Belly Dance Practice Music For The Evolving Belly Dancer
A musician since high school, Ron Perovich entered the world music scene like so many others - as the significant other to a belly dancer. Since his introduction to world music and release of his first album, "Belly Dance Practice Music", he has continued to hone his craft as well as weave his own musical voice into traditional Middle Eastern beats. His evolution as a musician aligns with the natural transition of a belly dance newbie to the next level of belly dance. With the release of his fourth album, "Belly Dance Practice Music, Vol. 2", we asked Ron about his evolution as a musician and the vision for this latest piece.
A As a continuation of my last Belly Dance Practice Music CD, I tried to have Volume 2 give dancers and teachers stepping off points for some directions you can go after the 4/4 steady tempo of the last album. The first volume was really written for my friends' tribal improv class and so stuck to the steady beats a class instruction setting needs, but for this one I had new goals to fulfill: accelerating tempos, more dynamic songs, introduction to a couple new meters (9/8 and 6/8), and to still be fun to listen to.
Q What was the inspiration behind your latest pieces?
A I admit I mostly just did what I enjoy listening to! I love the Armenian duduk so I knew that had to be the warmup piece this time. I love the "rock and roll" feel to a lot of 6/8 Maghreb music and the pounding funkiness of a heavy Saidi beat. My violin teacher offered to play on a song so I actually got the chance to write a part that wasn't limited by my own abilities, the slow Bolero that closes the album came from that.
Q Who will find your new music most beneficial?
A I think dancers who are looking for something different to practice with or choreograph to, but maybe want something a little slower tempo or a little longer in buildup to work new things out. Or really, anyone who wants to listen to something new that they haven't heard at every hafla!
Q Where do you see yourself evolving the most as a musician?
A I'm searching for just the right blend of authenticity versus individuality. These are cultures that I'm celebrating and I want to do it right, but I also don't mind so much if it still has a bit of my American "accent" to it. Learning the music theory better and just getting more skilled on the instruments lets me open up more and be myself while playing. I've also returned a bit to writing more music out before recording anything--at least on a few songs--so that hopefully the melodies are getting stronger.
Q Anything you'd like to add?
A Just that I hope everyone enjoys the music and if you see me in the audience at a belly dance show to say hello!
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"Belly Dance Practice Music, Vol. 2" by Ron Perovich
$5 -- The CD contains a warmup track featuring the Armenian duduk, plus 5 dance songs of varying tempos and meters, ending in a slow bolero piece for cooldown, featuring violin by Ian Salmon. Each song stays a consistent tempo and rhythm throughout (with the exception of the song intended for practicing accelerating tempos) to offer the dancer a steady beat to practice moves without being distracted by abrupt changes or shifts.