POP: (Video) Asaf Avidan – Anagnorisis (2020)

We will just re-post the words of Asaf from the description of the video, as they perfectly summarize the experience of listening to this song:

Coined by Aristotle, Anagnorisis is a literary term for the ultimate moment of revelation of a character. That moment, which through the unveiling of a previously hidden element of a story’s plot, the character is confronted by his or her true identity. Anticipating my 40th birthday, I found myself taking the time away from the stage and burrowing down into my own self, looking for new ways to understand and capture who I am. But the more I dug deep, the more the nebula was intangible.

Moving, mutating… every time I grabbed it and penciled it down, it would already change and turn into something else. As an artist it was devastating. To not be able to “capture” something precise. As a human, it was challenging but intoxicating. All the feelings, and stories and deep archetypes in me were all interwoven into a complex, abstract, ever-changing cloud.

Trying to capture it would be destined for failure. Still… regardless of the impossibility… I felt the need to try to portray this landscape. This is “Anagnorisis”.

Asaf Avidan, Youtube Video Description

Fusion: Yaron Pe’er – Winter Sun (ft. Leat Sabbah) (Rabab & Cello) (2017)

¨Winter Sun” is part of ¨For You Only¨, the latest album of Yaron Pe’er.

afghan-musikinstrumen-rubab-nr16-2Rabāb, Arabic rabābah, Arab fiddle, the earliest known bowed instrument and the parent of the medieval European rebec. It was first mentioned in the 10th century and was prominent in medieval and later Arab music. In medieval times the word rabāb was also a generic term for any bowed instrument.

The rabāb has a membrane belly and, commonly, two or three strings. There is normally no fingerboard, the strings being stopped by the player’s fingers. Body shapes vary. Pear- and boat-shaped rabābs were particularly common and influenced the rebec. Flat, round, trapezoidal, and rectangular bodies are also found. Throughout the Middle East and Africa, as well as Central Asia, northern India, and Southeast Asia, the word rabāb, rebab, or other derivative name refers to a spike fiddle—i.e., one that has a small round or cylindrical body and appears skewered by a narrow neck.

The rabāb reached Europe by two routes. A pear-shaped variety was adopted in the Byzantine Empire in the 9th century as the lira, spreading westward and possibly giving rise to the medieval fiddle. A boat-shaped variety, still played in northern Africa, was introduced by the Arabs to Spain in the 11th century and was played alongside its newly developed European descendant, the rebec, until the 14th century. In parts of Central Asia the word rabāb refers to a variety of lute (Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica).

Arabic: (Video) The Ayoub Sisters – Tamally Maak & Nour El Ein (Amr Diab Cover) (2016)

Sarah and Laura Ayoub perform their arrangement of Amr Diab’s ‘Tamally Maak’ & ‘Nour El Ein’. They are joined by Giulio Romano Malaisi (guitar) & Daniele Antenucci (percussion) in the atmospheric setting of Cafe Momo, London.

Since making their Royal Albert Hall debut in 2016, Scottish – Egyptian sisters Sarah and Laura Ayoub have had a meteoric start to their career. Discovered by Mark Ronson and now signed to Decca Records in partnership with Classic FM; the multi-instrumentalist sisters recorded their debut album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the world-renowned Abbey Road Studios. Their album debuted at No.1 in the Official Classical Artist Albums Chart.

The duo have performed across the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia with highlights including appearances at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, London Palladium, The Embassy of Egypt, The Cairo Opera House, touring with choirmaster Gareth Malone and a record-breaking debut in China of 13 performances in 4 days. More on their official website.

Original versions of the songs by Amr Diab:

Tamally Maak, also often Tamally Ma’ak is an international Arabic language song by the Egyptian pop star Amr Diab in 2000 from his album of the same name.

“Tamally Maak”, meaning “Always with you”, is written by Ahmed Ali Moussa and the music for the song was composed by Sherif Tag. Original arrangement was by Tarek Madkour. The very popular video was filmed in Czech Republic and the instrumentation prominently included the classic guitar. (Source: Wikipedia)

Nour El Ain (Light of The Eye) is Egyptian singer Amr Diab’s most successful album. It was released in 1996 and became a tremendous success not only in the Middle East but worldwide. The title track and its English version “Habibi”, was an international phenomenon, becoming a crossover hit in Pakistan, India, Brazil, Iran, Afghanistan, Argentina, Chile, France, and South Africa. The song was remixed by several European arrangers and has become a big pull on the dance floors of Europe. The video clip, also produced by Alam El Phan for the song “Nour El Ain”, was one of the most lavish and expensive productions in Egyptian pop music at the time. “Nour El Ain” was at the time the best selling album ever released by an Arabic artist. (Source: Wikipedia)

Arabic Music: (Video) Faran Ensemble – Dune (2012)

The Faran Ensemble was formed in 2009 by three musicians sharing similar musical vibes and values, who decided to embark together on a spiritual quest. Their journey, expressed in music and sound, reflects the beauty of nature, traveling through different landscapes, from the clean and quiet desert to luscious green hills, sometimes even passing through the hectic noise of the city.

