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Saturday, November 21, 2015 Favoriting
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) Favoriting / Singles Overview 1974 - 1977 / Pharaway Sounds / * (0:00:00 Pop-up)

The Devil's Anvil: Besaha Favoriting / Hard Rock From The Middle East / Columbia (0:05:58 Pop-up)

Raks: Raks Dance Favoriting / Various Artists: Waking Up Sheherazade / Ali Baba and His 40 (0:07:03 Pop-up)

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

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

Mekaal Hasan Band: Andholan Favoriting / Live in Baroda (0:19:12 Pop-up)

Khiyo: Akashta Favoriting / Bengali Music With a London Sound / ARC Music / * (0:26:37 Pop-up)

Čankišou: Frida Favoriting / Supay / Indies Scope / * (0:31:42 Pop-up)

Shantel & Areti Ketime: East West Favoriting / Viva Diaspora / Essay Recordings / * (0:36:55 Pop-up)

Volga: Bad Husband Favoriting / Kumushki Pjut / Asphalt Tango (0:40:13 Pop-up)

Niyaz: The Triumph of Love (Sabza Ba Naz) Favoriting / Fourth Light / Six Degrees (0:47:26 Pop-up)

Ozan Doğulu feat. Model: Dağılmak İstiyorum Favoriting (0:51:59 Pop-up)

Elektra Kurtis & Ensemble Elektra: Hasaposerviko Favoriting / Bridges From the East / * (0:56:38 Pop-up)

Sabah: Zay el Asal Favoriting (1:05:12 Pop-up)

Farid El Atrache: Bosat El Reeh / Medley Favoriting (1:11:46 Pop-up)

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

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

Kareem Roustom: Victory for Budrus Favoriting / Budrus (Original Soundtrack Recording) (1:48:15 Pop-up)

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

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

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

Ross Daly: Synkathistos Favoriting / The Other Side (2:30:09 Pop-up)
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 Favoriting / Sikoses / * (2:35:00 Pop-up)

Pece Atanasovski and Ensemble: Tropnalo Oro Favoriting / Macedonian Dances Of Pece Atanasovski 1 (2:38:24 Pop-up)

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

Lamia Bèdioui and the Desert Fish: To Oniro (To Dream) Favoriting / Athamra / * (2:43:59 Pop-up)

Smadj: Smadjibe Favoriting (2:50:39 Pop-up)

Listener comments!

  🌍 Swag For Life Member 6:08pm nodice:

My favorite song!
  6:26pm Carmichael:

Heya Rob and listeners.
  6:28pm Looms:

Heya Rob, Carm & listeneners.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:29pm Rob W:

Good evening everyone, thanks for listening!
  🌍 Swag For Life Member 6:29pm nodice:

Heya Rob, Carm, Looms & listeners.
  6:30pm Looms:

Heya nodice
  🌍 Swag For Life Member 6:35pm nodice:

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

loving the music!! then the station disappeared ( 90.1 ). .. transmitter trouble? who do i alert?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:44pm Rob W:

Thanks Linda - I will alert Station Manager Ken...
  6:45pm Linda Lee:

thanks Rob! sorry to miss this fantastic music ..
  6:46pm Looms:

(so far so good on the pop-up plaver)
  6:48pm Linda Lee:

i listen to airwaves ..
  6:49pm Linda Lee:

just getting a hiss right now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:51pm Rob W:

Thanks Linda - Ken is checking on the 90.1 frequency now. - R.
  6:53pm Linda Lee:

just got it back!
  6:53pm Linda Lee:

i wonder what happened?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 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 7:06pm Bas NL:

Hello Rob and all! Already a great program!
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 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.
  7:11pm Linda Lee:

so glad i can hear this great music. thank you Rob and Ken!!
Avatar 7:14pm Looms:

(checking in without any math question) : Hi Bas!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:16pm Rob W:

Well Bas, clearly you inherited your good taste from your parents!
  7:17pm Looms:

(checking in with zee math question) : I love the math question.
Nice show Rob!
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 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!
  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 7:31pm Bas NL:

Just throwing this in mid way.. really interesting talk with Mr Hanna Khoury!
Avatar 7:31pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Yes it is !
...All killer no filler Rob ! You deliver! Thx.
  7:33pm Looms:

(what Bas said)
Avatar 7:37pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Crazy beautiful this.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:37pm Rob W:

Yes, Sonia M'Barek is pretty amazing - thanks RR!
  8:01pm Linda Lee:

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

good vibes, again. thx!
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 8:12pm Bas NL:

  8:14pm Looms:

@Hanna Khoury: thanks for your relevant work, and heartful wishes!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:17pm Rob W:

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

Please do that Rob, thx!
  8:22pm Linda Lee:

enjoying the instrumentals very much!
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 8:54pm Ken From Hyde Park:

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

Thanks Rob!
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