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Artist Profiles: Ensemble Al Kindi

Ensemble Al Kindi

Ensemble Al Kindi in 1983 by Arab zither (qanun) virtuoso Julien Jalal Eddine Weiss. The ensemble’s 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 brought together musicians from various cultures: Turkey, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Syria, and the United States of America.

In addition to Mr Weiss, Al-Kindi includes Alepo ud player Muhammad Qadri Dalal, Damascus flutist Ziyad Qadi Amin, Egyptian percussionist Adel Shams Eddine (also spelled Adel Shams el-Din), and Iraqi joza player Mohamed Gomar Al-Bawi.

In the company of the best singers from Syria and Iraq, Al-Kindi presents various repertoires of classical songs, both profane and sacred, thus enabling the audience to rediscover the refined, complex musical art of these age-old cultures.

Julien Jalal Eddine Weiss is a Frenchman of Swiss and Alsatian origins. He was born in Paris and converted to the Muslim faith in 1986. He has become an expert on the board zither (qanun), after receiving teaching from masters all over the Arab and Turkish world – in Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. He is both a soloist and accompanist in Al-Kindi Ensemble.

In the concert world, his constant search for Arab vocalists to accompany or record, who are nevertheless unknown in the West, has turned him into a sort of ideal link between two worlds. This connection has become even more solid since he set up home in a 16th century Mameluke palace where he organizes regular music-room concerts in the old traditional style.

He travels constantly all over Europe with his renowned Arabic vocalists – Hussein al-Azami from Iraq, Sabri Moudallal, Omar Sarmini and Adib Daiykh from Aleppo, Shaykh Hamza Shakur from Damascus and Lotfi Bushnak from Tunisia.

In 2001, Julien Jalal Eddine Weiss received the Arts & Letters Award from Catherine Tasca, the Culture French Minister.

Discography

The Aleppian Music Room – The Art of Muwashshah, Arabic Classical Chant, with Sabri Moudallal and Omar Sarmini (Le chant du Monde, 1998)
The Whirling Dervishes of Damascus, with Sheikh Hamza Shakkûr (Le chant du Monde, 1999)
The Crusades seen through the eyes of the Orient, with Omar Sarmini (Le chant du Monde, 2001)
Sufi Trance from Aleppo, with Sheikh Habboush (Le chant du Monde, 2003)
Ottoman Fragrances – Arab-Turkish Court Music (Le chant du Monde CMT 5741414.15, 2006)

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Zamzama Productions

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Renowned Syrian Ensemble Al-Kindi Denied UK Visa

Al-Kindi Ensemble
Al-Kindi Ensemble
World music showcase WOMEX reported that Ensemble Al-Kindi from Syria had to cancel their official WOMEX showcase because they were denied a UK visa. Although the group is currently touring in Europe’s Schengen zone, their UK visa was denied despite the efforts by the artists, their management, Cerdd Cymru – Music Wales, the Welsh Government and WOMEX, who were working with all official channels to appeal the decision.

Al-Kindi Ensemble was created in 1983 by qanun virtuoso Julien Jâlal Eddine Weiss, a French and Swiss musician. Al-Kindi Ensemble is currently rated among the best groups devoted to classical Arabic music, for its rigorous work and excellent performers. Through its numerous creations, Al Kindi explores the richness of sacred and secular music repertoire from the Middle East, Syria and Turkey.

Recordings available: The Aleppian Music Room, Takasim & Sufi Chants, Parfums Ottomans, Aleppian Sufi Trance, Whirling Dervishes of Damascus, Arab music from the time of the Crusades.

The group is scheduled to perform today, Sunday October 27th 2013 at Savoy Theatre in Helsinki (Finland) and will return to Europe April 5th 2014 to perform at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris (France)

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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.

Buy Parfums Ottomans.

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