Sunday, May 4, 2014

Interview: Dr. Zahra Sings Fairuz, Um Kulthum, Asmahan

Dr. Zahra at KZSU 90.1 FM

My interview with Dr. Zahra Calif who sings Fairuz, Um Kulthum, and Asmahan.  Listen below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/interview-zahra-akifi


Interview was recorded in March 2014 at KZSU 90.1 FM Studios (Stanford University)

Dr. Zahra Sings Fairuz, Um Kulthum, Asmahan (Acapella) by arabology



Wednesday, April 23, 2014

My Interview with BABA Star Denmo Ibrahim

Interview with Denmo Ibrahim in April 2014

My interview with Denmo Ibrahim (listen below) who stars in the play BABA where she literally transforms herself into an immigrant Egyptian father who will make you laugh and cry.  Play runs April 4-27, 2014 at AlterTheater Ensemble in San Rafael, California.







Sunday, April 6, 2014

Music of the Arab Spring: Interview with Dr. Ramzi Salti in Avicenna Journal (Winter 2014)



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Read the entire Winter 014 Issue of Avicenna at http://stanford.edu/group/avicenna/cgi-bin/wordpress/journal-4-1


Denmo Ibrahim's 'BABA' Premieres in San Rafael, CA (April 4-27, 2014)

An Egyptian immigrant’s search for American dream Premieres at AlterTheater

For info see http://www.altertheater.org
AlterTheater’s 10th season continues with the world premiere of BABA, written and performed by Denmo Ibrahim. BABA was developed within AlterLab, AlterTheater’s playwright residency program.

In April of 2014, AlterTheater is producing BABA, written and performed by Denmo Ibrahim. The highly anticipated world premiere of this piece comes after workshops at AlterTheater and across the country, including at Noor’s Highlight Series in New York City. Developed as a solo show, BABA spans 30 years and two continents and tells the story of an Egyptian immigrant to New York, his American-born daughter, and their search for the American dream. “This is a classic, all-American story of the immigrant hoping for a better life,” says LitComm member Patricia Silver. “Denmo’s wit, her poetic language and her empathy for her characters make her stories both touching and funny.”

Denmo Ibrahim (left) and Denmo as Baba (right)

Denmo is the co-founder of the award-winning San Francisco alternative performance group Mugwumpin, as well as a writer and performer. Her work with AlterTheater has been supported by a National Endowment for the Arts grant. She is the past recipient of a Theatre Bay Area New Works Fund grant, in support of her play, Ecstasy: A Water Fable, which premiered at Golden Thread Productions. “I’ve always been a huge fan of Denmo’s work,” says AlterTheater co-founder Jeanette Harrison. “As a performer she is so emotionally grounded and so physically specific that she just draws the audience right in to the life of her characters.”

Joining Denmo on the creative team for BABA are director Sara Razavi, who works frequently at Golden Thread Productions and who focuses on solo performances, and dramaturg Jayne Wenger, who most recently directed and dramaturged Margo Gomez’s new solo piece at the Marsh in San Francisco.

Denmo Ibrahim holds an MFA in Actor-Created Physical Theatre from Naropa University and a BFA in Acting from Boston University. She has performed for A.C.T, Aurora Theatre, Huntington Theatre, and the Vineyard Playhouse to name a few. Denmo has been nominated for an Irene Ryan Acting Award and a Joseph Jefferson Award for “Best Actress in a Lead Role”. As a playwright, she was the winner of the 2011 Highlight Series produced by Noor Theatre and New York Theatre Workshop and was selected as an Honoree for the Middle East Initiative Award. She is a founding Artistic Director of Mugwumpin, an award-winning performance group based in San Francisco. To date, Denmo has co-created seven ensemble based performances and written two full-length plays. Her plays include Ecstasy I a water fable -- a two-year Theatre Bay Area commission produced by Golden Thread, andBaba, a riveting solo performance exploring Middle Eastern identity that workshopped throughout the U.S to sold-out houses, including a one-night engagement at AlterTheater (under the title FUNNY, a trunk show). Denmo is the founder and CEO of Earthbody, an organic day spa for healing -- voted Best Day Spa by SF Weekly and CitySearch. She also formulates an organic bodycare line inspired by the principles of Ayurveda. In addition to running a successful business, Denmo is an educator, therapist, writer and Holistic Coach. She is personally committed to acts of love, the power of art, and the wisdom of transformation.

