10). Iligai - Folk Ensemble Of The Presidential Orchestra
(11). Ak ozen - Folk Ensemble Of The Presidential Orchestra
(12). Zhez kiik - Folk Ensemble Of The Presidential Orchestra
(13). Talim - Elmira Zhanabergenova & Folk Ensemble Of The Presidential Orchestra
(14). Sekirtpe - Klara Tulenbaeva
(15). Bastau - Klara Tulenbaeva
(16). Sausakty bastym pernege - Berik Zhusipov
(17). Ukili kamshat - Ardak Balazhanova
(18). Dudarai - Madin Sadvakasova & Maral Sakhmetova
(19). Altyn Altai - Edil Huseinov
(20). Tokym kagar - Edil Huseinov
(21). Tulpar shabyty - Edil Huseinov
(22). Navoi shark - Alexei Yefremenko & Marat Nukeev
(23). Toi bastar - Alexei Yefremenko & Marat Nukeev
(24). Akku - Rustem Kulshebaev
(25). Esil kun - Rustem Kulshebaev
(26). Nauysky - Aitolkin Toktagan
(27). Korogly - Asylbek Akhatov & Edil Basygaraev

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Maroc: Ustad Massano Tazi - Musique Classique Andalouse de Fes

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The Nûba, performed by a chamber ensemble, with the rbâb viol, the ud and suissen lutes and the tar tambourine.

1. Nouba Hijaz Al Kabir
2. Nouba Istihlal

Ustad Massano Tazi - rbâb, vocals
Mohammed El Moussadir - melismatic vocals
Mohammed Diouri - suissan, vocals
Mustapha Amri - alto, 2nd 'ud, vocals
Ahmed Chiki - 1st 'ud, vocals
Haj Mohammed Lahlou - târ, vocals

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Music In The World Of Islam, 1: The Human Voice

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Music In The World Of Islam, 1: The Human Voice (LP)
Track A1 sung by members of a religious brotherhood from Al-Ateuf, Saharan region near Ghardaia, Algeria. This track is used by Brian Eno and David Byrne for their track called "Qu'ran" from the album "My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts" (1981)

Track A2 is a Sufi ceremony performed by members of the Guneydiyah Sect from Fayoum Oasis, Egypt.

Track A3 is recorded in Sanandaj, Kurdistan, Iran.

Track A4 sung antiphonally by two groups of women in an encampment in the south of Wadi Musa, Jordan.

Track A5 is recorded in Tarif, Abu Dahbi, United Arab Emirates.

Track A6 is recorded in Daulatabad, north of Balkh, Afghanistan.

Track A7; Rasha'ida is a nomadic Arabic tribe near Nagfa, northern Red Sea area of Eritrea, Ethiopia.

Track A8 sung by a group of about 20 pearl divers from Muharraq, Bahrain.

Track B1 is recorded in Hyderabad, Deccan, India.

Track B2 is recorded in Beirut, Lebanon. This track is used by Brian Eno and David Byrne for their tracks called "Regiment" and "The Carrier" from the album "My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts" (1981)

Track B3 sung by a group of Gadabursi Somali from Jijiga, Harar Province, Ethiopia.

Track B4 ; "Radha" is recorded in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. "Ga's" is recorded in the Fayoum region, Egypt.

Track B5 is recorded in Aqcha, Afghanistan.

Track B6 sung by a Sufi group of about 25 men in the Khalif's mosque in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Chick Corea - Rhumba Flamenco

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Chick Corea & Touchstone - Rhumba Flamenco
Flamenco is universal, And here's the confirmation. The universalization of flamenco has been talked about for a long time, but such clear proof of it is an eye-opener. Chick Corea, who has been in love with this genre for a long time now, has been sharing a musical project for nearly two years with three of the authors of what has come to be called flamenco jazz (or vice versa) and ‘partners’ of Paco de Lucía for decades: Jorge Pardo, Carles Benavent and Rubem Dantas. He shares jazz style with them and, with the same naturalness, flamenco style. And that is what's so impressive about the experience. After touring Europe and America, in the meantime leaving a live album recorded and another one at the studio, the band appeared at the Madrid Jazz Festival, enrapturing those attending.

And that, despite the fact that the American pianist opted to present not the ‘Rhumba Flamenco’ repertoire, but the new ‘Arabian Nights’. Even so, the flamenco came little by little. A glimpse of it was first caught in Jorge Pardo's magical melodies, next in some turns of Carles Benavent's magnificent bass, later on in the rhythm marked by Rubem Dantas... and finally led to an original finale through bulerías in which Tomasito and Auxi Fernández took part on baile.

Chick Corea let all of them do their own thing and sparkle, enjoying his “amazing genius partners”. Until he called them to gather... and gather, they did. The concert was really enjoyable, a warm, fresh, free conversation with so many touches of genius that it nearly overwhelmed the senses. Full bloom did come about when flamenco openly appeared on stage with the tangos ‘King and Queen’. They start off with simple clapping and whistles, until all of them come together in a journey which will eventually give way to the duel between the piano and flute, and the duel between the bass and drums. The entry on stage of bailaora Auxi Fernández, member of the Sara Baras Company, shook up the crowd and Chick Corea himself: “Mamma mia! Nice, eh?”. The next dose of ‘flamenco-ization’ was begun by Carles... strumming. The rest join in in small doses, as if riding through jaleos. And here comes Tomasito with his peculiar way of understanding baile and compás to ‘distract’ the instrumentalists. Auxi flutters her arms around beside the piano. And the music sounds nearly soundlessly.

There's no more pretending. Bulerías. Clapping to the beat amongst the crowd. Drum solo. A sui generis piece, with bits, inspirations, pressure. Not even Falla wants to miss it. The standing ovation calls for an encore. And there is an encore after more than two hours of concert. Rubem Dantas takes up the position in the center and does an impressive kalimba solo. A bit of piano plus a bit of flute... and everything's ready for the finale. Spain in all its splendor, with its little bit of ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’ and a lot of play between the musicians. The bailaores come back out on stage to finish off Touchstone's job with the latin flamenco jazz beat. Chick Corea speaks flamenco so well!

Disc: 1
(01). Touchstone
(02). Blanca Con Puntillo
(03). Zyriab
(04). You're Everything

Disc: 2
(01). Mallorca
(02). Kalimba
(03). Alan Corday
(04). Anna's Tango
(05). Rhumba Flamenco

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Shankar - M.R.C.S

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A must have for any fusion fans. Features Zakir Hussain and Vikku Vinayakram
Shankar, a violinist, singer and composer, teaches Indian Classical styles by incorporating them into Western musics. He has worked with many Western musicians, including Peter Gabriel, Yoko Ono, Bruce Springsteen, Phil Collins, Talking Heads, and Lou Reed. He first began vocal lessons at the age of two, violin lessons at five, and drumming lessons at seven. After receiving a doctorate in ethnomusicology, he co-formed (with British composer Caroline) a pop/rock group in 1982, the Epidemics. The band has released three albums: The Epidemics, Do What You Do and Eye Catcher.

The two also work in an Indian quartet with Shankar's father, V. Lakshminarayana, and his sister, Gana Rao. The group's four albums are Panca Nadai Pallavi, Galaxy, Nobody Told Me and Soul Searcher.

