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  • On An Overgrown Path: Multiculturalism beyond Big Music
    that mixes Western violins cello and double bass and traditional Middle Eastern ney quanun and req instruments with oud master Naseer Shamma taking the lead This is new music that builds on the Arab Andalusian tradition but which also defies the traditional constraints of period and culture A notable feature of the Pneuma catalogue are the recordings made each year at the Tetuán International Lute Festival in Morocco These live recordings are double CDs and all are recommended despite the occasional minor production compromise The Tetuan discs range across repertoire and instruments for instance the 2009 release seen above features a trio including Grammy winning violinist Charlie Bishart I have never been disappointed by a Pneuma CD But if I had to single out two for particular praise they would be the disc I featured first Almuédano and my final choice Viaje de Las Alamas Travelling Souls which is seen above The latter brings together Nasser Shamma on Iraqi oud Ashraf Sharif Khan on Pakistani sitar and Shabbaz Hussain on Hindu tabla in a multicultural dialogue if there is a musical equivalent of centering prayer it is this disc Like many before it this post highlights how diverse and multicultural art music really is So why is its public face so monocultural The problem is not the musicians or the audiences but those that control them Big Music aka the commercial intermediary complex is a monocultural club and large institutions favour their own The power of Big Music spreads far and wide as is shown by just one example Askonas Holt This super agent s influence ranges from managing Daniel Barenboim and Simon Rattle through masterminding West Eastern Divan Orchestra and Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra tours to providing endorsements for Candace Allen s plea for diversity and beyond Daniel Barenboim and his West Eastern Divan Orchestra undoubtedly do commendable work building cultural bridges But according to the mainstream press who are of course part of the commercial intermediary complex they are the only game in town Which is simply not true There are many multicultural champions but almost all of them work beyond the reach of Big Music including John McLaughlin Williams Jordi Savall Titi Robin Abed Azrié Julien Weiss Begoña Olavide Sarband and Eduardo Paniagua In fact Titi Robin s gig at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris last November had all the vibrant inclusiveness that Candace Allen and others find lacking at Big Music concerts Multiculturalism is alive and well if you know where to look But if classical music really wants to make its audiences more ethnically representative and revitalise the perceived derelict atmosphere it must first break the hegemony of the commercial intermediary complex Ramadan Kareem Excellent article about the Paniagua dynasty here My opening paragraph deliberately omitted the title of Theo Padnos new book I do recommend this much needed exploration of the fundamentalist madrash culture in Yemen and how it engages Western youngsters But the title Undercover Muslim A Journey into Yemen contributes

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Sounds of Sufism
    a wide range of people who question prevailing social norms and who place greater emphasis on love than formal religion and material possessions The Trappist monk teacher Joan Baez fan and author Thomas Merton had a deep interest in Sufism and a fascinating book has been published titled Merton and Sufisim The Untold Story In recent years Sufism has come under increasing pressure both from Islamic fundamentalism and secularisation In secular Turkey for instance Sufism was banned by law in 1925 Turkey provides the opening music for my programme in the form of two tracks from Mercan Dede s album Seyahatnameh Mercan Dede seen above was born in Bursa in Turkey in 1966 and is a composer DJ and plays the ney the Turkish flute used in Sufi rituals Seyahatnameh is guided by the Sufi principles of balance and love but mixes these with dance beats and ambient electronic music I brought the CD back from a visit to Istanbul in 2007 This is followed by more contemporary music from Dahfer Youssef s album Electric Sufi which featured here in 2008 Dhafer Youssef is a master of the oud and on this album is joined by musicians playing a mix of traditional and modern instruments incuding Markus Stockhausen the son of Karleheinz Stockhausen on flugelhorn and trumpet The core of the programme is a rare chance to listen in on traditional Sufi ritual music This opens with a reading from the Qu ran followed by an instrumental taqsim Then comes extracts from the liturgy of the dervishes of Damascus with an instrumental introduction followed by singing based on the ancient art of Qu ran recital The performance is by the Syrian muqri Koran reader and munshid hymnodist Hamza Shakkur and the Ensemble Al Kindi who are seen above It comes from the CD of Taqsim and Sufi Chants on the German Network label Concluding the programme is an improvisation based on the ecstatic dance performed at the tomb of the Afghan Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar This is played by Titi Robin a young French gypsy guitarist and Pakistani vocalist Faiz Ali Faiz who trained in the sufi art of quwwali devotional music they are seen together below The track is from their album Jaadu Magic which featured here in December last year Chance Music from the Sufi world was broadcast and webcast on Future Radio at 3 00pm on Sunday May 2 A podcast of the programme is now available here Photos 1 3 were taken by me in Morocco and are c On An Overgrown Path 2010 Photo 2 was is from the Muslims of Norwich website Desperately Seeking Paradise by Ziauddin Sardar was borrowed from Norwich library All CDs mentioned in the article were bought atretail price Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as fair use for the purpose of study review or critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Report broken links missing images and errors to

