Ottoman Fragrances

Ensemble Al Kindi – Parfums Ottomans

Ensemble Al Kindi – Parfums Ottomans (Le Chant du Monde, 2006)

This beautifully packaged boxed set contains two CDs with music by Ensemble Al Kindi. The group is led by a European musician named Julien Djelal Jalaleddin Weiss, who has been working for years with musicians from the Middle East: Arabs, Turks, Azeris and others.

Julien Jalaleddin Weiss’ intention is to recreate the spirit of dialog and music collaborations that took place in the Ottoman courts of the 17th century. To achieve this, Jalaleddin Weiss has brought together musicians from various cultures: Turkey, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Syria, and the United States.

Parfums Ottomans [Ottoman Fragrances] is a beautiful and engaging recreation of Ottoman court music, merging Tarab, Hal, Ruh, and Saltana.

The detailed booklet describes Ottoman music and the maqam system.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.