Multi-instrumentalist and ney master Omar Faruk Tekbilek has returned with a new solo recording accompanied by the cream of world music. The Turkish musician is known for his exquisite flute melodies and rich harmonies, combining exhilarating Turkish music with world rhythms, Flamenco and electronic ambiance.
On Tree of Patience, Tekbilek appears along with ud player Ara Dinkian, percussion wonderman Arto Tunçboyaciyan, legendary Flamenco singer Enrique Morente, cellist David Darling and deep space synth master Steve Roach.
Despite some reputable guest vocalists, most of the album is a an instrumental effort, highlighting Tekbilek’s outstanding work on the evocative ney, one of the most beautiful flutes in the world.
Danced all over the world, bellydance is linked to some of the richest folk, pop and classical music traditions of the Middle East. Think Global: Bellydance (RGNET1161CD) presents some of the best contemporary bellydance musicians and singers to have set the world on fire. Bellydance is a round up of the musical styles that have developed in tandem with the traditional Raqs Sharki (or Bellydance) dance of Arabic North Africa. The compilation brings together music from Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Syria and beyond. The tracks have been also been sequenced to suit a bellydance performance.
Notable inclusions on the CD include Hossam Ramzy, who has collaborated with the likes of Page & Plant, Joan Armatrading and Peter Gabriel (on the Passion album which formed the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ); The Cairo Orchestra, one of Egypt’s most famous bands and the house band of the Al-Ahram nightclub in Cairo; Richard Hagopian & Omar Faruk Tekbilek’s ‘Gypsy Fire’ project, an attempt to recreate the musical melting pot of New York’s 8th Avenue in the 1930s; Omar Faruk Tekbilek, who has worked with Don Cherry, Youssou N’Dour and Trilok Gurtu; and a legend amongst Egypt’s musicians, Dr Sami Nossair, the head of Cairo’s Music Conservatory.
Bellydance has been produced in collaboration with Oxfam, an independent organization and registered charity. They work at all levels from global to local, including international governments, global institutions as well as with local communities and individuals to ensure that everyone’s rights are fulfilled and protected.
Los Angeles (California), USA – The Sounds of the Sacred, Songs of the Earth Festival & Sunset Concert will be held Sunday, September 18, 2005 from Noon to 10:00 PM. The festival will take place at Topanga Community House and Sacred Chumash Grounds, located at 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga (California) in the metropolitan area of Los Angeles.
The all-day festival is part of the World Festival of Sacred Music. The festival will promote peace, featuring cross-cultural experiences through participatory performances in music, dance & theatre. Among the daytime performers scheduled to appear are:Kabbalah Bach & Florence Riggs’ Tibetan Sounds of the Earth “Gaia Mama”; Llanto, The Flamenco Cry of Life Dance & Music of Jan Zeitlan & Robin Brown; Maria Bodmann’s Balinese Shadow Theatre; The So Cal Association of Tibetan Dancers’ The Sacred World Dance Journey: Jo Cobett; The Sound Journey of Marla Leigh & Richard Grossman; Cosmic Dream Tribe & The Sound Healing of Dijeridoo Experience: Evan Perman & Anjelica Ma; The Kirtan Experience: Michele Krolik & Andrew Behla; The Dance of the Whirling Dervish: Aziz, Eva & Hilal; Tone Poetry and Music with DJ Rylan Peery; Joel Harper “All the Way to the Ocean”; World Beats and Modern Fusion with DJ Osmua; Ann-Marie Solo, Music of the World Soul; Middle Eastern Rhythms & Motion: Jamie Pappish & Melanie Kareem and Sephardic Ladino
Sounds by Stefani Valadez.
Evening Performers include: John Densmore founding member of The Doors to perform with his band Tribaljazz; Tibetan ‘Terton’, 76 year old Kunzang Rinpoche with The Monks & Nuns of Zangdokpalri; Sufi ‘Ney’ Master, Omar Faruk Tekbilek & Ensemble; Middle Eastern World Music of the Hani Naser Band with Walfredo Reyes Jr., Armand Sabal-Lecco and Craig Eastman; Spanish Flamenco pianist Pedro Ricardo Miño The evening’s ensemble with Special Guest Artists will perform a World Premiere ‘tour de force’ composed for this night by Richard Horowitz to name a few.
Tickets, covering the entire day’s events — both the Festival and Sunset Concert, are available for only $30 for adults and $10 for children at www.inhousetickets.com or by calling 1-866-384-3060. More information is also available online at www.soundsofthesacred.org.
The “Sounds of the Sacred Festival, Concert and Awards Gala” are programs of the Living Wellness Foundation. Founded in 1997, the Foundation presents numerous, community-based programs throughout the year that promote World Peace through its Sacred World Arts, Healing and Cross Cultural Programs.
Israeli Composer Yuval Ron put together a spectacular ensemble of Middle Eastern musicians, including Turkish, Persian and Arabic artists. Omar Faruk Tekbilek has recorded some of the finest contemporary Middle Eastern music in recent times and he adds his magic touch to this album.Yuval Ron’s compositions draw their inspiration from Armenian traditional chants, Bedouin poems, Sufi chants, and Jewish, Islamic and Christian prayers.
The atmospheric album blends superb performances on ney, kanun, violin and vocals with a string orchestra and well crafted synthesizer layers. Hauntingly beautiful.