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Syria - remember the musicians
    dot uk Posted by Pliable at Friday April 01 2011 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Abed Azrie aleppo ensemble al kindi hamza shakkur Khaled Al Jaramani Mohannad Al Jaramani Raphaël Vuillard sufism syria No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 September 19 August 17 July 10 June 21 May 27 April 15 March 2 February 23 January 28 2013 257 December 21 November 17 October 31 September 8 August 35 July 24 June 24 May 8 April 31 March 8 February 24 January 26 2012 276 December 22 November 25 October 23 September 12 August 20 July 27 June 27 May 7 April 32 March 27 February 24 January 30 2011 299 December 22 November 21 October 42 September 12 August 24 July 38 June 29 May 5 April 34 Thought for yesterday Music of the magicians Twitter is a massive musical echo chamber Why Twitter is making a hash of classical music Richard Strauss Happy Workshop Now see the music Classical music s televisual bleak midwinter Aldeburgh blunts Bach s Passion Passion music well worth a listen This is faith Neat tweet The closest approach to the live performance We are the children of a universal landscape If classical music is not live it is dead Richard Strauss Four Long Songs Born To Be Wild Casting a spell over the BBC Classical music and the feel good factor Music and Murder on

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Are we ready for an Islamic interpretation of Wagner?
    and the states that embrace it as failed institutions Here is one of his prescient this was written in pre Guantanamo 1990 remember but inflammatory condemnations of Western democracy European man is radically less free in today s so called democracies than he had been in the Third Reich Police today have more far reaching powers and legislative support for arbitrary arrest than ever in history and the computerising of citizens records assures their all but helpless political condition to say nothing of the danger in which they may lie from technologised torture Dallas sees the Ring as inescapably a political work and appropriates its revolutionary themes to support his advocacy of rule by a theocratic leader Despite the quote in the previous paragraph and provocative rants elsewhere he does not express any sympathy for Hitler s doctrines neither the Second nor the Third Reich could claim Wagner nor for that matter the banker s new united Germany but shares Wagner s admiration for the German volk and the legacy of Goethe and Beethoven Perversely Dallas rejects democracy but supports personal freedom advocating a Gurdjieff like programme to demotivate man from robotic continuity and thereby destroy the state system explaining that it is this theme that vibrates and evolves and is so profoundly meditated throughout the Ring and aspects of it vibrate through all the Master s works Many will find Ian Dallas views on state and leadership unpalatable But in mitigation these views are linked to his third overarching theme the rejection of capitalist economies dedicated to the exploitation of usury As an alternative Dallas advocates a return to zakat the obligatory alms giving from accumulated wealth defined in the Qur an The Murabitun World Movement is noted for its rejection of paper based currencies and its advocacy of an alternative Shari ah currency based solely on gold and silver a proposition that resonates strongly with the message of the Ring Again these views are contentious but prescient here is Ian Dallas writing in pre credit crunch and pre Occupy movement 1990 In reality the usury system is mathematically doomed to ultimate collapse and the real meaning of democracy is that people have been granted limited rights to social order in the imperium but utterly forbidden access to the world s wealth In his final chapter Wagner and Religion Ian Dallas cuts to the Islamic chase and interprets Wagner s repeated rejection of Judeo Christianity as leaving the door wide open for the third great monotheistic tradition Wagner s longed for one religion and no state is revealed as Islam and the small problem that there is only limited evidence to support this is dismissed with the explanation that Wagner has partly despite himself and partly aware written the first Islamic music drama The main evidence produced to support the Islamic sub text is Wagner s 1852 assertion that the 14th century Persian poet and mystic Hafez is the greatest and most sublime philosopher Ian Dallas dismisses the small

