Dance of the Black Sea

Bustan Abraham’s version of Dance of the Black Sea in 7

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Gypsy Soul – changine meters

Gypsy Soul was written by bass player Emmanuel Mann and was originally performed by Bustan Abraham Ensemble.

It starts with a 2/4 meter and then changes meter to a Balkan 9/8 rhythm, and goes back to 2/4. The changes are easy to follow. There are some tempo changes as well.

The album version:

A live version:

A cover version by Yinon Muallem & Rast Ensemble:

Black Sea – folk in 7/8

Two contemporary versions of a traditional melody in 7/8

Harel Shachal & The Ottomans:

Harel Shachal: Clarinet
Yaniv Taichman: Oud
Ariel Qassis: Kanun
Tomer Moked: Violin
Roei fridman: Darbuka
Ben Dagovitch: Riqq

Bustan Abraham:

Banjo – Miguel Herstein
Bass – Emmanuel Mann
Daf [Riqq (Daff)], Tar (Drum), Bendir, Goblet Drum [Durbakkeh], Bodhrán, Drums, Cymbal, Percussion [Brushes] – Zohar Fresco
Flute – Amir Milstein
Goblet Drum [Zarb] – Keyvan Chemirani
Kemenche – Socrates Sinopoulos
Lyre, Rebab, Instruments [Laouto] – Ross Daly
Mastered By – Ohad Dekel
Oud – Taiseer Elias
Violin – Nassim Dakwar

Bustan Abraham – Igrig

Bustan Abraham‘s version of Igrig from Iraq.

The rhythm by the same name is in 10/8

Bustan Abraham are:

Taiseer Elias – Oud

Nassim Dakwar – Violin

Avshalom Farjun – Qanoun

Miguel Herstein – Guitar and Banjo

Amir Milstein – Flute

Zohar Fresco – Percussion

Emmanuel Mann – Bass

Naor Carmi – Double Bass

Yehuda Siliki – Baglama

Listen to more music with same and similar rhythms on this playlist

Bustan Abraham – Sama’i Kurd – Changing Meters

Samai Thaqil is a 10 beat rhythm common in Arabic and Turkish traditional music.
It is sub divided as 3 + 2 + 2 + 3, and usually the piece changes meter to 3 or 6 and then goes back to 10, though there are exceptions to this rule.

This is a modern piece composed with the same rhythm in 10, which changes in a 7 beat cycle (3+2+2) and then goes back to 10.

Bustan Abraham are:

Taiseer Elias – Oud

Nassim Dakwar – Violin

Avshalom Farjun – Qanoun

Miguel Herstein – Guitar and Banjo

Amir Milstein – Flute

Zohar Fresco – Percussion

Emmanuel Mann – Bass

Naor Carmi – Double Bass

Yehuda Siliki – Baglama

For more Samai compositions, check out the Samai playlist.