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TITLE
The Art Of The 'Ud/Iraq
FORMAT
CD

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OCORA 583068 OCORA 583068
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RELEASE DATE
10/1/2001

The late Munir Bashir was known as "The Emir of the ûd", famous for his long, Indian raga-influenced improvisations. Beautifully presented solo Arabic string music, from a peak performance in 1971. "That incomparable artist of the Baghdad school...recorded in 1971 displaying a perfect balance between fire, melodic invention and classical discipline, reaffirming the purest tradition of taqsîm in a revitalizing of his ancient past....From an obscure instrument used in accompaniment barely known outside the Arab world, the ûd was to become in his hands a vehicle for a mystical or, to use his own expression, a 'metaphysical' musical language. The same phenomenon occurred with Munir Bashir as did Ravi Shankar: the rediscovery of a universal music transcending all frontiers."