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Simin Tander: Wagma (2011)

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Simin Tander: Wagma Track review of "Becoming"

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Simin Tander is a polyglot German-Afghan singer who combines the fierce creativity of Meredith Monk
Meredith Monk
Meredith Monk
b.1943
vocalist
with the jazz savvy of Gretchen Parlato
Gretchen Parlato
Gretchen Parlato

vocalist
. She has surrounded herself with a like-minded trio that is willing to forge in whatever direction she desires, with music and singing full of wordless howls, purrs, and calls. This is multicultural music with a German edge and the rugged and untamed spirit of Afghanistan.

"Becoming" is a composition in English that begins like Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
1917 - 1982
piano
meeting Edith Piaf
Edith Piaf
Edith Piaf
1915 - 1963
vocalist
for an absinthe parfait and a cool glass of Château d'Yquem. There are frank elements of hip-hop sprinkled with Tander's assertive vocalizations. Pianist Jeroen van Vliet echoes John Escreet
John Escreet
John Escreet
b.1984
piano
's angular stance while never losing the swing. Tander's lyrics are of a probing conscience looking for release.

Personnel: Simin Tander: vocals; Jeroen van Vliet: piano and electronics; Etienne Nillesen: drums; Cord Heineking: bass.

Record Label: Neuklang Records


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