Stanford President Hennessy Honors 'Arabology'

President Hennessy (left) with Ramzi salti

My radio show Arabology was singled out and honored during Stanford President Hennessy's speech at the Stanford Humanities Center 21st Publication Celebration. This annual event gives the Stanford community an opportunity to recognize and appreciate the broad scope of humanities scholarship produced on campus.

Below are some pics from the event which took place on March 20, 2014.


Full list at http://shc.stanford.edu/resources/PDFs/shcbooklist2014.pdf




Markaz Art Exhibit at Stanford - April 4, 2014 at 7:00 PM



The first Markaz Art Exhibit, featuring unique art pieces created by Stanford community members, will take place on April 4, 2014 at 7 pm. The art works showcased in this exhibit include 16th century style Turkish Tezhip (Islamic Manuscript Illumination), photographs from different regions of Middle East, and Persian calligraphy.

This event is FREE and open to the public; and light refreshments will be served.  For more info see Markaz Website and/or Markaz on Facebook.

Arab Film Festival Launches New Short Film Fest in San Francisco (April 9, 16, 23)

http://www.arabshorts.org/
The Arab Film Festival is launching a new International Short Film Series at Little Roxie Theater, San Francisco on Wednesdays, April 9, 16 and 23, 2014 (7 pm).

Arab Shorts is a multifaceted program that includes narrative, documentary, experimental and animated short films. It focuses on current works that mirror the diversity of the Arab world by bringing the best short films to our American audiences.

The series debuts on Wednesday, April 9 with the “Iraqi 35mm Workshop” showcase, which will premiere the work of young filmmakers such as Ahmed Yassin’s Children of God, Luay Fadhil’s Lipstick, Meedo Ali’s Children of War, Mohamad Hayal’s Happy Birthday and Yahya Al-Allaq’s War Canister.

One of the short films that will screen on April 16, 2014 is Sasha's Li's The 40th Day, a 5-minute short film that is based on my published short story 'Vivian and her Son' (you can read the original short story for free at this link). The screenplay was adapted by Scott Eriksson , Managing Director for http://www.asiansonfilm.com/ and produced by Eric Chenjie Pan.

All films will be screened at the Little Roxie Theater in the Mission District of San Francisco and you get more info + buy tickets at http://www.arabshorts.org/

Hope to see you there!

March 13 'Arabology' Podcast Spotlights Mike Massy's Events at Stanford

Mike Massy at Stanford University March 11, 2014

This Arabology episode (aired March 13, 2014) reports on Mike Massy's 2 events at Stanford on March 11 and highlights Mike Massy's music + audio segments from his lecture in which he discussed Middle Eastern music while showcasing each musical genre with his powerful vocal acrobatics (live). The events were made possible by the Stanford Arts Institute, the Stanford Language Center, The Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Department of Music, The Mediterranean Studies Forum, and The Arab Studies Table.

The second part of the show features soothing Arabic music and ballads that will leave you feeling calm and mellow.

Listen to the Podcast below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology-s7e9-mike-massy-at



Playlist for Arabology Thurs 13 March 2014 4-6pm DJ: Ramzi S.
Artist/Track/Album/Label

1. Mike Massy/ Ghayer Lawn Ouyounak (DJ Meg Remix)/ Ya Zaman/ Falak Productions
2. Mike Massy/ Ya Zaman/ Ya Zaman/ Falak Productions
3. Pre-Concert Interview with Mike Massy at Stanford/ Arabology/ KZSU
4. Mike Massy/ Ya 3achikat Al Ward/ Ya Zaman/ Falak Productions
5. Mike Massy/ Live Concert Snippets/ Arabology/ KZSU
6. Highlights from Mike Massy's Stanford Lecture about Middle Eastern Music (ft live vocal acrobatics)
7. Mike Massy/ Beirut/ Ya Zaman/ Falak Productions
8. Post-Concert Messsage by Mike Massy at Stanford University
9. Mike Massy/ Kamshat Wara2/ Ya Zaman/ Falak Productions

10. Omeima El Khalil/ Ouhibbouka Akthar/ Ya/ Forward Music
11. May Nasr/ Ouhibuka (Lyrics by Ghada Samman)/Single/ May Nasr
12. Houweida Ft Chiheb/ Janna/ Sawtuha: Nine Women From Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria/ Jakarta Records
13. Adam Norton/ A Prayer / Zozo (Soundtrack)/ Warner Brothers Records
14. Khaled Mouzanar/ Yammi/ Et maintenant on va ou (Soundtrack)/ naïve
15. Mashrou' Leila/ Inni Mneeh/ El Hal Romancy/ Mashrou' Leila
16. Youmna Saba/ Tehfe/ Ruptured Sessions/ Lebanese Underground
17. Terez Sliman + Raymond Haddad/ Bi Watani/ Single/ Samy Clark
18. Rasha Rizk/ Elegie/ Sawtuha: Nine Women From Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria/ Jakarta Records
19. Maisa Daw + Raymond Haddad/ Ana Hurra Bi Hali/ Ghanni 3an Ta3rif/ Alqaws

