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  • n. Alternative form of kanoon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of dulcimer or zither, used in Turkey. Also written canoon.


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  • That experience seems to have primed him to find pathways to many other styles, and on his three previous albums with Doumbia they've pulled off daring fusions -- like funking up the circular Malian blues popularized by Ali Farka Toure with an arsenal of instruments from around the world, including horns, tabla, violin, the sweet-voiced Portuguese cavaquinho, and the Arabic zither called the kanun -- but their current record, Dimanche a Bamako (Nonesuch), tops them all.

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  • For these appearances Cemal will be joined by an excellent Gypsy band, plus Harold Hagopian, the New York-based record producer who owns Traditional Crossroads, on kanun.

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  • Cemal's long, serpentine solos slither over percolating rhythms played on the darbouka, an ancient hand drum; clarinet arrives in vocalic sobs, chuckles, and sighs; and lightning-quick improvisations on the kanun, a type of zither, are marvels of pointillistic melody.

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  • Leader Julien Jalal Edinne, born Bernard Weiss in France in 1953, studied Western classical music as a youngster, but upon encountering the kanun -- an Arabic zither -- he threw himself into Arabic classical music and eventually moved to Damascus, where he formed the band in 1983 and converted to Islam in 1986.

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  • He is using a full-immersion method similar to the one he used on "Maria" to delve into the intricacies of Albania's centuries-old blood-feud code of conduct, known as "kanun."

  • Lumanovski, whose mastery of Roma traditions is reinforced by classical training, shares the front line with kanun player Tamer Pinarbasi, who gets an almost guitarlike sound from the instru-ment; the bandleader's astringent, sorrowful horn lines tangle with the fleet, percussive runs Pinarbasi ham-mers out on his dulcimer.

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  • Abdel-Aziz on marimba was accompanied by musicians on strings, flute and piccolo, percussions, piano, as well as nay, darbuka and qanun (kanun).

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  • Also spelled qanún.

    January 29, 2011