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Assyrian music concerts: is this something that interests you?
« on: February 25, 2017, 12:54:25 AM »
While they have gotten a bit more popular lately, we still have a long work to do when it comes to making Assyrian music concerts more popular. Right now, I know of two Assyrian concerts that are held annually:

-Mesopotamian Night in California which has been held annually for the last 10 years or more
-Christmas in Assyria concert, held in Toronto on an annual basis for 3 years now


I am sure there has been a few here and there, but these are the only current ones that are consistent.


Would you be interested in Assyrian concerts, where the main difference would be in the music (played by a full symphony orchestra instead of a small band), the venue (which would be theatre style) and finally , of course, there would be no dancing: you are there to listen and enjoy the music and singing and not to dance.



Another question is: do you think having more Assyrian music concerts would help take Assyrian music to the next level and make us appreciate it more? If you don't know what I mean, watch or listen to clips from the 'Mesopotamian Night' and you will love Assyrian music a lot more than you currently do. The music with the full orchestra is on a different level than what you hear at parties.




A performance from the 'Christmas in Assyria' concert in Toronto


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Re: Assyrian music concerts: is this something that interests you?
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2017, 03:13:21 AM »
I like Assyrian music concerts. But I really prefer the parties in a reception where you sit in a table, eat, drink and dance. I don't know, but Assyrian music is mostly folk dance. You can't just sit on a chair and listen to khigga songs. But again, I like concerts. I would attend them if they bring Evin Agassi, Ogin Bet Samo or Linda George, as they've made some amazing ballads. It's just that they just bring the wrong, the most boring and inappropriate musicians for concerts.

Now this is a good song for a live concert:

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Re: Assyrian music concerts: is this something that interests you?
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2017, 06:03:19 PM »
You can't just sit on a chair and listen to khigga songs.
au contrair! I do that everyday lol.

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Re: Assyrian music concerts: is this something that interests you?
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Re: Assyrian music concerts: is this something that interests you?
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2017, 06:28:32 PM »
au contrair! I do that everyday lol.
CDs/Youtube don't count. Lol.
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Re: Assyrian music concerts: is this something that interests you?
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2017, 09:27:03 PM »
I like Assyrian music concerts. But I really prefer the parties in a reception where you sit in a table, eat, drink and dance. I don't know, but Assyrian music is mostly folk dance. You can't just sit on a chair and listen to khigga songs. But again, I like concerts. I would attend them if they bring Evin Agassi, Ogin Bet Samo or Linda George, as they've made some amazing ballads. It's just that they just bring the wrong, the most boring and inappropriate musicians for concerts.

Now this is a good song for a live concert:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9Q6B4SeBiI


Well good points, but as per your second part, we do have some great non-Khiga songs that would make great for concerts, including the one you posted. Actually, with the righy symphony, Assyrian music can have a global appeal.

Here is one great clip of what an Assyrian concert should be like....




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Re: Assyrian music concerts: is this something that interests you?
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2017, 12:31:19 AM »
Well good points, but as per your second part, we do have some great non-Khiga songs that would make great for concerts, including the one you posted. Actually, with the righy symphony, Assyrian music can have a global appeal.

Here is one great clip of what an Assyrian concert should be like....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmLttLnuIN4


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The one you posted of Ashur Bet Sargis has a Sheikhany beat to it, btw. For symphonic concerts, I would prefer "zmaryateh shelyeh". ;)

Assyrian music does have a really good, striking melody. When you hear like the first three second of many Assyrian songs, you can always tell that it's Assyrian. Our music even sounds distinct to Arab, Kurdish and Persian music. It really does need more global attention.

We need to stop making (rather Kurdified) music like this, though:

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Re: Assyrian music concerts: is this something that interests you?
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2017, 06:35:46 PM »
I've been to about %75 of Meso-concerts and almost all of them attracted a pretty good crowd. Considering the FACT that majority of our people don't even know the difference between a concert and a party, that's actually not bad at all! Eating and drinking at the table sounds good for a wedding or a party but definitely not for a special night like that! I've heard some pretty good arrangements and performances...My most favorite ones are the ones performed by  "unknown" vocalists. Those are the ones who really take it seriously and don't make the event about themselves! People who are the driving force behind this whole thing are not even musicians themselves, but they did a great job nonetheless. Of course, it needs a lot of improvement in some areas, but you always have to start from somewhere. It takes a lot of work to prepare for such event. For one thing for the first time ever, almost all contributing Singers got to hear their own songs the way it should be heard with a real orchestra! 
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