Arabology 7.9 [Mike Massy at Stanford: Music + Lecture Highlights + New Interview] by arabology

'Arabology' is a weekly radio program, currently in its seventh season, which airs on KZSU 90.1 FM (San Francisco bay area). It is hosted by Dr. Ramzi Salti, Lecturer at Stanford University, who showcases and discusses (mostly alternative) Arabic music, along with interviews + commentary in English.

* Previous Podcasts at soundcloud.com/arabology/sets
* Arabology Blog: author32.blogspot.com
* Arabology on Facebook: facebook.com/arabology
* Arabology on YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/author30
* Arabology on Soundcloud: @arabology
* Arabology Contact: author30@gmail.com

Arabology 7.8 Podcast: Mike Massy Interview + Imed Alibi + Alternative Arabic Music

This episode aired on March 6, 2014 and featured a musical interview with Mike Massy to promote his performance at Stanford on March 11, 2014.  The show also premieres a track from Imed Alibi's new album 'Safar' and also features a variety of indie/alternative Arabic songs that will capture your heart and soul.




Playlist for Arabology Thurs, 6 March 2014 4-6pm DJ: Ramzi S.
Artist/Track/Album/Label

1. Mike Massy/ Ya Zaman/Ya Zaman/ Falak Productions
2. Interview with Mike Massy/ Part 1/KZSU/ Arabology
3. Mike Massy/ Khalasna Ba'a/ Ya Zaman/Falak Productions
4. Interview with Mike Massy/ Part 2/ Arabology/ KZSU
5. Mike Massy/ Ghayyer Lawn 3yonak/ Ya Zaman/ Falak Productions
6. Interview with Mike Massy/ Part 3/ Arabology/ KZSU
7. Mike Massy/ Tannoura Maxi/ Tannoura Maxi Soundtrack/Massy
8. Interview with Mike Massy/ Part 4/ Arabology/ KZSU
9. Mike Massy/ Nature Boy/ Mike Massy

10. Imed Alibi/ Bounawara (Single Edit)/Safar/Proper Music Distribution Ltd.
11. Les Boukakes/ Oummi/Marra/ Mimouna prods
12. Imed Alibi/ Pour quelques dinars de plus/Safar/Proper Music Distribution Ltd.

13. Mayssa Karra/ White Rabbit (Arabic Version)/American Hustle Soundtrack/Legacy Recordings
14. Gultrah Sound System/ Elli Tchalou/ Gultrah Sound System/Gultrah
15. Maisa Daw + Raymond Haddad/ Ana Hurra Bi Hali/Ghanni 3an Ta3rif/ Alqaws
16. Maryam Saleh/Nouh Al Hamam/ Sawtuha/Jakarta Records
17. Sami Yusuf/ I'm Your Hope/Rough Guide Arabic Revolution/World Music Network
18. Simon Shaheen + Vishwa Mohan Bhatt/Dawn/Saltanah/Water Lily Acoustics



'Arabology' is a weekly radio program, currently in its seventh season, which airs on KZSU 90.1 FM (San Francisco bay area). It is hosted by Dr. Ramzi Salti, Lecturer at Stanford University, who showcases and discusses (mostly alternative) Arabic music, along with interviews + commentary in English.

* Previous Podcasts at soundcloud.com/arabology/sets
* Arabology Blog: author32.blogspot.com
* Arabology on Facebook: facebook.com/arabology
* Arabology on YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/author30
* Arabology on Soundcloud: @arabology
* Arabology Contact: author30@gmail.com

Imed Alibi Launches New 'Safar' CD

Imed Alibi عماد العليبي

Imed Alibi is a multi-talented Tunisian percussionist and musician who has worked with such musicians/bands as Les Boukakes Rachid Taha,and Emel Mathlouthi.   His new CD 'Safar' is a musical masterpiece that blends drums with digital beats, keyboards, violin, accordion, qanun and the nay.


