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Belly Dancing and the Killer Oud Player [Sep. 19th, 2003|12:00 am]
Tkil
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At a party a few weeks ago, I started talking with a guy about music. We shared a common interest in world music and its diverse textures, then he tells me that he plays the oud. And that he's playing a few nights later at the Claire de Lune coffee house, with the Middle Earth Band. I thought it sounded interesting, so I made plans to go.

It wasn't until I arrived at the show that I found out it was actually a Belly Dancing exhibition, and that the band was mostly to provide music for them. Hmmm... fantastic music, powerful rhythm, and attractive women bending, twisting, teasing, and generally shaking it like nobody's business? What's not to like? :)

Turns out that the coffee shop does this on the third Thursday of every month. (If you live in San Diego, California, USA, I highly recommend it!)

Well, “a month later” was tonight, and I went back. I enjoyed my first show so much that I talked some of my friends into coming with me, and some other acquaintances (the original connection through which I met the oudist) also showed up.

Middle Earth Band only plays this show every other month (although, as they pointed out, next month will mark their 4th year anniversary at that gig!). This month, the two percussionists from MEB played, but the only other player was John Bilezikjian. As Mike (the oudist I met at the party) points out: this guy is a living legend. Wow. The performance was great, with the wonderful drumming from Frank Lazzaro and [drummer whose name I've forgotten, and who isn't listed on the band web page], while John's oud and vocals drifted in and out, soft as a zypher one moment, dominant and forceful another. The pace varied from languid waves of poetic seduction to driving, Joe Satriani-esque speed playing.

All this surrounded by some good friends, some new friends, an eclectic crowd, a fun venue, beautiful dancers, and a general sense of shared enjoyment.

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From: marieofroumania
2003-11-30 01:21 am (UTC)
Please tell Claire from Claire de Lune that Brooke says "HI PUPPY DOODLE!"
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2003-11-30 01:25 am (UTC)

Puppy Doodle

Um. Assuming it won’t get me thrown out, I’ll do that when I go to see this month’s show (probably the 18th).
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From: marieofroumania
2003-11-30 01:28 am (UTC)

Re: Puppy Doodle

Ha, I don't think it will. I busted her and her boyfriend Steve calling each other "PUPPY DOODLE" one time and that was my nickname for them both from then on. I don't know if he's still her boyfriend but damn, he's a great cook. If he's still around, tell him the same. Tell them Brooke who used to live down the street. They will remember me, I lived on Kansas St. for five years, half a block from Claire's.
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