ARSOY IN ATHENS
Ali Arsoy was born the third of six children in Kirkuk, Iraq, of
parents from a diverse, multi-cultural heritage with roots in Armenia,
Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Iraq.
In his youth many languages were spoken in Kirkuk, a region comprised of
Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen and Assyrians. Ali grew up speaking Turkmenian at
home, but many other languages at school. As a result, he is proficient in
singing and playing in many Middle Eastern languages and dialects.
Ali graduated from the Music Academy of Baghdad, where he studied
classical Arabic music. At 17 years of age, he formed a group with his two
brothers, Mahmoud and Murad, and they played at weddings, state occasions
and festivals, culminating with the prestigious Babylon festival in 1993.
Ali left Iraq in 1995 due to political upheaval and joined his brother
Mahmoud in Turkey, where once again they played music together. There,
again, Ali encountered difficulties due to his multi-ethnicity and so he
made a desperate bid for freedom in Europe, crossing the Furon River when
he can't swim.
Ali now resides in Athens, Greece and performs at clubs and events
throughout the Aegean and Europe. His performances are electric and his
fans devoted. His fame first spread in Athens as a result of his
collaborations with Oriental Dance pioneer Rhea of Greece. From the moment they met, the artistic sparks
flew and all of Athens raved about their folkloric dance and music shows,
leading to the creation of this rousing CD of traditional Middle Eastern
and Turkish music. Ali sings & plays all instruments featured on "Ali Bi Ghanni Li Rhea" (Ali Sings for Rhea), with Rhea on zills.
Ali has followed up his first CD with the multi-faceted
CD "Karma," which features music from around the Arabic-speaking world.
Melina is proud to perform with Ali whenever she visits Greece for her
seminar tours. Ali is a wonderful artist, musician and human being.
His voice is vibrant, his musicianship virtuosic, and his drum solos are
articulate, energized and transporting.
Ali's CDs are great to use for teaching, performing or practicing Oriental
Dance. Or you can just lay back on the couch and enjoy -- but don't blame
us if you can't sit still.
Purchase his CDs from Daughters of Rhea Dance Studio in Boston for $20
melina at Daughters of Rhea Dance Studios for more info.
PRAISE FOR ALI ARSOY'S CD: ALI BI GHANNI LI RHEA
"Most of the songs had me doing hip drops in my chair, and
since I'm at work, if I wasn't careful, I would catch myself starting to do
shoulder shimmies. ...if music on a CD can make you do that, it's good!"