Imed Alibi Project at festival Arabesques 2013 (http://youtu.be/cfxQ2rbgXGU)

Solo Imed Alibi au festival detours du monde 2012 (http://youtu.be/zVEvxBnljY0)

The Imed Alibi Project has brought together a variety of talented musicians who have all contributed to the unforgettable sound of the Safar CD.   They include:



REVIEWS OF 'SAFAR' CD (2014):


https://itunes.apple.com/be/album/safar/id813028041



Imed Alibi, Safar (IRL, 2014)
Reviewed by Ramzi Salti All tracks FCC safe

Imed Alibi is an amazing Tunisian percussionist who has played with such musicians as Rachid Taha and Les Boukakes. This is his first solo album and features percussive music cobined with Berber and Sufi rhythms, ample violin sounds, and electronica.  A truly global musical gem.

Tracks

**1. Pour quelques dinars de plus – Title composed by Stéphane Puech and inspired by the film ’For a Few Dollars More’ with a traditional Tunisian rhythm. 4:06

2. Bounawara – Tribal rhythm from Tunisia with Led Zeppelin influences at the end. 5:02

3. Fanfare d’Alexandrie – Trumpet sounds mixed with Egyptian baladi rhythm including darbuke. 5:17

**4. Maknassy – This is the name of Alibi’s hometown where the Tunisian revolution began. Features haunting vocals by Emel Mathlouthi. Gnawa rhythm. 5:06

**5. Nafass – Title means “Breath.” Sufi instrumental. Ft Zied Zouari on violin 6:11

6. MHD – Track composed by Pasco Teillet (Speed Caravan); rhythm gains speed as track progresses. 4:42

7. Balkani Connexion – Rhythm is 7/8. Balkani influence. 5:45

8. Staring at the Sand – Mixture of electro sound, Algerian vocals and tribal rhythms; joyful end ft Egyptian violins. 5:28

OTHER REVIEWS:

"Imed Alibi's music is an epic and joyful expression of a soul revolution. Built on the percussive foundations of Alibi's Berber and Sufi rhythms , virtuoso Tunisian violinist Zied Zouari's emotive quarter-tone melisma soars over rich orchestrations, heavyweight dub lines , and distorted digital beats of French stephane Puech. This is the soundtrack for a new Arab vision of the 21st Century and will do for contemporary Arabic music what Gotan project did for Tango and Latin"--JUSTIN ADAMS(producer,Robert Plant's guitarist)

The opening track 'Pour Quelques Dinars de Plus' is a grand, pounding instrumental that sets the mood with its reference to Ennio Morricone's music for the classic spaghetti western. There's drifting trumpet work on Fanfare D'Alexandrie, a cheerful Arab/eastern-European violin and accordion workout on Balkani Connexion, and – best of all – the thoughtful and then pounding Maknassy, which features guitar from co-producer Justin Adams and rousing vocals from Tunisian singer Emel Mathlouthi, whose protest anthems spurred on the 2011 uprisings.

Imed Alibi's Safar CD Review (Source: http://www.theartsdesk.com/new-music/cd-imed-alibi-safar)
Imed Alibi’s debut album, a rich tapestry of North African, Turkish, Brazilian, Balkan and rock sensibilities, works a treat because nothing feels forced: the conjunctions are happy ones, creating a web of contrasting connections that flow with a sense of inevitability rather than irritatingly clash.

Built like a suite, “Safar” plays on changes of mood, each track leading into the next, with a perfectly judged sense of drama. There are widescreen cinematic moments, with multiple tracks built into a breathtaking wall-of-sound - Phil Spectorà l’orientale with shades of Ennio Morricone - in the opener “Pour quelques dinars de plus”, while the ney, violin and drum in the meditative “Nafass” evoke the slow-spiralling inward-focused movement of the Mevlevi dervish rituals.

The symphonic feel of many of the tracks, often strengthened by the well-timed alternation of tension and release, brings to mind the texture of the Middle Eastern and Egyptian orchestra – swirling violins with the romantic peals of delicate notes from the qanun. Imed Alibi has played percussion in classical orchestras, as well as with Safy Boutella, Rachid Taha and Mercan Dede. For his first album, he is graced with collaborators who have realised his vision with outstanding sensitivity. The French composer and electronic keyboard wizard Stéphane Puech contributes an array of subtle digital effects as well as unobtrusive but effective orchestration. Justin Adams – along with producer Tim Oliver – brings a rock sensibility to the mix, powerful but never drowning in the usual metal guitar clichés.

What holds the album together – and distinguishes it from other attempts at global mix – are Imed Alibi’s strong roots in North African and Arab music. The lilting rhythms and melismatic musical lines anchor his explorations in a tradition that happens to combine extremely well with the energy and ecstatic soul of rock’n’roll. (http://www.theartsdesk.com/new-music/cd-imed-alibi-safar)

My 'Arabology' radio program included a spotlight on Imed Alibi's new CD 'Safar' on March 6, 2014.  Listen at minute at 49 below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology-7-8-mike-massy

Arabology 7.8 [Mike Massy Interview + Imed Alibi + Alternative Arabic Music] by arabology

Mike Massy at Stanford University (March 11, 2014)


Lebanon's Mike Massy will be at Stanford for TWO events on Tuesday March 11, 2014.

