Dusting off Armenian, Greek, Arabic, Kurdish, Assyrian, Persian, Caucasian roots — and ‘a stillness that has not been darkened at all, and has the degree of density that leaves the Gurdjieffian silence immaculate.’
New recordings invoking the grand traditions of Turkish psych with passionate recastings of tripped-out surf, Cambodian rock, Saharan guitar, electric Thai; even a little Sun City Girls post-punk.
A shocking-rocking Mulatu version, and some improv. Limited, to go with the tour.
Giddily beautiful, heart-stoppingly emotional, freely original Egyptian art-song from 1904-1912 by this legendary dandy, who died of excessive drinking after a sea-turtle feast.
Way to go, Abd.
‘A practice run through with the record, and tonight you can be bellydancing for that luckiest of men — your sultan!’ Featuring Mustafa Kandirali. Notes include Ozel’s original bellydance instructions with pictures.
The kanoun has 72-78 strings, in threes across a sound box made of wood and fish skin, played with picks by both hands. These are refreshing new recordings in modern and trad styles, Arab and European.
The towering giant of Turkish Gypsy music — a selection of the genius clarinettist’s greatest sides, with a hard-cover book of photos from his personal albums, interviews, musicology, personal reminiscence.
His first album proper (following a collection of singles), and his best, from 1974. Bunalim and Baris Manco bassist Ahmet Guvenc rocking steady beneath EK’s moody baritone and electric-baglama riff-outs.
Sensational, potty mixture of Eastern Sounds, psych, free and drone, plus art filth, by this twenty-three piece from Montreal, led by oudist and composer Sam Shalabi. Check it out.
Ravishingly beautiful, achingly precious songs and instrumentals, sumptuously presented: the Royal Court Orchestra in 1906 through to a hauntingly soulful Hafez setting by Moluk Zarrabi of Kashan, from 1933.
His LP debut from 1971, collecting singles and other stuff from the previous few years. Landmark Turkish psych rock, including classics like Derule and Daglar, and the brutal sample-prone wah wah of Kucuk.
Amazingly deep and grizzly psych funk from mid-70s Iran. The eleven-minute African Jumbo is a gone dog: brilliant sitars and flutes, heavy drums, horns, percussion. Warmly recommended.
Selected from several singles and one LP issued between 1968-76. The lachrymose flute and organ dirges of his early work, shading into his signature, sophisticated, sumptuous, in-thing Iranian sitar-funk.