Upcoming Appearances – Spring/Summer 2013
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Upcoming Appearances – Spring/Summer 2013
On May 3rd, 2013 I asked my facebook friends to share with me a song or video they hold dear to them or what they felt was a good gift of music for me rather than the old standard “happy birthday” speech.
What I’ve collected is everything from hip-hop, heavy metal, and industrial electronica to bellydance, opera, and country music. Some of the songs are people’s wedding songs, songs they use for lullabies, for celebration, and even tributes to those that have passed away. It’s a beautiful thing we have here – one of the most diverse playlists you’ll find on the web.
I am honored and thankful they took the time to help me create this. Here are the results. Enjoy!
I’d like to thank the following people for their contribution to this playlist:
Kuba Ingram, Jose Pistoles, Jihad Said, Sarah Rotolo, Jenn Garavaglia, Dawn Marie Salmon, Mitch Griffin, Alice Brower Cicek, Tony Fahmie, Teresa Sousa, Kristin Flynn, Kerry Lizon, Christine Sanders Beaudry, Allison Paton, Lydie Ometto, Ingo Rautenberg, Sandy Puzon Marcum, Judy Robinson Mille, Juliana Schewe, Josh Bacon, Mary Stachowiak, Richard Harper, Chris Aliapoulios, Richelle D. Hall-Smith, Patsy DeCline, Nicole Heart, Larry Stock, Corinne Shafer, La’Salle Beatriz, Nahid Ayoub, Lana Mini, Evelyn Adkins, Adam Dmitruchina, Sean D McLean, Will Isom, Stacie Smith, Sara Lampert, Don Yenson, Jessica Physician, Kathy Merholz, Melanie Gypsy Star, Beverly Ford, Tina Thaxton , Sarah E Robinson, Megan Crockett Myers, Aida Monteith, Canar Cylon, David Taylor, Ze Poet, Kim Fujiwara, Jeff Ginyard, Sahid Mansour
This Music Monday is truly about the music considering the information on the artists in the video is scarce and it seems this collaboration happened only once. This one video blew my mind and was enough to make me want to share it with you all.
I was getting ready for a gig sometime last week, listening to random folkloric and world music on Youtube by clicking on interesting thumbnails or playlists. Out of everything I heard something struck my ear as new; it was melodic, intricate, dynamic, and powerful. I stopped listening and began WATCHING as this diverse array of musicians poured their hearts into each note they played. The intricacy was ridiculously impressive, and their timing is some of the best I’ve ever seen. My mouth literally dropped. Before I could pick my jaw off the floor – THEY ALL BEGAN SINGING WHILE PLAYING THEIR INSTRUMENTS.
Nuff said. Watch this and be amazed:
After tracking down some limited information on Shams Ensemble, I discovered they are from Tehran, Iran and their ensemble consists of: KAYKHOSRO POURNAZERI, TAHMOURES POURNAZERI, SOHRAB POURNAZERI, HAMIDREZA TAGHAVI, SHAHAB PARANJ, NEDA KHAKI, KAVEH GERAYELI, HOSSEIN REZAINIA. I was able to find information on 4 of these musicians, 2 of which I had to translate using Google Translate and I believe some of the dates are translated inaccurately. For anyone who can translate what’s written on their facebook pages, I’ve included links in their names below so you can see the source.TAHMOURES POURNAZERI
Biography: Tahmoures started music in childhood. As a young man, he could play many Iranian instruments. His first live performance on tanbur was with the Shams Ensemble the age of 12. Tahmoures’ understanding of Persian traditional music, poetry and literature, the music of tanbur, Kurdish music, and Western classical music brings diversity and ingenuity to his compositions and performances.
Biography: Composer, Cellist and Percussionist. Shahab Paranj started playing the Persian Tombak as a child, encouraged by his father who played the Santour. He began cello with Majid Ismaili at the Tehran Music School and later studied with cellist Karim Qorbani at Tehran University. In 2000, he joined the internationally respected Shams Ensemble as a percussionist. In 2002, he joined the Symphonic Orchestra of Iranian Television.
