The Andelus Ensemble, Solos And Melodies

Chris Nickson

By Chris Nickson

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Solos And Melodies

The Andelus Ensemble

With oud, qanun, violin, ney flute and darbuka drum, the Andelus Ensemble take a journey through classical Arabic music. They weave a light, graceful path across "Naghem Al Ams," while the ney takes a moody, shadowed solo on "Layali El Ouns," and the violin aches in a minor mode on "Hikayat." It's a disc that eloquently demonstrates the moods (and demands) of Arabic music, from gauzy playfulness to a deep, aching longing, all lovingly and gracefully performed.