Jordi Savall Performs “Jerusalem” at Rose Theater, May 3rd

April 26, 2010 by  
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In Jerusalem: City of Heavenly and Earthly Peace, Jordi Savall explores how the cultural traditions of the three major monotheistic religions have shaped Jerusalem. This performance will be on Monday, May 3rd at 7:30, Rose Theater, Broadway at 60th, NY. (from press release)

I have one track from Jordi Savall`s Jerusalem album, The Sibylline Oracles (3rd Century B.C.). Jordi Savall plays viele and he has many musicians who play ancient instruments, such as oud, kamancha and dudak. These music forms would be lost were it not for Jordi Savall.

Jordi Savall brings us the music of Dimitrie Cantemir

December 7, 2009 by  
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Dimitrie Cantemir“I would even venture to say that the music of the Turks is much more perfect than that of Europe in terms of metre and the proportion of words, but it is also so difficult to understand that one would be hard put to find more than a handful of individuals with a sound knowledge of the principles and subtleties of this art.” Dimitrie Cantemir-1700

ISTANBUL-Dimitrie Cantemir-“The Book of the Science of Music” and the jordi savallSephardic and Armenian musical traditions is a collection of 21 pieces. This was project of Jordi Savall, something of an extension of his album Orient Occident. Jordi Savall is a Spanish-Catalan viol player, conductor and composer. He is an advocate of early music and has helped to bring the viola da gamba back to life.

Really what Dimitrie Cantemir did with the 1710 publication of The Book of the Science of Music is that he codified Turkish music. Much of this is the instrumental music of the Ottoman court. But Jordi Savall has integrated Sephardic and Armenian music into the project as well. Three different groups of musicians have been brought in that play a variety of instruments, such as ney, tanbur, oud and flute.

Istanbul represents a clearcut demarcation between East and West, both geographically and culturally. Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. It became a unique blend of cultures, yet somehow people managed to live in harmony, in spite of their differences. Cantemir has preserved these gains in music and now Savall has revived these forms for us to behold yet again. It`s on itunes with a 10 page booklet.