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|Omar Faruk Tekbilek|
Genres: World Music, Jazz, New Age, Rock
Brian Keane and Omar Faruk Tekbilek first combined forces on Keane's soundtrack to Suleyman the Magnificent, a film about the great Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. The score, a stunning blend of exotic Turkish instruments... more »
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Brian Keane and Omar Faruk Tekbilek first combined forces on Keane's soundtrack to Suleyman the Magnificent, a film about the great Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. The score, a stunning blend of exotic Turkish instruments and innovative orchestrations, created quite a stir when Celestial Harmonies released the music on a 1988 album by the same title. Although the American guitarist and Turkish multi-instrumentalist hail from very different worlds and backgrounds, they developed a close musical rapport that has since led to another cross-cultural collaboration. Fire Dance is a spirited blend of Middle Eastern and North African instruments, synthesizers, and guitars, supported by sophisticated arrangements and studio techniques. A natural progression from Suleyman the Magnificent, the focus of this new album has been expanded beyond Turkey to include music from North Africa, Egypt, and other Middle Eastern and Arabic sources. For instance, Song of the Pharaohs combines Tekbilek's haunting solos on the flute-like ney with windchime flourishes, distant horns, ethereal synthesizers, and the voices of strangers to create a mystical impression of the distant time of the ancient pharaohs. A Passage East is a showcase for both the Turkish musician's impeccable percussion and Keane's superb guitar chops. Halay is a joyous celebration of driving rhythms and uplifting melodies. Other selections feature the oud (similar to the lute), the zurna (similar to the oboe), and a colorful array of percussion instruments in artful alliance with the best ideas the West has to offer. Fire Dance is an adventure in musical transformation by two consummate musicians who bridge traditions with grace and innovation.
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A Collaboration From Very Different Worlds
Lynden C. Rodriguez | San Bernardino, CA USA | 10/05/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My sister introduced me to Brian Keane and Omar Faruk Tekbilek some time back with a CD called "Whirling." I became so entranced that I could not resist another: Fire Dance! This CD, along with a very few others, has become a mainstay in my daily listening fare. Fire Dance is a collaboration of two masters musicians from very different world. Brian Keane is a guitarist, composer, and award winning producer, scoring more than 40 films. His first collaboration with Tekbilek was the soundtrack to Suleyman the Magnificent. Fire Dance is a natural progression from Suleyman. It blends Middle Eastern and North African instruments with synthesizers, guitar, and sophisticated orchestrations. The focus of Fire Dance expands to include music from North Africa, Egypt, and other Middle Eastern and Arabic sources. In Fire Dance you will find a unique recording embracing many moods. Yet it is energetic and meditative, mystical and joyous. It transports the listener to far away lands and traditions."
A must for any middle eastern dance student
Annette C. Dietz | Boca Raton, FL United States | 02/07/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a fabulous album for Middle Eastern dance warm-ups and practice. It has a variety of styles and tempos: slow songs for practicing flowing arms and undulations, fast songs for working on hip articulation and shimmies. I had this on cassette tape for years and wore it out before buying the CD. Some of my dance CD purchases tend to be trendy, whatever is popular at the moment, but this is a CD I keep listening to when the others have lost their limited appeal."
Em Hotep! This CD does wonders for the soul.
Annette C. Dietz | 03/04/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am someone who listens to a lot of middle eastern and Ancient Egypt music, both Traditional and New Age. I would have to recommend this CD for anyone into Ancient Egyptian sounds, or Middle Eastern Music. It is my favorite CD at the moment, and I listen to it daily. Highly recommended!"