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Re: Zrihan Boston concert offer
- From: Klezcorner <Klezcorner...>
- Subject: Re: Zrihan Boston concert offer
- Date: Thu 25 Apr 2002 00.27 (GMT)
I agree, Zrihan is an artist not to be believed. If you have the opportunity
to see him, Run, Don't Walk!
The music review (below) is right on!
We have been stocking Zrihans recrdings for about 3 years, and though the
"Ashkelon" Cd the author of the piece is a "good" Cd, I feel some of his
others are more "authentic" in that the Piranah disc is overly produced.
Having said that, however, is till a VERY goodCD.
For other Emil Zrihan CDs check out;
> > 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.
>Copyright 2002 Tribune Interactive
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