Monday, December 14, 2009

Remembering Ilyas Malayev: Tonight, Monday, Dec. 14, Center for Jewish History

Our Collide Quartet show on Friday in Philadelphia with Tim Berne, Marc Ducret, and Tom Rainey was a blast. It was really exciting to be a part of this weekend dedicated to Berne's compositions. Nice room, great music, engaged audience: can't beat that. After sweating through Berne's quartet Repulsion and the sextet Quicksand, when we were joined by Berne and Ducret (who completely mesmerized me with their improvisations -- almost missed my entrances!), I was able to relax for the fantastic second set by Big Satan. A wholly enjoyable night.

Tonight is another celebration, this time honoring the art of Ilyas Malayev. Below is a clip from Malayev's recording of classical maqom, At the Bazaar of Love, featuring one of his poems. The singer, Ochil Ibragimov, will be singing tonight at the event. Hope to see some of you at the Center for Jewish History at 7 pm!

Talqin-i Uzzal (poem: "Sohbat-i Dono," by Ilyas Malayev)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

From Tim Berne to Ilyas Malayev ...

This Friday, December 11:

Collide Quartet (Peter Hess, Jeff Hudgins, Ken Thomson, and me) are playing on a very exciting night in Philadelphia. For Ars Nova Workshop's Tim Berne: Works for Saxophone Quartet and Trio, we'll play Berne's quartet Repulsion and then Tim Berne and Marc Ducret will join us for Quicksand. Big Satan (Berne, Ducret, and Tom Rainey) will play a set.

Rehearsing with Berne and Ducret has been incredible! Berne's music has been hugely important to me, and it's just a real thrill to be playing with these guys. And it's given Collide a chance to get back together, and we always have a great time.

Tim Berne: Works for Saxophone Quartet and Trio

Composer Portrait: Tim Berne

Philadelphia Art Alliance
251 S. 18th St, Philadelphia

8:00 pm
$15 General Admission

Then on Monday, December 14:

My alter ego, Dr. Rapport, will be joining Walter Zev Feldman to discuss the wonderful music and poetry of Ilyas Malayev, the "poet laureate" of the Bukharian Jews. Ochil Ibragimov, a longtime friend and musical collaborator of Malayev's, will be performing. Malayev sadly passed away last May and the Center for Traditional Music and Dance is hosting this night at the Center for Jewish History to honor his contributions.

December 14 at 7:00pm
CJH, ASF and Center for Traditional Music and Dance present:
Ilyas Malayev: Remembering the Poet Laureate of the Bukharian Jews

Ilyas Malayev (1936-2008) was an immensely popular musician across Uzbekistan, deeply loved by the Bukharian Jewish community. He was a master of the Central Asian classical music cycles known as "Shash maqam," and a major innovator of traditional forms through his musical compositions, poetry and theatrical works.

A reception will follow the program.

Ticket Info:
$15 general, $10 CJH, ASF, CTMD members
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th St.
New York, NY