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Audio CD (March 25, 2003)
Original Release Date: March 25, 2003
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Arc Music
01. Al Quantara (The Bridge) [Bulerias]
02. Ahlam Ghernatah (Memories of Old Granada)
03. Al Vuelo (Flying) [Bulerias for Taranto]
04. Rumbapa ("Father of Rumba") [Malfuf]
05. Ráfaga de Viento (Gust of Wind) [Rondeña]
06. Kebrieaa Samet (Silent Pride) [Masmoudi]
07. Amor Perdido (Lost Love)
08. Men el Belad (From Our Country) [Saidi]
09. Zambra Por Nadejda (Zambra for Nadejda)
10. Silk Route Suite: Kathak
11. Silk Route Suite: Egyptian
12. Silk Route Suite: Sol y Sal (Sun and Salt) [Siguiriya]
13. Silk Route Suite: Juntos (Together) [Rumba]
Dazzling Multicultural Fireworks, October 6, 2005
I won't go into much detail about the content of this album -- other reviewers have done so already (though beware, a lot of nonsense gets talked by the ignorant). Suffice it to say that Arab rhythms are the driving force behind Flamenco music, and that when a percussionist of the calibre of Hossam Ramzy (one of Egypt's foremost recording stars) gets together with a guitarist as fiery as Rafa El Tachuela, one has the highest hopes for the result.
In this case they are spectacular. Rafa El Tachuela's playing is just wonderful on this album, endlessly inventive, never missing a beat or a note, a torrent of passion in the purest Flamenco style. But it is the genius of Ramzy that really makes this album great, reaching into his own Classical Egyptian roots, as well as other North African, Indian and Persian traditions, to produce a delightful journey on a flying carpet of music.
Ramzy is a genius at working with musicians from other genres, from rock to classical. The fantasy suite which is the climax of the album, "Silk Road," is one of the biggest treats of all, seamlessly bringing together diverse performers from half a dozen different styles.
This album continues to grow and grow on me. It is so multi-layered that it takes many listenings to really start to appreciate its depths -- even if you are slightly baffled at first, take my word for it, it is worth leaving in your CD player!
I would recommend this very highly to anyone who loves North African or Flamenco music; but it is also a fabulous fusion album that will delight all those with adventurous tastes, and will satisfy the most jaded New Age fan.
Fascinating flamenco fusion--but an imperfect mix, October 10, 2004
Reviewer: Joanna Daneman (Middletown, DE USA)
This album is an interesting project involving Hossam Ramzy, an Egyptian musician who specialized in Arabic flute and tabla, among many instruments, and Rafa El Tachuela, a flamenco guitarist who has interests in the roots of flamenco.
Flamenco, the music of Spain, is not purely Spanish, of course. The Moorish influence is there, a North African thread, and the guitar is a descendant of the oud or Arabic lute, and there is also the huge, if not overwhelming influence of the Rom (Gypsies), who originated in India and settled all over Europe. The Rom have a deep tradition as musicians--and the Spanish Rom or Gypsies of Andalusia are known for their influence on Flamenco, actually more than just "influence"--the Andalusian gypsy and Flamenco are inextricably entwined. There is also a theory that some of the singing is a parody or adaptation of plainsong (Gregorian Chant)--music that the populace would hear during church--possibly adapted as entertainment during parties or get-togethers. The word "Flamenco", strangely enough, stems from "Flanders", though it's hardly Dutch!
So, a fusion of Arabic music with Spanish Flamenco should work--but, on this CD, I found the Arabic flute sonorities strangely at odds with the guitar. Rather than being blended by their common threads, the two strands seem to contrast each other and never quite develop a hybrid. I found the flute, in particular, to be quite jarring against the guitar--the one soft, playing fluidly and huskily between the notes as does Arabic music, against the percussive, harp-like guitar and its more Western harmonies. The violin did work better to blend with the guitar--perhaps it was the fact the violin is stringed, or perhaps it was the Gypsy sonority of this expressive instrument, so like a human voice, that succeeded.
While I enjoyed this CD, I really didn't find that it was a total success. Some of the tracks were quite pleasing--Track 5 "Rafaga De Viento" was delightful, featuring more guitar. The final track "Juntos" was the most successful in blending the Arabic and Spanish sounds. My take on this CD--fascinating music, certainly not a clone of classic flamenco. The Arabic flavor makes this unique. Listen to some samples and see how it sits with you.
Flamenco Arabe, October 14, 2005
Reviewer: GiGi Fayed (Miami, Florida)
This is an exquisite CD. SO much has been said by the others that reviewed this CD that I will simply say that it is a work of art that leaves your spirit ardent with inspiration and fire. I play this CD in my Belly Dance, Tribal Fusion Belly Dance and Flamenco classes. All my students love this CD as do I. Every single cut is a winner. Teachers buy this CD and prepare to get inspired!
