Middle Eastern Music From Brooklyn: Baharat Band’s New CD

BaharatArtist: Baharat Band
Titel: Mosaics
Label: self-produced
Genre: Middle Eastern music/World/Belly dance music

CD Review by Dawoud Kringle

“Baharat” is an Arabic word for a spice blend that varies from different regions. As spices were traded along the trade routes so were musical instruments, which evolved in an original way to their respective culture. With this idea as conceptual foundation, Baharat Band is a band of Brooklyn based ensemble whose compositions and improvisations are influenced by music from various cultures from Africa to Asia, though primarily from the Middle East. They were founded by Michael Burdi (oud) and his brother Jerome Burdi (percussion), and joined by Jeff Campoli (percussion) and Enrique Mancia (bass). They are joined by guest musicians Adam Maalouf (riq), Hanna Madbek (guitar, vocals), and Cody Rowlands (trumpet).

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Film Music Documentary: “Jaco” (P.2)

JACO PASTORIUSRead P.1 here:
 http://www.doobeedoobeedoo.info/?p=26869 – Review by Dawoud Kringle

Ironically, it was the height of Jaco Pastorius‘s success that brought out his worst demons. He had problems with drugs and alcohol, problems with his marriages, business problems, and the pressures of fame. It all took its toll on him.

The documentary spent a lot of time focusing on his technique and how it developed. His use of harmonics, fretless techniques, etc. were all things that Jaco used and redefined in unprecedented ways. But much of it focused on his downward spiral. The producers approached this with sensitivity, yet without the attempt to whitewash anything. Within the tragedy and pathos of the last years of his life, there were, however, moments of light.

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Film Music Documentary: “Jaco” (P.1)

Review by Dawoud Kringle

Photo by Claus Eckert (www.claus-eckert.com)

Bass iconoclast Jaco Pastorius (seen here in 1986) is the subject of a new documentary produced by Metallica’s Robert Trujillo.

Legendary musicians like Jaco Pastorius are the stuff of which documentary makers dream. He was an unparalleled musical genius, innovator, outgoing public figure, and, sadly, self destructive tragic figure. Netflix recently released the eponymously titled documentary, produced by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo.

The film opens with abstract visuals depicting jazz imagery to the subconscious mind, a swinging jazz piece in the background, and clips of a variety of people talking about what a bad cat Jaco was.

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MFM Workshop: “Make Music Your Business #4”

Ken UmezakiA MFM Workshop About The Digital Ecosystem with Ken Umezaki, President of Digital Daruma

Ken will be leading a special workshop for MFM members and aspiring musicians on making music and business go hand in hand. He will provide real world advice using his experiences starting Digital Daruma.

The digital economy has commoditized music, with profound ramifications for musicians or creators, consumers and the music industry across everything they do. The fundamental shift to a commodity business has created many challenges but, more importantly, tremendous opportunities for the music business to innovate and grow in ways that would not be possible without the digital ecosystem for media assets. Ken discusses his perspective on the future of music as a commodity business, and the foundations that need to be built in order for musicians and the business to succeed in this digital era. Read more here: http://musiciansformusicians.org/event/mfm-workshop-make-music-business-4/ Continue reading