Tag Archive: Egyptian music

Sunday Spotlight on the Non-Western Cello: The Cello in Arabic Orchestras

This week’s installment of the Sunday Spotlight on the Non-Western Cello will focus on the cello in Arabic Orchestras. Stringed instruments have long been part of Middle Eastern art ensembles.  Whether the kamancheh,… Continue reading

What if the concerto developed in Egypt rather than Italy?

This is what it might sound like.  Here’s cellist, Emad Ashour, performing Mohamed Abd El Wahab’s “Han El Wedd” at the Cairo Opera House with the Cairo Opera House Orchestra.  The conductor is … Continue reading

“…it is often the quietest person who achieves the highest degree of ecstasy.”

Reading one of Eric Edberg’s recent posts reminded me of the quote in the title of this blog post.  Oliver Leaman, in his book “Islamic Aesthetics”, describes the role of the audience of… Continue reading

on being a fannan asil…

I posted a bit about “authenticity” and the issues modernization and Westernization in indigenous Art Music traditions previously. Here’s a quote from Ali Jihad Racy’s article, “Musical Aesthetics in Present-Day Cairo,” that illustrates… Continue reading

Perkfection Cafe & Bar

This is a prewritten post as I will be performing at the Perkfection Cafe & Bar with Ahel El Nagam, Louisville’s Classical Arabic Band, and the Gypsies of the Nile bellydancer troupe. If… Continue reading

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