FOREDOFICO joins forces with Sinn el-Fil municipality (Greater Beirut) for the concert of Sabil / FOREDOFICO et la Municipalité de Sinn el-Fil (Grand Beyrouth) soutiennent le concert du groupe Sabil

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Ahmed Mukhtar, Iraki virtuoso udist invited for a workshop/demo in Beirut by CERMAA/FOREDOFICO

Ahmed al-Mukhtar, Iraki London based virtuoso ud player and teacher of Arabian music is invited by CERMAA/FOREDOFICO to demonstrate Iraki improvisations in the frame of a Masterclass at the Lebanese Conservatory (CNSML) in Sinn-el-Fil (Beirut-Lebanon), from 15:00 to 17:00 on Thursday the 23rd of April 2015, venue “S”.

Ahmd Mukhtar
Ahmed Mukhtar

Mukhtar will also sign his new CD “Babylonian fingers” on this occasion (booklet available for download at http://foredofico.org/CERMAA/?p=497).

CD cover

Free admission for all who wish to listen or take part in the masterclass; below: the text of the official invitation.

 دعوة عامّة

ورشة عمل ومحاضرة حول العود مع المؤلف الموسيقي وعازف العود أحمد مختار

يدعو المعهد الوطني العالي للموسيقى بالتعاون مع مركز الأبحاث حول الموسيقى العربية وقريباتها إلى ورشة عمل ومحاضرة حول العود والمقام العراقي والارتجال للمؤلف وعازف العود أحمد مختار يوم الخميس الواقع في 23 من شهر نيسان 2015 في القاعة “س” في سن الفيل في تمام الساعة 3:00

يتخلّل المحاضرة إطلاق للأسطوانة الجديدة للمؤلف أصابع بابلية

لمحة عن المؤلّف

في مطلع 2015 اختير الفنان العراقي احمد مختار لمشروع إصدار اسطوانة مع 12 موسيقي من العالم تحت عنوان “موسيقى العالم من اجل اطفال الحروب” برعاية الامم المتحدة لمكانته الموسيقية ولتوظيفه الموسيقى في خدمة الإنسانية. كما ومُنح جائزة الحمراء للفنون الشرقية برعاية الملكة البريطانية عام 2009 وكُرّم عام 2005 من قبل المنظمة الطبية الدولية لمساعدة المتضررين من الحروب والإرهاب واختير في عام 1999 مع 16 موسيقي لإصدار اسطوانة بعنوان “المادة 14” وهي مادة لأول قانون حقوق الانسان في الامم المتحدة

لمعلومات حول الأسطوانة، الرجاء قراءة الدفتر المرافق للقرص المدمج على العنوان التالي

http://foredofico.org/CERMAA/?p=497

لمزيد من المعلومات حول المؤلف الرجاء مشاهدة الروابط التالية

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJE3zJ4whQs&feature=youtu.be

www.amukhtar.com
http://www.taqasim.net/school/index.html
https://www.facebook.com/ahmed.mukhtaroud

 

 

Astrakan: New album, and Live album in Beirut

Cover

After their workshop in Beirut, Astrakan‘s leading team, Simone Alvez (voice) and Yann Gourvil (guitars, Ꜥūd, sāz etc.) went on and published their first album ; soon after, Yann decided to finish the mix of the Beirut session which is now available for downloading. Yann featured also an interesting percussion instrument for the published album.

 

FOREDOFICO, CERMAA and ICONEA with the “Friends of the National Museum” foundation to produce a documentary film on the Making of Hurrian Song H.6.

