Archive for the ‘Munir Bashir’ Category

Duo De Ud by Munir Bashir & Omar Bashir

October 20, 2008

Munir Bashir was one of the most famous musicians in the Middle East during the 20th century and was considered to be the supreme master of the Arab maqamat scale system. He created different styles of the Arabian short scaled lute, the oud. He was one of the first Arabian instrumentalists known to Europe and America. Bashir’s music is distinguished by a novel style of improvisation that reflects his study of Indian and European tonal art in addition to oriental forms.

Despite not being an ethnic Arab, Munir played a big role in Arab culture throughout the 20th century. Born in Iraq, he had to deal with numerous disruptions of violent coup attempts and multiple wars that the country went through. He would eventually exile to Europe and become noticeble first in eastern nations such as Hungary and Bulgaria.

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Munir Bashir & The Iraqi Traditional Music Group

October 17, 2008

The great oud master Munir Bashir founded the Iraqi Traditional Music Ensemble in 1981 to help preserve the Iraqi and Arab musical heritage. The band contained some of the best Iraqi musicians, all experienced instrumentalists on traditional Iraqi and Arab instruments. It was composed like an Arab orchestra, with some forty musicians in all; groups of five musicians played the same instrument, but for the oud there were ten, with the celebrated Munir Bashir leading the section. The Iraqi group was idolized by the public. It played an important role in taking Iraqi music outside the national boundaries to an international level, and came to represent a special style in the field of instrumental music. It set an example for the coming generations who benefited from its experience; one notable successor is the Bayareq Band. Much of this fame was due to the great master Munir Bashir, who left an indelible imprint on the history of Iraqi music. On this CD, the common thread linking music from all the regions of Iraq is demonstrated with passion and the utmost virtuosity

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Flamenco Roots by Munir Bachir

October 16, 2008

An album full of improvisations that link the current classical oud taqseem, to the Flamenco tradition of Spain.

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Raga Roots by Munir Bachir

October 16, 2008

The pieces of music on this CD are inspired by Indian music and were found by Munir Bashir’s children after his death in 1997. The oud is used very effectively to mimic some of the sounds of the sitar, and the tracks on this recording anticipate the numerous later collaborations between oud players and Indian musicians.

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Mesopotamia by Munir Bashir

October 15, 2008

A great album from a great master. This album contains some of Munir Bashir’s late improvisations as well as some songs and improvisations from earlier periods in his life. Those which belong to the late period are meditative and highly impressive in general. The earlier works are more passionate and emotional. Bashir andoubtedly deserves the name “Musician of Wisdom”.

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from WeLoveMusic