Monday, May 23, 2005

Wounded Kinship's Last Resort

If you need something appropriate to listen to while reading Alcalay, may I recommend the oud mp3s recently posted here at the Mike's Ouds website? They're a little scratchy, but let you listen in to performances by Ibrahim Effendi el-Masri, "a Syrian Jew who performed for many years in Cairo, Damascus, and Istanbul," according to Mike. (Sounds like an Alcalay character to me.) If you need something with better sound quality, I've also recently found this site, which seems well stocked with oud material.

As Nate Mackey says, in words that Alcalay quotes here and there, "Music is wounded kinship's last resort."

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