Jerusalem In My Heart (JIMH) returns with Daqa'iq Tudaiq, the third album from the acclaimed MontrĂ©al-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-AndrĂ© Coderre, JIMH 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 MontrĂ©al-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 JIMH's rupture and recomposition of tradition further into 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.
Radwan Ghazi Moumneh returns with a second full-length album from his acclaimed Jerusalem In My Heart (JIMH) project, conceived and recorded in his dual homes MontrĂ©al and Beirut. Since the release of his first album in 2013, following many years during which the project was a strictly MontrĂ©al-based live/theatrical happening, Moumneh has brought JIMH to mesmerized live audiences in Canada, Europe and the Middle East. While JIMH continues to expand to include a larger cast of players for select engagements and commissions, the group is currently an immersive and performative audio-visual duo at its core, with Moumneh responsible for all sound/composition and filmmaker Charles-AndrĂ© Coderre creating 16mm visuals and live projections/installations.
Moumneh expands his compositional palette on If He Dies, If If If If If If, exploring new deconstructions and juxtapositions of both traditional and popular Arab musical currents, with an album that oscillates between powerfully emotive vocal tunes and instrumental works that primarily make use of Radwan's expressive acoustic playing on buzuk and zurna as a point of departure. If He Dies, If If If If If If is an adventurous, scrupulous, impassioned and highly original work of modern contemporary Arabic music and a gratifying sign that JIMH is situating itself in recorded works with the same thoughtful and dynamic intensity previously accessible only in live performances.
Back in November of 2012 Suuns and close friend Radwan Ghazi Moumneh of Jerusalem In My Heart spent a week in a Montreal studio creating a collaborative album pulling in their two distinct sounds into one set of fluid and trippy recordings. These songs were not heard live until over a year later at Pop Montreal in 2013 which jump started both sides' efforts to finish this truly unique record.
More than two years later now we are proud to present the final product, a self-titled collaborative album from Suuns and Jerusalem In My Heart out April 14th.
Jerusalem In My Heart (JIMH) has been a live audio-visual happening since 2005, with MontrĂ©al-based producer and musician Radwan Ghazi Moumneh at its core. Moumneh is a Lebanese national who has spent a large part of his adult life in Canada and has been a fixture of the MontrĂ©al independent music community from his early days as guitarist in various notable 90s hardcore bands to his tireless activity as a sound engineer and producer over the last decade.
With performances occurring 1-3 times per year, no two JIMH events have ever been the same, with Moumneh's vocals and purposefully blown-out sonic sensibility as the single constant.
JIMH has always been an immersive sonic and visual live experience; on the musical side, an evolving effort to forge a modern experimental Arabic music that weds melismatic singing in classical Arabic modes to electronic compositions with a punk-rock production sensibility. Mo7it Al-Mo7it, a unique and profoundly emotive album of contemporary Arabic music, captures and conveys all of this.
Jerusalem In My Heart has lately solidified around a core duo of Radwan Ghazi Moumneh carrying musical duties and Chilean filmmaker Malena Szlam providing live visuals using analog 16mm film projections and multiple site-specific screen installations.