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A lyre reconstructed by Richard Dumbrill for the Hurrian song H.6. project in Lebanon

In October 2012, ICONEA Director Richard Dumbrill visited Lebanon, initially to attend a conference in Beirut on Rituals in the Ancient Levant. The conference was cancelled following a bombing in the metropolis. Dumbrill seeked help from CERMAA/FOREDOFICO to produce a documentary film on the subject he had intended to give at the National Museum. The documentary, funded by the Friends of the National Museum and CERMAA/FOREDOFICO is about the research work Dumbrill has undertaken for the past 25 years on the translation of the oldest known musical text, written in the Hurrian language, dating from about 1400 years BC, and found at Ugarit in North East Syria in the 1950s. The documentary was shot by Paul Mattar, Founding member of FOREDOFICO, in a renowned archaeological site, and at the headquarters of CERMAA, in the suburbs of Beirut.

Rosy Azar Beyhom and Amine Beyhom, CERMAA founding members contributed to the Orientalisation of Dumbrill’s original rendition of the Hurrian material. The song was recorded at the CALA recording studios, a subdivision of FOREDOFICO specialised in archival recordings. Saad SAAB, President of FOREDOFICO made improvisastions on the Ꜥūd on the theme of the original music. The singing of the melody, and the acting on site was entrusted to a young and promising Lebanese singer, Lara Jokhadar Al-Aro. There, Lara played the role of a young woman afflicted with the curse of being childless, and sang her sorrow to the moon goddess NIKKAL so that she may bear child.

 

Lara Jokhadar al-Aro

 

 

The original score for the Hurrian H.6. song has been published in Richard Dumbrill’s article for NEMO N°1 :

  • Dumbrill, Richard : “Modus Vivendi,” Near Eastern Musicology Online 1 1 |2012-11| p. 89–116.

The proceedings of the November 2011 Brest (Brittany) Conference on Modality are available

The proceedings (French, English and Arabic) of the November 2011 Brest (Brittany) Conference on Modality are available at http://www.drom-kba.eu/IMG/pdf/actesdrom.pdf. The conference program is downloadable at http://www.drom-kba.eu/IMG/pdf/programmecolloque.pdf or http://www.drom-kba.eu/IMG/pdf/conference-program.pdf.

Excerpts from Astrakan concert and workshop in Beirut

Simone Alvez and Yann Gourvil’s Astrakan directing a workshop and performing in Beirut

(see post http://foredofico.org/CERMAA/?p=325)

 

Listening to Astrakan in Beirut

Kan al lagouterion 02 (master) 11

Barzh an Infern 03 (master) 11

An Dezertour-rvb 01 (master) 11

An daou gamerad fidel 03 (master) 11

 

Photo Gallery

 

Please visit Astrakan’s web site: http://www.gwez.net/astrakan/.

Brest Conference on “Modality”

The Brest conference on modality took place from the 16th to the 18th of November. Please see http://www.drom-kba.eu/Conference-musicale-Musiques.html and http://www.drom-kba.eu/Colloque-du-Pole-de-la-modalite-et.html.

Amine Beyhom, Director of CERMAA, presented a conference with Erik Marchand on the 16th of November, and a paper on un-tempered instruments the next day.

Atelier de musique bretonne organisé par FOREDOFICO/CERMAA au CNSML

Un atelier de musiques bretonnes a été organisé au CNSML (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique au Liban) à l’initiative du CERMAA et de FOREDOFICO, en collaboration avec la direction du conservatoire. Le musicien Yann Gourvil et la chanteuse Simone Alvez, invités par le CERMAA et FOREDOFICO, ont dirigé l’atelier le jeudi 26 avril dans la salle d’audition du conservatoire à Sinn El-Fil (Beyrouth – Liban), de midi à 15:00 heures. L’atelier a été accompagné et suivi d’un concert dont un chant en création par les deux musiciens.

Une interview de Radio-Liban a été recueillie auprès des musiciens et des organisateurs.

Ceci est le premier parmi ce que nous espérons devenir une série d’ateliers sur les musiques du Monde (et les autres) au Liban.

Des extraits musicaux, des photos et des videos seront bientôt proposés sur le site du CERMAA (update : voir http://foredofico.org/CERMAA/?p=346), ainsi que sur le site d’Astrakan (la formation des deux musiciens) à http://www.gwez.net/astrakan/.