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August 30, 1998 | Don Heckman, Don Heckman's world music column appears in Calendar the first Friday of each month
The exotic textures of Middle East music are familiar, if not by name, then surely by the uniqueness of their sounds: the infectious rhythms of the darabouka drum and the riq tambourine, the plangent melodies of the lute-like oud, the ney flute and multi-stringed quanun. It is music that drifts across borders from Syria and Lebanon to Iraq, Iran and the nations of the Persian Gulf, music whose character and nature have represented a sophisticated cultural expression for thousands of years.
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August 30, 1998 | Don Heckman, Don Heckman's world music column appears in Calendar the first Friday of each month
The exotic textures of Middle East music are familiar, if not by name, then surely by the uniqueness of their sounds: the infectious rhythms of the darabouka drum and the riq tambourine, the plangent melodies of the lute-like oud, the ney flute and multi-stringed quanun. It is music that drifts across borders from Syria and Lebanon to Iraq, Iran and the nations of the Persian Gulf, music whose character and nature have represented a sophisticated cultural expression for thousands of years.
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