Egyptian educator and composer, Tarek Elazhary has worked extensively with famed Iraqi oud player Naseer Shamma, serving as an instructor at the Arabic Oud House in Cairo. He has also led courses in traditional music at the German University in Cairo and performed with the university’s Arabic music ensemble. Tarek’s current projects seek to preserve the musical heritage of the Middle East, while exploring its place within a contemporary context. He is the co-founder of instrumental band Dokkan, which blends eastern influences with contemporary western instrumentation.
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We are Earthlings is a manifestation of diversity, created by five musicians from five continents. Rather than providing a singular statement, this song presents a playful exploration of our inter-connected perspectives. Even the seemingly straightforward lyric ‘we play with fire’ can be interpreted as threatening or empowering depending on the context. We are complex creatures, and every one of us lives the full spectrum of emotions. As the song progresses, we move from minor to major melodies, and despair is replaced by hope.
“Pangea” is a song depicting a sense of wholeness. Referring to the hypothetical continent of the past, the song is a nostalgic remembrance of a time when the planet was a single landmass, before separation. Pangaea is a combination of nostalgic strings strung in a harmony of a natural gathering of sounds. Between old and new sounds, rhythms and melodies, and distant collaborations, Pangaea is a piece inspired by a sense of planetary oneness. A oneness of humanity and of earth, and the span of time that encapsulates their common narrative.
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