Shankar also co-founded Shakti with John McLaughlin; the two released Shakti, Handful of Beauty and Natural Elements. His two solo albums are Touch Me There (produced by Frank Zappa) and Who's to Know. ~ John Bush, Rovi

1.Adagio
2.March
3.All I Care
4.Reasons
5.Back Again
6.Al's Hallucinations
7.Sally
8.White Buffalo
9.Ocean Waves

Jon Christensen - Drums
Shankar - Double Violin
Shankar - Double Violin, Performer
T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram - Ghantam, Ghatam
Vikku Vinaytakram - Ghantam
Zakir Hussain - Tabla

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Derviches Tourneurs de Turquie - La Cérémonie des Mevlevî

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Here, the great Kudsi Erguner performs (in tandem with a number of other musicians) a sema ceremony in the Bayati mode. The compositions on this album were penned by Kochek Dervish Mustafa Dede, a Sufist from the 16th century. It stands as the oldest composition of Mevlevi Sufi music with a known composer. Not only that, but it's a relatively lively composition that's executed wonderfully on this album. The ney playing by Erguner is outstanding, as one would expect, and the vocals from the accompanying group work well within the framework set out by the ney and bendir. For someone looking to delve into the music of the dervishes, this album from a relatively small French label wouldn't be a bad place to start. There are countless other worthwhile albums available, but this one falls into the group of better ones. For a look into the breadth of Islamic music, of which this is only one part, one might wish to look into the Music of Islam series on Celestial Harmonies (which also includes an album from the Aissaoua sect of Sufism), but for sheer Mevlevi goodness, this album would be a good way to go. ~ Adam Greenberg, All Music Guide

1. NA'AT -I-MEVLÂNÂ (Praise to the Prophet) by Hafiz Kemâl Ozmutlu & Kudsi Erguner
TAKSÎM (Improvisation on the ney) by Kudsi Erguner

2. PESREV (Instrumental prelude)
BIRINCI SELÂM (First salutation)

3. IKINCI SELÂM (Second salutation)

4. UÇUNCI SELÂM (Third salutation)
DORDUNCU SELÂM (Fourth salutation)
TAKSÎM (Improvisation on the kemanche) by Mahmud Tebrîzîzade

5. NIYÂZ AYINI (Ceremony of the vow)
TAKSÎM (Improvisation on the ney) by Kudsi Erguner

6. RECITING THE KORAN by Hafiz Kemâl Oxmutlu

HALVÈTI Brotherhood
"NUREDDIN CERRAHÏ TÜRBESI VE MESÇIDI KORUMA DERNÈGI" Circle

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Renaud Garcia-Fons - Navigatore

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Sometimes referred to as "the Paganini of double bass," Renaud Garcia-Fons is a composer and five-string bass player who was deeply influenced by the brilliant bassist François Rabbath. Garcia-Fons actually started his studies in music at an early age. He began with piano when he was only five, switched to classical guitar at eight, and then to rock in his teens, finally settling on the bass when he was 16. Garcia-Fons lives in Paris and has toured through Germany and Europe performing at festivals. In 1987, he became a member of the Orchestre de Contrebasses. He remained with them for six years, also appearing with the Orchestre National de Jazz during some of that time. ENJA Records released Garcia-Fons' solo debut, Légendes, in the '90s. Alboreá was his next release. The album featured his quartet of Jean-Louis Matinier on accordion, Jacques Mahieux on drums, and Yves Torchinsky on bass. Garcia-Fons' third album, Oriental Bass, which he composed, was released in 1998. Next, he combined talents with accordionist Jean-Louis Matinier on the album Fuera. Garcia-Fons' music is a rich gypsy mix of global jazz flavored with Indian, Greek, African, flamenco, Latin American, tango, and new musette. On many works he is accompanied by a variety of instruments, including guitar, lute, derbouka, flutes, trombone, and accordion. ~ Charlotte Dillon, Rovi

(01). Navigatore
(02). Wadi Rum (Introduction)
(03). Wadi Rum
(04). Fui Piedra
(05). Sahari
(06). Bolbol
(07). Alto Pais (Introduction)
(08). Alto Pais
(09). Monajat
(10). Ultimo Fandango
(11). Tavakkol
(12). Vagabundo
(13). Chokr
(14). Mohabbat

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Unique Ravi Shankar

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Ravi Shankar, the legendary sitarist and composer is India's most esteemed musical Ambassador and a singular phenomenon in the classical music worlds of East and West. As a performer, composer, teacher and writer, he has done more for Indian music than any other musician. He is well known for his pioneering work in bringing Indian music to the West. This however, he did only after long years of dedicated study under his illustrious guru Baba Allaudin Khan and after making a name for himself in India.

Always ahead of his time, Ravi Shankar has written two concertos for sitar and orchestra, violin-sitar compositions for Yehudi Menuhin and himself, music for flute virtuoso Jean Pierre Rampal, music for Hosan Yamamoto, master of the Shakuhachi and Musumi Miyashita - Koto virtuoso, and collaborated with Phillip Glass (Passages). George Harrison produced and participated in two record albums, "Shankar Family & Friends" and "Festival of India" composed by Ravi Shankar. He has composed extensively for films and Ballets in India, Canada, Europe and the United States, including Charly, Gandhi and Apu Trilogy. Ravi Shankar is an honourary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is a member of the United Nations International Rostrum of composers. He has received many awards and honours from his own country and from all over the world, including fourteen doctorates, the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan, Desikottam, the Magsaysay Award from Manila, two Grammy's, the Fukuoka grand Prize from Japan, the Crystal award from Davos, with the title 'Global Ambassador' to name some. In 1986 he was nominated as a member of the Rajya Sabha, India's upper house of Parliament. His recording "Tana Mana", released on the private Music label in 1987, brought Mr. Shankar's music into the "New age" with its unique method of combining traditional instruments with electronics.

In the period of the awakening of the younger generation in the mid 60's, Ravi Shankar gave three memorable concerts - Monterey Pop Festival, Concert for Bangla Desh and The Woodstock Festival. Mr. Shankar has several disciples and many of them are now very succesful concert artists and composers.

The love and respect he commands both in India and in the West is unique in the annals of the history of music. In 1989, this remarkable musician celebrated his 50th year of concertising, and the city of Birmingham Touring Opera Company commissioned him to do a Music Theatre (Ghanashyam - a broken branch) which created history on the British arts scene.

Perhaps no greater tribute can be paid to this genius than the words of his colleagues:

"Ravi Shankar has brought me a precious gift and through him I have added a new dimension to my experience of music. To me, his genius and his humanity can only be compared to that of MOZART'S."
- Yehudi Menuhin

"Ravi Shankar is the Godfather of World Music"

1. Raga Bhatiyar
2. Raga Sindhi Bhairavi

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Craig Chaquico - Shadow and Light

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Responding to audiences that have encouraged his dual guitar approach in his live performances, Craig Chaquico features both electric and acoustic guitars on four of the ten songs included on his seventh Higher Octave Music recording, Shadow and Light. The CD offers an exciting blend of romantic ballads, up-tempo jams, and a cover of the jazz classic "Compared to What" with popular saxmen Warren Hill and Jeff Kashiwa. The music on this recording is also about the places people experience between the philosophical dualities of light and darkness in life, a concept that Chaquico explored due to the events in America on September 11, 2001. Together with his band and guest musicians, Chaquico captures the essence of life's pulsating highs and lows on the title track, "Shadow and Light." Its ethereal introduction floats into a melodic guitar line, reminiscent of life's good times, that lingers with you long after the song is over. Ozzie Ahlers' energy on the keyboards provides a totally unique personal accompaniment and elegantly etches another dimension for Chaquico's chord phrasings. In addition to the title track, other great songs deserving special mention include "Could We Fall in Love," for its exceptional experimentation with a 40-piece overdubbed guitar orchestra; "Luminosa," a salsa-flavored radio single, for its vibrancy and buoyant positive feeling; and "Keepers of the Flame," for its spiritual, mystical atmospheres. The program ends with an explosive remix of Chaquico's number one smooth jazz hit, "Café Carnival" (originally released on Panorama), with great saxophone from Kevin Paladini. When compared to Chaquico's 1999 release, Four Corners, this recording tends to emphasize the same attributes that connect Chaquico with his audiences -- heartfelt emotional intelligence and the excitement of his electric and acoustic guitar strings touching his listeners' hearts. ~ Paula Edelstein, Rovi

(01). Innocent Kiss
(02). Westside Hotel
(03). Luminosa
(04). Hurry Home
(05). Keepers of the Flame
(06). Afterglow
(07). Shadow and Light
(08). Could We Fall in Love
(09). Compared to What (featuring Warren Hill and Jeff Kashiwa)
(10). Cafe Carnival (Sax in the Sun Remix)

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Bata Mbira

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a marriage of sacred music from Cuba and Zimbabwe
BataMbira showcases traditional music in an original context. The percussion playing is world-class, the singing is inspired, the ensemble playing is as good as it gets. The CD is very well produced, with every percussion nuance clearly audible yet in perfect balance.