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  • On An Overgrown Path: The mysticism of sound and music
    copyrighted material on these pages is included as fair use for the purpose of study review or critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Report broken links missing images and errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Monday July 30 2012 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Andre Comte Sponville Ensemble Ictus Hazrat Inayat Khan Jean luc Fafchamps Orchestre National de Lille peter rundel sufism 6 comments Pliable said CD of music by Hazrat Inayat Khan here http www cdbaby com cd jelaluddingarysill And useful documentary video http www youtube com watch v s76lsNntsIE 4 26 pm Pliable said Hazrat Inayat Khan s son Hidayat Inayat Khan writes symphonic music Audio samples of what on an initial hearing sound like rather derivative works can be heard here http www cdbaby com cd inayatkhan 4 38 pm Scott said An interesting item but I remain bemused by this sort of thing the power of the word which works upon each atom of the body making it sonorous making it a medium of communication between the external life and the inner life I have no idea what this means Further I have no idea what it could possibly mean I guess my atoms aren t sonorous 2 17 pm Philip Amos said Hazrat Inayat Khan s Mysticism of Sound and Music and Comte Sponville s book I am not acquainted with but hope soon to be so May I just share with you here Bob a little personal revelation of yesterday Sometimes we don t notice trends in our own lives and only yesterday did it strike me how few music blogs I now follow Why is this I follow yours assiduously for a number of reasons but not the least by far is that I LEARN from them and for this I am truly grateful And there is too always the possibility of fruitful discussion Others I fear have become more akin to a mode of advertising and promotion with little or no discussion and the frequent invocation of BBC 3 and its associates is patently at the heart of this A great and utterly unhealthy change 3 45 pm Pliable said Scott after eight years of blogging I know my readers and already had you chalked in for a dislike on that one Please be warned there is more to come and I have you chalked in for an even bigger dislike next time I suggest a quick trip to the pharmacy for some valium is in order But on a more serious note nice to see Stephane Ginsburgh of Centre Henri Pousseur in Brussels linking to the Jean luc Fafchamps thread http www facebook com stephane ginsburgh Different strokes for different folks 5 30 pm Pliable said A relevant link http musicalassumptions blogspot co uk 2011 04 wise thoughts from on overgrown path html 8 05 pm Post a

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Sweet Irrational Worship
    for MSR Classics in a version transposed for the lower voice As we mark the fortieth anniversary of Thomas Merton s untimely death we are very fortunate to have such an outstanding recording of these settings Chad Runyon delivers the texts with exemplary musicality while Jacqueline Chew s accompaniment makes a passionate case for these little known gems The sound is first class as are the sleeve notes by Jody Black while the striking sleeve shown above uses photography from Harry L Hinkle s excellent photographic essay Thomas Merton s Gethsemani Landscapes of Paradise Listen to audio samples of the Niles Merton songs here Wonderful words and wonderful music But forty years after his death what is the relevance of Thomas Merton Ten days ago James Finley a student of Merton s from his time at the Abbey of Gethsemani visited Norwich Cathedral to give a talk on his teacher It was a wet and windy November evening yet the nave of the great Norman Cathedral was packed Hearing a Buddhist prayer ring out as James Finley led his audience in silent meditation in this centre of Christian worship was moving beyond words Today the contemplative movement pionered by Thomas Merton is gathering momentum as it crosses boundaries of faiths and age as my visits to Taizé have also showed Thomas Merton s poem To A Novice has already featured here as has his novel My Argument with the Gestapo Merton is set into the wider cultural context of the 1960s in Karlheinz Stockhausen part of a dream This post was auto published while I was out of internet range at the Benedictine Abbey of Sainte Madeleine du Barroux France Review CD of the Niles Merton songs was kindly supplied by Chad Runyon at the request of On An Overgrown Path Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as fair use for the purpose of study review or critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Report broken links missing images and errors to overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Posted by Pliable at Wednesday December 10 2008 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels chad runyon jacqueline chew james finley john jacob niles Monastic Orders taizé thomas merton trappist No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 September 19 August 17 July 10 June 21 May 27 April 15 March 2 February 23 January 28 2013 257 December 21 November 17 October 31 September 8 August 35 July 24 June 24 May 8 April 31 March 8 February 24 January 26 2012 276 December 22 November 25

