Artist Profiles: Bushehri Traditional Music Ensemble

  Saeid Shanbehzadeh leads the Bushehri Traditional Music Ensemble. The group provides a rare insight into the fascinating music and dance traditions of the Persian Gulf region of southern Iran. Music from Bushehr reflects its long and varied history during which it has changed from a quiet fishing village to a war zone to international … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Bushehri Traditional Music Ensemble

Artist Profiles: Behnam Samani

Behnam Samani was born in 1967 in Tschaher Mahai Bakhtiari in Iran. He studied tombak for 13 years with D. Mohebi in Isfahan. He has been performing in Europe since 1987 and has collaborated with some of the most celebrated iranian musicians including F. Paewar, M. Zarief and R. Badie. He has also worked with … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Behnam Samani

New York Gypsy Festival Announces 2018 Lineup

The 14th Annual NY Gypsy Festival will take place September 6 to October 5, 2018. The international lineup includes: Dobranotch (Russia), Lemon Bucket Orkestra (Canada), Original Quartet by Javier Limon, NY Gypsy All-Stars, Barbara Martinez, Romashka, Underground Horns, and Newpoli. The concefts will take place at DROM, 85 Avenue A New York, NY 10009. Phone: … Continue reading New York Gypsy Festival Announces 2018 Lineup

Artist Profiles: Krakatau

Founded in Bandung, West Java (Indonesia) in 1985, they made their international debut at the Yamaha Bands Explosion in Tokyo, Japan. Their music is very distinctive as it uses an ancient Gamelan tonal system called s’lendro, found in Karawitan traditional music of Sunda, Java and Bali. Juxtaposed upon this, Krakatau adapts western diatonic elements which … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Krakatau

Artist Profiles: Sambasunda

Samba Sunda is an Indonesian ensemble. The lineup varies from quintet to a 17-piece ensemble, bringing together a pan-Indonesian array of instruments and influences to create a new style Gamelan orchestra, throwing together anything from thundering percussion to shimmering sweet vocals with inimitable gusto. The classic sounds and shapes of the traditional instruments evoke not … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Sambasunda

Artist Profiles: Saratus Persen

Saratus Persen was formed in 2001. “We combine a traditional music instruments such as Balinese gamelan (kantil & pamade), Sundanese flute & drum, African jembe, with modern music instruments, like drum set, electric bass, trombone, saxophone, trumpet, violin, bongo, rototom, timbales, etc.” Musicians: Togar (Vocal, Kantil 1), Dodi (Kantil 2), Ricky (Violin, Kantil 2), Muklis … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Saratus Persen

Artist Profiles: Celtic Fiddle Festival

Celtic Fiddle Festival was initially Kevin Burke, Johnny Cunningham, Christian LeMaître, and Soig Siberil, representing Ireland, Scotland and Brittany. Burke, Cunningham and LeMaître were three of the finest fiddlers in the Celtic world, together with Brittany’s hottest guitarist, Soïg Sibéril, as accompanist . In 1996 a completely new group was formed under the name Celtic … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Celtic Fiddle Festival

Artist Profiles: Ghazal Ensemble

Created and led by Kayhan Kalhor and Shujaat Husain Khan, the Ghazal Ensemble has created an Indo-Persian fusion which blends two distinctive classical musics: Persian (Iranian) and Hindustani (North Indian). Intertwined for centuries in Northern India, these musics share some formal elements which allow for an exquisite and harmonious dialogue between the two traditions. Shujaat … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Ghazal Ensemble

Artist Profiles: Kabul Workshop

Heavily influenced by Afghan and Indian music, the electro-world of Kabul Workshop was a workshop of musical research where the resulting melodies were a direct expression of the state of mind of their creators; a bridge between their different cultures. Franceso Russo and Khaled Arman met in 1998. The intellectual and spiritual complicity that united … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Kabul Workshop

Artist Profiles: Ali Akbar Moradi

Ali Akbar Moradi, from Kermanshah is the extraordinary tanbur player from Kurdistan of Iran. He has a unique style that sets him apart from other players of this ancient instrument. He’s a leading composer, teacher and a consummate performer of the sacred Kurdish music of Iran. He has won many awards including two honorary diplomas … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Ali Akbar Moradi