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ISHK BASHAD "LIVE AT WOMAD 2001"
Giuseppe Grifeo - piano, voice
Mouna Amari -voice, oud
Enzo Rao - violin
Peppe Consolmagno - voice, percussion
is one of the many forms of greeting used among
some Sufi brotherhoods, the religious mystics of Islam.
It’s a greeting of peace and love.
The idea of forming a small ensemble that could unite musicians
coming from different geographical areas (the Tunisian singer Mouna Amari,
the Sicilians Enzo Rao and Giuseppe Grifeo and the percussionist Peppe
Consolmagno whose musical bent starts from Brazil arriving in Africa,
passing through the sounds of the world) was born both from the desire to
build a virtual bridge between different and apparently distant musical
experiences and from the common wish of the four musicians to translate into
music the idea of peace and love expressed by the concept of Ishk Bashad.
Through joining the sultan of Arabic music, the oud, and the king of
western music, the piano, wisely uniting the sounds of percussion and those
of violin, Ishk Bashad embarks on a journey of distant cultures and musical
traditions but that are bound by a profound oneness in a particular and
unique dimension. Most of the
music presented in the CD, recorded live at the Festival Womad in August
as an instrument of peace and interaction between diverse peoples and cultures.
2. SAMARRA (Giuseppe Grifeo)
homage to one of the historical cities of Iraq which today is partly
destroyed by the stupidity of men and tomorrow forgotten because of their
continued carelessness towards the wonders of the world.
3. YA QALBI KHALLI ELHAL (Mohamed Elkourd, arr.Giuseppe Grifeo)
4. ZINKOLAH (Mamdou Bahiri)
unmistakable Arabic composition based on a specific Maqam, namely the
zinkolah used as a game among various instruments in a decidedly strong
and rhythmic atmosphere.
5. GIANUB (Mouna Amari)
composition that follows the dictates of Arabic musical patterns but which
makes room for an interpretation for pianoforte with marked creative
connotations in a modal dimension. In
other words a correct union between Arabic and western musical cultures.
6. DERVISH (Giuseppe Grifeo)
small homage to the music of Georges Ivanovith Gurdjieff, a mystic dance
teacher who lived in the first half of
1900s. His composition,
Exercise 1924 no. 6 from which the piece is taken, forms a moment of
exploration towards atmospheres based on mixed rhythms that end up in a
sweet and evocative Arabic song.