CD: Daqat II
Ibrahim El Minyawi & Ali El Minyawi
Ibrahim El Minyawi is a charismatic musician, who can contend with heavyweights of the world´s percussion masters. He embodies the traditional earthbound rhythms of his Egyptian home like no other. His sensibility and his percussion technique have made him one of the undisputed virtuosos worldwide on his instrument, the tabla. For over 40 years, he has played in top venues throughout Europe and the Arabian world. Together with his son Ali El Minyawi, he creates new variations of century-old traditions without losing sight of his roots.
This CD comes with an outstanding 20 pages booklet with photos and historical documentation. Total playing time 50 mins, 12 pieces, recorded in Zurich 2004, released in September 2009.
Cie Tanz Raum with Ibrahim & Ali El Minyawi
Abyad signifies white. White is both the absence and the sum of all colours. White stands for the beginning and the end of life and symbolizes its cyclical course. Life begins with a breath and the tender emotions of waking up. Slowly, we become aware of ourselves and our own movements, apprehending and discovering our surroundings. In time with the beating of the drums, spirals gyrate and slowly take control of the body´s axis. Circling, the bodies follow their course through space. Gradually, the diversity of life spreads out like a fan: the improvisation of the instruments, the singer´s passionate voice, the different qualities of movement of the dancers as they perform their solos or choreographed group pieces, the beat of the percussionist´s drums. They all tell of the ups and downs of life with its wide spectrum of colours and sounds. Until finally, everything retreats to silence, to pure white light, to birth and a new beginning.
Artistic direction: Claudia Heinle & Ibrahim el Minyawi
Dance: Claudia Heinle, Caroline Chevat, Karin Schemmann
Live Percussion: Ibrahim el Minyawi and Ali el Minyawi.
Length: 60 mins.
CD: Al Masdar
With Rais Mohamed Murad Metqali & Ibrahim el Minyawi and and the famous rababa & mizmar musicians from Upper Egypt.
Al Masdar – The source – Old masters and talented young musicians perform the traditional music of Upper Egypt in all its beauty. A selection of songs, mystical melodies, improvisations and pieces recorded for the first time pay tribute to the authentic sound of the ancient instruments. Along with the CD comes a 24 pages CD booklet with photos and articles in detail on the pieces, the instruments, the musicians, their art and lives.
60 mins, traditional Sha´abi Musik and singing, instrumental, Mizmar and Rababa, recorded in Cairo 2007.
DVD: Schemm En Nassim
Cie Al Fajr
Through the choreographic language of Marie al Fajr and the innovative music of Georges Kazazian, the traditional Egyptian aesthetic, with its wealth of movement, rhythm and music, has been developed into a contemporary artistic expression. “Shemm en nassim” takes us back to the days when Egypt was ruled by the life-giving cycles of the Nile. The scent of budding nature inspires images of ancient times and sets the momentum for the choreography. Percussion virtuoso Ibrahim el Minyawi accompanies the choreography and challenges the dancers with improvised rhythms.
Artistic direction: Marie Al Fajr
Dance: M. Al Fajr, Ainhoa Izagirre, Carina Westling, Claudia Heinle
Live Percussion: Ibrahim el Minyawi & Ali el Minyawi.
Length: 60 mins.
CD: Dinga Dinga
Ruh El Fuad (voice, sagat), Ibrahim El Minyawi (tablah, doff), Mohamed Yousif (sax, clarinet), Sayed Gonem (nay) Khaid Gaber (accordeon), Ali el Minyawi (dahulla), Osman Ali (doff), Qtb el Minyawi (doff).
Dinga Dinga with the great baladi singer Ruh el Fuad and her ensemble was captured in Cairo´s foremost sound recording studio with techniques developed specially for this type of music, in June 2005. The voice of Ruh brings us the beauty of baladi music with a new version of her famous piece “dinga dinga”, mesmerizing mawaweel, and songs from the traditional baladi repertoire of Egypt. Dinga Dinga is a must-have for passionate world music afficionados, dancers, and lovers of Egypt cultural heritage.
40 mins, traditional baladi songs, recorded in Cairo in 2005.
Farouk Mohamed Hassan, Mostafa Sax, Ibrahim el Minyawi and Mamdouh Hashim.
Farouk Mohamed Hassan, Mostafa Sax, Ibrahim el Minyawi and Mamdouh Hashim dedicate this CD to the art of Baladi music. At the beginning of 2004, these outstanding musicians who have been friends for 35 years, reunited in Cairo for an exceptional music session, playing their tradition of “Egyptian Baladi music”, or “Egyptian popular jazz”, the music they all grew up with. The outstanding improvisations on accordion, saxophone, kawala and tabla, supported in the most exquisite way by the other musicians, are traditional and modern at the same time.
53 mins, 9 tracks featuring traditional repertoire and new compositions of baladi music.
Georges Kazazian & Ibrahim El Minyawi
Azraq is a unique meeting of Georges Kazazian, composer and Ud player, and Ibrahim el Minyawi, master of Egyptian percussion. These two artists came together in Cairo to create a suite of duos, remarkable as much for their finesse and the beauty of their playing as for the way in which each piece of music flows almost imperceptibly into the next.
Georges Kazazian (ud) Wael Fawzy (qanun), Ragab Sadek (tablah, doff, riqq), Shady Abdel Salam (violine), Khaled Youssef (violoncello), Mohamad Seif El Yazal (contrabass) Ayman Bergas (nay).