This CD fuses the traditional music of Cuba and Zimbabwe, creating a compelling, contemporary sound that will draw you into a magical world. The bata drums, played by Michael Spiro, are a family of 3 double-headed hourglass-shaped drums brought to Cuba b

Michael Spiro is a world-renowned percussionist, recording artist, and educator, known specifically for his work in the Latin music field.

Spiro's formal education includes a bachelor's degree with honors in Latin American Studies from the University of California, and three and a half years of graduate work in ethnomusicology at the University of Washington. His practical education consists of a seven- year apprenticeship with Francisco Aguabella (a relationship which continues today) and extensive study throughout Latin America. He has studied annually in Cuba since 1984 with musicians such as Jose Luis Quintana ("Changuito"), Esteban Vega Bacallao ("Cha-Cha"), Daniel Diaz and Juan "Claro" Blanco of Orquesta Ritmo Oriental, Regino Jimenez, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas and Grupo Afro-Cuba de Matanzas. In addition, in 1986, he spent two months training at G.R.E.S. Portela, the famous Escola de Samba in Rio de Janeiro.

Spiro currently resides in San Francisco, Calif., where he is an integral part of the Bay Area music scene. He records and produces with groups throughout the West Coast and still tours world-wide with the percussion trio Talking Drums, which he co-leads with David Garibaldi and Jesus Diaz. In June 1996, his recording Bata-Ketu was released on Bembe Records to international critical acclaim, including being voted one of the top 50 drum records of all time by Drum Magazine.

In 2004, Spiro received a Grammy nomination for his work as both producer and artist on Mark Levine's Latin/jazz release Isla, and, in 2005, he released BataMbira, which he wrote and produced with Professor B. Michael Williams. The CD received rave reviews around the world for its fusion of Afro-Cuban folkloric music with the mbira music of Zimbabwe, and that same year, he was voted runner-up in the jazz/fusion category in Drum Magazine's Reader's Poll Awards. In 2006, Chuck Sher Publications released his book, The Conga Drummer's Guidebook, and it has already become the standard in the field for intermediate/advanced instruction.

He is a frequent visiting artist at universities worldwide. In addition to the position he held in the Jazz Department at the University of California, Berkeley, Spiro has taught at numerous colleges throughout North America and Europe, and continues to be a presenter at national and statewide conventions of the Percussive Arts Society and the International Association of Jazz Educators.

Spiro's recording and performing credits include such diverse artists as David Byrne, Cachao, The Caribbean Jazz Project, Dori Caymmi, Changuito, Richard Egues, Frank Emilio Flynn, Ella Fitzgerald, David Garibaldi, Gilberto Gil, Giovanni Hidalgo, Ray Holman, Toninho Horta, Bobby Hutcherson, Dr. John, Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge, Machete Ensemble, Bobby McFerrin, Andy Narell, Ray Obiedo, Chico O'Farrill, Eddie Palmieri, Lazaro Ros, David Rudder, Carlos Santana, Grace Slick, Omar Sosa, Talking Drums, Clark Terry, McCoy Tyner and Charlie Watts. In addition, he has recorded on soundtracks to such major motion pictures as Soapdish, Henry and June, True Stories, Sworn To The Drum, Walker, Eddie Macon's Run and Dragon-The Life of Bruce Lee. He also wrote several arrangements for the Tony Award-winning Broadway show BLAST!, which was released on video by PBS in 2002.

1. Butsu Mutandari / Iyesa
2. Nhemamusasa / Afrekete
3. Baya Wabaya
4. Nyamaropa / Mase
5. Shumba / Oya
6. Kariga Mombe / Obakoso
7. Hangaiwa
8. Nyamamusango / Chango

Personnel: Michael Spiro (vocals, marimba, percussion, background vocals); Michael Spiro (bass marimba); Sonyalsis Feldman (vocals); Munose (flute); Michael Williams (mbira, background vocals); Kristina Clark, Sandy Cressman, Carol Steele (background vocals); Jesús Diaz (vocals, timbales, background vocals); Sylvain Leroux (flute).

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Wang Sen-di: Reminiscence

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Guangling Melody
Dialogue Between Fisherman and Woodcutter
Luo Shou-Cheng: Pastoral Song
Touching and expressive, the Guqin and Xiao together create an reminiscent atmosphere, in which the sounds of the Guqin and Xiao vibrate with each other and become one.

1.Hanshan Temple
2.The Jewelled Hall of Great Hero
3.The Green Pines on Jiuhua Mountain
4.The Praise of Jewelled Tripod
5.The Buddha`s Light at O Mei Mountain
6.Reminiscence
7.A Path Follows the Cloud

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Luo Shou-Cheng: Pastoral Song

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Guangling Melody
Dialogue Between Fisherman and Woodcutter
Luo Shou-Cheng: Pastoral Song
Chinese Di and Xiao Solos
At a very old church in California, the skillful performance of Luo Shou-Cheng and the professional recording technique of Kavichandran Alexander interwaved a world where di and xiao display their magic in full.

(01):Autumn Night
(02):Trip to Suzhou
(03):A Love Song in Autumn Night
(04):Flight of Partridge
(05):Meditation on the Past
(06):Mountain Song
(07):Pastoral Song
(08):Autumn Recollection
(09):Autumn Moon on a Placid Lake
(10):Rainbow Dress
(11):Melody of Waves

Performers:
di by LUO Shou-cheng & xiao by LUO Shou-cheng

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Astor Piazzolla - Famille Artistes

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(born March 11, 1921, Mar del Plata, Arg.died July 5, 1992, Buenos Aires) Argentine composer. He lived in the Bronx, N.Y., until he was 15; he then returned to Argentina, where he played the bandonen (a type of accordion) in a tango band led by Anibal Troilo (191775). From 1944 he led his own groups. His interest in classical music led to study with Nadia Boulanger (195455) and the development of his own compositional style, infusing elements of jazz and modern music into tango. Not initially popular with most tango fans, his music is now recognized as having revived the genre and greatly expanded its artistic potential.

(01). Ouverture
(02). La Chanson Du Popo
(03). L'Hymne A L'Artiste
(04). Ouverture Du 2ème Acte : Mon Père L'Oie
(05). Ma Tante Emma La Pianiste
(06). La Chanson De La Naissance
(07). La Mort Du Canard
(08). Sentimental
(09). La Danse Du Jambon Mort
(10). Le Tango D'Iris
(11). Les Artistes
(12). Tango Final

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Best Jazz 100

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Following the fantastic success of the Best 100 series; EMI now present Best Jazz 100 Jazz, a great value 6 disc set. Jazz is the epitome of cool; it is a music of infinite variety and timeless appeal. This 6CD set BEST JAZZ 100 offers just that! This collection features the very best in jazz across the ages: from cool swing to burning Latin; husky vocals to smooth ballads; from the new faces on the scene to the classic artists of yesteryear. With each CD representing a different style: Classic Jazz Vocals; Swing Classics; Latin Jazz; Relaxing Jazz; Jazz Ballads and Legends of Jazz there's something here for everyone.
Jazz is the epitome of cool; It is a music of infinite variety and timeless appeal. This 6-CD set offers just that! This collection features the very best in jazz across the ages: from cool swing to burning Latin; husky vocals to smooth ballads; from the new faces on the scene to the classic artists of yesteryear. With each CD representing a different style: Classic Jazz Vocals; Swing Classics; Latin Jazz; Relaxing Jazz; Jazz Ballads and Legends of jazz there's something here for everyone.

