The Concert Is Dedicated to the Music of the East

Topics: Concert Review

On September 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm I attended the authentic middle eastern musical concert organized by the Rose Ensemble.  The group specializes in medieval to modern music from around the world and it also offers a variety of educational programs. The musicians for the night were from Jerusalem.  Although I was impressed by the whole concert, the first half made a more lasting impression to the audience.  The concert was dedicated to the folk music of the Middle East for Jews, Christians, and Muslims coming together to share their diverse traditional music.

The concert opened with Adhan. Adhan is the Islamic call to worship. I am Hindu, but this was so beautiful and fascinating.  The bass and rhyme was just so amazing to hear. The mood became more dramatic as the concert progressed. Yair Dalal who is a composer, violinist, singer and teacher reflected his extensive musical skills. Dalal is famous for creating Middle Eastern music by interweaving the traditions of Iraqi and Jewish Arabic.

  The music of Yair Dalal seemed like from an authentic place, a deep feeling of tradition, message and beauty. The music was warm and intimate through out the night. The most exciting part for the night for me was to see Dror Sinai play. He is an international performer as well as the founder of Rhythm Fusion, Inc. in California.

Dalal was honored by the BBC Awards for World Music in 2003 for his achievements. Dror created an inviting, open, and warm atmosphere for the audience to experience percussive music.

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The way he played his hand drum was absolutely pleasant to the ears. Hand drum is typically played with the bare hands than a hammer, stick, or other type of beater. It consists of shallow, cylindrical shell with a drumhead attached to one of the open ends. This was the first time I ever heard the rhythm out of the drum. Dror made the night delightful with his musical skills and art. Zafer Tawil contributed equally for an awesome night. He is a virtuoso on oud, violin, and qanoun, and is a master of Arabic percussion. He has composed music for a number of film soundtracks and has held workshops on Arabic music at numerous universities throughout the United States. He has worked collaboratively on many concerts involving classical Indian and Persian music, as well as Jazz fusion.

The fusion throughout the night was so beautiful, it was almost unbearable. Yair Dalal, with his mysterious magical smile, made the concert more interesting. Overall, it was a fantastic percussion work. The instruments produced a sound through being struck. Drums were usually tuned to a specific note. They were tuned by tightening or loosening the head of the drum. The tighter the drum, the higher the note. Attending this concert made me aware of eastern music and percussion musical work.  There was an immediacy, a delightful interplay, and evident respect between the performers which helped to keep up the spirit of the concert.

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