The region of the world that is sometimes called The Middle East is difficult to define, and some people even argue with the title "Middle East." In this collection are two artists from Israel and two who are originally from Lebanon and who play Pan-Arabic music. We have chosen to call this collection Eastern Mediterranean because that seems to be a geographical area that encompasses these artists. These video clips are from the program Travels with Music Series One, which is available online at www.travelswithmusic.org. There are nearly 300 video clips in this first series of the Travels with Music program that profiles master musicians from 15 cultures around the world: USA/Blues, Trinidad, Peru, Chile, Senegal, Nigeria, Morocco, Bulgaria/Rom, Israel, Arabic/Lebanon, Pakistan, India, Indonesia/Java, Philippines, and China. The whole program is available at the online store (www.travelswithmusic.org) and can be purchased for online access or on interactive DVD-ROM for computers or on DVD-video for television.

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Yehuda Glantz is a talented multi-instrumentalist who received a scholarship to the Music Conservatory in Buenos Aires as a teenager. There he learned to play the guitar, flute, tarbuka, violin, and charango. Glantz now lives in Israel and tours worldwide, composing and performing music that combines many of his instruments and cultural traditions. A famed composer, violinist, and oud player, Yair Dalal is an Israeli musician who plays Jewish music from many styles and cultures but especially that of his parents’ native country, Iraq. His talent and energies have been focused on sharing the music of the Near East's desert regions, especially that of the Bedouin of the Negev. He is also dedicated to exploring the music of his Iraqi and Babylonian roots. This resource is part of the Travels with Music: Eastern Mediterranean collection.
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A famed composer, violinist, and oud player, Yair Dalal is an Israeli musician who plays Jewish music from many styles and cultures but especially that of his parents’ native country, Iraq. He was nominated "best musician from the Middle East" in the 2002 BBC World Music Awards. Ever since Dalal gave up his previous career as a desert guide to become a full-time musician, his talent and energies have been focused on sharing the music of the Near East's desert regions, especially that of the Bedouin of the Negev. He is also dedicated to exploring the music of his Iraqi and Babylonian roots. This resource is part of the Travels with Music: Eastern Mediterranean collection.
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Elias Lammam began studying the accordion at the age of nine with a famous master accordion player. Elias has composed for dancers and singers in Beirut, as well as for major television commercials. He has appeared on TV and radio and was the head of a very popular musical group in Dubai for 10 years. This resource is part of the Travels with Music: Eastern Mediterranean collection.
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Violinist and vocalist Georges Lammam studied music in Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates. He began performing at the age of 15 and eventually started his own ensemble, performing in well-known nightclubs in Sharjah, Abu Dabai, and Dubai. Today the Georges Lammam Ensemble plays a wide range of Arabic music, blending Turkish, Iranian, Israeli, and Pakistani styles of music. This resource is part of the Travels with Music: Eastern Mediterranean collection.
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