Alcohol & Philosophy (Ruta Púrpura)

Alcohol & Philosophy Music by Ramy Maalouf In ancient Greece, the symposium "to drink together" was a part of a banquet that took place after the meal, when drinking for pleasure was accompanied by music, dancing, recitals, or conversation. The men at the symposium would discuss a multitude of topics—often philosophical, such as love and the differences between genders. In a fragment from his c. 375 BC play Semele or Dionysus, Eubulus has the god of wine Dionysos describe proper and improper drinking: For sensible men I prepare only three kraters: one for health (which they drink first) the second for love and pleasure the third for sleep. After the third one is drained, wise men go home; the fourth krater is not mine any more - it belongs to bad behaviour; the fifth is for shouting; the sixth is for rudeness and insults; the seventh is for fights; the eighth is for breaking the furniture; the ninth is for depression; the tenth is for madness and unconsciousness. Flute: Ramy Maalouf Piano: Mehdi Medeghri Bass: Paco Dicenta Drums: Hassane Khoualef Sound Engineer: Abdelati Ben Medjebari Video: Hichem Lezher Post Production: Sefiane Mokhtar Mix and Mastering: Oliver maalouf, Elias Daher Ruta Púrpura concert at L’Usto. Oran, Algeria In collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes, Oran © Ramy Maalouf 2017