Violin

Armand Sabah

Oud player & Expert in the musical tradition of Morocco and Algeria

Armand Sabah was born in 1952 in Marrakesh, Morocco, and immigrated to Israel with his family when he was 10 years old. His father's family was musical and was related to the famous Moroccan singer and composer, Sami Elmagribi. His father's great love for music was expressed not only in the music that was always heard at home but also in the many discs that he bought at every possible opportunity. Thus, from infancy Sabah absorbed Moroccan’s music different styles.

born 1952

Taqsim: Instrumental Improvisation in Near Eastern Traditions

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This recording presents traditional instrumental solo improvisations performed by Arab and Jewish musicians in Israel. All but one of the taqasim (=pl. form of taqsim, the genre of Middle Eastern instrumental improvisation) are in mainstream urban style, a pan-Middle Eastern style that owes its existence largely to Egyptian musical trends and the Arabic mass media. The cassette is accompanied by a booklet with program notes in Hebrew, Arabic, and English.

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Recordings
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1980

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