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No Passport Required

by Sombati

Our debut CD brings you traditional and original music from the Middle East, Europe, Celtica, and the Americas played on instruments antique and modern. Let us take you around the world - no passport required!
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sherele (Freylach)
1:33 $0.99
2. Queja Pampera (Tango)
3:17 $0.99
3. Zuwarah!
3:15 $0.99
4. Araber Tantz / Griechescher Tantz (Klezmer)
6:05 $0.99
5. Farewell to Ireland (Reel)
2:41 $0.99
6. Moorish Dance (North African)
3:58 $0.99
7. Bir Demet Yasemen (Turkish Ballad)
3:30 $0.99
8. Cau'l Chouzanu (Asturian Waltz)
3:25 $0.99
9. Ef Em (The Chieftain) [Turkish]
6:43 $0.99
10. Lixiero
2:24 $0.99
11. Zuwarah! (Bonus Prehistoric Version)
2:43 $0.99
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Album Notes
Fort Worth, Texas based Sombati plays traditional and original tunes in a variety of styles including Middle Eastern, Central & Western European, Celtic, Latin, folk, cabaret, and Americana. Our passion is bringing music from all over the world to life.

Our debut CD, No Passport Required, was recorded in three weeks in early 2013 and features material honed over several years of live performance on the Fort Worth & Dallas tribal-style belly dance circuit. Here you will find Celtic reels and Waltzes, belly dance standards such as Bir Demet Yasemen and Ef Em, klezmer favorites such as Sherele & Araber Tantz, a genuine Argentinean tango from the 1920s, and a few tunes of our own.

Sombati reminds us there's more to Texas than the two step!

Personnel & instruments:

o Steve Mixon - a native of Houston, Steve is a veteran of the Santa Cruz, California, klezmer and belly dance scene. A killer instrumentalist, Steve has an astounding knowledge of eastern European and middle eastern music, in addition to traditional western folk and bluegrass music. He also once played an impromptu command performance of gypsy tunes for none other than the late, great, Dave Brubeck. On No Passport Required Steve plays octave mandolin, mandolin, mandocello, accordion, and acoustic guitar.

o Belinda Daughtry - Mansfield Texas' queen of the klezmer clarinet, Belinda began her music education in the 5th grade, playing clarinet and alto saxophone in stage and concert band through high school. Her other early performance experience includes the Six Flags Employees' Band and the Dallas Tornado Soccer Band. She began belly dancing at the age of 16 and bought her first middle eastern drum two years later. Belinda's musical education includes studying under instrumental and doumbek maestros such as Jamal Mohamed, Susu Pampanin and Issam Houshan. Belinda plays clarinet or hurdy gurdy on most of No Passport Required, and auxiliary percussion on Farewell to Ireland.

o Garry Brunson - with an amazing collection of percussion instruments from all corners of the globe, Garry always has exactly the right sound for whatever crazy thing we try next. A Fort Worth native, Garry is a past member of Izibongo and has appeared with numerous other groups in the D/FW area. Garry recorded all the percussion on No Passport Required live - without overdubs. We think he may actually be some kind of giant insect with six legs.

o Mary Brunson - a classically-trained violinist with over ten years of professional-level playing experience, Mary was a member of Sombati from November 2012 until July 2015, and contributed her stellar violin playing to our first two releases. During her tenure with the band we decided she was the very smartest of us all - she plays only one instrument, it is very small and light, and she plays it extremely well.

o Eric Covington - a Fort Worth native, Eric began playing piano at the age of 10, tuba at 12, electric and upright bass at 15, guitar at 16, moving into synthesizers, drum machines, and home recording at 18. His performance experience includes marching, concert, and stage bands in high school; rock bands too obscure to mention, and the Texas A&M University International Music Club. On No Passport Required, Eric played electric and acoustic guitars, electric bass, and the occasional accordion part under great duress. In addition to performing with Sombati, Eric is a member of the electronic music collective known as Sooterkin.

Track Notes:

1) Sherele - klezmer, this is a crazy circus-sounding tune. We usually pair it with a gypsy bulgar live. Clarinet, violin, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric bass, accordion, and percussion.

2) Queja Pampera - Argentinean tango. Steve Mixon transcribed this from his then-girlfriend's 78 RPM record, wearing out the stylus in the process. That girlfriend became his wife, and we learned the tune. The name means "The Moan of the Plains." Accordion, clarinet, violin, electric guitar, electric bass, and percussion.

3) Araber Tantz/Griechecher Tantz - klezmer. Araber Tantz is in a Turkish style. Griechecher Tantz we learned from an amazing old accordion recording by Mishka Tsiganoff. Mandolin, clarinet, violin, electric guitar, electric bass, and percussion.

4) Zuwarah! An original, named for the surfing capital of Libya. For whatever reason our guitarist likes to put exclamation points in titles. Electric guitar, mandocello, clarinet, violin, and percussion.

5) Farewell to Ireland - reel. Just another Friday night down at the pub. Mandolin, violin, acoustic guitar, percussion (Belinda), and bodhran (Garry).

6) Moorish Dance - our version features the hurdy gurdy and mandocello. Kind of a North African two-step. Hurdy gurdy, violin, octave mandolin, acoustic guitar (Eric), and percussion.

7) Bir Demet Yasemen - Turkish ballad. A heartfelt tune, this is a belly dance standard. The title means "A Bunch of Jasmine." Clarinet, violin, mandolin, electric guitar, electric bass, and percussion.

8) Cau'l Chouzanu - Asturian Waltz. Beautiful waltz from the Celtic area of Northwest Spain, attributed to the late Fernando Largo of the band Beleno. Also known as "Waltz from Galicia." However we have been told in no uncertain terms that is Asturian, not Galician. Violin, accordion, acoustic guitar (Eric), accordion (Steve), and percussion.

9) Ef Em (The Chieftain) - Turkish, so not to be confused with the Steely Dan song. Turkish. We've been told our version is fairly authentic. Cifti, baby, cifti! Clarinet, violin, mandolin, electric guitar, electric bass, percussion.

10) Lixiero - an original, sometimes Latin, sometimes surf, depending on our mood. This is the Latin version, recorded live in the studio as a mock 78 using a single microphone and acoustic instruments. Record noise added courtesy of FreqMan at Freesound.com. The name means "Garbageman" in Brazilian Portuguese. Clarinet, violin, mandolin, acoustic guitar, and percussion.

11) Zuwarah! (bonus pre-historic version) - recorded in 2009 by Eric Covington and Garry Brunson, and included in most of our live shows in one form or another since. Zuwarah! started out as a quick solo guitar/beat box improv for Eric's return to public performance as a guitarist at Fort Worth's Rose Marine Theater on 20 June 2009, and quickly evolved to its current form. This is the amped out, all electric/electronic studio version. For the gear nerds it's all Roland HPD-10, Gibson Les Paul / Adrenalinn, and Fender J-bass.



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