Music from Palestina – Mohsen Subhi

Mohsen Subhi (arabic: محسن صبحي‎) born in 1963 was a palestinian composer, who died in 2009. Born in Ramallah, he became a master oud player and composer of arabian music. Listen to his nice piece “Oubour”:

 

Music from Palestina – Azam Ali & Naser Musa

“The Spirit of Sumud” A photography exhibition by photographer James Prineas.Faith (Eman) composed by Palestinian composer Naser Musa.
Performed by Azam Ali & Naser Musa

Azam Ali was very taken by these photographs of Palestine and the Palestinian people and asked Alfred Madain  if he can put them together in a video format to the song faith from her new album From Night to the Edge of Day.

Music from Lebanon / the US – Joseph Eid

Originally born in Liberia, Joseph Eid grew up in the suburbs of New York.  He was raised in a strict and traditional home where the arts were only supported as a hobbie and never a career.  So when it was time for college, he studied psychology and pre-med but all the while, he was always dreaming about a career in music.  After his first semester in Medical school, the dream got too big to hold and Joseph made the bold choice of dropping out and moving to New York City to pursue music.  He joined a band, picked up a guitar, and the songs poured out like rain.  His journey led him to Los Angeles in 2007 where he started playing regularly at open mikes and showcases.  Shortly after, he began working with world-renowned guitarist/songwriter David Lamar, honing his songwriting at weekly showcases at the Stone Bar, leading the prolific singer/songwriter to write over 30 new songs as well as record his Debut EP Cardiac Output (josepheidmusic.com).

The result of his work is his first released studio album ‘Human’ on november 19th. Listen to his first single “Ready Now”, an amazing piece, where Eid is playing with the rythm and a lush instrumentation. Also a really good video!

Music from the US/ Armenia – Ryan Weber

Ryan Weber starting his own solo project “REW<<” is best known for beeing part of Eric & Magill, where he wrote some pieces, e.g. ‘All those I know’. Born in Wisconsin, US, he grew up and started playing some music with friends there. He’s a part armenian and was traveling around the world for some years, getting influenced by different music styles as Lingala and Tarab music from Kenya. While he wrote REW<< , he was traveling back to the United States after living in Kenya for two years. He describes this record as his emotions he felt while traveling and ending a chapter in his life. Ryan Weber wrote and recorded in hotel rooms in Kenya, India, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia. He describes this in this way: ‘I think rather than being influenced by genre, I’m influenced by my surrounding, music is a component of surrounding, but not the whole, as am I, thus I try to channel what I’m feeling in that setting.’ Listen to “Departeueres“, an amazing collection of records, fitting perfectly here. Thanks Ryan Weber for these amazing sounds!

“While listening to Ryan Weber’s album “Departeueres” you could really chill down and enjoy these amazing soft dream pop melodies”

Music from Russia/ Israel – Eugene Berger

Eugene Berger is a professional progressive rock, fusion and funk guitarist. He also works as a  studio and recording artist, as a composer, as a song arranger, as a music producer and as a guitar teacher. He was born in St. Petersburg and moved to Tel Aviv in 1992. Listen to his piece “Triple Core”:

Music from Japan – Kodo

Kodo is a japanese Taiko Drum ensemble, founded 1976 under the name Sado non Kuni – Ondekoza , they gave their debut under the new  name 1981 on the Berlin Festival. Kodo means “Children of Drums ” or in another meaning “Heartbeat”, the band consists of 24 artists

Here is their sample “Spirit of Taiko “

 

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Music from Iran/Sweden – Arash

Arash, born in 1978 in Tehran is an irianian singer who’s living in Sweden since his childhood. Listen to his nice song “Pure Love” featuring Helena Josefsson:

Music from Mongolia – Sa Dingding

Sa Dingding (born December 23, 1983 in Inner Mongolia) is a singer and composer from China. Her  ethnicity is Mongolian.Sa Dingding soon came into contact with music. Until she was six years old she lived among nomads in the Mongolian grasslands. There she was influenced by, among other things, the music of the horse-head fiddle and the Guzheng. 2006 a trendscout found her demotape .2007 she released her first album , which has been sold over 2 million times in China.

Here is her song “The coming Ones “