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Orient Express

tue 19 may 2020 23:00 

With music by the Syrian ud (lute) master Issam Rafea and the Chinese pipa master Gao Hong, and the Kawkabani brothers from Yemen.


Syrian ud (lute) master Issam Rafea and Chinese pipa master Gao Hong play contemplative music along with fiery, passionate pieces ranging from traditional feel to avant-garde. An inspired meeting of two musical geniuses from two very diverse cultures: Gao Hong and Issam Rafea present a purely improvised set recorded live at the Kracum Performance Hall, in Northfield, Maine USA.Cd. From our worlds to yours – Gao Hong & Issam Rafea. Label: Arc Music (2020), code: EUCD2899 | VIDEO

The Kawkabani brothers sing traditional poems and play the ud (lute), double drums, tambourine and the occasional kanoun (zither). Former player Hassan al Zabeede and his double drum brother play songs in the Lahej style and were recorded in Taez in 1973. Cd. Music from Yemen Arabia : Sanaani, laheji, adeni –  Kawkabani Brothers. Label: Rounder Records (2009), code: CD 5156 | VIDEO

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