After he graduated with Bachelors degree in Cello from Tehran University of Music he immigrated to the US and chose composition for his music career. Paranj is currently enrolled at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying composition with David Garner, piano with Alla Gladysheva and cello with Jennifer Culp.
As a seasoned performer, Paranj’s true strength as a percussionist lies in modern Tombak styles, although he is a master of many other styles of traditional Persian percussion. He has performed on more than 30 CDs with musicians all over the world, appearing at more than 100 venues, including Lincoln Center in New York, Theater de la Ville in Paris, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, Gothenburg Symphony Hall, and most recently at the Segestrom Center for the Arts in Orange County.
Relatively new to composition, Paranj’s unique style blends Persian rhythmic and melodic influences with Western texture and form. To date, he has written pieces for solo viola, solo guitar, string quartet, chamber ensemble, and percussion.
Biography: (Translated on Google Translate) Teachers: Kai Pvrnazry and Ardeshir Kamkar, The Shams Group Membership in 1377, Understanding of instruments: strings, sitar, fiddle and tabor
Biography: (Translated on Google Translate) Pvrnazry Kai was born in 1323 in Kermanshah. Her father, Parviz Pvrnazry known as Haji Khan, a student of Colonel Alinaghi minister, Darvish Khan and his mother, Pvrandakht Srhddar, founding the first national school girls and was the first woman to graduate in Kermanshah. Kai tar began with music from an early age and his father Books Conservatory of Music, Minister of Traditional Music row in Iran and learned. Ancient Persian literature and poetry from her mother and learned to understand the presence of giants like Saturn Kermanshah Behzad Samii. He studied civil engineering and in the third year it was abandoned because it did not match his mood. Then entered the School of Fine Arts at Tehran University was born. He later attended the Dadbeh mentor to him 12 years to learn the history and culture of ancient Persia.
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The National Philharmonic of Ukraine started its concerts seasons in 1863, when the Kiev Branch of the Imperial Russian Musical Society (ERMS) was founded. At the beginning of the XIX century, the development of the musical art in Kiev assumes a great importance. Famous European musicians, as Franz Liszt and Weniawsky brothers, come with recitals to the famous Kiev Contract Fairs. Thus, the creation of the musical society turned out to be quite timely. Among its initiators and founders were such well known at that time public figures and musicians as R. Pfening, M. Lysenko, P. Seletsky, M. Bogdanov.…Now creative composition of the Philharmonic includes 19 People’s and 32 Honoured Artists of Ukraine, 6 Honoured Personalities of Arts, 5 Honoured Workmen of Culture of Ukraine, many laureates of International and Ukrainian contests, 11 artistic groups which increase the glory of Ukrainian national culture. In 1995 the Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine was created. The National Philharmonic of Ukraine, alongside with its active concert activity aiming broad propaganda of domestic and foreign art, classical heritage, reviving Ukrainian national culture, constantly conducts international contests and festivals (Contest of young pianists of Vladimir Krainev, Contest in memory of Vladimir Horowitz and others). It takes part in national and international artistic projects, presentations, creative reports, in artistic-cultural and public events at participation of leaders of the State and Government, in scientifically-practical conferences, exhibitions etc.
Thursdays 6-7:30 (70 minutes of dance – 10-15 minutes of discussion) 6 weeks – $85 or $20/class for drop-in Session runs from 4/25/13 – 5/30/13
For the dance student who is ready to advance from basic bellydance drills to the next level of performance training! As we familiarize ourselves with the movement execution, we will review the Classic Oriental Bellydance show structure and examine the following components: Entrance/Exit Techniques, Raqs Sharqi, Taqsim, Raqs Beledi, Saidi Style, and Percussion Solo. For more info on registration and location, visit: http://www.facebook.com/events/546635328703541/
12:00 pm: “Fun With Arabic 1″ by Kendra Ray, 1:10 pm: “Abdominal Isolations” by Abida Blaze, 2:20 pm: “Stage Presence” by Asima, 3:30 pm: “How to Get There” by Azziza Salem, 4:45 pm: Lunch with pizza, salad, soft drinks, desert!
