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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Claude Chalhoub - Duisburg 2003

Claude Chalhoub was born in Beirut in 1974 and is succesful both as a classical violin player as well as with his blend of Arabian and Western music. Of course what I'm featuring here is an example of the later - a stunning show I got from dime, edited a bit, and also re-seeded there afterwards. I'm happy to offer it here!

Here's someone else to add to the list of Rabih Abou-Khalil, Anouar Brahem, Dhafer Youssef and the other already well-known Arabian artists that have entered the fields of world music and improvisation.
And of course it's always a pleasure to hear Trilok Gurtu and Gilad Atzmon, too!

“Really, it is very difficult to categorize my music. I have a strong feeling toward global interaction in culture and arts, so you can hear classical, ethnic, and ambient sounds in my compositions. Hopefully, what I compose will be help others to understand my beliefs. I do not think that the Americans understand the Lebanese people but they probably have not had the opportunity to meet them or learn their culture.”

read on here

Claude Chalhoub - Ensemble
Traumzelt-Festival 2003
Duisburg (DE), Landschaftspark Nord
July 6, 2003

Chalhoub Ensemble
Gilad Atzmon - clarinet
Claude Chalhoub - violin, viola
Johannes Bahlmann - keyboards
Gros Ngolle-Pokossi - bass
David Paulicke - drums
Trilok Gurtu - percussion, tabla

Indigo String Octet
Heike Haushalter, Gudrun Edelkötter,
Petra Stalz, Gunda Gottschalk, Monika Malek,
Thomas Beimel, Gesa Hagen, Ludmilla Witzel

1. It Might (5:05)
2. Indian Weddings (7:13)
3. Diva (5:32)
4. May Overture (10:28)
5. Overture 2 (4:51)
6. Caravan In Style (4:59)
7. Longa (4:03)
8. Drops (7:11)
9. Chalhoug/ Gurtu Duo (8:09)
10. Overture 2 (5:16) [encore]

TT: 62:51

Sound: A
Source: FM Broadcast
Lineage: cdr in trade--eac--flac level 6--dime.
Additional: FLAC > WAV > Cool Edit Pro > FLAC (8,asb,verify)

:: ubu's edits ::
- deleted fm intro at beginning of #1, added fade-in
- fixed marks (1/2,
- deleted fm outro at end of #10


ubu said...

FLAC (tagged) + info:

Arcturus said...

lawd knowz when I'll git t'it, but this looks really interesting - thanks!

you prolly know the "Two Rivers" album by the Iraqi-American, Amir El Saffar - he was just out on the west coast & I caught him in SF playing w/ San Jose's Iranian-American reed player, Hafez Modirzadeh, who's done some fascinating explorations using Iranian modalities & temperments (referring to a piece by Amir, he said: 'we'll go back to a colonial temperment now :)- at one point hhe had his tenor sounding like a ney - someone well worth looking up - I asked Amir & he says they will definitely be recording at some point - an amazing combo of Iraqi & persian forms w/ free jazz

ubu said...

Never heard of these two, but sounds intriguing, I'll be on the look-out!

Arcturus said...

here, for a start:

Hafez Modirzadeh(he still lives in San Jose, but I was wrong - he's been teaching at SF State for quite a while now)

his available cd'sdiscog:


In Chromodal Discourse (1993); XDOT25 Jazz Sampler (1996); The Peoples' Blues (1996); Hafez Modirzadeh and Ramin Zoufonoun: The Mystery of Sama (1998); By Any Mode Necessary (1999); Arkadia Jazz Sampler: Out and Out Jazz (2000); Dandelion (2003)

[& more recently, Bemsha Alegria (2007) - A]

As sideperson:

Fred Ho: We Refuse To Be Used and Abused (1987); Midnight Voices: Midnight Voices (1991); Francis Wong: The Great Wall (1994); Wally Schnalle: It Rhymes (1995); Fred Ho: Underground Railroad to My Heart (1995); Ann Dyer: No Good Time Fairies with Hafez Modirzadeh (1995); Nathaniel Mackey: Song of the Adomboulou (1995); Fred Ho: Never Give Up, Monkey - Part One, Part Two (1996-97); ZaZa: Nights One and A Thousand (1997); Michael Brook: Albino Alligator (1997); Miya Masaoka: What Is The Difference Between (1998); Master Ron Lew: Qi Gong, Nei Gong: 5 and 4 Separate Days (1998); Asian American Jazz Orchestra: Big Band Behind Barbed Wire (1998); Karney: Karney (1999); Ann Dyer: Revolver --- A New Spin (1999); Asian American Jazz Orchestra: Far East Suite (1999); Mark Izu and Circle of Fire: Threading Time (2000); Pearl Ubungen: Tagulaylay (2000); Persian Pop: Khatoum, Barmigardam, Zir Aseman-e Shehr (2001-2002); John-Carlos Perea: First Dance (2001); Tim Volpicella: Many Places (2001); Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra: Monk's Moods (2002); Phoenix Spring Ensemble: Desert Dreams of Light (2002); Ian Dogole: Night Harvest (2002); Royal Hartigan: Ancestors (2003)
[& Nathaniel Mackey: Strick, Sound of the Andoumboulou 16-25 (1995) - A]

d/l Hafez Modirzadeh's "Voices Unveiled," premiered @ Other Minds 4, 1997

Amir ElSaffar's site

review of Two Rivers on Pi records

ubu said...

Thanks a lot for the info and links!

renrew said...

Thanks for the beautiful music.
A new discovery thanks to your amazing blog.

Anonymous said...

Could somebody please re-upload this?

Anonymous said...

Couldsomebody please re-upload this?