Madar (literally an 'Orbit') Ensemble is the fruit of the musical friendship between the Palestinian ud player Nizar Rohana and Dutch bassist Tony Overwater. They invited three prominent musicians from the Arab world and the Netherlands to join them on their new album, 'Acamar': Dutch clarinet player Maarten Ornstein; Tunisian violinist and viola d'amore player Jasser Haj Youssef and the Jordanian percussionist Nasser Salameh.
With genuine curiosity for and understanding of each other's musical language, the artists have come together with the purpose of creating something new, built on a deeply shared respect for the qualities of their various musical worlds. Acamar, from the Arabic Akhir an-nahr meaning "the end of the river", is a star located in the constellation Eridanus, variously associated by ancient astronomers with rivers across the Mediterranean and Middle East, including the Nile, Po and Euphrates. The music in this album is inspired by the classical civilizations of Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean which relied in daily life on an understanding of the cosmos.
This album was supported by The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC)
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