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Martin Hayes and Brooklyn Rider: The Butterfly

Read "The Butterfly" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The Butterfly is a colorful collaboration between the Irish fiddler Martin Hayes and the genre-bending New York based quartet, Brooklyn Rider. Interpretations of traditional folk songs make up the bulk of the release that also includes a composition by pianist Peadar Ó Riada and a Hayes original. The uniqueness of release lies in the exchanges between Hayes and the quartet. The former plays the melodies with vibrancy and a refreshingly personal style while the latter creates intricate tonal ambiences around ...

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Layale Chaker and Sarafand: Inner Rhyme

Read "Inner Rhyme" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Arabic poetry is the primary source of inspiration for Lebanese violinist and composer Layale Chaker's innovative and vibrant debut Inner Rhyme. Recorded in New York with her band Sarafand (named after a Palestinian village that was abandoned in 1948) this original music is full of subtle wit and sublime emotion. In crafting this exquisite album, Chaker transposes traditional Arabic poetic meters to rhythmic ones. She also draws upon her western classical training as well as her Levantine heritage ...


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