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Anouar Brahem

Anouar Brahem

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Published by: fanglekai on Jan 13, 2011
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Anouar Brahem - The Astounding Eyes of Rita
 The Astounding Eyes Of Rita - 2009Anouar Brahem : oudKlaus Gesing bass : clarinetBjörn Meyer : bassKhaled Yassine darbouka : bendir
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 [spoiler]Anouar Brahem - The Astounding Eyes Of Rita2009Brought to you by TQMPThe Quality Music ProjectIn the 21st century Anouar Brahem has become one of ECM's most popular artists, with astaunch worldwide following and near-unanimously positive press reactions. The label's 40thanniversary brings a new album of warm, dark sounds and dancing, organic pulses from theTunisian oud master, performed by his new band.After two CDs more closely related to European music ('Le Pas de Chat Noir', 'Le Voyage deSahar') comes a recording built more upon traditional phrasing and Arab modes - in some aspectsresembling Brahem's 'Barzakh' and the bestselling 'Astrakan Café', but with some of theimprovisational freedoms of 'Thimar'. The quartet from Tunisia, Germany, Sweden and Lebanon- now fired-up for international performances which include a first European tour this autumn -was brought together by Anouar and ECM producer Manfred Eicher initially for this album.
 
 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 Björn Meyer whose highly mobile bass guitar is a regular highlight of performances by Nik Bärtsch'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), Björn 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]
My thoughts:
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.

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