CD 1 – CLASSIC JAZZ VOCALS
01. I Left My Heart In San Francisco – Julie London (Cross-Cory)
02. Something Cool – June Christy (Barnes)
03. My Funny Valentine – Chet Baker (Rodgers-Hart)
04. Misty Blue – Ella Fitzgerald (Montgomery)
05. Darn That Dream – Nancy Wilson (De Lange-Van Heusen)
06. Autumn In New York – Jo Stafford (Vernon Duke)
07. April In Paris – Dinah Shore (Harburg-Duke)
08. Do Nothing Till You Here From Me – Abbey Lincoln (Ellington-Russell)
09. Day In – Day Out – Mark Murphy (Bloom-Mercer)
10. It Had To Be You – Dinah Shore (Kahn-Jones)
11. Angel Eyes – Jack Jones (Brent-Dennis)
12. The Man I Love – Carmen McRae (Gershwin-Gershwin)
13. It Don’t Mean A Thing – Annie Ross (Duke Ellington)
14. Here’s That Rainy Day – Sue Raney (Burke-Van Heusen)
15. Stars Fell On Alabama – Jack Teagarden (Parish-Perkins)
16. Blue Moon – Billie Holiday (Rodgers-Hart)
17. A Foggy Day – Dakota Staton (Gershwin-Gershwin)
18. Exactly Like You – Dianne Reeves (Fields-McHugh)
19. I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But The Blues – Lou Rawls (Ellington-George)
20. Something To Live For – Lena Horne (Ellington- Strayhorn)

CD 2 – SWING CLASSICS IN HIFI
01. For Dancers Only – Billy May And His Orchestra (Oliver-Raye-Schoen)
02. Stompin’ At The Savoy – Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (Sampson-Webb-Goodman)
03. Leap Frog – Les Brown And His Orchestra (Corday-Garland)
04. Satin Doll – Duke Ellington And His Orchestra (Strayhorn-Ellngton)
05. Let’s Dance – Benny Goodman And His Orchestra (Stone-Benime-Baldridge)
06. T’Ain’t What You Do – Billy May And His Orchestra (Oliver-Young)
07. Opus No. 1 – Glen Grey And The Casa Loma Orchestra (Sy Oliver)
08. Intermission Riff – Stan Kenton And His Orchestra (Ray Wetzel)
09. Sleep – Woody Herman And His Orchestra (Earl Lebieg)
10. Jumpin’ At The Woodside – Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (Count Basie)
11. Harlem Air Shaft – Duke Ellington And His Orchestra (Duke Ellington)
12. I’m Beginning To See The Light – Harry James And His Orchestra (Ellington-George-Hodges-James)
13. A Good Man Is Hard To Find – Les Brown And His Orchestra (Edward Grren)
14. Annie Laurie – Billy May And His Orchestra ((Douglass-Scott)
15. The Peanut Vendor – Stan Kenton And His Orchestra (Gilbert-Simons-Sunshine) 16. Come And Get It – Glen Gray And The Casa Loma Orchestra (Sonny Dunham)
17. Margie – Billy May And His Orchestra (Davis-Conrad-Robinson)
18. I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me – Les Brown And His Orchestra (Irving Berlin) 19. Apollo Jumps – Glen Gray And The Casa Loma Orchestra (Benny Carter)
20. Sing, Sing Sing - Benny Goodman And His Orchestra (Louis Prima)

CD 3 – LATIN JAZZ
01. Machito – Stan Kenton And His Orchestra (Pete Rugolo)
02. Jahberu – Tadd Dameron (Tadd Dameron)
03. Tin Tin Deo – James Moody & Chano Pozo (Pozo-Fuller)
04. Basheer’s Dream – Kenny Dorham (Gigi Gryce)
05. Congalegra – Horace Parlan (Ray Barretto)
06. Mambo Inn – Grant Green (Smpson-Woodlon-Bauza)
07. Paco – Gerald Wilson (Gerald Wilson)
08. Agua Dulce – The Jazz Crusaders (Joe Sample)
09. Favela – Clare Fischer (Clare Fischer)
10. I’m On My Way – Candido (Richie Havens)
11. Oye Como Va – Bobby Hutcherson (Tito Puente)
12. Caravan - Chucho Valdes (Tizol-Ellington)
13. Contagio – Gonzalo Rubalcaba (Gonzalo Rubalcaba)
14. Dance Of Denial – Ray Barretto (Michael Philip Mossman)
15. The Time Is Now – Eliane Elias (Eliane Elias)

CD 4 – RELAXING JAZZ
01. At Last – Lou Rawls & Dianne Reeves (Warren-Gordon)
02. Makin’ Whoopee – The Three Sounds (Kahn-Donaldson)
03. Namely You – Sonny Rollins (DePaul-Mercer)
04. Time After Time – Cassandra Wilson (Lauper-Hyman)
05. Infant Eyes – Wayne Shorter (Wayne Shorter)
06. In The Winelight – Kurt Elling (Eaton-Elling-Galderston)
07. Cantaloupe Island – Herbie Hancock (Herbie Hancock)
08. More Than This – Charlie Hunter & Norah Jones (Bryan Ferry)
09. Beatrice – Joe Henderson (Sam Rivers)
10. Lazy Afternoon – Jackie Allen (LaTouche-Moross)
11. I’ve Got The World On A String – Joe Lovano (Arlen-Koehler)
12. Make It Go Away - Holly Cole (Davis Harding)
13. Déjà Vu – Stefon Harris & Jacky Terrasson (Buster Williams)
14. Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin (Bobby McFerrin)

CD 5 – JAZZ BALLADS
01. Someone To Watch Over Me – Coleman Hawkins (Gershwin-Gershwin)
02. Easy Living – Clifford Brown (Robin-Rainger)
03. It Never Entered My Mind – Miles Davis (Rodgers-Hart)
04. Violets For Your Furs – Jutta Hipp & Zoot Sims (Dennis-Adair)
05. Moonglow – Benny Goodman (Hudson-Lange-Mills)
06. Like Someone In Love – George Shearing (Burke-Van Heusen)
07. Stairway To The Stars – Bill Evans & Jim Hall (Parish-Malneck0Signorelli)
08. Dancing In The Dark – Cannonball Adderley (Dietz-Schwarts)
09. I’m A Fool To Want You – Dexter Gordon (Sinatra-Herron-Wolf)
10. Yesterdays – Stan Kenton and his Orchestra (Kern-Harbach)
11. The Good Life – Hank Mobley (Kihn-Wirght)
12. God Bless The Child – Stanley Turrentine (Holiday-Herzog)
13. Nature Boy - Ike Quebec (Ike Quebec)
14. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most – Zoot Sims (Landesman-Wolf)
15. Laura – Joe Lovano (Raskin-Mercer)

CD 6 – LEGENDS OF JAZZ
01. Boogie Woogie Stomp – Albert Ammons (Albert Ammons)
02. Summertime – Sidney Bechet (Gershwin-Heyward)
03. Chicago Flyer – Meade Lux Lewis (Meade Lux Lewis)
04. Profoundly Blue – Edmond Hall’s Celeste Quartet (Meade Lux Lewis)
05. Topsy – Ike Quebec (Battle-Durham)
06. Blues For Clarinets – Jimmy Hamilton & The Duke’s Men (Jimmy Hamilton)
07. Lop-Pow – Babs Gonzales’ Three Bips And a Bop (Brown-Gonzales)
08. Our Delight – Tedd Dameron (Tadd Dameron)
09. Boperation – Howard McGhee & Fats Navarro (McGhee-Navarro)
10. ‘Round Midnight – Thelonious Monk (Thelonious Monk)
11. Bouncing With Bud – Bud Powell (Bud Powell)
12. Born To Be Blue – Wynton Kelly (Wells-Torme)
13. Bags’ Groove – Milt Jackson (Milt Jackson)
14. Safari – Horace Silver (Horace Silver)
15. Carvin’ The Rock – Lou Donaldson & Clifford Brown (Hope-Rollins)
16. Lady Sings The Blues – Herbie Nichols (Nichols-Holiday)

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Ikuko Kawai - The Violin Muse

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Ikuko Kawai - The Violin Muse
Ikuko Kawai (Kawai Ikuko?), born January 19th, 1968 in Takamatsu, is a Japanese violinist and composer.She has performed internationally, including performances with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, world-renowned conductor Chung Myung-Whim and with artists of different genres such as Sheila E., Gypsy Kings and other pop artists.