Faran, is a dry desert wadi, which fills with water and life only in rainy winters; and in the hot season, otherwise silent. It crosses Israel on its way from Sinai, ignoring all borders.

The instruments played originate from esoteric and ancient traditions of the East.

  • KAMANTCHE (Roy Smila) is an ancient musical instrument whose origins are rooted in Azerbaijan.
  • OUD (Gad Tidhar), one of the most ancient string instruments, is found anywhere it is customary to have very strong and dark tea in a small cup. (other OUD composition you can find here).
  • The PERCUSSION (Refael Ben-Zichry) which have been in use since the first human heartbeat.

The composed works reflect all of these as they were composed together by the four ensemble members. Both the composition-works and the musicians are deeply influenced by the Eastern musical system called ‘Maqam‘ .

Maqam in translation means all at once a physical place in the musical scale, the fingers’ placing on the strings and the melody which expresses this. But more than that, ‘Maqam’ refers to a meditative place. A state that the player must be attended so the music will be played as it should be. In ancient cultures each Maqam has its own particular hour in the day, season and a specific ceremonial connection. (Youtube Description)

Indian: (Video) Arijit Singh – Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (O heart, it’s tough!) (Soundtrack) (2016)

At the time ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ movie was released (October 2016), the central theme of its soundtrack was already one of the most popular songs in India. The song was released by Sony Music India on August and one month later fans were able to enjoy the official video.

Movie Trailer: This story explores love – the shapes it takes, the ways it changes us and the exhilarating and often terrifying ride it takes us on. It is the journey of two characters, Alizeh and Ayan, as they navigate life, love and heartbreak. Starring: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma Kohli (IMDB).

Arabic: (Video) National Arab Orchestra – Alf Leila wi Leila (1001 Nights) (Part 1) (ft. Ghada Derbas) (Live) (2013)

The National Arab Orchestra (NAO) is a 501 c3 nonprofit organization that that aims to preserve and integrate Arab culture through music education, outreach, and performance.

Michael Ibrahim
Michael Ibrahim

Founded in 2009 and established in 2010, the National Arab Orchestra is home to the NAO Orchestra, the National Arab Orchestra Takht Ensemble (NAOTE), and the National Arab Orchestra Community Choir (NAOCC). The NAO is dedicated to preserving and performing the classical and contemporary traditions of Arab music, and provides opportunities that will bridge social and cultural barriers through music.

A Metro-Detroit native, Michael Ibrahim, founder and music director of NAO, was born into a Syrian immigrant family of humble origins. He began his musical studies on the ‘Ud, and later studying the Bassoon and Nay as his musical training progressed. Michael has always believed in concepts of self-awareness, honesty, and personal growth, which have proven to be useful tools in his development as an artist both personally and in the professional realm. Michael hopes that through his educational efforts he will be able to instill a wider appreciation for Arab music, and its heritage.

Crossover: (Video) Ahmed Alshaiba – The Sound of Silence (Oud Cover) (2017)

Ahmed’s message on YouTube post about the cover:

This is the song I decided to end 2017 with, it wasn’t the best year for humanity but it’s alright, life is ups and downs. We definitely learned a lot from this year, so it wasn’t that bad after all. Goodbye 2017 and welcome 2018, let’s see what you got for us.

The song was originally composed in 1964 and sang by Simon & Garfunkel. In recent music history was made popular by rock band Disturbed.

(Video) Jane Zhang – Dance Diva (Soundtrack ‘The Fifth Element’) (Live) (2015)

Here you have a video where Jane trains herself for ‘Dance Dive’ song:

The song was originally sang by soprano Inva Mula, with the help of computer tuning for the pitch changes, which are too fast for a human voice:

The Fifth Element (French: Le Cinquième Élément) is a 1997 English-language French science-fiction action film directed and co-written by Luc Besson. It stars Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich. Primarily set in the 23rd century, the film’s central plot involves the survival of planet Earth, which becomes the responsibility of Korben Dallas (Willis), a taxicab driver and former special forces major, after a young woman (Jovovich) falls into his cab. Dallas joins forces with her to recover four mystical stones essential for the defence of Earth against an impending attack.

