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2015 Morocco ->

last update: 8/25/2015
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2015 Traveler Blog

Morocco, May 21 – June 3

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May 21-25 – Fes

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It started raining . . . I was trying to buy a stage shirt in the old Medina, when all of a sudden the store flooded . . . so I couldn’t buy it

I was trying to buy a stage shirt in the old medina, when all of a sudden the store flooded.

Posted by Scott Jeffers Traveler on Sunday, May 24, 2015

 


Festival de Fès des musiques sacrées du monde
I decided to attend the Sacred Music Festival in Fez Morocco. I’m glad i did. On the opening night, The most amazing stage I’ve seen, with some type of changing projection on the castle walls. The sound was perfect, and the musicians were world class.
A little taste of what the stage projections can do at the Sacred Music Festival in Fez.

 

A little taste of what the stage projections can do at the Sacred Music Festival in Fez.

Posted by Scott Jeffers Traveler on Saturday, May 23, 2015

 

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My jam session on the lou tare, with Abdelaaziz Alaoui on tabla… And special thanks to Haleed for filming.

My jam session on the lou tare, with Abdelaaziz Alaoui on tabla… And special thanks to Haleed for filming.

Posted by Scott Jeffers Traveler on Sunday, May 24, 2015

Payiz – Today at the Sacred Music Festival I watched an awesome Persian Kurdish band called Payiz…it started to rain and they kept playing.

Payez performing at the Sacred Music Festival in Fez Morocco

Posted by Scott Jeffers Traveler on Saturday, May 23, 2015

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Posted by Scott Jeffers Traveler on Saturday, May 23, 2015

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The British are coming!

The British are coming!

Posted by Scott Jeffers Traveler on Sunday, May 24, 2015

March 24 – Outside of the Blue Gate today. Fez, Morocco

Outside of the Blue Gate today. Fez, Morocco

Posted by Scott Jeffers Traveler on Sunday, May 24, 2015

My jam session on the lou tare, with Abdelaaziz Alaoui on tabla… And special thanks to Haleed for filming.

Posted by Scott Jeffers Traveler on Sunday, May 24, 2015

 

Call to prayer in Fez Morocco.

Call to prayer in Fez Morocco.

Posted by Scott Jeffers Traveler on Monday, May 25, 2015

I have never seen so many extremely happy people in one place before. Young Moroccans love thier traditional music.

I have never seen so many extremely happy people in one place before. Young Moroccans love thier traditional music.

Posted by Scott Jeffers Traveler on Monday, May 25, 2015

At one point there was even a mosh pit going.

At one point there was even a mosh pit going.

Posted by Scott Jeffers Traveler on Monday, May 25, 2015

This is at a unique little lounge, you have to crawl through kind of a tunnel to get inside, and go up a winding steep stairway. They play Ganawen music, but the percussion is drowning out the stringed instrument as usual.

This is at a unique little lounge, you have to crawl through kind of a tunnel to get inside, and go up a winding steep stairway. They play Ganawen music, but the percussion is drowning out the stringed instrument as usual.

Posted by Scott Jeffers Traveler on Monday, May 25, 2015

 

May 25 & 26 – Rif Mountains & Volubilis

I composed a new song, it is called: We Ride With the Wind. I was inspired by a painting and the rythm of the Ganawen clanking cymbals that sound like hoarse hooves. – Nice place to compose. In the Rif mountains of Morocco

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May 27 – Volubilis

I have an important announcement. I’ve decided to dedicate my life to my new instrument (the Volubilis goat horn) all Traveler song will be performed on it for now on. An artist must do what he must do.

 

I have an important announcement. I’ve decided to dedicate my life to my new instrument (the volubilis goat horn horn) all Traveler song will be performed on it for now on. An artist must do what he must do.

Posted by Scott Jeffers Traveler on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

 

Violin improvisation in the ancient ruins of Volubilis. Thanks to Abdela for filming:-)

Violn improvisation in the ancient ruins of Volubilis. Thanks to Abdela for filming:-)

Posted by Scott Jeffers Traveler on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

 

At the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis

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May 28 – Atlas Mountains – My new friends . . . I was sharing my peanuts with them. They are surprisingly gentle.

My new friends

Posted by Scott Jeffers Traveler on Thursday, May 28, 2015

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Cool mountain stream in the Atlas Mountains

Cool mountain stream in the Atlas Mountains

Posted by Scott Jeffers Traveler on Thursday, May 28, 2015

So I was sitting by a cool mountain stream and a field of grass with flowers today in the mountains and the Beatles song Mother Natures Son came to mind. So I sang it for you. :)

So I was sitting by a cool mountain stream and a field of grass with flowers today in the mountains and the Beatles song Mother Natures Son came to mind. So I sang it for you.:-)

Posted by Scott Jeffers Traveler on Thursday, May 28, 2015

May 31st – On the Sahara

Ichou Aroumy posted :)

Posted by Traveler World Music on Sunday, May 31, 2015

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On the Sahara . . .

Posted by Traveler World Music on Sunday, May 31, 2015

May 31st, Atlas – I hiked into the Atlas Mountains today to sit for a few hours to work on music. As I was hiking out I came across 2 Berber men, one carrying a large metal bucket on his shoulder and the other had a banjo. They saw my violin and wanted me to play with them. So of course I did. As I was trying to imitate his phrases it became very evident that the traditional Berber music is the same scale as the blues scale. I guess it’s true, the blues really does come from Africa.

Posted by Scott Jeffers Traveler on Sunday, May 31, 2015

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June 1st, Marrakesh

 

Music in Marrakesh

Posted by Traveler World Music on Monday, June 1, 2015

June 2nd-3rd, Essaouira

Jimi lived here for a week in 1968 and it’s still legendary here at cafe Jimi and the Jimi Hendrix Hotel. You can see the remains of a castle in Mediterranean Sea. As legend has it, this is the castle that inspired Jimi Hendrix to write Castles Made of Sand.

The loutar is popular in the Atlas Mountains’ Berber music. I bought my loutar from a shop in Marrakesh that had a picture of what they said was a big European star sitting in the shop. But they didn’t know his name . . . I looked at it and said “that’s Robert Plant”! Apparently he shops at the same shop.

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