Kor Ərəbin Mahnısı

Kor Ərəbin Mahnısı

January 1, 2018 Arrangement Cello Flute Percussion Saz Vocals 0

2018 arrangement of Fikrət Əmirov’s “Kor Ərəbin Mahnısı” adapted from a solo cello and voice arrangement by Jon Silpayamanant (2011).

01 January 2018


Music originally by Fikrət Əmirov (1950), Lyrics by Hüseyn Cavid



voice, flute, cello, saz, 2daf, doira



January 28, 2018 by Sulh. South Central Regional Library, Louisville, Kentucky.



I first fell in love with this song when I got the CD, Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon, by Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project in 2005. As Yo-Yo Ma stated from the liner notes of the CD:
For the Silk Road Ensemble musicians, hearing the ethereal voice of Azerbaijani mugham singer Alim Qasimov put their years of conservatory training into serious question. As they delved into the mugham, they each wondered, “If this is how music should be played what have I been doing all these years?”

Back then there were few versions of it online and it took me a couple years to find the lyrics, but as soon as I found them I started singing along with the CD. It wasn’t until 2011 that I developed a solo cello version of it that I could sing along to while playing. I first performed that version at the Terrabeat Cultural Showcase at the Rudyard Kipling in Louisville on 5 August 2011. I’ve since performed it a number of times throughout the years with some of my other projects (Secondhand, Camera Lucida). It is with great pleasure I’ll now get to sing it with an arrangement I’ve written for my new world music project, Sulh!




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