Bendir & Heckelphone

from Miho: Journey to the Mountain by Paul Winter Consort

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The bendir is a Moroccan frame drum with snares. It is always played with the hands and often used by nomadic Bedouins, sometimes in frame drum ensemble settings and sometimes with melodic instruments. It is a type of drum popular all over the Arabic world where it is known by various names. The frame drum arrived in Morocco at the time of the Islamic conquests of North Africa in the 7th and 8th centuries.

The Heckelphone was invented in Germany by Wilhelm Heckel in 1904. A double-reed instrument of the oboe family and similar to the English horn, its original purpose was to fill the gap between oboes and bassoons in symphonic music. Only 130 were ever produced.


from Miho: Journey to the Mountain, released September 22, 2010
Glen Velez, Paul McCandless (Framedrum Music, BMI; Bocal Music, ASCAP)

Glen Velez / bendir 
Paul McCandless / Heckelphone


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Paul Winter is a seven-time Grammy-winning saxophonist, whose sextet was the first jazz group to perform at the White House in 1962. His second group, the Paul Winter Consort, interweaves sounds from the natural world with classical and ethnic traditions, and the spontaneous spirit of jazz. Their annual Winter Solstice Celebrations and Earth Mass are among the most popular events in New York. ... more

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