For pricing, registration, and other info, visit http://blazingbellydance.com/workshops.html
Sat and Sun workshops with: Lana Mini (Detroit Bellydance), Mia (Lunatic Vagabonds & Unveiled Bellydance), Sarah (Boheme Tribal), Aegela (Ohio), Victoria Lara and Lisa Montes (El Alma Espanola Flamenco), Jenabah (Tree of Life), Kendra Ray (Ann Arbor/Metro-Detroit), Leilah (Bollyfit), Raks Incendia (Traverse City), Leilani (Izgreyala, Mandali Studio), and Richard Harper (Broadway, National Theatre, Unveiled Bellydance)
Sat Showcase: Enjoy an evening of beautiful bellydance featuring our talented instructors at what is sure to be one of the best shows of the year. Join in the fun and perform yourself – Space is limited!
For pricing, registration, and other info, visit http://www.detroitraqs.com/Home.html
To say his music is still played today is an understatement – Abdel Halim Hafez is still revered to this day. Half a century after his music was revealed to the masses, his compositions remain some of the most demonstrated and unique examples of this genre. Considered to be one of the Great Four of Arabic music – the other three being Umm Kulthum, Mohammed Abdel Wahab, and Farid Al Attrach – his music has become a staple for many fans of Arabic music and of course, bellydancers.Personally, his music moves me to the core and remains some of the best emotive pieces I have the privilege of dancing to when working with live bands in the Arab-American community in metro-Detroit.
Like many artists of his day, his talents weren’t limited to singing and composing music – Abdel Halim Hafez was also a conductor, an actor, a music teacher, and a producer. Surprisingly, despite his long list of film credits and having composed over 260 songs through his career, he rarely recorded a studio album. Abdel was known as primarily a live performer and earned such nick names as, “King of Arabic music”, “The voice of the people”, “The son of the revolution”, and “King of emotions and feelings”.
Perhaps his ability to deliver emotion was based on his real-life experiences. Born as Abdel Halim Ali Shabana, his mother died due to labor complications shortly after he was born and his father passed away just five months later. As the youngest of four children, they spent some time in an orphanage before living with their aunt and uncle. Abdel’s older brother was his first music teacher and at the young age of eleven, he joined the Arabic Music Institute in Cairo and became known for singing the songs of Mohammed Abdel Wahab in addition to playing the oboe, drums, piano, oud, clarinet and guitar. This would prove to affect his fate more than he could imagine.
Decades later in 1953, Abdel found himself working in the Cairo nightclubs when he suddenly got a call to “fill in” for a singer who was scheduled to do a live radio broadcast. His performance was heard by the supervisor of musical programming for Egyptian national radio who just happened to be Mohammed Abdel Wahab and the rest is history. From there, Abdel changed his name from Abdel Halim Shabana to Abdel Halim Hafez – Hafez being Mohamed Abdel Wahab‘s first name and a way to pay tribute to him. At first, Abdel’s music was not well received but slowly gained the respect and adoration of the Egyptian people as the “first romantic singer of Egypt”.