(Video) TED Talks: Itay Talgam – Lead like the great conductors (2009)

An orchestra conductor faces the ultimate leadership challenge: creating perfect harmony without saying a word. In this charming talk, Itay Talgam demonstrates the unique styles of six great 20th-century conductors, illustrating crucial lessons for all leaders. (Source: TED.com)

*Choose your language (33 available).

Itay Talgam – Conductor and leadership expert

After a decade-long conducting career in his native Israel, Itay Talgam has reinvented himself as a “conductor of people” — in government, academia, business and education. He is the author of The Ignorant Maestro. (Source: TED.com)

Indian: (Video) anna RF – Tum Hi Ho (ft. Naadistan) (Instrumental – “Aashiqui2” Soundtrack) (2014)

Instruments used:

Saxophone, Bass, Guitar and

Kamancha

Also known as kamānche or kamāncha (Persian: کمانچه‎‎, Azerbaijani: kamança), is an Iranian bowed string instrument, used also in Azerbaijani, Turkish, and Kurdish Music and related to the rebab, the historical ancestor of the kamancheh and also to the bowed Byzantine lyra, ancestor of the European violin family. The strings are played with a variable-tension bow: the word “kamancheh” means “little bow” in Persian (kæman, bow, and -cheh, diminutive). It is widely used in the classical music of Iran, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kurdistan Regions with slight variations in the structure of the instrument. More on www.wikipedia.com.

Lyra

The lyra is a three-stringed fiddle with a curved, pear-shaped body, cut along with the neck and the head from a single block of wood. The top has two sound holes (the ‘eyes’) shaped like half-moons. The lyra is played upright. The strings are not pressed onto the fingerboard, as with the violin, but from the side with the fingernails. Probably the lyra orginated in medieval Byzantium, from where it spread over a large part of Southeastern Europe.

Closely related fiddles with a living tradition are the  Calabrian lira, the Dalmatian lijerica, the Bulgarian gadulka and the kemençe of Ottoman art music. The lyra is also known in the Greek parts of Thracia and Maccedonia, and on some islands of the Aegean Sea. It is still particularly popular on the island of Karpathos. (see Instrument of the month of July 2012). More on www.mim.be.

Original version of the song by Arijit Singh:

Chinese Crossover: (Video) Smile Wang* – See You Again (Guzheng Cover) (2015)

*The real name of the artist could not be confirmed. The name used is the one displayed on the Youtube channel. If you have more information, please use the contact form.

The zheng or guzheng is the parent instrument of the Asian long zither family. Originally believed to have been invented during the Qin Dynasty (897-221 BC), and new evidence has shown that the zheng may even be older (in Mandarin the prefix “gu” means “antiquity”). In the first century AD, the zheng is described as a plucked half-tube wood zither with movable bridges, over which a number of strings are stretched, and in the 2nd century BC the zheng was described as having twelve silken strings and high narrow jade bridges. The modern zheng usually has 21 to 25 strings made of metal wound with nylon.

There have been many attempts to modernize the zheng by adding more strings, tuning devices, and pedals like those on the concert harp, but few of these “improvements” have taken hold. The zheng is traditionally tuned to a pentatonic scale, but many modern scales range from combinations of different pentatonic scales, to diatonic and semi-chromatic scales.

The performer uses the right hand to pluck the strings, with the left hand pressing the string on the left side of the bridge to produce vibrato, pitch alterations or slides. In contemporary practice, the left hand often joins the right hand to play a counter-melody. Experimental techniques can include bowed, hammering and preparing the strings. More on www.asza.com.

Guzheng.jpgOriginal version of the song of Wiz Khalifa and Charile Puth:

Crossover: (Video) Ahmed Alshaiba – Cheap Thrills (Oud cover) (2016)

In the Arab origin, Oud is considered to be “the king of instruments”. It is assumed that the name al-oud is derived from the Arabic for “the wood” and came to Europe through North Africa. There will be nothing wrong to say that in Arab, the oud is considered to be the oldest musical instruments. In fact, it is the most central instrument in the Middle Eastern music tradition. Some others believe that it is the ancestor of the Pharaonic Egyptian Nefer, whereas, some others say that this instrument is the forebear of the ancient Persian barbat. Beside this, oud is also known as the ancestor of the European lute.

More about oud on www.arabinstruments.com.

Original version of ‘Cheap Thrills’ by Sia: