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David Dalle
Thursday July 3rd, 2014 with David Dalle
Contemporary Lebanese music; Mali; Schubert

Today we hear some of the very diverse contemporary music coming from Lebanon. Issa Hassan is actually of Kurdish background and his music is rooted in Anatolian Kurdish music but played with an adventurous jazz sensibility. He plays the bouzouk and is joined in trio on this recording with bassist Emek Evci, percussionist Youssef Hbeisch, as a quartet with pianist Elie Maalouf, and one quartet with guest flamenco guitarist Manuel Delgado. The other Lebanese musician we look at is the late Imane Homsy who died in 2013. She was an extraordinary artist who fell in love with the Qanun as a young girl, though this is one of the oldest Arabic instruments and is essential as part of an Arabic classical ensemble or orchestra, it was always relegated to an accompanying role. And though Imane Homsy did love accompany singers, including the great Fairouz, she aimed to make the qanun a solo instrument. Traditionally the qanun was played with only 2 fingers, but she developed a virtuosic 10 finger technique which greatly expanded the possibilities of the instrument. On her last recording we hear perform solo improvisations, and as a soloist with an Arabic orchestra. We will also hear Schubert's a minor piano sonata from 1823 in a new recording with pianist Paul Lewis. This recording features this sonata and the famous last 3 sonatas which concludes Paul Lewis' Schubert cycle. This was the first time I've heard his Schubert and I was floored, his performance is exquisite, dramatic and fierce without losing the architecture of the piece. Schubert's piano sonatas are often realms of ambiguity, self-doubt, hesitation, avoiding the grand declaration of some of Beethoven's famous sonatas. This dark, moody sonata foreshadows the anguish and tragedy of 2 of the final sonatas. We will be hearing Paul Lewis in these 3 final sonatas in upcoming shows.
Les vestiges du passe
Issa Hassan - So bouzouk - Institut du Monde Arabe
La Danse du 7
Issa Hassan - So bouzouk - Institut du Monde Arabe
C'est ainsi
Issa Hassan - So bouzouk - Institut du Monde Arabe
Lost in Lebanon
Wassim Soubra - Sonates orientales - Institut du Monde Arabe
Cycle de danses
Imane Homsy - Seigneur Kanoun - Institut du Monde Arabe
Taqsim Rast
Imane Homsy - Seigneur Kanoun - Institut du Monde Arabe
Sama'i Suzdal
Imane Homsy - Seigneur Kanoun - Institut du Monde Arabe
Cadence en 7
Issa Hassan - So bouzouk - Institut du Monde Arabe
Piano Sonata in a minor D784
Franz Schubert/Paul Lewis - The Late Piano Sonatas - Harmonia Mundi New
Toumani Diabate & Sidiki Diabate - Toumani & Sidiki - World Circuit New
Habib Koite - Soo - Contre Jour
Omara 'Bombino' Moctar will be performing at the Ottawa Bluesfest Wednesday July 9 8:15pm at the Blacksheep stage. More information at
Possibly one of the bluesiest musicians at the current Ottawa "Bluesfest" :)
Kammou Taliat
Bombino - Agadez - Cumbancha
Tigrawahi Tikma
Bombino - Agadez - Cumbancha
Ay Takamba
Sidi Toure - Alafia - Thrill Jockey
Tinariwen - Emmaar - Anti
Interactive CKCU
David Dalle (host)
If you go see Bombino next Wednesday, let me know how it was!

3:52 PM, July 3rd, 2014
After the fact, and also just picking up on yesterday's show via on OnDemand (which looks great BTW) ... I saw Bambino at FolkFest 2012 (I think it was). Summary: "If you are not dancing, check your pulse. You may be a zombie!" Really great live. A great deal of pulsing rhythmic sweat involved, for sure!! q;^) But have to say, the Ottawa audience was indeed mostly zombies. I just do not get it sometimes ... DEFINITELY on for Weds at the BooozeFest. Bring your dancing shoes, lots of water, and a towel. Sorry to say, liking that fest much less and less year-over-year though. Don't get me started!!

8:22 PM, July 3rd, 2014
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