(01).Violin Muse
(02).Summer Storm
(03).Milonga Triste (Adagio)
(04).Eternally
(05).Crimson Rhapsody
(06).A Tale Of Aphrodite
(07).La Festa Capricciosa
(08).El Flamenco
(09).Luna De Tarragona
(10).Cobalt Moon

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Amjad Ali Khan - Evening Raga

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Ustad Amjad Ali Khan (born March 21 1946) is a highly acclaimed Indian sarod player and composer.
Early life
Khan was born to Hafiz Ali Khan, is the sixth-generation sarod player in his family and his ancestors have developed and shaped the instrument over several hundred years. His forefathers came from Afghanistan to India's relaxed music atmosphere and brought the Rabab which later developed into Sarod.

The modern sarod has undergone modifications to improve its tonal quality, notably from Ustad Allauddin Khan and his brother Ustad Ayet Ali Khan of the Senia Maihar Gharana.

Khan was taught by his father Hafiz Ali Khan, a musician to the royal family of Gwalior; he was born to the Gwalior Bangash lineage rooted in the Senia Bangash School of Music and is the sixth generation inheritor of this lineage.

Career
Khan has developed a unique style of playing the sarod. The key innovations in his style are compositions based on vocal music, the technical ability to play highly complex phrases (ekhara taans), at times with ascending or descending volume scales on the sarod spanning three octaves with equal emphasis on the composition.

There are two schools of sarod playing – one in which the strings are stopped by the fingertips and the other in which the strings are stopped by the finger-nails of the left hand (as practised by Amjad Ali Khan). This is what makes the clear ringing sound and is one of the things that makes it so difficult to play. Khan is also noted for producing a wider variety of sounds on the sarod using bends up to 7 notes by sliding across the fingerboard. Khan has also stated that this extended bends is an advantage over fretted string instruments like the sitar.

Khan uses the traditional sarod minus Allauddin Khan's changes to the tuning and string configurations. The only modern trait that he has adopted into his instrument is the round drum of the resonating chamber (the traditional sarod has two jod and chikari strings and 11 tarab strings). His base frequency is also lower than the other schools. His instrument is made by Hemen Sen of Kolkata, who also makes the sarod for other leading maestros such as Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.

Amjad's playing places much emphasis on percussive right-hand plectrum work characteristic of the Afghan rabab-based idiom of the early sarod players. His chief innovation are his ekhara taans (complex high speed staccato passages), something which many sarod players find very difficult to do. Paraphrasing his words "I asked my father why the sarod could not keep up with sitar when it came to taans....my father explained that the sarod was a much more difficult instrument to play, not having frets ... it is then I resolved to develop a style where I could match sitar like taans...".

Khan has had a successful career spanning over 40 years and continues to be one of the busiest classical musicians in India.

Awards
He was awarded India's second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan in 2001. And he was awarded the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2004.

On April 8, 2007, he got international recognition too. He was honoured with the Key to the City award by Kathy Taylor Mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma state, for his long-standing contribution to the Indian Classical Music.

Houston and Nashville has conferred him honorary citizenship in 1997. Massachusetts has declared April 20 as the 'Amjad Ali Khan Day' in 1984. Tulsa is the third US city to confer honorary citizenship to him. [1]

Personal life
Khan is married to Subbulakshmi and has two sons Ayaan - Amaan are already set to carry their Father's legacy to the next generation of Hindustani Music and Sarod.

(01). Zila Kafi
(02). Bimag
(03). Bengali Folk Song

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The Greatest Hits Of The Classics Vol. [1-4]

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The Greatest Hits Of The Classics Vol. [1-4]
TRACKLiSTCD 1/4 : (01). Ravel - Bolero (complete) (02). Orff - Carmina Burana (excerpt) (03). Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue (complete) (04). Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries (05). Rossini - William Tell Overture (06). Vivaldi - Spring from The Four Seasons (Allegro) (07). Vivaldi - Spring from The Four Seasons (Largo e Pianissimo sempre) (08). Vivaldi - Spring from The Four Seasons (Allegro)
TRACKLiSTCD 2/4 : (01). Beethoven - Moonlight Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Minor (02). Dvorak - The New World Symphony No. 9 in E Minor (03). Rimsky-Korsakov - Tale of the Kalander Prince (Lento) (04). Tchaikovsky - Swan Theme No. 10 Act II (05). Tchaikovsky - Waltz in A Major No. 2 Act I (06). Schubert - Piano Quintet in A Op (07). Dukas - The Sorcerer's Apprentice (08). Rimsky-Korsakov - The Flight Of The Bumble Bee (09). Vivaldi - Allegro Non Molto (10). Vivaldi - Adagio (11). Vivaldi - Tempo Impetuose D'Estate
TRACKLiSTCD 3/4 : (01). Beethoven - Excerpt from the 5th Symphony in C Minor - 1st Movement Allegro Con Brio (02). Greig - Excerpt from Peer Gynt Suite No.1 - Morning (03). Greig - Excerpt from Peer Gynt Suite No.1 - In the Hall Of The Mountain King (04). Glinka - Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla (05). Tchaikovsky - Cappricio Italien (06). Beethoven - Ode to Joy from the 9th Symphony (07). Strauss - Radetzky March (08). Mozart - Eine Klein Nachtmusik, Serenade for strings in G Major - Allegro (09). Mozart - Eine Klein Nachtmusik, Serenade for strings in G Major - Romanze (10). Mozart - Eine Klein Nachtmusik, Serenade for strings in G Major - Menuetto Allegretto (11). Mozart - Eine Klein Nachtmusik, Serenade for strings in G Major - Rondo Allegro (12). Vivaldi - Autumn from The Four Seasons - Allegro (13). Vivaldi - Autumn from The Four Seasons - Adagio Molto (14). Vivaldi - Autumn from The Four Seasons - La Caccia, Allegro
TRACKLiSTCD 4/4 : (01). Pachelbel - Canon (02). Handel - Largo (Xerxes) (03). Bach - Air On A G String Form Suite No.3 (04). Albinoni - Adagio (05). Rodrigo - Concerto De Aranjuez For Guitar And Orchestra: Allgero Con Spirito (06). Rodrigo - Concerto De Aranjuez For Guitar And Orchestra: Adagio (07). Rodrigo - Concerto De Aranjuez For Guitar And Orchestra: Allegro Gentile (08). Holst - Excerpts From The Planet Suite Op 32: Mars The Bringer Of War (09). Holst - Excerpts From The Planet Suite Op 32: Jupiter The Bringer Of Jollity (10). Vivaldi - Winter From The Four Seasons Allegro Non Molto (11). Vivaldi - Winter From The Four Seasons: Largo (12). Vivaldi - Winter From The Four Seasons: Allgero VBR kbps no scans, 2009 Part 1 | Part 2

