MP3 Shaunie Shammass - Classical Music Meets Middle-Eastern Motifs
An interweaving of the musical motifs and soul of Eastern music with the structure and instruments of Western classical form.
14 MP3 Songs in this album (63:46) !
Related styles: Classical: Chamber Music, World: Middle East Contemporary, Type: Instrumental
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This is a recording of a benefit concert for cancer held on January 29, 2009, featuring my original music compositions and dedicated to the memory of my parents.
What is my music about? In short, it is an intertwining of east and west. You see, I make a Persian dish at home, called "Gondi", a ball that is cooked in soup made of roast chickpea flour and ground meat. And I also make a western Jewish "Ashkenazi" dish, called "Knaidelach", a ball that is cooked in soup but made of ground matsah flour and eggs. I combine all of the ingredients – those of the "Gondi" and those of the "Knaidelach", and in our household, we eat "Gondelach"! My children are also "Gondelach" and my music is also "Gondelach"!
Sometimes there is symbolism in my music. For example, in Quartet Monir, named after my dear sister-in-law, who unfortunately succumbed to cancer at an early age, the music symbolizes a beautiful but frightened and worried bird in a cage, fidgeting for its soul to be released from suffering. In the Carmel Market, the odd combination of instruments I have chosen for the ensemble represents haggling at the open market, with the double bass wanting the ''lowest price'' and the flute the ''highest''. In the Scherzo (''a joke''), I purposely gave the cello open notes that it can play at full resonance as if ''laughing from the belly'', while making the poor clarinet play the same notes in its weakest register as if ''he didn''t get the joke at all'', a common predicament among new immigrants the world over.
And some of my music simply takes small motifs from Persian, Yemenite, Hassidic or Arabic music, while fitting them into a western classical form.