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Chris Kalogerson - Belly Dancing for Everyone  CD

Chris Kalogerson - Belly Dancing for Everyone CD

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"This item is part of the Monitor archives.  The original liner notes from the LP are included."

Belly dance—a Western term for “solo, improvised dances based on torso articulation”—is performed in the Middle East as a social or folk dance and as performance art. This recording, subtitled “Basic Rhythms for Beginners to Advanced,” is a collection of ten instrumental melodies originating in Greece, North Africa, and the Middle East. Performed by the Ensemble Sharqi under the direction of percussionist Chris Kalogerson, the music provides a range of rhythms from the slow to medium Tsifte–Telli to the upbeat rhythms of Debka and Karsilama. The oud (an 11–stringed instrument) and bouzoukee (a metal–stringed instrument), coupled with violin, clarinet, and flute, give this recording its distinctive Middle Eastern sound.

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