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Anouar Brahem

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In the course of nine innovative, timeless albums spread over twenty years, Anouar Brahem has established himself as one of the most original and talented musicians yet to record on the prestigious ECM label.
Brahem is the oud’s conjuror, a master at bringing out the acoustic magic which this age-old traditional Oriental lute carries inside its calabash: the musical heritage of the Arab and Islamic worlds.Brahem is a phenomenon, a concentrated mix of prolific paradoxes: he is a supremely subversive classicist; a solitary soloist, resolutely open to the world; and a "culture smuggler", a man ever inclined to venture beyond his own limits and push back musical frontiers… without yielding an inch to aesthetic standards forged across time and tempered with deep respect for tradition.
Because he has always recognised this fundamental complexity, it has become his strength. And because he’s always sought to weave this abundance of influences and disparate passions inside the very material of his work and compositions, Anouar Brahem is today recognised as one of the rare composers and improvisers capable of inventing a form of music which is totally rooted in an ancestral culture: it is highly sophisticated, yet eminently contemporary, and its ambitions are global.Brahem brings the bewitching poetic colours of the oud to a host of diverse musical canvases.
From the rich repertoire of Jazz – John Surman, Dave Holland and Jan Garbarek are just some of the leading players to succumb to Brahem's melodic spells to the multiple and diverse traditions of Mediterranean and Oriental influence, from his native Tunisia to the confines of India and Iran, his sensitive yet rigorous music ceaselessly redefines a cleverly composite universe of poetry and culture, ever balancing between discretion and sensuality, nostalgia and contemplation.
Stéphane Ollivier

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Article: Interview

Simin Tander: No Looking Back

Read "Simin Tander: No Looking Back" reviewed by Ian Patterson


When an album receives widespread critical acclaim, generating extensive touring in its wake, the temptation must be to repeat the formula next time around. Especially for artists operating in the niche world of jazz/improvised music, where a sure gig can be something of a holy grail, it would make little sense to fix what ain't broken. ...

Article: Album Review

Dave Holland / Kevin Eubanks / Obed Calvaire: Another Land

Read "Another Land" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


Dave Holland ritorna protagonista della scena musicale con l'album Another Land, pubblicato dalla Edition Records, e che riunisce, al fianco del monumentale bassista inglese, Kevin Eubanks e Obed Calvaire. Si tratta di un album registrato in studio e composto interamente da brani inediti che il trio ha concepito durante una serie di esibizioni live definite dal ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Alessandro Sgobbio: la musica come viaggio verso sé stessi

Read "Alessandro Sgobbio: la musica come viaggio verso sé stessi" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


Non capita spesso di potersi confrontare con musicisti dal profondo livello culturale e dalla caratura internazionale di Alessandro Sgobbio. A pochi mesi dall'uscita di Transparence, disco d'esordio del quartetto Hitra, abbiamo avuto la fortuna di poter discutere con il pianista di origini pugliesi dei temi e delle idee all'origine dei suoi progetti passati, presenti e futuri, ...

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Article: Interview

Makram Aboul Hosn: The Spirit Lives

Read "Makram Aboul Hosn: The Spirit Lives" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Music does not have the power to right the wrongs of the world, but when it works its magic, it can soothe troubled souls and uplift battered spirits like few other things. Lebanese bassist/composer Makram Aboul Hosn's second album, Transmigration (Self Produced, 2021) is proof of that. It is a fine album, steeped in ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Zakir Hussain: The Best Jazz / Crossover Albums

Read "Zakir Hussain: The Best  Jazz / Crossover Albums" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Zakir Hussain turned 70 on March 9th. In an unparalleled career, which began in earnest aged 7, the man widely acclaimed as the world's greatest tabla player has played with the giants of both Indian classical music and jazz. It is hard to think of another musician who has straddled both worlds to such a prominent ...

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Article: Interview

Elina Duni & Rob Luft: Songs Of Love And Exile

Read "Elina Duni & Rob Luft: Songs Of Love And Exile" reviewed by Chris May


The British guitarist Rob Luft has already released one of the great albums of 2020 with Life Is The Dancer (Edition), which came out back in the spring. Now Luft notches up another 2020 highlight with the collaborative Lost Ships (ECM), jointly conceived and co-led with the Albanian-Swiss singer Elina Duni. By turns passionate and grave, ...

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Article: Live Review

I Poeti del Piano Solo, alla Sala Vanni di Firenze

Read "I Poeti del Piano Solo, alla Sala Vanni di Firenze" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


I Poeti del Piano Solo Musicus Concentus Sala Vanni Firenze 1-3.10.2020 Ci vuole un certo coraggio per inaugurare una nuova rassegna subito dopo la pandemia, con tutte le limitazioni poste agli eventi culturali e di spettacolo, per giunta proprio mentre l'autunno sembra portare un incremento dei contagi. Un coraggio che ...

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Article: Lyrics

Django Bates: 60+40—Charlie Parker: 100

Read "Django Bates: 60+40—Charlie Parker: 100" reviewed by Vic Albani


Nel nefasto 2020 molte celebrazioni, anniversari e festival a tema hanno dovuto arrendersi all'emergenza Covid-19 anche se, in calendario, ne sono rimasti alcuni davvero irrinunciabili. Uno di questi è il centenario della nascita del signor Charlie Parker, nato a Kansas City il 29 agosto 1920 e scomparso poi a New York nella primavera del 1955. Ad ...

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Article: In Pictures

Reflektor Manfred Eicher, Part 2

Read "Reflektor Manfred Eicher, Part 2" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti


Part 1 | Part 2 Photos from “Reflektor Mandred Eicher" held in Hamburg in The Elbphilharmonie. This is the second part of the Festival dedicated to ECM musicians and Manfred Eicher. February 5th and 6th I saw, among others Manfred Eicher, Avishai Cohen, Anouar Brahem, Egberto Gismonti, Meredith Monk, Tallin Chamber Orchestra, Pablo Marquez ...


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