Sara Razavi graduated from UC Davis with a degree in sociology and theatre studies. In addition to her training at Davis, her theatre training involves a year-long theatre focus at University of Birmingham, in England. She was one of the founding members of elastic future an experimental multi-disciplinary arts group working in theatre, film / video, and other live performance, with whom she has collaborated on several ensemble generated works. She is regular performer and active Board Member of Golden Thread Production, a theatre company focused on exploring Middle Eastern cultures and identities. Razavi focuses on supporting actors develop their one-person productions. Recently, she has directed Maryam Rostami’s one-woman show, Persepolis, Texas for CounterPULSE Theatre’s Summer Special Program, and Denmo Ibrahim’s BABA for Minneapolis Fringe Festival. Razavi has also been involved with other Bay Area theatre companies including Shotgun Players, TheatreFIRST, Darvag, and New Conservatory Theatre Company. Razavi lives in San Francisco, where in addition to her theatre work, she recently completed her MBA, and works at Working Solutions, a microlender which provides capital and support to small business owners.

Jayne Wenger is a director and dramaturg whose exclusive focus is on original material. She is the past Artistic Director of the Bay Area Playwrights Foundation and was the Artistic Director of Women’s Ensemble in New York. She has developed the emerging work of acclaimed playwrights throughout the country including David Adjmi, Kate Bornstein, Clarence Coo, Chris Chen, Nilo Cruz, Sara Felder (JuneBride and Shtick! both touring shows), Dan Hoyle, Holly Hughes, Naomi Iizuka, Sherry Kramer, Schatzie Schaefers and Liebe Wetzel’s Lunatique Fantastique and Lauren Yee. She has collaborated with Claire Chafee on numerous projects, including the original direction of the world premiere of Why We Have a Body at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. Her work has been recognized with many awards. Current work: Dramaturgy for Marga Gomez’ Love Birds (The Marsh San Francisco and La Mama NYC), direction and dramaturgy for Come to me Leopards, (Cyrano’s Theater, Anchorage, Alaska) dramaturgy for Arlitia Jone’s Rush at Everlasting(Perseverance Theater, Juneau, Alaska) and dramaturgy for Deke Weaver’s Wolf, part of The Unreliable Bestiary Project (University of Illinois, Urbana, Champaign). Recent projects include Michelle Carter’s 20 Friends at 3 Girls, Becoming Grace by Naomi Newman for A Traveling Jewish Theater; Michelle Carter’s How To Pray for Crowded Fire; Claire Chafee’s FULL/SELF for The Playwrights Foundation; Anne Galjour’s You Can’t Get There From Here for Z Space and Dartmouth College and Men Think They Are Better Than Grass with the Deborah Slater Dance Theater. Jayne is an AlterTheater associate artist and a member of The Dramatists Guild, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, League of Professional Theater Women, and serves on the Advisory Board of Last Frontier Theatre Conference.

ABOUT ALTERTHEATER ENSEMBLE:
AlterTheater works the opposite of the movies: discount tickets are available when our plays first open. We work to make sure all members of our community can come together to share stories.

Our ensemble includes the Bay Area’s best established and emerging artists.

We believe the world can change for the better when artists dream big, take risks, and push themselves to the limits of their imagination….and then take another step.

AlterTheater temporarily transforms storefronts along the downtown San Rafael pedestrian shopping district into performance spaces: it’s theater you can window shop!

