Sunday, March 08, 2009

Oud Infusion

This last week I checked out Yara by the wonderful musician Rabih Abou-Khalil. Yara is the soundtrack to a film by Yilmaz Arslan. Here is Abou-Khalil in another setting

I don't know much about the oud at all but I've been a fan of Anouar Brahem since Thimar came out, which I quickly picked up because it features Dave Holland.

In this interview Abou-Khalil speaks about the relation between improvisation and composition in his music, musical complexity, his composing for personalities rather than instruments, and about working with changing rhythms instead of harmonies.

In this segment Abou-Khalil speaks of the meeting of cultures, musical influences, composing for film, poetry, and he says a few more words about musical complexity.

Finally Abou-Khalil talks about mathematical elegance, sensuality, and sadness:

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posted by Fido the Yak at 8:44 AM.


Blogger pensum said...

Hey Fido if you're digging the oud, you might also want to check out the tanbour of which there was no greater player than the late Ostad Elahi. i couldn't find a video of him, but there are a couple by his son worth watching: Ostad Elahi was a remarkable individual as evidenced in this (a touch staid) documentary:

March 08, 2009 11:44 AM  
Blogger pensum said...

oh and i forgot to mention my favourite oud player is the remarkable Hamza el Din:

March 08, 2009 11:48 AM  
Blogger Fido the Yak said...

Oh, I have Hamza el Din's Escalay (The Water Wheel) . I love that cd. Used to listen to it all the time.

I'll definitely check out Ostad Elahi, and watch those videos. Staid documentaries are fine with me. Back in a few hours.

Hi, Michael.

March 08, 2009 1:29 PM  

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