Waheed Alkhan | The Return: Spirit of Bahrain

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The Return: Spirit of Bahrain

by Waheed Alkhan

The Return Album is professionally written for a philharmonic orchestra and oriental instruments with Bahraini flavor. The album is built on stories created by the composer, so it suits all tastes. Folk themes are used to serve the stories.
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1. My Muharraq
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2. Our Waltz
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3. The Tree
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4. Rise
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5. The Return
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6. Loyalty
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7. The Pearl
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8. Dance for Me
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9. Secrets
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10. Demeaning Love
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This Album


This album is meant to introduce Bahrain to the world through state fine music. It is composed in orchestral standards with Bahraini flavor suitable for all tastes, no Arabic semi tones had been used.

The album is simply reflecting stories and scenes built around the spirit of Bahrain. The Bahrain which is in the mind and heart of the composer Waheed Alkhan. With this album he is trying to preserve the beautiful Bahrain, which was rich with love and harmony in order to cherish the memories to those who lived it and sceneries to those who did not.

The composer had grown up in the city of Muharraq, specifically in a small place called “Halat Bu Maher” which was rich with musicians, pearl diver singers.

This album was performed by Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra recorded in one take ( all performing together ) then the oriental instruments were added. The total number of performers is 94 musicians. While the mixing and mastering is done in the UK by engineer Gareth Williams .

The next phase after this Audio production is a visual theatrical production shall be intruded.


The Pearl

A love story of a couple who just got married, but the husband has to go for pearl diving journey the very next morning, which takes 4 months and 10 days as all men of Bahrain had to do before the era of oil discovery .

This piece has several climaxes such the struggle of the divers with strong waves plus several emotional scenes and dances and songs by women on the land parrying for their beloved husbands and sons to return safely.

In this composition the composer tried to tell the story of Bahrainis briefly and artistically so he shows the type of tough life in the past .


Several Bahrain folk themes are used in this piece.


Dance For Me

This composition is written by Waheed Alkhan when he was a music student in 1982. it is written in the form of variation on a folk theme.

The folk song is known in the Arabian Gulf as “ Al Boshya” and it is accompanied by a lovely moderate speed rhythms call “SAMRI” where women and girls dance it. It is such a charming and glorious dance with soft and slow moves.

The composer had written “Dance For Me” when he was a music student at the Conservatory of Cairo. He got inspired when the seen of a Bahraini girl dancing SAMRI. She and the dance moved him so he fall in love with the girl whom he got married to later on.



My Muharraq

Written in 2016 simply as a reflection of many scenes of the home city of the composer. The city of Muharraq which was gathering many people from different other places of Bahrain and expats whom chosen to live and die in this city.

As mentioned by the composer in a TV interview “Bahrain to me means Muharraq “ because it reflects all the meaning of harmony, love, music , poetry , people gathered from all parts, childhood,,, basically all beautiful things.

A Bahraini folk theme is used in this composition, this was a famous traditional song in Muharraq at that time called : "Simsimah”.


The Return

This composition is a flash back to historical scenes many years ago in the history of Bahrain, specifically about the journey of Shaikh Isa Bin Ali Alkhalifa - the grand grand father of the king of Bahrain H.M Hamad Bin Isa Alkhalifa- back to Bahrain, he left Bahrain and then he return as a chosen ruler. so it is called THE RETUN.

The music is imitating the sea waves carrying the small ship using a special rhythm which is common for one type of the pearl diver songs (Mokholfy) which is blended well with the melody of this composition. Music pattern changes with the scenes on the land where the people of Bahrain are spreading the news and gathering to receive their new ruler .


My Bahrain

The story: a man with 2 kids are walking in a modem hyper market between piles of fruits, food and modern grocery, many customers chatting and talking in mobile phones . The musical scenes take him and the kids to the small roads of the city of Manama where children are playing and small cars of fruits moving around, women greetings, men of the traditional coffee shop….. simply traveling with his mind to the Bahrain he loves, where more people, love ,warmth rather than tall buildings, malls and modern life which took away a big part of human communication.


Rise

The message: The Arab world had faced many political and economic crises recently, which created heavy depression to all, and mainly to the young generation.
This composition is reflecting that with a strong message for this generation to rise and build, create, live , look forward to a bright future.

The music is active, energetic but still with Bahraini spirit


Loyalty

This composition is capturing in the unforgettable momentum event when the people of Bahrain shown love, gratitude and loyalty to their leader H.M. Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa The King of Bahrain who has announced a new era of democracy and equality for the Kingdom of Bahrain, the event took place in the Island of Sitra in 2001.

The music style is modern with a mix of Bahraini traditional percussion and modern drum set and guitars along with the philharmonic orchestra.


Demeaning love

A song based on a very famous poem in classical Arabic dialect, the same poem had been used by several composers / singer in deferent parts of middles east, the composer Waheed Alkhan decided to do it again in a defend style as a dialogue between a duet male and female singers tackling the deep meanings of the words using the dynamics of the orchestral performance which added depth and emotions, this song in accompanied by a very famous Bahraini rhythm known as Sout Shamy.


The Tree

The story is about a boy who had a special bond with a certain palm tree in his home, running around it, climbing it, talking to it, and hugging it sometimes.
He wakes up one day shocked by the sight of the tree being cut off. This horrible scene he could not forgot ever, especially the sound of the roots screaming for help.
The child saves a seed of the palm date in his hand and plants it, takes it with him to another country but the tree doesn’t grow well.
Many years later, he decides to return home to the exact original place where the tree was to find out that the soil had changed, as well as the people.

This story reflects a personal experience of the composer Waheed Alkhan longing for his childhood, purity and simplicity of his home country.

The music is composed for a solo Violin with the orchestra without using percussion or folk themes.


Our Waltz

A love story of 2 kids. The music is in several scenes, the opening scene is of several kids playing a Bahraini folk game that has a song: “Goom Ya Showaib” which means “Get up old man”.
The following few scenes are for the 2 kids in morning greeting , walking together to school and back. Then a sad dramatic scene where the boy has a flower in his hand for her, but he gets shocked to see the girl’s family are ready to move to another home.

They lose each other, they grow up but the search for each other does not stop, finally he finds her in a café, not sure if it is her so, he starts humming his part of the childhood song. She takes a little time then she sings back her part of the song.

With total happiness, they sit holding hands and go to their special fantasy of dancing Waltz with each other.

The performance is with full orchestra with Arabic instruments and a Bahraini percussion.


Secrets

A story of a small family of an army pilot who is away for duty, a mother and a boy with his elder sister. The boy has a secret, and his sister is curious to reveal it. She chases him all the time, but he always gets away.

When the father returns back home, the son pulls him to show him his secret and it is a kind of monument of his hero dad. The sister is touched, but she also takes her dad to show him her secret.

The music is composed mainly for string instruments playing all the way in pizzicato style (plugging the string rather than using the bow). The music imitates the steps movements and hidden secrets.

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