Soorch Bar


This is a traditional melody from Armenia that Derek first heard on the album Near Eastern Ride (Amazon, iTunes) by Ara Topouzian. It's listed there as "Soorch Bar", the name of the dance that goes with it (literally "coffee dance"). This is also the term that some people use for the 10/8 rhythm (3+2+2+3) the song is in (more commonly known as "jurjuna" or "curcuna").

Recorded as a live duet with Derek on oud and Tobias Roberson on darbuka by Derek Bianchi at MuscleTone Studios in Berkeley, CA, 2011-08-12. The cura saz and cümbüş yaylı tambur tracks were overdubbed at MuscleTone studios on 2012-05-14, recorded by Derek Bianchi.

Derek Wright: oud, cura saz, cümbüş yaylı tambur / Tobias Roberson: large darbuka ("darzooka")
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Release date:  
August 2, 2016


Multi-instrumentalist: oud, saz, Brazilian percussion (maracatú, other rhythms from Pernambuco, various forms of samba), body music, bass, Middle Eastern percussion, and more. 10 years studying North Indian classical music on the oud and voice interwoven with 15 years studying Brazilian music and dance (including 5 trips to Brazil for a total of 1 year of training) have given Derek a unique approach to music, rhythm, dance accompaniment, improvisation, movement, teaching, and life.

Derek is available for performances, dance collaborations, recording sessions, teaching, licensing, live accompaniment (films, plays, classes, etc), acting, and many other creative possibilities. He is also a certified practitioner and instructor of BREEMA (a bodywork method bringing body and mind together in harmony) and incorporates embodied mindfulness into his teaching and playing.