New music Brahem had written in 2008 seemed to call for a new group, modulating betweencultures and disciplines. His work in the "Thimar" trio with John Surman had made himparticularly enthusiastic about the blending of oud and bass clarinet, and Anouar was excitedwhen he heard Norma Winstone's 'Distances' with clarinettist Klaus Gesing. Eicher alsorecommended BjÃ¶rn Meyer whose highly mobile bass guitar is a regular highlight of performances by Nik BÃ¤rtsch's RonÃ*n band (see ECM albums 'Stoa' and 'Holon'). On handdrums, Brahem added insightful young Lebanese percussionist Khaled Yassine.The album's unusual title references the poetry of Palestinian writer Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008), to whom the disc is dedicated. Darwish's famous poem "Rita and the Rifle" tells of lovethwarted by political realities. Perfect for multi-format radio, the evocative music of 'TheAstounding Eyes of Rita' is certain to be embraced by filmmakers, too - Brahem's music isincreasingly being used in movies and documentaries.Personnel:Anouar Brahem: (oud), Klaus Gesing (bass clarinet), BjÃ¶rn Meyer (bass), Khaled Yassine(percussion)-- amazon.co.ukTracks01- The Lover Of Beirut02- Dance With Waves03- Stopover At Djibouti04- The Astounding Eyes Of Rita05- Al Birwa06- Galilee Mon Amour07- Waking State08- For No Apparent ReasonArtwork, EAC log and CUE sheet includedFormat: FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec)http://flac.sourceforge.net/index.html[/spoiler]
This is an artist you need to listen to. He's an oud player from Tunisia. His most recent work,
TheAstounding Eyes of Rita
(2009), is an amazing cd. I suggest tuning in with an open mind andchilling to the music.