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- From: Joel Bresler <joel.br...>
- Subject: Zrihan Boston concert offer
- Date: Wed 24 Apr 2002 20.27 (GMT)
Would someone please go for me?
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>Subject: World Music Special Ticket Offer
>Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2002 10:06:49 -0400
> > WORLD MUSIC/CRASHarts SPECIAL OFFER <
>April 24, 2002
> >>> EMIL ZRIHAN SPECIAL OFFER
>Please read the Chicago Tribune rave review below.
>Its not too late to see Emil Zrihan in concert on Thursday night at the
>Somerville Theatre! We are offering a special rate to our email
>subscribers. Buy two tickets for the price of one! The concert takes place
>Thursday, April 25, 7:30pm at the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square,
>Somerville. Regular ticket prices are: $30 & $25. Offer is good until
>Thursday, April 25 at 11am. To get your discounted tickets, call World
>Music (617) 876-4275 and mention the special Zrihan e-mail offer. Don't
>miss this opportunity!!
>Music review, cantor Emil Zrihan at the Chicago Cultural Center
>By Howard Reich
>During the past few years, the Chicago Cultural Center has emerged as a
>focal point for exotic, world-music concerts.
>But it could be a while before the grand old edifice on East Washington
>Street presents an event as unusual and compelling as Monday night's show.
>Playing before a capacity crowd that hung on his every purling note,
>Israel-based cantor Emil Zrihan proved himself more than just a virtuoso of
>Judeo-Moroccan liturgical music. With a voice that could penetrate granite
>and a technique that defied belief, Zrihan stood as one of the world's
>towering vocalists regardless of genre.
>Though technically considered a countertenor, Zrihan owns an instrument
>that transcends the limitations of that term. Certainly the sheer power of
>his voice in even its stratospheric range dwarfed that of the typical
>But there was more to Zrihan's achievement than power. The sound he
>produced was so charismatic, the tone so lustrous and the technique so
>fluid that one quickly understood why he has been compared more often to
>birds than to other vocalists: The man's voice simply has no parallel among
>man or woman.
>Like a great jazz improviser, Zrihan unleashed glorious strands of unbroken
>melody, with one musical idea practically tumbling onto the next. Whether
>singing sacred or secular fare from his native Morocco, Zrihan unfurled
>phenomenally intricate, sinuously melismatic lines. That he bent pitches as
>adroitly as a fine blues artist yet articulated them as nimbly as a scat
>singer only added to the allure.
>Though Zrihan was accompanied by an instrumental quartet, some of his most
>effective singing came in a cappella passages. Perhaps that's because a
>voice as supple, expressive and rhythmically alert as his needs no
>accompaniment Zrihan's fleet figurations and delicate melodic ornaments are
>worth savoring without instrumental distraction.
>And though it's a fair bet that most listeners were not able to decipher
>the Middle Eastern texts that Zrihan sang, the words ultimately seemed
>beside the point. It was the music-making that mattered, with Zrihan
>eliciting noisy ovations whenever he surged toward a dramatic climax or
>lingered on a single note for what seemed like an eternity.
>For those unlucky enough to have missed this show, Zrihan's art has been
>documented on an exceptional CD, "Emil Zrihan: Ashkelon," (on Piranha
>Granted, Zrihan's vocal feats on this disc may seem unreal, as if they had
>been cooked up in the recording studio.
>Rest assured, however, that in live performance the man achieves vocal
>effects more remarkable than anything he has committed to disc.
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