Al-Turath Ensemble

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The Al Turath Ensemble (فــرقــة الــتـراث) is a Syrian classical Arabic musical ensemble founded in 1954 by Sabri Mudallah. Leadership passed to Mohammed Hammadye (مــحــمــد حــمـّـــادي) in 1985 who added instrumentalists to what had previously been only a vocal ensemble. The term al turath means "heritage." Their repertoire centres on muwashshahs of Aleppo.

Their discography includes:

  • Jardines de Jazmín - Gardens of Jasmine 2001. Wasla sikah "Hozam." Al Turath Ensemble: Mohammed Hammadye (leader); Ali Anjirini, Dya A Kabbani, Ahmad Shokri, Malek Zayat (vocals); Abdul Rahim Ajim (ud); Imad Molki (qanun); Tofik Al Ramadan (nay); Abdul Rahman Miri (darbuka); Salah ddin Dabbagh (riqq).[1]
  • Hermana de la Luna - Sister of the Moon Wasla rast. 2001
  • The Music of Spanish al-Andalus. Almaviva DS-0123.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goldberg Early music magazine 2004 "Aire de Al-Andalus PNEUMA ... and performed by the Al Turath Ensemble with Tofik al Ramadan as the sublimely virtuosic nay soloist."
  2. ^ Jonathan Holt Shannon Among the jasmine trees: music and modernity in contemporary Syria - 2006 "The Music of Spanish al-Andalus. Almaviva DS-0123."