This show presents the heart of Egypt and the Egyptian
people from all walks of life. Classical music that
touched the hearts of generations past mixed in with Famous
Egyptian Traditional music THE BALADI (Urbanised
Folklore) that holds the innocence of the countryside as well
as all the lure of the Ghetto.
In this show we will not be trying to make history. I am actually
bringing to you the people who created the history of Egyptian
music from the 20th century.
A violinist who brings you the smooth sounds of Cairo. Serpentine
like soloing and heart rendering Arabian Nights. He was one
of the famous Violinists in the highest acclaimed orchestra
playing for the most famous singer of Arabian times: Om Kolthoum
(the Shining Star of the Middle East).
Nossier, Nay (Egyptian Bamboo Flute)
An incredible performer, who takes you on journey, sailing the
flowing waters, calmly caressing the banks of the Nile River
passing through the history of Egypt. The Nay is an unchanged
instrument since the times of the Pharaohs. Wadie is professor
of Music at the Egyptian High institute of Arabian Music and
a man who worked and recorded with.... well, almost any and
everyone who is worth mentioning as a brilliant star singer.
Soulful, Spiritual, Floating, Playful and very Accurate.
Gamal El Soghayyar, Keyboards
The son of the late El Gamal, Cairo's best known accordion player,
who put him on the stage at the age of 7 to play in weddings,
birthdays and traditional parties. By the age of 10, El Gamal
El Soghayyar became very well known in the musical scene and
was working professionally in the nightclubs next to his dad.
He specialised in music for Belly dancing and composed 100's
of some of the best known Egyptian dancers such as Shushu Amin,
Hala El Safi, Mona El Saied and many more. His music had now
become known as the "Golden Oldies" of nowadays. He
is formidable arranger who has made and recorded music since
the early 70's.
Sheikh Taha is an accordion player who put many of the world
famous popular singers of Egypt on the map. Singers like Ahmed
Adaweya, Mohamed Abdel Mottalib & many more. The distinctive
sound of the best Baladi improvisation, a man who not only studied
Arabian music, but has also composed in Jazz format and written
many tunes that echoing all over the world.
A drummer extraordinaire. He has been at the forefront of the
Arabic music scene in Cairo, the Middle East and Europ. He toured
the world and performed to the masses. He was the support percussionist
on Hossam Ramzy's first ever release (An Introduction to Egyptian
Dance Rhythms) in 1987 and still holds that same position. To
keep up pace with Hossam Ramzy's intricate rhythmenology, you
have to be very knowledgeable in Egyptian and World Percussion
in all its colours and a Metronomic Demon.
To do that for the last two decades.... Josef Iskander continues
to do so and be there......
show is divided into these two sections, starting with the classical
· Instrumental music to the
history making songs from Om Kolthoum , Abdul Halim Hafiz and
Farid Al Atrash are being visually portrayed by the delightful
dancing of Serena Ramzy.
· Powerful Rhythmic Drum
Solos by Hossam Ramzy & Josef Iskander.
improvisations to new compositions by Hossam presenting the
Egyptian Nay Flute by Wadie Nossier and the singing strings
of the Egyptian Violin by Emil Bassili.
All this is performed by the orchestra accompanied by the Accordion
from Sheikh Taha and Keyboards by El Gamal El Soghayyar.
Second part: Baladi
improvisation created on the night by the Quarter tone Accordion
played by Sheikh Taha, Egypt's most acclaimed accordionist of
the last 4 decades. Presenting accurate interpretation by Serena
Ramzy to this impromptu composition and supported by the same
style of Question and Answer from the whole orchestra.
· Baladi, as an improvised style, has another branch
to it that became known songs and gained high popularity. Serena
Ramzy in this second half will be dancing to some of these songs
portraying and presenting some of her own choreographies as
presented on her recently released DVD "Visual Melodies".
· No Baladi composition is complete without a live,
Improvised Drum Solo Duets. Here, Hossam & Josef will be
accompanying Serena on a journey, exploring the various ways
to interpret the Egyptian Rhythms, old and new. Sharp accents,
soft transitions and rhythmic phrasing that become alive in
In all, an evening of celebration of Egyptian
Music and Dancing presented by Hossam Ramzy Ensemble.