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10 years Muziekpublique

lundi 18 juin 2012

A Song a Day : Elias Bachoura (oud)

Improvisation Qadmoyo – Bi Noukhrayto – Marr li Saro

The Belgo-Syrian composer and oudist Elias Bachoura studied oud at the Damascus Conservatoire in the land of his birth, Syria, with such great masters as Askar Alikabirof and Munir Bachir. In Belgium he studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels, with Daniel Capelletti as teacher. His twofold musical knowledge, both eastern and western, makes him a particularly critical and attentive musician who combines intelligence and feeling. With his instrument he has mastered a variety of styles, traditional, classical and modern. At present he teaches the oud for Muziekpublique and also plays, among others, with the group Olla Vogala, under the direction of Wouter Vandenabeele.

To mark the tenth anniversary of Muziekpublique he begins with an improvised piece before performing two popular songs from Syria. The improvisation is in the Qadmoyo mode, a traditional Syriac mode known to the Arabs, Iranians and Turks and called Bayat. This mode is often used to express joy and feelings of satisfaction. Here, gentleness, tenderness and happiness are the sentiments that this mode evokes.

“Bi Noukhrayto” or “In Foreign Lands” is a popular song in 3/4 time composed by the master Jamil Bashir, lthe older brother of the oud-player Munir Bashir. The lyrics tell of a lover who quits his country, leaving behind him a great love and a whole heap of memories and tales that make him suffer every day while abroad.
“Marr li Saro” or “Tell me Sarah” is a traditional song representing a lover who relates to us his dream of Saro, or Sarah, his beloved. He tells of Sarah’s beauty and of his desire never to leave her but to spend the rest of his life with her.

- Image : Rafael Serenellini, Justine vande Walle, Margot Locatelli
- Sound : Cédric Plisnier, Arthur Benedetti
- Production : Jacoba Kint, Morgane Mathieu
- Technical Coordination : Mathieu Alexandre
- English Translation : Richard Condon

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