Expressions East

One of the musicians at the recording session stated “There are oud players and there are John Berberians.” The oud is a pot-bellied instrument like that of a round back mandolin. It is the father of the lute and the grandfather of the guitar. It has eleven strings and is …

The Oud

The original name of the Oud was “Al-Oud”. In time, the prefix “Al” was dropped, and the instrument became known as the OUD or ’UD. Later, the combination of “Al-Oud” became “Lute”. Archeological discoveries revealed a vast array of beautiful and luxuriously-toned instruments; i.e. harps, lutes, dulcimers and flutes.

KEF TIME LAS VEGAS

“Let’s Dance Armenian Style” could have been the title of this album. The tempos of the familiar Armenian and Turkish songs have never before been recorded with such enthusiasm and danceability. “Kef Time Las Vegas” was chosen because Las Vegas was the site of the recording session and because the artists involved have been performing there.Continue reading

High-Ballin’ Hits!

It’s a big country, this U S. of A.High, wide and long, it sprawls up against the shores of two oceans. Tying this far-flung space together are the highways, rolling ribbons of concrete and asphalt that curl into every nook and cranny of this big land. Aimed like arrows toward …

Golden Days of Radio

Radio… When You and I Were Young We all took it pretty much for granted. Once the novelty of the crystal set had passed, radio moved out of its infancy and became such a comfortable and accepted part of our lives! We hardly gave a thought to that little carved …

Belafonte

Once heard, Harry Belafonte will be remembered. He is a voice afire with an almost apostolic fervor. His burning need—to return to the people a sense of the magnificence of their own cultural heritage. He has been described as “America’s foremost balladeer and folk singer,” and has surely earned this …

Oud Artistry of John Berberian

“… this set should appeal, not only to belly dancers, but also to jazz fans with an ear for the unusual.” So Cash Box, the widely respected record industry trade paper, summed up John Berberian’s “Expressions East” album. We at Mainstream felt this accolade was particularly significant because it was …