RAI

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Wonderful collection of 40 top modern oriental hits with great names of the Arabic musical scene like Cheb Khaled, Malik, Johanne Hyat, Cheba Nouria, Nouri and many more. Innovative arrangements with vivid dancing rhythms created with traditional oriental percussion backed by house, techno and even hip-hop beats, full of energy. CD1: Music Of Magreb(01). Malik - Lila (Gangbbang Mix) (02). R.Q.P. - Algerie Bledi (03). Haim - Wahlaich (Version Arabe) (04). Cheb Khaled - Chabrassi (05). Cheb Sahraoui & Fadela - Nsalfik (06). Cheb Youcef & Cheba Nouria - Oui Liya (07). Johanne Hayat - La Chanteuse (08). Houari Benchenet - Allah (09). Cheb Tati - Omrie Ha Omrie (10). Cheba Nouria - Mandanitch (11). Cheb Tahar - Gualouli La (12). Cheba Zahouania - Sid El Djilali (13). Cheikhar Remitti - Shab El goum CD2: Diamonds Of Rai (01). Johanne Hayat - Ya Hob (02). Raina Rai - Rami M'Hayar (03). Malik - Danger (04). Houari Benchenet - Ya Raikoum (05). Cheikha Remitti - Guendouzi Mama (06). Chaba Zahouania - Chtabani L'Ouadenasse (07). Cheikh Meftah - Ainik (08). Cheba Nouria - Lila-Lila (09). Cheb Youcef & Cheba Nouria - Katrat Alya Hadra (10). Cheb Tati - Cherie Wah (11). Houari Benchenet - Mersoul (12). Cheb Tahar - Nouodi Bahreh (13). Moumen - N'Toub (14). Malik - After Rai (Paradise Mix) CD3: Magic Of Rai(01). Nouri - Achaka (02). Johanne Hayat - Okhtabli Amir (03). Moumen - Rih El Gahrbi (04). Malik - Majmar (Spanish Mix) (05). Houari Benchenet - Sar Derti Al Klem (06). Cheikh Sidi Bemol - Fe Trig (07). Gaada (Dirwan De Bechar) - Sid Eghmine (08). Cheb Abed - Goult Halek (09). Cheb Karim - El Ghorba (10). Cheikh Meftah - Talbek Madani (11). Chaba Zahouania - Shab El Baroud (12). Cheikh Djelloul Remchaoui - T'Zouijet (13). Cheikha Remitti - El Guellil 320 kbps including full scans Archives have 5% of the information for restoration Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Classical Folk Music from China: Heart of the Dragon

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Purportedly a mix of classical and folk music from the Chinese repertoire, this album is really a set of works based on classical and folk idioms, but stemming more directly from films, musicals, and such. The Heart of the Dragon Ensemble hails from the U.K., playing primarily compositions from the 20th century, but still using the basic silk-and-bamboo lineup of instruments. The performances are nice, the performers working well together to create a texture of sound. The compositions themselves, however, leave more to be desired. For example, while it is an intriguing concept to adapt African folk to the yangqin, it just doesn't work so well. A valiant effort, but the album doesn't really match up with some of the more traditional performers, or the iconoclasts on the world fusion scene. (01). Ninety-Nine Days Bright (Gao Ruxing, arr. Jiang Li) (02). Dynasty (Jiang Li) (03). Little Boat (trad., arr. Jiang Li) (04). Happy Maid (Jiang Li) (05). Waves and Sands (Pipa solo) (Hua Yanjun) (06). Dream till Tomorrow (Jiang Li) (07). Golden Snake Dance (Nie Er, arr. Jiang Li) (08). Liang Xiao (Liu Tinhua) (09). Bamboo Dance (Jiang Li) (10). Gong Wu (Shong Yi, arr. Jiang Li) (11). Beautiful Africa (Yu Qingzhu) (12). Nan Ni Village (Ma Ke / He Jingzhi, arr. Jiang Li) (13). Return of the Fishing Boats (Lou Shuhua, documented: Cao Zhengze) (14). Xiao Baicai (trad., arr. Jiang Li) (15). Xiao Music at Midnight (Jiang Li, Liu Xiaohu) Flac(EAC Rip): 380 MB | MP3 - 320 kbs: 170 MB | Covers Archives have 5% of the information for restoration FLAC Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 OR MP3 320 kbps HERE

Djivan Gasparyan - Nazani

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Beautiful and sad Armenian traditional music played on duduk by the most famous Armenian folk musician in the world.
Djivan Gasparyan is unquestionably one of the world's greatest musicians, a living legend of the world music. He is the foremost virtuoso of the duduk, an ancient Armenian instrument that is made of apricot wood. No other instrument is able to convey the emotions of the Armenian people as well as duduk. Armenia's most famous folk musician was born in 1928, in Solag, a village near the Armenian capital Yerevan. He won Gold Medals in four worldwide competitions organised by UNESCO. A professor at the Yerevan Conservatory, he has the the unique distinction of being the only musician to be given the honorary title of People's Artist of Armenia. He has recorded soundtracks for dozens of Hollywood's blockbusters. Gladiator's sound track, where Gasparyan gave a great input and is co-author of some songs, has even won the Golden Globe 2001 for best soundtrack. (01). Black Sky (02). Kemancha Solo (03). Did I Born From The Stone? (04). Male Folk Dance (05). Kanoon Solo (06). Black Night (07). Folk Dance (08). Dhol Solo (09). Sheppard's Love (10). Female Folk Dance (11). Kemancha Solo (12). Folk Dance Dhol – Girair Melkonian (tracks: 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12) Duduk – Djivan Gasparyan Kanun [Kanoon] – Alvard Mirzoyan (tracks: 5) Kemenche [Kemancha] – Grachik Muradian-Nikigosian (tracks: 2, 11) FLAC tracks (EAC Rip): 250 MB | MP3 - 320 kbs: 130 MB | Front Cover Archives have 5% of the information for restoration FLAC Part 1 | Part 2 OR MP3 320 kbps HERE

Falguni Mitra - Music for the Soul

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Falguni Mitra Music for the Soul
Track Listings -------------- 1. Bageshri - Alap & Dhrupad Chautal 2. Adana - Dhrupad Jhaptal 3. Shankara - Dhamar Falguni Mitra - vocals Pratima Mitra - harmonium S. Ghosh - pakhawaj 320 kbps including full scans HERE

Guangling Melody

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Dialogue Between Fisherman and Woodcutter
At a very old church in California, the sublime color of the guqin performed by Gong Yi and the professional recording skills of Kavichandran Alexander unfold a kingdom of imagination where the touching melody of guqin floats in the air.

1.Flowing Water
2.Evening Song of the Drunken Fishermen
3.Guangling Melody
4.Singing in the Mountain Life
5.Grievance of Changmen
6.Drunk Song
7.Parting at Yang Guan
8.Misty Rivers of Xiao Xiang
9.Hujia, the Major

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Traditional Chinese Music: Dialogue Between Fisherman and Woodcutter

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Featuring the most distinctive Chinese classical tunes, the 'Dialogue between the Guqin and Xiao' highlight the spirit of ultimate harmony.

(01). Ai Nai
(02). The Beautiful Night Tune
(03). The Moon of Guanshan
(04). Missing an Old Friend
(05). Wild Geese Rest in the Sandy Wilderness
(06). A Spring Dawn at the Jade Tower
(07). Boating on Azure Waves
(08). Dialogue Between Fisherman and Woodcutter
(09). Song of Spring
(10). Springing Fountains

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Falguni Mitra - Mood, Melody & Rhythm

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Falguni Mitra
Mood, Melody & Rhythm
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1. Jaijaivanti - Alap & Dhrupad Chautal: Dasaharaa mubarak
2. Desi - Dhamar: Jina chhuo morey acharavaa
3. Bhairavi - Dhrupad Jhaptal: Joyati durge maharaani

Falguni Mitra - vocals
Sanatan Goswami - harmonium
Tapash Das - pakhawaj

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Omar Faruk Tekbilek - Suleyman The Magnificent

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Omar Faruk Tekbilek & Brian Keane - Suleyman The Magnificent
Süleyman the Magnificent is the eponymous soundtrack to a film focusing on the life of the great Sultan of the Ottoman empire, Süleyman. He reigned from 1520-1566 and was renowned as a consummate reformer of law and administration. He helped to usher in a golden age of art and architecture. Brian Keane's soundtrack, comprised of traditional Turkish melodies as well as his own original compositions, embodies the film's historic sense of greatness and splendor with music as exciting and profound as the great Sultan's reign. Turkish virtuoso Omar Faruk Tekbilek brings Keane's brilliant score to life with his masterful play through his mastery of a wide range of authentic Turkish instruments including the tanbur (long necked lute), daire (drum), kanun (plucked boxed zither), and kaval (rim-blown flute—a pastoral instrument associated with shepherds and nomads). Süleyman the Magnificent originally aired on the PBS network and was a winner of the American Film Festival and Ohio State Film Festival awards.

