Monday’s Music Box: TAIFAS — aires populares

Can’t get away from the work of Mr. Paxariño.  This time with the incredible flamenco guitarist, Nono García and pay attention to Mr. Faín S. Dueñas, the gentleman second from the right, playing the doumbek (the goblet drum, known by many other names including chalice drum, tarabuka, darbuka, debuka, dumbec, dumbeg, dumbelek, toumperleki ).  We will soon be embarking on a backward journey in time.

Well, to be honest, the journey has already begun and Mr. Dueñas plays a central role in this journey.  (I just didn’t tell you…)  It is due to this man that much of my musical tastes have developed as they have.

The gentleman second from the left, Chano Xerez, is playing what is known as a “riq,” a tambourine in the traditional eastern style and played in that unique way, using the ring fingers of both hands to play mostly the zills (or jingles) and only playing the skin of the riq for accents.  Quite a bit different from the way we are used to seeing a tambourine played.  It adds a lovely, effervescent rhythm under the music.

Be warned that if you go searching on Youtube for more from TAIFAS, you will find tons of historic bits about the Muslim-ruled municipalities of Moorish Spain as well as what appears to be a Spanish death-metal band.  For this last, I apologize.

The best place to look is here, on the channel, Espacio Ronda.  They have a number of videos of these amazing gentlemen, all equally worth watching.

Monday’s Music Box: SHAKER, PAXARIÑO – Improvisacion con Kanun y Ney

Something a little different from Mr. Paxariño, for Lynn.

Also for Alice, because her son, I believe, plays the Ney.  Not your ordinary flute!

There are about six recording of these two gentlemen together from two different performances, both on Espacio Ronda.

I watch these performances over and over and over again and I never tire of them.  Simply stunning work.

The instrument that Mr. Shaker is playing is called variously “kanun”, “qanoun” or “qanun”, a type of zither played throughout the Middle East, Central Asia, southeastern Europe and eastern North Africa.

I debated about which of these performances to share first and opted for this one because it gives a great view of the mechanism of the kanun.  It is a fascinating and mind-boggling instrument which you can read more about it here…..which led me down a rather ridiculous series of rabbit-holes into the stupefying world of Arabic music theory.

I will likely share another of their performances next week….


Monday’s Music Box: En un lugar en primavera

Or, “In a place in spring.”

A rather loose “improvisation on world music,” if Google Translate and my memory of Latin can be trusted.

Javier Paxariño is, simply put, a woodwind bad-ass (he’s the guy on the left).  I simply can not get enough of listening to (and watching) his playing.  We’ll be seeing plenty more of him in the future.

The percussionist, Nantha Kumar, is jaw-dropping too, but then, classically trained Indian percussionists just kind of are.

Lots more to come in the future from “Espacio Ronda” on Monday’s Music Box as well.  My favorite Youtube channel.  If you, like me, are a lover of musical styles from around the world, I cannot recommend this channel highly enough.  I regularly get lost in their archives for hours.