Arab Music and Chant Profane and Sacred
The Al-Kindî Ensemble, founded in 1983 by the french virtuoso
of Arab zither (qânûn) Julien Jâlal Eddine
Weiss, resident in Aleppo (capital of northern Syria and a stopping
place on the famous Silk Road) is currently rated among the best
formations devoted to classical Arab music, owing to the musical
qualities displayed by its performers, and to the high standard
of its work, steeped in the various musical traditions of the
near and middle East.
Takht Sharqi (traditional oriental ensemble), this is composed
of a qânun (a table zither with pinched strings), an Ud
(oriental lute), a Nay (reed flute) and a riqq (small tambourine
with little cymbals).
Under Julien Weiss leadership, its interprets the classical Arab
repertoire setting the instruments into sharp relief, thus re-establishing
a balance which very often exclusively favoured the sung melody.