In collaboration with composer Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Abdel Halim went on to produce many popular love songs such as Ahwak (“I adore you”), Nebtedi Minen el Hekaya (“Where should we start the story”), and Fatet Ganbina( “She passed by us”). Hafez also worked with Egyptian poet Mohammed Hamza on songs including Zay el Hawa (“It feels like love”), Sawah (“Wanderer”), Hawel Teftekerni (“Try to remember me”), Aye Damiet Hozn (“Any tear of sadness”), and Mawood (“Destined”). click here for source
Presently, his music has been noted as inspiration for the 2011 Egyptian revolutionaries as it represents the “heart” of their country and legacy. Some other interesting facts on his current effect on the music industry:
In 1961, he formed alongside Mohamed Abdel Wahab and Madgi El Amroussi, the now famous recording and film production company, Soutelphan which continues to direct to this day as EMI Arabia. click here for source
Abdel Halim Hafez’s song Khosara (خسارة) received notice in the Western world in 1999 when producer Timbaland used elements from it for Jay-Z’s recording “Big Pimpin’.” Two complete bars from “Khosara” were rerecorded, not sampled, and used without permission from the song’s producer and copyright holder, Magdi el-Amroussi. Jay-Z’s use of an interpolation, rather than an actual sample, may allow him to avoid paying royalties for the use of the song. click here for source
And now what you’ve been waiting for – the videos. Patience is required for the modern music listener – we are transporting back in time before mp3s and sensationalized music snippets and into a realm of overture-worthy compositions, sometimes lasting an hour. I’ve tried to find shorter examples for you as I know time is valuable in this day and age.
Abdel Halim Hafez and his Orchestra perform “Sawah” LIVE:
Abdel Halim Hafez sings “Gana El-Hawa” in the film Abi Foq El-Shagarah 1969 – Starring Abdel Halim Hafez, Nadia Lutfi, Imad Hamdi and Mervat Amin. Lyrics by Mohammed Hamzah, Composed by Baligh Hamdi .
An example of an interpretation of his music used for a LIVE band and dancer collaboration. While there are better examples of bellydancers using his music out there, this video is a favorite of mine because of the reaction of the crowd to this song as I witnessed it first-hand. That’s me dancing in Spring 2012 with the Suraya house band at Suraya nightclub at Regency Manor in Southfield, Michigan. The song is “Qariat Al Fingan”.
I tend to write about specific bands/music acts that I find inspiring or unique, however, today’s Music Monday blog will feature an international music movement. Recently, I found myself on Youtube and thought it would be interesting to pick a random country and type “hip hop” after said country. I thought it would be clever to type in Mongolia – a mysterious land with an interesting history and the last place I figured hip hop would find itself.
Boy was I wrong.
In fact, this country is utilizing the hip-hop culture in more ways than just to acquire chains, strippers, and to “pop bottles”. Many of the young artists use this music as a means to carry a message to the youth in a time of transition and economical and political struggle. On the same token, there are artists that have been accused of “selling out” or being superficial, but here in the States, we’re used to that.
In order to put this movement in perspective, a team of people have put together a documentary on some of the artists front-running this genre, looking at the artists up close and personal – in the studio, in their homes, on their first tours, and even on the street. The film project has spawned interest worldwide and has even evolved into a 2-week Mongolian trip for tourists who want to meet the artists, see Mongolia first-hand, and learn about the culture and the hip-hop movement from the artists and community figures themselves. In a time when hip-hop needs to be used as a positive tool, we find that many popular “hip-hop” artists send negative messages to those who need inspiration most. It was refreshing to discover this film.
It’s raw, real, and exotic, yet maintains the ancient traditions that have enriched the culture over generations. It’s Mongolian Bling.
Here’s their summary and trailer. Enjoy.
Forget about nomads and monks! It’s hip hop that’s making Mongolia move in the 21st century. Mongolian Bling jumps into the thriving music scene in the capital, Ulaanbaatar, and follows stars as they rap nationwide with their bitches, cars, and jewels. But beyond this bling lies a failed democracy, and a dying ancient culture that the elders mourn the loss of. While many artists still aspire to the West, a handful are using hip hop to try and salvage their country’s flailing democracy, and bringing Mongolia’s rich musical history into their modern beats and rhymes.
Behind the scenes photos:
Wow. So I conquered my fears of competition and went through with it. I got first place and I didn’t know what to do with myself when they announced it. It was sort of a bashful shuffle with a giggle involved.
All the dancers were beautiful and so supportive and the turnout was incredible. I mean, the energy put off by hundreds of women dancing and celebrating is SO intense and it was a honor to win at this event.
In honor of both of my grandmas and my mother experiencing cancer first-hand, I was elated to see this charity event come together and be a success. Thank you everyone for the support and kind words for the shared love of dance and helping others!