The Qadim Ensemble
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Devotional music, love songs, and folk tunes from throughout the Middle East, performed on traditional instruments with authenticity and soul. These ancient melodies and improvisations, with lyrics in Arabic, Hebrew, Armenian and Turkish, span the ages.
The CD features:
Rachel Valfer- oud, vocals, kemanche
Eliyahu Sills- ney, oud, bansuri, saz, vocals, upright bass
Faisal Zedan- bendir, dhola, riqq, bendir
Bouchaib Abdelhadi-darbuka, vocals
John Villa- qarqaba, morrocan tablas, doira
Evan Fraser- kalimba, zabumba,
Fares Hedayati- zarb, daf
Produced & mixed by Jef Stott & Eliyahu Sills for Embarka Records
Qadim is a word found in both Arabic and Hebrew meaning 'ancient' as well as 'that which will come.' The Qadim Ensemble plays music inspired by traditions of the Near East, bringing the richness and beauty of these ancient melodies to contemporary audiences. Their repertoire includes Arabic, Jewish, Turkish Sufi, Hebrew-Yemenite,Armenian, Greek and Moroccan music, celebrating the common musical and spiritual heritage of the region's ancient cultures, while also honoring the great diversity found within them.
Acclaimed for their passionate performances, Qadim is comprised of an ensemble of accomplished and acclaimed musicians. The San Francisco Bay Area-based group has attracted a growing global audience who are responding to their authentic musicianship and timely message.