The composer and oud player Georges Kazazian is considered as one of the most interesting innovators in Egyptian music. With Monaga he presents a new composition based on Egyptian classical music. In this CD he approaches the classical repertoire in a completely novel way, at one and the same time traditional, modern and original.
59 mins, four modern compositions based on traditional classical takht ensemble registered in Beit el Harawy, Cairo 2001.
Ibrahim El Minyawi & Ali El Minyawi
The Egyptian master percussionist Ibrahim El Minyawi presents mesmerizing improvisations and variations on traditional Egyptian rythms. In his fine playing he develops his music from the simple to the complex, from the traditional to the innovative, in a never ending source of inspiration. Ibrahim El Minyawi reaches a level of perfection and virtuosity on the Egyptian Tablah never recorded before.
Spirit of the Heart 1999
Ruh El Fuad (vocals, sagat), Tawfik Dawoud (accordion), Mohamad Sabry (flute, oud), Kamel Sheiha (sax), Ibrahim El Minyawi (tablah), Mustafa Abdel Aziz (dahulla, arghul), Osman Aly (doff and mazhar)
Spirit of the Heart is a unique live recording of the famous Baladi Singer Ruh el Fuad. She sings a strong emotive mawwaal, leading into a sweet Baladi song and finally moving on to the epic song of the Moulid. The excellent musicians Tawfik Dawoud, Mohamad Sabry and Kamel Sheiha come from the original school of Baladi. The works include an exciting Ashra Baladi and other traditional Baladi songs. Another jewel on this CD is a unique improvisation on Arghul played by the master musicians Mustafa Abdelaziz and Ibrahim el Minyawi. This music has been arranged for the choreographer and dancer Suraya Hilal.
77 mins, 10 pieces, 6 traditional Baladi songs and instrumental pieces (ashra baladi), arranged for dance. Recorded live in Manchester, RNCM, 1998.
Abdel Aziz El Sayyed (qanun), Bashir Abdel Aal (nai), Al Sheik Taha (accordeon), Bahig Ramzy (kamangah), Ali Srour (oud), Ibrahim el Minyawi (tablah), Hamid Mustapha (Contra Bass), Samir Bin Ya Amin (Req), Farouk el Safi (doff), Issam Al Matrawi (doff)
is a live recording of selected pieces of the highest quality art music written for the great singer Um Kulthoum, as well as the best pieces of Mohammed Abdel Wahab and Farid El Altrache. The classical music of this CD has been aranged for the choreographer and dancer Suraya Hilal and also contains one of the most beautiful baladi pieces by Sheik Taha and an exciting solo tablah by Ibrahim el Minyawi.
72 mins, 10 pieces, classical music, one flute solo, tablah soli, one ashra baladi, all pieces are arranged for dance.
CD: Music of the Ghawazee
Various folk artists from Upper Egypt
Recorded in Upper Egypt during the 70ies this music is an incredible source of traditional Egyptian music played by the old masters of their art. Famous groups like the Abu Heraji mizmar ensemble, Abu Murad, Qenawi Mizmar band, and the voices of the Banat Mazin, the famous ghawazee dancers from Upper Egypt contribute to this unique recording. This CD is of particular interest for dancers interested in the traditional repertoire and music ethnologists. It includes four dances played for the Banat Maazin: a cane dance accompanied by salameya, tar and tabla, and rabab music played by the Metqal ensemble.
Recorded by Aisha Ali in the 1970ies.
CD: Music of the Fellahin
Various folk artists from lower and upper Egypt
Recorded in Upper and Lower Egypt, this music presents a variety of Ghawazee dance songs, folk songs, as well as purely instrumental dance music. It is a precious contribution to savegard the music heritage of Egypt and is of particular interest for dancers and music ethnologists. It includes saidi music by Abu Heraji masters of mizmar, ghawazee songs by the Banat Mazin, an improvisation on arghul by Mustapha Abdel Aziz, a song by Shamandi and a bedouin version of the popular song Khudni Ma’ek with nay, darbouka and riqq.
Recorded by Aisha Ali in the 1970ies
CD: 40 Rhythms from the Middle East
Adel Shams El Din
This CD presents 40 rhythms from the Middle East, played by the master percussionist Adel Shams el Din, who is particularly skilled in playing the riqq. The music takes you on a mesmerising trip through the Arab world and on a journey in time through the diverse and complex traditional rhythms, whether in folk or art music.
The CD includes a booklet with the notation of the rhythmic cycles and their explanations.
DVD: Dances of Egypt
This 60-minute DVD gives an intimate view of a variety of Egypt music and dance performances, with glimpses of the countryside, the people and their lifestyles. The performances take place in cities, towns and villages throughout Egypt. This material has been filmed by Aisha Ali between 1971 and 1988. It contains presentations of a wedding procession (Zaffah), a trance ritual (Zar), a combat dance (Tahtib), the Babutiya dance from Port Said and the Ghawazee dance therefore it has an important archival value.
The material for Akhou has its source in the spiritual and aesthetic world of ancient Egypt. The hieroglyph Akhou depicts the sun’s dazzling light. Akhou deals with light and the duality associated with it. We examine it from every angle, from the tiniest particle to the divine; cells, breath, space and the universe. These processes take us into another dimension of time, another dimension of movement and another dimension of consciousness. Akhou represents the journey of light and, in a deeper sense, the journey of the soul. length: 56 mins
Caroline Chevat, Claudia Heinle, Karin Schemmann
Ibrahim El Minyawi, Caroline Chevat
Georges Kazazian, Murad Adli, Hussain Yahia
»Not a whisper, rustle or a cough.
The audience is veiled in breathless silence.«
südkurier konstanz 2011