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Omar Souleyman

Syrian Disco @ Glastonbury Festival

The BBC’s coverage of Glastonbury Festival 2011 seemed to include only one “World Music” artist, Omar Souleyman from Syria.  His set was a fantastic opportunity to embrace something of the spirit of the modern Syrian music format which was one guy on synths (playing both traditional melodic riffs  and percussive fills) and a Setar player doubling up on the riffs, and Omar himself who was not so much the lead singer, but the charismatic front man who was the face of the music, occasionally giving shououts to himself or singing a little riff on the main melody line.  Most of all he was looking cool in his shades and middle eastern attire .

The sonic spectrum of electronica that they were using are characterised by the basic and rawness that is typical of modern middle eastern popular music. Keyboards must be able to use Quarter tones in order to play the traditional melodic riffs and bigger synthesiser manufacturers like Korg, Roland & Yamaha do not market synths with quarter tone capability, so its down to smaller manufacturers like GEM to cater for the Specialist Middle Eastern / Arabic music markets. Our Moroccan musician friends have a special additional pad plugged into their GEM keyboard, that was used to shift tunings on the main keyboard, allowing them to reach all the notes they needed for each composition.

Of course, in many ways I would have preferred to hear these tunes played by a 15 piece Arabic Ensemble with Oud, Setar, Tar, Daf and Doumbak. But part of the raw charm of the music comes form being part of the typical sound of Arabic Pop.

Photos by Valerio Berdini

Buy the album from Omar Souleyman on the awesome label, Sublime Frequencies.

Omar Souleyman: Jazeera Nights

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Glade Festival 2011

Noodreem has been invited to appear at this years Glade Festival.  The Glade takes place 10, 11, 12 June 2011  and is the UK’s foremost Electronica and Dance music festival with a particular leaning to the less commercial aspects of the Electronic Music Scene therefore guaranteeing highly experimental and awesome new music. Headlining this years Glade are Trentemoller, Global Communications, Andrew Wetherall, Dreadzone, London Elektricity and Photek.  Glade showcases both new and established artists and constantly makes effort to produce a world class, modern tribal technological festival.

Noodreem on the Inspiral Stage

Noodreem will be appearing on the most excellent Inspiral Stage on the last day of the event.  He will be premiering new tracks and mixes at Glade, sharing beautful ethnotronic psychedelic ambience; a sonic parachute to create a gentle landing after the exceptional highs over the weekend!  He will be The stage will feature such ambient luminaries throughout the weekend as International Observer, Ishq, Mixmaster Morris and Tripswitch.



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Maha Shivratri

We wish you Happy Maha Shivratri 2010

There are many beliefs about Lord Shiva and his night of Maha Shivratri, one of our favourites is that this is the night of Lord Shiva’s Cosmic Dance of the Ananda Tandava (Dance of Bliss).  May his Grace bless you in these days and the dance of bliss extend to all fellow Brothers and Sisters of our Beautiful Planet.

The significance of the Nataraja sculpture is said to be that Siva is shown as the source of all movement within the cosmos, represented by the arch of flames. The purpose of the dance is to release men from illusion, and the place where it is said to have been performed, Chidambaram, called the centre of the universe, is in reality within the heart. The gestures of the dance represent Siva’s five activities (pañcakrtya): creation (symbolized by the drum), protection (by the “fear-not” pose of the hand), destruction (by the fire), embodiment (by the foot planted on the ground), and release (by the foot held aloft).