Artistic Director Gypsy Fire
Fabulous fusion for all levels of dancer, June 9, 2003
Reviewer: A music fan
This album is a collaboration between Hossam Ramzy and Rafa El Tachuela who is a flamenco musician whose compositions focus on exploring the roots and origins of flamenco. This album is a fabulous fusion of musical styles and instruments by top class musicians. The liner notes in this album are very helpful, it contains short, informative biographies for both Hossam Ramzy and Rafa El Tachuela as well as for Said Kamal (Egyptian violin) and Mohamed Naiem (nay and kawala). Each song title has been translated into English, German, French & Spanish and for each song there are helpful notes on the influences that make up each composition here. In May 2003, I was lucky enough to be able to go along to the Purcell Rooms at the Royal Festival hall on London's South Bank to see Hossam Ramzy and some of the musicians who recorded this album play live. It was incredible to see and hear how all the different instruments and sounds from different countries and cultures could blend so harmoniously all together on stage to produce such an amazing sound. If you ever get a chance to listen to live Arabic music, never turn it down, it's amazing! This album explores the connection between the music of Andalusia (the region of Southern Spain) and that of the Arab world. This is an album I wasn't sure about before I listened to, but I had the most wonderful surprise when I played it for the first time. Track 1 "Al Quantara" begins with a very spiritually moving piece of Arabian flute - it took me by the hand and led right to the heart of this album. I particularly liked this track with the way combined with Spanish guitar with the Egyptian violin and flutes and was still beautifully structured and from that point on I was totally captivated by this album and the way all the instruments and styles fused together so harmoniously. This track would make a very interesting performance piece for more advanced dancers looking for a challenge in their oriental dance skills. Track 2 "Ahalm Ghernatah" is also very nicely structured; I really love the way the instruments meld together in this piece, in particular I liked the way the violin and the qanun fused together and then the way the violin fused with the nay, then the tabla; this might be a good tracks for intermediates to experiment with. Track 3 "Al Vuelo" is an interesting, powerful piece that combines the Spanish guitar with handclapping, I really liked the way the music flowed in this piece; it does have a certain flavour and style all of it's own and would again make a challenging piece for more advanced dancers to work with. Track 4 "Rumbapa" is based on the Arab Malfuf rhythm - this might be an easier track for less experienced dancers who are looking to create an original choreography to work with as the Malfuf rhythm is steady all the way through the track and the structure of the music is less complex. Track 5 "Rafaga De Viento" is more musically complex and again would be a challenge for the more advanced dancer. Track 6 "Kebeira Samet" is based around the Arab Masmoudi rhythm and is more simply structured; this combined with the fact that it has a slower tempo and the Arabian flute, the violin and the guitar all take it in turns playing solo makes this could make this song an interesting beginner's choreography or it would make an excellent teaching piece for getting to know the Masmoudi rhythm and for learning to how to follow the sounds of each instrument. "El Amor Perdido" is a slower paced track with a more melancholy feeling; I love the slight echo the violin seems to have on this track is and this another lovely piece to practice moving and getting your body to flow to the music with. "Men El Balad" starts with another hauntingly beautiful nay solo introduction and then goes into one of my favourite rhythms - Saidi. I like this track a lot and it would make an excellent beginners performance piece that will give their choreographies an original twist. "Zambra Por Nadejda" is slower paced and has that quintessential Spanish flavour and is just beautiful to concentrate on the notes played and just feel every note move your body. One of my favourite tracks on this album is the wonderful "Silk Route Suite" that is divided into four sections - "Kathak" from North India (the tabla in this piece really is just awesome - it seems to "sing" with a voice of it's own as just as much as the vocals); we then visit Egypt in "Egyptian" part b we hear the rhythm "Sarabant" and get a real sense of the influence Indian music had on Egyptian musicians - this part alone would make a wonderfully original performance piece for beginners or intermediates. We the move onto Andalusia with "Sol y Sal", this is a challenging flamenco piece and finally we end with yet another fabulous fusion "Juntos" that blends all influences seamlessly together. If you know enough about these different styles of dance, then the four sections could be used to create a really stunning show. What I particularly enjoy about this album is the effortless way all the styles came together in such harmony on this album, if you're looking to create an original choreography while maintaining an Arabic flavour, you'll find something on this album to help you do that. As with most of Hossam Ramzy's albums, there's something on here for every dancer from beginners upwards so it's one that can be used at all stages of your dancing or classes.
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