Suleyman the Magnificent is the seminal album of Omar Faruk Tekbilek and Brian Keane, where Turkish traditionalism met American atmospherics. Tekbilek was a Turkish immigrant who was playing belly-dancing music with his group, the Sultans. Keane was a producer of pop and jazz and a notable guitarist. While scoring his soundtrack to the documentary, Suleyman the Magnificent, Keane wanted some authentic Turkish sounds to accompany this tale of the Ottoman Empire and one of its sultans. He got that and more with Tekbilek. From the opening forlorn cry of the kaval flute on "Scenes of Istanbul," the music here (all based on traditional modes and rhythms, but most of it original) conjures up ancient palaces and desert plains. Keane adds subtle synthesizer pads to some songs, but most of them feature Tekbilek wailing across a kinetic percussion bed or blowing some of the most serene melodies this side of heaven.

Suleyman the Magnificent is the soundtrack for the film of the same name which focuses on the life of the great Sultan of the Ottoman empire. Sultan Suleyman reigned from 1520-1566 and was renowned as a consummate reformer of law and administration. His was a golden age of art and architecture. Brian Keane's soundtrack embodies this historic sense of greatness and splendor. The music is at once exciting and profound. Keane has brilliantly scored traditional Turkish melodies and his own original melodies from a combination of authentic Turkish instruments. These instruments include the tanbur (long necked lute), daire (drum), kanun (plucked boxed zither), and kaval (rim-blown flute--a pastoral instrument associated with shepherds and nomads). The film aired on the PBS network and was a winner of the American Film Festival and the Ohio State Film Festival awards. It was produced in conjunction with the opening of an art exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. for which major funding for the film was provided by the Republic of Turkey.

[01]. Istanbul' dan Görüntüler (Scenes of Istanbul)
[02]. Gö?ün Yedi Kati (Seven Spheres of Heaven)
[03]. Egeli Gemici (Aegean Sailor)
[04]. Ayasofya (Saint Sophia)
[05]. U??ak Semai (Piece in 10/8)
[06]. Nihâvend Fantazi (Modal Fantasy)
[07]. Kuzeydeki Köy (Northern Village)
[08]. Topkapinin Bahçesi (Garden at Topkapi)
[09]. Rast Medhal (Prelude in Rast Mode)
[10]. Süleymanin Öyküsü (The Story of Süleyman)
[11]. Teke Ziplamasi (Goat Jumper)
[12]. Mevlânâ (Whirling Dervishes)
[13]. Segâh Pe?revi (Prelude in Segah Mode)
[14]. Hicaz Taksimi (Improvisation in Hicaz Mode)
[15]. Hicaz Pe?revi (Prelude in Hicaz Mode)
[16]. Makber (Gates of Heaven)
[17]. Istanbul' dan Görüntüler (Scenes of Istanbul/Reprise)

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Solace - Ahsas

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Solace music has always told a story that paints a picture of the moods and feelings of the composer. Ahsas definitely conveys feelings of loneliness, fear, doubt and love. Jeremiah uses the instruments as his voice and tells this story of inner-self in 11 songs that he calls 'chapters'.

Ahsas is considered a book of emotions from a very important time in Jeremiah’s life. But instead of acting out in a dangerous or self-destructive manner, he chose to write about his feelings.

From the dark, moody sounds of 'Solitude' which has an intensity-building characteristic similar to a whirling dervish or a coming storm, to 'Blessings' with its blissful atmosphere of heavy percussion and intoxicating zaghareets, the Arabian dance sounds of Solace are the perfect blend of cutting edge and tradition.

[01]. Solitude (Khlas 6-8)
[02]. Khatar (Dawr Hindi 7-8)
[03]. Circle (5-8 6-8 7-8)
[04]. Exiled (Nei Solo Chifti-telli)
[05]. Kronos (8-4 Debke Wahda Tawila)
[06]. Blessings (Adani 4-4)
[07]. Redemption (12-8 8-4)
[08]. Forsaken (Curcuna 10-8)
[09]. Opaque (Drum Solo)
[10]. Crimson (4-4)
[11]. Kama (8-4)

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The Eminent Pieces for Chinese Guqin Vol.[1-4]

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The Eminent Pieces for Chinese Guqin Series includes many famous guqin pieces from different dynasties, all performed by well-known contemporary guqin masters. It also contains representative works from various schools.

Guqin is a gem in traditional Chinese culture with long history. In order to disseminate the art of the guqin, 'The Eminent Pieces for Chinese Guqin' collects many famous guqin pieces from different dynasties performed by the contemporary well known guqin masters. It also contains some representative works from different schools.
This collection not only provides us profound insights for understanding the art of the qin and its music, but also offers us valuable reference for creating new works with modern spirit.

The Eminent Pieces for Chinese Guqin, Vol. 1
[01]. Wild Swan of Autumn
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1.Wild Swan of Autumn (Qiu-hong)
2.Three Melodies of Plum Blossoms (Mei-hua-san-nong)
3.Misty Rivers of Xiao Xiang (Xiao-xiang-shui-yun)
4.Hujia, the Minor (Xiao-hu-jia)
5.Dialogue Between Fisherman and Woodcutter (Yu-qiao-wen-da)
6.Questioning Heaven in Despair (Sao-shou-wen-tian)
7.Beautiful Night (Liang-xiao-yin)
8.Frontier in Autumn (Qiu-sai-yin)

The Eminent Pieces for Chinese Guqin, Vol. 2
[02]. Misty Rivers of Xiao Xiang
Track Listings
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1.Misty Rivers of Xiao Xiang (Xiao-xiang-shui-yun)
2.Guang-ling-san
3.South Wind (Nan-feng-ge)
4.Grievance of Changmen (Chang-men-yuan)
5.Dialogue Between Fisherman and Wooductter (Yu-qiao-wen-da)
6.Cawing of Crows at Night (Wu-ye-ti)
7.Three Melodies of Plum Blossoms (Mei-hua-san-nong)
8.Spring Season (Yang-chun)

The Eminent Pieces for Chinese Guqin, Vol. 3
[03]. Music of King Wen
Track Listings
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1.Music of King Wen (Wen-wang-cao)
2.Spring Season (Yang-chun)
3.White Snow (Bai-xue)
4.Evening Song of the Drunken Fishermen (Zui-yu-chang-wan)
5.Music of the Hovering Dragon (Long-xiang-cao)
6.Flowing Waters (Liu-shui)
7.Hujia, the Majou (Da-hu-jia)

The Eminent Pieces for Chinese Guqin, Vol. 4
[04]. Missing an Old Friend
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1.Missing an Old Friend (Yi-gu-ren)
2.Spring Season (Yang-chun)
3.Evening Song of the Drunken Fishermen (Zui-yu-chang-wan)
4.Orchid (Pei-lan)
5.Eighteen Episodes of Hujia Music (Hu-jia-shi-ba-pai)
6.Music of Water Fairy (Shui-xian-cao)
7.Woodcutter`s Song (Qiao-ge)

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Bidur Mallik & Sons - The Fast Side of Dhrupad

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Bidur Mallik & Sons
The Fast Side of Dhrupad
The musicians of the Mallik family have for many generations been masters of the dhrupad style, the oldest form of North Indian art song. In India they are famous for their own rhythmically accentuated singing style and the rich repertoire of compositions, some using ragas that are sung only by their family. Because of the demands that the dhrupad places on the voice, it is usually sung by several singers at once. In India they say that the strength of four elephants is required to develop it fully. Bidur Mallik and his sons, Ramkuma and Premkumar, were fortunate enough for a time to be the ensemble that came closest to this standard.

