Songs from "Yunzradi Taraq Anat"
- Moorish Dance -
This piece is a reconstructed piece of music from period Spain.
It's probably a result of the clash of European and Arabic/Islamic
culture in Moorish Spain. This arrangement is adapted from good friends
ours off their self-titled CD ("La Notte" - It has a mix of period
European and Arabic
influence European music. You should try to find it if you like this
- Rompi Rompi- is an
old traditional Turkish song. Outside of Turkey it is the best
known song with the 9-beat karsilama rhythm.
- Makedonsko Devojche-
is a popular piece of dance music from the Balkans. Sung in Macedonian,
it describes the beauty of a Macedonian woman. A
traditional line dance called a "les noto" is often done to this song.
- Panihari - is our
version of a Rajasthani (Northern India) song that we arranged after
listening to a field recording of a traditional song recorded in
Rajasthan. Panihari means "water carrier". There is a folk tale about a
water carrier who after being shocked by a man who compliments her at
the water hole,
tells her mother the incident, only to discover she is to be married to
that same man.
- Erev Shel Shoshanim
- This melody is used for both a Hebrew song ("Evening of Roses") and
an Armenian song called "Yarus".
- Guedra Chant - The
guedra is a tribal dance done by the Tuareg of Morocco. It is
traditionally done to a simple drum rhythm and chanting. The
dance is a "trance" dance, meant to raise an altered state of
consciousness and generate
spiritual energy. The chants are overlapping bits of spiritual
- Uskudara - is a
traditional Turkish song about a train ride to the city of
Uskudara. It is sometimes called "Katibimin" also it is sung in
the title "Ya Banat Iskandaria (The Girls of Alexandria)". Like
many pieces of Turkish and Greek music there is a similar, Greek
version of this
- Bir Demet Jasamin
- ("A bouquet of jasmine") is another old Turkish song about being
parted from one's love. "A bouquet of Jasmine is the only
reminder of my love."
- Laz - This piece
is done to a line dance rhythm common in the Black Sea region of Turkey.
- Ikariatikos - is
our medley arrangement of a couple of traditional Greek melodies.