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Also sprach Sheikh Ahmad Al-Tuni
    whole range of emotional behaviour is expressed Which is also a very good definition of Passion as in Bach Also on Facebook and Twitter No review samples involved in this post but I receive payment in kind for the Britten Sinfonia pre concert talk Any copyrighted material is included as fair use for the purpose of study review or critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Posted by Pliable at Tuesday April 15 2014 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Alain Weber britten sinfonia egypt Iestyn Davies j s bach Julia Doyle richard strauss Sheikh Ahmad Al Tûni sufism No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 September 19 August 17 July 10 June 21 May 27 April 15 Expect nothing Our top classical musicians must learn to say no New audience for classical music or for Mahler s towards a Pure Land Music is not a destination but a journey Somewhere over the rainbow is Qatar An absurd complex of inferiority to the symphony o You can do better than that If life were just I would become a great conduct To cat or not to cat that is the question Zen and the art of walking away Also sprach Sheikh Ahmad Al Tuni Refreshing antidote to clickbait music journalism At the shrine of Sidi Ali Ifni Semi detached suburban Aldeburgh Music March 2 February 23 January

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Dead '72
    missed or perhaps heard live that year visit here and here Happy thinking Pliable writes When Lee Landenberger contacted me saying that my article The Year is 72 should have included The Grateful Dead I couldn t disagree So I invited Lee to write a piece on the Dead which is precisely what he did above Thanks Lee a really valuable contribution which helps fill out the musical history of a fantastic year Lee can be contacted at ddewitt4 at bellsouth dot net There is a topical side story linked to the hot topic of file downloading As this article was in the final stages of preparation the story broke that the Dead the business had asked the operators of the most popular download site for their concert recordings to limit access to listening only The full story is here on the New York Times web site and there is also a follow up which suggest maybe a change of mind both stories are free but you will need to register Here are the first few paragraphs with acknowledgement to the NYT Deadheads Outraged Over Web Crackdown By Jeff Leeds November 30 2005 The Grateful Dead the business is testing the loyalty of longtime fans ofthe Grateful Dead the pioneering jam band by cracking down on anindependently run Web site that made thousands of recordings of its live concerts available for free downloading The band recently asked the operators of the popular Live Music Archive archive org to make the concert recordings a staple of Grateful Deadfandom available only for listening online the band s spokesman DennisMcNally said yesterday In the meantime the files that previously had beenfreely downloaded were taken down from the site last week Dissent has been building rapidly however as the band s fans known asDeadheads have discovered the recordings are at least for the timebeing not available Already fans have started an online petition at www petitiononline com gdm petition html threatening to boycott the band srecordings and merchandise if the decision is not reversed In particular fans have expressed outrage that the shift covers not only the semiofficial soundboard recordings made by technicians at the band s performances butalso recordings made by audience members To the fans the move signals a profound philosophical shift for a band thathad been famous for encouraging fans to record and trade live concert tapes The band even cordoned off a special area at its shows usually near thesound board for tapers a practice now followed by many younger jambands But more broadly it suggests that a touchstone of baby boomercounterculture the recording made by and shared sometimes via mail among hard core fans may be subverted in a digital era when music filescan be instantly transmitted worldwide And in a subsequent development a Guardian article reports on 2nd December Shocked by the backlash the band yesterday relented and allowed the downloads to be put back up What goes around comes around Image credits Lead and final poster Bob

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