​BABA
Written & performed by Denmo Ibrahim
Directed by Sara Razavi
Dramturgy by Jayne Wenger

Previews begin April 4th
Press Opening: April 5th at 8 pm

What: In this new comedy from celebrated physical performer Denmo Ibrahim, freedom and family collide when an Egyptian immigrant’s search for the American dream leads his American-born daughter on a quest for home.

Schedule:
April 4th to April 27th
Saturdays at 3 pm & 8 pm
Sundays at 3 pm
Plus: Friday, 4/4 at 8 pm & Tuesday, 4/8 at 8 pm.

Friday, April 4th at 8 pm PREVIEW
Saturday, April 5th at 3 pm PREVIEW
Saturday, April 5th at 8 pm OPENING
Sunday, April 6th at 3 pm++
Tuesday, April 8th at 8 pm*
Saturday, April 12th at 3 pm++
Saturday, April 13th at 8 pm
Sunday, April 14th at 3 pm
Saturday, April 19th at 3 pm
Saturday, April 19th at 8 pm
Sunday, April 20th at 3 pm
Saturday, April 26th at 3 pm
Saturday, April 26th at 8 pm
Sunday, April 27th at 3 pm CLOSING

*Choose Your Own Price (pay-what-you-can) night
++Senior Matinee

Ticket information:
Individual tickets are $25, or less during the first two weeks of performances, www.altertheater.org. Featured discounts include Choose-Your-Own-Price Night, Senior Discount Day, and more, some of which are only available online.

Location:
West Coast Arts/West End Studio
1554 Fourth Street (behind United Liquors, between E & F Streets), San Rafael

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Mashrou' Leila on Cover of 'Rolling Stone'

Lebanese band Mashrou’ Leila have become the first regional artists to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone. The issue will be on shelves this Sunday April 6, 2014.

For more info see http://www.rollingstoneme.com/music/on-the-cover-mashrou-leila

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Mike Massy Wows Stanford University


Mike Massy's two events at Stanford on March 11, 2014 were as fantastic as they were memorable--leaving the Stanford community and fans in awe of this Lebanese singer and his unparalleled talent. The events were made possible via a grant from the Stanford Arts Institute plus 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.


Dr. Ramzi Salti Welcomes Mike Massy + Photo Montage http://youtu.be/yLi1yHrqOzQ


The first event took place at noon and featured Mike Massy live at Campbell Recital Hall at the Braun Music Center. Accompanied by a grand piano, Mike sang a selection of his hits including 'Ya Zaman' and 'Khalasna Baa' while also premiering a new song from his upcoming album. Perhaps the highlight of this performance, however, was when Mike Massy invited members of the audience--mostly Stanford students of Arabic--to join him on stage in singing 'Ghayer Lawn Ouyounak.' That moment will remain engraved in everyone's memory as Mike played the piano, sang the main vocals and was accompanied by a dozen students on stage singing, in Arabic, along to the song whose lyrics they had learned in class.  The event was very well attended and included dozens of Stanford students plus such esteemed faculty members as Professor Stephen Hinton (Music), Professor Anna Schultz (Music), Lecturers of the Arabic Program at Stanford, and many others.  See pic below.


The second event featured a lecture by Mike Massy Lecture on Middle Eastern Music + Q&A and took place in Building 300 Room 300. During this lecture, Mike Massy showcase his amazing vocal acrobatics as he gave the audience live audio samples of the various musical genres he discussed.  See pic below.



Highlights from Mike Massy's two events were featured during the March 13, 2014 Arabology podcast.  You can listen to the podcast below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology-s7e9-mike-massy-at (followed by show's playlist).


