Al Gardner, aka Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian, was a great Armenian-American oud player, qanun player, and clarinetist who wrote many adventurous original compositions, collected here for the first time.
Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian was born in 1950 into a thriving Armenian-American community in Watertown, Massachusetts. He began playing the oud as a child, influenced by the popular musicians George Mgrdichian and Richard Hagopian. He went on to study jazz at Berklee College of Music in Boston while making a living playing in the local Greek music scene. He studied Ottoman classical music under Kanun master Esber Koprucu, beginning in 1977 and continuing until Koprucu's death in 2002. He also explore Arabic and Persian music, and worked closely with Simon Shaheen at his annual Arabic Music Retreat, and remained an important figure in the American Middle-Eastern music community until he sadly passed away in November 2006 at the age of just 56.This is a special collection of music by a modern master, highly recommended.
I have a handful of copies of this book that have some scattered printer's errors throughout the book. The vast majority of the music is perfectly readable, but there are some pages with titles cut off or other minor issues so I am selling them at a considerable discount.
Compiled by Jonathan Gemmill
This book contains an extensive collection of over 200 Ottoman and Arabic compositions compiled from a variety of sources. All music is written in concert key, using the Arab quarter-tone notation (rather than the transposed Turkish notation) for easy readability for all instruments. High quality notation. Comb binding lays flat when open on the music stand.
A great addition to any music library.
Full-color cover, comb binding.Update: this book now comes with a pdf of the correct versions of all misprinted pages.
This is a collection of sheet music for instrumental music such as Sama'is, Bashrafs, and Longas. The focus is on pieces by Arab composers and on Ottoman pieces that have become part of the Arab repertoire.
It contains 33 pieces, for a total of 66 pages of music. To make reading and performing easier, the book has comb binding so that it will lay flat when open, and all the music is on facing pages so that no page turns are necessary. The music is professionally notated, using standard Arabic notation (Western notation with quarter-tone accidentals).
These are all new transcriptions. Each transcription is derived from multiple recorded and printed reference sources for the highest degree of accuracy and completeness. Since the music stems from an aural tradition that spans multiple cultures and communities over many decades, an effort was made toward inclusiveness. Rather than attempting to promote an "authoritative" version, alternate variations are included when appropriate so that the player may make their own choices.
Compiled by Jonathan GemmillThis book contains an extensive collection of over 200 Ottoman and Arabic compositions compiled from a variety of sources. All music is written in concert key, using the Arab quarter-tone notation (rather than the transposed Turkish notation) for easy readability for all instruments. High quality notation. Comb binding lays flat when open on the music stand.A great addition to any music library.Full-color cover, comb binding.