Posted by: Leah Morise | September 21, 2010

Light of East Ensemble

Today I thought I would write about the instrumental group “Light of East Ensemble”. They have been playing so many festivals in Southwestern Ontario this past summer and more people should be aware of them.
I’ve known several of the players from this band for a few years (the bass player, Steve Clark, played on my cd). They have joined together with Panayiotis Giannarapis to perform music from the Near and Middle East; some of which includes traditional, classical Arabic, music from Greece, Turkey, Egypt…
Their style of music is not something I grew up listening to but I was quickly intrigued by the intricate melodies and foreign rhythms. The members come from different musical backgrounds and have played many styles (celtic, jazz) but blend together to create a lively exotic performance. They combine familiar instruments such as double bass, flute and violin with world sounds of the Oud, Bouzouki, Frame Drum and Darbuka to create their unique sound. They will often have bellydancers share the stage with them.
If you are interested in knowing more about this group you can check out their website at :
I am including a few photos that were taken the last time I saw them play.


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