2015 Morocco ->

last content update: 8/25/2015

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2015 Scott Jeffers’ Traveler Blog

Traveling the world to gather inspiration for the Traveler project.

Morocco, May 21 – June 3

May 21-25 – Fes

including:

I bought a ticket to Scotland but at the last minute decided to come here instead” & “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” & “Crazy moon in Morocco tonight – If you look close you may find an animal staring out from the picture. see if you can find it

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May 24th – 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

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.

including:

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. – May 22nd” & “Today at the Sacred Music Festival I watched an awesome Persian Kurdish band called Payiz…it started to rain and they kept playing. ” & “My jam session on the loutare, with Abdelaaziz Alaoui on tabla… And special thanks to Haleed for filming.

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

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

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The British are coming!

Outside of the Blue Gate today. Fez, Morocco

Call to prayer in Fez Morocco.

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

At one point there was even a mosh pit going.

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.

May 25 & 26 – Rif Mountains & Volubilis

Nice place to compose. In the Rif mountains of Morocco … I composed a new song, it is called: We Ride With the Wind. I was inspired by a painting and the rhythm 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.

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

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.

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Cool mountain stream in the Atlas Mountains

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. 🙂

May 31st – On the Sahara

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On the Sahara . . .


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.

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June 1st, Marrakesh

This is in Marrakesh Morocco. . . .yes, those are real cobras.


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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last content update: 8/25/2015

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