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Saturday, November 21, 2015 Options
Hanna Khoury of Philly Arab Culture Hotbed Al-Bustan

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Violin virtuoso Hanna Khoury is Music Director of Philadelphia non-profit Al Bustan Seeds of Culture, dedicated to sharing Arab culture through the arts. He'll lead Al-Bustan's Takht ensemble, joined by singer Dalal Abu Amneh and contemporary choral group The Crossing, at a big concert Saturday December 5th at Bryn Mawr college. It's the culmination of a season-long project, Words Adorned, blending ancient and contemporary musical and poetic forms. Hanna is also an in-demand accompanist for artists from Fairuz to Shakira - and he's pursuing a doctorate in ethnomusicology. He'll still manage to find a little time to visit with us on today's show.

Photo of Hanna Khoury (above) is by Jacques-Jean Tiziou.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Edip Akbayram ve Dostlar: Gam Ustune Gam Yapilir (Sorrow and More Sorrow) Options / Singles Overview 1974 - 1977 / Pharaway Sounds / * (0:00:00 )

The Devil's Anvil: Besaha Options / Hard Rock From The Middle East / Columbia (0:05:58 )

Raks: Raks Dance Options / Various Artists: Waking Up Sheherazade / Ali Baba and His 40 (0:07:03 )

Halim "Janda-Ku" Yatim + The Sangam Boys: Jauh Pandangan Options / Various Artists: Pop Yeh Yeh / Sublime Frequencies (0:09:23 )

Hayvanlar Alemi: Biz Bir Alleyiz Options / Visions of a Psychedelic Ankara / Glitterbeat (0:12:20 )
Malaysian song, I believe

Mekaal Hasan Band: Andholan Options / Live in Baroda (0:19:12 )

Khiyo: Akashta Options / Bengali Music With a London Sound / ARC Music / * (0:26:37 )

Čankišou: Frida Options / Supay / Indies Scope / * (0:31:42 )

Shantel & Areti Ketime: East West Options / Viva Diaspora / Essay Recordings / * (0:36:55 )

Volga: Bad Husband Options / Kumushki Pjut / Asphalt Tango (0:40:13 )

Niyaz: The Triumph of Love (Sabza Ba Naz) Options / Fourth Light / Six Degrees (0:47:26 )

Ozan Doğulu feat. Model: Dağılmak İstiyorum Options (0:51:59 )

Elektra Kurtis & Ensemble Elektra: Hasaposerviko Options / Bridges From the East / * (0:56:38 )

Sabah: Zay el Asal Options (1:05:12 )

Farid El Atrache: Bosat El Reeh / Medley Options (1:11:46 )

Sonia M'Barek and Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble: Drub Al​-​Hayat / The Paths Of Life Options / Journey / Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture (1:27:34 )

Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble, Composition by Kinan Abou-Afach: Karneval Options (1:46:16 )
From the AlBustan YouTube stream,

Kareem Roustom : Victory for Budrus Options / Budrus (Original Soundtrack Recording) (1:48:15 )

Sonia M'Barek and Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble: Jadakal Ghaythu (The Rain Falls Upon You) Options (1:56:01 )
From the AlBustan YouTube stream,

Husnu Senlendirici and Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble: Morning Options / Journey / Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture (2:11:24 )

Jason Vieux and Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble: Speak Options / Journey / Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture (2:15:04 )

Ross Daly: Synkathistos Options / The Other Side (2:30:09 )
GIG: Dec 4 (Fri) Carnegie Hall Zankel Hall, 881 7th Ave: Ross Daly, Cretan Lyra and string instruments. With Kelly Thoma, Cretan Lyra, Miles Jay, bass and Marija Katsouna, percussion. 8:30 pm.

Monsieur Doumani: The Popayes Options / Sikoses / * (2:35:00 )

Pece Atanasovski and Ensemble: Tropnalo Oro Options / Macedonian Dances Of Pece Atanasovski 1 (2:38:24 )

Ensemble Oni Wytars: Dudul Options / On the Way to Bethlehem - Music of Medieval Pilgrim / Naxos (2:41:24 )

Lamia Bèdioui and the Desert Fish: To Oniro (To Dream) Options / Athamra / * (2:43:59 )

Smadj: Smadjibe Options (2:50:39 )

Listener comments!

