Perhaps Hamasyan suffered through having to play not long after the Palestinian oud-player Adnan Joubran, who had opened the late afternoon with another one of Jazzkaar's best sets, magisterial and spellbinding. Delivering such wonderment right at the beginning of the day's schedule was unavoidably going to prompt comparisons, as the rest of the evening's programme unwound. At first, Joubran was flanked by cello, tabla and mixed percussion, his opening piece invested with a spiritual aura, but this not precluding a swift tempo. The second number was centered around Amrit Hussain's tabla attack, and the third involved an oud/cello duet. In a strategic move, flautist Sylvain Barou was kept in reserve until the fourth selection, around 30 minutes in, making his dramatic entrance from the wings, beginning his blowing before being sighted. Next, it was cellist Valentin Mussou's turn to excite the particles, as he turned on the fuzz-distortion for an incongruously extreme cello solo. Joubran's colleagues hail from France, India and Iran, so this was another actively international line-up, and one of several such collectives appearing during this year's Jazzkaar.
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