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  • Audio CD (2 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Institute Du Monde Arabe
  • ASIN: B006G0XDWA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,782 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sabil is the work of the highly respected Palestinian oud player Ahmad Al-Khatib and the extraordinary percussionist Youssef Hbeisch who has appeared regularly in the UK with the Palestinian oud group Trio Joubran. Throughout the Near East Al-Khatib is seen as perpetuating the great virtuoso tradition of his instrument. He has been forced to live in exile due to the tightening of restriction on movement in his Palestinian home. Hbeisch, born in Galilee, is a specialist in Oriental percussion. This album invites us to follow the two master musicians on a Sabil - a path that leads the audience to new musical experiences, to places filled with nostalgia.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beep on 22 Aug. 2012
I bought this CD after attending a concert where the duo played with another duo (Double Duo) of master oud and percussion exponents. That was something but, I wasn't disappointed with this album at all. It's beautiful, haunting, powerful and medidative, romantic, passionate, all at the same time. I play the tracks as a warm-up at my Egyptian dance classes but some of them are danceable too, particularly track 1 (my favourite piece). Captivating, serene yet strong, all that's missing is a DVD of them playing to accompany it, as that's fascinating to see , especially the percussion. Recommended for any lover of middle eastern music but also really accessible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CRB on 3 April 2012
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Beautiful oud and percussion from these two masters, hints of flamenco amongst the middle eastern finery.Some of the oercussion is top notch.
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This Music is valuable for anyone who is interested in the Best Oud Music coming out of the Middle East. It is very good to Stimulate Concerntration and Deep Thought.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Visions of New Arabic Artistry 10 May 2012
By Sue Leigh Waugh - Published on Amazon.com
Ahmad Al-Khatib is among the rising stars of contemporary Arabic music. Born in a Jordanian Palestinian refugee camp in 1974, Al-Khatib went on to study cello and musicology at Yarmuk University (Jordan). Following graduation, he relocated to Ramallah, joining the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in East Jerusalem in 1997, where he taught and later became director of the Oriental Music Studies department. It was during this time that he and other teachers, including Youssef Hbeishe formed the Karloma ensemble, a small chamber orchestra dedicated to performing contemporary Palestinian music. Following Israeli crackdowns in 2002, Al-Khatib's visa was not renewed and since 2004, he has taught Modal Music Composition and Theory at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

While a full album of Oud and percussion duets may seem minimal in the extreme, the rainbow of sounds these two master musicians deliver is anything but! Percussion wizard Youssef Hbeiseh provides an extraordinary range of colors from a small arsenal of percussion instruments including the riqq - a large tambourine/frame drum, the darbuka, a single-skinned goblet drum, incredibly versatile bendir - a large, tunable wooden frame drum capable of producing deep, resonant bass tones and the lithe and muscular Iranian Zarb.

The three movement suite Sifir El Khuruj (Exodus) is an excellent example of Al-Khatib compositional approach, skillfully blending western compositional strategies, hints of Andalusia and his own skillful use of traditional oriental modes. The title track "Sabil" displays some of Al-Khatib's most exciting uses of harmony, while shifting between various modes with lightening-fast finger work that's a cross Ralph Towner and Paco De Lucia. Bayya E-Ward (The Rose Vendor) was the first work composed by Al-Khatib in Sweden, and is in many ways the most advanced piece on this program; employing a complex rhythmic structure coupled with a wide ranging melody in the exotic, microtonally-inflected "Bastanikar" mode, simultaneously conveying feelings of nostalgia and a feeling of unease. Percussion fanatics will also have much delight in, especially the extraordinary rhythmic tour de force, Li Alix (recorded as seven over-dubs of glorious drumming)!

Distributor harmonia mundi deserves our thanks for making this disc widely available: a true testament to the creativity, variety and vitality of contemporary Arabic music.
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