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Arabic Music: (Video) Faran Ensemble – Dune (2012)

The Faran Ensemble was formed in 2009 by three musicians sharing similar musical vibes and values, who decided to embark together on a spiritual quest. Their journey, expressed in music and sound, reflects the beauty of nature, traveling through different landscapes, from the clean and quiet desert to luscious green hills, sometimes even passing through the hectic noise of the city.

Faran, is a dry desert wadi, which fills with water and life only in rainy winters; and in the hot season, otherwise silent. It crosses Israel on its way from Sinai, ignoring all borders.

The instruments played originate from esoteric and ancient traditions of the East.

  • KAMANTCHE (Roy Smila) is an ancient musical instrument whose origins are rooted in Azerbaijan.
  • OUD (Gad Tidhar), one of the most ancient string instruments, is found anywhere it is customary to have very strong and dark tea in a small cup. (other OUD composition you can find here).
  • The PERCUSSION (Refael Ben-Zichry) which have been in use since the first human heartbeat.

The composed works reflect all of these as they were composed together by the four ensemble members. Both the composition-works and the musicians are deeply influenced by the Eastern musical system called ‘Maqam‘ .

Maqam in translation means all at once a physical place in the musical scale, the fingers’ placing on the strings and the melody which expresses this. But more than that, ‘Maqam’ refers to a meditative place. A state that the player must be attended so the music will be played as it should be. In ancient cultures each Maqam has its own particular hour in the day, season and a specific ceremonial connection. (Youtube Description)

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