[Music] Abdel Karim Ensemble – Joyas de la Música Culta Árabe

As I spent Chinese New Year’s Eve in the company of a friend and watched in amazement as to how empty my part of town was, I decided to call it a night and spent a bit of time enjoying some music.  This was the first result of a healthy list of music I indulged in.  This was my first exposure to the Abdel Karim Ensemble.  I’m looking forward to finding more albums, as they play great traditional music from Syria, Egypt, Morocco and pre-Reconquista Spain.  Magnificent listening.

Welcome to 2020

This first post comes to you from the Beijing Capital Airport, and the next might come from Los Angeles. We plan on being far busier promoting new music, Chinese Internet be damned! We’ll find a way.

Expect more, also, from The Hip Priest Podcast as well.

Thanks to you, good artists, who trusted me with writing something about your work. I have much to catch up on, so I ask for your patience, but I’ll respond to all inquiries. Have a wonderful 2020!

[Personal] We’re Back

There has been no activity on the blog since mid-September thanks to yours truly being on a working vacation in Bulgaria, Macedonia, Slovenia and Serbia (as well as forays to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and Rome, Italy).

Thanks go to Yasen Kazandjiev for his warm treatment at the WithoutBorders Festival in Varna, Bulgaria, to my brothers Igor Vasilev, Gorazd Čapovski, Dean Zmejkoski and Goran Trajkoski, and my sister Alexandra Stefanova, for making Macedonia a perfect visit.  Special thanks to Henning Küpper and Borut Kržišnik for the pleasure of meeting two very influential people responsible for my musical development throughout the past 25 years, and of course the wonderful participants I met in Varna.  Now that I am ensconced in Beijing, I will have time to write letters and begin business anew.

[Music] Year’s End / Jeff Gburek – Orthodox Ritual Singing @ Sighișoara, Roumania

We would like to thank all of you who ‘liked’, commented and generally supported the blog.  It is because of your interest that we share these charming oddities with you. AMOT… plan to be very busy next year, and will also do more with Hip Priest and A Garden of Earthly Delights, our collective wiki.

We end the year courtesy of Jeff Gburek’s field recording in Romania, a small slice of heaven to end a good 2018 in the hopes that 2019 will be that much better.  Consider purchasing the complete album here.