Anouar Brahem is the oud’s conjuror, a master at bringing out the acoustic magic which this ancient traditional Oriental lute carries inside its calabash: the musical heritage of the Arab and Islamic worlds.
The Anouar Brahem Quartet will perform The Astounding Eyes of Rita, which is a delightful new composition by the Tunisian oud master. The combination of the bass clarinet with the oud suggests a link to his Thimar trio, but this East/West line-up often feels closer to the more traditionally-inclined sounds of Barzakh or Conte de l'Incroyable Amour. Klaus Gesing, from Norma Winstone's Trio, and Björn Meyer, from Nik Bärtsch's Ronin, are both players with an affinity for musical sources beyond jazz, and they interact persuasively inside Brahem's music.
This is a dance of dark, warm sounds, urged onwards by the darbouka and frame drum of Lebanese percussionist Khaled Yassine. The album is dedicated to the memory of the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.
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