Al 'Azifoon is blessed with a close friendship with members of the Middle Eastern band Helm, based in Fairfax, CA. Additionally, the two groups share a mutual love of traditional acoustic Middle Eastern music. Therefore, when Helm's touring and performance schedule permits, the musicians in Helm, can often be found augmenting Al 'Azifoon's lineup as special guest star performers. means "dream" in Arabic, and "Al 'Azifoon" means "the musicians" in Arabic -- and the synergy of these two groups of talented friends performing together really does create a "Dream Musicians" group!
The primary members of the Middle Eastern Band Helm are:
Mark Bell, Middle Eastern percussionist extraordinaire;
Ling Shien Bell, vocals, Middle Eastern woodwinds,and microtonal accordion, and more!; and,
David TwoHawk Glazier, Middle Eastern percussionist, artist, and Apache Healer.
Ling Shien Bell's music studies began on piano at the age of five. Her formal training in western music continued at the Music Conservatory in Aix-en-Provence. She began studying and performing Arabic music on Egyptian Nay in 1979.
She has studied classical and folkloric Arabic and Turkish music extensively in Cairo, Egypt and Istanbul, Turkey. Her interest in folkloric music led Ling Shien to pick up the mizmar (Arabic oboe), zumara (an ancient form of the clarinet), and kawala (a folkloric flute). Ling also plays the microtonal accordion. In addition to Middle Eastern music, Ling has studied and performs Turkish Roman and the Balkan music with her band Helm. Additionally, Ling composes and records original songs with her band Helm.
Ling Shien is one of the few professional performers of Middle Eastern woodwind instruments (including: nay, mizmar, zurna) and the Arabic microtonal accordion residing Northern California. When Ling Shien is not busy performing, touring, and recording with her band Helm, she is sings, performs Egyptian woodwinds, microtonal accordion as a guest musician with Al 'Azifoon.
Photos: Ling Shien Bell is a professional multi-instrumentalist (including: woodwinds, accordion, vocal, and more)
and founding member (along with her husband Mark Bell) of the band Helm based in Fairfax, CA
Email Ling Shien Bell and the band Helm from this link!
Ling Shien is a classically trained concert pianist, multi-instrumentalist specializing in Middle Eastern woodwinds and microtonal accordion, vocalist, and composer, as well as a music teacher and professional piano tuner. Contact Ling through this link to her band Helm's webpage http://www.helmmusic.com for music lessons, piano tuning services, and performance bookings.
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