Currently Listening To….Al Balabil – البلابل​
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Currently Listening To….Al Balabil – البلابل​

Al Balabil- The Nightingales البلابل​ were a supremely famous girl-band in early 70’s Sudan. They were three sisters Hadia, Aamal,& Hayyatt…See them singing below and here. What’s of note about their diversity of sound, is that Al Balabil’s music, from the 1950s to today, ranges from 50s reverb guitars to tribal chanting, vocals that sound … Continue reading

Supremely Far Out – Bill Plummer and the Cosmic Brotherhood
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Supremely Far Out – Bill Plummer and the Cosmic Brotherhood

Spoken word, acid, jazz, at times leaden sitar the accomplished American jazz bassist Bill Plummer created The Cosmic Brotherhood with a series of whacky releases of with Eastern and psychedelically-charged music that challenged contemporary ideas about jazz in the 1960s and employed some a terrible rhyming scheme for most of the lyrics. The instrumental works … Continue reading

Currently Listening To…Choub
Contemporary Music / Music

Currently Listening To…Choub

Golnar Shahyar uses her voice in a traditional manner of free jazz singing in Persian, adding experimental ornamentation still rooted in vocal traditions linked to jazz. Thus she complements the orchestration as if it were percussion, orchestration that is well performed, have a listen. The Iranian/Austrian quartet also feature Mahan Mirarab on guitar, fretless guitar … Continue reading

Iranian Malaysians – Interview: Behrooz Azad
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Iranian Malaysians – Interview: Behrooz Azad

Ahead of this week’s Six Pillars to Persia show produced by musician Behrooz Azad, we discuss life in Malaysia. My sister came to Malaysia with her husband for their post-graduate studies, before leaving home she suggested I join her as living overseas life is full of opportunities and experiences that are exciting and interesting. I … Continue reading

classical music / iran / Music

Greek, Indian, Iranian Folk in Rag Basant Mukhari

The group Mehr Ban (the caretaker of the light), prove that Indian and Persian music share a long history of cross-inspiration. Mehr Ban is a musical dialogue between these two great musical traditions, a collaboration by world-renowned musicians Pandit Shubhendra Rao on sitar, Saskia Rao-de Haas on Indian cello, Ciavash Borhani on taar, Samer Habibi … Continue reading

classical music / Music

Medieval Corsican-Irani Synthesis

Imploring, plaintive voice, strings and skin drum – the language of Pangea, a lyrical consciousness that has always been a distinct trait amongst travelers with a mind for shared cultural histories and trading lay-lines. Drawing on Mediterranean, Medieval and Renaissance European, and Middle-Eastern musical traditions, the Canadian group Constantinople have developed  “a unique mode of … Continue reading

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I Sing, You Dance….

Sometimes it makes total sense for two artists together. Never more so than with song-writer Hamed Nikpay and dancer-choreographer Shahrokh Moshkin-Ghalam, who will perform together for one night only Saturday June 9 2012 in London. Both have a penchant for flamenco fusion, both are extremely passionate and expressive artists who even with classical training have … Continue reading