Ji bo sê kes çay - Tea For Three
Kurdish music performed by Mücahit Poyraz, Ameen Mokdad & Kevin Bishop
Take a magical, musical journey to the eastern Kurdish region of Turkey, along the Syrian border. Mardin native Mücahit Poyraz sits down for tea while singing traditional songs and playing instruments such as saz, Kurdish sitar, and santur. Two friends join him for tea: Iraqi artist Ameen Mokdad, playing violin, daff and arbane, and American musician Kevin Bishop, playing viola. Discover a language and musical genre rarely heard outside of the Kurdish regions of Turkey, Iraq, Syria, and Iran due to decades of cultural oppression.
Through The Eyes Of Children - Cuatro Puntos Ensemble & Do The Write Thing
Original music by Kevin Bishop and Ameen Mokdad
for strings and clarinet
You will hear seven young people from around the country read portions of their essays, and you will hear musical responses written by composers Ameen Mokdad and Kevin Bishop and played by Cuatro Puntos Ensemble. Through The Eyes Of Children is a marriage of music and spoken word that middle school students who are speaking out against violence in their schools and their lives.
The Curve - Ameen Mokdad & Cuatro Puntos Ensemble
Original music by Ameen Mokdad powerfully arranged for strings, middle eastern percussion, and voice.
Iraqi composer and multi-instrumentalist Ameen Mokdad was trapped in hiding by ISIS for nearly two years in his hometown of Mosul. During that time we wrote an extraordinary repertoire of powerfully emotional music. He arranged it later for the Cuatro Puntos Ensemble and himself. On this album you will hear a string quartet along with Ameen on dumbek, violin, and in recitation of poetry in Arabic.
Fear - Havocs - Hope In God - Confusion - Kholo Fajher - From Her - Lips - Secret - First Momento (The Birth) - Night in the Prince Kingdom - Sognatore - The Curve - Viaggio - Clouds - Tears of Flower - Ween - Over the Mountain - Yoqaal - Yosur
Sounds of Persia - Dariush Saghafi & Cuatro Puntos Ensemble
Music for Persian santur (hammered dulcimer) and string quartet
Be transported into another sound world as you listen to a traditional improvised solo by the world's leading master of Persian santur, Dr. Dariush Saghafi. Then hear a string quartet by Dr. Reza Vali using ancient Persian and Dastgâh modes, and finish with a rousing piece by Vali for both string quartet and santur.
Improvised santur solo in Ashur mode - Reza Vali: String Quartet No. 4 "Ormavi" - Reza Vali: Ashoob for santur & string quartet
From The Countryside - String Quintets Based On Folk Music
Enjoy music for string quintet (2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos) based on folk tunes from the countryside. Performed by: Annie Trépanier, violin; Aaron Packard, violin; Steve Larson, viola; Kevin Bishop, viola; Allan Ballinger, cello
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Phantasy Quintet
Antonin Dvorak: Quintet for Strings Op. 97 "American"
Kevin Bishop: Fantasy on Kurdish Themes for string quintet
Perfect - Golden Scroll Soloists
Creatively arranged covers of top hits played elegantly by string quartet.
With a broad collection of uniquely arranged pop music covers for string quartet, the Golden Scroll Soloists have been wowing audiences with a variety of styles for 15 years.. Similar in style to the Vitamin String Quartet of YouTube fame, the Golden Scroll Soloists meld pop, classical, and jazz into an upbeat string quartet experience. They even play kick drum, high hat, and shaker on this album while playing their instruments!
Perfect - Say You Won't Let Go - Geronimo - Secrets - Africa - The Way I Am - The Luckiest - I and Love and You - Happy - Falling Slowly - Hallelujah - A Thousand Years - Lovin' You Easy - From This Moment On - A Drop In the Ocean - Your Guardian Angel - Shut Up and Dance - Perfect/Canon in D