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Middle-Earth Ensemble

Sound description

Far-Eastern meditative belly-dancing music -- the band calls its sound "electroacoustic fusion folk."

Inception

San Diego , 2000

Current Status

Playing around Southern California.

Influences

Arabic, Persian, Turkish, classical, folk, and improvisational music

Discography

2009
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Middle-Earth Ensemble formed as a result of a variety of musicians coming together to perform for the Bellydance Showcases at Claire de Lune Coffee Lounge, starting in 1999. Founder and drummer Frank Lazzaro describes how the band chose its name.

"Besides being an obvious rip-off of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, the name also describes the style of music we play. Looking at Earth from space, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe all come together in the Mediterranean, literally meaning the 'Middle Earth.' A lot of our music is derived from the Middle East. Also, Led Zeppelin had an influence on us. They had a lot of Middle-Eastern elements in their music, as well as many lyrical references to Tolkien...we do instrumental covers of a few Zeppelin tunes."

The group performs music for belly-dance events and other festive occasions at various local venues. Their gypsy-infused sound is influenced by many musical styles, including Arabic, Persian, Turkish, folk, jazz, classical, rock, and improvisational music. Frank Lazzaro also plays with Damaru and psychedelic jam band the Travel Agents.

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