Tuesday, May 24

The Hypnotic Clamor of Morocco

Moroccan musicians, 1959
"In 1931, a twenty-one-year-old American composer in Paris named Paul Bowles visited Morocco at the suggestion of Gertrude Stein. His travel companion was his composition teacher, Aaron Copland. They rented a home in Tangier, where Bowles, a composer of svelte, jazzy music in the Poulenc mould, wrote one of his first scores, an impressionistic piano piece called 'Tamamar,' after a village in the Atlas mountains. Copland was unsettled by the clamor of drums during wedding season, and thought Tangier a 'madhouse,' but Bowles was enraptured. He collected 78s of local music, just as he had collected old blues recordings back home, and sent copies to Béla Bartók. ..."
NYBooks (Video)
Music of Morocco: Recorded by Paul Bowles, 1959 (Video)
Paul Bowles in Morocco: The Lost Recordings (Video)
Pitchfork (Video)
YouTube: Si Mohammed Bel Hassan Soudani – Fulani Iresa (Marrakech), An unidentified ensemble - Gnaoua Chorus (Essaouira), Maalem Mohammed Rhiata and ensemble, from the region of Taounate - Taqtoqa Jabaliya (Fez), Maalem Abdeslam Sarsi el Mahet - Aiyowa d’Moulay Abdeslam Rhaita Solo (Arcila), Maalem Mohammed Rhiata and ensemble, from the region of Taounate - Taqtoqa Jabaliya (Fez), Rais Mahamad ben Mohammed and ensemble - Aouada Trio (Tamanar), Maallem Ahmed and ensemble - Ahmeilou (Tafraout), Maallem Ahmed Gacha and ensemble - Albazaoua Women’s Chorus (Ait Ourir)

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