If one considers this recording of Bidur Mallik and his sons... one need not worry about the future of this hymnal singing in general and specifically about its acclaimed circulation in the western world. Bidur Mallik and his sons powerfully praise gods and goddesses, especially Vishnu and Krishna; they sing the praises of Shiva's qualities, the dialogue of two female friends that want to visit the goddess Sita in a garden; or Triveni, the ritually holy bathing location near Allahabad (the printing of all of the song texts in the booklet is worth praised mention).

1. Rag Bhairav - Alap & Sul. Narayana Hari Tu
2. Rag Ramkali - Alap & Jhaptal. Aja Sakhi Bhora
3. Rag Asavari - Alap & Tevra. E Nanda Lala
4. Rag Puriya Dhanashri - Alap & Jhaptal. Jao Ji Jao
5. Rag Bhimpalasi - Alap & Sul. Shambhu Hara Re
6. Rag Multani - Alap & Sul. E Mana Re
7. Rag Adana - Alap & Sul. Triveni Kalindi

Bidur Mallik - voice
Ramkumar Mallik - voice, tanpura
Premkumar Mallik - voice, tanpura
Ramji Upadhyaya - pakhawaj

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Ram Narayan - Rag Shankara, Rag Maia in Jogia

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Ram Narayan is the greatest living sarangi virtuoso, and this recording shows him in sparkling form.
He plays two ragas on this well-recorded studio CD from Nimbus, with a generous total playing time of 71 minutes allowing an adequate exposition of each raga.

The first is Shankara, a raga with both dignity and beauty. The beauty is established early on in the alap. The development of the raga continues through the alap into the jor, where the swooping, gliding and rise of the rapid note-patterns show the master is on superb form. Ram Narayan is joined eventually by Anindo Chaterjee on tabla, and the performances continues with a beautiful bandish in a slow teental, remarkable for the musicality and expression through Ram Narayan's superb bowing. The bandish ends after a display of the superbly executed tans which are Ram Narayan's trademark.

The second piece is more relaxed, a Ragamala in Jogia. In ragamala the artist can deviate from the main raga into others, and Ram Narayan musicality allows him to weave in and out of other ragas seamlessly. This time the majority of the performance is accompanied by tabla, and the pace picks up to an exciting climax. Anindo Chaterjee is a perfect accompanist, with a wonderful crisp style and a sensitivity to the soloist's needs. He also, as demonstrated here, can develop some fine tabla improvisation in his own solo slots.

The musicality of the ragas performed in this recording, and the fact that Ram Narayan was obviously in marvellous form, make this an excellent showcase of the artist, or a great introduction for those unfamiliar with the range and depth of the sarangi.

A sarangi is a short, fat, bowed, multi-stringed instrument, about 30 or so inches long. It makes sounds like no other, varied and beautiful. According to the liner notes, it has been used mainly to accompany vocalists (for example, Sulochana Brahaspati on NI 5305 and Shruti Sadolikar on NI5346), but Ram Naryan and others have exploited its capabilites as a solo instrument. The sound can range from a little jagged, with lots of rosin, to plaintive or lyrical, to ethereal. Ram Naryan seems to make the most of it, and plays with the great concentration needed to play ragas lasting over 1/2 hour.
I am not competent to comment on his execution of the raga forms, which as usual, start with exploratory solos, with the tambura coming in later, and the tabla joining last for a grand ending. But a sarangi does not sound anything like a violin or wooden flute (i.e., Hariprasad Chaurasia), much less a plucked instrument like a sitar or sarod. It has a totally different feel and range of expression.

Anindo Chatterjee on the tabla is very effective, as well, and he appears on a number of Nimbus recordings.

There is nothing else in the world which sounds like a sarangi. For a different sort of beauty,

1. Rag Shankara
2. Rag Mala in Jogia

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The Kronos Quartet - Music Of Central Asia, Rainbow

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The Kronos Quartet with Alim & Fargana Qasimov and Homayun Sakhi
Music of Central Asia, Vol. 8 Rainbow
Central Asia, March 2010 - Rainbow emerged from an ambitious process of collaborative creativity that reached across continents and cultures, and across musical categories and conventions. It represents at once a continuity and a turning point in the Smithsonian Folkways–Aga Khan Music Initiative CD-DVD series Music of Central Asia, whose previous seven releases each focus on a particular region or musical idiom, or on the artistry of a particular musician.

Like the artists featured on earlier releases, the lead performers on Rainbow are all consummate masters of their own musical domain. Indeed, Azerbaijani singers Alim and Fargana Qasimov and Afghan rubab player Homayun Sakhi have already debuted on Music of Central Asia (Sakhi on volume 3, The Art of the Afghan Rubâb, and the Qasimovs on volume 6, Spiritual Music of Azerbaijan). But how could it be otherwise in our era of cultural globalization that in their sonic imagination, these inquisitive artists, no less than the famously intrepid Kronos Quartet, should hear their own music both enriching, and being enriched by, sounds and sonorities from elsewhere?

Music of Central Asia is a co-production of the Aga Khan Music Initiative, a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, and the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The aim of the series is to present leading exponents of Central Asia's rich and diverse musical heritage to listeners outside the region.

1. Rangin Kaman
2. Kohlen Atim
3. Mehriban Olaq
4. Getme, Getme
5. Leyla
6. Qashlarin Kamandir

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Embracing The Autumn Moonshine

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Li Kong-yuan
Embracing The Autumn Moonshine
Remains Of Qin Master Rong Tian-qi
Track Listings
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Disc 1:
1、慨古今 Art of Ancient Age
2、鸥鹭忘机 Forgetting the Vulgar Id
3、平沙落雁 Wild Geese Landing on Smooth Sands
4、长门怨 Sorrow Song of Changmen Palace
5、忆故人 Memories of an Old Friend
6、普庵咒 Pu-an’s Incantation
7、梅花三弄 Three Variations of Plum Blossom
8、醉渔唱晚 Evening Song of the Drunken Fisherman

Disc 2:
1、流水 Flowing Water
2、良宵引 Tune for a Peaceful Night
3、归去来兮辞 Retreat
4、湘江怨 The Moaning at River xiang
5、玉楼春晓 Spring Dwan over the Jade Palace
6、关山月 Moon over the Mountain at the Frontier
7、渔樵问答 Dialogue between the Fisherman and the woodcutter
8、潇湘水云 Mist and Cloud over Xxiao-Xiang Rivers
9、阳关三迭 Song of Yang Guan
10、洞庭秋思 Autumn Sentiments on Lake Dongting

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Joji Hirota & Pete Lockett - Taiko to tabla

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Percussionist, composer, singer, flautist - Joji Hirota joyously eludes definition. Trained as a classical musician in Japan, he has now spent over half his life in England freely blending instruments and influences to create a music that is uniquely his own. His flute sounds like singing, his singing sounds instrumental and his drums sound like nothing on earth.

The opening cut of "Taiko to Tabla" is very traditional folk singing "Kokiriko Bushi" as sung by Hirota. The rest of the CD is drumming rather like Taiko, but including such percussion as cybals, gongs, bells, sampled sounds, and of course tabla and those booming big Japanese taiko drums. This is a good percussion CD, but it's also very Japanese-sounding despite the mix of cultures.

1. Kokiriko-Bushi
2. Pageant II
3. First Thoughts
4. Hisho
5. M'bira Dream
6. Korvai on Chennais Sandy Shore
7. Invocation, from Past to Present
8. Seventh Element of Glaciers
9. Chappa Chappa Ki-da-ta-ka
10. Solan-Bushi

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