Sunday, April 29, 2012

Meet Lebanon's Mike Massy: A Musician/Singer with a Style of His Very Own




MIKE MASSY (Info below taken from Mike Massy's website at www.mikemassy.com)

Mike Massy is noted for his vocal and pianistic distinctiveness, and intuitive talent. He revisits the Lebanese Oriental music, proposing a unique fusion between the passion for Andalusia, baroque harmonies, and jazz rhythms. Songwriter, film score composer, performer and actor, Mike Massy was born in 1982 in Lebanon, and grew up fascinated by the inimitable voice of Fairuz, the nostalgic melodies of Zaki Nassif, and the poetry and authenticity of Brel’s and Aznavour’s texts.

Mike's second album 'Ya Zaman' is receiving rave reviews and includes an amazing mix of gems that make this album both unique and distinctly alternative. Here is a short documentary on the making of the album (C) falak productions



Here is a Live Studio Recording of an Oriental Improvisation on "Nature Boy" by Mike Massy (Vocal) and Osama Abdulrasol (Qanun):




Here are three video clips that were filmed for two of Mike Massy's songs from his CD Ya Zaman. The first is for the song "Khalasna Ba'a" (with English subtitles) and "Law Fiyyi Tir" (with English Subtitles)







Here is my review of Mike Massy's CD Ya Zaman which was recently added to KZSU Stanford 90.1 FM's Playlists.  Review can also be accessed at http://zookeeper.stanford.edu/index.php?session=&action=findAlbum&n=1006805


Mike Massy / Ya Zaman/ Reviewed by Ramzi Salti, Ph.D.
Album:Ya ZamanCollection:World
Artist:Mike MassyAdded:05/2012
Label:Falak Productions

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Album Review
Ramzi S.
Reviewed 2012-05-03 
Mike Massy Ya Zaman 2012
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With Middle-Eastern roots, and hungry for the harmonious elegance of the West, Mike Massy is noted for his vocal and pianistic distinctiveness, and intuitive talent. He revisits Lebanese Oriental music, proposing a unique fusion between the passion for Andalusia, baroque harmonies, and jazz rhythms.

**1. Ya Zaman (Oh Time): Great drum beat, oriental tune, kaman, qanun, nice lyrics about time that has passed, leaving regret behind. 4:17
2. Jazr W Mad (Ebb and Flow): Sounds like a Tango, abrupt stops, lyrics about waiting for things to happen. 3:42
3. Law Fiyyi Tir (If I could fly) Piano intro then hypnotic sound of flute which goes well with Mike’s vocals. 3:54
**4. Soti Hareb Menni (My voice is fleeing from me): Duet with Lubna Noman; sad melody with sound of piano, violin, bass, strings, eastern instruments,; Mike’s voice comes in during last part of this track. 3:33
5. Khalasna Ba’a (Enough): Starts slow but picks up speed; most lively track on CD. This song was released as single with a video clip. 3:08
**6. Ya 3mr Lma Naterni: (Life wait for me) Sounds like a string quartet which is gradually accentuated by different instruments. 3:52
7. Min Elli 2al (Who said?!): Mike sings with a piano only. Lyrics talk about memories and pain. Melancholic and soft tune that lulls the listener. 5:51
8. Beirut (Beirut): Song has no striking beat or lyrics but Mike’s vocals seem fragile and tender. An ode to the capital of Lebanon with chants in background. 3:40
**9. Ya 3achikat Al Ward (Roses lover): Sung in classical Arabic. This is an old classic rearranged and revamped by Mike. A tribute to his mother. 4:42
10. Day2 Fiyyi Chebbaki (My window is closing in): Starts with a woman speaking Arabic (Lebanese dialect) to Mike who responds by singing. Slow, soft tune that picks up and starts sounding Polish or gyspsy-like. 3:32
**11. Ghayyer Lawn 3yonak (Change the color of your eyes): Song about wanting to forget a lost love but cannot forget the color of their eyes. Strong bass, piano, tender lyrics. 3:30
12. Kamshat Wara2 (Bunch of Papers)” This is a bonus track. Strings and guitar. Lyrics about letters written in faded ink. 4:33


My favs: 1, 4, 6, 9, 11 Ramzi Salti

Track Listing
1.Ya Zaman7.Min Elli 2al
2.Jazr W Mad8.Beirut
3.Law Fiyyi Tir9.Ya 3achikat Al Ward
4.Soti Hareb Menni10.Day2 Fiyyi Chebbaki
5.Khalasna Ba'a11.Ghayyer Lawn 3yonak
6.Ya 3mr Lma Naterni12.Kamshat Wara2


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