JERUSALEM IN MY HEART 'Daqa'iq Tudaiq' LP Cover
JERUSALEM IN MY HEART 'Daqa'iq Tudaiq' 12" LP Black vinyl


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JERUSALEM IN MY HEART returns with 'Daqa'iq Tudaiq', the third album from the acclaimed Montréal-Beirut contemporary Arabic audio-visual duo. Featuring voice, electronics, buzuk and other instrumentation from composer-producer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Matana Roberts, Suuns) and complemented by the 16mm analog film work of Charles-André Coderre, JERUSALEM IN MY HEART continues to expand the horizons of its profound conceptual and aesthetic engagement with Arabic/Middle-Eastern traditions. Side One realizes a long-held dream to record a modern orchestral version of the popular Egyptian classic "Ya Garat Al Wadi" by the legendary composer Mohammad Abdel Wahab - with celebrated Montréal-Cairo composer Sam Shalabi (Land Of Kush) as arranger and musical director for the 15-piece recording session held in Beirut. Side Two comprises four tracks of non-ensemble solo material by Moumneh which push JERUSALEM IN MY HEART's rupture and recomposition of tradition further into the avant-garde territory - melismatic singing, buzuk and electronics take the lead on a suite of emotive and evocative songs, including the percussive loop-driven instrumental "Bein Ithnein" and the stunningly unsettling processed vocal track "Thahab, Mish Roujou', Thahab". 'Daqa'iq Tudaiq' is a masterful, mesmerizing artistic statement that confirms JERUSALEM IN MY HEART as one of the most engaged and forward-looking avant-Arabic projects at work in contemporary music today.