This is a unique opportunity for the Stanford community + friends to hear and meet Lebanon's most beloved singer/composer/pianist whose 'Ya Zaman' album continues to top the Lebanese charts.

Tues March 11, 2014 (2 events)

12 pm--1:45 pm
Piano/Solo Performance at Campbell Recital Hall, Braun Music Center
541 Lasuen Mall
Stanford University

6-7:30 pm
Mike Massy Lecture on Middle Eastern Music + Q&A
Building 300 Room 300
Stanford University

Generously Funded by the Stanford Arts Institute and the Stanford Language Center, The Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, DLCL, Dept. of Music, The Mediterranean Studies Forum, Dept. of Comparative Literature, and The Arab Studies Table

For more info contact rsalti@stanford.edu

Podcast: Arabology 7.7 Ft Alternative Arabic Music + Oscar Nominated Arabic Films + Poem by Elia Abu Madi

The Feb 27, 2014 episode of 'Arabology' features unique alternative/indie Arabic songs and mixes + a spotlight on the Arabic version of 'White Rabbit' from the 'American Hustle' soundtrack + a report on the 3 Oscar nominated Arabic films for 2014. Show also features a bio of poet Elia Abu Madi and one of his poems recited in Arabic, translated into English, then sung by Ghazi Abdel Baki.

Arabology 7.7 [Alternative Arabic Music + Oscars Nominated Arabic Films + Poem by Elia Abu Madi] by arabology

Playlist for Arabology Thurs, 27 February 2014 4- 6 pm DJ: Ramzi S.
Artist/ Track/ Album/ Label

1. Mashrou' Leila ft Lyctum The Eclipse Sideform/Intro (Nataraja 3D Remix)/Nataraja 3D
2. Maryam/ Watan El Akk/Mosh Baghani/ Cd Baby
3. Yasmine Hamdan/ Gamar/ Echos d'aujourd'hui/Fanon
4. Omeima El Khalil/ Shab Y Sabiyeh/ Ya/ Forward Music
5. Jefferson Airplane/ White Rabbit (Umami Edit)/Single/ Umami in Space/RCA
6. Mayssa Karaa/ White Rabbit (Arabic)/ American Hustle Soundtrack/ Legacy Recordings
7. Mashrou' Leila/ Raasuk/Raasuk/ Mashrou' Leila
8. Marcel Khalife/ Samai Bayati/ Caress/ Nagam Records/Traditional Crossroads
9. Poem by Elia Abu Madi/ Ibtasim (Arabic Poem + English Translation)/ Arabology/ KZSU
10. Ghazi Abdel Baki/ Ibtassem (Unplugged)/Communique 1/Forward Music
11. Kareem Abu Raida/ Aho Da Li Sar/ Kareem Abu Raida
12. Report: Three Oscar Nominated Arabic Films
13. Eduardo Niebla & Adel Salameh/ Mediterraneo/Rough Guide Mediterranean/ World Music Network
14. Khaled/ Laila/ C'est La Vie/ Universal Music France
15. Labess/ El Kass Yadour/Identite/ Needlepoint Records
16. Rachid Taha/ Wesh (N'amal)/ Zoom/ Naive
17. Nawel Ben Kraiem/ Safsari/ Sawtuha: Nine Women From Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria/ Jakarta Records
18. Pangia/ Maryam, Maryam Ti (Finale)/ Mystic Blue Caravan Vol 7/ Pangia Vol 5
19. Tania Saleh/ Reda (Bonus Track)/ Live At DRM/ Forward Music
20. Khalas/ Amona/ Arabic Rock Orchestra/ Khalas Band
21. Abu Rabus/ Thalath Qasaed/ Ghanni 3an Ta3rif/ Alqaws
22. Khaled Aljaramani/ Athar/ Athar/ Institut Du Monde Arabe & Harmonia Mundi


'Arabology' is a weekly radio program, currently in its seventh season, which airs on KZSU 90.1 FM (San Francisco bay area). It is hosted by Dr. Ramzi Salti, Lecturer at Stanford University, who showcases and discusses (mostly alternative) Arabic music, along with interviews + commentary in English.

* Previous Podcasts at soundcloud.com/arabology/sets
* Arabology Blog: author32.blogspot.com
* Arabology on Facebook: facebook.com/arabology
* Arabology on YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/author30
* Arabology on Soundcloud: @arabology
* Arabology Contact: author30@gmail.com