Phil Thornton & Hossam Ramzy — Immortal Egypt

Phil Thornton & Hossam Ramzy — Immortal Egypt

Phil Thornton actively uses both authentic instruments and the latest achievements of the modern music industry. He cooperates with the world’s leading performers of ethnic music. The greatest success was the collaboration of Phil Thornton with the Egyptian musician percussionist Hossam Ramzy. Their joint album “Immortal Egypt”, released in 1998, won first place on the results of the awarding of annual awards by the respectable American magazine New Age Voice.

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01 Phil Thornton & Hossam Ramzy – At the Gates of the Citadel.mp3
02 Phil Thornton & Hossam Ramzy – Cairo Blues.mp3
03 Phil Thornton & Hossam Ramzy – Last Words by the Temple.mp3
04 Phil Thornton & Hossam Ramzy – Morocoo Dance.mp3
05 Phil Thornton & Hossam Ramzy – Derwood Green.mp3
06 Phil Thornton & Hossam Ramzy – El Moulid.mp3
07 Phil Thornton & Hossam Ramzy – Praying for Rain.mp3
08 Phil Thornton & Hossam Ramzy – Emerald Minarets in a Sea of Stars.mp3
09 Phil Thornton & Hossam Ramzy – Sunrise Over Giza.mp3
10 Phil Thornton & Hossam Ramzy – Immortal Egypt.mp3

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Phil Thornton

A keen sorcerer of sonic visions, Phil Thornton has written and produced over 30 solo albums – with world wide sales of over 2 million – since beginning his musical odyssey in the early ’80s with the group ‘Expandis’ (a unique artists collective best known for their innovative use of electronic sound).

Phil’s first two ambient albums ‘Cloud Sculpting’ and ‘Edge Of Dreams’ both topped the ‘New Musical Express’ New Age chart and are now widely acclaimed as classics of their genre.

Previously commissioned to collaborate on the concept album ‘First Quest’ for the highly successful game ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ and to compose music for an esoteric art event at St. James’s in Piccadilly, London, widely regarded as an early turning point in the development of ‘new age’ ideas.

His arrangements often feature a mix of ethnic and modern instruments, which has led him into collaborations with leading ‘world’ musicians to create a diverse and hypnotic blend of atmospheric compositions. Phil’s 1999 collaboration with Hossam Ramzy, ‘Immortal Egypt’, won 1st place in the annual ‘New Age Voice’ magazine awards in the USA.

As a live performer Phil has appeared on regional and national television in England, Europe and South America, The Findhorn Foundations Universal Hall in Scotland, the Purcell Rooms on the South Bank and St. James’s Church in Piccadilly, London. Seminars in Rome, Amsterdam, Paris, Guadalajara and Sao Paulo and concert tours of Brazil and Mexico as well as many ‘Greenpeace’ and ‘Friends of The Earth’ festivals in Great Britain.

Hossam Ramzy

Hossam Ramzy was born into a wealthy Cairo family. He began playing the darbuka and tabla at an early age. A move to Saudi Arabia led him to join with many Bedouin tribes which gave the young Hossam a rich insight into the cultural origins of Middle Eastern music and became the inspiration for many of his later rhythmic directions. In the 1970s he moved to London and began playing with saxophonist Andy Sheppard. His collaborations with jazz musicians earned him the nickname “The Sultan of Swing“. In 1989 he worked with Peter Gabriel on the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ. This brought him to the attention of artists such as Frank Asher and the Gipsy Kings.

In 1994 he returned to his roots and formed a ten piece Egyptian ensemble that performed on the album No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded. Ramzy and his ensemble also gained exposure by touring with Plant and Page throughout 1995 in support of their album. The next year Ramzy released the first of three collaborations with English arranger Phil Thornton, Eternal Egypt. The success of Eternal Egypt’s blend of Arabic music prompted the follow up albums Immortal Egypt and Enchanted Egypt. In 1996, Hossam and his percussion section played with Big Country in Dingwalls club. From this event was recorded “Eclectic”. In 1998, he performed with Rachid Taha, Khaled and Faudel at their 1,2,3 Soleils concert and backed Khaled again for the Claude Challe album Flying Carpet. In 2000, Jay-Z sampled his version of “Khosara” for “Big Pimpin'”. After 2000 Ramzy increasingly began to work arranging music for pop stars. In 2005 he arranged some songs for Ricky Martin’s album Life and he worked with Shakira on her album She Wolf. He also contributed two songs to the soundtrack for the film Prince of Persia and one to the soundtrack for Conan The Barbarian.

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Ruslan Sahautdinov
I collect on this site the most interesting, the most beautiful, the best collection of Islamic traditional classical and sacred music from different Arabian, Persian and Middle Asian countries.

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