     Sat. 11/21/15 6:08pm nodice:

My favorite song!
  Sat. 11/21/15 6:26pm Carmichael:

Heya Rob and listeners.
  Sat. 11/21/15 6:28pm Looms:

Heya Rob, Carm & listeneners.
Avatar    Sat. 11/21/15 6:29pm Rob W:

Good evening everyone, thanks for listening!
     Sat. 11/21/15 6:29pm nodice:

Heya Rob, Carm, Looms & listeners.
  Sat. 11/21/15 6:30pm Looms:

Heya nodice
     Sat. 11/21/15 6:35pm nodice:

Rob, this is great stuff. Very relevant to our email convo from awhile back.
  Sat. 11/21/15 6:38pm Linda Lee:

loving the music!! then the station disappeared ( 90.1 ). .. transmitter trouble? who do i alert?
Avatar    Sat. 11/21/15 6:44pm Rob W:

Thanks Linda - I will alert Station Manager Ken...
  Sat. 11/21/15 6:45pm Linda Lee:

thanks Rob! sorry to miss this fantastic music ..
  Sat. 11/21/15 6:46pm Looms:

(so far so good on the pop-up plaver)
  Sat. 11/21/15 6:48pm Linda Lee:

i listen to airwaves ..
  Sat. 11/21/15 6:49pm Linda Lee:

just getting a hiss right now.
Avatar    Sat. 11/21/15 6:51pm Rob W:

Thanks Linda - Ken is checking on the 90.1 frequency now. - R.
  Sat. 11/21/15 6:53pm Linda Lee:

just got it back!
  Sat. 11/21/15 6:53pm Linda Lee:

i wonder what happened?
Avatar    Sat. 11/21/15 7:02pm Rob W:

Don't know - Ken would know if we actually went off the air but since it's OK now, unless there is a problem later, I'm not likely to hear back from him.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 11/21/15 7:06pm Bas NL:

Hello Rob and all! Already a great program!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 11/21/15 7:11pm Bas NL:

Hah.. this brings back memories. I listened and sang along (or tried..) to this Sabah song from a 'best of' my parents bought back in the 70ies. Beautiful music.
  Sat. 11/21/15 7:11pm Linda Lee:

so glad i can hear this great music. thank you Rob and Ken!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 11/21/15 7:14pm Looms:

(checking in without any math question) : Hi Bas!
Avatar    Sat. 11/21/15 7:16pm Rob W:

Well Bas, clearly you inherited your good taste from your parents!
  Sat. 11/21/15 7:17pm Looms:

(checking in with zee math question) : I love the math question.
Nice show Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 11/21/15 7:18pm Bas NL:

Hi @Looms! And yes, i guess as much @Rob; Farid El Atrache was on regular rotation as well, although not this one.. it's fantastic!
  Sat. 11/21/15 7:20pm Linda Lee:

love hearing these sounds on a cold, dark night. i'm transported to a brighter place. saved!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 11/21/15 7:31pm Bas NL:

Just throwing this in mid way.. really interesting talk with Mr Hanna Khoury!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/21/15 7:31pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Yes it is !
...All killer no filler Rob ! You deliver! Thx.
  Sat. 11/21/15 7:33pm Looms:

(what Bas said)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/21/15 7:37pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Crazy beautiful this.
Avatar    Sat. 11/21/15 7:37pm Rob W:

Yes, Sonia M'Barek is pretty amazing - thanks RR!
  Sat. 11/21/15 8:01pm Linda Lee:

stunning .. stunning music. so much can be sung without the hysterics western singers do love.
  Sat. 11/21/15 8:06pm Looms:

good vibes, again. thx!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 11/21/15 8:12pm Bas NL:

  Sat. 11/21/15 8:14pm Looms:

@Hanna Khoury: thanks for your relevant work, and heartful wishes!
Avatar    Sat. 11/21/15 8:17pm Rob W:

Thanks Looms. Our chat is pre-recorded but I'll pass that along to Hanna!
  Sat. 11/21/15 8:21pm Looms:

Please do that Rob, thx!
  Sat. 11/21/15 8:22pm Linda Lee:

enjoying the instrumentals very much!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 11/21/15 8:54pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Been lurking along much of the evening. Thanks for tonight's show, Rob.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 11/21/15 8:59pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob!
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