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
13. Rasha Rizk/ Elegie/ Sawtuha: Nine Women From Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria/ Jakarta Records
14. Maisa Daw + Raymond Haddad/ Ana Hurra Bi Hali/ Ghanni 3an Ta3rif/ Alqaws



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

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

Saturday, March 8, 2014

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

Thursday, March 6, 2014

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

Monday, March 3, 2014

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

Saturday, March 1, 2014

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.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Feb 20 Arabology Podcast Spotlights Music of the Arab Spring + Interview with Ramzi Salti + Arabic Poetry Translated

The tables are turned during the first part of Arabology this week when host Dr. Ramzi Salti is actually interviewed on his own show.  Interview includes music from the Arab Spring and was conducted by Stanford student Samra Adeni of 'Avicenna'--The Stanford Journal on Muslim Affairs--on Feb 20, 2014.

The show also features new, alternative Arabic music and spotlights from Mike Massy's upcoming performance at Stanford on March 11 and features an Arabic poem by Rodayna El Filali which is then translated into English by Ramzi Salti.

Listen below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology-s7-episode-6-ramzi



Playlist for Arabology Thurs 20 February 2014  4-6 pm DJ: Ramzi S.
Artist/ Track/ Album/Label

1.  Charbel Moreno / Ah Ya Zine/ Single/ Charbel Moreno
2.  Interview with DJ Ramzi/ Part 1/ Arabology/ KZSU
3.  El General/ Raes el Blad/ Single/ El General
4.  Interview with DJ Ramzi/ Part 2/ Arabology/ KZSU
5.  Gultrah Sound Sytem/ Elli tchelou/ Gultrah Sound System/ Ga7af prod!!
6.  Interview with DJ Ramzi/ Part 3/ Arabology/ KZSU
7.  Sadat & Fifty Cent/ Five Pound Credit/ Generation Bass/ Amr 7a7a
8.  Interview with DJ Ramzi/ Part 4/ Arabology/ KZSU
9.  Revolution Records ft Ahmed Rock/ Maya3rafsh Skoot/ A Story To Tell/ Revolution Records
10. Interview with DJ Ramzi/ Part 5/ Arabology/ KZSU
11. Ramy Essam/ Taty Taty/ Rough Guide Arabic Revolution/ World Music Network
12. Interview with DJ Ramzi/ Part 6/ Arabology/ KZSU
13. Omar Offendum/ Damascus/ Syrianamericana/ Cosher Ink, Llc
14. Interview with DJ Ramzi/ Part 7/ Arabology/ KZSU
15. Dam/ Kalimat (Words)/ Ihda' (Dedication)/ Redcircle Music
16. Interview with DJ Ramzi/ Part 8/ Arabology/ KZSU
17. Maryam Saleh/ Nouh Al Hamam/ Sawtuha/ Jakarta Records
18. Interview with DJ Ramzi/ Part 9/ Arabology/ KZSU
19. Mashrou' Leila/ Ghadan Yawm Afdal/ Single/ Mashrou' Leila
20. Interview with DJ Ramzi/ Part 10/ Arabology/ KZSU
21. Fairuz/ Nassam (Housed Up Remix)/ Dj Nader - Hizzy Hips In The Mix/ Level Up Records
22. Rasha Rizk/ Elegie (Bonus Track)/Sawtuha/ Jakarta Records
23. Ashara Gharby/ Masry/ Single/ Ashara Gharby
24. Jadal/ Fe Nabd Ana Has/ El Makina/ Mahmoud Radaideh
25. Khalas/ Ala Remshi/ Arabic Rock Orchestra/ Khalas Band
26. Akher Zapheer/ Akherto Lahen Hazeen/ Converse Culture/ Eka3
27. Rodayna Al-Filali/ Wasaed wa Sharasheef (Arabic Poem + English Translation)/ Khutwat Untha
28. Mike Massy/ Soti Hareb Menni/ Ya Zaman/ Falak Productions
29. Mike Massy/ Khalasna Ba'a/ Ya Zaman/ Falak Productions
30. Jam Tkseer/ Qaseeda Sherera/ Ganni 3an Ta3rif/ Alqaws

Arabology S7 Episode 6 [Spotlight on Music of Arab Spring موسيقى الربيع العربي] by arabology

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