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Maqams of Syria / Maqams of Syria
Album:Maqams of Syria Collection:World
Artist:Maqams of Syria Added:Jan 2003
Label:Arc Music Inc. 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2003-04-07 Pull Date:2003-06-09 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:May 25May 11May 4Apr 20Apr 13

 Recent Airplay
1.Feb 03, 2015:Arabology
Taqsim on Violin
4.Apr 28, 2003:Play it by ear
Mawwal and Andalusi Muwashsh
2.May 20, 2003:At the Cafe Bohemian
Dervish Prayer Music in Mash
5.Apr 17, 2003:Audio.Pulmonary.Recitation.
Dervish Prayer Music in Mash
3.May 06, 2003:No Cover No Minimum
6.Apr 15, 2003:No Cover, No Minimum
Taqsim on Ud

Album Review
Reviewed 2003-04-05 
Arc Music, 2002

A fine collection of field recordings, most made between 1955-1960. The Arabic maqam is similar to an Indian raga: it is a melody-type set to a particular scale. The players improvise, especially in the opening taqsim section (like the alap in a raga), but only within the strict rules of the maqam they are playing. Several tracks include vocal taqsims and sung renditions of classical poetry. Instruments include the qanun (zither), oud, ney (flute), violin, buzuk (lute), and an assortment of drums. All nice.

Fo's Picks: 1, 6, 7, 9 (groups); 5, 8 (solos)

01. 12:14 - very slow and graceful, with moaning vocal, elaborate qunun, a little oud
02. 5:35 - lively, exotic-sounding qanun/oud duet; bouncy rhythm near end
03. 5:25 - improvised solo for six-hole flute; haunting, birdlike, many pauses
04. 2:33 - short improvisation for violin: well-handled, rather sad sound
05. 4:02 - solo buzuk: rather lonely, but goes through several melodic changes
06. 6:30 - high flute, then strained vocal; dervish rhythm + chorus starts halfway in
07. 3:34 - light and airy flute over midtempo dervish drums
08. 8:01 - uptempo but lengthy improvisation for solo oud; impressive
09. 6:06 - upbeat dervish instrumental (flute + drums), more accessible than #6
[Fo] - 4/2/03

Track Listing
1.Mawwal and Andalusi Muwashsh 5.Ajam on Buzuk
2.Bashraf Sama'i Taatyus 6.Hijaz
3.Taqsim on Ney 7.Rads
4.Taqsim on Violin 8.Taqsim on Ud
 9.Dervish Prayer Music in Mash